Martin Jue

Martin Jue

Martin Jue is the founder of MFJ, the largest producer of HAM radio pieces in the world. HAM Radios are radios that people build for fun to communicate with others over long distances – as far away as the international space station! Mr. Jue is very proud of having grown up in Mississippi, starting the largest company of its kind, and believes that all children from Mississippi can do great things too!

Growing Up

Martin Jue grew up with his family in the back of a store in Hollandale, MS. Surrounded by grocery work and men who worked on cotton farms, Jue’s Hollandale home was an unlikely place to spark a love for engineering. As he grew older, Jue became a scout and learned more about radios. It was then that he built his first radio called a “Fox Hole Radio.” This type of radio was used mostly for listening to local radio stations and was the beginning of Jue’s radio legacy.

Discussion

K-3rd Grade

  1. In what kind of place does your family live? 
  2. How do you use radios? 
  3. Have you ever built anything? What was it?

4th-6th Grade

  1. Do you have a skill? What was it like the first time you tried to use it?
  2. What jobs do people in your house have? Do you want to do the same job or something different?

Vocabulary

K-3rd Grade

  • Radio (noun): a machine that can send or receive sounds through small waves in the air 
  • Build (verb): to make something out of multiple pieces

4rd-6th Grade

  • Local (adjective): having to do with things which are relatively close in distance 
  • Legacy (noun): something that is or will be left behind for others by someone from the past

MFJ Enterprises

When Martin Jue moved to Starkville, MS to begin school at Mississippi State University, he knew that he wanted to start a business. In 1972, Jue founded MFJ, named after his initials, and began producing radio accessories from a rented hotel room. As his company grew, Jue invented new pieces which helped MFJ become what it is today. MFJ remains in Starkville and is the largest producer of HAM radio accessories in the world.

Discussion

K-3rd Grade

  1. What are your initials? 
  2. What would you name your business?

4th-6th Grade

  1. What kind of business would you start?

Vocabulary

K-3rd Grade

  • Piece (noun): a part of a whole unit 
  • Initial (noun): the first letter of a name or word

4th-6th Grade

  • Accessory (noun): an item that can be added to something else to enhance its function or aesthetic 
  • Produce (verb): to make something out of raw materials

Discussion

K-3rd Grade

  1. How can books help you learn? 
  2. What kinds of things do you love to do?

4th-6th Grade

  1. How can our struggles be valuable in our lives? 
  2. How do your friends help you in your life?

Vocabulary

K-3rd Grade

  • Library (noun): a collection of books and other resources used for reading and learning 
  • Explore (verb): to travel through new places to learn about them 

4th-6th Grade

  • Valuable (adjective): having significant worth 
  • Accent (noun): a distinct way of pronouncing a language