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« Reply #90 on: September 28, 2011, 02:26:44 PM »

Updated numbers from:
http://www.arrl.org/fcc-license-counts

the number of current unexpired FCC issued amateur licenses held by individuals on September 27, 2011 was:

Novice:            14,816    (2.1%)
Technician      341,441  (48.8%)
Technician Plus         0    (0.0%)
General          159,786  (22.8%)
Advanced         58,214    (8.3%)
Extra              125,602  (17.9%)

Total              699,859

73 de Jim, N2EY
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« Reply #91 on: September 29, 2011, 02:15:04 PM »

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

the number of current unexpired FCC issued amateur licenses held by individuals on September 28, 2011 was:

Novice:            14,816    (2.1%)
Technician      341,479  (48.8%)
Technician Plus         0    (0.0%)
General          159,808  (22.8%)
Advanced         58,218    (8.3%)
Extra              125,618  (17.9%)

Total              699,939

Almost to 700,000!

73 de Jim, N2EY
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« Reply #92 on: September 30, 2011, 07:10:28 AM »


Updated numbers from:
http://www.arrl.org/fcc-license-counts

the number of current unexpired FCC issued amateur licenses held by individuals on September 29, 2011 was:

Novice:            14,815    (2.1%)
Technician      341,556   (48.8%)
Technician Plus         0    (0.0%)
General          159,829   (22.8%)
Advanced         58,216    (8.3%)
Extra              125,641  (17.9%)

Total              700,057

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« Reply #93 on: October 19, 2011, 10:15:19 AM »

Updated numbers from:
http://www.arrl.org/fcc-license-counts

the number of current unexpired FCC issued amateur licenses held by individuals on October 18, 2011 was:

Novice:            14,778    (2.1%)
Technician      341,772   (48.8%)
Technician Plus         0    (0.0%)
General          159,900   (22.8%)
Advanced         58,141    (8.3%)
Extra              125,722  (17.9%)

Total              700,313

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« Reply #94 on: October 20, 2011, 04:56:17 PM »

Updated numbers from:
http://www.arrl.org/fcc-license-counts

the number of current unexpired FCC issued amateur licenses held by individuals on October 18, 2011 was:

Novice:            14,778    (2.1%)
Technician      341,772   (48.8%)
Technician Plus         0    (0.0%)
General          159,900   (22.8%)
Advanced         58,141    (8.3%)
Extra              125,722  (17.9%)

Total              700,313

73 de Jim, N2EY


Jim, why include the Tech+ in your reports if it is a defunct class? 

I also wonder what it's going to take to get the General and Extra numbers near par or on par with the Tech.  More licensing classes for Tech to General, or General to Extra? 

I'd like to see Extra at 25% of all licensees, but something tells me that'll never happen.  Still, 18% is an improvement over the 9% or 10% when I was licensed.  Certainly Extra numbers were much lower when you were licensed.

73, Jordan

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« Reply #95 on: October 20, 2011, 07:08:37 PM »

why include the Tech+ in your reports if it is a defunct class? 

Force of habit.

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I also wonder what it's going to take to get the General and Extra numbers near par or on par with the Tech.  More licensing classes for Tech to General, or General to Extra?

The Tech/Tech+ percentage peaked at 49.5% a few years back and has declined to its present level. Meanwhile the percentage of Generals and Extras has steadily climbed.

We are almost to the point where more than 9 out of 10 US hams have a Tech, General or Extra.

Remember that for many hams the license they hold may be enough. Why should a ham with no interest in HF/MF go beyond Technician? Why should a ham who is not interested in the Extra parts of 80/40/20/15 go beyond General or Advanced?

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I'd like to see Extra at 25% of all licensees, but something tells me that'll never happen.  Still, 18% is an improvement over the 9% or 10% when I was licensed.  Certainly Extra numbers were much lower when you were licensed.

Never is a very long time. You may see 25% Extra before long. The percentage of hams with Extra continues to grow.

When I got my Extra (1970) we were maybe 4% of US hams - if that much.

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« Reply #96 on: October 24, 2011, 09:43:44 AM »

I'd like to see Extra at 25% of all licensees, but something tells me that'll never happen.

Why would you like to see it at 25%?  It shouldn't be.  The extra class should be reserved for the best and brightest hams.  It would be around 10% of all licenses.  It shouldn't be a license you can get after a weekend of memorization.

73s John AA5JG

I have to agree the Extra Class should be something Extra, as in above the average. I have to admit earning my extra under the current paradigm was a hallow achievement.
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« Reply #97 on: October 24, 2011, 06:01:22 PM »

I'd like to see Extra at 25% of all licensees, but something tells me that'll never happen.

