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« Reply #300 on: April 07, 2015, 10:38:46 AM »

From http://www.arrl.org/fcc-license-counts

the number of current unexpired FCC issued amateur licenses held by individuals on April 6, 2015 was:

Novice:            11,716     (1.6%)
Technician      358,912    (49.3%)
Technician Plus         0     (0.0%)
General          170,277   (23.4%)
Advanced         50,121     (6.9%)
Extra              137,345   (18.8%)

Total              728,371

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« Reply #301 on: April 08, 2015, 07:54:28 AM »

From http://www.arrl.org/fcc-license-counts

the number of current unexpired FCC issued amateur licenses held by individuals on April 7, 2015 was:

Novice:            11,714     (1.6%)
Technician      358,923    (49.3%)
Technician Plus         0     (0.0%)
General          170,292   (23.4%)
Advanced         50,120     (6.9%)
Extra              137,352   (18.9%)

Total              728,401

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« Reply #302 on: April 09, 2015, 11:19:33 AM »

From http://www.arrl.org/fcc-license-counts

the number of current unexpired FCC issued amateur licenses held by individuals on April 8, 2015 was:

Novice:            11,714     (1.6%)
Technician      359,037    (49.3%)
Technician Plus         0     (0.0%)
General          170,348   (23.4%)
Advanced         50,124     (6.9%)
Extra              137,385   (18.9%)

Total              728,608

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« Reply #303 on: April 09, 2015, 08:54:36 PM »

So today there are more Advanceds than there were last time.  Huh  Is that possible because folks who had let their license expire subsequently renewed within the grace period?

I finally upgraded to Extra in 2012 when there were still around 56,000 Advanceds left, and i keep waiting for that number to drop below 50,XXX. 
They could just grandfather them all to Extra and have it hit zero faster  Wink  In fact I'd like to see that happen and then the Amateur Extra name be changed to Advanced. 
if the FCC did that, it might just stir up a response Cheesy
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« Reply #304 on: April 10, 2015, 06:44:59 AM »

So today there are more Advanceds than there were last time.  Huh  Is that possible because folks who had let their license expire subsequently renewed within the grace period?

That and processing delays.

Recall that the "renewal window" is very lopsided. You can only renew a license 90 or less days before expiration, or 730-731 or less days (two years) after expiration. So the chances of at least some hams of all license classes missing the 90 day window and renewing in the grace period are very good. I've seen the Novice numbers go up by a few for the same reason.

But if you step back, the numbers of the Novice and Advanced are slowly dropping by attrition, while the other three license classes just keep growing. Eventually they will disappear even if nothing is done.

Fun historical fact:

From January 1, 1953 until some time in 1967 (November 22?) the Advanced was closed to new issues. That's about 14-1/2 years. The Advanced and Novice were closed to new issues on April 15, 2000, and have now been closed off for just about 15 years, surpassing the old record.

I finally upgraded to Extra in 2012 when there were still around 56,000 Advanceds left, and i keep waiting for that number to drop below 50,XXX. 
They could just grandfather them all to Extra and have it hit zero faster  Wink  In fact I'd like to see that happen and then the Amateur Extra name be changed to Advanced. 
if the FCC did that, it might just stir up a response Cheesy

Not going to happen. Here's why:

1) It costs FCC almost nothing to just let the old license classes go away by attrition.

2) Any proposal to give free no-test upgrades would probably result in massive opposition in the comments.

3) The current Extra is not hard to pass with a little preparation. What would be gained by a give-away?


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« Reply #305 on: April 10, 2015, 06:47:01 AM »

From http://www.arrl.org/fcc-license-counts

the number of current unexpired FCC issued amateur licenses held by individuals on April 9, 2015 was:

Novice:            11,714     (1.6%)
Technician      359,131    (49.3%)
Technician Plus         0     (0.0%)
General          170,373   (23.4%)
Advanced         50,121     (6.9%)
Extra              137,410   (18.9%)

Total              728,749

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« Reply #306 on: April 10, 2015, 07:29:08 AM »

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I finally upgraded to Extra in 2012 when there were still around 56,000 Advanceds left, and i keep waiting for that number to drop below 50,XXX. 
They could just grandfather them all to Extra and have it hit zero faster  Wink  In fact I'd like to see that happen and then the Amateur Extra name be changed to Advanced. 
if the FCC did that, it might just stir up a response Cheesy

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Not going to happen. Here's why:

1) It costs FCC almost nothing to just let the old license classes go away by attrition.

