10 Codes-Meaning And Details

10 Codes-Meaning And Details
Before we start our article I would like to share with you how I got knowledge about the 10 codes. Personally, I work in a hotel at reception and customer service and one of our guests was texting me and wondering about the nearest 7-11 shop so I assisted him and at the end of the chat, he sent to me ( Thanks a lot, 10-4 ).
I didn't understand what he means by 10-4 and I thought is a date or he sent it wrong. but started to google the numbers and start doing some research and guess what? 10-4 have meaning!

The article will covering the following in below:
  • What is the 10 Codes?
  • Who use it?
  • Some example.

What is the 10 Codes?
is one of the so-called ten-codes, or radio signals, invented by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International (APCO).  The ten-codes are credited to Illinois State Police Communications Director Charles Hopper who created them between 1937–1940 for use in radio communications among cops.

In the 1930s, radio technology was still relatively new and limited. For starters, there were limited police radio channels, so officers couldn’t stay on the line too long or else others wouldn’t be able to get through. The ten-codes were invented to communicate information quickly and clearly.
The use of the number 10 before all of the codes was another workaround. It took a split second for the motor-generator in the radios to warm up, and so the first syllables of a radio transmission were often lost. The 10 was used as a placeholder to give the motor-generator time to speed up enough to hear the second part of the code.
so the meaning is in the second part of the number and the first part is not meaningful.

These handy codes were quickly adopted by others communicating via radio, such as CB (Citizen Band) radio enthusiasts and truckers.
Helping to popularize 10-4 in the mainstream was the 1950s TV crime drama Highway Patrol, starring Broderick Crawford, known for starting his conversations on his radio with 10-4Oh, the ’50s.
The expression 10-4 further spread into popular culture when it was featured in C. W. McCall’s 1975 song “Convoy,” where he uses trucker CB radio slang like breaker one-nine (a radio channel used by truckers) and 10-4. The song went number one on the charts in the US and abroad and was even made into a movie in 1978.

 10-4 has shown up in hip-hop lyrics, too, like Ghostface Killah’s 2004 “Beat the Clock,” where he raps: “…ten four, may day-may day / Callin’ all cars, callin’ all cars.” This use is inspired by 10-4 in cop-speak.


Who use it?
While still in some use, ten-codes, including 10-4, have been replaced by plain language in more and more police departments due to variation in what the codes mean. Truckers and other CB radio users still use ’em though.
But 10-4 has become a staple expression for saying “OK” in American pop culture, appearing, as we’ve seen, in everything from old-time TV shows to everyday conservations.
Some Examples for the 10 codes:
In fact, the 10 codes start From 10-1 till 10-100+, every number means something, In below you'll find some examples to make the idea clear.
(I will leave links at the end of this article for the people how wanted to get more knowledge about those codes.)
  • 10-1: Unable Copy- Change Location.
  • 10-4: Massage received - I got you.
  • 10-7: Out of service.
  • 10-8: In service.
  • 10-12: Stand by (Stop).
  • 10-18: Quickly.
  • 10-33: Emergency.
  • 10-73: Smoke Report.
  • 10-106: Secure (Status is secure).
I would like at the end of this article to share with you guys something I realized during the typing, Communication is very important between different types of people that's makes you learn something every day, my story started with (10-4) and ended with this article, and that's not going to be happening without communication with other people.
so we need to keep in touch to pass messages and knowledge.
In the end, I always believe that heaven without people will turn into hell.
see you soon and till that time, stay safe
Sources:
For all the codes: https://copradar.com/tencodes/

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