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ARRL report growth in the US continued in 2015, with a record 735,405
licensees in the FCC’s Universal Licensing System (ULS) database by
the end of the year

That’s up 9130 over December 2014, a 1.2 percent rise, continuing a
steady increase in the Amateur Radio population in every year since
2007. In 2014, the Amateur Radio ranks grew by a net 8149 licensees.

The figures, compiled by Joe Speroni, AH0A, on his FCC Amateur Radio
Statistics web pages, exclude expired licenses that are within the
2-year grace period, and club station licenses. Compared with the same
month 10 years ago, the Amateur Radio population in the US has
expanded by 72,805 licensees — or nearly 11 percent.

As expected, the biggest growth by license class was in Technician
licensees, which rose by 6570 in 2015. General ranks increased by
3079, and Amateur Extra numbers went up by 3496. The 2015 overall
numbers faltered a little in April before rebounding in July. The
introduction of a new General class question pool on July 1 appeared
to have only a slight effect on month-to-month numbers in that license
class. ARRL VEC Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM, said 2015 was another
banner year for ARRL VEC-sponsored test sessions.

“For the second year in a row, we have conducted more than 7000
Amateur Radio exam sessions in a year, an important milestone for the
ARRL VEC,ö she said. “A total of 7358 ARRL-sponsored exam sessions
were administered in 2015, compared to 7216 in 2014. The number of
exam applicants was down slightly in 2015, compared to the previous
year, and the number of examination elements administered also dipped
slightly, she noted.

Technician licensees [Equiv UK Foundation] still comprise a little
less than one-half of the US Amateur Radio population. As of December
31, some 47,850 Advanced and 10,800 Novice licensees remained in the
FCC database. The FCC no longer issues Advanced and Novice licenses,
and their numbers continue to decline.

Read the full ARRL story at
http://www.arrl.org/news/view/us-amateur-radio-numbers-continue-to-soar

Joe Speroni AH0A Amateur Radio Statistics
http://www.ah0a.org/FCC/index.html


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