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We investigate the user capacity, throughput, and delay characteristics of a mobile slotted ALOHA direct-sequence code-division-multiple-access (DS-CDMA) link with dedicated signatures under multipath fading and packet-rate adaptive antenna array signal reception. For a given system transmission bit rate, the packet size is designed to be sufficiently small to conform with the coherence time of the channel. Then, on an individual packet-by-packet basis, a phase-ambiguous spatial-temporal channel estimate is produced by a blind (unsupervised) eigensubspace procedure. The space-time channel estimate is phase corrected via a few pilot packet mid-amble bits and used for joint spatial-temporal multiple-access-interference suppression according to the principles of auxiliary-vector filtering. Subsequently, packet success probabilities are derived in the presence or absence of forward error correction and are used to evaluate the throughput and delay characteristics of the link.