CW Mode vs. Mod On

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by ampina, Apr 28, 2014.

  1. ampina

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    Apr 28, 2014
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    I am new to the RF testing world and I am trying to understand the difference between "Mod On" and "Mod Off" (aka CW Mode) as it applies to setting up an HP signal generator. Can someone provide a short and brief explanation? Thanks in advance, AMPINA
     
  2. #12

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    Not that I own one of those, but I'd say the signal generator thinks of itself as a simple sine wave generator that you would call a carrier frequency. Modulation on would mean adding a change to the carrier to make it frequency modulation or amplitude modulation.
     
  3. wayneh

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    I agree. An odd way to look at it is that, in radio communication, the signal is "noise" introduced on purpose to distort the otherwise perfect carrier wave "signal".
     
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