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UNIT-I
MODULATION SYSTEMS
1. What is communication?
The imparting or exchanging of information by speaking, writing, or using some
other medium. In other words sending or receiving information, such as telephone lines
or computers which uses a wire/wireless medium.
2. What is analog communication?
Analog Communication is a data transmitting technique in a format that utilizes
continuous signals to transmit data including voice, image, video, electrons etc
3. Draw the simple block diagram of communication system.

4. Define modulation.
Modulation is the process of varying one or more properties of a periodic
waveform, called the carrier signal, with a modulating signal which typically contains
information to be transmitted.
5. What is amplitude modulation?
Amplitude Modulation is the process of changing the amplitude of a relatively
high frequency carrier signal in proportion with the instantaneous value of the modulating
signal.
6. Define modulation index.
Modulation index is a term used to describe the amount of amplitude change
present in an AM waveform. It is also called as coefficient of modulation.
Mathematically modulation index is
m = Em/Ec
Where m = Modulation coefficient
Em = Peak change in the amplitude of the output waveform voltage.
Ec = Peak amplitude of the unmodulated carrier voltage.
Percent modulation gives the percentage change in the amplitude of the output
wave when the carrier is acted on by a modulating signal.

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7. Draw the diagram of amplitude modulation process.

8. Define demodulation.
Demodulation is the act of extracting the original information-bearing signal from
a modulated carrier wave. Therefore it is called as demodulation.
9. What are the various advantages of AM Modulation?
It is simple to implement
it can be demodulated using a circuit consisting of very few components
AM receivers are very cheap as no specialized components are needed.
10. List the disadvantages of AM modulation.
It is not efficient in terms of its power usage
It is not efficient in terms of its use of bandwidth, requiring a bandwidth equal to
twice that of the highest audio frequency
11. Define SSBM.
Single sideband modulation is widely used in the HF portion, or short wave
portion of the radio spectrum for two way radio communication.
12. Define radio communication.
Radio communication is defined as establishing end to end link through the
Electromagnetic radiation with lower frequencies and longer wavelengths than those of
microwaves, having frequencies lower than 300 megahertz and wavelengths longer than
1 meter.
13. What is the purpose of carrier insertion oscillator?
This generates a carrier signal that can be mixed with the incoming SSB signal,
thereby enabling the required audio to be recovered in the detector.
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14. List the advantages of SSBM.


It has several advantages for two way radio communication that more than
outweigh the additional complexity required in the SSB receiver and SSB transmitter
required for its reception and transmission.
15. Define Frequency Modulation.
Frequency modulation (FM) is the encoding of information in a carrier wave by
varying the instantaneous frequency of the wave.
16. What are the advantages of FM?
It has resilience to noise.
Easy to apply modulation at a low power stage at the transmitter
It is possible to use efficient RF amplifier with frequency modulated signals.
17. Draw the block diagram of FM?

18. Define capture effect.


In telecommunications, the capture effect, or FM capture effect, is a phenomenon
associated with FM reception in which only the stronger of two signals at, or near, the
same frequency will be demodulated.
19. Draw the signal diagram of FM.

20. Define time domain.


Time considered as an independent variable in the analysis or measurement of
time-dependent phenomena.

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21. Define frequency domain.


In electronics, control systems engineering, and statistics, the frequency domain
refers to the analysis of mathematical functions or signals with respect to frequency,
rather than time
22. What is signal?
A signal as referred to in communication systems, signal processing, and
electrical engineering "is a function that conveys information about the behavior or
attributes of some phenomenon
23. Define super-heterodyne receiver
Heterodyne means to mix two frequencies together in a nonlinear device or to
translate one frequency to another using nonlinear mixing. There are five sections to a
super heterodyne receiver: that are RF section, Mixer/converter section, IF section, Audio
detector section, and Amplifier section.
24. Define multiplexing
Multiplexing is the transmission of information from one or more source to one or
more destination over the same transmission medium.
25. Define Frequency division multiplexing
Frequency Division Multiplexing (FDM) allows engineers to utilize the extra
space in each wire to carry more than one signal. By frequency-shifting some signals by a
certain amount, engineers can shift the spectrum of that signal up into the unused band on
that wire.
26. What is Pulse code modulation?
In pulse code modulation, analog signal is sampled and converted to fix length,
serial binary number for transmission. The binary number varies according to the
amplitude of the analog signal.
27. Define Low level Modulation.
In low level modulation, modulation takes place prior to the output element of the
final stage of the transmitter. For low level AM modulator class A amplifier is used.

28. Define High level Modulation.


In high level modulators, the modulation takes place in the final element of the
final stage where the carrier signal is at its maximum amplitude. For high level modulator
class C amplifier is used.
29. What is the advantage of low level modulation?
An advantage of low level modulation is that less modulating signal power is
required to achieve a high percentage of modulation.
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30. Distinguish between low level and high level modulation.


In low level modulation, modulation takes place prior to the output element of the
final stage of the transmitter. It requires less power to achieve a high percentage of
modulation. In high level modulators, the modulation takes place in the final element of
the final stage where the carrier signal is at its maximum amplitude and thus, requires a
much higher amplitude modulating signal to achieve a reasonable percent modulation.
31. Define image frequency.
An image frequency is any frequency other than the selected radio frequency
carrier that, if allowed to enter a receiver and mix with the local oscillator, will produce a
cross product frequency that is equal to the intermediate frequency.
32. Define Local Oscillator tracking.
Tracking is the ability of the local oscillator in a receiver to oscillate either above
or below the selected radio frequency carrier by an amount equal to the intermediate
frequency throughout the entire radio frequency band.
33. Define High side injection tracking.
In high side injection tracking, the local oscillator should track above the
incoming RF carrier by a fixed frequency equal to fRF +fIF.
34. Define Low side injection tracking.
In low side injection tracking, the local oscillator should track below the RF
carrier by a fixed frequency equal to fRF -fIF.
35. Define tracking error. How it is reduced.
The difference between the actual local oscillator frequency and the desired
frequency is called tracking error. It is reduced by a technique called three point tracking.
36. Define image frequency rejection ratio.
The image frequency rejection ratio is the measure of the ability of pre selector to
reject the image frequency.
37. Define Heterodyning.
Heterodyne means to mix two frequencies together in a nonlinear device or to
translate one frequency to another using nonlinear mixing.
38. What are the disadvantages of conventional (or) double side band full carrier system?
In conventional AM, carrier power constitutes two thirds or more of the total
transmitted power. This is a major drawback because the carrier contains no information;
the sidebands contain the information. Second, conventional AM systems utilize twice as
much bandwidth as needed with single sideband systems.

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39. Define Single sideband suppressed carrier AM.


AM Single sideband suppressed carrier is a form of amplitude modulation in
which the carrier is totally suppressed and one of the sidebands removed.
40. Define AM Vestigial sideband.
AM vestigial sideband is a form of amplitude modulation in which the carrier and
one complete sideband are transmitted, but only part of the second sideband is
transmitted.
41. What are the advantages of single sideband transmission?
The advantages of SSBSC are
Power conservation: Normally, with single side band transmission, only one
sideband is transmitted and the carrier is suppressed. So less power is required to
produce essentially the same quality signal.
Bandwidth conservation: Single sideband transmission requires half as much
bandwidth as conventional AM double side band transmission.
Noise reduction: Because a single side band system utilizes half as much
bandwidth as conventional AM, the thermal noise power is reduced to half that of
a double side band system.
42. What are the disadvantages of single side band transmission?
1. Complex receivers: Single side band systems require more complex and
expensive receivers than conventional AM transmission.
2. Tuning Difficulties: Single side band receivers require more complex and
precise tuning than conventional AM receivers.
43. Define direct frequency modulation.
In direct frequency modulation, frequency of a constant amplitude carrier signal is
directly proportional to the amplitude of the modulating signal at a rate equal to the
frequency of the modulating signal.

44. Define indirect frequency Modulation.


In indirect frequency modulation, phase of a constant amplitude carrier directly
proportional to the amplitude of the modulating signal at a rate equal to the frequency of
the modulating signal.
45. Define instantaneous frequency deviation.
The instantaneous frequency deviation is the instantaneous change in the
frequency of the carrier and is defined as the first derivative of the instantaneous phase
deviation.

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46. Define frequency deviation.


