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Author Topic: FCC License Counts  (Read 244628 times)
W9KEY
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« Reply #150 on: October 14, 2012, 06:50:05 AM »

I loved the HW-16 I had as a novice.  I only had a few crystals but worked hundreds of stations with it.
Here is a site with a pic of the HW-16 with the VFO and lists the specs:
http://home.frognet.net/~mcfadden/wd8rif/hw16.htm

Mine was a used model; affordability was one of its many strengths...
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N2EY
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« Reply #151 on: October 18, 2012, 10:06:17 AM »

From

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

the number of current unexpired FCC issued amateur licenses held by individuals on October 17, 2012 was:

Novice:            13,909     (2.0%)
Technician      343,859   (48.6%)
Technician Plus         0     (0.0%)
General          162,438    (23.0%)
Advanced         56,557      (8.0%)
Extra              130,245    (18.4%)

Total              707,008

73 de Jim, N2EY
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N2EY
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« Reply #152 on: November 07, 2012, 12:41:25 PM »

From

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

the number of current unexpired FCC issued amateur licenses held by individuals on November 6, 2012 was:

Novice:            13,870     (2.0%)
Technician      344,315   (48.6%)
Technician Plus         0     (0.0%)
General          162,747    (23.0%)
Advanced         56,506      (8.0%)
Extra              130,359    (18.4%)

Total              707,797

73 de Jim, N2EY
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N2EY
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« Reply #153 on: December 05, 2012, 01:34:56 PM »

From

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

the number of current unexpired FCC issued amateur licenses held by individuals on December 3, 2012 was:

Novice:            13,845     (2.0%)
Technician      345,082   (48.7%)
Technician Plus         0     (0.0%)
General          163,088   (23.0%)
Advanced         56,428      (8.0%)
Extra              130,608    (18.4%)

Total              709,051

73 de Jim, N2EY
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N2EY
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« Reply #154 on: December 21, 2012, 08:20:23 AM »

From

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

the number of current unexpired FCC issued amateur licenses held by individuals on December 20, 2012 was:

Novice:            13,811     (1.9%)
Technician      345,657   (48.7%)
Technician Plus         0     (0.0%)
General          163,402   (23.0%)
Advanced         56,385     (7.9%)
Extra              130,779   (18.4%)

Total              710,034

73 de Jim, N2EY
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N2EY
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« Reply #155 on: February 14, 2013, 07:20:46 AM »

From

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

the number of current unexpired FCC issued amateur licenses held by individuals on February 13, 2013 was:

Novice:            13,651     (1.9%)
Technician      345,576   (48.7%)
Technician Plus         0     (0.0%)
General          163,721   (23.1%)
Advanced         56,073     (7.9%)
Extra              131,020   (18.5%)

Total              710,041

73 de Jim, N2EY
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N2EY
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« Reply #156 on: February 20, 2013, 02:13:33 PM »

From

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

the number of current unexpired FCC issued amateur licenses held by individuals on February 19, 2013 was:

Novice:            13,631     (1.9%)
Technician      345,595   (48.7%)
Technician Plus         0     (0.0%)
General          163,754   (23.1%)
Advanced         56,007     (7.9%)
Extra              131,067   (18.5%)

Total              710,054

73 de Jim, N2EY
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K1CJS
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« Reply #157 on: February 22, 2013, 04:27:36 AM »

Anyone have a guess as to what year the Advanced count will go to zero? Surely it will not be before 2050 at the very earliest...

Depends on how old the youngest Advanced licensee is, whether or not any of those Advanced class upgrade---and whether or not the FCC changes the regs and eliminates the Advanced class altogether!  (Remember, they've done something like that before.)
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N2EY
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« Reply #158 on: February 22, 2013, 06:20:27 AM »

Depends on how old the youngest Advanced licensee is, whether or not any of those Advanced class upgrade---and whether or not the FCC changes the regs and eliminates the Advanced class altogether!  (Remember, they've done something like that before.)

The FCC has done something similar only twice.

First, in the 1970s they eliminated the Conditional class. Then in the 2000s they eliminated the Technician Plus class.

In both cases the elimination was handled by changing the license class when the license was renewed or modified. Conditionals became Generals, Technician Pluses became Technicians. But nobody got additional operating privileges from the change.

So hanging on to an Advanced in the hope of a no-test upgrade to Extra is a very long shot. There are no proposals pending to change the way things are.

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As can be seen, the number of US hams with an Advanced or Novice is now less than 10% of the total, and is steadily dropping. AFAIK it costs FCC practically nothing to keep these old license classes separate in the database. So they will simply let time do the job.

Fun historical fact:

The FCC closed the Advanced to new issues at the end of 1952 and reopened it in 1967. IIRC, the reopen date was Nov. 22 1967 (but don't take that as absolute fact). So the Advanced was closed to new issues for 14 years, 10 months and 22 days the first time.

The FCC reclosed the Advanced to new issues on April 15, 2000. As of this writing, it's been closed off 12 years, 10 months and 6 days.

73 de Jim, N2EY
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N2EY
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« Reply #159 on: February 27, 2013, 09:07:48 AM »

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

the number of current unexpired FCC issued amateur licenses held by individuals on February 26, 2013 was:

Novice:            13,621     (1.9%)
Technician      345,671   (48.7%)
Technician Plus         0     (0.0%)
General          163,808   (23.1%)
Advanced         55,976     (7.9%)
Extra              131,122   (18.5%)

Total              710,198

73 de Jim, N2EY
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KO3D
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« Reply #160 on: March 01, 2013, 06:46:49 AM »

And how many of these +700K amateurs are actually using the airwaves?
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N2EY
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« Reply #161 on: March 01, 2013, 07:36:13 AM »

And how many of these +700K amateurs are actually using the airwaves?

Nobody knows.

One thing to remember, though, is that there is a much wider range of bands and modes today than ever before - and lots of rigs that can deal with them.

Also, back in the early 1980s the US license term went from 5 to 10 years. So if someone drops out of amateur radio, or never becomes active in the first place, it will be twice as long before their license disappears from the database. Not only that but the renewal window is 820 days long.

Still, it's significant that our numbers are growing rather than shrinking, don't you think?

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N2EY
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« Reply #162 on: March 01, 2013, 01:50:11 PM »

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

the number of current unexpired FCC issued amateur licenses held by individuals on February 28, 2013 was:

Novice:            13,622     (1.9%)
Technician      345,887   (48.7%)
Technician Plus         0     (0.0%)
General          163,879   (23.1%)
Advanced         55,976     (7.9%)
Extra              131,170   (18.5%)

Total              710,534

73 de Jim, N2EY
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NN4RH
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« Reply #163 on: March 02, 2013, 05:55:23 AM »

The number of Novices went UP 1 this week ? 
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KG6AF
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« Reply #164 on: March 02, 2013, 06:40:34 AM »

The number of Novices went UP 1 this week ? 

Sure, why not?  What happens if someone lets their license expire, then renews during the grace period?
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