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LF: EbNaut results 477.695 kHz

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Subject: LF: EbNaut results 477.695 kHz
From: Markus Vester <[email protected]>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 17:35:41 -0500
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This afternoon, Domenico IZ7SLZ and Riccardo IW4DXW were both sending EbNaut, using alternate 15-minute slots on the same frequency 477.695 kHz. The six character messages consisted of their respective callsigns and were encoded using the 8K19A polynomial with 560 one-second symbols.
IW4DXW was first successfully decoded here at noon after 12:15 UT, whereas IZ7SLZ, being much further south, started coming in only after 15:30. The daytime signals were weak but rather stable, and SNR would surely have been better in a quieter receive environment than mine. During the early evening, signal strength literally picked up tens of dBs, but at the same time propagational phase variation became much worse, severely affecting symbol error rate. Interestingly, there was also a variable carrier component beneath some of the transmissions, either due to some asymmetry in the PSK modulation, or to unidentified co-channel carrier interference.
An overview of receive results, as well as zipped phase plots and wav files, can be found in the folder
Thanks very much Dom and Ric for this interesting test, and also to Wolf for providing frequency lock capability with the latest SpecLab version.
Best 73,
Markus (DF6NM)

-----Original Message-----
From: Markus Vester <[email protected]>
To: rsgb_lf_group <[email protected]>
Sent: Sat, Feb 6, 2016 12:59 pm
Subject: Re: LF: Ebnaut 477.69 kHz

Recent local tests have shown that the drift of my FiFi-SDR can successfully be compensated by SpecLab. This has already worked well on Wednesday night, so obviously the rapid phase variations and ~ 25 mHz spectral spread on Domenico's signal were mostly due to nighttime propagation effects. Domenico and Riccardo said they are now attempting daytime EbNaut and carrier transmissions on 477.690 (IZ7SLZ) and 477.693 kHz (IW4DXW).
BTW Last night several dashes appeared exactly on 477.700 kHz, which looked like they might also have been pieces of carrier between EbNaut sequences. Joe?
Best 73,
Markus (DF6NM)
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