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This paper compares the effectiveness of linear and decision feedback equalizers in counteracting the effect of frequency-selective distortion in microwave relay links. A quadratic frequency-selective model of the channel is employed and particular attention is given to channels with a null in the passband. Both staggered QPSK and QPR modems are studied. Performance is studied for error probability and mean squared error. The general conclusion is reached that a decision feedback equalizer is required for robust performance.
Date of Publication: May 1984