Total number of USA Licensed Amateurs by Class
As of May 14, 2000:
Novice # # #- #49,329
Tech/+ # # - #334,254
General # #- 112,677
Advanced #- #99,782
Extra # # # #- #78,750
Total all classes # # #- 674,792
As of April 3, 2005
Novice # # # - 28,869 # # (-41.48%) #(-20,460)
Total/+ # # #- 318,221 #(-4.80%) (-16,033)
General # # #- 137,093 # (+21.67%) (+24,416)
Advanced # #- 76,706 # (-23.13%) # (-23,076)
Extra # # # # #- 106,429 # #(+35.14%) (+27,679)
Total All Classes - 667,318
Total all classes (5/14/00) # - 674,792
Total all Classes (4/21/03) # - 687,860
Total all classes (9/6/04 ) # #- 674,788 #
Total all classes (4/3/05) # # - 667,318
Total loss of 7,474 since #5/14/2000 #( Was 674,792)
Total loss of 7,470 since #9/6/2004 # #( Was 674,788)
Total Loss of 20,542 since 4/2003 # (all time high of 687,860)
For the 9th straight reporting period, all classes except for Extra declined. There was a net loss of 845 licensees in this reporting period from the last reporting period.
The base totals are from implementation of the then new licensing changes in May 2000. September 6, 2004 is the date I started measuring the changes. The peak number was in April 2003.
cool on the numbers
but can you tell me how many are active hams
how many have been run off the frequencies by others,
how many are silent keys
I think you will have a whole different set of numbers.
I know of several calls that are silent keys and they
are listed as hams
I believe that this will be removed from QRZ because they do not like me and what I have to say
and they have removed what I have said in the past
if this is the case they should remove what ever anyone else has to say.
because I do not like it.
I suspect that there are a lot of SKs in the numbers and probably some who have been discouraged and gave up as well as those who came in the the early to mid 90s thinking that the Tech license was their ticket to world wide DX and then found out that they were largely consigned to the two meter repeater infastructure, the experience not beginning to approach what they thought would happen. Add to this the infirmed and the increasing amount of hams who can not put up antennas due to housing covenants and other restrictions and you will certainly get a different set of numbers.
No one can really estimate the "active" ham population. It depends on you definition of active to a large extent. Is a ham without any RF gear who uses EchoLink via a computer really active? It depends on your point of view.
If I had to use the WAG method of estimatation, I think it would be 225,000 - 275,000 hams who are active.
enough doom and gloom, folks, thats still a bunch of hams. #and any good contest weekend the OF's are complaining the bands are too croweded with toooo many folks contesting.
so instead of worrying about get out there and use a radio, get a new ham liscened, and coded, and up graded, and have fun with the hobby. #
CC&R's #fooey, nuttin like an american flag on a 40 meter vert, I mean flagpole, or a fan dipole flat on the back roof. #you just have to be clever..
life is good and ham is fun , go play and quit worrying.
I agree. The real problem is the lack of operating except when rare DX is available or when there is a contest. A lot of our population engages in the search for rare stations. They tune for hours looking for that rare place in the world or for the contacts and multipliers needed for a contest. What we need more of is people to people contacts to occupy our frequencies, but the DXers amoung us would miss the rare one.
Originally Posted by [b
How else are we going show activity unless some one transmits and annouces that the rare location desired is present or that the missing state, county, or other desirable entity. I'm QRP operator. I'm looking for any contact at all. When I call CQ, I mean CQ. All comers are welcome and needed. There a plenty of others looking for contacts. Let's operate and make contacts available.
Because, unfortunately, our ranks are disappearing in real time.
Originally Posted by [b
Why we lose hams, and why we aren't getting new ones (in any great number) is a mystery only to (some) hams.
(sent with unlicensed WiFi from a rooftop during antenna testing)
I've been a ham for over 30 years. I was inactive for 15 of those. But when I got back into it and upgraded to extra, I found that there is every bit as much going on as when I started out in high school. All of the new digital modes, satellite work, etc. Everyone has their own favorite thing yet the hf bands are still full of activity. And even with the lower code requirements, the cw bands are always full.
Yes, there are a lot of silent keys in those numbers. My uncle, W4HMM has been dead for over 5 years and he's still listed. But it's not my place to go to his son and ask him to send a death certificate to the FCC. I doubt he'd do it.
I just don't think we need to waste time worrying about numbers. There's lots of fun to be had out there. I've recently discovered the comeraderie of a 75 meter traffic net. Never would have thought in a million years that I'd be trying to wake up before my usual wake time just to see who's on and what's up. And I've made some great friends.
DXing has been taken to a whole new level. And I don't care who you are (well, I've never found that one), there is always somebody who can operate CW faster than you. Always another challenge in our hobby. I've also discovered operating hf via a 440 MHZ remote base on a handy-talkie. Now that is a blast! Found out about it working a guy in a corn-field in Kansas and the band was busy, but he could follow me until we found a clear spot.
This may be selfish, but I don't care that there may be fewer active hams today. The bands are full enough for me as it is and those hams are doing more than ever. The radios are so much better, too. It's so nice to operate with a group and everyone stay on frequency!
If you're concerned about the number of hams, don't sit around complaining about the FCC or ARRL. Have one of your friends over one evening and show him how you can find someone on an island in Indonesia. Or bounce a signal off the moon and get a contact. Or go and encourage a no-code tech to upgrade. Help him out with the code. Show him the fun of hf you never understand until you try it.
Just my 2 cents worth. Less than a penny in today's market. 73....KR
I am sure there are silent keys, drop-off's, etc. that are still listed as licensee's in these numbers. If the ARRL has its way with WINLINK, etc. then we will be thinning down the ranks even more. Perhaps when the FCC comes out with its response to the code requirement, Novice (new class) revisited, etc. It will bring a new group to HAM radio. Let us pray that these newcomers will be innovators, inventors, and will come to love radio as we all do. K1HAH John Callaghan