Trivia

AMATEUR RADIO
TRIVIA

10/19/23

ANSWER KEY: C,D,B,D,C



1. Which of the following is true of PL-259 type coax connectors?

A. They are preferred for microwave operation

B. They are watertight

C. They are commonly used at HF and VHF frequencies

D. They are a bayonet-type connector



2. Which of the following is a source of loss in coaxial feed line?

A. Water intrusion into coaxial connectors

B. High SWR

C. Multiple connectors in the line

D. All these choices are correct



3. What can cause erratic changes in SWR?

A. Local thunderstorm

B. Loose connection in the antenna or feed line

C. Over-modulation

D. Overload from a strong local station



4. Which of the following types of antenna offers the greatest gain?

A. 5/8 wave vertical

B. Isotropic

C. J pole

D. Yagi



5. What is a beam antenna?

A. An antenna built from aluminum I-beams

B. An omnidirectional antenna invented by Clarence Beam

C. An antenna that concentrates signals in one direction

D. An antenna that reverses the phase of received signals

 

07/04/23

NOT AVAILABLE

06/01/23

Answer key: C,C,B,A,D,A,C,D,C,D

1) What amateur-invented AM mode is often heard around 14.230 MHz?
a. Fast-scan TV
b. Wide-band FM
c. Slow-scan TV – CORRECT
d. Working split

2) Amateurs are credited with the first documented observations of which unusual phenomenon?
a. Whistlers
b. Growlers
c. Long-delayed echoes – CORRECT
d. Sprites and jets

3) Who was the first ham to transmit from space via Amateur Radio?
a. Dave Garroway
b. Owen Garriott – CORRECT
c. Gary Owens
d. Garrett Phillips

4) What type of preamplifier, invented by hams, does not include a transistor, tube or other active amplifying device?
a. parametric – CORRECT
b. supercooled
c. negative-feedback
d. servo

5) Relegated to these in the early days of radio, hams found them to be prime radio real estate.
a. Very Low Frequencies
b. Sub-bands
c. Quiet zones
d. Short waves – CORRECT

6) VHF enthusiasts discovered and documented what unusual propagation mode?
a. Transequatorial skip – CORRECT
b. D-layer absorption
c. Tropospheric propagation
d. Continuous wave

7) Grote Reber (ex-W9GFZ) pioneered what scientific discipline?
a. Kirilian photography
b. Telekinesis
c. Radio astronomy – CORRECT
d. Quantum mechanics

8) What communication mode pioneered by amateurs has been revolutionized by a Nobel laureate ham’s software?
a. Semaphore
b. Long-path
c. Chordal hops
d. Moonbounce – CORRECT

9) Hams created what worldwide network to distribute e-mail via Amateur Radio?
a. EMTOR
b. FEC
c. WINLINK – CORRECT
d. FELD-HELL

  1. Bob Dennison, W0DX, led the “Gone Waki” team in the first example of what popular activity?
    a. Field Day
    b. Transatlantic DX QSOs
    c. DXCC
    d. DXpeditions – CORRECT

