Kennedy: MCQs in Radiation and Propagation of Waves

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MCQs in Radiation and Propagation of Waves

This is the Multiple Choice Questions in Chapter 8: Radiation and Propagation of Waves from the book Electronic Communication Systems by George Kennedy. If you are looking for a reviewer in Communications Engineering this will definitely help. I can assure you that this will be a great help in reviewing the book in preparation for your Board Exam. Make sure to familiarize each and every questions to increase the chance of passing the ECE Board Exam.

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Choose the letter of the best answer in each questions.

1. Indicate which one of the following terms applies to troposcatter propagation:

  • a. SIDs
  • b. Fading
  • c. Atmospheric storms
  • d. Faraday rotation

2. VLF waves are used for some type of services because

  • a. of the low powers required
  • b. the transmitting antennas are of convenient size
  • c. they are very reliable
  • d. the penetrate the ionosphere easily

3. Indicate which of the following frequencies cannot be used for reliable beyond-the-horizon terrestrial communications without repeaters:

  • a. 20 kHz
  • b. 15 MHz
  • c. 900 MHz
  • d. 12 GHz

4. High-frequency waves are

  • a. absorbed by the F2 layer
  • b. reflected by the D layer
  • c. capable of use for long-distance communications on the moon
  • d. affected by the solar cycle

5. Distances near the skip distance should be used for the sky-wave propagation

  • a. to avoid tilting
  • b. to prevent sky-wave and upper ray interference
  • c. to avoid the Faraday effect
  • d. so as nor to exceed the critical frequency

6. A ship-to-ship communications system is plagued by fading. The best solution seems to be use of

  • a. a more directional antenna
  • b. a broadband antenna
  • c. frequency diversity
  • d. space diversity

7. A range of microwave frequencies more easily passed by the atmosphere than are the others is called a

  • a. window
  • b. critical frequency
  • c. gyro frequency range
  • d. resonance in the atmosphere

8. Frequencies in the UHF range normally propagate by means of

  • a. ground waves
  • b. sky waves
  • c. surface waves
  • d. space waves

9. Tropospheric scatter is used with frequencies in the following range:

  • a. HF
  • b. VHF
  • c. UHF
  • d. VLF

10. The ground wave eventually disappears, as one moves away from the transmitter, because of

  • a. interference from the sky wave
  • b. loss of line-of-sight conditions
  • c. maximum single-hop distance limitation
  • d. tilting

11. In electromagnetic waves, polarization

  • a. is caused by reflection
  • b. is due to the transverse nature of the waves
  • c. results from the longitudinal nature of the waves
  • d. is always vertical in an isotropic medium

12. As electromagnetic waves travel in free space, only one of the following can happen to them:

  • a. absorption
  • b. attenuation
  • c. refraction
  • d. reflection

13. The absorption of radio waves by the atmosphere depends on

  • a. their frequency
  • b. their distance from the transmitter
  • c. the polarization of the waves
  • d. the polarization of the atmosphere

14. Electromagnetic waves are refracted when they

  • a. pass into a medium of different dielectric constant
  • b. are polarized at right angles to the direction of propagation
  • c. encounter a perfectly conducting plane
  • d. pass through a small slot in a conducting plane

15. Diffraction of electromagnetic waves

  • a. is caused by reflections from the ground
  • b. arises only with spherical wavefronts
  • c. will occur when the waves pass through a large slot
  • d. may occur around the edge of a sharp obstacle

16. When microwave signals follow the curvature of the earth, this is known as

  • a. the Faraday effect
  • b. ducting
  • c. tropospheric scatter
  • d. ionospheric reflection

17. Helical antennas are often used for satellite tracking at VHF because of

  • a. troposcatter
  • b. superrefraction
  • c. ionospheric refract
  • d. the Faraday effect

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