Walkie Talkie Lingo You Should Know

Walkie talkie was developed for the first time during World War II and it was used exclusively for military purposes. At first it was much larger in size than contemporary devices and it was carried like a backpack. During the later years and after numerous technical improvements it was used outside the military circles. Today walkie talkie is an essential part of many jobs, and  it is also used for fun. Although now we have available a wide range of gadgets for communication the simplicity and functionality of the best walkie talkies still retain their appeal. 

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Communication should be done in an effective and condense way so there are certain rules when using a walkie talkie. The lingo is used to shorten the conversation and also establish two main things in communication. Firstly you need to ensure that you introduce yourself (so the others listening know who is speaking) and to address who you are talking to. Secondly it is important for good communication that two sides don’t talk over each other so particular signal words are used for starting or ending conversation. 

Essential codes

You start the conversation by stating your name and the name of a person you are calling.
“Your name” calling “Name of the person you’re calling” is a standard template for starting the conversation. You signify that your part of the conversation is ended and that you are waiting for the response by saying “Over” at the end. Then you wait for the response so you can start talking. The response is important because it gives you knowledge that the right person is listening. The usual response is “Go ahead”. When you deliver the message and conversation is over you should say “Over and Out”.





“Copy”, “Roger” or “Roger That“

(I got the and understood the message)


(Ignore the previous message, something has changed)

“Eyes on” 

(Declaring that you are able see the object or activity you are talking about)

“On It“

(I will pursue the task/activity we talked about)

Stand By
(I can’t talk now, will get back to you ASAP)

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Other commonly used phrases

If you are having trouble with the communication and not sure if other side got the message you can use some of these phrases:

“Do You Copy?” 

(Do you hear me)

“Mic Check or Radio Check“

(your are announcing that you are testing your equipment the other side should respond)

“Loud and Clear”
(confirming that the other sides mic is working and you can hear them)

“Say Again or Go Again”
(If you didn’t hear or receive the message properly)

Specialized lingo

Depending on the field in which walkie talkie is used there are custom lingos. One of the most famous is the police “Ten-code” lingo.

10-1 (Unable to copy – change location)

10-2 (Signal good)

10-3 (Stop transmitting)

10-4 (Affirmative (Ok))

10-5 (Relay)

10-6 (Busy, stand by)

10-7 (Out of service)

10-8 (In Service / Clear)

10-9 (Repeat message)10-10 (Negative)