Frequency deviation is the change in frequency that occurs in the carrier when it
is acted on by a modulating signal frequency. Frequency deviation is typically given as a
peak frequency shift in Hertz (Df).The peak to peak frequency deviation (2Df) is
sometimes called carrier swing. The peak frequency deviation is simply the product of
the deviation sensitivity and the peak modulating signal voltage and is expressed
mathematically as Df=K1 Vm Hz
47. State Carson rule.
Carson rule states that the bandwidth required transmitting an angle modulated
wave as twice the sum of the peak frequency deviation and the highest modulating signal
frequency. Mathematically carsons rule is
B=2(Df +fm) Hz.
48. Define Deviation ratio.
Deviation ratio is the worst case modulation index and is equal to the maximum
peak frequency deviation divided by the maximum modulating signal frequency.
Mathematically, the deviation ratio is
DR= Df (max)
fm(max)
49. Define Percentage modulation for an AM wave.
Percent modulation gives the percentage change in the amplitude of the output
wave when the carrier is acted on by a modulating signal.
50. What is the need for modulation?
Base band transmission has many limitations which can be overcome by using
modulation, since modulation shifts low frequency to high and reduce the size of the
antenna, avoid mixing of signals, increase the range and quality of communication

51. State the advantages of FM over AM.


Frequency modulation is one type of angle modulation this has the advantages
over amplitude modulation such as Noise reduction, improved system fidelity and more
efficient use of power.
52. Define standing wave ratio.
Standing wave the is ratio between the reflected wave and normal wave
components voltage/current at any point is known as SWR, the plot of resultant voltage
or current along the line length is termed as standing waves.

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53. What are the advantages of the super heterodyne receiver?


Advantages in SH Receiver over TRF receivers are Improved the selectivity in
terms of adjacent channels, more uniform selectivity over frequency range, improved in
receiver stability, higher gain per stage and uniform bandwidth.
54. Explain the disadvantages of conventional/double side band full carrier system.
In conventional AM, carrier power constitutes two thirds or more of the total
transmitted power. This is a major drawback because the carrier contains no information;
the sidebands contain the information. Second, conventional AM systems utilize twice as
much bandwidth as needed with single sideband systems.
55. Define Single sideband suppressed carrier AM.
AM Single sideband suppressed carrier is a form of amplitude modulation in
which the carrier is totally suppressed and one of the sidebands removed.
56. Define AM Vestigial sideband.
AM vestigial sideband is a form of amplitude modulation in which the carrier and
one complete sideband are transmitted, but only part of the second sideband is
transmitted.
57. What are the advantages of single sideband transmission?
The advantages of SSBSC are
1. Power conservation: Normally, with single side band transmission, only one
sideband is transmitted and the carrier is suppressed. So less power is required to produce
essentially the same quality signal.
2. Bandwidth conservation: Single sideband transmission requires half as much
bandwidth as conventional AM double side band transmission.
3. Noise reduction: Because a single side band system utilizes half as much
bandwidth as conventional AM, the thermal noise power is reduced to half that of a
double side band system.
58. What are the disadvantages of single side band transmission?
1. Complex receivers: Single side band systems require more complex and
expensive receivers than conventional AM transmission.
2. Tuning Difficulties: Single side band receivers require more complex and
precise tuning than conventional AM receivers.
59. Define direct frequency modulation.
In direct frequency modulation, frequency of a constant amplitude carrier signal is
directly proportional to the amplitude of the modulating signal at a rate equal to the
frequency of the modulating signal.

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60. Define indirect frequency Modulation.


In indirect frequency modulation, phase of a constant amplitude carrier directly
proportional to the amplitude of the modulating signal at a rate equal to the frequency of
the modulating signal.

61. Define critical frequency.


Critical frequency is the maximum frequency that the radio wave can be
transmitted vertically and still some of the frequency will be refracted back to the
transmitter.
62. Define instantaneous frequency deviation.
The instantaneous frequency deviation is the instantaneous change in the
frequency of the carrier and is defined as the first derivative of the instantaneous phase
deviation.
63. Define frequency deviation.
Frequency deviation is the change in frequency that occurs in the carrier when it
is acted on by a modulating signal frequency. Frequency deviation is typically given as a
peak frequency shift in Hertz (f).The peak to peak frequency deviation (2f) is
sometimes called carrier swing. The peak frequency deviation is simply the product of
the deviation sensitivity and the peak modulating signal voltage and is expressed
mathematically as f=K1 x Vm Hz.

UNIT II
TRANSMISSION MEDIUM
1.

Define transmission line.


A transmission line is a metallic conductor system that is used to transfer electrical
energy from one point to another. A transmission line is two or more conductors separated by
an insulator, such as a pair of wires or a system of wire pairs.
2. Define balanced transmission line.
In balanced transmission line, both conductors carry current; one conductor carries
the signal and the other is the return. This type of transmission is called differential or
balanced signal transmission.
3. Define unbalanced transmission line.
In unbalanced transmission line, one wire is at ground potential where as the other
wire is at signal potential. This type of transmission is called single ended or unbalanced
signal transmission.

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4. Define Open wire transmission line.


An open wire transmission line is a two wire parallel conductor. It consists simply of
two parallel wires, closely spaced and separated by air. Nonconductive spacers are placed at
periodic intervals for support and to keep the dielectric between the conductors constant. The
dielectric is simply the air between and around the two conductors in which the TEM wave
propagates.
5. What are the advantages of open wire transmission line?
a. Simple in construction
b. Radiation losses are high
c. It is susceptible to noise pickups.
6. Define twisted pair cable.
It is formed by twisting two conductors. Pairs are generally stranded in units and the
units are cabled into cores. The cores are covered with various types of sheaths neighboring
pairs are twisted with different pitch to reduce interference between pairs due to mutual
conduction.

7. Define shielded cable transmission line.


In shielded cable transmission line, parallel two wire transmission lines are enclosed
in a metallic conductive metal braid to reduce the radiation losses and interference. The metal
braid is connected to ground acts as shield. The braid also prevents signal radiation from
reaching the conductors.

8. Define concentric transmission line.


Coaxial or concentric conductors are used for high frequency applications to reduce
losses and to isolate transmission paths. The basic coaxial cable consists of a center
conductor surrounded by a concentric conductor.
9. Describe the electrical and physical properties of a transmission line.
The electrical properties of a transmission line are wire conductivity and insulator
dielectric constant. The physical properties are wire diameter and conductor spacing.
10. List and describe the four primary constants of a transmission line.
The primary constants of a transmission line are series dc resistance, series
inductance, shunt capacitance, and shunt conductance. The primary constants are uniformly
distributed throughout the length of the line and therefore are commonly called distributed
parameters.
11. List the secondary constants of a transmission line.
Secondary constants of a transmission line are
Characteristic
impedance
&
Propagation constant
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12. Define characteristic impedance for a transmission line.


Characteristic impedance is defined as the impedance seen looking into an infinitely
long line or the impedance seen looking into a finite length of line that is terminated in a
purely resistive load equal to the characteristic impedance of the line. It is also called as
surge impedance.
13. Define propagation constant.
Propagation constant is used to express the attenuation (signal loss) and the phase
shift per unit length of a transmission line. It is also called as propagation coefficient.
14. Define velocity factor for a transmission line.
Velocity factor (sometimes called velocity constant) is defined as the ratio of the
actual velocity of propagation through free space. Mathematically the velocity factor is
Vf=vp/c, Where vf= velocity factor
Vp=actual velocity of propagation, C=velocity of propagation through free space
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(3X10 m/s)
15. List the types of transmission line losses.
Transmission line losses are conductor loss, radiation loss, dielectric heating loss,
coupling loss, and corona.
16. Define incident wave.
An ordinary transmission line is bidirectional; power can propagate equally well in
both directions. Voltage that propagates from the source toward the load is called incident
voltage
17. Define reflected wave.
The voltage that propagates from the load toward the source is called reflected
voltage.
18. Define resonant line.
A transmission line with no reflected power is called a flat or resonant line.
19. Define non resonant transmission line.
A transmission line is non resonant if it is of finite length or if it is terminated with a
resistive load equal in ohmic value to the characteristic impedance of the transmission line.
20. Define reflection coefficient.
The reflection coefficient is a vector quantity that represents the ratio of reflected
voltage to incident voltage or reflected current to incident current .Mathematically, the
reflection coefficient is gamma, , defined by
=Er/Ei (or) Ir/Ii

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Where =reflection coefficient (unitless)


