The Ideal Quiz On Broadcast Engineering

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Broadcast engineering is a field of electrical engineering that deals with radio and television broadcasting. The duties of a broadcast engineer are to maintain broadcast automation system for studio and transmitter plants. It’s a career subject and this ideal quiz on Broadcast Engineering will guide you in the exam to come. Try it and all the best!


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  • 1. 
    The acronym FM stands for
    • A. 

      Frequency modes

    • B. 

      Filter modulation

    • C. 

      Frequency modulation

    • D. 

      Filter methodology

    • E. 

      Future mediocrity

  • 2. 
    According to studies, the quarter of the hour with the largest listening audience is
    • A. 

      0 - 15 min

    • B. 

      15 - 30 min

    • C. 

      30 - 45 min

    • D. 

      45 - 60 min

  • 3. 
    Which scientist is credited with the discovery the existence of radio waves
    • A. 

      Thomas Edison

    • B. 

      Heinrich Hertz

    • C. 

      Ben Franklin

    • D. 

      Guglielmo Marconi

    • E. 

      Albert Einstein

  • 4. 
    Which inventor conducted the first radio transmission in the year 1895
    • A. 

      Thomas Edison

    • B. 

      Heinrich Hertz

    • C. 

      Ben Franklin

    • D. 

      Guglielmo Marconi

    • E. 

      Albert Einstein

  • 5. 
    Which single event resulted in global acceptance of 24 hour mandatory use of radio for shipping communications
    • A. 

      The 'War of the Worlds' broadcast

    • B. 

      The attack on Pearl Harbor

    • C. 

      The crash of the Hindenburg Zeppelin

    • D. 

      The sinking of the S.S. Titanic

    • E. 

      Hitler's invasion of Poland

  • 6. 
    Morse Code is what form of radio transmission
    • A. 

      AM (Amplitude modulation)

    • B. 

      FM (Frequency Modulation)

    • C. 

      PDM (Pulse Duration Modulation)

    • D. 

      PCS (Personal Communications Services)

    • E. 

      PCM (Pulse Code Modulation)

  • 7. 
    FM broadcasts are assigned what radio frequencies by the FCC
    • A. 

      540 kHz - 1630 kHz

    • B. 

      88 MHz - 174 MHz

    • C. 

      300 MHz - 3000 MHz

    • D. 

      1850 MHz - 1990 MHz

    • E. 

      7.25 gHz - 8.4 gHz

  • 8. 
    Line of sight propagation is defined as
    • A. 

      A signal traveling directly from the transmitter antenna to the receiver antenna

    • B. 

      The 'dead area' within the skip zone

    • C. 

      A signal refracted, or bent back to the earth by the ionosphere

    • D. 

      A signal traveling along the ground following the curve of the earth

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 9. 
    The term 'Picket Fencing' is used to describe
    • A. 

      Slats of wood that divide one receiver from another

    • B. 

      The actuality of direct and reflecting waves first canceling then reinforcing each other, causing fluttering of the transmission

    • C. 

      The actuality of direct and reflecting waves canceling each other, but not reinforcing, thus causing fluttering of the transmission

    • D. 

      None of the above

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 10. 
    At night, AM transmissions can be received from great distances because
    • A. 

      There are fewer stations broadcasting

    • B. 

      There is less traffic on the roads to cause interference

    • C. 

      The dissipation of the 'D' layer of the ionosphere

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 11. 
    The type of cable used to send a program from the broadcast amplifier to the transmission antenna is called
    • A. 

      XLR

    • B. 

      TRS

    • C. 

      RCA

    • D. 

      Coaxial

    • E. 

      TT/Batham

  • 12. 
    Satellite transmissions work on what kind of signal
    • A. 

      AM

    • B. 

      FM

    • C. 

      UHF

    • D. 

      VHF

    • E. 

      PCM

  • 13. 
    Lavaliere mics are used widely in TV broadcasting because
    • A. 

      They are unidirectional and reject ambient noise

    • B. 

      They are dynamic and add no bed noise

    • C. 

      They are small and nonintrusive to the video camera's view

    • D. 

      They are unidirectional and reject ambient noise and they are dynamic and add no bed noise

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 14. 
    Omnidirectional mics are used in field recordings for
    • A. 