04/20/23

Answer key: A,C,C,C,B,C,C,C,A,A

1. What Is The Most Visited Tourist Attraction In The World?

  • a. Las Vegas Strip – Correct

  • b. Niagara Falls

  • c. Great Wall of China

2. What Is The Only Food That Cannot Go Bad?

  • a. Dark chocolate

  • b. Peanut butter

  • c. Honey * – Correct

3. What Element Does The Chemical Symbol Au Stand For?

  • a. Silver

  • b. Salt

  • c. Gold* – Correct

4. Which Sea Creature Has Three Hearts?

  • a. Shark

  • b. Stingray

  • c. Octopus* – Correct

5. What Is The Largest Canyon In The World?

  • a. Grand Canyon, USA

  • b. Kali Gandaki Gorge, Nepal * – Correct

  • c. Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, Iceland

6. What’s The Heaviest Organ In The Human Body?

  • a. Brain

  • b. Liver

  • c. Skin * – Correct

7. What Sport Has Been Played On The Moon?

  • a. Frisbee

  • b. Soccer

  • c. Golf * – Correct

    8. If You Were Looking At Iguazu Falls, On What Continent Would You Be?

a. Asia
b. Africa
c. South America *
– Correct

9. The Fear Of Insects Is Known As What?

  • a. Entomophobia * – Correct

  • b. Arachnophobia

  • c. Ailurophobia

10. Which Founding Father Is Known For His Large Handwriting On The Declaration Of Independence?

  • a. John Hancock * – Correct

  • b. Thomas Jefferson

  • c. Alexander Hamilton

04/04/23

ANSWER KEY: A,C,B,B,D,B,A,A

1. Why does Equinox or Solstice not always come on the same day?

A. The earth does not circle the sun in exactly 365 days 54%= Correct

B. The earth circles the sun in exactly 366 days 4%

C. The earth circles the sun in exactly 365 days 31%

D. The earth circles the sun in exactly 364 days 12%

Fun Fact

As the earth does not circle the sun in exactly 365 days, the equinoxes and solstices do not always come on the same day. The earth takes approximately 365.25 days to go around the sun, and our yearly calendar is 365 days.

2. The spring precedes the?

A. Winter 30%

B. Summer Solstice 12%

C. Summer 51% = Correct

D. Autumn 6%

Fun Fact

Spring comes before summer and after the winter. The first day of spring is called the vernal equinox.

3. What becomes faster In the spring?

A. Hair growth 8%

B. Plant growth 82% = Correct

C. Birth rate 9%

D. Weight loss 1%

Fun Fact

In spring, plants grow faster and bloom as they respond better to spring’s temperature and light.

4. In the Northern Hemisphere, spring runs from?

A. June 11%

B. March 60% = Correct

C. April 21%

D. August 8%

Fun Fact

In the Northern Hemisphere, spring runs from March. The March equinox (aka vernal equinox or spring equinox) happens when the sun passes the equator line on its way to the north.

5. In spring, days are _______ than the summer days?

A. Darker 5%

B. Hotter 3%

C. Longer 21%

D. Shorter 72% = Correct

Fun Fact

Days in spring are shorter than summer days. As the time passes in the spring daylight time increases and nighttime decreases.

6. The spring season was formally called?

A. Winter season 3%

B. Lent season 86% = Correct

C. Hot season 6%

D. Cold season 5%

Fun Fact

The spring season was originally called Lent in Old English. Starting in the 14th century, that time of the year was called “springing time,” a reference to plants springing up from the ground.

7. The first day of spring is called?

A. Spring Equinox 50% = Correct

B. Spring Equilux 8%

C. Spring Solstice 28%

D. Spring Dawn 14%

Fun Fact

The first day of spring is marked by the Spring Equinox, falling on March 19, 20, or 21 every year.

8. Spring in the Southern Hemisphere lasts from?

A. September to November 33% = Correct

B. June to August 19%

C. September to March 23%

D. December to March 25%

03/23/23

1. The Village People released which famous hit
song in 1978?

A) In the Navy
B) Y.M.C.A = Correct
C) Macho Man
D) Can’t Stop the Music

2. Why did US president Richard Nixon resign in
1974?

A) Ill health
B) An extramarital affair
C) The Watergate Scandal = Correct
D) He did a rouge live broadcast

3. Which gay rights activist became mayor of
San Francisco in 1978?

A) Harvey Milk = Correct
B) Kathy Kozachenko
C) Carl Wittman
D) Frank Kameny

4. What was the name of the 1971 Christmas hit
released by John Lennon and Yoko Ono?
A) Ding Dong
B) Step Into Christmas
C) Merry Christmas Baby
D) Happy Xmas (War is Over) = Correct

5. Which 1970s TV show features an evil race
called the Cylons?

A) Battlestar Galactica = Correct
B) Star Trek
C) Doctor Who
D) Space: 1999

6. In what year did the Vietnam War end?
A) 1971
B) 1973
C) 1975 = Correct
D) 1977

7. 1970 Was The Birth Year Of which Net
Control Operator?

A) KD2LRX
B) AC2AE = Correct
C) KB0BK
D) N7MKY

 

02/09/23

1. In what year was the 20 meter band authorized for amateur use?

A: 1914 = CORRECT
B: 1919
C: 1921
D: 1924

2. Experienced radiotelegraph operators maintain they can identify
certain other operators with whom they are in communication
simply by their ‘so-called’ _________? What?

A: Speed
B: Voice
C: Fist = CORRECT
D: Volume

3. 75 Ohm coax may be used for amateur radio stations for both transmitting and receiving applications.

