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How long have you been a licensed ham?
  Posted: Jul 06, 2015   (2370 votes, 124 comments) by KA2VTI

  1-2 years
  2-4 years
  4-8 years
  8-15 years
  15-20 years
  20-30 years
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    (2370 votes, 124 comments)

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2-4 years 5% (113)
4-8 years 5% (130)
8-15 years 9% (223)
15-20 years 7% (161)
20-30 years 28% (657)
40 or more years 41% (977)

Survey Comments
Please Change the Survey
Please can we change the survey more often...

Posted by W6AAJ on September 1, 2015

How Long I have been Licensed
I got my Novice and Technician in June 1956
and have been continuously licensed ever
since.
A year ago, we moved into a new QTH and the
RF noise level is so high, I have been
unable to get on the air. We are in a strict
HOA community (5000 ft. above sea level) and
my stealth antenna attempts have failed, but
I am still trying ;-).

de Sam, NV7SY in NW Reno, Nevada

Posted by NV7SY on September 1, 2015

How long have you been a licensed ham?
A 30 - 40 year grouping would be good as I been licensed 32 years :)

Posted by G1KSW on September 1, 2015

This should explain why you never see any of the new guys at Hamfests. There is no interest in eHam's question, just us old farts. All these Hams the ARRL says are in the hobby never show up at club meetings. You never hear any of them on the repeaters or simplex much less HF. The only Hams showing up at Hamfests are the older Hams. In ten years or so Hamfest will be a thing of the past and all my Collins radios will be a dime a dozen. Enjoy them while you have them, no one else will. "SAP"

Posted by N0SAP on August 31, 2015

I couldn't stand it ... the survey is going on 8 weeks now. . . So I just submitted a fresh question to the manager. Maybe if the rest of you help contribute we can get this thing moving again???

Posted by K7AAT on August 30, 2015

Almost QCWA
Licensed since 1994, almost QCWA material.

Posted by KH6DC on August 29, 2015

How Long?
Not as long as this pole has been running. I
thought I read where the poles would be
updated more often but I must have dreamed
it?

Posted by W4KVW on August 29, 2015

comment
"" I want to point out that EHam is run by volunteers.""

Just my opinion but that is not a reason to fall down on the job all the time. If the 'volunteer' no longer wants or can no longer do the job perhaps it is time to UNvolunteer and open the slot for some one that can/will do the job can take over.

Just throwing in the towel and walking away is not the way to go.

Again, just my opinion.

Posted by K0CBA on August 28, 2015

choice not there
I chedked 40 or more because I have been a ham for 38 years and there isn't a 30 to 40 year choice.

Posted by WD4CHP on August 28, 2015

site management
While I agree with so many of the comments here on the management of this particular portion of EHam, I want to point out that EHam is run by volunteers. No one here gets paid that I am aware of. I did not see a single comment from anyone willing to step up and volunteer for management duties on EHam. It takes a toll on volunteers who year after year continue to run this excellent site. I certainly don't want to discourage the few managers we have here from continuing. But, yes, something ought to be changed regarding the Polling portion . . . .

Posted by K7AAT on August 27, 2015

Agree with VE3CUI!

Nobody here wants to keep up (with one or two exceptions) and this site is going downhill. AB7RG and N2MG seem to be the only ones who actually care, the rest don't seem to do much of anything, including the so called survey manager here.

I've already cut my visits here back and will continue to do so.

Posted by K1CJS on August 26, 2015

What happened to 30-40 year checkbox. I have been
licensed 33 years.

Posted by KG7JV on August 24, 2015

Bye-Bye, eham.net!
That's it---I'm taking this website OFF of my list of
favourites.

The people running this thing are obviously not even the
LEAST bit serious about refreshing this site, or maintaining it,
in any way---so I'll terminate MY seriousness in tracking it,
as well...

Bye-bye...!

Posted by VE3CUI on August 24, 2015

Survey
How long since the survey has been changed?
1-2 years
2-4 years
4-8 years
8-15 years
15-20 years
20-30 years
40 or more years

Posted by AJ4LN on August 21, 2015

Don't take it for granted
I just wonder whether the eham.net age distribution is
the same as the Ham population age distribution....

Posted by PA0LPS on August 20, 2015

Zzzzzzz...
Changing the survey every month---MAXIMUM---is a
good idea, IMHO...

Failure to do so leaves this page about as moribund as
some of the OTs you occasionally encounter on the air!

Change is good, just like variety is the spice of life---
negligence is akin to deliberately sabotaging this page &
the spirit that it is supposed to evoke within us Amateurs,
i.e. one of curiosity & knowledge-seeking, and NOT the
interminable "UR 599 73 QRZ?"

