On the event of World Amateur Radio Day, an Indian newspaper story about amateur radio reports, “Narayanan, [a] veteran ham from Madurai, pointed out that even though several radio clubs in India try to attract youngsters to take up HAM radio as their hobby, lack of interest in youngsters seems to the reason they stay away.”
It goes on to say, “Although WPC [the Indian version of our FCC] revamped the examination process it failed to expedite the licence process. ‘It takes about a year for a person to get licence. This is another reason why people do not want to take up amateur radio as their hobby,’ a ham said.”
A year to get a license!? No wonder so few are taking up the hobby. The Indians really have to figure out how to speed up this process.