Good News for Amateur Radio Operators

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KD0NDG, Nov 30, 2018.

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  1. KI4AX

    KI4AX Ham Member QRZ Page

    I waited about 25 years hoping that the FCC would grandfather all us Advanced Classes to Extra. But, it never happened. I finally gave up on waiting and upgraded.

    Don't hold your breath while waiting for the FCC to grandfather you in.

    Dan KI4AX
     
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  2. W4EIP

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    I agree that this database may not be accurate. So I would propose to measure the health of Amateur Radio by economics. The major equipment manufactures Icom, Kenwood, Yaesu, Flex, etc all seem to be doing well. It is my perception that there are still a lot of ham radio stores selling a lot of ham equipment. If this were not true the stores would be closing and the manufactures would be dropping their lines of ham equipment and not introducing new models, so it is clear that the demand is still there. This indicates to me that there as still a lot of very active hams and the general health of the hobby is still good.

    As far as the decline of the Advanced license class goes, it is easier that every to upgrade to Extra. I was an Advanced for about 25 years. With a little study and the HamStudy.org, i upgraded with very little effort.

    Dave, W4EIP
     
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  3. W1YW

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    Unfortunately, at HF, the OTA activity is not filling the allotted spectrum. And that's a real problem, which didn't exist 15-20 years ago, for example.

    This is not a problem caused or aggravated by FT-8, BTW.

    The 'health' of the manufacturers is not a good measure: they see the market as quite finite, and compete for market share with razor-thin margins as a result.
     
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  4. K2DFC

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    I'm Advanced. Also passed the 20 wpm code test given by the FCC. Missed a few on the written.
     
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  5. K2DFC

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    Great point. Search any zip code and you'll find many hams listed. Check the QRZ listing and you find many who appear not active.
     
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  6. KD0QG

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    I thought I would be a lifetime Novice before I got the chance to upgrade. It took time and effort and a real accomplishment and you were already experienced in daily operations by the time you upgraded. Everything still operates from the CW original operations and terms. I intend to hold onto my Advanced also because it wasn't just an easy snap of becoming an instant Ham for us. You are correct. It is the one class that really means the most...KD0QG..
     
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  7. K3XR

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    Not the last word but perhaps a much better indicator of activity.
     
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  8. K2DFC

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    Our local radio club has about 120 members. My guess is about half are active. We're lucky if we get 25% to Field Day. Back in the late 60's our entire club would show up at Field Day. Year after year.
     
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  9. KK0DJ

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    Please correct the spelling in the Headline? It's Amateur not Amature. Thanks
     
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  10. AB3TQ

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    Do you think you have a chance?
    There are currently about 40,000 of us. True
    14 years ago, there were 80,000 of us. True
    We diminished by about 2300 not [3000] during 2018

    The restructuring that eliminated the issuance of any new Advanced licenses was done April 15, 2000
    There were a few more than 100,000 Advanced Class Amateurs at that time.

    It took almost exactly 15 years for that number to drop to 50,000 Advanced Class Amateurs.

    How many more years will it have then taken to drop to 25,000 ?
    That could be a reasonable long term trend analysis.
     

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