Posted by VE3CUI on August 19, 2015

Getting smelly AGAIN!!!
Dismiss VK5LA as survey manager!!!!!!!!

Apparently he gets too busy milking his kangaroo, or whatever, to do the job.

Posted by K0CBA on August 19, 2015

Survey change
I run radioamator.ro, the most popular amateur radio web site related in Romania (YO). The survey changed every week for the past 10 years or more. Today I will add the question #552. The survey should be updated according to the average duration when visitors return to the web site. Generally, the more popular is a site, more often should change the survey. It is ok to reuse the same survey after a few years, as new interesting trends could be discovered.

Posted by N2YO on August 17, 2015

Putrid Surveys
AI2IA said: Surveys should be changed every thirty days.
If this is not done, they decompose and lower the reputation of eHam.net.- Ray, ai2ia

I strongly agree with Ray, but in this case the voting tally continues to go up ... at 1900 as I type this, so I expect the author to continue with it a bit more. It's a shame the question pool was defective by leaving out an entire decade of choice. This was a better than average subject.

Posted by K7AAT on August 16, 2015

Putrid surveys
Surveys should be changed every thirty days.
If this is not done, they decompose and lower the reputation of eHam.net.- Ray, ai2ia

Posted by AI2IA on August 15, 2015

Nearly 25 Years
I can say that I have really enjoyed the
hobby over the nearly quarter-century that I
have been licensed. Done a lot of things, met
a lot of wonderful people. My only regret is
that I wish I had gotten into it a lot sooner
in life.

From N5TFL to KJ5PL to KM5EW to WR1TX to
WQ1C...almost 25 years and counting.

73 to all!

Posted by WQ1C on August 15, 2015

Well I represent one of the 4% of new Hams
I just wanted to say that I am happy that I became a Ham.
With what seems on the whole but not elusively an aging
demographic of operators, many of my friends see this
and poke fun for being in an "old person's" hobby. I really
actually laugh at them because they have no clue that
almost every person in my generation (millennials) carries
a radio in their pocket every day. I am extremely happy
that I am involved in this hobby at this time because there
are many hams who have been working with radios since
engineers were just beginning to really developed the
technology. What a great amount of experience I can
access when I jump on the radio and ask question about
something involving the electromagnetic spectrum or
many aspects of technology. Hopefully more people get
involved in the hobby as it's really extremely educational
and also more importantly fun. :)

Posted by VE3ZCV on August 14, 2015

Well I represent one of the 4% of new Hams
I just wanted to say that I am happy that I became a Ham.
With what seems on the whole but not elusively an aging
demographic of operators, many of my friends see this
and poke fun for being in an "old person's" hobby. I really
actually laugh at them because they have no clue that
almost every person in my generation (millennials) carries
a radio in their pocket every day. I am extremely happy
that I am involved in this hobby at this time because there
are many hams who have been working with radios since
engineers were just beginning to really developed the
technology. What a great amount of experience I can
access when I jump on the radio and ask question about
something involving the electromagnetic spectrum or
many aspects of technology. Hopefully more people get
involved in the hobby as it's really extremely educational
and also more importantly fun. :)

Posted by VE3ZCV on August 14, 2015

Been Hamming 14 years !
I started back 2001 as no code tech ! and look were i'm at it now still gerenal lic ! :)

going to upgrade to extra !


73
Jackie
N4MJG

Posted by N4MJG on August 14, 2015

Which time?
I was WN7YUW Novice in 1975 but never went on the air and let my license lapse. Then a buddy and former boss WS7L talked me into trying it again in 2006. I've been Extra Class since then.

Posted by NW1S on August 14, 2015

61 years
I was in jr HS in a mechanical drawing class when a classmate showed me how to make a radio with a razor blade, pensil lead and a coil of wire. I soon became more refined and used a diode. I became a novice ham soon after that. A ham drove me 50 miles to the nearest FCC office. I can remember when transmitters were $1 a watt.

Posted by AC6CV on August 13, 2015

Times Have Changed---For The WORST
Every so often, when the Ham bands are unexciting, I tune
across the various SW broadcasting bands to see what's
up, much as I did in 1969 when I acquired my 3rd hand
Hallicrafters S-77A...

I've got to tell you the truth: had the "...state of the union"
been like it is to-day, back some 46 years ago, I strongly
doubt that the short-wave bands would have held any
attraction to me whatsoever, and by consequent default,
Amateur radio.

