VHF Vocabulary: In Laymen’s Terms
Over - I’ve completed my message and am asking the other party to reply.
Out - I’ve finished my message and expect no further reply.
Affirmative/Negative - Yes/no. (When speaking on a radio, the words yes and no can be easily misunderstood.)
Roger - I received and understood your message.
Wilco - OK. I not only understood your last transmission, but I’ll also comply. (This is a contraction of the two words will comply.)
Figures - I’m about to say numbers. (For example, if you wanted to tell a boat with a deep draft approaching your location that it’s entering shallow waters of only 15 feet, you might say, “My depth here is figures one-five feet.”)
I Spell - I’m going to use the phonetic alphabet to spell out something that might be difficult to understand. “I’m anchored at Bogg Harbor. I spell, Bravo, Oscar, Gulf, Gulf.” A complete listing of the phonetic alphabet is normally found in your radio’s owner’s manual. Post a copy of the list next to your radio. -Kevin Falvey