From Roy Witt@1:387/22 to Y'all on Fri Jan 4 16:49:58 2013
The Phonetic Alphabet is used to spell letters in place of just saying the letter itself. By using a word for each letter there is less chance that
the person listening will confuse letters. For instance, some letters that
can easily be confused are "b" and "e". The phonetic alphabet is used in
radio communications around the world by maritime units, aircraft, amateur radio operators and the military.
Letter Pronunciation Letter Pronunciation
A Alpha (AL fah) N November (no VEM ber)
B Bravo (BRAH VOH) O Oscar (OSS cah)
C Charlie (CHAR lee) P Papa (pah PAH)
D Delta (DELL tah) Q Quebec (keh BECK)
E Echo (ECK oh) R Romeo (ROW me oh)
F Foxtrot (FOKS trot) S Sierra (see AIR rah)
G Golf (GOLF) T Tango (TANG go)
H Hotel (hoh TELL) U Uniform (YOU nee form)
I India (IN dee ah) V Victor (VIK tah)
J Juliett (JEW lee ETT) W Whiskey (WISS key)
K Kilo (KEY loh) X X Ray (ECKS RAY)
L Lima (LEE mah) Y Yankee (YANG key)
M Mike (MIKE) Z Zulu (ZOO loo)
Note: The syllables printed in capital letters are to be stressed.
How it is used?
The letters on aircraft tail numbers are spelled phonetically. For
instance, when calling the tower, aircraft with tail number "2304J" would
be pronounced "2304 Juliett". Also the Airport Terminal Information
Service (ATIS) assigns sequential letters to the broadcasts since these
are frequently updated such as "Information Kilo".
Call signs are routinely spelled using phonetics for instance the call
sign K5RXT would be "KILO 5 ROMEO XRAY TANGO"
When sending information that contains letter or names that need to be
spelled, the phonetic alphabet is used.
Can you spell your name using the phonetic alphabet? What letters other
than "b" and "e" could be confused if the phonetic alphabet is not used?