Expert Electronics MB1 – Software and Firmware update

Expert Electronics MB1

In this video I demonstrate how to update your Expert Electronics (SunSDR) MB1, for both software (ExpertSDR2) and firmware (as for November 2018).

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

  • Intel Core i7 6700T
  • 16GB RAM
  • 525GB SSD


Features of the transceiver

  • Two independent software receivers with a bandwidth of 312 kHz and a sub-receiver in each of theme
  • Broadband overview of up to 80 MHz
  • High-quality IPS 7″ touchscreen display with a 1280×800 resolution
  • ExpertSDR2 software in two styles: Desktop style and MB1 display (for integrated GUI)
  • Supports any software applicable for Windows 10 OS
  • Record and play on air fragments (IQ files) with a bandwidth of up to 312 kHz
  • An Independent receive path with Digital Direct Conversion (DDC)
  • A separate independent transmit path, constructed on the basis of Direct Up Conversion (DUC)
  • Remote control operation
  • Very minor delay in CW mode (about 10 ms)
  • An opportunity to use the transceiver in SO2R mode
  • Full duplex or half duplex modes*
  • 4 HF and 2 VHF antenna connectors
  • Four separate programmable PTT outputs for external power amplifiers
  • Supports connection of VHF transverters
  • An opportunity to use the device as a measuring receiver
  • An opportunity to use the transceiver as a signal generator (DAC OUT)
  • The embedded power supply unit

* Full duplex mode is supported by the transceiver’s hardware but is not implemented in the ExpertSDR2 software. It will be supported in the future ExpertSDR2 software releases.
ALC functionality is supported by the transceiver’s hardware but is not implemented in the ExpertSDR2 software. It will be supported in the next ExpertSDR2 1.3 software release.


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


Application area

  • Full-function radio amateur transceiver
  • Mobile contest-station
  • Remote receipt point for the contests and other applications
  • Spectrum analyzer with the bandwidth up to 80MHz
  • Work with the external programs of digital connection types, CW Skimmer, etc.




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