Banner year for Amateur Radio in USA

According to the American Radio Relay League there were more than 18,000 new Amateur Radio licenses issued in the first half of 2010 which outpaces the 2009 numbers by over eight per cent. Last year our American cousins saw a total of 30,144 new licenses issued an increase of 7.5 per cent over 2008. As of June 30, 2010 there are 694,346 Amateur Radio operators in the US which amounts to almost a one per cent rise in over all of 2009. According to the ARRL there has been a spike of applications coming from General and Extra class radio amateurs who want to give back to their community by serving as ARRL examiners and instructors.

1 Response to “Banner year for Amateur Radio in USA”


  • Keith Baker, VA3KSF

    Not only is Amateur Radio growing south of the border, but my conversations with the ARRL Volunteer Examiner people at this year’s Dayton Hamvention indicated that the vast majority of those 30,000+ “new” licensees who entered our Service in the USA in 2009 were in the “40ish” age bracket rather than the “60ish” age group of our hobby as a whole.

    To me, this is VERY good news as it indicates we may (finally!) be starting to see a reversal of an increasingly disturbing trend in recent years where the average age of licensees in our Service has been creeping higher and higher.

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