Gone are the chimes of Big Ben coming through on the
BBC, the lilting "Yankee Doodle Dandy " theme song of the
VOA, the blaring horns of Radio Tirana,, etc. etc. etc.
These icons have ALL been replaced by rabid, ranting
fundamentalist Christian pontificators.

What a grand disappointment.

No wonder SWL'ing is fast becoming a dying & extinct
art...

Posted by VE3CUI on August 13, 2015

How Long ?

I've been licensed 42 years as a Ham, had a Second Class RT with Radar endorsement which I needed for my job as a radio mechanic. Started off in CB, SWL, Scanner buff. These days I listen more to my Scanner and when the cndx are good to CB, yes CB. Why ? Because it's still F U N. I have the Extra am a Life Member of ARRL and support my local radio Club with repeater maintainence & technical expertise.

But as many have mentioned I too have lost some interest in HF, cuz of all the Nets, the DX pile-up garbage etc. Poor cndx don't help either. Seems to me not many answer a CQ anymore and when they do, it's hi and good bye. Contests ? Meh. But they do populate the otherwise quiet HF bands.

2 meters and 440 repeaters used to be so active here near NYC back in the day. Now, most stand idle for days, not even a "cher-chunk" !! Will Ham radio survive ? I certainly hope so, I owe my professional career (now retired) to Ham radio.

73/de K2JX

Posted by K2JX on August 12, 2015

How long have you been a licensed ham ?
A old hobby of my younger brother re kindled in me back in 2010 sw listening ...always had my old Radio Shack vhf-uhf scanner since '97... started studying & worked the license ladder in 2011 tech July gen. Sept xtra Nov.My father USN WW2 always enjoyed radio...he had a tube I think it was a Hallicrafters sw receiver back in the day..A great hobby...& when the weather goes south...like Sandy cruisin thru the Lehigh Valley back in Oct'12 that's when we radio hams turn into communication pros....73's ALL Peace Out kb3wge Jimi.

Posted by KB3WGE on August 11, 2015

Counting in Decades
First licensed in 1974, I had to count the time
in decades. Amateur Radio has evolved many times
since I was a Novice. I can remember sitting in
front of the FCC examiner in Wilmington, NC many
years ago nervously waiting on her to begin the
CW test.

Posted by KR4J on August 10, 2015

30-40 missing
How do I vote for 35?

Posted by WF2V on August 10, 2015

Since Boy Scout Days
I started out with the Radio Merit badge in 1960, then spent lots of hours as a Short wave listener. Then spent time as a CB enthusiast and finally in 1987 became licensed as WC2C.

Posted by WC2C on August 9, 2015

27 YEARS
Got my ticket in 1988. Been having fun ever
since!

Posted by KG4CLD on August 8, 2015

61 years in ham radio
Got my ticket as a teenager in 1954, wn9ifz, had general and first class radiotelephone by the time I graduated from high school. Work my way through college as a broadcast/TV staff engineer then into industry with a BSEE all because of this great hobby. Moved and obtain w0sxi Now At 77 still design qrp and arduino gagets. Oh yes I still operate on the HF bands. It is a super hobby. AK0B Stan

Posted by AK0B on August 7, 2015

45++
48 yrs. and still Very Active
WB6YIY

Posted by WB6YIY on August 7, 2015

Just took awhile...
Got my first ticket in 1968. Could finally afford it a few
years back. On the air now, happy for the memories and
the original support I received. My XYL is licensed and
my sons on the way...

Posted by KD8SZL on August 7, 2015

30-40 Years???
I agree with K7AAT, we need a selection for the 30-40 year range. I am close to 40 years; I selected 40+. Hi. Hi.

Posted by NZ4J on August 5, 2015

I've held a general license since 2006. I've never been on
the air. My interest was QRP and CW.

I bought everything that goes with the ICOM 706MKIIG,
all of it! it is still new in the boxes and will probably stay
there. My plan was to operate on about 5 or 10 watts, not
a full gallon
I bought Ten Tec and Oak Hills Research kits and have
looked at pacific Antennas kits. I've almost finished
building them!
I've learned that there are few around who really have
the interest.
I still need to practice my code. Then one day get on the
air, maybe.

Posted by KI6ZSK on August 3, 2015

The Graying of Ham Radio
I bought a five gallon pail of BenGay today,
over

Posted by KG4RUL on August 3, 2015

Novice license at 13 in 1978 upgraded to Extra at age
15. What great fun!

