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MFJ Ceasing On-Site Production


Updated 4:26:24 8:00 pm EDT with additional statement from Martin F. Jue, K5FLU. 

MFJ Enterprises, Inc founder Martin F. Jue, K5FLU, announced that as of May 17, 2024, the company will cease on-site production at their Starkville, Mississippi, facility. Ameritron, Hy-Gain, Cushcraft, Mirage, and Vectronics brand products will be affected by the shutdown.  

In a letter posted to social media, Jue said he is looking forward to retiring.  

Times have changed since I started this business 52 years ago. Our product line grew and grew and prospered. Covid changed everything [for] businesses, including ours. It was the hardest hit that we have ever had, and we never fully recovered.  

I turned 80 this year. I had never really considered retirement, but life is so short, and my time with my family is so precious.  

Jue founded MFJ Enterprises in 1972, after building a CW filter kit that sold for less than $10. Since 1990, the company has acquired several other legacy brands within the amateur radio market. Jue shared that the company will remain open to sell existing inventory because they have “a lot of stock on hand.” They will also continue to offer repair services for the foreseeable future.  

Jue expressed gratitude to the many longtime employees of MFJ, some of whom have been with the company for 40 years. He also thanked MFJ dealers and radio amateurs for their patronage over the decades.

He also sent a special message to ARRL Members, and loyal QST readers: 

"I give my deepest heartfelt thank you to my fellow hams all over the world and especially to ARRL members and QST readers.  In my youth, I was given a second-hand set of 1958 QSTs.  I read them over and over until I practically memorized every word.  This gave seed to MFJ.

MFJ became a worldwide ham radio leader only because of you.  As I turned 80, I cannot thank you all enough for 52 wonderful ham radio years.  Thank you, 73s . . . Martin F. Jue, k5flu"



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