Using The International Phonetic Alphabet

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by WX4W, Mar 6, 2019.

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  1. N9UTJ

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    yep i hear people using sansibar which isnt Z spelled it is a place in Africa spelled with a S,, now zulu is though,,,sansibar confuses people in other countries
     
  2. W0KDT

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    Huh? The "Z" in Tanzania is actually from the first character of "Zanzibar." The name Tanzania came when Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged in 1964. Zanzibar is not physically "in" Africa, either; it is an island about 20 miles off the East coast.
     
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  3. N7KO

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    Sad new wasn't it. The beginning of the slippery slope.
     
  4. GM4JPZ

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    Not strictly true. When speaking Russian they use a series of names: Gregoriy or Galina for G, Mikhail for M, Leonid for L etc.
     
  5. GM4JPZ

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    Interesting. They only sound alike to you because of your accent (and I'm not being funny here). In most dialects of English, there is a big difference between the a's in Papa and the o's in Foxtrot, so there can be no confusion between the two. If I may use the International Phonetic Alphabet here as used by linguists, I can show the different phonetic symbols I mean. Don't know if this will come out, but Foxtrot uses the open-mid back vowel ɔ as opposed to the open vowel a in standard English, therefore Foxtrot and Papa.
     
  6. WD3N

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    We have to use the international phonetic alphabet at the place where I work...
    Lucky for me,,,I have ham radio training to help me get through it.
    Plus it was beat into me at boot camp many years ago...
     
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  7. KE5ES

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    "I was a Military Pilot." And? I was head coffee maker for the command staff. I support the used of standardized phonetics in communications. When someone has a problem with one letter of my call sign I will repeat the correct phonetic. If the problem persists I may switch to a longer word that begins with the same letter. E= Echo, England, Europe, Easy, Elephant. S=Sugar, Seattle, Salt. K= Kilo, King, Kanigit.
     
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  8. WD3N

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    Thank you for your service Steve!!!!!
    I was in charge of delivery of coffee:)
     
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  9. KE5ES

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    My commander didn't want to learn a new name and another Sgt Ayers was leaving the day I got there. "I will pay you to make coffee and that will be your only job. If that pot ever goes dry I will find a replacement for you." said the Commander. I did that job for two years.
     
  10. AI6IN

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    I had many problems with "Mike Kilo Sierra" before I got the new call.
    Oops. Operator error with the keyboard... I had frequent problems with "Mike Kilo Sierra"; some people thought I said "Michael Sierra". "Messy Kitchen Sink" worked well, sometimes. A lot better than "Meters Kilograms Seconds" (not enough people got the reference). Finally gave up and got a new call. Now I'm thinking I should have changed the "6" to a "5" so that it would sound the same going forwards and backwards in CW... Making it: ._ .. ..... .. _.
     

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