73,
Jim N9WW

Posted by N9WW on August 2, 2015

32 years, it waxes and wanes
Received my first tix in July 83. My best friend Frank, a mutual pal of ours and I took a novice class at the local vo-ag school in the evenings. No trouble with theory or any of the written exam, but have always had problems with cw. Funny thing is, I really like cw, go figure. Frank, Shawn and I were issued sequential calls: KA8SYV, KA8SYW and KA8SYX. Shawn joined the military soon after high school and we lost track of him. Frank and I are still buddies, and shared some of our earliest days on the air. As adults, we took different paths and somehow seemed to have been heavily into ham radio at different times, but were always there to cheer each other on. Radio time for me is tough to come by, but I try to stay up to date, experiment here/there and operate when I have a few minutes. I wouldn't trade it for anything.
73,
Ray, KA8SYX

Posted by KA8SYX on August 2, 2015

Not as much fun
Got my ticket in 1954 with three other friends. It was
fun building xmtrs ,antennas, and using lousy rcvrs
LOL.

Today too many round tables, with guys running KWs
to talk cross town. Lack of 2 meter repeater activity
although the majority of hams hold tech tickets.
Much too easy to get a ticket when they have one day
memory courses and the exam the same day.
Most of my old friends gave up the hobby but do re
new their tickets.
Glad to have lived in the Golden age of ham radio
K3VO

Posted by K3VO on July 30, 2015

How long a ham
Hard to believe that I am licensed 12 years. I serve as vice president of the Long Island Amateur Radio Club. With about 400 members we are one of the largest clubs in the country. This has opened connections with other hams, some well known, that I wouldn't met in a smaller club.

I also believe in giving back to the hobby in ways to numerous to mention here. But volunteering in emergencies is important to me. As hams we help out getting the message through when nothing else works. We do it in the background so the public knows little about us. The two comments I hear most often are "What's amateur radio" or "People still do that"

73, Bob

Posted by W2OSR on July 30, 2015

26 Years
Been licensed since 1989. I feel like a youngster in some of the company I am in here....

Posted by KA3UAZ on July 29, 2015

58 Years
After being QRT from 1983 - 2007, one of the first things I
noticed was that hams under 40 were an endangered species.

Posted by K5ML on July 28, 2015

Scary numbers
When 72% of the responders are oldtimers you know trouble is brewing on the demographic front.

I turn 60 in September and have had two times as an amateur, one in the early 70's with the novice call WN7SGS and WA7SGS since summer 2013, when I took all three tests in one fell swoop to get the dream turned into reality followed by using the vanity call program to reclaim my old callsign. A whole lot of other radio stuff took place in between then and the present.

Radio seems so mundane to today's society with all the fiber optic-carried digital comm but here on the southern Oregon coast, which is ground zero for the Cascadia Subduction Zone quake's maximum impact, all there will be left for HF comm will be a few of us and of course there will be some with 2m or dualband HT's. That will be the extent of most comm in this disaster area.

Maybe afterwards, given the immense zone of destruction of this Ultimate Disaster, there will be more attention paid to the use of RF by the citizens and the ranks will be replenished. It took the sinking of the Titanic to cause major changes in radio ops and marine safety. If our being hit by the Big One does the same thing in the 21st century, then our work and sacrifice will not have been made in vain.

Rick

Posted by WA7SGS on July 28, 2015

NEW Hams!!!
Got my license, WN1FTE, 5-16-1955 at the age of 15. Still have all my licenses. Hay guys, any type of club must have new members. Ham Radio is no different. Look at the SK listings in QST. BE a mentor!!!!

Posted by W1FTE on July 28, 2015

I have been licensed so long I operated the Special Event Station at David vs. Goliath.

John AF5CC

Posted by AF5CC on July 26, 2015

I have been licensed for 35 years but there is no option if you have been licensed between 30 or 40 years.

John AF5CC

Posted by AF5CC on July 26, 2015

Ham License
I became a Novice in 1971 and went to
become a general the following year! It
took me 5 attempts at the FCC office to
finally pass the code and technical part
of the test! I have joined the ARRL and ha
ve become a LIFE TIME member which I have
never ever regretted! Ham Radio sems to go
in spurts with me: CW,SSB> PSK-31 I have
tried and lovd it all includinf a mobile
set up in 2 vehicles my Jeep Grand
Cherokee and Chev Sierra Pick-up truck! I
loved going mobile. We have the hreatest
hobby ever invented by man! I do love it!
Bob Gorman WA1SCH

Posted by WA1SCH on July 26, 2015

4z5my
member arm/ER1IM/ 1978 plus iarc 2000

Posted by 4Z5MY on July 26, 2015

60 Years
...and my Elmer who was licensed about 7
years before me, is now 95 and doing fine.

Gary W4GAL

Posted by W4GAL on July 25, 2015

KA6MLE
I think the fact that that the absence of that seniority group
was simply an innocent error on the part of the survey
writer...

