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BER optimization of pilot symbol assisted MRC PSK for slow fading channels

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3 Author(s)
Wenyu Li ; Altera, San Jose, CA, USA ; Yunfei Chen ; Beaulieu, N.C.

The number of pilot symbols used in phase shift keying operating in flat and slow block Rayleigh and Ricean fading channels is optimized to yield minimum bit error rate. A closed-form expression gives the optimum number of pilot symbols in terms of the signal-to-noise ratio and the data frame length for Rayleigh fading channels. A simple general engineering "rule of thumb" is given for determining the best number of pilot symbols that minimizes the bit error rate.

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Communications Letters, IEEE  (Volume:13 ,  Issue: 12 )

Date of Publication:

December 2009

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