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Equivalent Carrier to Noise Ratio in presence of RF interference

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Title Equivalent Carrier to Noise Ratio in presence of RF interference
Author(s) J.A Ávila Rodríguez, University FAF Munich, Germany.
Level Advanced
Year of Publication 2011

This article derives some expressions of interest for the Equivalent Carrier to Noise Ratio in presence of RF interference. As we know, one of the main effects of RF interference is to reduce the [math]\displaystyle{ C_d/N_0 }[/math] of the desired signal d, as shown next:

ECN Eq 1.png

where the subindex i refers to the interfering signal and d to the desired signal. We can further simplify this expression if we assume that all the power of the desired satellite fits into the bandwidth of the receiver, simplifying the effective [math]\displaystyle{ C_d/N_0 }[/math] to:

ECN Eq 2.png

We can classify RF interference sources into narrowband interference and wideband interference. For the case of narrowband interference, the power spectral density of the interfering signal can be approximated as rectangular, such that:

ECN Eq 3.png

Furthermore, if we assume that the whole interfering narrowband signal is in-band, then the effective [math]\displaystyle{ C_d/N_0 }[/math] will be:

ECN Eq 4.png

In addition, since the Power Spectral Density is even,

ECN Eq 5.png

and assuming that the narrowband interference has a low frequency relative to the chip rate, we can use the following approximation for the particular case of BPSK[math]\displaystyle{ \left ( f_c \right ) }[/math]:

ECN Eq 6.png

Finally, as shown in [P. Ward, 1994][1], the effective [math]\displaystyle{ C_d/N_0 }[/math] will be for the case of a narrowband interferer:  

ECN Eq 7.png

On the other hand, for the case of a wideband interferer, the expression to apply is the following:

ECN Eq 8.png

where we can recognize the spectral separation coefficient (SSC) in the denominator. In fact, the lower the value the SSC adopts, the more robust will be the signal against wideband and narrowband interferers as shown in the expressions above.

Using again the example of a BPSK signal, the multiple access interference will adopt the following form:

ECN Eq 9.png

where for the particular case of the intra-system interference or for the case of an interferer matching the spectrum of the desired signal, BPSK in our example, we have:  

ECN Eq 10.png

As we can recognize, this term appears in the denominator of (8). Moreover, if we assume a large processing gain, the multiple access interference will only be significant around zero simplifying the interference to the following [J.J. Spilker, 1997] [2]:

ECN Eq 11.png

As we expected, if we express now [math]\displaystyle{ 2/3 f_c }[/math] in dB for a chip rate of 1.023 MHz, we obtain the figure of -61.8597 for the C/A Code Self SSC.


  1. ^ [P. Ward, 1994] P. Ward, Dual Use of Military Anti-Jam GPS Receiver Design Techniques for Commercial Aviation RF Interference Integrity Monitoring, Proceedings of the US Institute of Navigation ION-AM 1994.
  2. ^ [J.J. Spilker, 1997] J.J. Spilker, GPS Signal Structure and Theoretical Performance in Global Positioning System: Theory and Applications Volume I, Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics Volume 164, AIAA, pp. 57-120.


The information presented in this NAVIPEDIA’s article is an extract of the PhD work performed by Dr. Jose Ángel Ávila Rodríguez in the FAF University of Munich as part of his Doctoral Thesis “On Generalized Signal Waveforms for Satellite Navigation” presented in June 2008, Munich (Germany)