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RF Cafe Christmas 2016 Crossword Puzzle
December 25, 2016

Christmastime is upon us once again, and amazingly another year is coming to an end. This marks my 58th Christmas here on Earth - that's 58 trips around the sun and a barely measurable distance around the Milky Way galaxy; where has the time gone? "Tempus fugit," as the dial of my grandmother clock proclaims. In fine tradition, this week's engineering crossword puzzle has a special theme that contains a heart-felt message from all the staff (Melanie and me) here at RF Cafe. We hope you had a good 2016 and that you will have a safe and happy holiday season. Carpe diem.

Reproduction of this puzzle without the express permission of RF Cafe is prohibited.
acr. = acronym, abbr. = abbreviation, pl. = plural, wds. = words

Christmas 2016 Crossword Puzzle for December 25, 2016 - RF Cafe

Note: A standard for crossword puzzles is when all words in a clue are capitalized, the solution is the abbreviation or acronym for that clue; e.g., Alternating Current = AC.

1. Unit of length (abbr.)
3. 17 Down + _________ and a 36 Down + 99 Down + 54 Across from 47 Down + 50 Across
9. Opposite of O.D.
11. Unit of energy
12. Type of load used in place of an antenna during transmitter testing
13. Optical cross-connect (abbr.)
16. High-speed logic family
17. Unit of processor calculation speed, abbr.
18. Field Programmable Gate Array (abbr.)
20. 1.602E-19 Joules
21. Chemical symbol for erbium
23. Relative power level unit (abbr.)
25. Chemical symbol for plutonium
26. Electromagnetic (abbr.)
27. Performs a disk operation
29. Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (acr.)
31. Elemental compound used for microwave frequency reference oscillators (abbr., pl.)
34. Amateur Teleprinter Over Radio (abbr.)
36. Form of energy arising from the kinetic energy of atoms and molecules
38. Using the moon as a passive reflector to establish a signal path; moonbounce (abbr.)
39. 30 Hz to 300 Hz
40. Stock symbol for Advanced Micro Devices
41. Chemical symbol for radon
42. Electrical safety organization (abbr.)
43. Unit of inductance (abbr.)
45. Network department (abbr.)
47. Type of flip-flop
48. Unit of time (abbr.)
50. 17 Down + 3 Across and a 36 Down + 99 Down + 54 Across from 47 Down + ____
52. Tied a bundle of wires together
54. 17 Down + 3 Across and a 36 Down + 99 Down + ____ from 47 Down + 50 Across
56. Chemical symbol for einsteinium
57. Chemical symbol for bismuth
58. One component of a complex number (abbr.)
60. Chemical symbol for tantalum
62. Switch position
63. Switch position
65. Voltage-controlled oscillator (abbr.)
67. Term for creating an asymmetry in a statistical distribution
70. The cell band above DCN
72. Chemical symbol for erbium
73. Chemical symbol for beryllium
74. Chemical symbol for radium
75. Chemical symbol for manganese
76. Chemical symbol for neodymium
78. Analog-to-Digital (abbr.)
79. Converts computer code into binary
84. Filter type that blocks frequencies in a specified band (abbr.)
85. Akin to an EE, CE, AE, etc.
86. Last stage in a transmitter (abbr.)
87. Morse Code for "from"
89. Chemical symbol for holmium
90. Chemical symbol for cesium
92. Act of being exposed to ionizing electromagnetic energy
93. Regarding light transmission
97. A surface which curves inwards like the interior of a sphere
101. Silicon transistor type (abbr.)
102. Adjust a pot
103. Ratio of circumference to diameter
104. Weight (abbr.)
1. Unit for 1,000 watt-seconds (abbr.)
2. The "M" in EMF
3. Describes a switch that is making electrical contact
4. Base 16 number system (abbr.)
5. Internet protocol (abbr.)
6. Boob tube (abbr.)
7. Type of data conversion device (abbr.)
8. Its chemical symbol is S
9. A false signal produced in a superheterodyne receiver’s circuitry (pl.)
10. Chemical symbol for dysprosium
14. Chemical symbol for chromium
15. Popular computer device interface (abbr.)
16. Chemical symbol for europium
17. _____ + 3 Across and a 36 Down + 99 Down + 54 Across from 47 Down + 50 Across
19. Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation (abbr.)
22. Readability, Signal, and Tone (QoS report type)
23. Small motored tool for model drilling, grinding, shaping, etc.
24. Lowest operational frequency of a waveguide
25. Attenuator
28. Basic element
30. Thing in a bill of material
32. Base of the decimal number system
33. One of four lines used in ferrite core memories
35. Chemical symbol for thallium
36. 17 Down + 3 Across and a _____ + 99 Down + 54 Across from 47 Down + 50 Across
37. Ticker symbol for Analog Devices
41. Mate to a transmitter
42. Channel used for earth-to-satellite communications
44. A class of subatomic particles that are composed of quarks and take part in the strong interaction
46. Altered the relations between the parts of a structure or shape by applying an external force
47. 17 Down + 3 Across and a 36 Down + 99 Down + 54 Across from __ + 50 Across
49. Chemical symbol for selenium
51. Chemical symbol for arsenic
53. Chemical symbol for cadmium
55. PC follower
57. An elementary particle (pl.)
59. Search ______; e.g., Google, Yahoo, Bing
61. Chemical symbol for molybdenum
64. Filter type that blocks lower frequencies (abbr.)
66. Studies for a test just before taking it
68. Modern battlefield technique (abbr.)
69. One port of an amplifier
71. 4 GHz to 8 GHz
75. One axis of an ellipse
77. Constellation : The dragon
80. Type of component package (abbr.)
81. BS__ - the degree held by many RF Cafe visitors
82. Filter type that blocks frequencies below and above a specified band (abbr.)
83. Chemical symbol for lanthanum
84. Radio navigation reference signal (pl.)
88. Goes beyond published limits
89. Opposite of a LO
91. Chemical symbol for tin
94. Indium phosphide
95. Printer output resolution unit (abbr.)
96. Army-Navy specification prefix
98. Unix, Linux or Windows (abbr.)
99. 17 Down + 3 Across and a 36 Down + ___ + 54 Across from 47 Down + 50 Across
100. Logic gate output configuration (abbr.)

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