Ei =incident voltage (volts)
Er =reflected voltage (volts)
Ir = reflected current (amps), Ii =incident
current (amps)
21. Define matched line.
When Zo=ZL, all the incident power is absorbed by the load .This is called a matched
line.
Where Zo=characteristic impedance ZL= load
impedance
22. Define unmatched line.
When Zo ZL, some of the incident power is absorbed by the load and some is
returned to the source. This is called an unmatched or mismatched line.
Where Zo=characteristic impedance
ZL= load impedance
23. Define standing wave.
In unmatched line, some of the incident power is absorbed by the load and some is
returned to the source. So there are two electromagnetic waves, traveling in opposite
direction present on the line at the same time. The two traveling waves setup an interference
pattern known as standing wave.
24. Define standing wave ratio.
The standing wave ratio is defined as the ratio of the maximum voltage to the
minimum voltage (or) the maximum current to the minimum current of a standing wave on a
transmission line.SWR is often called the voltage standing wave ratio (VSWR).
SWR= Vmax Vmin
25. Define ground wave propagation.
A ground wave is an electromagnetic wave that travels along the surface of earth.
Therefore ground waves are sometimes called surface waves. Ground waves must be
vertically polarized.
26. What are the disadvantages of ground wave propagation?
1. Ground waves require relatively high transmission power.
2. Ground waves are limited to very low, low, and medium frequencies, requiring large
antennas.
27. What are the advantages of ground wave propagation?
1. Ground waves are relatively unaffected by changing atmospheric conditions.
2. If the transmitted power is large enough, then ground wave propagation can be used to
communicate between any two points in the world.

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28. Define space wave propagation.


Space wave propagation of electromagnetic energy includes radiated energy that
travels in the lower few miles of earths atmosphere. Space waves include both direct and
ground reflected waves. Direct waves travel essentially in a straight line between the
transmitting and receiving antennas. Space wave propagation with direct waves is commonly
called line of sight transmission.
29. Define sky waves.
Electromagnetic waves that are directed above the horizon level are called sky waves.
30. Define critical frequency.
The critical frequency is defined as the highest frequency that can be propagated
directly upward and still be returned to earth by the ionosphere.
31. Define virtual height.
Virtual height is the height above earths surface from which a refracted wave
appears to have been reflected.

32. Define maximum usable frequency.


Maximum usable frequency is the highest frequency that can be used for sky wave
propagation between two specific points on earths surface.
33. What are baluns?
It is special type of electrical transformer used to connect an unbalanced circuit to a
balanced one.
34. What are the various transmission losses?
The various transmission line losses are conductor loss, radiation loss, dielectric heating
loss, coupling loss, and corona.
35. What is meant by path loss?
Path loss (or path attenuation) is the reduction in power density (attenuation) of an
electromagnetic wave as it propagates through space. Path loss is a major component in the
analysis and design of the link budget of a telecommunication system.
36. What is parallel conductor transmission line?
A balanced line/parallel conductor is a transmission line consisting of two conductors
of the same type, and equal impedance to ground and other circuits. There are many formats
of balanced lines; amongst the most common are twisted pair, star quad and twin-lead.
37. Define TOR.
It is defined as ray travelling over path that involves a reflection from the surface of
ground.
38. What is fading?
Fading is a statistical model for the effect of a propagation environment on a radio
signal, such as that used by wireless devices.
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39. Define line of sight.


Line-of-sight propagation is a characteristic of electromagnetic radiation or acoustic
wave propagation. Electromagnetic transmission includes light emissions traveling in a
straight line
40. What do you mean by free space?
A zero particles in the location which does not have any radiation or wave
propagation etc. such space is referred as free space.
41. What is radio horizon?
The horizon (or skyline) is the apparent line that separates earth from sky, the line
that divides all visible directions into two categories: those that intersect the Earth's surface,
and those that do not. At many locations, the true horizon is obscured by trees, buildings,
mountains, etc., and the resulting intersection of earth and sky is called the visible horizon.
42. What are the disadvantages of coaxial cable?
Very expensive due to fabrication.
It can be used only in unbalanced mode.
43. Define velocity constant.
It defined as the ratio of the actual velocity of propagation through free space.
Therefore it is called as velocity constant.
44. What is coaxial cable?
Coaxial cable, or coax is a type of cable that has an inner conductor surrounded by a
tubular insulating layer, surrounded by a tubular conducting shield.
45. Define fiber optic cable.
An optical fiber cable is a cable containing one or more optical fibers that are used to
carry light. The optical fiber elements are typically individually coated with plastic layers and
contained in a protective tube suitable for the environment where the cable will be deployed.
46. Define wired communication.
Wired communication refers to the transmission of data over a wire-based
communication technology. Examples include telephone networks, cable television or
internet access, and fiber-optic communication.
47. What is wireless communication?
Wireless communication is the transfer of information between two or more points
that are not connected by an electrical conductor. The most common wireless technologies
use radio. With radio waves distances can be short, such as a few meters for television or as
far as thousands or even millions of kilometers for deep-space radio communications
48. What are the advantages of coaxial cable?
Immune to external radiation.
Less susceptible to noise.
Radiation is very small
Can operate at high frequencies
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49. Define Gaussian noise.


Gaussian noise is statistical noise having a probability density function (PDF) equal
to that of the normal distribution, which is also known as the Gaussian distribution. In other
words, the values that the noise can take on are Gaussian-distributed.

50. What is white Gaussian noise?


White noise is not the noise source. It is the classification of noise. The noise which
has Gaussian distribution and has flat spectral density over a wide range of frequencies is
called white noise
51. Define wave propagation.
Wave propagation is any of the ways in which waves travel. With respect to the
direction of the oscillation relative to the propagation direction, we can distinguish between
longitudinal wave and transverse waves. For electromagnetic waves, propagation may occur
in a vacuum as well as in a material medium.
52. What is scattering loss?
The part of the transmission (power) loss that results from scattering within a
transmission medium or from roughness of a reflecting surface.
53. What is radiation loss?
Radiation losses often determine the maximum achievable energy in a charged
particle accelerator.
54. What is conductor loss?
It occurs due to the distributed resistance of the conductor. This loss is directly
proportional to the square of the current flow. It can be reduced by increasing the diameter of
the conductor.
55. Define dielectric heating loss.
The two conductors have some voltage difference. They are isolated by dielectric
material. This voltage difference causes heating of the line. It is called as dielectric heating
loss.
56. What is coupling loss?
It is the loss in the signal strength when two separate pieces of transmission line are
connected together. The mechanical connection is basically discontinuity in the line.
Therefore the discontinuity causes line to heatup, radiate energy and dissipates power.
57. What is corona?
When the potential difference between the two conductors exceeds breakdown
voltage of the dielectric insulator, corona effect is said to have occurred. Due to this effect
heavy cross current flow between the two conductors and line is damaged.
58. Define Rayleigh scattering.
The scattering of light by particles in a medium, without change in wavelength, this
phenomenon is called Rayleigh scattering.
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59. Define Vmax.


