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Phonetic Alphabet

Letter, word and pronunciation for the Phonetic Alphabet

Phonetic Alphabet

To avoid confusion and errors during voice
transmission, special techniques have been developed for pronouncing letters and
numerals. These special techniques resulted in the phonetic alphabet and
phonetic numerals.

The phonetic alphabet is used by the operator
to spell difficult words and thereby prevent misunderstanding on the part of the
receiving operator. The words of the phonetic alphabet, which is a word alphabet
and not a code, are pronounced as shown in the table below. The underscored
portion indicates the syllable or syllables to be emphasized.

The phonetic alphabet is also used for the
transmission of encrypted messages. For example, the cipher group CMVVX is
spoken "CHARLIE MIKE VICTOR VICTOR XRAY."

 

Phonetic Alphabet

LetterWord
Pronunciation
AALFAAL
FAH
BBRAVOBRAH
VOH
CCHARLIECHAR LEE (or) SHAR
LEE
DDELTADELL TAH
EECHOECK OH
FFOXTROTFOKS TROT
GGOLFGOLF
HHOTELHOH TELL
IINDIAIN DEE AH
JJULIETTJEW LEE ETT
KKILOKEY LOW
LLIMALEE MAH
MMIKEMIKE
NNOVEMBERNO VEM BER
OOSCAROSS CAH
PPAPAPAH PAH
QQUEBECKEH BECK
RROMEOROW ME OH
SSIERRASEE AIR RAH
TTANGOTANG GO
UUNIFORMYOU NEE FORM (or) OO
NEE FORM
VVICTORVIK TAH
WWHISKEYWISS KEY
XXRAYECKS RAY
YYANKEEYANG KEY
ZZULUZOO LOO

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