Blake: MCQ in Antenna

(Last Updated On: January 10, 2018)
Blake: MCQs in Antenna

This is the Multiple Choice Questions in Chapter 16: Antenna from the book Electronic Communication Systems by Roy BlakeBlake: MCQ in Antenna. 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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1. The real part of an antenna’s input impedance is due to:

  • a. the radiated signal
  • b. the reflected signal
  • c. the SWR
  • d. all of the above


2. A half-wave dipole is sometimes called:

  • a. a Marconi antenna
  • b. a Hertz antenna
  • c. a Yagi antenna
  • d. none of the above


3. The end-to-end length of a half-wave dipole antenna is actually:

  • a. one wavelength
  • b. one half-wavelength
  • c. slightly longer than a half-wavelength
  • d. slightly shorter than a half-wavelength


4. The radiation of energy from an antenna can be seen in the:

  • a. standing wave pattern around the antenna
  • b. SWR along the feed cable
  • c. radiation resistance of the antenna
  • d. I2R loss of the antenna


5. Measured on the ground, the field strength of a horizontally polarized half-wave dipole antenna is


  • a. in one direction
  • b. in two directions
  • c. in all directions
  • d. depends on the number of elements


6. The ability of an antenna to radiate more energy in one direction than in other directions is called:

  • a. directivity
  • b. selectivity
  • c. active antenna
  • d. resonance


7. The front-to-back ratio of a half-wave dipole antenna is:

  • a. 0 dB
  • b. 3 dB
  • c. 10 dB
  • d. infinite


8. An antenna’s beamwidth is measured:

  • a. from +90° to –90°
  • b. from front to back
  • c. between half-power points
  • d. between the minor side-lobes


9. ERP stands for:

  • a. Equivalent Radiation Pattern
  • b. Effective Radiation Pattern
  • c. Equivalent Radiated Power
  • d. Effective Radiated Power


10. "Ground Effects" refers to the effects on an antenna’s radiation pattern caused by:

  • a. radio signals reflecting off the ground
  • b. buildings and other structures on the ground
  • c. fading
  • d. faulty connection of the feed cable ground


11. A 1-MHz monopole antenna must be:

  • a. mounted vertically
  • b. mounted horizontally
  • c. at least one half-wavelength long
  • d. at least one wavelength long


12. The typical antenna in an AM radio is a:

  • a. dipole
  • b. folded dipole
  • c. ferrite "loop-stick"
  • d. none of the above


13. The polarization of plane waves received from a satellite is changed by:

  • a. gamma rays
  • b. Faraday Rotation
  • c. helical rotation
  • d. the distance traveled


14. A nonresonant antenna:

  • a. will not transmit
  • b. will not receive
  • c. will cause SWR on the feed cable
  • d. all of the above


15. At resonance, the input impedance to a lossless antenna should be:

  • a. resistive
  • b. inductive
  • c. capacitive
  • d. infinite


16. An antenna can be matched to a feed line using:

  • a. a shorted stub
  • b. a loading coil
  • c. an LC network
  • d. all of the above


17. As the length of a "long-wire" antenna is increased:

  • a. the number of lobes increases
  • b. the number of nodes decreases
  • c. efficiency decreases
  • d. none of the above


18. Arrays can be:

  • a. phased
  • b. driven
  • c. parasitic
  • d. all of the above


19. An array with one driven element, a reflector, and one or more directors is called a:

  • a. Marconi
  • b. Yagi
  • c. Log-Periodic Dipole
  • d. stacked array


20. LPDA stands for:

  • a. Low-Power Dipole Array
  • b. Low-Power Directed Array
  • c. Log-Periodic Dipole Array
  • d. Log Power Dipole Array


21. The radiated beam from a parabolic "dish" transmitting antenna is:

  • a. collimated
  • b. phased
  • c. dispersed
  • d. none of the above


22. The energy picked up by a parabolic antenna is concentrated at the:

  • a. center
  • b. edges
  • c. focus
  • d. horn


23. Antennas are often tested in:

  • a. an echo chamber
  • b. an anechoic chamber
  • c. a vacuum chamber
  • d. an RF reflective chamber


24. Field strength at a distance from an antenna is measured with:

  • a. a slotted line
  • b. a dipole
  • c. an EIRP meter
  • d. a field-strength meter



1. An antenna is the interface between the transmission line and ____________________.

ANS: space

2. Hertz antenna is another name for a half-wave ____________________.

ANS: dipole

3. The length of a half-wave dipole is about ____________________ % of a half-wave in free space.

ANS: 95

4. The ____________________ resistance is the portion of an antenna’s input impedance due to transmitted radio waves leaving the antenna.

ANS: radiation

5. Input impedance at the center feed point of a resonant half-wave dipole is about ____________________ W.

ANS: 70

6. Input impedance at the center feed point of a resonant folded dipole is about ____________________ W.

ANS: 280 – 300

7. The vertical angle of radiation is called the angle of ____________________.

ANS: elevation

8. Antenna radiation patterns are typically drawn on graphs with ____________________ coordinates.

ANS: polar

9. As compared to a ____________________ source, a half-wave dipole has a gain of about 2 dBi.




10. Antenna gain measured in ____________________ is with reference to a half-wave dipole.

ANS: dBd

11. ____________________ is the same as the gain for a lossless antenna.

ANS: Directivity

12. The front-to-back ratio of a half-wave dipole is ____________________ dB.

ANS: 0

13. The ____________________ of a directional antenna is the angle between its half-power points.

ANS: beamwidth

14. ERP stands for ____________________ radiated power.

ANS: effective

15. ERP is the power input to the antenna multiplied by the antenna’s ____________________.

ANS: gain

16. A ____________________ is required to connect a coaxial cable to a center-fed dipole antenna.

ANS: balun

17. A horizontally mounted dipole will radiate waves with ____________________ polarization.

ANS: horizontal

18. A folded dipole has ____________________ bandwidth than a standard dipole.





19. A monopole antenna is typically mounted in the ____________________ direction.

ANS: vertical

20. The length of a typical monopole antenna is ____________________ wavelength.




21. A monopole antenna mounted high on a tower typically uses a ____________________ plane.

ANS: ground

22. A vertical antenna has an _________________________ radiation pattern for ground-based receivers.

ANS: omnidirectional

23. The number of driven elements in a Yagi antenna is typically ____________________.

ANS: one

24. The reflector on a Yagi antenna is called a ____________________ element.

ANS: parasitic

25. An LPDA is a ____________________ dipole array.

ANS: log-periodic

26. If an LPDA had five elements, the number of driven elements it had would be ____________________.

ANS: five

27. All the waves that hit the surface of a parabolic antenna merge at the ____________________.

ANS: focus

28. A ____________________ beam has all its individual rays parallel to each other.

ANS: collimated

29. A microwave ____________________ antenna is essentially an extension of a waveguide.

ANS: horn

30. An ____________________ chamber is often used to test microwave antennas.

ANS: anechoic


1. Calculate the physical length of a half-wave dipole for use at 300 MHz.


475 millimeters

2. How much power will a 95% efficient antenna radiate if driven with 100 watts?


95 watts

3. If an antenna has 10.14 dB of gain compared to a point source, how much gain does it have compared to a half-wave dipole?


8 dB

4. What is the ERP of an antenna with 10 dBd of gain and driven by one watt?


10 watts

5. A resonant antenna has an input impedance of 100 ohms and is driven by 100 watts. What is the RMS current in the antenna?


1 ampere

6. A resonant antenna has an input impedance of 100 ohms and is driven by 100 watts. What is the RMS voltage at the feed-point of the antenna?


100 volts

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