I am trying to wrap my head around a project, and I have a bunch of question I am not able to find an answer for. Hopefully someone can point me in the right direction.
I am trying to decode an EPIRB signal  with gnuradio. The signal (400 bps) is phase modulated +/- 1.1 rad with the data encoded using Manchester encoding.
It starts with 160 ms of unmodulated carrier, followed by 15 bits set to 1, followed by a frame synchronization sequence, followed by the actual data.
I got an I/Q recording of such signal from  (if you have more of those, would you mind sharing them with me, please?).
The first question I have is looking at that signal: it looks like the there is a 1.4kHz signal being phase modulated. Why is that? Is that just because the SDR receiver was centered at a frequency 1.4 kHz lower than the actual signal frequency? Was that maybe to avoid DC bias?
I am studying the flowgraph at  for the decoding, hopefully I can make some progress with that.
However, the I/Q recording that I have has some initial time with no signal, then the unmodulated carrier starts. Is the "PLL Carrier Tracking" block supposed to work despite the initial silence, or do I need to trim it out of the recording? If I need to remove it, how would I achieve the same in "real-life" where I am acquiring data from a SDR receiver tuned to 406.25MHz? I would need a way to "start" that part of the gnuradio workflow only when the carrier appears...
Thank you in advance for your help,