Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Strong Amateur Radio Growth Continues

A record 737,135 people held FCC amateur radio licenses as of March 31, according to license statistician Joe Speroni, AH0A. The ARRL Letter reports that for calendar year 2015, net growth in the U.S. Amateur Radio Service totaled 9130, for a growth rate of 1.2 per cent, and an increase over the past ten years of nearly 73,000. These figures actually understate the number of new people entering our hobby, because license expirations and cancellations are subtracted from the total. According to hamdata.com, there were 33,553 new amateur licenses issued in the 12 months ending on March 31 of this year. Three years at that rate would mean nearly 100,000 new people entering the hobby in just a three-year period.