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    Question FDNY Radio Communications

    What is the significance of "k" at the end of FDNY radio communications?

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    if I am not mistaken.............I believe it just means "ok" ........
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    As with many terms and signals we have it is a holdover from the days of the telegraph system.

    Before reliable telephones and handie-talkies Transmitions of alarms to the firehouses and signals sent from firehouses to the Boro CO were by telegraph.

    Also when in the field if a chief wanted to communicate with the dispatcher they would use the telegraph key set located within each street fire alarm box. This is how they would call for 2nd alarms and such.

    "k" was sent at the end of the transmition to mean "I am done with my message and I await your reply"

    I hope that answers your question.

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    "Hundreds of years of tradition uninhibited by progress"
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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    thanks FFRED !
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    Fred is correct, "k" simply means awaiting a response.

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    Fred is correct, "k" simply means awaiting a response.
    Sure sounds better than continually saying "over".

    Thanks FFFred and Artie for the info, I often wondered that myself but never thought it important enough to ask.
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    Engine 40 to Manhattan K ...Go ahead 40 Engine....10-75 the Box.

    Boy I'm such a BUFF...
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    FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
    FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
    FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
    FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
    FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
    FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

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    Well, "over" is not a widely used term anymore to begin with. It has been replaced with "Just stop talking".
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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    We just had this discussion after having an Emergency Radio procedures lecture from some FDNY guys. Towards the end of the lecture, he asked us a question but no one would answer him....he never said "K".
    "This thread is being closed as it is off-topic and not related to the fire industry." - Isn't that what the Off Duty forum was for?

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    Engine 40 to Manhattan K ...Go ahead 40 Engine....10-75 the Box.
    What, no size up? You Manhattan guys!

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    The buildings are so big you have to use the CIDS info
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    CAPT. Frank Callahan Ladder 35 *
    LT. John Ginley Engine 40
    FF. Bruce Gary Engine 40
    FF. Jimmy Giberson Ladder 35
    FF. Michael Otten Ladder 35 *
    FF. Steve Mercado Engine 40 *
    FF. Kevin Bracken Engine 40 *
    FF. Vincent Morello Ladder 35
    FF. Michael Roberts Ladder 35 *
    FF. Michael Lynch Engine 40
    FF. Michael Dauria Engine 40

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    Well, "over" is not a widely used term anymore to begin with. It has been replaced with "Just stop talking".
    ROTF, I HATE morons that say "Over and OUT". OVER means "I have finished, awaiting your response." OUT means "I have finished talking to you, conversation over."
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    How about this one Kiwi:

    "Clear and Standing By"...well, which is it?

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    "Manhattan to 40 Engine." (No response)

    "Manhattan to 40 Engine." (No response)

    "Ladder 35 to Manhattan, K."

    "Ladder 35.."

    "40 Engine has switched over to the Brooklyn frequency, K."

    "10-4 Ladder 35."

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    Actually, is from the Morse Telegraphy that we hams use on the air.
    In Morse it is Dah-Dit-Dah. Usually means, I'm done, say your piece!

    In other words, FFred is right on the mark!

    Just a bit of History for your purusal!

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