August 1962 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.
OK, class, put your books
away and take out a pencil. Spread your chairs out because we're going to have a
short test today. A collective sigh permeates the room. Remember those days? I still
have nightmares over those moments, and they were decades ago for me. At least this
"Electronic Noise Quiz" from the August 1962 edition of Popular Electronics
won't affect your GPA. Sometimes PE's quiz illustrations are kind of hard to interpret,
but this one does a pretty good job (except item 'E', but I'm not telling what it
is since nobody helped me). You will need a fairly diverse background in consumer
type electronics to do well, and having a few gray hairs will probably help as well.
Good luck. BTW, my score was a somewhat embarrassing 80%.
Electronic Noise Quiz
By Robert P. Balin
The noises that electrical and electronic devices make can indicate normal operation
or trouble, and a clever technician trains his ear to distinguish one from the other.
Test your noise knowledge by matching the 10 noises listed below with the drawings
(A-J) of the devices that usually produce them.
See answers below.
Quizzes from vintage electronics magazines such as Popular
Electronics, Electronics-World, QST, and Radio News were published
over the years - some really simple and others not so simple. Robert P. Balin
created most of the quizzes for Popular Electronics. This is a listing
of all I have posted thus far.
Radio Quiz - December 1947 Radio-Craft
Quiz - October 1955 Radio & Television News
- Electronics Physics
Quiz - March 1974 Popular Electronics
- A Baffling Quiz
- January 1968 Popular Electronics
- Electronics IQ
Quiz - May 1967 Popular Electronics
- Plug and Jack
Quiz - December 1967 Popular Electronics
Switching Quiz - October 1967 Popular Electronics
Angle Quiz - September 1967 Popular Electronics
Electronics Quiz - July 1967 Popular Electronics
- FM Radio
Quiz - April 1950 Radio & Television News
- Bridge Circuit
Quiz -December 1966 Popular Electronics
- Diode Function
Quiz - August 1965 Popular Electronics
- Diagram Quiz,
August 1966 Popular Electronics
- Quist Quiz - November
- TV Trouble Quiz,
July 1966 Popular Electronics
- Electronics History Quiz,
December 1965 Popular Electronics
- Scope-Trace Quiz,
March 1965 Popular Electronics
Circuit Analogy Quiz, April 1973
Test Your Knowledge of Semiconductors, August 1972 Popular Electronics
- Ganged Switching
Quiz, April 1972 Popular Electronics
- Lamp Brightness
Quiz, January 1969 Popular Electronics
- Lissajous Pattern Quiz, September 1963 Popular Electronics
Quizoo, October 1962 Popular Electronics
- Electronic Photo Album Quiz, March 1963 Popular Electronics
- Electronic Alphabet Quiz, May 1963 Popular Electronics
- Quiz: Resistive?
Inductive? or Capacitive?, October 1960 Popular Electronics
- Vector-Circuit Matching Quiz, June 1970 Popular Electronics
Quiz, September 1961 Popular Electronics
- RC Circuit Quiz,
June 1963 Popular Electronics
- Diode Quiz, July
1961 Popular Electronics
- Electronic Curves Quiz, February 1963 Popular Electronics
- Electronic Numbers Quiz, December 1962 Popular Electronics
- Energy Conversion Quiz, April 1963 Popular Electronics
- Coil Function
Quiz, June 1962 Popular Electronics
Co-Inventors Quiz - January 1965 Electronics World
"-Tron" Teasers Quiz - October 1963 Electronics World
- Polarity Quiz
- March 1968 Popular Electronics
I.Q. Quiz - October 1948 Radio & Television News
- Amplifier Quiz
Part I - February 1964 Popular Electronics
Quiz - February 1967 Popular Electronics
Frequency Quiz - September 1965 Popular Electronics
Metals Quiz - October 1964 Popular Electronics
Measurement Quiz - August 1967 Popular Electronics
Quiz, June 1966 Popular Electronics
Geometry Quiz, January 1965 Popular Electronics
Factor Quiz, November 1966 Popular Electronics
Math Quiz, November 1965 Popular Electronics
- Series Circuit
Quiz, May 1966 Popular Electronics
Quiz, March 1966 Popular Electronics
Quiz: Test Your Sales Ability - April 1947 Radio News
Analogy Quiz, November 1961 Popular Electronics
Coupling Quiz, August 1973 Popular Electronics
- Electronics Analogy Quiz, August 1960 Popular Electronics
- Audio Quiz, April
1955 Popular Electronics
- Electronic Unit
Quiz, May 1962 Popular Electronics
Circuit Quiz, June 1968 Popular Electronics
- Quiz on AC Circuit Theory, December 1970 Popular Electronics
- Magnetic Phenomena Quiz, February 1962 Popular Electronics
- Electronics Geography Quiz, April 1970 Popular Electronics
Menu Quiz, August 1963 Popular Electronics
- Electronic Noise Quiz, August 1962 Popular Electronics
- Electronic Current Quiz, October 1963 Popular Electronics
- Electronic Inventors Quiz, November 1963 Popular Electronics
- Resistor Function
Quiz, January 1962 Popular Electronics
- Electronic Measurement Quiz, January 1963 Popular Electronics
- Vacuum Tube Quiz,
February 1961 Popular Electronics
- Kool-Keeping Kwiz, June
1970 Popular Electronics
- Find the Brightest
Bulb Quiz, April 1960 Popular Electronics
Where Do the Scientists Belong? - Feb 19, 1949 Saturday Evening
Electronic Noise Quiz Answers
1 - B) Transformer buzz is usually produced by the vibration of loose laminations
in the transformer's iron core.
2 - H) Relay chatter occurs when the current value in the relay coil is
somewhere between the normal operating value and the drop-out value.
3 - I) Turntable rumble is a low-frequency vibration mechanically transmitted
to the phono cartridge pickup by the turntable drive mechanism.
4 - G) Keying chirp is caused by undesirable variations in transmitted
frequency when the transmitter r.f. oscillator is keyed.
5 - J) Armature growl is a symptomatic sound made by an armature containing
shorted turns when placed on a test-stand device called a "growler."
6 - A) Loudspeaker boom is produced by self-oscillation of the speaker
at a low-frequency resonant point.
7 - E) Needle scratch is due to a worn stylus point. Dirt and dust on a
record or a defective record can produce the same sound.
8 - C) Tube hiss is due to electron collisions in an irregular electron
stream caused by an uneven cathode coating. Although a tape recorder (F) and a car
generator (D) will also produce hiss, they are not the correct answers for question
8, but for 9 and 10 which follow.
9 - F) Tape recorder wow is comprised of slow variations in the pitch of
recorded sounds caused by irregular slippage or drag in the tape drive mechanism.
A turntable (I) with a friction drive will also produce wow sounds, but (I) has
already been matched with question 3.
10 - D) Generator whine is due to commutator sparking and changes in frequency
with varying engine speeds, and it sometimes interferes with reception in or from
Posted May 22, 2019(original 1/31/2013)