MARC  WB3JOE/R  W3NWA  Southeastern PA

Equipment Loaner Program

Rules. The MARC Club will lend out equipment to members to help them with their various Amateur Radio projects and activities. The following rules are to be observed so that everyone has a fair chance of borrowing the equipment needed.

1. Equipment will be loaned for up to one month at a time to a MARC member in good standing.

2. Equipment loan and return will be done at the MARC meetings every month. Loan requests should be submitted in advance to

3. Dennis K3DS as Technical Committee Chair is the repository of all the equipment.

4. The loaned equipment is the responsibility of the borrower. If a piece of equipment is lost, not returned or broken the Board will determine costs to be charged to the borrower.

5. The person borrowing the equipment will submit an Equipment Loan Receipt available at the meeting. The Receipt contains the name of the person borrowing the equipment, a description of the equipment borrowed, date loaned out, date to be returned and is signed by both the borrower and Dennis K3DS or his designate. One copy is retained for the record and one given to the borrower.


6. When the equipment is returned Dennis K3DS or his designate will sign both copies of the Equipment Loan Receipt with the date. The borrower may keep his copy for his records.


7. If the borrower wants to continue using the equipment and no one else wants to borrow it the member may keep it for a second month only by appearing in person with the equipment at the next MARC meeting. Equipment Loan Receipt are changed to indicate this one additional month.


8. All loaned equipment must be returned to Dennis K3DS or his designate at any MARC meeting before Field Day so that it is available for the club event.


9. Any discrepancy will be decided by the MARC Board.

Available Equipment


MFJ-259B SWR analyzer features a built-in 10 digit high-contrast LCD frequency counter. Reading your antennas SWR and finding its resonance has never been easier. All you do is connect your antenna, set your SWR analyzer to the frequency you want and read your SWR.

The MFJ-259B gives you a complete pictures of your antenna's performance. You can read antenna SWR and Complex Impedance from 1.8 to 170 MHz. Read Complex Impedance as either a series resistance and reactance (R + jX) or as magnitude (Z) and phase (degrees). You can determine velocity factor, coax cable loss in dB, length of coax and distance to a short or open in feet. You can read SWR, return loss and reflection coefficient at any frequency simultaneously.

Also read inductance in uH and capacitance in pF at RF frequencies. The large easy-to-read two line LCD screen and side-by-side meters clearly display your information. The MFJ-259B has a built-in frequency counter, Ni-Cad charger circuit, battery saver, low battery warning and smooth reduction drive tuning. 


The instruction manual is here:


Andersen Powerpoles are becoming the new standard in DC power applications by the Amateur Radio community. Anderson Powerpoles have been adapted by most RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service) organizations and ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) units. Correct installation of Powerpoles is facilitated by a crimp tool which can be borrowed. The equipment program can also supply 15 A or 30 A permanently bonded red/black Powerpoles at cost or members can purchase their own. Powerpole assembly instructions are available here:


Lending Library for reference material includes popular titles like the ARRL Handbook (2012), the ARRL Operating Manual and the ARRL Public Service Handbook. .