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Growth in New Amateur Radio Licensees Ahead of Last Year’s


The ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) reports that 20,447 new US Amateur Radio licenses have been issued since January 1. That’s nearly 1500 ahead of the number that had been issued by this time last year. At the present pace, the US is on track to exceed 30,000 new radio amateurs for the third straight year by the end of the year.

“While I am thrilled with this prospect, I’m also keenly aware that without some mentoring, these new hams’ initial curiosity and enchantment may fade if they don’t get on the air right away,” said ARRL VEC Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM. “Let’s show these new hams what the magic is all about,” she urged.

In addition, the ARRL VEC reports that upgrades are on track to reach nearly 11,000 by year’s end. 



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