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Radio-Telegraph Signals


A PAPER on high-speed recording of radio-telegraph signals was read recently in London before the Institution of Electrical Engineers by Messrs. R. B. Armstrong and J. A. Smale, in which the authors first describe the systems in most general use, and then give a brief definition of modulation requirements for telegraph services. The various sources of distortion encountered are fading, noise and interference from other stations, but chiefly phase distortion due to propagation over more than one route between transmitter and receiver. The on-and-off character of Morse signalling enhances the difficulties which come from most sources of distortion. The paper then describes the general characteristics required in radio receivers designed for the purposes under discussion, including a description of two types of receiver in current use. This is followed by a consideration of special requirements of the recording units into which the receivers work, with a description of a typical unit. The special measures provided to offset the three types of distortion previously mentioned are also dealt with.

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Radio-Telegraph Signals. Nature 154, 49 (1944).

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