A: False
B: True = CORRECT

4. Which adjustment is most likely to improve a superhet receiver’s signal to noise ratio?

A: Increase AF Gain
B: Decrease AF Gain
C: Increase RF Gain
D: Decrease RF Gain = CORRECT

5. Vacuum tubes operate by which method?

A: Static electricity conductivity through a vacuum
B: Secondary Emission
C: Spurious Emission
D: Thermionic Emission = CORRECT

6. The second generation of VHF converters manufactured by Ameco utilized what type of tubes?

A: Lighthouse Tubes
B: Pencil Tubes
C: Glass Tubes
D: Nuvistor Tubes = CORRECT

7. What simple trigonometric theorem is used to find impedence in an AC circuit?

A: Trigonomic Calculus
B: Impedence Theorem
C: Pythagorean Theorem = CORRECT
D: Ohm’s Law

8. Which tube was suitable for VHF transmitting use?

A: 829B = CORRECT
B: 6SN7
C: 6AD4
D: 1B3

9. How many CQ Zones converge at the South Pole?

A: 5
B: 6
C: 7 = CORRECT
D: 8

10. What is a dead man’s stick?

A: Something similar to a Rettysnitch
B: An insulated bar to short large filter capacitors before servicing = CORRECT
C: A post used to ground large radio transmitters
D: Long piece of lumber used like a gin-pole on a tower but very dangerous in practice – hence the name

 

12/08/22

1. Which of the following types of feed line has the lowest loss at VHF and UHF?

A. 50-ohm flexible coax

B. Multi-conductor unbalanced cable

C. Air-insulated hardline

D. 75-ohm flexible coax

2. What can cause erratic changes in SWR?

A. Local thunderstorm

B. Loose connection in the antenna or feed line

C. Over-modulation

D. Overload from a strong local station

3. Which of the following is a source of loss in coaxial feed line?

A. Water intrusion into coaxial connectors

B. High SWR

C. Multiple connectors in the line

D. All these choices are correct

4. Which of the following RF connector types is most suitable for frequencies above 400 MHz?

A. UHF (PL-259/SO-239)

B. Type N

C. RS-213

D. DB-25

5. What happens as the frequency of a signal in coaxial cable is increased?

A. The characteristic impedance decreases

B. The loss decreases

C. The characteristic impedance increases

D. The loss increases

================Bonus===================

6. Which of the following is true of PL-259 type coax connectors?

A. They are preferred for microwave operation

B. They are watertight

C. They are commonly used at HF and VHF frequencies

D. They are a bayonet-type connector

 

10/13/22

1. What President Appears on The Dime?

A. Thomas Jefferson
B. Calvin Coolidge
C. Franklin Roosevelt
D. Abraham Lincoln

2. What US Presidents Appear On Both A Bill & A Coin?

A. Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Franklin Rosevelt
B. Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson
C.Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton
D.Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Andrew Jackson

3. What Does The “S” In Harry S. Truman’s Name Stand For:

A.Steven
B.Shipp
C.Solomon
D.It Doesn’t Stand For Anything

4. What Are The Names Of All Of President George Herbert Walker Bush’s Kids?

A. George, Pauline Robin, Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Dorothy
B. George & Jeb
C.George, Jeb, Dorothy & Jenna
D.George,Jeb, Barbara, Jenna

5. Who Was The First President To Die In Office?

A.Abraham Lincoln
B.William Henry Harrison
C.John F Kennedy
D.Thomas Jefferson

6. Which US President Was A Ham Radio Operator?

A.Herbert Hoover
B.Ronald Regan
C.Lyndon B Johnson
D.None We’re Ham Operators 

========================BONUS QUESTION===========================

7. What US President Had A Pet Mockingbird Named “Dick”?

A. Richard Nixon
B.Thomas Jefferson
C.Martin Van Buren
D.Calvin Coolidge
Answer Key  (C,B,D,A,B,D,B)

09/29/22

1. Where should a lightning arrester be installed in a coaxial feed line?

A. At the output connector of a transceiver
B. At the antenna feed point
C. At the ac power service panel
D. On a grounded panel near where feed lines enter the building

2. Where should a fuse or circuit breaker be installed in a 120V AC power circuit?

A. In series with the hot conductor only
B. In series with the hot and neutral conductors
C. In parallel with the hot conductor only
D. In parallel with the hot and neutral conductors

3. What should be done to all external ground rods or earth connections?

A. Waterproof them with silicone caulk or electrical tape
B. Keep them as far apart as possible
C. Bond them together with heavy wire or conductive strap
D. Tune them for resonance on the lowest frequency of operation

