Blake: MCQ in Transmitters

(Last Updated On: January 9, 2018)
Blake: MCQs in Transmitters

This is the Multiple Choice Questions in Chapter 5: Transmitters from the book Electronic Communication Systems by Roy BlakeBlake: MCQ in Transmitters. 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 ability to change operating frequency rapidly without a lot of retuning is called:

  • a. agility
  • b. expansion
  • c. VFO
  • d. spread-spectrum


2. The difference between the DC power into a transmitter and the RF power coming out:

  • a. is a measure of efficiency
  • b. heats the transmitter
  • c. may require water cooling
  • d. all of the above


3. Baseband compression produces:

  • a. a smaller range of frequencies from low to high
  • b. a smaller range of amplitude from soft to loud
  • c. a smaller number of signals
  • d. none of the above


4. ALC stands for:

  • a. Amplitude Level Control
  • b. Automatic Level Control
  • c. Accurate Level Control
  • d. none of the above


5. In an AM transmitter, ALC is used to:

  • a. keep the modulation close to 100%
  • b. keep the modulation below 100%
  • c. maximize transmitted power
  • d. all of the above


6. With high-level AM:

  • a. all RF amplifiers can be nonlinear
  • b. minimum modulation power is required
  • c. minimum RF power is required
  • d. all of the above


7. With high-level AM:

  • a. the RF amplifiers are typically Class A
  • b. the RF amplifiers are typically Class B
  • c. the RF amplifiers are typically Class C
  • d. the RF amplifiers are typically Class AB


8. With low-level AM:

  • a. the RF amplifiers must be Class A
  • b. the RF amplifiers must be Class B
  • c. the RF amplifiers must be linear
  • d. the RF amplifiers must be low-power


9. Power amplifiers must be linear for any signal that:

  • a. is complex
  • b. has variable amplitude
  • c. has variable frequency
  • d. all of the above


10. In high-level AM, "high-level" refers to:

  • a. the power level of the carrier
  • b. the power level of the modulation
  • c. the power level of the final RF amplifier
  • d. none of the above


11. In high-level AM, the power in the sidebands comes from:

  • a. the modulating amplifier
  • b. the RF amplifier
  • c. the driver stage
  • d. the carrier


12. In an AM transmitter with 100% modulation, the voltage of the final RF stage will be:

  • a. approximately half the DC supply voltage
  • b. approximately twice the DC supply voltage
  • c. approximately four times the DC supply voltage
  • d. none of the above


13. Practical transmitters are usually designed to drive a load impedance of:

  • a. 50 ohms resistive
  • b. 75 ohms resistive
  • c. 300 ohms resistive
  • d. 600 ohms resistive


14. Which of the following can be used for impedance matching?

  • a. pi network
  • b. T network
  • c. both a and b
  • d. a bridge circuit


15. When a transmitter is connected to a resistor instead of an antenna, the resistor is called:

  • a. a heavy load
  • b. a dummy load
  • c. a temporary load
  • d. a test load


16. When a transmitter is connected to a resistor instead of an antenna, the resistor must be:

  • a. wire-wound
  • b. noninductive
  • c. 1% tolerance or better
  • d. all of the above


17. A Class D amplifier is:

  • a. very efficient
  • b. essentially pulse-width modulation
  • c. essentially pulse-duration modulation
  • d. all of the above


18. To generate a SSB signal:

  • a. start with full-carrier AM
  • b. start with DSBSC
  • c. start with a quadrature signal
  • d. all of the above


19. The carrier is suppressed in:

  • a. a balanced modulator
  • b. a mixer
  • c. a frequency multiplier
  • d. none of the above


20. To remove one AM sideband and leave the other you could use:

  • a. a mechanical filter
  • b. a crystal filter
  • c. both a and b
  • d. none of the above


21. A direct FM modulator:

  • a. varies the frequency of the carrier oscillator
  • b. integrates the modulating signal
  • c. both a and b
  • d. none of the above


22. An indirect FM modulator:

  • a. requires a varactor in the carrier oscillator
  • b. varies the phase of the carrier oscillator
  • c. both a and b
  • d. none of the above


23. AFC stands for:

  • a. Amplitude to Frequency Conversion
  • b. Automatic Frequency Centering
  • c. Automatic Frequency Control
  • d. Audio Frequency Control