It is defined as a maximum voltage that exists at the voltage reaches the peak.
60. What is Vmin?
It is defined as a minimum voltage that exists at the voltage reaches the zero.
61. What are tunable detectors?
The tunable detectors are used to demodulate the signal and couple the required
output to high frequency scope analyzer.
62. What is radiation pattern?
Radiation pattern is a representation of radiation characteristics of an antenna which
is a function of elevation angle azimuth angle for a constant radial distance and frequency
63. What is radiation efficiency?
Radiation efficiency is defined as the ratio of total power radiated to total power
accepted at its input.
64. How do you measure the polarization?
The polarization of an antenna is measured using transmitting mode and probing the
polarization by a dipole antenna in which the dipole is rotated in the plane of polarization and
the received voltage pattern is recorded.
65. Define polarization.
Polarization is a property of waves that can oscillate with more than one orientation.
66. What is Bandwidth?
A range of frequencies within a given band, in particular that used for transmitting a
signal is called as Bandwidth.
67. Define population inversion.
It is defined as a transposition in the relative numbers of atoms, molecules, etc.
occupying particular energy levels.
68. Define broadcast frequencies.
The VHF band is further divided into two frequency ranges: VHF low band (Band I)
between 54 and 88 MHz, containing channels 2 - 6, and VHF high band (Band III) between
174 and 216 MHz, containing channels 7 - 13.
69. Define spectral density estimation.
In statistical signal processing, the goal of spectral density estimation (SDE) is to
estimate the spectral density of a random signal from a sequence of time samples of the
signal.
70. Define reflected ray.
It is nothing but the reflected ray is the reflected version of the incident ray. Hence it
is denoted as reflected ray.
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UNIT III
DIGITAL COMMUNICATION
1. What are the advantages of digital transmission?
The advantage of digital transmission over analog transmission is noise immunity.
Digital signals are better suited to processing and multiplexing than analog signals.
Digital transmission systems are more noise resistant than the analog transmission
systems.
Digital systems are better suited to evaluate error performance.
2. What are the disadvantages of digital transmission?
The transmission of digitally encoded analog signals requires significantly more
bandwidth than simply transmitting the original analog signal.
Analog signal must be converted to digital codes prior to transmission and converted
back to analog form at the receiver, thus necessitating additional encoding and decoding
circuitry.
3. Define pulse code modulation.
In pulse code modulation, analog signal is sampled and converted to fixed length, serial
binary number for transmission. The binary number varies according to the amplitude of the
analog signal.
4. What is the purpose of the sample and hold circuit?
The sample and hold circuit periodically samples the analog input signal and converts those
samples to a multilevel PAM signal.
5. What is the Nyquist sampling rate?
Nyquist sampling rate states that, the minimum sampling rate is equal to twice the highest
audio input frequency.
6. Define fold over distortion.
The minimum sampling rate(fs) is equal to twice the highest audio input frequency(fa).If fs is
less than two times fa, distortion will result. The distortion is Called aliasing or fold over
distortion.
7. What are the causes of fold over distortion?
The side frequencies from one harmonic fold over into the sideband of another harmonic.
The frequency that folds over is an alias of the input signal hence, the names aliasing or
fold over distortion.
8. Define overload distortion.
If the magnitude of sample exceeds the highest quantization interval, overload distortion
occurs.
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9. Define quantization.
Quantization is a process of approximation or rounding off. Assigning PCM codes to
absolute magnitudes is called quantizing.
10. Define dynamic range.
Dynamic range is the ratio of the largest possible magnitude to the smallest possible
magnitude. Mathematically, dynamic range is
DR= Vmax
Vmin
11. Define coding efficiency.
Coding efficiency is the ratio of the minimum number of bits required to achieve a certain
dynamic range to the actual number of PCM bits used. Mathematically, coding efficiency is
Coding efficiency= Minimum number of bits (including sign bit)
Actual number of bits(including sign bit)

X 100

12. Define companding.


Companding is the process of compressing, then expanding. With companded systems, the
higher amplitude analog signals are compressed prior to transmission, and then expanded at
the receiver.
13. Define slope overload. How it is reduced.
The slope of the analog signal is greater than the delta modulator can maintain, and is called
slope overload. Slope overload is reduced by increasing the clock frequency and by
increasing the magnitude of the minimum step size.
14. Define granular noise. How it is reduced?
When the original input signal has relatively constant amplitude, the reconstructed signal has
variations that were not present in the original signal. This is called granular noise. Granular
noise can be reduced by decreasing the step size.
15. Define adaptive delta modulation.
Adaptive delta modulation is a delta modulation system where the step size of the AC is
automatically varied depending on the amplitude characteristics of the analog input signal.
16. Define peak frequency deviation for FSK.
Peak frequency deviation ( f) is the difference between the carrier rest frequency and either
the mark or space frequency and either the mark or space frequency.
( f)=_fm-fs_2
17. Define modulation index for FSK.
The modulation index in FSK is defined as h = (_f) fa
Where h= FM modulation index called the h factor in FSK, fa = fundamental frequency of
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18. Define bit rate.


In digital modulation, the rate of change at the input to the modulator is called the bit rate
(fb) and has the unit of bits per second (bps).
19. Define Baud rate.
The rate of change at the output of the modulator is called baud.
20. Define QAM.
Quadrature amplitude modulation is a form of digital modulation where the digital
information is contained in both the amplitude and phase of the transmitted carrier.
21. Write the relationship between the minimum bandwidth required for an FSK system and the
bit rate.
The minimum bandwidth can be approximated as B=2 f
+2fb
Where B=minimum bandwidth (hertz)
f=minimum peak frequency deviation (hertz)
Fb=bit rate
22. What are the two fold effects of quantizing process?
1. The peak-to-peak range of input sample values subdivided into a finite set of decision
levels or decision thresholds
2. The output is assigned a discrete value selected from a finite set of representation
levels are reconstruction values that are aligned with the treads of the staircase.
23. What is meant by idle channel noise?
Idle channel noise is the coding noise measured at the receiver output with zero
transmitter input.
24. What is meant by prediction error?
The difference between the actual samples of the process at the time of interest and the
predictor output is called a prediction error.
25. Define delta modulation.
Delta modulation is the one-bit version of differential pulse code modulation.
26. Name the types of uniform quantizer?
1. Mid tread type quantizer.
2. Mid riser type quantizer.
27. Define mid tread quantizer?
Origin of the signal lies in the middle of a tread of the staircase.
28. Define mid-riser quantizer?
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29. Define quantization error?


Quantization error is the difference between the output and input values of quantizer.
30. What you mean by non-uniform quantization?
Step size is not uniform. Non-uniform quantizer is characterized by a step size that
increases as the separation from the origin of the transfer characteristics is increased. Nonuniform quantization is otherwise called as robust quantization
31. What are the different types of companding?
law companding &
A law companding
32. Define Time division multiplexing.
Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) is a communications process that transmits two or
more streaming digital signals over a common channel.
33. What are the advantages of pulse code modulation?
Pulse code modulation requires large bandwidth
Pulse code modulation can be used in storing the data.
PCM can encode the data also.
34. What are the disadvantages of pulse code modulation?
Pulse code modulation receivers are cost effective when we compared to other
modulation receivers.
Channel bandwidth should be more for digital encoding.
Decoding also needs special equipments and they are also too complex.
35. List the application of PCM.
Pulse code modulation is used in mobile phones, normal telephones etc.
Remote controlled cars, planes, trains use pulse code modulations.
Pulse code modulation is used in telecommunication systems, air traffic control
systems etc.
36. Define T-carrier system.
A dedicated phone connection supporting data rates of 1.544Mbits per second. A T-1 line
actually consists of 24 individual channels, each of which supports 64Kbits per second. Each
64Kbit/second channel can be configured to carry voice or data traffic.
37. Define radio system.
It is defined as a high quality digital FM radio system that utilizes the subcarrier band to
generate digital audio signals. The hybrid FM radio system utilizes the subcarrier band to
transmit the digital FM signals that are synchronized to the analog FM signals.
38. Define frequency shift keying.
Frequency-shift keying (FSK) is a frequency modulation scheme in which digital
information is transmitted through discrete frequency changes of a carrier wave. The simplest
FSK is binary FSK (BFSK)
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39. What is phase shift keying?


Phase-shift keying (PSK) is a digital modulation scheme that conveys data by changing,
or modulating, the phase of a reference signal (the carrier wave).
40. Define AFSK.
Audio frequency-shift keying (AFSK) is a modulation technique by which digital data is
represented by changes in the frequency (pitch) of an audio tone, yielding an encoded signal
suitable for transmission via radio or telephone.

41. What is BER?


The bit error rate or bit error ratio (BER) is the number of bit errors divided by the total
number of transferred bits during a studied time interval. BER is a unit less performance
measure, often expressed as a percentage.
42. Give some example for simple channel model.
Binary symmetric channel (used in analysis of decoding error probability in case
of non-bursty bit errors on the transmission channel)
Additive white gaussian noise (AWGN) channel without fading.
43. Name any one of the BER distance measuring technique.
A most general way of measuring the number of bit errors is the Levenshtein distance.
44. What is redundancy?
It is the error detecting mechanism, which means a shorter group of bits or extra bits may
be appended at the destination of each unit.
45. List out the available detection methods.
There are 4 types of redundancy checks are used in data communication.
a) Vertical redundancy checks (VRC).
b) Longitudinal redundancy checks (LRC).
c) Cyclic redundancy checks (CRC).
d) Checksum.
46. Write short notes on VRC.
The most common and least expensive mechanism for error detection is the vertical
redundancy check (VRC) often called a parity check. In this technique a redundant bit called
a parity bit, is appended to every data unit so, that the total number of 0s in the unit
(including the parity bit) becomes even.
47. Write short notes on LRC.
In longitudinal redundancy check (LRC), a block of bits is divided into rows and a
redundant row of bits is added to the whole block.
48. Write short notes on CRC.
The third and most powerful of the redundancy checking techniques is the cyclic
redundancy checks (CRC) CRC is based on binary division. Here a sequence of redundant
bits, called the CRC remainder is appended to the end of data unit.
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49. Write short notes on CRC generator.


