When you are spelling out a name, location, code, registration number, postcode etc, over a noisy or faint radio or phone link, it is easy for letters and numbers to be misheard.
Using the phonetic alphabet to spell out names, locations and so on makes accurately understanding messages a lot easier, because many letters can be easily confused when heard over a crackly radio link (B, C, D, P, T and M, N and F, S, etc).
The standard "NATO" phonetic alphabet (actually the International Radio-Telephony Spelling Alphabet) is:
Alfa, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Golf, Hotel, India, Juliett, Kilo, Lima, Mike, November, Oscar, Papa, Quebec, Romeo, Sierra, Tango, Uniform, Victor, Whiskey, X-ray, Yankee, Zulu.
Numbers are pronounced as normal, except often 9 is pronounced "Niner" so it doesn't get confused with 5.
It is called the "NATO" alphabet because it was standardised by the NATO member countries back in the 1950s to allow accurate exchange of radio messages between air, naval and army forces of all the NATO member nations.
They had to make sure that each chosen word sounded different to the others, and was easily pronounceable by speakers of all the European languages, not just in English.
It is now very widely used by all types of "professional communicators" including air traffic control, the police and other emergency services, shipping, etc and in all types of business.
Not sure where to start?
No matter what kind of event you are organising, we have walkie-talkie radios to suit your needs for short and long term hire.
We have megaphones / loudhailers / bullhorns for hire.
For many events attended by the general public, a megaphone is a useful tool to address and control the crowds. Get your message across!