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Tip #118: Walkie-Talkie Radio Codes
PremiumBeat decodes common on-set radio chatter.
The folks at PremiumBeat recently published the basics of on-set walkie-talkie etiquette. (Smile… back “in the day” we used megaphones. Walkie-talkies are MUCH cooler.)
Here are some common radio codes you may hear during production:
- Go to. This is a request to switch from the general communication frequency to a specific frequency for a longer conversation.
- What’s your 20? What’s your location.
- Copy and 10-4. Yes, I understand.
- 10-1 and 10-2. Um, bathroom break.
- Go again. Tells the other party to please repeat themselves.
- Flying in/out. Bringing someone or something to or from the set.
- Keying or Hot-micing. You are pressing the mic button and not talking. This will not make you any friends.
Share your own favorite codes in the comments below.