• AN ENHANCED, CONSTANT ENVELOPE, INTEROPERABLE SHAPED OFFSET QPSK (SOQPSK) WAVEFORM FOR IMPROVED SPECTRAL EFFICIENCY

      Hill, Terrance J.; Nova Engineering, Inc. (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2000-10)
      Shaped BPSK (SBPSK) and Shaped Offset QPSK (SOQPSK), as defined in various MIL standards, are widely employed on SATCOM links because they offer an attractive combination of good spectral efficiency, constant envelope characteristics, and interoperability with legacy equipments. More recently, numerous terrestrial applications of OQPSK and similar waveforms (Feher-patented FQPSK) have been proposed. The present paper describes a simple non-proprietary modification of the MIL-STD SOQPSK waveform which offers spectral containment and detection efficiency comparable to or better than FQPSK-B (Revision A1), while preserving a constant envelope characteristic and backward compatibility with existing equipment.