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This quiz is based on the information presented in
Make Your Own Tube Testers and Electron Tube Equipment, by Gary Steinbaugh.
With more than 30 years of RF engineering experience and Ham radio involvement, Gary has a very broad
and deep proficiency in electronics. His new book,
Make Your Own Tube Testers and Electron Tube Equipment, is a great assimilation
of his personal knowledge and includes some of the highest quality line drawings and photographs of
any technical book I have ever seen - and I've seen a lot of them! The preface section is also unique
in nature, followed by a short history of and basic circuit design principles for vacuum tubes. Gary
also conceived of and built a 3-dimensional physical model of the plate, transfer, and constant current
characteristic curves for a typical vacuum tube (6SN7); you've never seen this before. The homebrew
tube tester and power supply projects described in the text and built by Gary are exceptional examples
1. Which of the following are negative properties of vacuum tubes?
Heavy and bulky
b) Electrically fragile (intolerant of overloads and spikes)
d) Capacitance varies with applied voltage
2. Which of the following are negative properties of transistors?
a) Mechanically fragile (impact and vibration)
b) High output impedance requiring
c) Low impedance requiring high-value capacitors for coupling
Tend toward high distortion
3. Who received the first U.S. patent for an
a) Nikola Tesla
b) Lee de Forest
c) Thomas Edison
d) George Westinghouse
4. What is a "bogey" vacuum tube?
a) A normal, or "typical," tube statistically centered in the distribution
of datasheet specifications.
b) A bad tube
c) A tube that measured one above par
d) A tube used for destructive testing
5. What is the most common type of gradual failure in a vacuum tube?
a) Glass envelope breakage
b) Filament breakage
c) Pin bending
Low cathode emission (aka cathode depletion)
6. What are the two basic types of serviceman's vacuum tube testers?
a) High voltage and low voltage
b) Cathode emission measurement only, and both cathode
emission and amplification measurements
c) Standard tube size and peanut tube size
Hand carried and backpack carried
7. What is a typical vacuum tube filament temperature?
a) 400° C (752° F)
b) 800° C (1,472° F)
c) 1,200° C
d) 1,600° C (2,912° F)
8. What is a sesquimultiplier?
a) A sesquine duplicator
b) An ancient form of the abacus
c) A vacuum tube
circuit that performs numerical multiplication
d) A circuit that multiplies voltage by 1.5
9. Why are "operational amplifiers" (aka "opamps") named thus?
a) They were originally part of circuits for performing mathematical operations
They were developed for use in medical equipment
c) They were first used in audio equipment
for opera houses
d) They were named after the Greek philosopher Operatus Amplifcatius
10. What is the word used to the measure of how significant the space charge
effect is on the beam's motion ?
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Posted January 1, 2014