[aprssig] RE: [OZAPRS] Spread Spectrum APRS

Gerry Creager N5JXS gerry.creager at tamu.edu
Fri Oct 15 20:28:23 CDT 2004

Er... actually 802.11b *IS* direct sequence spreading.  802.11a/g are 
orthogonal frequency division multiplexing, with a 64-carrier 

In the case of spread spectrum, the idea is, talking "over" someone 
isn't a problem because most spread spectrum methods tend to use forward 
error correction and can detect and often correct single (or small 
numbers of) bit error.  The issue of simultaneous site arrival is rarely 
at issue.  Carrier detect is hardly in the PHY of 802.11b.  It resides 
higher up the stack.

If everyone is using the same pseudorandom sequence for spreading... and 
is identically locked to the same timesource, THEN you might see the 
same hidden transmitter issues one sees with ALOHA and CSMA (+/- CD). 
However, simply using either DSSS or FHSS doesn't mean you'll see 
capture effect and blocking of all but the strongest (not necessarily 
nearest) stations.


Darryl Smith wrote:
> Well... Yes... And it is called "GPS tracking over CDMA 1x"
> Seriously, CDMA and the APRS philosophy of no acknowledgements does not work
> too well. Neither does collision avoidance.
> The reason why 802.11 actually works is that mostly it is not Spread
> Spectrum. Therefore you can to some extent carrier detect. And it has
> RTS/CTS, but that is another matter.
> When you have Spread Spectrum it is difficult to detect other users and
> therefore you are likely to transmit over someone. Also you will only hear
> the closest stations thanks to the way Spread Spectrum works. [You can
> ignore the fact that NBFM which APRS uses normally also has the same issue
> with only hearing the closest stations in this argument].
> Having said all that... Do you have a proposal to put to us with some
> hardware :-)
> Darryl
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> [mailto:ozaprs-bounces at marconi.ics.mq.edu.au] On Behalf Of Andrew Rich
> Sent: Saturday, 16 October 2004 12:12 AM
> To: TAPR APRS Special Interest Group; Ozaprs at Marconi.Ics.Mq.Edu.Au
> Subject: [OZAPRS] Spread Spectrum APRS
> Has someone addressed this issue before ?
> Has it been tested ?
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