24. Frequency multipliers are:

  • a. essentially balanced modulators
  • b. essentially Class C amplifiers
  • c. essentially mixers
  • d. none of the above


25. With mixing:

  • a. the carrier frequency can be raised
  • b. the carrier frequency can be lowered
  • c. the carrier frequency can be changed to any required value
  • d. the deviation is altered



1. The accuracy and stability of a transmitter frequency is fixed by the ____________________ oscillator.

ANS: carrier

2. In the USA, the ____________________ sets requirements for accuracy and stability of a transmitter’s frequency.


3. In Canada, _________________________ sets requirements for accuracy and stability of a transmitter’s frequency.

ANS: Industry Canada

4. Frequency ____________________ is the ability of a transmitter to change frequency without a lot of retuning.

ANS: agility

5. Power output of SSB transmitters is rated by ____________________.


6. Reducing the dynamic range of a modulating signal is called ____________________.

ANS: compression

7. The opposite of compression is called ____________________.

ANS: expansion

8. ALC is a form of ____________________.

ANS: compression

9. High-level modulation allows the RF amplifiers to operate more ____________________.

ANS: efficiently

10. Low-level modulation requires the RF amplifiers to be ____________________.

ANS: linear

11. To isolate the oscillator from load changes, a ____________________ stage is used.ANS: buffer

12. The peak collector voltage in a Class C RF amplifier is ____________________ than the DC supply voltage.

ANS: higher

13. Most practical transmitters are designed to operate into a ____________________-ohm load.

ANS: 50

14. Transmitters built with transistor RF amplifiers often use a ____________________ network for impedance matching.


15. Matching networks also act as filters to help reduce ____________________ levels.

ANS: harmonic

16. Severe impedance ____________________ can destroy a transmitter’s output stage.

ANS: mismatch

17. Transceivers combine a transmitter and a ____________________ into one "box".

ANS: receiver

18. To allow a high modulation percentage, it is common to modulate the ____________________ as well as the power amplifier in transistor modulators.

ANS: driver

19. Pulse-width modulation is the same as pulse-____________________ modulation.

ANS: duration

20. Switching amplifiers are sometimes called Class ____________________ amplifiers.


21. Because the sideband filter in a SSB transmitter is fixed, ____________________ is used to operate at more than one frequency.

ANS: mixing

22. To generate a SSB signal, it is common to start with a ____________________ signal.

ANS: DSBSC23. Indirect FM is derived from ____________________ modulation.

ANS: phase

24. Using a varactor to generate FM is an example of a ____________________ modulator.

ANS: reactance

25. The modern way to make a stable VFO is to make it part of a ____________________ loop.

ANS: phase-locked


1. If a 50-MHz oscillator is accurate to within 0.001%, what is the range of possible frequencies?


50 MHz – 500 hertz

2. What is the efficiency of a 100-watt mobile transmitter if it draws 11 amps from a 12-volt car battery?



3. The power amplifier of an AM transmitter draws 100 watts from the power supply with no modulation. Assuming high-level modulation, how much power does the modulation amplifier deliver for 100% modulation?


50 watts

4. If the final RF amplifier of an AM transmitter is powered by 100 volts DC, what is the maximum collector voltage at 100% modulation?


400 volts

5. Suppose the output of a balanced modulator has a center frequency of 10 MHz. The audio modulation frequency range is 1 kHz to 10 kHz. To pass the USB, what should be the center frequency of an ideal crystal filter?


10.005 MHz

6. Suppose you have generated a USB SSB signal with a nominal carrier frequency of 10 MHz. What is the minimum frequency the SSB signal can be mixed with so that the output signal has a nominal carrier frequency of 50 MHz?


40 MHz

7. Suppose you have an FM modulator that puts out 1 MHz carrier with a 100-hertz deviation. If frequency multiplication is used to increase the deviation to 400 hertz, what will be the new carrier frequency?


4 MHz

8. Suppose you had an FM signal with a carrier of 10 MHz and a deviation of 10 kHz. Explain how you could use it to get an FM signal at 100 MHz with a deviation of 20 kHz.


First, put the signal through a frequency doubler to get a 20-MHz carrier with a 20-kHz deviation. Then mix that signal with an 80-MHz carrier to generate a 100-MHz carrier with 20-kHz deviation.

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