4. What hazard is caused by charging or discharging a battery too quickly?

A. Overheating or out-gassing
B. Excess output ripple
C. Half-wave rectification
D. Inverse memory effect

5. What hazard exists in a power supply immediately after turning it off?

A. Circulating currents in the dc filter
B. Leakage flux in the power transformer
C. Voltage transients from kickback diodes
D. Charge stored in filter capacitors

========================BONUS QUESTION===========================

6. Which of the following precautions should be taken when measuring high voltages with a voltmeter?

A. Ensure that the voltmeter has very low impedance
B. Ensure that the voltmeter and leads are rated for use at the voltages to be measured
C. Ensure that the circuit is grounded through the voltmeter
D. Ensure that the voltmeter is set to the correct frequency

09/01/22

1. Which of the following is a safety hazard of a 12-volt storage battery?

A. Touching both terminals with the hands can cause electrical shock
B. Shorting the terminals can cause burns, fire, or an explosion
C. RF emissions from a nearby transmitter can cause the electrolyte to emit poison gas
D. All these choices are correct

2. What health hazard is presented by electrical current flowing through the body?

A. It may cause injury by heating tissue
B. It may disrupt the electrical functions of cells
C. It may cause involuntary muscle contractions
D. All these choices are correct

3. In the United States, what circuit does black wire insulation indicate in a three-wire 120 V cable?

A. Neutral
B. Hot
C. Equipment ground
D. Black insulation is never used

4. What is the purpose of a fuse in an electrical circuit?

A. To prevent power supply ripple from damaging a component
B. To remove power in case of overload
C. To limit current to prevent shocks
D. All these choices are correct

5. Why should a 5-ampere fuse never be replaced with a 20-ampere fuse?

A. The larger fuse would be likely to blow because it is rated for higher current
B. The power supply ripple would greatly increase
C. Excessive current could cause a fire
D. All these choices are correct

========================BONUS QUESTION===========================

 

6. What is a good way to guard against electrical shock at your station?

A. Use three-wire cords and plugs for all AC powered equipment
B. Connect all AC powered station equipment to a common safety ground
C. Install mechanical interlocks in high-voltage circuits
D. All these choices are correct

Answer Key  (B,D,B,B,C,D)

08/18/22

The Fusion Net Fusion Net Trivia. 08/18/22

1. Who founded The Fusion net?

A- Bob Heil K9EID & Bob Bruninga WB4APR
B- Joe Walsh WB6ACU & Tim Allen KK6OTD
C- Joe Bisogno AC2AE & Jay Mirable KD2LRX = CORRECT
D- Howard Hughes W5CY & Walter Cronkite KB2GSD

2. What year did Jay KD2LRX win the Hide and Go Seek Championship?

A- 1995
B- 1985
C- 2005
D- 2015

3. What year was The Fusion Net founded?

A- 2000
B- 2010
C- 2016 
D- 2020

4. What time does The Fusion Net Start?

A- 8:25PM
B- 8:30PM
C- 9:00PM 
D- Whenever it wants to.

5. What was the highest amout of check-in’s this year?

A- 30
B- 35
C- 25
D- 40 

6. How many Countries were log on to The Fusion Net at the same time this year?

A- 1
B- 2
C- 3
D- 4

7. The Fusion Net is the Best Amateur Radio Net ever.

A- True
B- False

=============================Bonus======================================

8. What has Dave N7MKY’s Nicknames been?

A- Monkey Man
B- Captain Cateracts
C- Your Captain
D- Captain Winky
E- Pilot Dave
F- All of the above

08/11/22

Presidential Trivia:

1.       Who is the oldest living President:

a.       Joe Biden

b.       Jimmy Carter

c.       George W Bush

d.       Donald J Trump

2.       Which President banned alcohol from the White House at the behest of his first lady

a.       Calvin Coolidge

b.       Rutherford B Hayes

c.       Donald J Trump

d.       Martin Van Buren

3.       Which President served two non-consecutive terms?

a.       Barack Obama

b.       Benjamin Harrison

c.       Theodore Roosevelt

d.       Grover Cleveland

4.       Which president also served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court

a.       Grover Cleveland

b.       Ulysses S. Grand

c.       William Howard Taft

d.       John Quincy Adams

5.       Who were the only two father and sons to become US Presidents

a.       John Adams & Sam Adams and George HW Bush & George W Bush

b.       William Henry Harrison & Benjamin Harrison and George HW Bush & George W Bush

