Learn Morse Code
While using CW is no longer a required component in ham radio, it is still useful. In most cases, repeaters use CW identification on business bands and ham bands, so learning how to decipher it will help you as you scan the airwaves. In addition, CW is also a highly efficient method of communication; it requires less energy to transmit. Although it's not required, there is certainly a place and time for it to be used, even today!
Below are a couple of helpful ways to learn Morse code (also called CW, short for "Continuous Wave").
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