The handoff state is a transitory state (see TAP/ETAP/MCTAP Data Connection Processing Lifecycle ).
To query the state of the data connection, see Data Connection State Synchronization .
Implicit handoffs are simply a side effect of changing any parameter that is negotiated using a Traffic Channel Assignment message (such as PN Offset, DRC Channel Gain, or Channel). For example, an implicit handoff occurs when you type in a new channel number in the
field or select a new
. You can perform an implicit handoff at any time. If you perform an implicit handoff while in idle state, the settings are immediately applied by the test set and there is no signalling to the access terminal. If you change the channel while in the session open state, the settings are immediately applied, the session is preserved, and a Sector Parameters message is sent to the access terminal. The session timer (see
) is restarted to give the AT full time to respond to the change. If you perform an implicit handoff while in the connected state, the settings are applied and a Traffic Channel Assignment message is sent to the AT, directing it to the new band or channel (the Channel record in the message contains System Type, Band Class and Channel Number fields).
An explicit handoff can only be performed while in the connected state. Before performing an explicit handoff, you must first specify the handoff cell band and/or handoff channel (the cell band and channel you want to handoff to). Then, when you initiate the explicit handoff using the
command or by selecting the
soft key, the AT is directed to the handoff cell band and/or handoff channel by a Traffic Channel Assignment message. This allows you to set up the handoff channel and band in advance, and then direct the AT to a new cell band and channel with a single command during testing, which can save test time (instead of moving the AT first to the new cell band and then moving it again to the desired channel, you move it directly to the new cell band and channel).
In summary, you can perform an implicit handoff while in any state. You can only perform an explicit handoff while in the connected state. Performing an explicit handoff allows you to hand off to a new band and channel using a single command.
In multi-carrier configuration (see
Multi-carrier Multi-unit (MCMU)
), multi-carrier handoff settings is also available in
menu on the Main unit, in which Handoff Aux Carrier X State determines whether Aux unit X is about to perform an explicit handoff to an associated handoff Aux Carrier X Channel (where X is 1 or 2 denoting Aux unit 1 or Aux unit 2). Note that handoff Aux Carrier X Channel is only available when the associated Handoff Aux Carrier X State is set to
On this condition, when
Local Testset Configuration
is set to
, External Device X status shows
, and Handoff Aux Carrier X State is
, multi-carrier handoff can be performed according to the Handoff Aux Carrier X Channel.