• Odd-Bit Symmetric QASK

      Smith, Joel G. (International Foundation for Telemetering, 1974-10)
      Multiple-amplitude and phase-shift- keyed (MAPSK) signal set selection is influenced by factors such as average and/or peak signal-to-noise ratio for a given error probability, dynamic range of signal amplitudes, simplicity of generation and detection, and number of bit errors per adjacent symbol error. This paper compares two possible quadrature-amplitude-shift-keyed (QASK) signal sets for the case where the number of bits per symbol is odd (for the even-bit case, the square array is the only viable QASK choice). The symmetric QASK version outperforms the rectangular QASK set at a very modest implementation penalty. This permits symmetric QASK to be considered in future odd-bit system studies.