A CRC generator uses a modulo-2 division.
In the first step, the 4 bit divisor is subtracted from the first 4 bit of the dividend.
Each bit of the divisor is subtracted from the corresponding bit of the dividend
without disturbing the next higher bit.
50. Write short notes on CRC checker.
A CRC checker functions exactly like a generator. After receiving the data appended
with the CRC it does the same modulo-2 division. If the remainder is all 0s the CRC is
dropped and the data accepted. Otherwise, the received stream of bits is discarded and the
dates are present.
UNIT IV
DATA COMMUNICATION AND NETWORK PROTOCOL

1. Define data communication codes.


Data communication codes are prescribed bit sequences used for encoding characters
and symbols.
2. Define error detection.
Error detection is simply the process of monitoring the received data and determining
when a transmission has occurred.
3. Define Echoplex.
Echoplex is a relatively simple type of error detection scheme that is used almost
exclusively in data communications systems where human operators are used to enter the
data manually from a keyboard.
4. Describe serial interface.
Serial interface is used to ensure an orderly flow of data between the line control unit
and the modem.
5. Define parallel interface.
Parallel interfaces transfer data between two devices eight or more bits at a time. That
is one entire data word is transmitted at a time .Parallel transmission is sometimes referred to
as serial by word transmission.
6. What are the advantages of parallel transmission?
The advantage of parallel transmission is data are transmitted much faster than with
serial transmission because there is a transmission path for each bit of the word. In parallel
interface there is no need to convert data from parallel to serial or vice versa.
7. What is the purpose of data modem?
The primary purpose of data modem is to interface computers, computer networks,
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8. Classify data modems.


Data modems are generally classified in to synchronous and asynchronous data
modems.
9. Define OSI.
The term open system interconnection is the name for a set of standards for
communications among computers. The primary purpose of OSI standards is to serve as a
structural guideline for exchanging information between computers.
10. What are the advantages of bus topology?
a. The bus topology is easy to understand, install, and use for small networks.
b. The cabling cost is less as the bus topology requires the least amount of cable to
connect the computers.
c. The bus topology is easy to expand by joining two cables with a BNC barrel
connector.
d. In the expansion of bus topology repeaters are used to boost the signal and increase
the distance.
11. What are the disadvantages of star topology?
One disadvantage of a star topology is that the network is only as reliable as the
central node. When the central node fails, the entire system fails.
12. Describe LAN.
A local area network is usually a privately owned and links the devices in a single
office, building or campus of up to a few kilometers in size.
13. Define LAN topology.
The topology or physical architecture of a LAN identifies how the stations are
interconnected.
14. What are the seven layers of open system interconnection?
The seven layers of open system interconnection are
Physical layer Data link
layer Network layer
Transport layer Session
layer
Presentation layer Application
layer
15. What is mean by data communication?
Data communication is the exchange of data (in the form of 1s and 0s) between two
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16. What are the three criteria necessary for an effective and efficient network?
The most important criteria are performance, reliability and security. Performance of the
network depends on number of users, type of transmission medium, the capabilities of the
connected h/w and the efficiency of the s/w. Reliability is measured by frequency of failure, the
time it takes a link to recover from the failure and the networks robustness in a catastrophe.
17. What are the three fundamental characteristics of the communication system?
The effectiveness of the data communication system depends on three
Fundamental characteristics:
Delivery: The system must deliver data to the correct destination.
Accuracy: The system must deliver data accurately.
Timeliness: The system must deliver data in a timely manner.
18. What are the advantages of distributed processing?
Advantages of distributed processing include security/encapsulation, distributed
databases, faster problem solving, security through redundancy and collaborative processing.
19. Why are protocols needed?
In networks, communication occurs between the entities in different systems. Two
entities cannot just send bit streams to each other and expect to be understood. For
communication, the entities must agree on a protocol. A protocol is a set of rules that govern data
communication.
20. Why are standards needed?
Co-ordination across the nodes of a network is necessary for an efficient communication.
If there are no standards, difficulties arise. A standard provides a model or basis for development
to which everyone has agreed.
21. For n devices in a network, what is the number of cable links required for a mesh and
ring topology?
Mesh topology n (n-1)/2
Ring topology n
22. What is the difference between a passive and an active hub?
An active hub contains a repeater that regenerates the received bit patterns before sending
them out. A passive hub provides a simple physical connection between the attached devices.
23. Distinguish between peer-to-peer relationship and a primary-secondary relationship.
Peer-to-peer relationship: All the devices share the link equally. Primary-secondary relationship:
One device controls traffic and the others must transmit through it.
24. Assume 6 devices are arranged in a mesh topology. How many cables are needed? How
many ports are needed for each device?
Number of cables=n (n-1)/2=6(6-1)/2=15
Number of ports per device=n-1=6-1=5
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25. Group the OSI layers by function.


The seven layers of the OSI model belonging to three subgroups. Physical, data link and
network layers are the network support layers; they deal with the physical aspects of moving data
from one device to another. Session, presentation and application layers are the user support
layers; they allow interoperability among unrelated software systems. The transport layer ensures
end-to-end reliable data transmission.
26. What are header and trailers and how do they get added and removed?
Each layer in the sending machine adds its own information to the message It receives
from the layer just above it and passes the whole package to the layer just below it. This
information is added in the form of headers or trailers. Headers are added to the message at the
layers 6,5,4,3, and 2. The transport layer creates a communication between the source and
destination.
27. What are the three events involved in a connection?
Creating a connection involves three steps: connection establishment, data transfer and
connection release.
28. What is the DC component?
Direct current is a zero-frequency signal with constant amplitude.
29. How does NRZ-L differ from NRZ-I?
In the NRZ-L sequence, positive and negative voltages have specific meanings: positive
for 0 and negative for 1. In the NRZ-I sequence, the voltages are meaningless. Instead, the
receiver looks for changes from one level to another as its basis for recognition of 1s.
30. Using HDB3, encode the bit stream 10000000000100.
Assume the number of 1s so far is odd and the first 1 is positive.
31. What are the functions of a DTE? What are the functions of a DCE?
Data terminal equipment is a device that is an information source or an information sink.
It is connected to a network through a DCE. Data circuit-terminating equipment is a device used
as an interface between a DTE and a network.
32. What does the electrical specification of EIA-232 describe?
The electrical specification of EIA-232 defines that signals other than data must be sent
using OFF as less than -3 volts and ON as greater than +3 volts. The data must be transmitted
using NRZ-L encoding.
33. Discuss the mode for propagating light along optical channels.
There are two modes for propagating light along optical channels, multimode and single mode.
Multimode: Multiple beams from a light source move through the core in different paths.
Single mode: Fiber with extremely small diameter that limits beams to a few angles, resulting in
an almost horizontal beam.
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34. What is refraction?


The phenomenon related to the bending of light when it passes from one medium to another.
35. How are the guided media differing from unguided transmission media?
Guided transmission media
Unguided transmission media
1. Guided indicate, medium is contained
have any within physical boundary
2. Transmission takes place through wire.

1.Unguided medium does not


Physical boundary
2. It is a wireless transmission.

36. What are the criteria used to evaluate transmission medium?


The criteria used to evaluate transmission medium are
Throughput
Propagation speed
Propagation time
Wavelength
37. Give the relationship between propagation speed and propagation time?
Propagation time = distance / propagation speed
The time required for a signal or a bit to travel from one point to another is called
Propagation time. Propagation speed is the distance, a signal or a bit travel through a medium in
one second.
38. Explain cross talk and what is needed to reduce it?
Effect of one wire on another is called as cross talk. One wire will be the sending antenna
and the other wire will be the receiving antenna. We can use the shielded twisted pair cable or
coaxial cable for transmission, which contains metal foil to reduce cross talk.
39. What are the responsibilities of data link layer?
Specific responsibilities of data link layer include the following.
a) Framing
b) Physical addressing
c) Flow control
d) Error control
e) Access control
40. Mention the types of errors.
There are 2 types of errors
a) Single-bit error.
b) Burst-bit error.

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41. Define Single bit error.


