FCC Amateur Radio License Totals

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  1. N2EY

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    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%)
    General 163,088 (23.0%)
    Advanced 56,428 (8.0%)
    Extra 130,608 (18.4%)

    Total 709,051

    73 de Jim, N2EY
  2. WB2WIK

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    Enough is enough.:p
  3. KR2C

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    Too many. I'll never be rare DX with those kind of numbers. ;)
  4. K0RGR

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    Sadly, almost 50% are at the Tech level. The step up to General isn't that big. I strongly suspect that most of the Techs are inactive, or not interested in 'mainstream' ham activities.
  5. NN3W

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    That 45 to 50 percent of licensed amateurs are techs is nothing new. Go back 15 years, and the percentage was about the same - 46% IIRC.
  6. WA7KKP

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    I think the Techs get their two-meter rig and get stuck on the local repeater . . . I was amazed not to see them on 6 meters; I found mostly Extra Class hams, like me.

    Back when I was a Novice, we lost 2 meter phone privileges when incentive licensing went into effect in 1968. Seems the novices were 'stuck' on 2 meters with their Benton Harbor lunch boxes and goonie boxes (Gonset Communicators to the newbies) and not upgrading in the two years given them.

    Electronic manufacturers finally are getting their way -- sell a gazillion 2 meter mobiles/handhelds, with new models every 6 months or so. I remember when a ham on HF would get a fairly nice rig, and keep it until they carried him off in a pine box to the hamshack in the sky. Can't make money that way, can we??

    Gary WA7KKP
  7. N2EY

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    From the same source, 12 and a half years ago:

    As of May 14, 2000:

    Novice - 49,329 (7.3%)

    Total Tech/TechPlus - 334,254 (49.5%) [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 all classes - 674,792

    For comparison, on December 3, 2012:

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

    Total 709,051

    Not only has there been growth overall but the license class distribution has changed dramatically.

    73 de Jim, N2EY
  8. KB4MNG

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    I'm curious on the activity level in the 60, 70, 80s era compared to the activity on hf. Was it busier or about the same?
  9. N2EY

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    Hard to say.

    Back then there were fewer bands, fewer modes, fewer antenna restrictions, and fewer distractions. Rigs cost a lot more and did a lot less. There was almost no manufactured gear for the bands above 70 cm. Techs had no HF at all and Novices had limited-term nonrenewable licenses with only a few bands and no HF phone. The HF 'phone subbands were much narrower - when I started out in 1967, 75 phone was 3.8 to 4.0 and 40 phone was 7.2 to 7.3. Compare that to today!

    Before the repeater boom of the 1970s, there was almost no manufactured gear for the bands above 2 meters. Most hams started out as Novices on HF CW, particularly 80 and 40. Because their license terms were so limited, they kept the "Novice bands" busy as heck.

    It was not unusual for even experienced hams to concentrate on a single mode, a single activity, maybe even a single band, because equipment was so expensive.

    Much of the ham gear of those days had poor selectivity and fast tuning, so when you tuned across the band it sounded busier than the same band would sound today.

    So in many ways it's an apples-and-oranges comparison.

    73 de Jim, n2EY
  10. KA3JLW

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    My goal is to be the last living Advanced class holder. I have 56,427 to go.
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