Walkie Talkie Lingo & Codes: How to Radio Like a Pro

If you ever had a walkie talkie set when you were a kid, you know just how much fun they can be. Sharing secrets, feeling important, and taking your best friend with you wherever you were throughout the range was always exciting. As an adult, walkie talkies are just as exciting, but also a bit more practical. Whether you use them for traveling, safety, or even just for fun, it’s always a good idea to know the proper ‘lingo,’ and of course, helpful codes that make walkie talkies so unique.

Important Walkie Talkie Phrases

Want to really feel like a radio pro? Let’s take a look at some of the most popular phrases broadcasted out, so you can bring the walkie lingo into your life whenever you’re on a channel. How many of these phrases have you heard of before?

  • Breaker 1-9. I’d like to start a transmission.
  • What’s your 20? Where are you?
  • Do you copy? Can you hear me?
  • Affirmative. Yes.
  • Negatory. No.
  • Roger that. I understand.
  • 10-4. Okay.
  • Big 10-4. Yes.

As you can see, the lingo is simple and clear – it’s not hard to learn, at all! Practice some of these phrases to use the next time you pick up your radio, and you’ll sound like you’ve been mastering the language for years.

Key Walkie Talkie Codes

Equally important to the ‘walkie talkie universe’ are the codes you can use to communicate. As kids, it can be fun to push buttons and develop your own secret language with this feature. As adults, however, the codes given out by a walkie talkie are what help to save lives, and keep people safe. If you’re unable to communicate verbally, or need something quickly, knowing a few of these basic codes can really come in handy.

  • 10-1. Receiving poorly
  • 10-2. Receiving well
  • 10-3. Stop transmitting
  • 10-4. Message received
  • 10-5. Relay message
  • 10-6. Busy, please stand by
  • 10-7. Out of service, leaving the air
  • 10-8. In service, subject to call
  • 10-9. Repeat message
  • 10-10. Transmission completed, standing by
  • 10-11. Talking too rapidly
  • 10-12. Visitors present
  • 10-13. Advise Weather/Road conditions
  • 10-16. Make pick up at ___
  • 10-17. Urgent business
  • 10-18. Anything for us?
  • 10-19. Nothing for you, return to base
  • 10-20. My location is _____
  • 10-21. Call by telephone
  • 10-22. Report in person to
  • 10-23. Stand by
  • 10-24. Completed last assignment
  • 10-25. Can you contact _____
  • 10-26. Disregard last information
  • 10-27. I am moving to channel ____
  • 10-28. Identify your station
  • 10-29. Time is up for contact
  • 10-30. Does not conform to FCC rules
  • 10-32. I will give you a radio check
  • 10-33. Emergency Traffic at this station
  • 10-34. Trouble at this station
  • 10-35. Confidential information
  • 10-36. Correct time is ____
  • 10-37. Wrecker needed at ____
  • 10-38. Ambulance needed at ____
  • 10-39. Your message delivered
  • 10-41. Please turn to channel ____
  • 10-42. Traffic accident at ____
  • 10-43. Traffic tie up at ____
  • 10-44. I have a message for you
  • 10-45. All units within range please report
  • 10-50. Break channel
  • 10-60. What is next message number?
  • 10-62. Unable to copy, use phone
  • 10-63. Net directed to
  • 10-64. Net clear
  • 10-65. Awaiting your next message/assignment
  • 10-67. All units comply
  • 10-70. Fire at _____
  • 10-71. Proceed with transmission in sequence
  • 10-73. Speed Trap at _____
  • 10-75. You are causing interference
  • 10-77. Negative contact
  • 10-84. My telephone number is ______
  • 10-85. My address is _____
  • 10-91. Talk closer to the microphone
  • 10-92. Your transmitter is out of adjustment
  • 10-93. Check my frequency on this channel
  • 10-94. Please give me a long count
  • 10-95. Transmit dead carrier for 5 sec
  • 10-99. Mission completed, all units secure
  • 10-100. Need to go to bathroom
  • 10-200. Police needed at _____

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