C.A.R.L. W7ASC Mission Statement
The mission of the Arizona Science Center Amateur Radio Station
(W7ASC) is to provide visitors with live, educational and
stimulating demonstrations of many elements of the Amateur Radio
By doing so, our intent is to:
1. Educate visitors about the practical, and fascinating
aspect of the application of Science to Radio, Internet, and
communications: drawing attention to the applications of physics,
Math, Space Science, Astronomy, Foreign Language, Geography, etc. to
Amateur Radio. Show how the Amateur Hobby, an activity open to
young and old alike, might lead to a career path to Science and
2. Involve visitors with an interactive hands-on
utilization of the station equipment, how a real station works, Amateur
communication modes, and communicating with other people around the
world and in space.
3. Demonstrate how Amateurs are involved in Emergency
Communications, linked to and cooperating with Homeland Security,
CERT, FEMA, the American Red Cross and regional organizations that
provide or utilize Emergency Communications. These
demonstrations show how Amateur Radio continues to operate in
emergency situations when normal communications, such as the
Internet or cellular phones have failed.
What is C.A.R.L.?
C.A.R.L. (Center for Amateur Radio Learning) is located within
the Arizona Science Center and is made up of many local amateur
radio operator volunteers who staff the radio shack during the hours
that the Science Center is open. We just celebrated 20 years
at ASC. Our goal is to expose the thousands
of visitors who visit the Arizona Science Center each year to the
hobby of amateur radio as we carry out our stated mission.
The W7ASC amateur radio station includes radios from Kenwood and
Yaesu which have been donated by former volunteers at C.A.R.L. In
the past wee have had donations from the West Valley Amateur Radio
Club, and we are using a $5000 grant from the ARRL Foundation. We operating
on HF, VHF/UHF frequencies and modes available to us with future
satellite tracking and ATV communications coming.
C.A.R.L. is set in the environment of the Arizona Science Center,
a facility dedicated to exposing children and adults to Science
and Technology in a friendly "hands on" manner. Approximately 500,000
visitors are expected to pass through ASC each year, half of those
being children. Technology has become an essential part of our society
and exposing children to radio communications and electronics can
lead to a life long interest in science. This is an opportunity
not only to recruit new amateur radio operators, but also a project
which can lead young people to a career in technology related fields.
In order to realize these objectives C.A.R.L. is actively seeking
help from within the amateur radio community to keep the station
staffed every day. Our shifts are flexible to your schedule. We have two 4 hour shifts per day; 9 AM to 1 PM, and 1 PM to 5 PM.
Please volunteer your time to this important
project. This is a great opportunity to expose amateur radio to
a new generation and to keep amateur radio moving into the 21st
C.A.R.L. is now located on the third floor in the
Digital World of the Arizona Science Center reconfigured for a more
modern approach to communications. Operators at C.A.R.L. invite
everyone to stop by the W7ASC ‘Shack’ and wish them a great start
for many years of demonstrations, contacts, classes, and