Tool to translate / decipher / write messages via the NATO phonetic alphabet (also called the radio alphabet) generally used for telecommunications, based on american army radio alphabet.
NATO Phonetic Alphabet - dCode
Tag(s) : Communication System, Substitution Cipher
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The NATO phonetic alphabet is an alphabet created for oral telecommunications, in order to spell words correctly. The alphabet first used by the armed forces has spread to all national and international radio broadcasts and has been standardized by NATO. The principle is to spell a word or a name, letter by letter, using another word that is easily pronounced and without any possible ambiguity, the first letter of which corresponds to the letter to be spelled.
The NATO correspondance table is:
Example: DCODE is spelled Delta Charlie Oscar Delta Echo
Decryption consists of transcribing words into the corresponding letter, which is all the easier since it is normally the first letter of the word.
Example: Alpha Lima Papa Hotel Alpha Bravo Echo Tango translates to ALPHABET
The message is theoretically an audio transmission (possibly coded in Morse code) with the presence of the words of the alphabet audible distinctly.
Any reference to the army, military communications, civil aviation transmissions, radio amateurs etc. are clues.
Multiple derived alphabets existed and sometimes still exist, with words varying slightly from country to country.
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NATO Phonetic Alphabet on dCode.fr [online website], retrieved on 2023-12-03,