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« Reply #495 on: September 09, 2016, 05:05:27 AM »

Just curious, how can the Novice increase by 3 today ??
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No new Novice or Advanced licenses have been issued since April 2000. However, the totals for those classes may sometimes show an increase over prior numbers due to renewals in the grace period.
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KC2QYM
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« Reply #496 on: September 09, 2016, 07:42:23 AM »

Too many hams, not enough propagation.  Imagine the frustration of so many new hams as their HF DX opportunities dwindle and they rapidly lose interest in the hobby.  As a consequence of this I expect the prices for new and used radios to decline rapidly.  It will be a buyers market in the next few years so don't be afraid to negotiate with sellers who think their radios are special. If you're in your mid 60s and up, you may never see an upswing in propagation; sad but true.
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« Reply #497 on: September 09, 2016, 02:12:15 PM »

If you're in your mid 60s and up, you may never see an upswing in propagation; sad but true.

Seriously??

Even though the United States ranks 43rd in average life expectancy, the average life expectancy is 79.68 years. So if you are 65, this means you have nearly 15 more years to suck air on this planet if the actuarial tables are to be believed.

And speaking of averages, sunspot cycles run for about 11 years. We're not quite at the bottom of Cycle 25, but current predictions show Cycle 25's peak(?) should come some time in mid-2024 which is about 8 years from now.

15 - 8 = 7. This means that the average American will indeed see the next "peak" and a significant portion of the down side of Cycle 25.

So there!
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N2EY
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« Reply #498 on: September 22, 2016, 06:39:12 AM »

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

the number of current unexpired FCC issued amateur licenses held by individuals on September 21, 2016 was:

Novice:               10,267     (1.4%)
Technician         369,303   (49.8%)
Technician Plus            0     (0.0%)
General             172,301   (23.3%)
Advanced            45,748     (6.2%)
Extra                 143,429   (19.4%)

Total                 741,048


Percentages may not add up to exactly 100.0% due to rounding.

No new Novice or Advanced licenses have been issued since April 2000. However, the totals for those classes may sometimes show an increase over prior numbers due to renewals in the grace period.

This is a new record high total.

73 de Jim, N2EY
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N2EY
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« Reply #499 on: Yesterday at 06:51:58 AM »

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

the number of current unexpired FCC issued amateur licenses held by individuals on September 22, 2016 was:

Novice:               10,261     (1.4%)
Technician         369,440   (49.8%)
Technician Plus            0     (0.0%)
General             172,328   (23.3%)
Advanced            45,738     (6.2%)
Extra                 143,447   (19.4%)

Total                 741,214


Percentages may not add up to exactly 100.0% due to rounding.

No new Novice or Advanced licenses have been issued since April 2000. However, the totals for those classes may sometimes show an increase over prior numbers due to renewals in the grace period.

This is a new record high total.

73 de Jim, N2EY
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« Reply #500 on: Today at 07:41:47 AM »

It's nice to see the numbers increase but there are definitely not 741,000 plus hams active but of course we all know that. On a smaller scale I know that about 75 percent of the hams in my county are not active and at least about 15 licenses that were issued around 10 years ago have either since expired never to be renewed or will soon expire never to be renewed. Those particular hams were never active from day one. I have seen this scenario play out several times where some group or entity would talk 20 or 30 people in to getting their ham license for whatever purpose only for those license to go unused and eventually laps. Another thing that I have seen happen over my years in the hobby is for someone to get licensed, get very active for a few years then totally fall off the map never to be heard on the air again. In some cases they never even renewed their licenses but they are still around and well just no longer interested in the hobby. There is no real way to truly know how many hams are active but i'd guess a much much lower number. I just wonder if we are losing activity at a faster rate than we are gaining new hams? Back when I first got licensed in the mid 90's things were very very active at the local level (about a 100nm radius) but sometime between the early to mid 2000's things took a nose dive and never really recovered. You'd be lucky to listen for a week and hear much more than a handful of local hams on the air including on HF. Definitely interesting.   
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