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Volunteer Information:

The following information and guidelines have been prepared for the Arizona Science Center Ham Shack Volunteers. If you are a licensed Amateur Radio operator, live in the Phoenix, Arizona area, and would like to be a W7ASC volunteer, please do the following.

  1. Click Here to Volunteer!
  2. When answering the question of "Why are you interested in volunteering"
    • Please mention that you are an amateur radio operator and would like to volunteer in the Harkins Hamshack.
  3. Special Note for our Winter Visitors!
    • If you are a "winter visitor" in the Phoenix area, please let us know when you will be available.

All new volunteers are always paired up with "Old Timers" for the first few shifts so the new folks can get familiar with procedures and equipment at W7ASC.

Shack Equipment:

The W7ASC Ham shack is set up with a variety of Kenwood and Yaesu equipment capable of most amateur radio modes. We have an exceptional antenna system with beams, ground planes, and slopers.

  • If you are restricted by CC&R's and would like to do more hamming...
  • If you would like to see more young Hams getting their licenses...
  • If you would like to work modes that you can't at home...

If you would like to try volunteering, Follow the procedure as described in paragraph 2 above.

Operating Hours:

The Science Center hours are from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. During the school year the W7ASC Ham Shack is manned with two 4 hour shifts: from 9:00 AM -1:00 PM (school groups may come in early) and 1:00 PM -5:00 PM weekdays. On weekends the hours are 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  Sometimes there are special shifts ("Adult Night", etc.) from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM. These special programs will be announced. We also celebrate ARRL Field Day in June at the Science Center.

Directions to the Science Center:

Take I-10 to 7th St. and exit Southbound on 7th St. Go to Monroe St. (just south of the "Mercado"), turn right for one half block and then left into the Heritage Square parking garage. After getting your ticket at the automated ticket machine, find a good parking place. There are Handicap places on the south side of the garage on all floors.  There is an elevator near the southeast corner of the building.  If you park on the upper levels, you can use the stairs or the elevator located on the southeast corner of the building.  Volunteers can have their garage parking ticket validated at the Science Center.  Be sure to get yours validated before you leave.  

The Science Center is the building with the "fin" to the south of the parking structure. Go down the Science Center entrance ramp and to the main lobby. Proceed to the Information Desk.  Ask for instructions on how to get your ticket validated to receive free parking. Volunteers will proceed downstairs via the stairway or the elevator to the Volunteer Office to sign in on the computerized Volunteer Log Book.  Volunteers will be required to sign out before leaving the Center.

 The Harkins Ham Shack is on the 3rd level. Take the elevator on the south side of the lobby to "3" and go left to the "My Digital World" gallery. There is also an elevator midway in the building just behind the Planetarium. Upon exiting that elevator, go left past the stairs to the "My Digital World" gallery. You can't miss it!

Proper Attire:

The suggested attire for Volunteers is a purple colored shirt and dark trousers ("Sunday" clothes). Science Center purple polo shirts may be available from the Volunteer coordinator (602 716-2037). We want to present a clean and neat image to the public: no shorts, sandals, tank tops, thongs or dungarees, please! ASC badges (with your call sign) will be available from the Volunteer Coordinator after you have been through 3 or more shifts at the Ham shack. 

Common Courtesy:

Please, as a courtesy to others, if you can't make it for your assigned shift, inform  the Volunteer Coordinator at (602) 716-2037 and let the other Volunteers on your shift know. The number for the Ham Shack is (602) 716-2082. Do NOT add programs to the computers in the Ham Shack. If you have something that might be useful, please let us know or comment in the shift "Pass-down text file". We do not need Stock tracking programs, Adventure games, Solitaire, MP3 players, or Social Media (Twitter, FaceBook, etc,) on the system. Only Ham Radio related software will be allowed on the computers which are pre-approved by the board.

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) 716-2082
Email: info4@w7asc.org

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