No discrimination, or anything otherwise untoward, meant at
all, I'm sure!

Posted by VE3CUI on July 25, 2015

Posted by KJ4DGE on July 24, 2015

34 Years
Us 30-40 years guys don't count! :D I have a feeling there is a bunch of us

Posted by KA6MLE on July 24, 2015

How Long Have you been a licensed ham
Been licensed since 1960 or 1961. Can't
remember, since first license was destroyed
in Agnes Flood of '72. 27 ft. of water.

First of 9 hams in the immediate family.
Guinness World Record???

Greatest Hobby in the World!

90% of my closest friends are hams.
73 Gerry K3MKZ

Posted by K3MKZ on July 23, 2015

time ( )'s
Why no choice ( )'s for 30-40 ?

Posted by N4OYT on July 22, 2015

Never gave up
I was first licensed around 1967 then life intervened. 44 years, 4 wives 4 children later I got my General class, upgraded to Extra and have been enjoying the hobby almost 4 years now. Like others I prefer "older" equipment that I can work on as needed. There is something special about the glow of a vacuum tube.

Posted by W4RHH on July 22, 2015

53 Years and Counting
Got licensed in 1962. That is when vacuum tubes and
slide rules ruled, and you had to log everything you did on
the air. A lot has certainly changed since then. Happily
most for the good. It has been a good ride

Posted by K1YPB on July 21, 2015

60 YEARS
Still love the hobby. 3 kids..3 wife's. same hobby. Idea.. want more ham's.. give a license with each new car, and a free QST. Bob W5RG

Posted by W5RG on July 21, 2015

Best of both worlds!
Marriage license and ham license in same year, 1990. Still have both!

Posted by VE3TMT on July 21, 2015

Best of both worlds!
Marriage license and ham license in same year, 1990. Still have both!

Posted by VE3TMT on July 21, 2015

Novice Enhancement
I have been licensed since
1988...back in the Novice expanded
privileges era.

5 WPM and actual theory. None of
the "cram to ham' nonsense of
today.

John KB2HSH
Springbrook NY

Posted by KB2HSH on July 21, 2015

46 Years
Retired deign engineer that stays mentally alert by designing equipment and maintaining my old and new equipment. My age is 70.

73s Bryan KB5RU

Posted by KB5RU on July 21, 2015

46 Years
Retired deign engineer that stays mentally alert by designing equipment and maintaining my old and new equipment. My age is 70.

73s Bryan KB5RU

Posted by KB5RU on July 21, 2015

61 years
1954 as WN8RPW, only change has been dropping the N in early 1955. I still like the old gear that I can work on and not have to go through some 100 page menu. So many changes that I do not care for, but that is they way most things go. Certainly object to the license in a cracker jack box that we have now. Always sort of amusing when one mentions running a pair of 833s or pair of 304TLs and get the response "not acquainted with that rig"! Have to go and feed the dinosaurs, they are waiting for breakfast. Bernie W8RPW

Posted by W8RPW on July 21, 2015

Long time ham
I was a ham before the Dead Sea got sick and went SK!

Now, that's old!

Posted by W6AAJ on July 20, 2015

Abv.

Going bk. to the 1962 era, I first
started out with a dx 40 and a
Hallicrftr
s 11. I was only a kid then, but
mastered the code with a J 38 key and
my
Heathkit DX 40, staying in the novice
area of the 40 meter band. Lo and
behold
as time passed by, I went QRT, and the
activity with the hobby went idle for
nrly 30 years !!! I went QRV bk. in
1997
and have been active (mostly CW) ever
since. It's a great hobby, and I'm here
to stay. 73 to all

Posted by WX8NN on July 19, 2015

Survey years as a ham
I got my teck license in Sept. 21, 2001 my
call was KC8SGA! Then in 2013, a year after my
dad died, I got his call, W8ERK! This call I'm
going to keep, because it was dad's!

Posted by W8ERK on July 19, 2015

No choice for 30-40?
Well, I've been licensed since 1978. Got my first ticket about a month before my 18th birthday. So I've been licensed for 37 years, and have had this call for 36 of those years. The only other thing I've had that long, is my wife. We've been married for 32 years (in a row). And since age was talked about, I turn 55 this month.

73 de N8AUC
Eric

Posted by N8AUC on July 19, 2015

How Long?
Since Moby Dick was a sardine!

73 es GUD DX de KC5NGX

Posted by KC5NGX on July 18, 2015

G8' etc
Where, on earth, are the UK hams hiding??????????


