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Walkie Talkie Lingo & Etiquettes
March 14, 2013

Walkie Talkie TalkA walkie talkie is one of the most essential equipments be it for security, film industry, public events, large gatherings and concerts. Walkie talkies ensure great ease of communication and co-ordination and are vital devices for flawless event management. Whether you are buying two-way radios or are opting for event radio rentals, there are some basic walkie talkie lingo and etiquettes that will help in making your communication swift and effective.

Walkie Talkie Etiquettes

Radio rentals include the following key etiquettes:

1. Maintain your channel: As far as possible you must maintain your own channel and not switch between different departments. Chatting on different channels may lead to clogging up of the channels. In case of urgent calls or longer duration calls, it is recommended that you opt for the chat channel.

2. Pause before you start talking: Many people have this habit of talking immediately on keying. However, you must ideally pause for a couple of seconds and then start talking. If you start talking immediately after hitting the button, it can lead to the first few words to get cut off.

3. Learn all the keys: Before you start using the walkie talkies, it is important to learn all the keys. This will help you to avoid accidentally keying the wrong keys and clogging up the channels.

4. Check your dials: Most walkie talkies have a volume and a channel dial. It is recommended that you keep a tab of your radio dials from time to time. In case the channel dial gets hit and you are unable to check which channel you are on, you can check and listen for the right voices, ask directly about being on the right channel or switch instantly directly to channel 1 and count up from there back to your channel.

Walkie Talkie Lingo

The exclusive walkie talkie lingo has been there for a long time. Here are some top words or phrases used:

  1. Yes = Affirmative/Big 10
  2. No = Negatory
  3. On completing a conversation = Over and Out
  4. Can you hear me? = Do you copy?
  5. I heard you = Copy that
  6. Ok = 10-4
  7. 7.       Understood = Roger that
  8. Where are you? = What’s your 20?
  9. Are you on air and listening? = Got your ears on?
  10. Where are you? = What’s your 20?

Keeping a close tab with the walkie talkie etiquettes and lingo will help you to utilize the device optimally and with minimum hassles.