Kennedy: MCQs in Radio Receivers

MCQs in Radio Receivers

This is the Multiple Choice Questions in Chapter 6: Radio Receivers 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 of the following statements about the advantages of the phase discriminator over the slope detector is false:

  • a. Much easier alignment
  • b. Better linearity
  • c. Greater limiting
  • d. Fewer tuned circuits

2. Show which of the following statements about the amplitude limiter is untrue:

  • a. The circuit is always biased in class C, by virtue of the leak-type bias.
  • b. When the input increases past the threshold of the limiting, the gain
  • decreases to keep the output constant.
  • c. The output must be tuned
  • d. Leak-type bias must be used

3. In a radio receiver with simple AGC

  • a. an increase in signal strength produces more AGC
  • b. the audio stage gain is normally controlled by the AGC
  • c. the faster the AGC time constant the more accurate the output
  • d. the highest AGC voltage is produced

4. In a broadcast superheterodyne receiver, the

  • a. local oscillator operates below the signal frequency
  • b. mixer input must be tuned to the signal frequency
  • c. local oscillator frequency is normally double the IF
  • d. RF amplifier normally works at 455 kHz above the carrier frequency

5. To prevent overloading of the IF amplifier in a receiver, one should use

  • a. squelch
  • b. variable sensitivity
  • c. variable selectivity
  • d. double conversion

6. A superheterodyne receiver with an IF of 450 kHz is tuned to a signal at 1200 kHz. The image frequency is

  • a. 750 kHz
  • b. 900 kHz
  • c. 1650 kHz
  • d. 2100 kHz

7. In a ratio detector

  • a. the linearity is worse than in phase discriminator
  • b. stabilization against signal strength variations is provided
  • c. the output is twice that obtainable from a similar phase discriminator
  • d. the circuit is the same as in a discriminator, except that the diodes are reversed

8. The typical squelch circuit cuts off

  • a. an audio amplifier when the carrier is absent
  • b. RF interference when the signal is weak
  • c. An IF amplifier when the AGC is maximum
  • d. An IF amplifier when the AGC is minimum

9. Indicate the false statement in connection with communications receivers.

  • a. The noise limiter cuts off the receiver’s output during a noise pulse.
  • b. A product demodulator could be used for the reception of Morse code.
  • c. Double conversion is used to improve image rejection
  • d. Variable sensitivity is used to eliminate selective fading

10. The controlled oscillator synthesizer is sometimes preferred over the direct one because

  • a. it is a simpler piece of equipment
  • b. its frequency stability is better
  • c. it does not require crystal oscillator
  • d. it is relatively free of spurious frequency

11. The frequency generated by each decade in a direct frequency synthesizer is much higher than the frequency shown; this is done to

  • a. reduce the spurious frequency problem
  • b. increase the frequency stability of the synthesizer
  • c. reduce the number of decades
  • d. reduce the number of crystals required

12. Indicate which of the following circuits could not demodulate SSB:

  • a. Balance modulator
  • b. Product modulator
  • c. BFO
  • d. Phase discriminator

13. If a FET is used as the first AF amplifier in a transistor receiver, this will have the effect of

  • a. improving the effectiveness of the AGC
  • b. reducing the effect of negative-peak clipping
  • c. reducing the effect of noise at low modulation depths
  • d. improving the selectivity of the receiver

14. Indicate the false statement. The superheterodyne receiver replaced the TRF receiver because the latter suffered from

  • a. gain variation over the frequency coverage range
  • b. insufficient gain and sensitivity
  • c. inadequate selectivity at high frequencies
  • d. instability

15. The image frequency of a superheterodyne receiver

  • a. is created within the receiver itself
  • b. is due to insufficient adjacent channel rejection
  • c. is not rejected be the IF tuned circuits
  • d. is independent of the frequency to which the receiver is tuned

16. One of the main functions of the RF amplifier in a superheterodyne receiver is to

  • a. provide improved tracking
  • b. permit better adjacent-channel rejection
  • c. increase the tuning range of the receiver
  • d. improve the rejection of the image frequency

17. A receiver has poor IF selectivity. It will therefore also have poor

  • a. blocking
  • b. double-spotting
  • c. diversion reception
  • d. sensitivity

18. Three-point tracking is achieved with

  • a. variable selectivity
  • b. the padder capacitor
  • c. double spotting
  • d. double conversion

19. The local oscillator of a broadcast receiver is tuned to a frequency higher than the incoming frequency

  • a. to help the image frequency rejection
  • b. to permit easier tracking
  • c. because otherwise an intermediate frequency could not be produced
  • d. to allow adequate frequency coverage without switching

20. If the intermediate frequency is very high (indicate false statement)

  • a. image frequency rejection is very good
  • b. the local oscillator need not be extremely stable
  • c. the selectivity will be poor
  • d. tracking will be improved

21. A low ratio of the ac to the dc load impedance of a diode detector results in

  • a. diagonal clipping
  • b. poor AGC operation
  • c. negative-peak clipping
  • d. poor AF response

22. One of the following cannot be used to demodulate SSB:

  • a. Product detector
  • b. Diode Balance modulator
  • c. Bipolar transistor balanced modulator
  • d. Complete phase-shift generator

23. Indicate the false statement. Noting that no carrier is transmitter with J3E, we see that

  • a. the receiver cannot use a phase comparator for AFC
  • b. adjacent-channel rejection is more difficult
  • c. production of AGC is a rather complicated process
  • d. the transmission is not compatible with A3E

24. When a receiver has good blocking performance, this means that

  • a. it does not suffer from double-spotting
  • b. its image frequency rejection is poor
  • c. it is unaffected by AGC derived from nearby transmissions
  • d. its detector suffers from burnout

25. An AM receiver uses a diode detector for demodulation. This enables it satisfactorily to receive

  • a. single-sideband, suppressed-carrier
  • b. single-sideband, reduced-carrier
  • c. ISB
  • d. Single-sideband, full-carrier

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