Walkie Talkie Lingo and Codes (UPDATED 2020)

Became a Pro-Walkie Talkie Lingo and Codes 2020


Using a walkie talkie as a means of communication is something that has been practiced for a few decades. Over the years, special language has been developed to ensure the experience is smooth for both parties. These walkie talkie codes are used to make communication easy and brings about some form of uniformity. This makes it possible for users from different backgrounds to understand one another. Knowing the right ham radio phonetic alphabet will immensely ease communication. We are going to take a look at some of the walkie talkie lingo and/or walkie talkie codes in use today.  The main ones are:-

  • Affirmative/Negative: Affirmative means, yes, whereas negative means no. This ensures the message is clear.
  • Copy: There are quite a number of versions of this phrase used. For instance, “copy that” means that you acknowledge what the other person is saying. It does not necessarily mean that you agree with the message. It simply means you got the message loud and clear. The other one is “Do you copy?” This is usually used to confirm whether the other party understands the message you’ve transmitted.
  • Over/Over and Out: Over indicates that you are done talking and lets the other party in the conversation know that he can respond. “Over and out” signifies the end of the conversation. No response is expected once this phrase is used.
  • Standby/standing by: These two phrases may look similar but play different roles. Standby simply means you have received the transmitted message, but are not in a position to respond. Standing by means that you are waiting for further instruction after completing the task that was keeping you preoccupied.
  • Breaker 1-9. This is used when you want to let that other person know that you’ll like to start a transmission.
  • What’s your 20? Used when you want to know the location of the other person. Where are you?
  • Do you copy? Can you hear me? Mainly used when transmission is not clear and you want a confirmation before proceeding.
  • Affirmative. Yes.
  • Negatory. No.
  • Walkie check: This is usually used before starting the conversation. It is meant to check whether the device is working fine. The response from the other side should be “Good Check”, if all is well.
  • Roger that. This is a common code that means I understand.

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Other Walkie Talkie Lingo/Walkie Talkie Codes

  • 10-1: This is the quickest way of telling your partner that you are not receiving the message clearly.
  • 10-2: This means that you are receiving the message loud and clear
  • 10-3. Means stop transmitting
  • 10-4: Message has been received.
  • 10-5. Relay message
  • 10-6: Means you are busy, at the same time asking your partner to stand by
  • 10-7. Out of service, leaving the air
  • 10-8. In service, subject to call
  • 10-9: This isused to ask your partner to kindly repeat the message.
  • 10-10: Transmission has been completed successfully and are standing by
  • 10-11. Talking too rapidly
  • 10-12. Visitors present
  • 10-13: You use this when you are seeking advice on the road or weather conditions
  • 10-16. Make pick up at <<location>>
  • 10-17: Portrays urgency of the matter being discussed
  • 10-18. Anything for us?
  • 10-19. Nothing for you, return to base
  • 10-20: Used to indicate your location to the person on the other side of the walkie talkie.
  • 10-21. Call by telephone
  • 10-22. Report in person to
  • 10-23: Means stand by
  • 10-24. Completed last assignment
  • 10-25. Can you contact <<this person>>
  • 10-26: This comes in handy when you have conveyed information that you would like the other party to ignore or disregard.
  • 10-27: Using this code enables you to tell the other person to change channels
  • 10-28: When you want your partner to identify his location.
  • 10-29. Time is up for contact
  • 10-30. Does not conform to FCC rules
  • 10-32. I will give you a radio check
  • 10-33. Emergency Traffic at this station
  • 10-34. Trouble at this station
  • 10-35: When you want to share confidential information.
  • 10-38: Calling for an ambulance
  • 10-39. Your message delivered
  • 10-41. Please turn to channel ____
  • 10-42: Used to indicate the location of a traffic accident
  • 10-43. Traffic tie up at <<this location>>
  • 10-44. I have a message for you
  • 10-45. All units within range please report
  • 10-50. Break channel
  • 10-60. What is next message number?
  • 10-62: Convenient way of telling your partner to switch to phone if a problem with transmission arises.
  • 10-63. Net directed to
  • 10-64. Net clear
  • 10-65. Awaiting your next message/assignment
  • 10-67. All units comply
  • 10-70: Location of a fire. Used by firefighting agencies.
  • 10-71. Proceed with transmission in sequence
  • 10-73. Speed Trap at _____
  • 10-75. You are causing interference
  • 10-77. Negative contact
  • 10-84. My telephone number is ______
  • 10-85. My address is _____
  • 10-91: Means that you should talk closer to the microphone for ore clarity.
  • 10-92. Your transmitter is out of adjustment
  • 10-93. Check my frequency on this channel
  • 10-94. Please give me a long count
  • 10-95. Transmit dead carrier for 5 sec
  • 10-99. Mission completed, all units secure
  • 10-100. Need to go to bathroom
  • 10-200. Police needed at <<this location>>

Ham Radio Phonetic Alphabet

      Letter     Code Word         Pronunciation

  • A             Alfa                       AL-fah
  • B             Bravo                   BRAH-voh
  • C             Charlie                 CHAR-lee or SHAR-lee
  • D             Delta                    DEL-tah
  • E              Echo                    EK-oh
  • F              Foxtrot                FOKS-trot
  • G             Golf                      GOLF
  • H             Hotel                    hoh-TEL
  • I               India                    IN-dee-ah
  • J              Juliet                    JEW-lee-et
  • K             Kilo                       KEE-loh
  • L              Lima                     LEE-mah
  • M            Mike                      MYK
  • N             November            noh-VEM-ber
  • O             Oscar                    OS-kah
  • P             Papa                      pah-PAH
  • Q             Quebec                 ke-BEK
  • R             Romeo                 ROH-mee-oh
  • S              Sierra                   see-ERR-ah
  • T              Tango                  TANG-goh
  • U             Uniform              EW-nee-form
  • V             Victor                   VIK-tah

In conclusion, it may take a while before you familiarize yourself with all the walkie talkie lingo and/or walkie talkie codes plus ham radio phonetic alphabet, but is essential to know the ones used frequently.

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