XYZ – XraYZulu

Using the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) phonetic alphabet ABC is: Alpha, Bravo Charlie and XYZ is: X-ray, Yankee Zulu – which we have shortened to XraYZulu.

Simila similibus curantur.

The ICAO phonetic alphabet, which is officially denoted as the international radio-telephony spelling alphabet was developed so that critical combinations of letters and numbers are most likely to be pronounced and understood by those who exchange voice messages by radio or telephone, regardless of language differences or the quality of the communication channel.

This international radio-telephony spelling alphabet assigns twenty six code words to the twenty six letters of the English alphabet: Alfa, Bravo, Charlie, Delta, Echo, Foxtrot, Golf, Hotel, India, Juliett, Kilo, Lima, Mike, November, Oscar, Papa, Quebec, Romeo, Sierra, Tango, Uniform, Victor, Whiskey, X-ray, Yankee, Zulu.  This phonetic alphabet, has been adopted by many international and national organisations, including the: International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) and by many military organisations such as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) so muchso that the ICAO phonetic alphabet is also called the the NATO phonetic alphabet.

Tent Bay, St. Joseph, Barbados

Tent Bay, St. Joseph, Barbados

The header images for XraYZulu were all taken at Tent Bay, St. Joseph, Barbados.

Tent Bay is home to a small fish market, colourful local fishing boats and the Atlantis Hotel. It’s in the parish of St. Joseph, with Martin’s Bay and Congor Bay to the south, and Bathsheba and Cattlewash to the north.

In days goneby the old railway stopped in Tent Bay on its way from Bridgetown to Belleplaine. The Atlantis Hotel one of the first hotels to exist on the East Coast of Barbados – made possible by the new railway line that was constructed in 1883 opening up the Atlantic East coast as a holiday destination for Bajans.


Tent Bay, St. Joseph, Barbados

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