      Capturing ambiance

    • B. 

      They are impervieous to the proximity effect.

    • C. 

      Capturing more than one source at a time

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 15. 
    An obstacle of using hand operated 'booms' or 'fish pole' stands is
    • A. 

      They are illegal in many states

    • B. 

      The operator's arms may tire from long use

    • C. 

      They're expensive

    • D. 

      Mic can interfere with the camera view if it drops into frame

    • E. 

      The operator's arms may tire from long use AND the mic can interfere with the camera view if it drops into frame

  • 16. 
    Miking sporting events requires sound pickups from what sources
    • A. 

      Announcers

    • B. 

      The crowd

    • C. 

      The action

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 17. 
    The process of temporarily lowering the volume of a recording (or any source) in order to speak over it is called
    • A. 

      A quick fade

    • B. 

      A drop out

    • C. 

      A donut

    • D. 

      A hole

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 18. 
    What two factors determine sky-wave propagation between two points?
    • A. 

      The frequency in use

    • B. 

      The level of humidity in the air

    • C. 

      The level of ionization

    • D. 

      The level of humidity in the air & the level of ionization

    • E. 

      The frequency in use & the level of ionization

  • 19. 
    The highest frequency at which the ionosphere bends radio waves back to Earth is called
    • A. 

      Air

    • B. 

      Non-conductive materials

    • C. 

      Space

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 20. 
    VSWR is a measure of an impedance mismatch between
    • A. 

      The antenna and the receiver

    • B. 

      The transmission line and its load

    • C. 

      The compressor and the oscillator

    • D. 

      The antenna and the receiver & the transmission line and its load

    • E. 

      All of the above

  • 21. 
    The optimum standing wave ratio is
    • A. 

      1:1

    • B. 

      2:1

    • C. 

      3:1

    • D. 

      4:1

    • E. 

      5:1

  • 22. 
    a 'cart' is used in broadcast productions for
    • A. 

      P.S.A.'s

    • B. 

      Sound effects

    • C. 

      Commercials

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      None of the above

  • 23. 
    The largest amount of broadcasting air time is dedicated to
    • A. 

      Sit-coms

    • B. 

      News

    • C. 

      Commercials

    • D. 

      Dramas

    • E. 

      Sporting events

  • 24. 
    A downward 45 degree angle of a D.J.'s vocal mic is used to
    • A. 

      Help reduce sibilance

    • B. 

      Help reduce plosives

    • C. 

      Help reduce ambient noise

    • D. 

      Help reduce phase problems from reflected waves

    • E. 

      Help reduce sibilance & help reduce ambient noise

  • 25. 
    'Split-Channel' mixers are used primarily for:
    • A. 

      Film production

    • B. 

      T.V. production

    • C. 

      Music production

    • D. 

      Radio production

    • E. 

      Radio and T.V. broadcasts

  • 26. 
    DARS brodcast systems use hybrid transmitters known as:
    • A. 

      ICBM Systems

    • B. 

      POTS Systems

    • C. 

      ISDN Systems

    • D. 

      Phased Array Systems

    • E. 

      IBOC Systems

  • 27. 
    What frequencies are allocated by the FCC for commercial AM transmitions?
    • A. 

      88Mghz-175Mghz

    • B. 

      275Khz-1750Khz

    • C. 

      106Mghz-1250Mghz

    • D. 

      540Khz-1630Khz

    • E. 

      160Khz-1900Khz

  • 28. 
    The communication system used between principal production crew members and the talent is called...
    • A. 

      IFB: Interruptable Foldback System

    • B. 

      SA: Studio Address System

    • C. 

      PL: Private Line System

    • D. 

      SMS: Studio Monitor System

    • E. 

      CMS: Crew Monitor System

  • 29. 
    XM and Sirius use what type of transmition systems?
    • A. 

      AM

    • B. 

      FM

    • C. 

      DARS

    • D. 

      S-DARS

    • E. 

      IBOC

  • 30. 
    The primary purpose of radio is to convey information from one place to another through
    • A. 

      Air

    • B. 

      Non-conductive materials

    • C. 

      Space

    • D. 

      All of the above

    • E. 

      None of the above