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    Default How many hams in the world?

    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.

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    Roughly 3 million. Google for articles related to it. You won't find exact numbers anywhere.
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    Thanks! I appreciate your time!

    Have a great day!
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    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.
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    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!
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    Just tell the questions askers "42" refer them to the Hitch Hikers Guide.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KB9ZLB View Post
    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.


    -Heather, KB9ZLB

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    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 !

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    Why not do a count? I'll start:

    One ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by K7KBN View Post
    Why not do a count? I'll start:

    One ...
    Two..

    Are we counting Chinese hams or just counting?
    I'm sorry you don't have the experience or understanding to realize that others possess a skill set that you seem to dismiss as fantastical.

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