CW Mode vs. Mod On

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Joined Apr 28, 2014
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


Joined Nov 30, 2010
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.


Joined Sep 9, 2010
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".