2) Any proposal to give free no-test upgrades would probably result in massive opposition in the comments.

3) The current Extra is not hard to pass with a little preparation. What would be gained by a give-away?

73 de Jim, N2EY

1. yeah the status quo does have a velcro quality

2. boo-hoo (the likely resulting outcry is part of the reason i favor such a change)  Smiley

3. well, what would be given away is not much and the Extra is not much harder than the Advanced -- in some cases it is probably easier, especially now that all the actual exam Q & A pools are published.  Plus, it would simplify the class system. 

my alternative proposal would be to eliminate the Extra name, change it to Advanced, and change Advanced to General Plus.

i am getting tired of reading FCC updates on license counts for 6 classes of amateur licenses when 3 classes are all that are relevant.
we should just have: Technician/General/Extra or Technician/General/Advanced Tongue   Wink
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« Reply #307 on: April 13, 2015, 06:06:41 AM »

From http://www.arrl.org/fcc-license-counts

the number of current unexpired FCC issued amateur licenses held by individuals on April 11, 2015 was:

Novice:            11,702     (1.6%)
Technician      359,156    (49.3%)
Technician Plus         0     (0.0%)
General          170,382   (23.4%)
Advanced         50,107     (6.9%)
Extra              137,425   (18.9%)

Total              728,772

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« Reply #308 on: April 16, 2015, 08:47:56 AM »

From http://www.arrl.org/fcc-license-counts

the number of current unexpired FCC issued amateur licenses held by individuals on April 15, 2015 was:

Novice:            11,700     (1.6%)
Technician      359,120    (49.3%)
Technician Plus         0     (0.0%)
General          170,489   (23.4%)
Advanced         50,093     (6.9%)
Extra              137,474   (18.9%)

Total              728,876

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« Reply #309 on: April 17, 2015, 07:40:10 AM »

From http://www.arrl.org/fcc-license-counts

the number of current unexpired FCC issued amateur licenses held by individuals on April 16, 2015 was:

Novice:            11,699     (1.6%)
Technician      359,180    (49.3%)
Technician Plus         0     (0.0%)
General          170,554   (23.4%)
Advanced         50,091     (6.9%)
Extra              137,498   (18.9%)

Total              729,022

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« Reply #310 on: April 23, 2015, 06:28:43 AM »

From http://www.arrl.org/fcc-license-counts

the number of current unexpired FCC issued amateur licenses held by individuals on April 22, 2015 was:

Novice:            11,677     (1.6%)
Technician      359,278    (49.3%)
Technician Plus         0     (0.0%)
General          170,613   (23.4%)
Advanced          50,033     (6.9%)
Extra              137,552   (18.9%)

Total              729,153

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« Reply #311 on: April 24, 2015, 07:27:15 AM »

From http://www.arrl.org/fcc-license-counts

the number of current unexpired FCC issued amateur licenses held by individuals on April 23, 2015 was:

Novice:            11,677     (1.6%)
Technician      359,445    (49.3%)
Technician Plus         0     (0.0%)
General          170,657   (23.4%)
Advanced         50,037     (6.9%)
Extra              137,574   (18.9%)

Total              729,390

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« Reply #312 on: April 30, 2015, 08:00:41 AM »

From http://www.arrl.org/fcc-license-counts

the number of current unexpired FCC issued amateur licenses held by individuals on April 29, 2015 was:

Novice:            11,644     (1.6%)
Technician      359,690    (49.3%)
Technician Plus         0     (0.0%)
General          170,722   (23.4%)
Advanced         49,946     (6.8%)
Extra              137,622   (18.9%)

Total              729,624

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