Blake: MCQ in Receivers

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

This is the Multiple Choice Questions in Chapter 6: Receivers from the book Electronic Communication Systems by Roy BlakeBlake: MCQ in Receivers. 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 two basic specifications for a receiver are:

  • a. the sensitivity and the selectivity
  • b. the number of converters and the number of IFs
  • c. the spurious response and the tracking
  • d. the signal and the noise


2. The superheterodyne receiver was invented by:

  • a. Foster
  • b. Seeley
  • c. Armstrong
  • d. Hertz


3. Trimmers and padders are:

  • a. two types of adjusting tools
  • b. small adjustable resistors
  • c. small adjustable inductors
  • d. small adjustable capacitors


4. "Skin effect" refers to:

  • a. the way radio signals travel across a flat surface
  • b. the tissue-burning effect of a strong RF signal
  • c. the increase of wire resistance with frequency
  • d. none of the above


5. The "front end" of a receiver can include:

  • a. the tuner
  • b. the RF amplifier
  • c. the mixer
  • d. all of the above


6. "IF" stands for:

  • a. intermediate frequency
  • b. intermodulation frequency
  • c. indeterminate frequency
  • d. image frequency


7. AGC stands for:

  • a. Audio Gain Control
  • b. Automatic Gain Control
  • c. Active Gain Control
  • d. Active Gain Conversion


8. The frequency of the local oscillator:

  • a. is above the RF frequency
  • b. is below the RF frequency
  • c. can be either above of below the RF frequency
  • d. is fixed, typically at 455 kHz.


9. The local oscillator and mixer are combined in one device because:

  • a. it gives a greater reduction of spurious responses
  • b. it increases sensitivity
  • c. it increases selectivity
  • d. it is cheaper


10. Basically, sensitivity measures:

  • a. the weakest signal that can be usefully received
  • b. the highest-frequency signal that can be usefully received
  • c. the dynamic range of the audio amplifier
  • d. none of the above


11. Basically, selectivity measures:

  • a. the range of frequencies that the receiver can select
  • b. with two signals close in frequency, the ability to receive one and reject the other
  • c. how well adjacent frequencies are separated by the demodulator
  • d. how well the adjacent frequencies are separated in the mixer


12. When comparing values for shape factor:

  • a. a value of 1.414 dB is ideal
  • b. a value of 0.707 is ideal
  • c. a value of 1.0 is ideal
  • d. there is no ideal value


13. When comparing values for shape factor:

  • a. a value of 2 is better than a value of 4
  • b. a value of 4 is better than a value of 2
  • c. both values are basically equivalent
  • d. none of the above


14. Distortion in a receiver can occur in:

  • a. the mixer
  • b. the detector
  • c. the IF amplifiers
  • d. all of the above


15. Phase distortion is important in:

  • a. voice communications systems
  • b. color video receivers
  • c. monochrome video receivers
  • d. all of the above


16. The response of a receiver to weak signals is usually limited by:

  • a. the AGC
  • b. noise generated in the receiver
  • c. the dynamic range of the receiver
  • d. the type of detector circuit being used


17. Image frequencies occur when two signals:

  • a. are transmitted on the same frequency
  • b. enter the mixer, with one being a reflected signal equal to the IF frequency
  • c. enter the mixer, one below and one above the local oscillator by a difference equal to the IF
  • d. enter the mixer, and the difference between the two signals is equal to twice the IF


18. An image must be rejected:

  • a. prior to mixing
  • b. prior to IF amplification
  • c. prior to detection
  • d. images cannot be rejected


19. Image frequency problems would be reduced by:

  • a. having an IF amplifier with the proper shape factor
  • b. having a wideband RF amplifier after the mixer
  • c. having a narrowband RF amplifier before the mixer
  • d. none of the above


20. A common AM detector is the:

  • a. PLL
  • b. envelope detector
  • c. ratio detector
  • d. all of the above


21. An FM detector is the:

  • a. PLL
  • b. ratio detector
  • c. quadrature detector
  • d. all of the above


22. Germanium diodes are used in AM detectors because:

  • a. they are faster than silicon diodes
  • b. they are cheaper than silicon diodes
  • c. they minimize distortion from nonlinearity
  • d. all of the above


23. A common SSB detector is:

  • a. a PLL
  • b. a diode
  • c. a BFO
  • d. a product detector


24. BFO stands for:

  • a. Beat Frequency Oscillator
  • b. Barrier Frequency Oscillator
  • c. Bipolar Frequency Oscillator
  • d. Bistable Frequency Oscillator


25. To demodulate both SSB and DSBSC, you need to:

  • a. use a Foster-Seeley discriminator
  • b. reinject the carrier
  • c. use double conversion
  • d. use one diode for SSB and two diodes for DSBSC


26. Which would be best for DSBSC:

  • a. carrier detection
  • b. coherent detection
  • c. envelope detection
  • d. ratio detection


27. An FM detector that is not sensitive to amplitude variations is:

  • a. Foster-Seeley detector
  • b. a quadrature detector
  • c. a PLL detector
  • d. all of the above


28. The function of a limiter is:

  • a. to remove amplitude variations
  • b. to limit spurious responses
  • c. to limit dynamic range
  • d. to limit noise response


29. Suppressing the audio when no signal is present is called:

  • a. AGC
  • b. squelch
  • c. AFC
  • d. limiting


30. LNA stands for:

  • a. Limited-Noise Amplifier
  • b. Low-Noise Amplifier
  • c. Low-Noise Audio
  • d. Logarithmic Noise Amplification


31. AFC stands for:

  • a. Audio Frequency Compensator
  • b. Autodyne Frequency Compensation
  • c. Automatic Frequency Control
  • d. Autonomous Frequency Control


