MFJ's Martin Jue, K5FLU answers questions on YouTube

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  1. G0KSC

    G0KSC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Martin Jue K5FLU answers questions of subscribers to the 'Ham Radio Guy - G0KSC' YouTube channel.

    Martin formed MFJ Enterprises almost 50 Years year ago and has taken his company to the World’s largest producer of Ham Radio accessories today. You can hear Martin’s responses to some of the most difficult of questions as well the easy ones!

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  2. K9GLS

    K9GLS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Getting the extra large bowl of popcorn out for this comment section should be a doozy. :D
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  3. AF7EC

    AF7EC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Not starting off easy, is he?? :eek:
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  4. K9GLS

    K9GLS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Kudos for getting the elephant out of the room with that first question.
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2021
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  5. KX8C

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    50 years. Amazing. IMHO it is extremely difficult to keep a business running for that long. Mr. Jue is to be congratulated for that achievement! And yes, I have one of his antenna analyzers in my shack.
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  6. W7UUU

    W7UUU Principal Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Just as so many dissed on Radio Shack over the years, but bemoaned its passing, so too would be the ham radio world should MFJ go bye-bye.

    Are they perfect? Hell no - who is? But they supply a much-needed flow of products to the hobby.

    Here's to another 50 years for MFJ!

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  7. K3LU

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    I have a MFJ Grandmaster memory keyer I've been using regularly for over 35 years and it still keeps going. I've had to replace only one of the four memory button switches. The one button that is pressed 95% of the time. The first one! The memory keyer has outlasted the TS520 I first hooked it up to too, the family TV set at the time, Atari game set, Commodore 64, the first cellphone I ever had and every other important and not important electronic gizmo. I've hauled it to Central America and back many times. It owes me nothing and I thank MFJ for a great product. I have a few other MFJ products that have stood the test of time but this one is my favorite because it was my first. Also hats off to Mr Jue for figuring out how to make a living making and selling gear to radio amateurs who normally aren't known for throwing their money away.
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  8. KA2RRK

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    CW memory keyer Circa 1983, mines. And still going. And yeah, it still can eat a 9v transistor radio battery in no time.

    I imagine that this keyer of mine will out last me. And generally
    I prefer it to any other.

    Several of these and tuners. Aswell as a few station accessories.

    No matter what!

    If it wasn't quite, proper Martin, I made it work to my liking.
    Sorry it voided the warranty... Hams do that.

    Happy Amazing Fifty, MFJ!

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  9. WU3U

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    I’ve had a few flops when it comes to MFJ and a few things that worked really good. Those 939 tuners will tune my short end fed wire on 160m and I’ve made some nice contacts. My LDG tuners will not tune it on 160. I’m sure the efficiency is nil but I worked a bunch of stations with it.

    Most of the stuff that I’ve personally seen bad from MFJ had been poor assembly practices. I have a CW decoder that I bought off of someone here on QRZ that there’s no way the thing could have worked for him although he sold it to me in “perfect working condition”. Imagine that. It had a bridged solder joint inside and I hit it with some solder wick and re flowed the two joints and I’ve probably used the thing for 40 hours or more with no issues.

    MFJ has allowed a lot of hams that might not have otherwise been able to afford to participate in the hobby a chance at being involved at a lower price tag than buying higher priced gear. You have to give them credit for that but that can sometimes come at a price of getting something exchanged or waiting for something to be repaired until you get something that works. Part of the Good, Fast, Cheap principal. Pick two of those but you don’t get the third one.

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  10. KK4NSF

    KK4NSF Ham Member QRZ Page

    You know, I've heard all of the tales about how bad MFJ was in the past.... and maybe it's true. BUT my experience with 'em has been nothing but EXCELLENT. Our local MFJ dealer is always helpful, and all of the MFJ stuff in my shack does exactly what it is supposed to do.

    I DID have a bulb in my SWR meter burn out once, though. I called my vendor and in less than a week a pack of three new little bulbs arrived.

    Thanks for all you do, Martin!
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