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licenced radio amateurs. the figures.

Postby m0lsx » Fri Aug 03, 2018 12:34 pm

Stewart Baker G3RXQ asked Ofcom via a FOI request for the total number of individuals holding one or more current UK Amateur Radio Licenses as of 1/4/2018.
Ofcom replied.
Ofcom can confirm that the total number of individuals holding one or more current UK Amateur Radio Licenses is 9971.


Daryl Spence M0TTY asked Ofcom via a FOI request "could you please give me the current numbers of licensed Amateur Radio operators for each callsign type please."

Call Sign Count of Live Prefix Call Signs
20 = 8612
21 = 1596
G0 = 8615
G1 = 4910
G2 = 164
G3= 4631
G4 = 9157
G5 = 58
G6 = 4901
G7 = 5829
G8 4837
M0 = 8363
M1 = 2275
M3 = 9961
M5 = 297
M6 = 13777
Grand Total 87983 active licences.
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Re: licenced radio amateurs. the figures.

Postby m0lsx » Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:51 am

Updated.

Following a Freedom of Information request Ofcom has now issued what is believed to be the correct figure for the number of individual radio amateurs in the UK

Stewart Baker G3RXQ has made several FoI's to Ofcom to try and find out how many individuals hold one or more amateur licences but the first couple of responses from Ofcom gave a clearly incorrect figure which was just below 10,000.

On August 3 he made another another attempt and on September 4 Ofcom supplied the correct information.

Ofcom said:
"As of 1 August 2018 I can confirm that the total number of individuals holding one or more current UK Amateur Radio Licences is 75,660."

"It has come to our attention that the figure in our letter to you dated 17 April 2018 concerning Amateur Radio Licence statistics as of 1 April 2018 is incorrect. As at that date, the correct figure for the total number of individuals holding one or more current UK Amateur Radio Licences is 74,646."

This figure enables an estimate to be made for the number of radio amateurs who die each year.

It believed the RSGB has about 19,000 UK members who are licenced amateurs, this is about 25% of total UK amateurs. From an analysis of the Silent Key column in 2015 RadCom it would appear that about 248 licenced UK RSGB members are dying each year. This suggests that maybe in total some 992 UK amateurs die each year.

Just over 1400 people pass the RSGB Foundation exam each year. Foundation was initially designed to provide an introduction to the hobby and it was accepted there could be a high drop-out rate, up to 50%, as people tried out the hobby but found in the first year or so it wasn't for them. Anecdotal evidence since 2002 appears to confirm a 50% drop-out rate is broadly correct. This suggests of the 1400 newcomers each year only about 700 may continue with the hobby, this is less than the apparent annual death rate.

Additionally an unknown number may decide after 5, 10 or 15 years to try a different hobby or they may no longer be active for various reasons. There is no way of telling how many as the licences are lifetime, the active UK amateur population could be declining at an alarming rate!
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Re: licenced radio amateurs. the figures.

Postby Prometheus » Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:49 pm

Interesting reading. It would be good to know what the figures for the previous years were.
Is the hobby growing or are we in decline?

Will the fact that the exams are changing put people off getting their license.
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Re: licenced radio amateurs. the figures.

Postby Darkstar » Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:51 am

Prometheus wrote:Interesting reading. It would be good to know what the figures for the previous years were.
Is the hobby growing or are we in decline?

Will the fact that the exams are changing put people off getting their license.



Doesn't matter really, as amateur radio is heading deeper into VOIP, nobody will need a license so licensed amateurs will be in a decline. Let's face it, if people cannot be bothered to sit the primary school level foundation exam now, what when it get's more involved? Good night amateur radio that's what!
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