(12) United States Patent ao) Patent No.: Us 7,301,959 Bi
Peterson et al. (45) Date of Patent: Nov. 27,2007
(54) SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR MULTIPLYING COMMUNICATIONS CAPACITY ON A TIME DOMAIN MULTIPLE ACCESS NETWORK USING SLAVE CHANNELING
(75) Inventors: Edward Douglas Peterson, El Cajon, CA (US); Gary Robert Huckell, San
Diego, CA (US)
(73) Assignee: United States of America as
represented by the Secretary of the
Navy, Washington, DC (US)
( * ) Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 1015 days.
(21) Appl. No.: 10/373,148
(22) Filed: Feb. 24, 2003
(51) Int. CI.
H04B 7/212 (2006.01)
H04J 4/00 (2006.01)
(52) U.S. CI 370/443; 370/468
(58) Field of Classification Search None
See application file for complete search history.
(56) References Cited
U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS
A communications system and method using slave channeling. The method includes the steps of: (a) receiving a request to transmit a message from a first communications resource, the request including a destination address that identifies a second resource; (b) searching within a periodic time frame for an available time slot on a control channel, wherein the second resource is available to receive the message; (c)(1) if the slot is available on the control channel, transmitting the message therein; (c)(2) otherwise, searching for an available slot on a slave channel (d)(1) if the slot is available on the slave channel, transmitting the message therein; (d)(2) otherwise, repeating steps (c)(2)-(d)(2). If the slot is available on the slave channel, the method further includes the steps of: (e) transmitting orderwire information to the first and second communications resources on the control channel; and (f) transmitting the message on the slave channel.
2 Claims, 5 Drawing Sheets