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    Hello All,

    I am familiar with (and use bits of it often) the "Q" code.
    My failing memory tells me that the RAF had a series of codes (not cyphers!) beginning with the letter 'Z' which were used for, strictly, RAF aviation matters. The only one that I can remember was a 'Z' code (can't remember the subsequent 2 letters!) which translated to "I am leaving my present location. My track will be marked by a black smoke trail". This was transmitted by Met WOps when going QRT for a 'call of nature'!
    Anybody know anything?
    TIA
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    Hi Peter,

    This help you any?:

    http://www.kloth.net/radio/zcodes.php

    Regards,

    Dave

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    Dave,
    Mni tks for that. Never thought about NATO! because I vaguely remember seeing the Z-code in an RAF survival manual. Bit of brain-fade I suppose. Tks again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Resmoroh View Post
    Hello All,

    I am familiar with (and use bits of it often) the "Q" code.
    My failing memory tells me that the RAF had a series of codes (not cyphers!) beginning with the letter 'Z' which were used for, strictly, RAF aviation matters. The only one that I can remember was a 'Z' code (can't remember the subsequent 2 letters!) which translated to "I am leaving my present location. My track will be marked by a black smoke trail". This was transmitted by Met WOps when going QRT for a 'call of nature'!
    Anybody know anything?
    TIA
    PeterDavies
    Hello Peter

    Did you find the relevant Z Code?

    I have looked at two sets of Z Code sheets (one is manual typewritten claimed to be 1940), but it is not listed there.

    There was a code, for closing your station/ tranmission until ...

    There should be an ACP 131, but this seems to have gone through many editions and the earliest found so far is ACP 131 (B)


    Internet search:- Dod "ACP 131 (B)"

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    http://www.dod.mil/pubs/foi/Reading_...hnology/29.pdf

    Mark
    Last edited by Mark Hood; 4th June 2016 at 09:49. Reason: link did not function

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    Mark, Hi,

    Tks yrs. No, I'm afraid I got side-tracked!!! On the Mediterranean RAF Airmove W/T circuits (in the mid-50's) they used to use "THISTA QRT UFN" (or "TILL ddhhmmZ") for a 'close-down'. I was being considered (as a NSA SAC Met Asst!!) as the 2nd Nav on the El Adem Desert Rescue Column (mainly, I found, because I could get the map/chart the right way up!!!). There were some Desert Survival manuals, and I think(??!!!) that was where I first saw it? The Airmove, and Met, Wops took it up. It was a long time ago, and the memory dims!!!

    Tks again

    Peter Davies
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