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[TenTec] Re: FYI - key click thread on Ten-Tec reflector

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Subject: [TenTec] Re: FYI - key click thread on Ten-Tec reflector
From: W8JI@contesting.com (Tom Rauch)
Date: Fri, 1 Feb 2002 00:38:05 -0500
> just yesterday and came across that W9CF page. I must admit, it's way
> over my head. I can't even tell what his findings are. Maybe you can

There was a long discussion about this on a newsgroup. If you read 
Kevin's web page, you'll see he says his detailed analysis supports 
my practical experience and measurements in my lab.

I'm less mathematical and more hands on, so maybe an 
explanation from me will help.  

> give us a condensed version. Now for this question of ...Is it a click
> or is it the filter...?? I can testify that on some cw signals, even
> ones that are 30db over S9, I can tune within 200hz of them, sit the
> 870's dsp for a 100hz bw and not hear a single click. However on most
> signals a click will indeed be heard. I'm sure some of it has to do
> with cw speed and faster code produces a wider bw etc.

There are many signals that are excessively wide Steve, and it is a 
major problem. Basically it works like this....

1.) The slope of the envelope controls the frequency distribution at 
any short period of time (the "bandwidth")

2.) The change in level at a given slope controls the amplitude

3.) The click extends the same bandwidth and amplitude 
regardless of speed, as long as the rise and fall times do not 
become large compared to the time of envelope amplitudes at the 
"flat" parts of the waveform (zero and maximum). What you hear 
are more clicks per second, not a different overall bandwidth!  

Bandwidth is needed any time we change the amplitude of a 
signal. How often you repeat that change (CW speed) does NOT 
matter because neither the receiver or you ears "store" sidebands 
over a period of many off-and-on cycles (dots and dashes and 
spaces). The only exception to this is if you key so fast the 
envelope never fully rises to maximum or falls to zero someplace in 
the system.

To prevent excessive bandwidth, we must use enough time to 
change the level and the shape has to be controlled. We can not 
allow any "sharp directional changes" in the envelope at any point. 

The ideal waveshape would be one that produces a signal width 
during rise and fall that matches the width of a signal that can get 
through the filters of the receiver. With a 300Hz filter, that is about 
5mS with a sine shape. The envelope would look like it balloons 
out gradually and gently rolls over at the top, with no sharp 
transitions at any point. The rise time and fall time would be around 
5 milliseconds.

That would be how one of the signals you hear without clicks looks.

Of course you can have a good shape and still have clicks if the 
VCO is moving around, but if you have ANY sharp points in the 
envelope or if the rise and fall is much faster than 5 ms you will 
have excessive clicks.
73, Tom W8JI

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