G8HOU

Posted by G8HOU on July 18, 2015

58 years
And to the shegrin (sp) of my mom, I did follow my dad into ham radio as he was the original W6ZKH and my call in 1957 at age 15 was K6YDW. Mom hated ham radio, but she always knew where I was as a teenage, sorta. Dad and I had a basement station, so she'd think I was there when I was actually doing other things I wasnt suppose to. And to follow that up, and have gone back to my roots in ham radio and work mostly AM using old 1950-1960 Boatanchors. At lease I can still repair them, compared to the new, SMD stuff where only the factory can.


Posted by W6ZKH on July 18, 2015

No category for 30-40 years so I ticked 20-30
since I'm close to 30 than 40. I knew
Amateur Radio was an aging hobby but looking
at those results I didn't realize how 'much'
it was age biased!

Posted by VK3DMN on July 16, 2015

1974. Do they have a HCWA? At least that would give me something to look forward to.

Posted by W8AAZ on July 16, 2015

Radio Hobby
After a hiatus of 50+ years I got licensed again approx. 3 years ago. I skipped out of the hobby for college and a lifetime of on-air work in radio. Now retired I plan on getting involved...ham radio is like a brand new hobby since I received my first ticket @14!!

Tom KB3ZAA

Posted by KB3ZAA on July 15, 2015

60 years and counting
I will be in ham radio 60 years come this October. Started at age 15 which makes me 75 now. First station was a Harvey Wells TBS-50D Bandmaster Deluxe 40 watt AM/CW Transmitter and a Hallicrafters S53A receiver. Sure miss the magic of those days. 73 de Joe W1HFF

Posted by W1HFF on July 15, 2015

since.....
long john silver only had an egg on his
shoulder

Posted by M6RGX on July 15, 2015

Half my Life!
I have been licensed 21 years or half my life now...! I will be the ripe old age of 43 in September...! Still as excited about the hobby as the first day I was licensed...! 73, K7SKE Mike Boise, Idaho

Posted by K7SKE on July 15, 2015

How long have you been a licensed ham?
First licensed at the age of 13 and I have enjoyed the hobby now for 40 years this month....Wn9vmr

Posted by WN9VMR on July 14, 2015

Age:60
Been a ham since 1971(44 years). Bought used or home brewed equip for the 1st 20 years. World Greatest Hobby!

Posted by NT9E on July 13, 2015

How long have you been a licensed ham?
Well this info is really not useful without including the age. This only leads to thinking that all the long time hams are really old, however this might not be the case. So I would suggest the same survey but also include age input as well and get an average age of each time group. I for instance am only in the 4 to 8 year range and am 43 yrs old however I know some my age and younger who have been hams a good bit longer.

Posted by K5WCF on July 13, 2015

39 YEARS / X BOX
The younger Adults, have many other options,
like XBOX, Play Station, and the rest of the
entertainment consoles.

I am very happy, I was exposed to Ham Radio,
as this hobby provided me with not only my
career in satellite communications, but
indirectly found my wife!

Tom Wright
NN2X

Posted by NN2X on July 12, 2015

39 YEARS / X BOX
The younger Adults, have many other options,
like XBOX, Play Station, and the rest of the
entertainment consoles.

I am very happy, I was exposed to Ham Radio,
as this hobby provided me with not only my
career in satellite communications, but
indirectly found my wife!

Tom Wright
NN2X

Posted by NN2X on July 12, 2015

Next question
The next question should be, what is your
age? That should tell us if we have enough
young people entering the hobby. I'm of the
belief that you don't usually follow in your
parents hobbies, cuz what they do ain't cool.
(My sons laugh at me and "my ham friends" and
compare it to being in the chess club in high
school; nerdy.) BUT, grandpa and grandma are
cool and what they do is pretty fun. So I am
hopeful for a new crop of young folks. (My
five year old grandson is in awe of grandpa's
"glowing goodies.")

Posted by WA8MEA on July 12, 2015

Next question
The next question should be, what is your
age? That should tell us if we have enough
young people entering the hobby. I'm of the
belief that you don't usually follow in your
parents hobbies, cuz what they do ain't cool.
(My sons laugh at me and "my ham friends" and
compare it to being in the chess club in high
school; nerdy.) BUT, grandpa and grandma are
cool and what they do is pretty fun. So I am
hopeful for a new crop of young folks. (My
five year old grandson is in awe of grandpa's
"glowing goodies.")

Posted by WA8MEA on July 12, 2015

Been a ham for 23 Years. My first radio was the Radio Shack HTX-202.

Posted by W4KYR on July 11, 2015

51 years and still counting!

