Communicating On Noisy Job Sites

Use this guide to learn how to spell out important messages in a noisy environment.


The construction environment frequently uses cell phones in remote locations with poor reception and noisy conditions. The need for clear communications from the job site to the office or a vendor usually requires spelling names, model numbers, or part numbers. In order to provide clear communications in these conditions, we use the military phonetic alphabet. It’s the most widely used spelling alphabet and is fairly easy to memorize.


A Alpha
B Bravo
C Charlie
D Delta
E Echo
F Foxtrot
G Golf
H Hotel
I India
J Juliett
K Kilo
L Lima
M Mike
N November
O Oscar
P Papa
Q Quebec
R Romeo
S Sierra
T Tango
U Uniform
V Victor
W Whiskey
X Xray
Y Yankee
Z Zulu


Numbers and Symbols

0 Zero


Take Away

  • Don’t use “oh”, the letter, when meaning the number zero.
  • Work to spell your name quickly through practice and repetition. You’ll start getting the hang of the alphabet and it’s the most likely thing you will spell.
  • If you have this in your back pocket, you won’t be searching for the right word during the middle of “B as in Boxcar, O as in, um…”