November 1937 Radio-Craft
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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
RF Cafe 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 November 1937.
Other Radio WittiQuizzes:
November 1937 |
December 1937 |
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.
(19) A transformer is-
(a) An apparatus for converting telegraph into wireless.
(b) An ex- cross-country runner.
(c) A device for coupling electrical circuits.
(d) A device for altering the form of electrical energy between circuits.
(e) A toupée or wig.
- W. Ward
(20) Any person who is "up" in his radio knows that Radio-Craft is-
(a) Any sailing vessel which is especially equipped so that it can be con- trolled
(b) Newly developed acoustic paper used for cones in the better loudspeakers.
(c) A police cruiser having both radio transmitting and receiving facilities.
(d) Radio's livest magazine.
(e) The radio servicing profession.
- E. J. Sampson
(21) A mixer tube is usually one in which -
(a) Alternating current is changed to pulsating current.
(b) Concrete for building purposes is produced.
(c) The desired beat frequency is obtained by combining the carrier signal frequency
with the locally -generated frequency.
(d) One in which the bass and treble notes are harmoniously mixed in order to
produce a hi- fidelity tonal output.
- L. A. Webster
(22) A Wheatstone bridge is-
(a) A traffic bridge designed by Mr. Wheatstone.
(b) A device used to measure resistance.
(c) A stone used to grind wheat.
- Victor Richard
(23) A photoelectric cell is-
(a) One of those new-fangled, escape-proof contraptions in Alcatraz prison.
(b) A device for rushing photos back and forth in busy newspaper offices.
(c) A vacuum tube in which electron emission is produced by the illumination
of an electrode.
- Carl Graham
(24) It is generally known that an indoor antenna is a type of antenna
(a) Built in a door.
(b) Used to decrease the sensitivity and to increase the effects of static.
(c) One that needs no insulation.
(d) Strung up in a room or attic.
- Lyle C. Ragan
(25) All good amateurs know that an ohm is-
(a) A domesticated animal of South America.
(b) Equal to 40 W.
(c) A unit of electrical resistance.
(d) A new type of fixed condenser.
- Clarence E. Maw
(26) A grid cap is used -
(a) To keep the grid warm.
(b) As a shield.
(c) To prevent removal of the grid.
(d) To provide electrical connection to the grid.
- George Gellaty
(27) Those of us who dabbled in radio prior to the World War would refer
to a loose coupler, meaning -
(a) A defective connection between earth and ground.
(b) An amateur who would not stay on his assigned frequency.
(c) A Justice of the Peace who performed marriage ceremonies.
(d) An R.F. receiving transformer.
- P. A. Flanagan
Contest Rules (this, of course, does not hold anymore since
Radio-Craft is out of publication)
(1) An award of a 1-year subscription to Radio-Craft will be given,
each month, to each person who submits one or more Wiitiquizzes that the Editors
consider suitable for publication in Radio-Craft.
(2) Wiitiquizzes should preferably be typed; use only one side of paper.
(3) Submit as many Wiitiquizzes as you care to - the more you submit the more
chance you have of winning - but each should be good.
(4) Each Wiitiquizz must incorporate humorous elements, and must be based on
some term used in radio, public address or electronics. Each Wiitiquizz may have
4 "answers," only one of which of course will be correct; and, only 1 of which is
(5) All answers must be grouped, by question number and correct-answer letter,
on a separate sheet of paper.
(6) All contributions become the property of Radio-Craft. No contributions
can be returned.
(7) This contest is not open to Radio-Craft employees or their relatives.
Posted November 28, 2019
(updated from original post on 9/14/2014)