The term single bit error means that only one bit of a given data unit (such as byte character/data
unit or packet) is changed from 1 to 0 or from 0 to 1.
42. Define Burst error.
It is defined as 2 or more bits in the data unit have changed from 1 to 0 or from 0 to 1.
43. What is redundancy?
It is the error detecting mechanism, which means a shorter group of bits or extra bits may be
appended at the destination of each unit.
44. List out the available detection methods.
There are 4 types of redundancy checks are used in data communication.
a) Vertical redundancy checks (VRC).
b) Longitudinal redundancy checks (LRC).
c) Cyclic redundancy checks (CRC).
d) Checksum.
45. Write short notes on VRC.
The most common and least expensive mechanism for error detection is the vertical
redundancy check (VRC) often called a parity check. In this technique a redundant bit called a
parity bit, is appended to every data unit so, that the total number of 0s in the unit (including the
parity bit) becomes even.
46. Write short notes on LRC.
In longitudinal redundancy check (LRC), a block of bits is divided into rows and a redundant
row of bits is added to the whole block.
47. Write short notes on CRC.
The third and most powerful of the redundancy checking techniques is the cyclic
redundancy checks (CRC) CRC is based on binary division. Here a sequence of redundant bits,
called the CRC remainder is appended to the end of data unit.
48. Write short notes on CRC generator.
A CRC generator uses a modulo-2 division.
In the first step, the 4 bit divisor is subtracted from the first 4 bit of the dividend.
Each bit of the divisor is subtracted from the corresponding bit of the dividend without
disturbing the next higher bit.
49. Write short notes on CRC checker.
A CRC checker functions exactly like a generator. After receiving the data appended
with the CRC it does the same modulo-2 division. If the remainder is all 0s the CRC is dropped
and the data accepted. Otherwise, the received stream of bits is discarded and the dates are
resent.
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50. Give the essential properties for polynomial.


A polynomial should be selected to have at least the following properties.
a) It should not be
b) It should be divisible by(x+1).
51. Define checksum.
The error detection method used by the higher layer protocol is called checksum. Checksum is
based on the concept of redundancy.
52. What are the steps followed in checksum generator?
The sender follows these steps

The units are divided into k sections each of n bits.


All sections are added together using 2s complement to get the sum.
The sum is complemented and become the checksum.
The checksum is sent with the data.

53. List out the steps followed is checksum checker side.


The receiver must follow these steps
a) The unit is divided into k section each of n bits.
b) All sections are added together using 1s complement to get the sum.
c) The sum is complemented.
d) If the result is zero.
54. Write short notes on error correction.
It is the mechanism to correct the errors and it can be handled in 2 ways.
a) When an error is discovered, the receiver can have the sender retransmit the entire data unit.
b) A receiver can use an error correcting coder, which automatically corrects certain errors.
55. What are the 2 error-correcting methods?
a) Single bit error correction
b) Burst error correction.

56. What is the purpose of hamming code?


A hamming code can be designed to correct burst errors of certain lengths. So the simple
strategy used by the hamming code to correct single bit errors must be redesigned to be
applicable for multiple bit correction.
57. Define LAN.
A Local Area Network (LAN) is a data communication system that allows a number of
independent devices to communicate directly with each other in a limited geographic area.
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58. Mention the various architecture in a LAN.


LAN is dominated by 4 architectures.

Ethernet
Token bus
Token ring
Fiber distributed data interface (FDDI)

59. Define Gateway.


A device used to connect two separate networks that we different communication
protocols.

60. What is LSP?


In link state routing, a small packet containing routing information sent by a router to all
other router by a packet called link state packet.

UNIT V
SATELLITE AND OPTICAL FIBER COMMUNICATIONS
1. Define satellite.
Satellite is a celestial body that orbits around a planet. In aerospace terms, a satellite
is a space vehicle launched by humans and orbits earth or another celestial body.
2. State Keplers first law.
Keplers first law states that a satellite will orbit a primary body following an
elliptical path.
3. State Keplers second law.
Keplers second law states that for equal time intervals of time a satellite will sweep
out equal areas in the orbital plane, focused at the bary center.
4. State Keplers third law.
The third law states that the square of the periodic time of orbit is proportional to the
cube of the mean distance between the primary and the satellite.
5. Define orbital satellite.
Orbital satellites are also called as nonsynchronous satellite. Nonsynchronous
satellites rotate around earth in an elliptical or circular pattern. In a circular orbit, the speed or
rotation is constant however in elliptical orbits the speed depends on the height the satellite is
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6. Define prograde orbit.


If the satellite is orbiting in the same direction as earths rotation and at an angular
velocity greater than that of earth, the orbit is called a prograde (or) posigrade orbit.
7. Define retrograde orbit.
If the satellite is orbiting in the opposite direction as the earths rotation or in the
same direction with an angular velocity less than that of earth, the orbit is called a
retrograde orbit.
8. Define Geo synchronous satellite.
Geo synchronous or geo stationary satellites are those that orbit in a circular
pattern with an angular velocity equal to that of Erath. Geosynchronous satellites
have an orbital time of approximately 24 hours.
9. Define apogee.
The point in an orbit which is located farthest from the earth is called apogee.
10. Define Perigee.
The point in an orbit which is located closest to earth is called perigee.
11. Define angle of inclination.
The angle of inclination is the angle between the earths equatorial plane and the
orbital plane of a satellite measured counterclockwise at the point in the orbit where it
crosses the equatorial plane traveling from south to north.
12. Define Decending node.
The point where a polar or inclined orbit crosses the equatorial plane traveling
from south to north. This point is called descending node.
13. Define ascending node.
The point where a polar or inclined orbit crosses the equatorial plane traveling
from north to south is called ascending node.
14. Define line of nodes.
The line joining the ascending and descending nodes through the center of earth is
called line of nodes.
15. Define angle of elevation.
Angle of elevation is the vertical angle formed between the directions of travel of an
electromagnetic wave radiated from an earth station antenna pointing directly toward
a satellite and the horizontal plane.
16. Define Azimuth angle
Azimuth is the horizontal angular distance from a reference direction, either the
southern or northern most point of the horizon.
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17. What are the advantages of Optical fiber communication?


It offers Greater information capacity, immunity to cross talk, immunity to static
interference, safety and security
18. Define a fiber optic system.
An optical communications system is an electronic communication system that uses
light as the carrier of information. Optical fiber communication systems use glass or
plastic fibers to contain light waves and guide them in a manner similar to the way
electromagnetic waves are guided through a waveguide.
19. Define refractive index.
The refractive index is defined as the as the ratio of the velocity of
propagation of light ray in free space to the velocity of propagation of a light ray in a
given material. Mathematically, the refractive index is
n = c/ where
c = speed of light in free space, = speed of light in a given material
20. Define critical angle.
Critical angle is defined as the minimum angle of incidence at which a light ray may
strike the interface of two media and result in an angle of refraction of 90or greater.
21. Define single mode and multi mode propagation.
If there is only one path for light to take down the cable, it is called single mode. If
there is more than one path, it is called multimode.
22. Define acceptance angle.
It defines the maximum angle in which external light rays may strike the Air/fiber
interface and still propagate down the fiber with a response that is no greater than 10
dB below the maximum value.
23. Define numerical aperture.
Numerical aperture is mathematically defined as the sine of the maximum angle a
light ray entering the fiber can have in respect to the axis of the fiber and still
propagate down the cable by internal reflection.
24. Define modal dispersion.
Modal dispersion or pulse spreading is caused by the difference in the propagation
times of light rays that take different paths down a fiber. Modal dispersion can occur
only in multimode fibers. It can be reduced by using single mode step index fibers
and graded index fibers.
25. What are the advantages of heterojunction LEDs?
a. The increase in current density generates a more brilliant light spot.
b. The smaller emitting area makes it easier to couple its emitted light into fiber.
c. The small effective area has a smaller capacitance, which allows the planar
heterojunction LED to be used at higher speeds.

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26. What are the disadvantages of injection laser diode?


