• IMPROVING THE DETECTION EFFICIENCY OF CONVENTIONAL PCM/FM TELEMETRY BY USING A MULTI-SYMBOL DEMODULATOR

      Geoghegan, Mark; Nova Engineering Inc. (International Foundation for Telemetering, 2000-10)
      Binary PCM/FM has been widely adopted as a standard by the telemetry community. It offers a reasonable balance between detection efficiency and spectral efficiency, with very simple implementation in both the transmitter and receiver. Current technology, however, allows practical implementations of more sophisticated demodulators, which can substantially improve the detection efficiency of the waveform, with no changes to the modulator. This is accomplished by exploiting the memory inherent in the phase continuity of the waveform. This paper describes the implementation and performance of a noncoherent multi-symbol demodulator for PCM/FM. Sensitivity to offsets in carrier frequency, timing, and modulation index is also examined. Simulation results are presented which demonstrate improvements in detection efficiency of approximately 2.5 dB over traditional noncoherent single symbol detectors.