May 1963 Popular Electronics
Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics. See articles
published October 1954 - April 1985. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.
This quiz from Popular Electronics is a bit trickier than others because it requires you to think abstractly rather than concretely. Quiz-maker Robert Balin presents a series of circuits and components along with the first letters of the related topics. Your mission, should you decide to accept, is to match the item to the letter. The example provided is matching the letter 'J' to a drawing of that type of half-wave antenna. I have to admit that my attempt at matching all of the items and letters was taking a lot of time, so I quit before finishing all of them; my hard head is better at concrete thinking.
Electronic Alphabet QuizBy Robert P. Balin
The letters of the alphabet are often used as abbreviations for electronic terms. Thus, J means to the electronics enthusiast a type of half-wave antenna. Can you match the letters below with the drawings (1-10) of the devices and circuits to which they most logically refer?
See answers below.
Popular Electronics published many quizzes over the years
- some really simple and others not so simple. Robert Balin created many of the quizzes.
This is a listing of all I have posted thus far.
- A Baffling Quiz
- January 1968
- Electronics IQ Quiz
- May 1967
- Plug and Jack Quiz
- December 1967
Switching Quiz - October 1967
Angle Quiz - September 1967
Electronics Quiz - July 1967
- Bridge Circuit
Quiz -December 1966
- Diode Function
Quiz - August 1965
- Diagram Quiz, August
- TV Trouble Quiz,
- Electronics History Quiz,
- Scope-Trace Quiz,
Circuit Analogy Quiz, April 1973
Your Knowledge of Semiconductors, August 1972
- Ganged Switching
Quiz, April 1972
- Lamp Brightness
Quiz, January 1969
- Lissajous Pattern Quiz, September 1963
Quizoo, October 1962
- Electronic Photo Album Quiz, March 1963
- Electronic Alphabet Quiz, May 1963
- Quiz: Resistive?
Inductive? or Capacitive?, October 1960
- Vector-Circuit Matching Quiz, June 1970
Quiz, September 1961
- RC Circuit
Quiz, June 1963
- Diode Quiz,
- Electronic Curves Quiz, February 1963
- Electronic Numbers Quiz, December 1962
- Energy Conversion Quiz, April 1963
Function Quiz, June 1962
Quiz - February 1967
- Unknown Frequency
Quiz - September 1965
Metals Quiz - October 1964
Measurement Quiz - August 1967
- Meter-Reading Quiz,
Geometry Quiz, January 1965
Factor Quiz, November 1966
Math Quiz, November 1965
- Series Circuit Quiz,
Quiz, March 1966
- Electronic Analogy
Quiz, November 1961
Coupling Quiz, August 1973
- Electronics Analogy Quiz, August 1960
- Audio Quiz,
Unit Quiz, May 1962
Capacitor Circuit Quiz, June 1968
- Quiz on AC Circuit Theory, December 1970
- Magnetic Phenomena Quiz, February 1962
- Electronics Geography Quiz, April 1970
Electronic Menu Quiz, August 1963
- Electronic Noise Quiz, August 1962
- Electronic Current Quiz, October 1963
- Electronic Inventors Quiz, November 1963
Function Quiz, January 1962
- Electronic Measurement Quiz, January 1963
Tube Quiz, February 1961
- Kool-Keeping Kwiz, June
- Find the
Brightest Bulb Quiz, April 1960
Alphabet Quiz Answers
A - 8 Class A amplifiers use a biasing level which permits plate current to flow continuously when an
a.c. signal is applied to the grid.
B - 3 The B battery is used to supply the plate voltage for battery-operated tubes.
C - 9 Operating temperatures for electronic devices are often given in degrees celsius (°C), formerly
known as the centigrade scale.
E - 7 The E layer of the ionosphere 50 - 90 miles up provides daytime over-the-horizon short-wave
L - 10 An L section choke input filter is used in full-wave, high-current power supplies such as those
employing mercury vapor rectifiers.
Q - 1 The Q of a coil is a figure of merit representing the ratio of its reactance to resistance at a specific frequency.
S - 5 An S-meter is a relative signal strength indicator on radio receivers, calibrated in "S" units from 0 - 9,
and in db above S-9.
X - 2 X-ray radiation is produced in a Roentgen tube when a high-velocity electron beam strikes a tungsten target.
Y - 6 The Y connection of transformer secondary windings provides three-phase power in which the line-to-line
voltage equals 1.732 times the line-to-ground voltage.
Z - 4 The Z-axis input of an oscilloscope permits intensity modulation of the electron beam by applying the
signal to the grid-cathode circuit.
Posted June 25, 2014