FCC license numbers 3/15/05

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  1. K3UD

    K3UD Guest

    Total number of USA Licensed Amateurs by Class

    As of May 14, 2000:

    Novice - 49,329
    Tech/+ - 334254
    General - 112,677
    Advanced - 99,782
    Extra - 78,750

    Total all classes - 674,792

    As of March 15, 2005

    Novice - 29,098 (-41.02%) (-20,231)
    Total/+ - 318,387 (-4.74%) (-15,867)
    General - 137,334 (+21.88%) (+24,657)
    Advanced - 77,035 (-22.80%) (-22,747)
    Extra - 106,238 (+34.91%) (+27,488)

    Total All Classes - 668,163

    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 (2/15/05) - 668,163

    Total loss of 6,629 since 5/14/2000 ( Was 674,792)
    Total loss of 6,625 since 9/6/2004 ( Was 674,788)
    Total Loss of 19,697 since 4/2003 (all time high of 687,860)

    For the 8th straight reporting period, all classes except for Extra declined. There was a net loss of 618 licensees in this reporting period from the last reporting period.

    From the last reporting period, We lost:

    139 Novices
    287 Tech - Tech+
    151 Generals
    175 Advanced

    We gained:
    71 Extras

    Net Loss: 681 since 2/28/05

    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.

  2. WB3DJL

    WB3DJL Ham Member QRZ Page

    Do these numbers include Silent Keys??...and if not, is there any info on that number?
  3. N9LYA

    N9LYA Ham Member QRZ Page

    What is the significance...??
    Or I mean your point???

    Not trying to start an argument...

    For every 10 hams I bet 7 are either inactive or only slightly active in Radio...

    Some only tyo the point thatthey use the local repeater for nets only...

    And for those who are so active ham radio is all they do.... i am sure there are some of thoses..

    Just unclear..
    Maybe you were just showing stats???

    best 73 Jerry n9lya
  4. K9PO

    K9PO Ham Member QRZ Page

  5. K9AUB

    K9AUB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Unfortunately, the increase in Extra Class licensees doesn't mean much. When you simplify the test, spoon-feed the answers, and reduce the code requirements, you will naturally show an increase in Extra Class. When/if they completely remove code requirements, you'll see an even bigger jump. 10-4, Good Buddy, fer sure, fer sure.
  6. KB7UXE

    KB7UXE Ham Member QRZ Page

    I thimk K9AUB pretty well summed it up..
    If you dumb up the test,,,,,,
    well lets just say certin things are obvious......
    Dan, kb7uxe.

    Ya know what they say:
    I may be slow but,,,,,,,
    well ok i'm slow....
  7. KC7JTY

    KC7JTY Banned QRZ Page

        I like your signature. (song) Do do do do do, doot da do, livin in the USA.
  8. KC7JTY

    KC7JTY Banned QRZ Page

    When the upper portions of the WTC towers fell they started out slowly, then their velocity steadily increased their downward trend till there was none.
  9. K3UD

    K3UD Guest

    I suspect that there are a fair number of Silent Keys within the numbers as a whole. While someone may be a silent key, his or her license may still be unexpired and counted as active in the database. There seems to be no way of knowing how many silent keys are represented in the active database.

    These numbers are from the FCC datbase and only unexpired licenses are counted. As I understand it, licenses in their grace period are not counted.

    As to why I post them:

    I have been interested in the numbers and trends since the early 90s and like to track them. The postings on QRZ started in September of 2004 on the T&O forum and are posted at 15 day periods, give or take a few days. After receiving a good amount of comment that this should really be in the Ham Radio News forum
    I submitted it for publication here.

  10. AC3P

    AC3P Ham Member QRZ Page

    That is a problem with a 10 year renewal system.

    Lots of op's are silent keys but the relatives don't think or know to report it to the FCC.

    The result is that the numbers have a greater margin for error.

    The 5 year license term would probably been a bit more accurate.

    There was a move for lifetime license terms. That would really skew the numbers.

    At our exam sessions we usually get at least one new licensee per session. For us that's 6 per year as we test ever other month.
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