Another Outstanding Year for Amateur Radio Licensing.


Big Island ARRL News, 02 February 2017, 15:15 hrs, UTC, Post #110.


Accessed on 02 February 2017, 15:15 hrs, UTC.

Reporter:  Maria Somma (AB1FM), ARRL Volunteer Examination Coordinator (VEC).

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Eversince the FCC removed the Morse Code requirement in 2007, the number of licensed amateur radio operators has increased each year.  According to ARRL VEC Maria Somma (AB1FM), this is the third year that the number of  new licenses has surpassed 30,000.

The article contains a nice quote from ARRL Pacific Section Manger Joe Speroni (AH0A) which adds credence to Ms. Somma’s observations”

“Over the past decade, the net number of Amateur Radio licensees has risen by nearly 87,000, according to statistics compiled by Joe Speroni, AH0A, who is ARRL Pacific Section Manager.”

“As of December 31, 2016, the total number of licensees in the FCC database was 742,787, topping the 2015 total of 735,405, but down just slightly from the all-time high of 743,003 reached last November.”

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