Posted by K8BDW on July 11, 2015

Survey, Years had licence
58 years, a lot has changed since first licened.
K1DPB

Posted by K1DPB on July 11, 2015

32 Years
Almost 32 years.

Posted by KB4MRX on July 11, 2015

24 years
Jeez, just realized...I can join the QCWA
next year! I love it

Posted by N2MWE on July 11, 2015

What happened to the 30-40 year category?
I guess we don't count?

Posted by KA3NXN on July 10, 2015

15
Months...and counting. :)

I've already spent enough money on this hobby
to buy a decent used car, a nice two week
Hawaiian vacation, or several cases of fine
Scottish whiskey. I think the radio gear will
outlast all the above though.

Posted by KG7KMR on July 10, 2015

Yeah, right.
The only way this poll in any way "helps us all gain a better understanding of the ham community" is by showing us that all too many of us will be dead soon--and this hobby will probably go with them.

Posted by K1CJS on July 10, 2015

How long have you been licensed
63 years. I led to a wonderful profession and a great
retirement.

George, W6GF

Posted by W6GF on July 10, 2015

Available Call Signs
If this pool is accurate, there are going to
be a lot of great calls available within 5-10
years... "/

Posted by AB9TX on July 10, 2015

Years as a ham survey
Another beautiful rising Bell curve that has no mirror
image falling half. ;)

Mortality is the "great decider."

Posted by W3RSW on July 10, 2015

HOW LONG
LICENSED FOR 58 YEARS. NOVICE KN4PHY 1957.
NOW HS0ZDR (N4CT). EX T5CT, SV0CT, TJ1AW, K4PHY/YV5, G5BAU, GC5BAU, DL5IX, KH6/N4CT, K4PHY. STILL LOVE HAMMING.
HAVE NO IDEA WHERE THE YEARS WENT, HI.
73 DE CHARLIE N4CT HS0ZDR

Posted by N4CT on July 10, 2015

Never a dull moment on Ameteur Radio!
Been licensed since 1988 (27 years). Traveled around
the world on Uncle Sam's dime and operated from many
locations. Throughout my life, amateur radio has been a
fun companion. Can't wait to see what the next 27 years
will bring. 73 all!

Posted by KG4CLD on July 10, 2015

Well, pfthhhh! I ticked the wrong radio button for the survey. I shoulda hit 20-30 years, but for some mysterious reason I clicked 15-20! The mind is the second thing to go...

First licensed in 1989. Occasionally, I'd muse, 'someday, I'll be eligible for the Quarter-Century Wireless Association...' It seemed so far removed. Last year, I hit the 25-year mark and looked into QCWA. Well, they didn't seem to do anything I was really interested in, so I didn't bother joining. LOL!

Posted by W3HR on July 10, 2015

50+ years!
Loved that smell of glowing vacuum tubes! Still very active after all these years.

Posted by WB2RCB on July 9, 2015

Licensed how long?
Got my license in 1994.Just over 21 years so
far & I hope for many many more.Love the
Hobby.Much more time for operating now that
I'm retired so I am making many more contacts
these days. {:>)

Posted by W4KVW on July 9, 2015

37+ and Still Having Fun
There is no option for my number of years of 37 so I checked 40 plus because I played with radio years before I got a ham license. I was licensed at 15 years old like a great number of hams back in those days.

Posted by AA5TB on July 9, 2015

Career Director
First licensed, Novice, in 1956; Conditional in 1957. No renewal from grad school. Ham radio led me into chemistry, chemical instrumentation, and teaching Analytical and Organic Chemistry on the college level for 35+ years. Radio work while earning private pilot, instrument, and seaplane ratings was a breeze. Returning to Ham Radio was easy as I had been using the amateur background for a long, long time. Took all three exams, 35 minutes, at one time and surprised myself. Great retirement present! So, do I have 10 years with a license or 59 years -- I don't know.

Posted by AB3MO on July 9, 2015

Cycle 19
I'd like to see this expanded beyond the 40
plus years to see the impact of Solar Cycle
19, Sputnik, etc. I was licensed in 1957--
how many others were licensed in 50s, 60's

Posted by K0SUR on July 9, 2015

60 Years plus
I began swling on my parents Philco radio
when I was in the 5th.grade,1948. My Mom and
Dad got me a crystal radio in the 6th grade
1949. Met my first ham W8ZOO,Kelly,sk 1950.
Built the Knight 10 in 1 lab kit for my
8th.grade science project, 1951. I received
my Novice License in January 1955. First
receiver S-38C and HB 2 tube 6V6/6L6 crystal
rig with plug in coils and 2 crystals.
Wow....what fun! 60 plus years of great
amateur radio enjoyment!

