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Soft-decision Viterbi decoding with diversity combining for multi-beam mobile satellite communication systems

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5 Author(s)
Sakai, T. ; NTT Mobile Commun. Network Inc., Tokyo, Japan ; Kobayashi, K. ; Kubota, S. ; Morikura, M.
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Diversity combining methods for mobile satellite communication systems employing convolutional encoding and soft-decision Viterbi decoding are evaluated. Computer simulation clarifies that the pre-Viterbi-decoding maximal ratio combining method has better performance than other methods in Rician fading channels. The simulation results agree with the Pe (bit error probability) performance derived from the numerical analysis for slow fading using the approximate Pe performance of Viterbi decoding in AWGN (additive white Gaussian noise) channels and the probability density function of Rician fading. Applying this diversity method to the multi-beam mobile satellite communication systems, a satellite beam diversity reception scheme is proposed. A computer simulation result shows that the proposed scheme decreases the packet error rate of the control signals to less than 1/100 around the satellite beam boundary

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Selected Areas in Communications, IEEE Journal on  (Volume:13 ,  Issue: 2 )