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1. On a Smith chart, what does
a point in the bottom half of the chart represent?
a) An inductive impedance
b) A capacitive impedance
c) Power saturation
2. While we're on the subject of Smith charts, what is the impedance of the
point at the far left edge of the center horizontal line?
a) Infinite ohms (open circuit)
b) Zero ohms
c) 50 ohm match
3. A single-conversion downconverter uses a high-side local
oscillator (LO) to translate the input radio frequency (RF) to an intermediate frequency (IF). Will spectral
inversion occur at IF?
a) Yes, always
b) No, never
4. What happens to
the noise floor of a spectrum analyzer when the input filter resolution bandwidth is decreased by two decades?
a) 20 dB increase
b) 20 dB decrease
c) 40 dB decrease
5. What is a primary advantage of a quadrature modulator?
a) Low LO power required
b) Four separate outputs
c) Single-sideband output
is meant by dBi as applied to antennas?
a) Isolation in decibels
b) Physical size relative to intrinsic
c) Gain relative to an isotropic radiator
7. What is the power dynamic range of an ideal 12-bit
analog-to-digital converter (ADC)?
a) 36.12 dB
b) 120 dB
c) 72.25 dB
8. An ideal 10
dB attenuator is added in front of a load that has a 2.00:1 VSWR. What is the resulting VSWR of the load +
9. What is the thermal noise power in a 1 MHz bandwidth when the system
temperature is 15 degrees Celsius (assume gain and noise figure are 0 dB)?
a) -114.0 dBm (in a 1 MHz
b) -114.0 dBm
c) -114.0 dBm/Hz
10. Two equal amplitude tones have a power of +10
dBm, and generate a pair of equal amplitude 3rd-order intermodulation products at -20 dBm. What is the 2-tone,
3rd-order intercept point (IP3) of the system?
a) +40 dBm
b) +25 dBm
c) +20 dBm
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