73, Ned W8VFM

Posted by W8VFM on July 9, 2015

World-Wide People Contact!
Interest began in 7th Grade...led to Career(s) in Electronics and Communications Engineering and to further Education. I don't know of anything that beats talking to others locally and then, also being able to talk around the world; Making friends. The excitement of the unknown when you speak into the microphone; Watching Middle School Students eyes light-up talking to far-away places...! Thank You, Mom and Dad.

Posted by AA7LX on July 8, 2015

Got my Novice July 12 1984 that will be 31
years 4 days from now.

Posted by KA5ROW on July 8, 2015

37 years
Learned code first (CG RM "A" School 1974-75) then got my Novice Ticket in 78. ZUT - CW forever!

Posted by WQ5O on July 8, 2015

40 or more
I've been licensed 47 years last January. Held every class US license and have been licensed in 2 foreign countries on different continents. WOW - what a ride!

Posted by WB0HZL on July 8, 2015

Old Old Timers
Since better than half the responses right
now said "40 or more years", maybe this
survey should be redone to break it down even
more than this.
Me? 38 years and counting...

Posted by AD7DB on July 8, 2015

54 Years +
Thanks to my high school friend Harry Leiser
K1HL (ex WA2MEW)Who made my hobby into a
career.

Posted by W4EG on July 8, 2015

54 Years +
Thanks to my high school friend Harry Leiser
K1HL (ex WA2MEW)Who made my hobby into a
career.

Posted by W4EG on July 8, 2015

54 Years
1961, cost me $2 to get on the air with recycled twin-lead, an old Zenith SW rcvr, and a 6L6 Colpitts built from junk. The $2 was for the used 7187kc xtal and a cheap plastic-base key, both of which I still have to this day. Probably spent $20K on the hobby since then, and still find CW to be the most rewarding operating mode (for me).

Posted by K4IQT on July 8, 2015

Great for me
Ham radio indirectly found my wife, and the
Ham experience provided a handsome living for
40 years, while traveling in 69 countries.


Today I find many young adults playing on
various platforms outside of Ham Radio. I
don't think these new hobbies, such as XBOX,
and Play Station can offer such opportunities
as I had through Ham radio!

Posted by NN2X on July 8, 2015

My ham radio activities are explained in my page in this eHam.net. I had used this high Callbook page since 1970's years when it are annually printed list book. It was the first list that I had used for many years for my hams researchs.

PR7CPK on July 6,2015

Posted by PR7CPK on July 7, 2015

30-40???
Oops, just noticed there is no category listed for those licensed between 30 and 40 years !!!

Posted by K7AAT on July 7, 2015

50 years
Glad to see a new survey ! This one is pretty basic, but a pretty darn good subject. Probably should have had a 40-50 year range followed by a 51+ range, given the age of hams today... but it will be fun to follow this survey and watch the bottom choice grow and grow. I hit the 50 year mark this year. Sure miss the old days in some respects.

Posted by K7AAT on July 7, 2015

46 years
Still love it.

Posted by WX4O on July 7, 2015

How long have you been a licensed ham?
The days of paying $300 for a radio and then buying crystals (one for transmit and one for receive) at $12 each are gone, thank god. Now I can buy a dual band HT for $30 and toss it if it gets hosed and now software defined radios. It just gets better and better.
43 years and counting.

73, Larry WB8LBZ

Posted by WB8LBZ on July 7, 2015

35 years actually.

Posted by F8WBD on July 7, 2015

WOW!! STILL AWESOME
54 years now. No looking back to the "good old days" for me.
The hobby has been getting better and better as the years
have passed. Compare my 1961 Heathkit AR-3 receiver and
Heathkit DX-20 to my modern Ten-Tec gear. Would not go
back to those days for anything. TODAY is the good new days
for me. Forget the good old days - they were not that good.
IMHO of course.

Posted by K7NSW on July 6, 2015

How long have you been a licensed ham?

First it was all of the mailings from the
AARP three days before my 50th birthday.

Now I can sit around all my boat anchors
and recall countless stories of iced-up
antennas, near electrocutions, the DX
that got away, and the feeling of green
ice cubes forming in my intestines as I
faced down that steely-eyed FCC examiner
just before the 20 WPM code test those
many years ago in the Norfolk, VA FCC
office, not to mention the magic that
came from being transformed from WN4FOM
to WA4FOM. Sheer magic.

Yes, I'm proud to be an old fart. 73!

Posted by WA4FOM on July 6, 2015

member rsgb pluss arrl and darc since 1960

Posted by LA3EI on July 6, 2015

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