ILDs are typically on the order of 10 times more expensive than LEDs
Because ILDs operate at higher powers, they typically have a much shorter life time than
LEDs. ILDs are more temperature dependent than LEDs.
27. What are step index and graded index fibers?
In the case of graded index fiber, the refractive index of a core is a constant and is
larger than the refractive index of the cladding. The light propagation is mainly by
meridional rays. In the case of graded index fiber (GRIN fiber) the refractive index of
the core varies parabolically from the centre of the core having maximum refractive
index to the core cladding interface having constant minimum refractive index. Here
the light propagation is by skew rays.
28. Why do we prefer step index fiber for long distance communication?
Step index single mode fiber has a) low attenuation due to smaller core diameter b)
higher bandwidth and c) very low dispersion.
29. Define WDM.
In fiber-optic communications, wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) is a technology
which multiplexes a number of optical carrier signals onto a single optical fiber by using
different wavelengths (i.e., colors) of laser light. This technique enables bidirectional
communications over one strand of fiber, as well as multiplication of capacity.
30. What is meant by Rayleigh scattering?
The index variation causes a Rayleigh type of scattering of light. Rayleigh scattering in
glass in the same phenomenon that scatters light from sun in the atmosphere, giving rise to blue
sky.
31. What is the measure of information capacity in optical waveguide?
It is usually specified by bandwidth distance product in MHz. For a step index fiber the
various distortion effects tend to limit the bandwidth distance product to 20MHz.
32. Mention the losses responsible for attenuation in optical fibers.
Absorption losses, Scattering losses and bending losses
33. What do you meant by extrinsic absorption?
Absorption phenomena due to impurity atoms present in the fiber.
34. Define microscopic bending.
Fibers losses occur due to small bending arise while the fiber is inserted into a cable.
35. What is the function of an optical amplifier?
The main function of the optical amplifier is to strengthen the weak signal without being
any conversion.
36. List the different types of filter.
The different types of filters,
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Fixed filter
Tunable filter.
Fixed filter: Gratings
Bragg gratings
Tunable filter: Fabry perot filter.
Mach zehnder interferometer.
37. What is the function of couplers?
A coupler is a device which is used to combine and split signals in an optical network.

38. What are the different types of optical couplers?


Different types of couplers are

Directional coupler,
Star coupler,
Fused fiber coupler,
2 x 2 coupler.

39. What are the different types of multiplexing techniques?


Time division multiplexing (TDM)
Optical time division multiplexing (OTDM)
Wavelength division multiplexing (WDM)

40. What is an optical network?


An optical network is not necessarily all-optical: the transmission is certainly optical,
but the switching could be optical, or electrical, or hybrid Also, an optical is not
necessarily packet-switched.
41. What are the advantages of optical network?
Huge bandwidth,
Low signal attenuation (as low as 0.2 dB/km),
Immunity to electromagnetic interference,
High security of signal because of no electromagnetic radiation.
42. Give the 2 analysis that are used to ensure system performance?
The 2 analysis that are used to ensure system performance are:
link power budget analysis
rise time budget analysis

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43. Explain briefly about link power budget analysis?

In the optical power loss model for a pt-to-pt link, the optical power received at
the photo detector depends on the amount of light coupled into the fiber & losses
occurring in the fiber at the connectors & splices. The link loss budget is derived from
the sequential loss contribution of each element in the link
44. Give the range of system margin in link power budget?

The system margin is usually (6-8) dB. A positive system margin ensures proper
operation of the circuit. A negative value indicates that insufficient power will reach the
detector to achieve the required bit error rate, BER.
45. What are connectors?
The connectors are used to join the optical sources as well as detectors to the optical
fiber temporarily. They are also used to join two optical fibers.
46. What are the different types of connectors used in fiber?
The 2 major types of connectors are:
Lens type expanded beam connector
Ferrule type connector

47. What are the uses of optical fiber?

To transmit the information which are in the form of coded signals of the
telephone communication.
To transmit the optical images
To act as a light source at inaccessible places.

48. What is LED?


A light-emitting diode (LED) is a two-lead semiconductor light source. It is a pn
junction diode, which emits light when activated, when a suitable voltage is applied to the
leads.
49. What are the different types of LED?
The different types of LED are active and opto electronic types
50. Mention the important semiconductors used in LED.

GaAs,
InP,
InGaAs
GaAlAs

51. Explain the radiation pattern from surface emitting laser diode or LED.
The emission pattern is isotropic with a 120 degree half-power beam width, i.e.,
source is equally bright when viewed from any direction, but the power diminishes as
cos, where is the angle between the viewing direction and normal to the surface
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52. Mention the important semiconductors used in laser and LEDs.

GaAs,
InP,
InGaAs
GaAlAs

53. Define internal quantum efficiency of a LED

The internal quantum efficiency in the active region is the fraction of electron hole
pairs that recombine radiatively. Its given by i=Rr/ (Rr+ Rnr)
i is the internal quantum efficiency
Rris the radiative recombination per unit volume.

54. Why do we prefer laser diodes over LEDs for communication applications?
1. High intensity radiation
2. Narrow spectral width of the laser source is the preferable features of
Laser compared to LED.

55. Define optical communication.


Optical communication, also known as optical telecommunication, is
communication at a distance using light to carry information. It can be performed visually
or by using electronic devices.
56. What is meant by propagation of light?
A light ray is a line or curve that is perpendicular to the light's wave fronts (and is
therefore collinear with the wave vector). Light rays bend at the interface between two
dissimilar media and may be curved in a medium in which the refractive index changes.
Geometric optics describes how rays propagate through an optical system
57. What are the advantages of LED?
LEDs are less complex circuits than Laser diodes.
Fabrication is easier.
They have long life.
58. What are the two types of LED configuration?
Homo junction
Single and double hetero junction.
59. What are the advantages of Photodiodes?
Small size
Suitable material
High sensitivity
Fast response time

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60. What are the types of photodiode?


PIN photo detector
Avalanche photodiode (APD)
PART-B (11 MARKS)
UNIT-I
MODULATION SYSTEMS
1. Draw the block diagram of super heterodyne receiver and explain the
significance of each block. Compare it with other types of receiver circuits.
Hint & Key:
Block diagram of super heterodyne receiver
Explanation about each block
Description about the super heterodyne receiver.
Comparative statement about the other receiver types

(11)

2. (a) Explain a method of generation of amplitude modulated signal and sketch


the time domain waveform of message, carrier and modulated signals.
Hint & Key:
Diagram of Amplitude modulation
Explanation about the diagram
Working principle of AM
Comparative statement about the other receiver types

(8)

(b) Compare the amplitude modulation and frequency modulation.


Hint & Key:
Comparison/ Difference between AM & FM

(3)

3. Explain in detail about the frequency division multiplexing with all


necessary diagrams.
Hint & Key:
Diagram of FDM
Explanation about the diagram & FDM Working principle
Description about the super heterodyne receiver.
Comparative statement about the other receiver types

(11)

4. Draw the block diagram of PWM and explain its modulation concepts.
Hint & Key:
Block diagram of PWM
Explanation about each block
Process of PWM
Application, advantages & Disadvantages.
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5. Discuss about the time and frequency domain representation of signals.


Hint & Key:
Explanation about time representation of signals
Explanation about the frequency representation of signals.
Diagrammatic representation of representation of signals.
Application, advantages & Disadvantages

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6. Explain in detail about the frequency modulation & demodulation.


Hint & Key:
Diagram of Frequency modulation
Explanation about the diagram
Working principle of FM
Comparative statement about the other receiver types

(11)

7. Explain in detail about the Amplitude modulation & demodulation.


Hint & Key:
Block Diagram of Amplitude modulation & demodulation
Explanation about the diagram
Working principle of Modulator & Demodulator

(11)

8. Explain in detail about the frequency division multiplexing concept.


Hint & Key:
Diagram of Frequency division multiplexing
Explanation about the diagram
Working principle of FDM
Comparative statement about the other Multiplexing technique

(11)

9. Describe the modulation technique in detail.


Hint & Key:
Diagram of modulation
Explanation about the diagram
Types of modulation

(11)

10. Explain in detail about the representation of signals.


Hint & Key:
Introduction about the signals
Types of representation of signals.
Schematic diagram
Explanation about the diagrams

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UNIT-II
TRANSMISSION MEDIUM
1. (a) Discuss the different types of parallel conductor transmission lines.
Hint & Key:
Explanation about transmission lines
Types of parallel conductor
Description about all the types.
Advantages, disadvantages & applications of parallel conductor transmission lines.

(6)

(b) What are the different losses in transmission line? How are they reduced?
(5)
Hint & Key:
Explanation about transmission losses
Types of transmission losses
Description about all the types.
Methods to overcome the transmission losses
Advantages, disadvantages & applications of parallel conductor transmission losses
2. Explain the relevant diagram, the principle of ground wave and space wave
propagation of electromagnetic waves and also compare them.
Hint & Key:
Explanation about wave propagation
Types of wave propagation
Description about space and ground wave propagation
Comparison about the two wave propagation methods.

(11)

3. Explain in detail about the transmission lines concept.


Hint & Key:
Explanation about transmission lines
Schematic representation of transmission line
Types of transmission lines
Advantages, disadvantages & applications of transmission lines.

