All RF Cafe quizzes would make perfect fodder for employment interviews for technicians or engineers
- particularly those who are fresh out of school or are relatively new to the work world. Come to
think of it, they would make equally excellent study material for the same persons who are going to
be interviewed for a job.
Some of these books used in quizzes are available as prizes
in the monthly RF Cafe Giveaway.
Note: Many answers contain passages quoted in whole or in part from the text.
1. What format would a
near-filed communications (13 MHz variety) antenna most likely take?
a) Inductive coil
d) Parabolic dish
2. What does SOLT stand for?
a) Short Overload Test
Simple OperationaL Test
c) Short, Open, Load, Through
d) Strategic Offensive Limitation Talks
3. Which instrument would be best to use to
locate a defective waveguide joint?
c) Spectrum Analyzer
d) Time Domain Reflectometer
4. Which entity in the U.S.
determines whether an RF energy-emitting device is allowed to be operated?
a) The Federal Communications
b) The American Radio Relay League
c) The Honor System
d) The Underwriter’s Laboratory
What does 2G, 2.5G, 3G, etc., mean in reference to cellphones?
a) The average cost of service, expressed in
thousands of dollars ($ grand) per year
b) The “generation” of the technology
c) It is an arbitrary
alpha-numeric reference code
d) The frequency band of operation, in GHz
6. Where would you be
likely to find a free wireless Internet connection?
a) Hotel Lobby
c) Your backyard
All the above
7. Who hosts the MTT-S International Microwave Symposium?
a) Microwave Journal
b) Microwaves & RF Magazine
c) RF Design Magazine
d) The Institute of Electrical & Electronics
8. What is the “rule of thumb” for estimating RF signal propagation distance vs. time in free space?
millimeter per millisecond
b) 1 meter per microsecond
c) 1 foot per nanosecond
d) 1 inch per picosecond
9. What is the “rule of thumb” for estimating RF frequency vs. wavelength in free space?
a) 300 MHz = 1
b) 100 MHz = 1 meter
c) 300 MHz = 3 feet (1 yard)
d) 100 MHz = 1 foot
10. What is
the most unique feature of a Helmholtz coil?
a) The high voltage makes for cool Jacob’s Ladders
Magnetic field lines are extremely uniform within the coil
c) It is self-powered
d) It uses a rare earth