Walkie talkie lingo and codes

Walkie talkie lingo and codes

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. There are codes 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.

We are going to take a look at some of the lingo used with walkie talkies. Before we get into that, it is important to note that lingo refers to the phrases used while using walkie talkies. 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.
  • 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.

There are codes known as ten codes. They are very popular because they save a lot of time during communication. They are easy to use and are utilized in place of long messages. Some of them are listed below.

  • 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
  • 10-4: Message has been received.
  • 10-6: Means you are busy, at the same time asking your partner to stand by.
  • 10-9: Used to ask your partner to kindly repeat the message.
  • 10-10: Transmission has been completed successfully and are standing by
  • 10-13: You use this when you are seeking advice on the road or weather conditions.
  • 10-17: Portrays urgency of the matter being discussed.
  • 10-20: Used to indicate your location to the person on the other side of the Walkie talkie.
  • 10-23: Means stand by.
  • 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.
  • 10-35: When you want to share confidential information.
  • 10-38: Calling for an ambulance.
  • 10-42: Used to indicate the location of a traffic accident
  • 10-62: Convenient way of telling your partner to switch to phone if a problem with transmission arises.
  • 10-70: Location of a fire. Used by firefighting agencies.
  • 10-91: Means that you should talk closer to the microphone for ore clarity.


In conclusion, it may take a while before you familiarize yourself with all these codes and lingo, but is essential to know some of them especially the ones used frequently.

Paul Dudley

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