(11)

4. (a)Write a brief notes on transmission line equivalent circuit.


Hint & Key:
Explanation about transmission line equivalent circuit
Equivalent circuit for transmission line
Advantages, disadvantages & applications of parallel conductor transmission lines.

(6)

(b)What are the different types of transmission lines?


Hint & Key:
Description & types about the transmission lines
Description about all the types.
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5. (a)Write a brief notes about Standing waves.


Hint & Key:
Explanation about Standing waves.
Types of Standing waves.
Description about all the types.
Advantages, disadvantages & applications.

(6)

(b) Write a brief notes on impedance matching.


Hint & Key:
Explanation about impedance matching.
Methods of impedance matching
Advantages, disadvantages

(5)

6. Explain the concept of radio propagation along with its necessary diagrams.
Hint & Key:
Explanation about radio propagation
Types of radio propagation
Description about all the types.
Advantages, disadvantages & applications of radio propagation.

(11)

7. (a)Write short notes about critical frequency.


Hint & Key:
Definition about radio propagation
Types of radio propagation
Description about all the types.
(b)Explain maximum usable frequency technique in detail.
Hint & Key:
Definition about MUF
Diagram of MUF

(6)

8. (a) Write short notes about path loss.


Hint & Key:
Definition about path loss
Types of path loss
Advantages, disadvantages of path loss.

(5)

(6)

(b) Write short notes about white Gaussian noise.


Hint & Key:
Definition about white Gaussian noise.
Types of Gaussian noise
Advantages, disadvantages of Gaussian noise

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9. Explain the Transmission line & its different types


Hint & Key:
Introduction about transmission line
Types of transmission line
Description about the types

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10. Describe the Impedance matching & Standing waves in detail


Hint & Key:
Definition about Impedance matching, Standing waves
Diagrams about the Impedance matching and standing waves
Description about Impedance matching & standing waves
Application and advantages.

(11)

UNIT-III
DIGITAL COMMUNICATION
1. With the help of relevant diagrams, the transmitter and receiver of pulse
code modulation.
Hint & Key:
Block diagram of PCM
Explanation about each and every block
Working principle of PCM
Advantages, disadvantages & applications of PCM

(11)

2. Explain detail about binary FSK and its bandwidth considerations.


Hint & Key:
Block diagram of FSK
Explanation about each and every block
Working principle of FSK
BW Derivation for FSK
Advantages, disadvantages & applications of FSK

(11)

3. Explain the concept of pulse code modulation with necessary diagrams.


Hint & Key:
Block diagram of PCM
Explanation about each and every block
Working principle of PCM
Advantages, disadvantages & applications of PCM

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4. Write a brief notes about Time division Multiplexing technique.


Hint & Key:
Block diagram of TDM
Explanation about each and every block
Working principle of TDM
Advantages, disadvantages & applications of TDM

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5. Explain in detail about digital T-carrier system & its digital radio system.
Hint & Key:
Explanation about digital T-carrier system
Schematic diagram of System and its digital information system
Advantages, disadvantages of digital T-carrier

(11)

6. Discuss in detail about the digital modulation.


Hint & Key:
Block diagram of digital modulation system
Explanation about each and every block
Types of digital modulation technique
Description about all the modulation types.
Advantages, disadvantages & applications of digital modulation technique

(11)

7. Briefly discuss about the frequency shift keying with necessary diagrams.
Hint & Key:
Block diagram of FSK
Explanation about each and every block
Working principle of FSK
Advantages, disadvantages & applications of FSK

(11)

8. Explain in detail about the phase shift keying with necessary diagrams.
Hint & Key:
Block diagram of PSK
Explanation about each and every block
Working principle of PSK
Advantages, disadvantages & applications of PSK

(11)

9. Write a brief notes about modulator with all diagrams.


Hint & Key:
Block diagram of modulator system
Explanation about each and every block
Types of modulator technique
Description about all the types.
Advantages, disadvantages & applications of modulator techniques.

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10. Write a brief notes about demodulator with all diagrams.


Hint & Key:
Block diagram of demodulator system
Explanation about each and every block
Types of demodulator technique
Description about all the types.
Advantages, disadvantages & applications of demodulator techniques.

(11)

11. Explain in detail about the BER and its calculation procedure.
Hint & Key:
Definition about BER
Explanation about BER
Types
Derivation of BER calculation

(11)

UNIT- IV
DATA COMMUNICATION AND NETWORK PROTOCOL
1. Explain in detail about the data communication with necessary diagrams.
Hint & Key:
Block diagram of data communication
Explanation about each and every block
Working principle of data communication
Advantages, disadvantages & applications of data communication

(11)

2. Write a brief notes about error control mechanism.


Hint & Key:
Definition & need of error control mechanism
Types of error control
Explanation about each types with diagrams

(11)

3. Discuss the serial and parallel interface.


Hint & Key:
Introduction about interface and its types
Diagrams of serial and parallel interface
Explanation about these types
Advantages, disadvantages & applications of interfaces.

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4. With the help of relevant diagrams, explain the telephone network.


Hint & Key:
Block diagram of telephone network.
Explanation about each and every block
Working principle of telephone network
Applications

(11)

5. Briefly discuss about data modem.


Hint & Key:
Block diagram of data modem
Explanation about each and every block
Working principle of data modem
Advantages, disadvantages & applications of data modem.

(11)

6. Briefly explain the seven layers in OSI hierarchy.


Hint & Key:
Architecture of OSI
Explanation about each and every layer
Working principle of OSI
Advantages, disadvantages & applications of OSI-ISO

(11)

7. Explain in detail about the data modem with all necessary diagrams.
Hint & Key:
Block diagram of data modem
Explanation about each and every block
Working principle of data modem
Advantages, disadvantages & applications of it.

(11)

8. With a net sketch, explain the ISDN technique.


Hint & Key:
Principle operation of ISDN technique.
Block diagram of ISDN
Explanation about each and every block
Applications of ISDN

(11)

9. Write a brief notes about LAN architecture with relevant diagrams.


Hint & Key:
Block diagram of LAN architecture
Explanation about architecture.
Different types of LAN
Advantages, disadvantages & applications of LAN

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10. Write a brief notes about WAN architecture with relevant diagrams.
Hint & Key:
Block diagram of WAN architecture
Explanation about architecture.
Different types of WAN
Comparison about LAN vs. WAN
Advantages, disadvantages & applications of WAN

(11)

UNIT- V
SATELLITE AND OPTICAL FIBER COMMUNICATIONS
1. Write short notes about light sources and light detectors.
Hint & Key:
Definition about light sources and detectors
Explanation about the types of sources and detectors
Advantages, disadvantages & applications of light sources and light detectors

(11)

2. Explain the process of light propagation through fiber.


Hint & Key:
Definition about light propagation through fiber
Schematic diagrams for all the types.
Explanation about the types

(11)

3. Explain the principle operation of fiber optic communication & list the advantages
Hint & Key:
Block diagram of fiber optic communication
Working principle of fiber optic communication with transmitter and receiver
Explanation about the block diagram
Advantages and disadvantages of fiber optic communication

(11)

4. Explain the concept of satellite system link equations.


Hint & Key:
Block diagram of fiber optic communication
Working principle of fiber optic communication with transmitter and receiver
Explanation about the block diagram
Advantages and disadvantages of fiber optic communication

(11)

5. Write a brief notes about satellite link models.


Hint & Key:
Block diagram of satellite link models.
Working principle of satellite link models.
Explanation about the block diagram
Application of satellite link models.

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6. Explain the look angle concept.


Hint & Key:
Definition about look angle
Diagrams of look angle
Types of look angle
Explanation about the types

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7. Write brief notes about geostationary satellites.


Hint & Key:
Introduction about satellites.
Working principle of geostationary satellites.
Types of geostationary satellites
Explanation about the different types.
Application of geostationary satellites.

(11)

8. Explain the orbital satellites in detail.


Hint & Key:
Introduction about satellites.
Working principle of Orbital satellites.
Types of Orbital satellites
Explanation about the different types.
Application of Orbital satellites.

(11)

9. Derive the satellite system link equation & explain the satellite system link model.
Hint & Key:
Derive the satellite system link equation
Explanation about the satellite system link model
Diagrams
Description about the diagram.

(11)

10. Explain the Optical fiber, application & its loss


Hint & Key:
Description about the Optical fiber
Different types of Optical fiber
Diagrams
Applications
Losses of Fiber optical cable

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