ADAW February 2018
W7ASC NEWSLETTER (C.A.R.L.)
The level of activity has risen. Days and times that had
traditionally been quiet, are now very busy. Visitors come early and stay late. There is no mystery about the driving force. The
Pompeii exhibit has been a winner from the first day that it opened. Visitors who had never visited the Arizona Science
Center are now flocking in to experience this current attraction.
Many of the visitors arrive just in time for their allotted time,
then stay and wander through the rest of the Center. And that results in a serious increase in the number of Shack visits.
There is an interesting by-product to all of this increased
activity. Many local Hams are included in this flood of visitors. Surprisingly, few are affiliated with any club. The Shack keeps
a good supply of the most recent ADAW. This is a great handout, in general, but an even more useful
publication for a local Ham who does not know that there are many clubs that
are ready to welcome them. The ADAW copies literally fly off the rack. As you read this Newsletter, keep in mind that your
club newsletter is being read by a group that includes new Hams who were not aware that you are there. It is probably
a good idea to write your ADAW contribution in a way that is attractive to new Hams. Make it easy for that newbie, or a
Ham who has recently moved here, to contact you, to find you, and to get some idea of what it is that you are doing. Make it
clear that this new reader has been missing out on the fun, but it is not too late. Here is your chance to make your newsletter
a recruiting tool. That will be a real service to those local lonely Hams.
This seriously increased level of activity has strained the
Volunteers and it has also exposed the limitation of the present Shack design. Two operating stations cannot adequately serve
the large number of visitors in a way that responds to the W7ASC mission statement. It is a big help when there are
three volunteers. Two are engaged in teaching Morse code while the extra volunteer can answer questions and hand out
literature. With increased attendance, together with the signs that offer the teacher package, many more visiting teachers
are coming forward. There is, as you know, plenty of good handout material. Bob, KG7QJ does a good job of keeping the
racks full of current information. Those teacher packages, originated by John K7JP, have sent information on Ham radio
to many classrooms.
As W7ASC moves well into its second decade of Public
Service at the Arizona Science Center, the current visitors seem far better informed about the Amateur Radio Service.
The Shack has become a “Destination” for many visitors.
There is a big change in the attitude of school groups. Volunteers are encouraged to meet so many repeat visitors.
And that brings us back to the point about resources! There
is really room for a few more volunteers. There have been days when a volunteer, operating alone, could serve the
“crowd” and still have time for lunch, and even a little DX. There have been
days when a single volunteer could not keep up.
Thinking about volunteering? This is the right time. For
information and an application, call the Ham Shack at (602) 716-2082. But please be patient. The
volunteers on duty might be hip-deep in visitors, The phone WILL be answered. For a
place on the volunteer schedule, contact Sam N7INV email@example.com. This is a fun way to perform a Public Service.
Your faithful scribe can be contacted via email at
firstname.lastname@example.org. By phone, it is 480-664-7353 in
Ahwatukee. 73 de W4CIH Jean