How many hams in the world?

Discussion in 'General Technical Questions and Answers' started by KB9ZLB, Feb 20, 2009.

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  1. KB9ZLB

    KB9ZLB Ham Member QRZ Page

    This may seem a little weird, but I've been asked this question quite a few times and I can't find the answer.

    Approximately how many Hams are there world wide and/or where can I find this information?

    Thanks all for your time; much appreciated.

    Heather, KB9ZLB
  2. K7MH

    K7MH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Roughly 3 million. Google for articles related to it. You won't find exact numbers anywhere.
  3. KB9ZLB

    KB9ZLB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks! :) I appreciate your time!

    Have a great day!
  4. K0RGR

    K0RGR Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    The numbers get fuzzy because there are differences in what we call a ham.

    Elementary school kids in China participate in 'Amateur Radio' as part of their school curriculum. They study radio theory and actually build some sophisticated receivers, which they use for 'fox hunting' which is the real purpose of the instruction. Is this ham radio? If so, there are a billion hams in China.

    For years, we didn't know how to count the million + no-code hams in Japan, because under International Law they weren't really hams, either. But you'd work thousands of them on 10 meters when the band was open. License numbers in Japan have dropped in recent years so I'm not sure if they're still over a million or not.

    There are also cases where we suspect the government involved considers this to be a state secret.
  5. KB9ZLB

    KB9ZLB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Wow, those are very interesting points.

    First let me begin by saying that I never realized that radio was part of the Chinese curriculum. That is very, very interesting indeed.

    Second, I'm going to pry a bit. Why were the licensed yet no-code hams in Japan not really considered hams? Inquiring minds want to know...

    Thank you for taking the time to respond to my post. It's greatly appreciated!

    Have a wonderful Friday and thanks again!
    -Heather, KB9ZLB
  6. KD0DKI

    KD0DKI Ham Member QRZ Page

    Just tell the questions askers "42" refer them to the Hitch Hikers Guide. :D
  7. KL7AJ

    KL7AJ Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    It also explains why the Chinese are cleaniing our collective clocks.

  8. G0GQK

    G0GQK Ham Member QRZ Page

    As suggested, about three million. Somebody should know the exact figure because every one is government licensed, and governments like numbers.
    Not many at QRZ though because they spent most of their time on a computer keyboard. he he !

  9. K7KBN

    K7KBN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Why not do a count? I'll start:

    One ...
  10. KA4DPO

    KA4DPO Premium Subscriber QRZ Page


    Are we counting Chinese hams or just counting?
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