PHONETIC ALPHABET AND NUMERALS
RADIO AND TELEPHONE PROCEDURES
When necessary to identify a letter of the alphabet,
Even though your primary duties are those of a
rifleman, machine gunner, or mortarman, you may be
the standard phonetic alphabet should be used. This
called upon to pick up a radio to pass some valuable
helps to prevent the receiving operator from copying
information to one of the platoons or to the battalion
your words or groups of words incorrectly. Bs, Ps, Ts,
and other letters that sound alike can be confusing when
heard on radio telephone nets. Learn the phonetic
The intent of this section is to provide enough
knowledge of correct radio and telephone procedures so
alphabet listed below and the proper pronunciation as
you can operate the voice radio equipment in a Seabee
spoken over radio nets.
The following terms are defined to give you a better
understanding of the explanations in the following
1. TRANSMISSION: A communication sent by
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one station and intended for reception by another station
2. ANSWER: A transmission made by a station
called in response to the call received.
3. CALL SIGN: A call sign is a word, or a
combination of words, intended for transmission by
voice means, and it identifies the command, unit, or
authority of the radio station.
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4. NET CALL SIGN: The collective call sign that
represents all the radio stations operating together on a
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particular radio net.
5. NET CONTROL STATION: A radio station
appointed by higher authority to direct and control the
operation and flow of all traffic handled on the radio net.
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6. PROWORD: A pronounceable word or phrase
that has been assigned a meaning to speed up message
handling on radio nets that use radio and telephone. A
list of prowords and their meanings is presented later in
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7. ABBREVIATED PLAINDRESS MESSAGE:
A message that has certain elements of the message
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heading omitted for speed of handling. Anyone or all of
the following may be omitted: precedence, date,
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date-time group, and group count.
8. RECEIPT: A communication sent by the
receiving operator indicating that the message or other
transmission has been satisfactorily received.
9. ACKNOWLEDGMENT: A separate message
originated by the addressee to inform the originator that
his message has been received and is understood.