We propose a postdetection phase combining (PC) scheme for the two branch diversity reception of differential phase shift keying (DPSK) over multipath fading channels. The receiver has a differential phase detector (DPD) in each diversity branch, and the combiner weights each detector output in proportion to the vth power of the signal envelope at the detector's input. For π/4-shift QDPSK over frequency-flat Rayleigh fading channels, we find via computer simulation that the optimum weight factor is v = 2, and that our simple, practical combining scheme performs almost as well as postdetection maximal ratio combining (MRC). We demonstrate similar relative performances for frequency-selective fading channels and for channels with cochannel interference (CCI).
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