Perhaps, an even more invaluable reason for adopting a specific universal phonetic alphabet has to do with a universal characteristic of the human brain. Numerous studies have shown that all humans have a phenomenal natural ability to instantly fill in missing sounds in known words with expected information even though those sounds are not there!
While reading about the early days of radio, I came across this schematic of a Guglielmo Marconi receiver, said to be similar to the one that copied his famous first transatlantic message on 12 Dec 1901.
The Somerset County Amateur Radio Club has had a great and challenging few years.
Unless you have a crazy uncle in the hobby, you may not know much about Amateur Radio. Does it still exist?