October 1938 Radio-Craft
Wax nostalgic about and learn from the history of early electronics.
See articles from Radio-Craft,
published 1929 - 1953. All copyrights are hereby acknowledged.
Mixing a little fun with learning has always been a good motivation
for students. I have written in the past about a particular electronic
circuits professor I had that liked to play practical jokes during
lessons and exams. Including gag options on a multiple choice test
is a great way to inject a bit of tension-easing levity while at
the same time eliminating one or more opportunities to guess at
a wrong answer (although no relief for the
truly clueless). I sometimes do that on the
Quizzes that I generate. Radio-Craft printed a large
bunch of such quiz questions under the title "Radio WittiQuiz,"
where the questions and answers were provided by readers. Here is
one from 1938.
Free - A 1-year subscription to Radio-Craft to each person who
submits a Wittiquiz that in the opinion of the Editors is suitable
for publication in Radio-Craft. Read the following Wittiquizzes;
can you spot the correct answers? Now send in your idea of one or
more good Wittiquizzes.
(141) An electrolyte is -
(a) Another name for an electric light.
(b) A field - about an electromagnet.
(c) A solution in a storage battery.
(142) An armature is -
(a) A person who sings on Major Bowes' radio hour.
(b) The rotating part of a motor.
(c) Part of an armchair.
(143) You will find a plate in -
(a) The dish closet.
(b) A vacuum tube.
(c) A dynamo.
(d) A flashlight.
(144) Every ham should know that hi mu is -
(a) Ham lingo for the equivalent of "hey rube" in circus vernacular.
(b) Large amplification factor.
(c) High modulation efficiency.
Jerom A. Gans
(145) A dielectric is -
(a) A 2-way, radio-controlled electric railway going between
Boston and New York.
(b) A non-conducting material.
(c) A collision between 2 ohms in an electrical circuit.
(d) A new type of variable resistor.
(146) Any ham will tell you that a "T.N.T." circuit is
(a) A circuit used to set off high explosives by remote control.
(b) A self-controlled oscillator.
(c) The circuit of a radio set which has been soaked in trinitrotoluene.
(147) In television, interlaced scanning will be used
(a) To teach women how to knit.
(b) So as to reduce the bandwidth and still retain the same clarity
(c) To obtain new fashion designs.
(d) So that the receiver will not miss every other station while
scanning the dial.
(148) Video frequency is -
(a) The name of the 2nd intermediate, frequency in a triple-detection
(b) A frequency that is visible like light rays.
(c) The frequency of the voltage resulting from television scanning.
(d) The number of times each year that a blind person can see.
(149) In television a frame is -
(a) A single complete picture.
(b) The border around the cathode-ray tube.
(c) An innocent-person made to look guilty.
(d) The receiver cabinet.
(e) A halo around the objects viewed.
(150) A fixed resistor is -
(a) One that has been repaired.
(b) One that cannot be moved from its original position.
(c) One that has constant ohms-resistance value.
W. O. Clark
(151) Hysteresis is -
(a) A mild form of insanity.
(b) Heat losses in a conductor due to rapid magnetization and
(c) Distortion from overloading a detector.
(d) Result of too-small capacity in filter.
(152) A Baffle is used -
(a) In a game of cards.
(b) In a wave-trap.
(c) In a Serviceman's kit.
(d) In a loudspeaker installation.
(153) All radio Servicemen know an output meter is used
(a) Align a radio receiver.
(b) Measure wavelength of a transmitting antenna.
(c) Measure antenna radiation.
(d) Count number of people leaving a subway exit.
(154) Radio engineers are well aware a decibel is -
(a) Spanish word for December.
(b) Trade name of a new design of S.-W. receiver.
(c) A unit of power level.
(d) One-tenth of 1 coulomb.
(155) Translation gain is the additional gain realized
(a) Exchanging U. S. money for foreign money.
(b) Using resistance-coupled circuits.
(c) Changing to I.F. in superhets.
(d) Using step-up audio transformer.
(156) Anyone who has studied radio theory knows time
constant is -
(a) Time required for a condenser to charge or discharge.
(b) NAA (Arlington, . Va., station) time signals.
(c) Trade name of electric clock.
(d) Term used to describe D.A.V.C. action.
O. H. Cook, Coco Solo, C. Z.
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Posted September 14, 2014