Magnavox Multi-Channel Satcom For QE 2

The luxury superliner Queen Elizabeth 2 was recently fitted with a four-channel satellite communications terminal from Magnavox, which will provide the ship's passengers with a wide array of advanced telecommunications services, including telephone, fax, electronic mail and dial-up databases.

The Magnavox MX 2400/4 multichannel satcom system was installed aboard the QE 2 in the Port of Los Angeles.

The system provides simultaneous access to four separate Inmarsat satellite channels, each of which can be used independently for computer data and facsimile transmission as well as telephone and telex calls.

The multi-channel satcom station was developed by Magnavox under contract from Communications Satellite Corporation (COMSAT) to support the high-volume communications requirements of modern cruise ships. It is derived from Magnavox's MX 2400 Standard A Ship Earth Station design, and consists of four functionally separate MX 2400 operator stations, each with its own CRT screen, keyboard and printer, all connected to a single stabilized 2.2-meter parabolic dish antenna, sealed inside a fiberglass radome.

The QE 2 will use the system to provide enhanced ship-to-shore passenger telecommunications facilities, such as facsimile, electronic mail access, electronic banking machines and creditcard telephones, in addition to direct-dial telephone calling from private cabins.

Magnavox Advanced Products & Systems Company, Torrance, Calif., is a leading U.S. manufacturer of mobile satellite communication and navigation equipment. The MX 2400, introduced by Magnavox in late 1985, has won a large share of the world market for shipboard satcom equipment, as a result of its advanced and innovative features, which included automatic call logging, built-in electronic mail capability and plug-in interconnections with other communications devices, such as automatic PABX systems, data modems and fax machines.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 23,  Oct 1989 Charles C. Anderson

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