c.       Andrew Jackson & Theodore Jackson  and George HW Bush & George W Bush

d.       John Adams & John Quincy Adams and George HW Bush & George W Bush

6.       Which President got stuck in the bathtub

a.       Bill Clinton

b.       Joe Biden

c.       William Howard Taft

d.       George W Bush

7.       The term “O.K.” is derived from which president’s knickname

a.       James Knox Polk

b.       John Tyler

c.       Thomas Jefferson

d.       Martin Van Buren 

8.       BONUS Question: On the TV Show Seinfeld what was the gang sign of the “Van Buren Boys” who named themselves after President Martin Van Buren?

a.       A thumbs up

b.       8 Fingers up

c.       The Middle Finger

d.       9 Fingers up

 

06/16/22

1. Its possible to work Japan from Europe on 6 meters

A: True = 

B: False

2. Why is 60 GHz not normally used for anything?

A: Components for this frequency don’t exist.

B: It’s set aside for radio astronomy.

C: Propagation is difficult. 

D: There’s too much sun noise for it to be useful.

3. What does the acronym SDR mean?

A: Single Diode Rectifier

B: Software Defined Radio

C: Software Defined Receiver

D: Severely Damaged Radio

4. Operating “duplex” means

A: Your shack is in a semi-detached home

B: You are sending every word twice

C: You are sending every character twice

D: You are receiving and transmitting on different frequencies 

5. An antenna system with a return loss of 10dB has an approximate SWR of:

A: 1:1

B: 2:1 

C: 3:1

D: 5:1

 

02/26/22

1. Which of the following vegetables is not one of the ingredients of V-8 juice?

A. beet
B. carrot
C. spinach
D. cabbage *

2. What country produces the most potatoes?

A. China *
B. United States
C. Ireland
D. Russia

3. According to a 1980s Beverage Media poll of four hundred bartenders, what is the average male customers favorite drink?

A. beer *
B. bourbon
C. scotch
D. vodka

4. According to a 1980s Beverage Media poll of four hundred bartenders, what was the female customers favorite drink?

A. beer
B. margarita
C. peach schnapps and orange juice
D. white wine *

(Answer key- D,A,A,D.)

05/05/22


1) What amateur-invented AM mode is often heard around 14.230 MHz?
a. Fast-scan TV
b. Wide-band FM
c. Slow-scan TV
d. Working split
2) Amateurs are credited with the first documented observations of which unusual phenomenon?
a. Whistlers
b. Growlers
c. Long-delayed echoes
d. Sprites and jets
3) Who was the first ham to transmit from space via Amateur Radio?
a. Dave Garroway
b. Owen Garriott
c. Gary Owens
d. Garrett Phillips
4) What type of preamplifier, invented by hams, does not include a transistor, tube or other active amplifying device?
a. parametric
b. supercooled
c. negative-feedback
d. servo
============================BONUS============================
5) Relegated to these in the early days of radio, hams found them to be prime radio real estate.
a. Very Low Frequencies
b. Sub-bands
c. Quiet zones
d. Short waves

 

MOB MOVIE TRIVIA 3/24/22

1. In ‘Scarface,’ how does Tony Montana (Al Pacino) explain to
Mr. Sosa that the hit did not go as planned because he had just whacked Sosa’s hit man?
A ‘He refused to follow my orders, so I had to cancel his contract.’
B ‘There were two little kids in the car.’
C ‘I blew him back to Colombia.’
D ‘He talked too much, so I punched his ticket.’ 
2. What group of New York gangsters was depicted in the 1990 movie ‘State of Grace’?
A The Jewish Mafia
B The Westies 
C The Polish Mafia
D The Italian Mafia
3. The mobsters in ‘Once Upon a Time in America’ belong to what ethnic group?
A Jewish 
B Neapolitan
C Sicilian
D Lithuania
4. What was the nickname given to the Robert De Niro character in ‘Once Upon a Time in America’?
A Bugsy
B Noodles 
C Lepke
D Morty
============================BONUS============================
5. Noodles’ youngest friend is shot by Bugsy in ‘Once Upon a Time in America.’
What are the last words he whispers to Noodles?
A ‘You get him for me, Noodles.’
B ‘Noodles, I slipped.’ 
C ‘I didn’t run fast enough.’
D ‘I can’t feel my legs, Noodles.’
 

 

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