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The reception and detection of a single digit under known channel conditions are investigated. The probability of error for an optimum one-shot receiver instantaneously matched to the channel state is averaged over an ensemble of dispersive diversity channels. The average probability of error as a function of energy to noise ratio is found to be solely dependent on the ratio of rms dispersion width to data symbol width. For these dispersive channels an implicit diversity effect is qualitatively explained in terms of eigenvalues that depend on the ensemble statistic. The one-shot receiver performance provides a bound for practical receivers. In a comparison with a decision feedback equalizer, it is shown that on moderately dispersive channels the equalizer nearly achieves optimum one-shot performance. Since an adaptive version of this equalizer exists, this means data transmission on slowly fading channels is possible at rates above the natural rate suggested by the channel dispersion spread without bandwidth expansion and with small intersymbol interference penalty. The use of one-shot receiver performance curves can also be used as estimates of equalizer performance in situations where computation of the latter is impractical.