PROWORDS - Procedural words or “prowords” are words or 
phrases that have special meaning to expedite the flow and 
accuracy of voice communications. Prowords used in the heading 
or text of a message, are not counted in the group count and 
are not written into the message when it is prepared for 
delivery to the addressee.

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PROWORD(S) EXPLANATION

AFFIRMATIVE YOU ARE CORRECT. WHAT YOU HAVE TRANSMITTED IS
CORRECT. YES.

ALL AFTER THE PORTION OF THE MESSAGE TO WHICH I REFER IS
THAT PORTION WHICH FOLLOWS- - - -

ALL BEFORE THE PORTION OF THE MESSAGE TO WHICH I REFER IS
THAT PORTION WHICH PRECEDES- - - -

AUTHENTICATE SPELL PHONETICALLY THE ORIGINATING STATION’S
AUTHENTICATION CODE WHICH APPLIES TO THIS
MESSAGE.

BREAK INDICATES THE VOICED SEPARATION OF MESSAGE TEXT
FROM OTHER PORTIONS OF THE MESSAGE.

CORRECT YOU ARE CORRECT. WHAT YOU HAVE TRANSMITTED IS
CORRECT.

CORRECTION AN ERROR HAS BEEN MADE IN THIS TRANSMISSION.
THE CORRECT VERSION IS- - - - -.

DISREGARD, OUT. THIS TRANSMISSION IS IN ERROR.
DISREGARD IT.

DO NOT ANSWER STATIONS CALLED WILL NOT ANSWER THIS CALL
OR TRANSMIT REGARDING THIS TRANSMISSION.

FROM THE ORIGINATOR OF THIS MESSAGE FOLLOWS.

GROUPS THE TEXT OF THIS MESSAGE CONTAINS (XX) GROUPS.

I AUTHENTICATE AUTHENTICATION CODE FOLLOWS

IMMEDIATE THIS MESSAGE HAS A PRECEDENCE OF IMMEDIATE

INFO THE ADDRESSEES FOLLOWING ARE ADDRESSED FOR
INFORMATION ONLY.

INITIAL(S) A GROUP OF ONE OR MORE CHARACTERS, THE FIRST
OF WHICH IS A LETTER, FOLLOWS.

I READ BACK THE FOLLOWING IS A RESPONSE TO YOUR INSTRUCTIONS
TO “READ BACK”.

I SAY AGAIN I AM REPEATING THE TRANSMISSION OR PORTION
INDICATED.

I SPELL I WILL SPELL THE NEXT WORD PHONETICALLY.

I VERIFY THAT WHICH FOLLOWS IS VERIFIED PER YOUR REQUEST.

MAYDAY(repeat 3x) I AM IN SERIOUS DANGER AND
REQUIRE IMMEDIATE HELP.

MORE TO FOLLOW I HAVE MORE MESSAGES, TRAFFIC OR
INFORMATION FOR YOU.

NEGATIVE NOT RECEIVED. NO.

NO TRAFFIC I HAVE NO TRAFFIC TO SEND.

NOTHING HEARD THE STATION CALLED DID NOT RESPOND.

OUT END TRANSMISSION NO ANSWER IS REQUIRED OR
EXPECTED.

OVER END OF MY TRANSMISSION, I AM READY
TO COPY YOUR REPLY .

PAN(repeat 3x) I HAVE AN URGENT SITUATION, OR TRAFFIC

PRIORITY MESSAGE HAS PRECEDENCE OF PRIORITY”

READ BACK REPEAT THIS TRANSMISSION EXACTLY AS RECEIVED.

RELAY (TO) TRANSMIT THIS MESSAGE TO ALL ADDRESSEES
OR ADDRESSEES IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING

RELAY THROUGH RELAY THIS MESSAGE THROUGH CALLSIGN______.

ROGER I HAVE RECEIVED AND UNDERSTAND YOUR LAST
TRANSMISSION.

ROUTINE THIS MESSAGE HAS A PRECEDENCE OF “ROUTINE”.

SAY AGAIN REPEAT ALL OF YOUR LAST TRANSMISSION.

SECURITE’ (repeat 3x) I HAVE A NAVIGATION PROBLEM OR I AM EXPECTING A
STATE OF EMERGENCY TO DEVELOP OR I HAVE INFORMATION REGARDING A HAZARD TO 
NAVIGATION.

SERVICE THIS IS A SERVICE MESSAGE AND
HAS NO GROUP COUNT.

SEND SLOWER YOUR TRANSMISSION SPEED IS TOO FAST TO COPY.
REDUCE SPEED.

THIS IS THIS TRANSMISSION IS FROM THE STATION WHOSE
CALLSIGN FOLLOWS.

THIS IS A DIRECTED NET FROM NOW UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE THIS NET IS DIRECTED.

THIS IS A FREE NET FROM NOW UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE THIS NET IS FREE.

TIME FOLLOWING IS THE TIME OR DATE/TIME/GROUP OF
THIS MESSAGE.

TO THE FOLLOWING ADDRESSEE(S) ARE ADDRESSED
FOR ACTION.

UNKNOWN STATION THE IDENTITY OF THE STATION IS UNKNOWN.
IDENTIFY AND SAY AGAIN.

URGENT THIS MESSAGE HAS A PRECEDENCE OF “URGENT”.

VERIFY VERIFY ENTIRE MESSAGE (OR PORTION INDICATED)
WITH THE ORIGINATOR AND SEND THE CORRECT VERSION.

WAIT I MUST PAUSE FOR A FEW SECONDS.
DO NOT TRANSMIT.

WAIT OUT  I MUST PAUSE FOR A PERIOD OF TIME.
CONTINUE WITH THE NET AND I CALL AGAIN LATER.
(does not require an answer).

WILCO I HAVE RECEIVED AND WILL COMPLY WITH YOUR
LAST TRANSMISSION. The meaning of “ROGER” is
included in “WILCO” and the two prowords are
never used together.

WORD AFTER THE WORD I NEED A FILL OF IS THE WORD AFTER - - - -.

WORD BEFORE THE WORD I NEED A FILL OF IS THE WORD PRECEDING ---

WORDS TWICE COMMUNICATION IS DIFFICULT. TRANSMIT EACH
GROUP OR PHRASE TWICE.

WRONG YOUR LAST TRANSMISSION WAS INCORRECT. THE
CORRECT VERSION IS- - - .