Why would you like to see it at 25%?  It shouldn't be.  The extra class should be reserved for the best and brightest hams.  It would be around 10% of all licenses.  It shouldn't be a license you can get after a weekend of memorization.

I agree that the Extra shouldn't be a license that can be earned after a weekend of memorization. In fact I think no amateur license should be that easy to get.

But I don't think there should be a certain percentage goal, or limit. I think it should be something all hams could at least shoot for.

Fun historical observation:

The modern Amateur Extra was created by FCC in mid-1951, but from February 1953 to November 1968 it conveyed the same privileges as the General, Conditional, and Advanced. With its 20 wpm code tests, additional theory and 2 year experience requirement, few hams bothered to get one. By 1968 there were only a few thousand Extras out of over 250,000 US hams.

I remember well how, in those late 1960s, hams much older and more experienced than I said that the Extra was the realm of engineers and professionals, that only a top op and super-genius could earn one.

But then a funny thing happened.

Once the new rules went into effect, hams of all ages and backgrounds simply got one. It turned out the license wasn't nearly so impossible at all. The number of Extras grew and grew all through the 1970s, even before the tests changed, Bash books, etc.

I, being a teenager too stupid to know how hard it was, simply got one in 1970.

IMHO pretty much any ham can, if they want to.

73 de Jim, N2EY
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« Reply #98 on: November 02, 2011, 02:52:01 PM »

Updated numbers from:
http://www.arrl.org/fcc-license-counts

the number of current unexpired FCC issued amateur licenses held by individuals on November 1, 2011 was:

Novice:            14,745     (2.1%)
Technician      341,831   (48.8%)
Technician Plus          0     (0.0%)
General          159,941   (22.8%)
Advanced         58,086     (8.3%)
Extra              125,791   (18.0%)

Total              700,394

73 de Jim, N2EY
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« Reply #99 on: November 15, 2011, 11:12:48 AM »

I tend to agree that the number of ham licensees are increasing.

But, the number is slightly skewed for two reasons.

1: the average age of the ham population is increasing.

2: the license term has been increased to ten years.

Unfortunately that means many silent keys, in our aging ham population,
have fallen off the radar until the licenses lapse.

I have had two friends pass away in the past year who are still
showing as being active hams on the FCC data base. 

Pete K1ZJH
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« Reply #100 on: November 15, 2011, 11:55:55 AM »

And the license term increased to ten years over 25 years ago. So we've long since passed any transient effect of that change.

(Thanks to Jim N2EY for corrections.)
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« Reply #101 on: November 15, 2011, 11:57:52 AM »

How do you know that the average age is increasing?  The FCC doesn't record birthdays of licensees anymore.

Not only that:

- Americans are living longer, having fewer babies and having them later in life, driving up the "average age" of the US population. (IIRC the median age of the US population is close to 40 - that means half of us are over 40 and half under 40 years of age!)

- Is the "average age" the mean, the median, or something else? Depending on how the ages are distributed, the numbers can be very different.

- The hams you see at 'fests, club meetings, etc. aren't necessarily representative. Hams who are retired or empty-nesters are more likely to go to them than hams with careers, small children, etc.

- The change to 10 year licenses started in 1983 or 1984. By 1989 all the 5 year licenses were gone. It's been 22+ years since then.

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« Reply #102 on: November 16, 2011, 02:04:52 PM »

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

the number of current unexpired FCC issued amateur licenses held by individuals on November 15, 2011 was:

Novice:            14,712     (2.1%)
Technician      342,268   (48.8%)
Technician Plus          0     (0.0%)
General          160,056   (22.8%)
Advanced         58,043     (8.3%)
Extra              125,989   (18.0%)

Total              701,068

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« Reply #103 on: December 02, 2011, 07:06:31 AM »

From

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

the number of current unexpired FCC issued amateur licenses held by individuals on December 1, 2011 was:

Novice:            14,685     (2.1%)
Technician      342,506   (48.8%)
Technician Plus          0     (0.0%)
General          160,296   (22.8%)
Advanced         57,980     (8.3%)
Extra              126,187   (18.0%)

Total              701,654

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« Reply #104 on: January 02, 2012, 05:50:59 AM »

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

the number of current unexpired FCC issued amateur licenses held by individuals on December 31, 2011 was:

Novice:            14,613     (2.1%)
Technician      342,527   (48.8%)
Technician Plus          0     (0.0%)
General          160,543   (22.9%)
Advanced         57,875     (8.2%)
Extra              126,428   (18.0%)

Total              701,986

73 de Jim, N2EY
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