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A Totally Retro Mode Makes a Comeback
Nuts & Volts Magazine (March 2017)

A Totally Retro Mode Makes a Comeback

By John Thompson    View In Digital Edition  


Since the inception of ham radio until the early 2000s, the licensing of an individual to become a ham radio operator required an examination in sending and receiving international Morse code, CW, or “continuous wave.” Once this requirement was removed from the Technician license exam, it seemed that CW might become obsolete. Well, nothing could be farther from the truth. Morse code continues to be a popular means of communication — especially during natural or man-made disasters.

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