Browsing International Telemetering Conference Proceedings, Volume 38 (2002) by Authors
FQPSK-B Baseband Filter AlternativesJefferis, Robert; TYBRIN Corporation (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2002-10)Designers of small airborne FQPSK-B (-B) transmitters face at least two significant challenges. First, many U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) test applications require that transmitters accommodate a continuum of data rates from 1, to at least 20 Mb/s in one design. Another challenge stems from the need to package a high-speed digital baseband signal generator in very close proximity to radio frequency (RF) circuitry required for 1.4 to 2.4 GHz operation. The -B baseband filter options prescribed by Digcom/Feher  are a major contributor to variable data rate design challenges. This paper summarizes a study of -B filter alternatives and introduces FQPSK-JR (JR), an alternative to -B that can simplify digital baseband transmitter designs. Very short impulse response digital filters are used to produce essentially the same spectral efficiency and nonlinear amplifier (NLA) compatibility as -B while preserving or improving detection efficiency (DE). In addition, a strategy for eliminating baseband shaping filters is briefly discussed. New signaling wavelets and, modified wavelet versus symbol sequence mapping rules associated with them, can be captured from a wide range of alternative filter designs.
IN-SERVICE DETECTION OF MULTIPATH FADINGJefferis, Robert; TYBRIN Corporation (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2002-10)Multipath (MP) fading is the dominant channel impairment in many aeronautical telemetry links. One product of a recent multipath mitigation study is the discovery of a simple technique for detecting its presence over a useful range of conditions. The technique also detects significant random noise levels in the channel. This paper describes the “Signal Degradation Indicator” (SDI) and its application to FQPSK-B and SOQPSK  modulation. Laboratory emulation data is presented and implementation considerations are discussed.