W2OY MEMORIAL NO PHONY PHONETICS WORD LIST

       After WW2, there was a lot of confusion about phonetic word lists for non-English speaking radio operators. Many variations were common. Also, some hams used cutesy unique non standard words for phonetics for their call signs. For instance, I often use Alpha Bravo 2 Radio Amateur during contests, and it seems to work better than the standard word list. Many experienced DX operators use an alternate list, shown below. But I post this in memory of Mike's rants during the 1950s, just for fun.

OFFICIAL W2OY APPROVED
STANDARD PHONETIC LIST.
(NATO, ITU, ICAO, FAA)
DX COMMONLY OBSERVED PHONETICS.
WARNING! Never use these on traffic nets!
ALPHAAMERICAAMSTERDAM
BRAVOBOSTONBRAZIL
CHARLIECANADACHILE
DELTA*DENMARK
ECHOENGLAND
FOXTROTFRANCE
GOLFGERMANYGUATEMALA
HOTELHONOLULUHAWAII
INDIAITALY
JULIETJAPAN
KILOKILOWATT
LIMALONDONLIMA
MIKEMEXICOMONTREAL
NOVEMBERNORWAYNICARAGUA
OSCARONTARIOOCEAN
PAPAPORTUGALPACIFIC
QUEBECQUEBEC
ROMEORADIO
SIERRASPAIN
TANGOTOKYO
UNIFORMUNITEDURUGUAY
VICTORVENEZUALAVICTORIA
WHISKEYWASHINGTON
X-RAYX-RAY
YANKEEYOKOHAMA
ZULUZANZIBAR
* The FAA semi-officially allows "Data", "Dixie" or "David", especially at airports that have flights by Delta Air Lines.

OBJECT LESSON:

       Nearly half a century later, people are still talking about Mike, W2OY. If they are still talking about YOU fifty years from now, what will they be saying? Please try to leave behind something positive to help the hobby.


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