Accession Number : AD0697093

Title :   ANTENNA MISALIGNMENT TROPOSCATTER TEST PROGRAM.

Descriptive Note : Final technical rept.

Corporate Author : PAGE COMMUNICATIONS ENGINEERS INC WASHINGTON D C

Report Date : OCT 1969

Pagination or Media Count : 206

Abstract : Troposcatter Communications experiments were conducted to determine the degradation in performance which results when the antenna system becomes misaligned and also to determine the improvement in performance which results when employing angle-diversity techniques. The antenna misalignment tests were performed on 105 and 170 mile paths using 8 GHz radio equipments. The 105 mile path employed dual-space-diversity eight-foot antennas. The 170 mile path employed twenty-eight foot angle-diversity antennas. Misalignment on the 105 mile path was achieved by a physical misalignment of the eight-foot antennas on both azimuth and elevation. Misalignment on the 170 mile path was simulated by operating thru any one of ten off-set feedhorn/beam. Performance as a function of misalignment was determined in terms of received signal level, fade rate, and the BER (bit error rate) of a binary FSK/TDM modem operating at rates from 154 kb/s up to 1.228 mb/s. The angle diversity experiments were conducted on the 170 mile path using the 8 GHz radio equipment and the angle-diversity antennas mentioned above. Performance as a function of 1, 3, 5, + 7 orders of angle diversity was determined for both binary FSK/TDM and FM/FDM operation. The FSK/TDM performance was that of BER for 154 kb/s to 1.228 mb/s transmissions; for FM/FDM it was the BER of a 2400 b/s and a 40.8 kb/s modem operated thru a voice/group channel of a 24 voice channel system. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*COMMUNICATION AND RADIO SYSTEMS, ANTENNAS), ALIGNMENT, TROPOSPHERE, DIVERSITY RECEPTION, ERRORS, FREQUENCY SHIFT KEYERS, FREQUENCY MODULATION, VOICE COMMUNICATIONS

Subject Categories : Electrical and Electronic Equipment
      Radio Communications

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE