A correspondent asked if it was possible to calculate the link budget for an JT65 EME path using the G/T worksheet at (Duffy 2014).

## Theory

JT65 has a stated requirement of S/N referenced to 2500Hz bandwidth of better than -28dB.

From (Duffy 2006):

The G/T ratio is a meaningful indicator of system performance, unlike quoting receiver noise temperature in isolation of sky temperature and antenna gain. The ability to receive weak signals is directly related to G/T, the higher G/T, the better. Signal/Noise ratio is proportional to G/T (Signal/Noise=S*λ

^{2}/(4*π)*G/T/(k_{b}*B) where S is power flux density, k_{b}is Boltzmann’s constant, and B is receiver quivalent noise bandwidth).

So, if we know S, the power flux density in W/m^2 at the receiving antenna, wavelength, and G/T, we can calculate the system S/N ratio.

The value for S can be found from the Field Strength Calculator (FSC). There is and example in FSC’s help for calculating an EME path.

## Assumptions

In the absence of a specific scenario, let’s make some realistic assumptions:

- Moon is at apogee;
- tx EIRP is 100kW;
- rx configuration is as documented in the G/T worksheet.

## Solution

We must first calculate a value for S for the link conditions stated.

The value for S is 3.407E-021W/m^2.

The distance used is for apogee, a conservative model. The model does not include the effects of path anomalies like polarisation rotation, libration etc.

A G/T model is constructed to find station G/T.

Above, the G/T model. Calculated G/T is -7.22dB/K.

No statement is made about ground gain, you can include it in antenna gain for an optimistic model, or leave it out for a more conservative model with some reserve.

Using the formula given earlier, S/N can be calculated. The calculations as been added into the spreadsheet.

Above, the calculated S/N in 2500 Hz of the incoming wave is -21.9dB, quite comfortably within minimum S/N required for JT65. The safety margin is -21.9 – -28=6dB.

Note: do not use G/T from VE7BQH’s tables, it is not station G/T (see Trying to make sense of the VE7BQH Yagi performance tables).

## References

- Duffy, O. 2006. Effective use of a Low Noise Amplifier on VHF/UHF. VK1OD.net (offline).
- ———. 2007. Field strength Calculator software (FSC). https://owenduffy.net/software/fsc/index.htm (accessed 21/04/2014).
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