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Issue No 8 2022

On the Air Email - Issue No. 8 (August 2022)

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Wondering what to do with your new Amateur Radio license?
This email provides you with articles and advice from experienced hams to help you get active and on the air.

What is CW and Why Does it Work So Well?

CW, or continuous wave, is a stream of radio frequency (RF) energy that never changes or stops. It's also a very efficient way to communicate on the ham bands. Find out why CW works so well in this article.

Top 10 Reasons to Try Morse Code

"It's like texting without the monthly bill." Morse Code has been an integral part of amateur radio since the very beginning. Find out why some still consider it part of the essence of ham radio in the article.

Morse Code Keeps the Beat

Find out how Morse code found its way onto an album by a five-time Grammy Award-winning jazz composer and National Endowment of the Arts Jazz Master in this article.

ARRL On the Air – Episode 25

If you're thinking about giving CW operating a try, check out this conversation of the On the Air podcast with Michael Fluegemann, KE8AQW.

Modulation: Changes in the Flow

Radio communications is achieved by modulating a radio wave known as the carrier. There are many methods of modulating a carrier, each come with their own advantages and disadvantages. This article provides an overview of the major types of modulation.


Keyer Paddles — Common name for the mechanical portion of an electronic keyer. There is generally a single or dual lever mechanism; one side for dots, one for dashes.

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