The MB1 transceiver is a game-changer, it's a transceiver and a PC in a single package. It has a classic design, developed over several decades, with the most advanced DUC/DDC SDR technologies - Direct Down Conversion (DDC) and Direct Up Conversion (DUC) and a fully-featured high-end personal computer with an Intel Core i5 processor on board.
MB1 Prime 2021, its main advantages in comparison to the previous MB1 Prime model:
1. New PC hardware:
Motherboard - GA-IMB370TN instead of MDH11HI
CPU - Intel® Core™ i7-9700 instead of Intel® Core™ i7-7700T
RAM - 16 GB DDR4 instead of 16 GB DDR3
SSD - Samsung 970 EVO 500 GB instead of generic SSD
2. Improved TX IMD3 up to ~37 dB across all HF bands, with 100W output power
Features of the transceiver
* ** *** These functions are supported by the transceiver's hardware, but is not implemented in the ExpertSDR2 software. They will be supported in the future ExpertSDR2 software releases.
PC capabilities of the transceiver
Installation of digital modes software
Installation of HAM and Contest logs
Two CW Skimmers may be used on different bands
The transceiver can connect to the LAN and the Internet
Use of Internet applications (e.g. e-mail, Skype, ICQ, TV, etc.)
Play video and audio files
Watch TV via USB-receivers
An opportunity to connect two external displays, keyboard, mouse
An opportunity to connect external speakers to the PHONES jack on the front panel
A version of ExpertSDR2 software with adapted GUI for 7" display was specially developed for the MB1 transceiver. At the present time software works in RX/TX mode and supports two independent receiving channels with the bandwidth up to 312 kHz. A DSP library developed by company Expert Electronics allowed improvement of receiving quality and higher the stability of the software.
MB1+ATU supplied accessories
|RF ADC, bit @ MHz||16 @ 160|
|RX Frequency range, MHz||0.1...65; 95...155|
|Independent software receivers||2 + 2 SubRX|
|Sample rate, kHz @ bit||39; 78; 156; 312 @ 24|
|RX HF filters, MHz||LPF: 65 or 9 x BPF|
|RX VHF filters, MHz||WideRX: 95-155 or SAW filter for 2M: 144-148|
|BDR on HF, dB||130|
|BDR on VHF, dB||114*|
|DR IMD3, not less dB||98|
|ATT/Preamp, dB||-20; -10; 0; +10|
|VHF LNA, dB||+22|
|RF DAC, bit @ MHz||14 @ 640|
|TX Frequency range, M||All amateur bands 160-6; 2|
|Output power on HF, W||100|
|Output power on 6M, W||50 (up to 60)|
|Output power on VHF, W||50|
|TX IMD3, dB||25-30 on HF/VHF|
|Local oscillator TCXO, MHz +/- ppm||20 +/- 0.5|
|External 10 MHz oscillator input||+|
|Built-in audio codec, bit||24|
|RF input/output||4HF (SO 239)
1XVTR, ADC IN, DAC OUT (SMA)
Windows 10 OS
|AC voltage range, V, Hz||~100...240; 50...60|
|Power consumption RX/TX, W||320|
|Operating temperature, °C/°F||0...+50/ +32...+122|
|Dimensions L x W x H, cm/inches||32.5 x 28.5 x 15.0/ 12.6 x 9.84 x 5.51|
|Weight, kg/lbs||9.3/ 22|
Specifications are subject to change without notice or obligation and specifications are only guaranteed within the amateur radio bands.
Additional High Pass Filter (HPF) for VHF with pass frequency 100 MHz.
HPF can be easily installed inside the transceiver.
User Manual 1.2.0
This document thoroughly describes MB1 functionality and characteristics. 28-07-20
ExpertSDR2 + LogHX + JTDX, by Sergey (RJ7M, ex UA0ZS)
This document describes how to set up ExpertSDR2 + LogHX + JTDX
Using the transceiver for SO2V operation with SDC
The diagram can be used for creating two working places with a single MB1 transceiver.
Warning! Software is device-specific! Don't mix software with unsuitable hardware, it may lead to issues that are not covered by warranty!
MB1 Utility 1.1.3
Software and Firmware update video instruction
Review on SDRZone website, by Mark Abraham, NI0Z (June 2017)
Link to the home page - https://sdrzone.com/index.php
ExpertRemote system reviewed by Werner Schnorrenberg (DC4KU) (November 2019)
Published in Funkamateur 3-2020