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Experimental evaluation of postdetection diversity reception of narrow-band digital FM signals in Rayleigh fading

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2 Author(s)
F. Adachi ; NTT Radio Commun. Syst. Lab., Kanagawa, Japan ; K. Ohno

Postdetection diversity is attractive for narrowband digital FM signal reception because the cophasing function, which may be difficult to realize in a fast Rayleigh fading environment, is not required. The combining scheme evaluated here is to weight each frequency demodulator (FD) output in proportion to the νth power of the received signal envelope of that branch. Maximum diversity improvement can be obtained with ν=2 (this combiner is referred to as a postdetection maximal ratio chamber (MRC)). Experimental results are presented on postdetection diversity reception in the Gaussian minimum shift keying (GMSK) signal transmission system. Diversity combining and FD-decision algorithms (decision feedback equalizer (DFE) and maximum-likelihood sequence estimator (MLSE)) are performed by software on a computer using the data of the sampled FD output and received signal envelope obtained from a laboratory transmission system. It is shown that the MRC can attain about a 1-dB larger diversity gain than the selection combiner (SC) when two-branch diversity is used. The degradations of two-branch diversity improvement caused by the differences between demodulator sensitivities and between received signal envelope detector gains are evaluated

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IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology  (Volume:38 ,  Issue: 4 )