Performance of error-erasure-correction decoding of Reed-Solomon codes for frequency-hop communications in multitone interference

TitlePerformance of error-erasure-correction decoding of Reed-Solomon codes for frequency-hop communications in multitone interference
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1989
AuthorsWang, Q., T. A. Gulliver, V. K. Bhargava, and E. B. Felstead
JournalCommunications, Speech and Vision, IEE Proceedings I
Pagination298 - 304
Date Publishedaug.
Keywordsanti-jam communication system, decoding, diversity, error correction codes, error-erasure-correction decoding, exact method, frequency agility, frequency-hop communications, interference (signal), jamming, MFSK modulation, multitone interference, multitone jamming, nonbinary FSK, partial band noise jamming, redundancy, Reed-Solomon codes, spread spectrum communication, worst case jamming parameter

The performance of a recently proposed efficient anti-jam communication system is examined. The system employs frequency hopping, MFSK modulation, diversity, Reed-Solomon (RS) coding and parallel error-erasure-correction decoding. It has previously been shown to be very effective in partial band noise jamming, and is one of the best known systems against jamming. The performance of the system in multitone jamming is evaluated. An exact method is used rather than a bounding technique. The worst case jamming parameter is determined. In the worst case of multitone jamming, the conclusion is twofold. When the redundancy is not large, from the jammer's point of view, multitone jamming tends to be more effective than partial band noise jamming for nonbinary FSK. However, when a large redundancy can be provided by diversity and RS coding, the worst case multitone jamming, one jamming tone per M-ary band, can be ified with a properly designed system. The optimum design of the system under worst case jamming is presented in terms of the combination of MFSK, diversity and RS coding. This forces the jammer to consider using multiple jamming tones per M-ary band. For a system having low redundancy, the design is locally optimised. These results provide detailed information on the design of a robust system.

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