Accession Number : AD0623177

Title :   AN INVESTIGATION OF A DIGITAL BEARING COMPUTER FOR A SMALL APERATURE RADIO DIRECTION FINDING SYSTEM.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : ILLINOIS UNIV URBANA RADIOLOCATION RESEARCH LAB

Personal Author(s) : Grush,Hubert L.

Report Date : JUN 1965

Pagination or Media Count : 119

Abstract : A small aperture radio direction finding system such as a Watson-Watt system is subject to large bearing errors because of the wave interference effect of two waves. By contrast, a large aperture system such as a Wullenweber system exhibits smaller errors under corresponding conditions. This work attempts to develop a practicable means of obtaining accurate bearing information using a small aperture system in the presence of strong wave interference. The technique used is the time averaging of instantaneous bearings. Thus, bearing information may be obtained with a small aperture system by using information available over an extended period of time. The computation of the bearing may be carried out on-line by a small general purpose digital computer. One of the unique features of the digital bearing computer developed here is its capability to adapt to changing input signal conditions. The adaptive capability makes it possible to optimize the averaging process. The process allows estimates of the indicated bearings of both the primary and the interfering waves and their relative strengths to be made. A mathematical model for the relative phase between the two waves is evolved which is not unlike that of the real phase function. The model yields a regular progression of phase plus a random perturbing component. The only restriction placed upon the phase function is that its probability density function be essentially uniform. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*DIRECTION FINDING, RADIO EQUIPMENT), (*RADIO EQUIPMENT, DIRECTION FINDING), (*DIGITAL COMPUTERS, NAVIGATION COMPUTERS), (*NAVIGATION COMPUTERS, DIRECTION FINDING), RADIO WAVES, ANGLE OF ARRIVAL, RADIOFREQUENCY POWER, MULTIPATH TRANSMISSION, PHASE MEASUREMENT

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE