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Microwave Engineering Crossword Puzzle

December 2, 2012

2012 Crosswords Archive

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Microwave Engineering Crossword Puzzle for December 2, 2012 - RF Cafe


1. Configure a switch to make electrical contact

5. The "A" in ASDL

11. Pick-and-_____ automated PCB component insertion tool

15. Keyboard key

16. Morse Code for "from"

17. Electrical overstress (abbr.)

18. Chemical symbol for radium

20. The "T" in ATE

22. Chemical symbol for gallium

24. Unit of length (abbr.)

25. 4th rock from the sun

27. Chemical symbol for bromine

28. Software drafting tool (abbr.)

30. Carrier-to-noise ratio (abbr.)

31. Unit of weight (pl.)

34. Modulation technique (abbr.)

35. 1/000 of an inch

36. Entity defined in the second law of thermodynamics

38. Chemical symbol for neon

39. Use a DMM or o-scope

40. PC follower

42. Front edge of a wing (abbr.)

43. Mate to a TX

44. Chemical symbol for silver

45. Increased elapsed time before a signal begins

47. Upper frequency (abbr.)

49. Instrument for measuring current

51. Exponent that returns the original number

53. 36 in. (abbr., pl.)

54. Transportation accident investigation agency (abbr.)

56. Electromagnetic interference (abbr.)

57. Adjust a pot

59. Sound frequency in the human hearing range (abbr.)

60. European Telecommunications Standards Institute (abbr.)

61. Opposite of O.D.

62. Chemical symbol for rubidium

64. A common lamp tube gas

66. 1/000 of an amp (abbr.)

67. Common gateway interface (abbr.)

68. Chemical symbol for chromium

70. Negative temperature coefficient (abbr.)

72. English theoretical physicist who created the delta function now named after him

73. Software for circuit or system design (pl.)

74. Ratio of a mechanical drawing


1. The "CB" in PCB (2 wds.)

2. Opposite of I.D.

3. Adjust a pot

4. Type of capacitor dielectric

5. The science of the stars

6. Yttrium Aluminum Garnet

7. Chemical symbol for mendelevium

8. BS__ - the degree held by many RF Cafe visitors

9. Type of memory

10. Enclosed volume for equipment (pl.)

11. Number of way in which a group of objects can be arranged when order matters (pl.)

12. Line of Sight (abbr.)

13. Chemical symbol for arsenic

14. Common point on a BJT curve trace graph where the extrapolated linear operating regions all intersect (2 wds.)

19. A common battery cell size

21. Signal-to-noise ratio (abbr.)

23. PC follower

24. 1E6 nanoseconds

26. Automatic Calibration System (abbr.)

27. Chemical symbol for bismuth

29. Factor of ten

32. Switch position

33. Chemical symbol for neon

35. Metric length units

37. 36 inches

39. 1000000 prefix

41. Mate to an RX

42. Chemical symbol for lanthanum

46. Agilent's EE design software (abbr.)

47. Unit of length (abbr.)

48. Unit of time (abbr.)

50. Using the moon as a passive reflector to establish a signal path; moonbounce (abbr.)

52. A measure of receiver quality (abbr.)

54. Chemical symbol for neodymium

55. Chemical symbol for bromine

58. 1/6 inch printer's measure

60. Enhanced Graphics Adapter

61. Big Blue

63. Chemical symbol for beryllium oxide

65. Negative temperature coefficient (abbr.)

67. Chemical symbol for chromium

68. Chemical symbol for chlorine

69. Chemical symbol for radium

71. Chemical symbol for calcium

See solution below

Microwave Engineering Crossword Puzzle Solution for December 2, 2012 - RF Cafe

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