Blind channel estimation based on the Lloyd-Max algorithm innarrowband fading channels and jamming

Dizdar, Onur
In wireless communications, knowledge of the channel coefficients is required for coherent demodulation. In this thesis, a blind channel estimation method based on the Lloyd-Max algorithm is proposed for single-tap fading channels. The algorithm estimates the constellation points for the received signal using an iterative least squares approach. The algorithm is investigated for fast-frequency hopping systems with small block lengths and operating under partial-band and partial-time jamming for both detecting the jammer and estimating the channel. The performance of the Lloyd-Max channel estimation algorithm is compared to the performance of pilot-based channel estimation algorithms which also use the least squares approach and non-coherent demodulation and decoding.