Institute for Telecommunication Sciences
the research laboratory of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Arthur D. Spaulding; Frank G. Stewart

Abstract: This report presents an analysis and explanation of the system performance calculations performed by the reliability and service probability subroutines of the Ionospheric Communication Analysis and Prediction Program "IONCAP" and an IONCAP derivative termed "VOACAP". A review of the three components needed to properly statistically describe the performance of a communications system or link is presented. These components are needed to account for the short-term and long-term statistical variations of the desired signal and the interference and also the inherent prediction errors. A detailed numerical example is given for illustration and explanation. The functioning of the subroutines that perform the system performance calculations is documented in detail followed by suggestions for modification and improvement.

Keywords: IONCAP; overall operating noise threshold; VOACAP; reliability; noise; system performance

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