Phonetic Alphabet - quit saying "Kilowatt"

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KE0GTU, May 10, 2017.

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  1. KE0GTU

    KE0GTU Ham Member QRZ Page

    It's "Kilo", not "Kilowatt". Also, quit making stuff up, as it totally defeats the purpose of using a phonetic alphabet. I'll give old-timers a break for saying "Able", "Baker", etc. since they were born before airplanes were invented, but saying "Washington Sunshine Zanzibar" is just stupid.
    KK5JY, KI7HSB, K5TCJ and 17 others like this.
  2. WF4W

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    it's not zanbibar ... it's ZAN-ZEEeeeee-baaarrrrr
    W2TXB, KE5OFJ, NL7W and 2 others like this.
  3. K1VSK

    K1VSK Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thank you for giving us "old-timers" a break.

    We were very worried you might not...
    Now that is settled, shall we discuss your compelling need to criticize others?
    KL4BT, W0FS, G3ZPF and 18 others like this.
  4. WF4W

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    Frankly, I hear the worse made up phonetics from newer hams - especially DSTAR/DMS operators...
    KA4DPO likes this.
  5. KB9BVN

    KB9BVN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Alpha's not just for CB anymore.
    KA4DPO, NL7W, WW2PT and 11 others like this.
  6. K3XR

    K3XR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Sec. 97.119 Station identification
    (2) By a phone emission in the English language. Use of a phonetic alphabet as an aid for correct station identification is encouraged;

    There is no "official" phonectic alphabet and there's nothing wrong with kilowatt except for those who may lack the ability to understand that kilowatt is one word not two.
    W0FS, KN2RC, NM9L and 7 others like this.
  7. KE0GTU

    KE0GTU Ham Member QRZ Page

    ^^ that's mainly what I mean. It can be misunderstood as two words.
    KI7HSB, K4AGO, K2HAT and 1 other person like this.
  8. WF4W

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    see, im an oldtimer, and sometimes my oldy-tyme, wine addled brain mistakenly says "whisky FOX four whiskey" instead of the official "whiskey FOXTROT four whiskey" --- off to assisted living for me!
    KR4YON, VE6KXL, NY7V and 9 others like this.
  9. K3XR

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    Perhaps a better education would help solve the problem.
    NL7W and WW2PT like this.
  10. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I am sure about every ham here and on the air has made up homemade phonetics for their call.

    Do you fault them for that ?

    What is your homemade phonetics for your call ?
    NL7W and K3XR like this.

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