Adaptive equalizers are usually realized in the form of a transversal filter with variable tap gains and tap spacing equal to the symbol spacing T. The performance of these equalizers depends critically on the symbol-clock phase derived in the receiver, due to the clock-phase dependent aliasing of the spectral roll-off components, upon which the conventional equalizer has no influence. In this paper we study the possibility of overcoming this difficulty by making the tap spacing of the equalizer somewhat smaller than T (fractional tap spacing). It is shown that this leads to satisfactory performance of the equalizer for a broad continuous range of clock phases, without penalizing the speed of convergence. Furthermore, it allows the application of a simple clock recovery scheme which derives a phase control signal from the equalizer tap-gain values. Copyright © 1976 by The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.