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.
Click Here to Volunteer!
When answering the question of "Why are you interested in volunteering"
Special Note for our Winter Visitors!
Please mention that you are an amateur radio operator and would like to volunteer in the Harkins Hamshack.
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.
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
- 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.
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
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
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.
Please, as a courtesy to others, if you can't make it for your
assigned shift, inform the Volunteer Coordinator at (602)
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
C.A.R.L - W7ASC
at the Arizona Science Center
600 E. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ USA 85004-2394
Tel. (602) 716-2082
Copyright 2018 C.A.R.L. - W7ASC.org