[amsat-bb] Re: ITU Phonetics - Kilo

Jeff Moore tnetcenter at gmail.com
Sun Apr 10 17:33:50 PDT 2011

Since MOST of us aren't civil aviators, I suggest we use the ITU Phonetic 
alphabet like everybody else does.  It's the same for those of you that 
don't know that or what ICAO stands for.

Juliet Echo Foxtrot Foxtrot  --  Kilo Echo Seven Alpha Charlie Yankee

----- Original Message ----- From: "Glen Zook" <gzook at yahoo.com>

The problem is that the "standard" ICAO phonetics are problematic under 
certain circumstances.  In the military world the operators are specially 
trained to use ICAO phonetics including the "preferred" way to pronounce the 
words.  Unfortunately, this just doesn't exist in the amateur radio world 
and especially in those persons, without any formal training, who do not 
have English as their primary language, they have problems with the ICAO 
phonetics.  That is why geographical names work better when working DX.  For 
stateside use, at least in my opinion, the ICAO phonetics are definitely 

Again, geographical names have become the defacto "standard" where working 
DX is concerned.

Glen, K9STH

Website:  http://k9sth.com

--- On Sun, 4/10/11, John Becker <w0jab at big-river.net> wrote:

There is a "STANDARD" why not use it??? (that was a question)

My navy training just rubs me the wrong way when I hear some of the "words" 
being used by some.

Could be the "reason" your call went unanswered.
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