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Author Topic: US License Number Changes Over The Long Term  (Read 1435 times)
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« on: October 26, 2010, 04:25:16 AM »

Here's a look at how the number of US hams has changed over the years, and the percentage who held the different license classes:

From the Winter, 1963 Callbook:

Novice - 16,795 (6.6%)
Technician - 58,656 (23.1%)
Conditional - 40,259 (15.8%)
General - 95,250 (37.4%)
Advanced - 40,296 (15.8%)
Extra - 3,164 (1.2%)
Total General/Conditional: 135,509 (53.3%)
Total all licensed individuals: 254,410

(In 1963, the Advanced had been closed to new issues for a decade, and all license classes except Novice and Technician had full privileges)

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As of September 30, 1978 (QST, Jan 1979)

Novice - 62,930 (17.8%)
Technician - 68,281 (19.3%)
General - 117,805 (33.3%)
Advanced - 82,454 (23.3%)
Extra - 21,792 (6.2%)

Total all licensed individuals: 353,262

(1978 was about 10 years after the changes known as incentive licensing)

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As of Jan 31, 1984 (QST, April 1984, page 63)

Novice - 85,482 (20.6%)
Technician - 77,518 (18.7%)
General - 118,023 (28.5%)
Advanced - 95,782 (23.1%)
Extra - 34,674 (8.4%)

Total all licensed individuals: 414,814

(1984 was near the end of FCC-run testing, and the beginning of 10 year license terms)

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As of May 31, 1988 (QST, August 1988, page 75)

Novice - 82,675 (18.9%)
Technician - 96,888 (22.2%)
General - 113,648 (26.0%)
Advanced - 98,493 (22.5%)
Extra - 45,208 (10.3%)

Total all licensed individuals: 436,912

(1988 was shortly after the Technician written exam became a subset of the General written)

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1993 Callbook

Novice - 99,193 (17.3%)
Technician - 184,392 (32.2%)
General - 122,735 (26.0%)
Advanced - 106,964 (21.4%)
Extra - 59,382 (10.4%)

Total all licensed individuals: 572,666

(1993 Callbook was printed less than 2 years after the Technician lost its code test and less than 3 years after code waivers. Note that the FCC had not yet created the Technician Plus class, and that the Technician class included code-tested and non-code-tested amateurs in the total.)


As of May 14, 2000:

Novice - 49,329 (7.3%)
Technician - 205,394 (30.4%)
Technician Plus - 128,860 (19.1%)
General - 112,677 (16.7%)
Advanced - 99,782 (14.8%)
Extra - 78,750 (11.7%)

Total Tech/TechPlus - 334,254 (49.5%)

Total all classes - 674,792

(This was right after the 2000 restructuring)

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As of February 22, 2007:

Novice - 22,896 (3.5%)
Technician - 293,508 (44.8%)
Technician Plus - 30,818 (4.7%)
General - 130,138 (19.9%)
Advanced - 69,050 (10.5%)
Extra - 108,270 (16.5%)

Total Tech/TechPlus - 324,326 (49.5%)

Total all classes - 654,680

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(Elimination of code testing)

October 23, 2010:

Novice: 15,974 (2.3%)
Technician 341,616 (49.2%)
Technician Plus 0 (0.0%)
General 155,132 (22.3%)
Advanced 59,635 (8.6%)
Extra 122,361 (17.6%)
Total 694,718

(Most recent numbers)

73 de Jim, N2EY


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N3DF
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« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2010, 09:21:14 AM »

Some double counting in '63 as you could hold both Novice and Technician (I did).
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« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2010, 09:56:59 AM »

Thanks for posting this, Jim!

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« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2010, 04:31:27 PM »

Some double counting in '63 as you could hold both Novice and Technician (I did).

Good point! I did that too, for a few months in 1968. Depending on the band, I would use my Novice callsign or my Technician callsign. For certain kinds of 2 meter operation I could use either.

Thanks for the historical reminder.



73 de Jim, N2EY


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