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!
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.
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- 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
- 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
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.
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- Produce (verb): to make something out of raw materials
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