Magnaphone portable satellite telephone

Made in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1990.

The Magnaphone portable satellite telephone (model MX2020) allows people to venture into remote locations with the security of being able to call for help if necessary. It can provide telephone, fax, telex and data communications from anywhere in the world. The unit can be used to receive and transmit slow scan video, it can be connected to a computer, modems, remote radio repeaters, encryption devices, operates in extreme temperatures ranging from -40 C to +60 C and can handle wind-driven rain,...


Radio transceiver, Magnaphone Portable Satellite Telephone model MX2020, metal / fabric / plastic / electronic components, used by Goldsearch Ltd., Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, designed and manufactured by Magnavox, Deer Park, USA, 1990

The satellite telephone comes in a road case measuring 60 x 60 x 30 cm. When unpacked and assembled the phone stands on four legs and an umbrella antenna is deployed.

The MX2020 was readily assembled with these easy to follow instructions - 'remove from case, unfold legs, swing umbrella antenna into place. Turn it on, aim' at the Inmarsat-A, Class 1 Satellite Communication System (SATCOM).


600 mm
600 mm
300 mm


The Magnaphone portable satellite telephone was designed and manufactured in the USA around 1990.


Gift of Goldsearch Limited
18 January, 2005

Cite this Object

Magnaphone portable satellite telephone 2014, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 November 2017, <>
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