32. The function of AFC is:

  • a. maintain a constant IF frequency
  • b. match the local oscillator to the received signal
  • c. lock the discriminator to the IF frequency
  • d. none of the above


33. SAW stands for:

  • a. Symmetrical Audio Wave
  • b. Surface Acoustic Wave
  • c. Silicon-Activated Wafer
  • d. Software-Activated Wave


34. The important property of a SAW is:

  • a. it stabilizes the audio in a receiver
  • b. it allows software radios to be built
  • c. it is a stable bandpass filter
  • d. none of the above


35. The main function of the AGC is to:

  • a. keep the gain of the receiver constant
  • b. keep the gain of the IF amplifiers constant
  • c. keep the input to the detector at a constant amplitude
  • d. all of the above


36. DSP stands for:

  • a. Dynamic Signal Properties
  • b. Direct Signal Phase
  • c. Distorted Signal Packet
  • d. Digital Signal Processor


37. SINAD stands for:

  • a. Sinusoidal Amplitude Distortion
  • b. Signal and Noise Amplitude Distortion
  • c. Signal-plus-Noise-to-Noise Ratio
  • d. Signal-plus-Noise and Distortion-to-Noise and Distortion Ratio


38. TRF stands for:

  • a. Tuned Radio Frequency
  • b. Tracking Radio Frequency
  • c. Transmitted Radio Frequency
  • d. Tuned Receiver Function



1. Almost all modern receivers use the _________________________ principle.

ANS: superheterodyne

2. The first radio receiver of any kind was built in the year ____________________.

ANS: 1887

3. When two tuned circuits ____________________ each other, it means that when the frequency of one is adjusted, the other changes with it.

ANS: track

4. The ____________________ effect causes the resistance of wire to increase with frequency.

ANS: skin

5. The superhet was invented in the year ____________________.

ANS: 1918

6. In a receiver, the ____________________ refers to the input filter and RF stage.

ANS: front end

7. In a superhet, the output of the ____________________ goes to the IF amplifiers.

ANS: mixer

8. In a superhet, the ____________________ frequency is the difference between the local oscillator frequency and the received signal frequency.




9. The ____________________ circuit adjusts the gain of the IF amplifiers in response to signal strength.


10. An ____________________ converter uses the same transistor for both the local oscillator and the mixer.

ANS: autodyne

11. In low-side injection, the local oscillator is ____________________ than the received signal frequency.

ANS: lower

12. ____________________ is the ability of a receiver to separate two signals that are close to each other in frequency.

ANS: Selectivity

13. ____________________ is the ability of a receiver to receive and successfully demodulate a very weak signal.

ANS: Sensitivity

14. A receiver with two different IF frequencies is called a double-____________________ receiver.

ANS: conversion

15. A multiple-conversion receiver will have better rejection of ____________________ frequencies.

ANS: image

16. A demodulator is also called a ____________________.

ANS: detector

17. An ____________________ detector uses a diode to half-wave rectify an AM signal.

ANS: envelope

18. A ____________________ detector is used for SSB signals.

ANS: product

19. A BFO produces a locally generated ____________________.

ANS: carrier

20. A DSBSC signal requires a ____________________ detection circuit.

ANS: coherent

21. FM detectors have a characteristic ____________________-shaped curve.


22. While still commonly found, the Foster-Seeley and ratio detectors are ____________________.

ANS: obsolescent

23. Unlike the PLL detector, the quadrature detector is sensitive to changes in ____________________ of the input signal.

ANS: amplitude

24. A dual-____________________ MOSFET is useful for AGC.

ANS: gate

25. Diode mixers are too ____________________ to be practical in most applications.

ANS: noisy

26. The IF amplifiers in an AM receiver must be Class ____________________.


27. A double-tuned IF transformer is usually ____________________ coupled for the response to have a flat top and steep sides.

ANS: over

28. Multiple IF stages can be ____________________-tuned to increase the bandwidth.

ANS: stagger

29. Compared to tuned circuits, ceramic and crystal IF filters do not require ____________________.

ANS: adjustment

30. Up-conversion is when the output of the mixer is a ____________________ frequency than the incoming signal.

ANS: higher

31. In a block converter, the frequency of the first local oscillator is ____________________.




32. Typically, AGC reduces the gain of the ____________________ amplifiers.


33. An ____________________-meter is designed to indicate signal strength in many communications receivers.


34. The effectiveness of FM ____________________ is measured by a receiver’s quieting sensitivity.

ANS: limiting

35. A ____________________ refers to any kind of FM or PM detector.

ANS: discriminator


1. Suppose the bandwidth of a tuned circuit is 10 kHz at 1 MHz. Approximately what bandwidth would you expect it to have at 4 MHz?

ANS:20 kHz

2. Using high-side injection for a 1-MHz IF, what is the frequency of the local oscillator when the receiver is tuned to 5 MHz?


6 MHz

3. An IF filter has a –60 dB bandwidth of 25 kHz and a –6 dB bandwidth of 20 kHz. What is the shape factor value?



4. Suppose a receiver uses a 5-MHz IF frequency. Assuming high-side injection, what would be the image frequency if the receiver was tuned to 50 MHz?


60 MHz

5. Suppose a SSB receiver requires an injected frequency of 1.5 MHz. What would be the acceptable frequency range of the BFO if the maximum acceptable baseband shift is 100 hertz?


1.5 MHz ± 100 hertz

6. The transformer of a double-tuned IF amplifier has a Q of 25 for both primary and secondary. What value of kc do you need to achieve optimal coupling?



7. What value of transformer coupling would a double-tuned 10-MHz IF amplifier with optimal coupling need to get a bandwidth of 100 kHz?



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