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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 experience.

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 Engineering.

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 century. Please check the Volunteer Info page for the directions to volunteer at the Arizona Science Center.

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 exhibits.

In Memoriam

The members of Center for Amateur Radio Learning would like to express our condolences the families of the following Silent Key hams who have contributed to the C.A.R.L. organization through the years.

Ralpha Barr, W0DNO became a "Silent Key" in October 2017
Michael Zachary, KG7OSR became a "Silent Key" in February 2017
George Cooney, KQ7C became a "Silent Key" in October 2016
Richard Greatorex, W7KSO became a "Silent Key" in November 2014
David Pollack, KF7WW became a "Silent Key" in April 2012.
Bob Strauss, W7JTP became a "Silent Key" in September 2009.
Rick Checketts, KA0KZB became a "Silent Key" in July 2009.
Cody Totman, W2AKZ became a "Silent Key" in 2003.

For more information, please contact us at:

Center for Amateur Radio Learning
at the Arizona Science Center

600 E. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ USA 85004-2394
Tel. (602) 716-2000
Email: info4@w7asc.org

Copyright 2018 C.A.R.L. - www.W7ASC.org