Find new amateur radio operators in your area

It used to be that if your club was an ARRL affiliated club, they would periodically send you a list with the names and addresses of recently-licensed hams in your area. They no longer offer this service, but don’t despair, you can do this yourself by going to the FCC website. Here’s how to do this:

  1. Go to the ULS advanced search page.
  2. Select from the following drop-down menus or fill in the following text boxes:
    Service Group: Amateur
    State or Zip Code: Choose the appropriate state or type in the zip code
    Status: Active
    Date Type: Grant Date
    Date: Select a time period from the drop-down menu or type in the “from” and “to” dates.
  3. Click the “Search” button.
I typed in the zip code 48103 and selected a date period of the last 90 days, and I got the following information:
Call Sign/Lease ID Name FRN Radio Service Status Expiration Date
1 KD8ROJ Elliott, Harvey M 0021439682 HA Active 01/24/2022
2 KD8ROP Pawlowski, David J 0021439757 HA Active 01/24/2022
3 KD8RTO Yanikoglu, Sami I 0021516760 HA Active 02/21/2022

Now, the cool thing is that you can have the FCC website compose a pipe-delimited file for you that has all of the licensee data, including addresses. This allows you to import the data into a spreadsheet or database. (A pipe-delimited file is like a comma-delimited, or .csv, file except that it uses the “|” instead of the comma.) To to that, all you have to do is click on the “Query Download” link at the top of the Search Results page.

Now, you don’t have any excuses for not knowing about new hams in your area.

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  1. christopher varner says:

    It always amazes me that hams aren’t more concerned about protecting their personal information. I’ve looked up many callsigns & find their home addresses & DoB — actually surprised they don’t have their SSNs out there for the world to see as well.

  2. It’s a very good idea that the ARRL sends (used to send) clubs new op’s names. Not sure why they would want to stop that. But as you pointed out there are other ways to find out this info. It’s to bad the RAC up this way does not do the same.

  3. Dan –

    In the weather spotter community there’s typically a use on Twitter of hash tags like #miwx (Michigan weather) or #txwx (Texas weather).

    Are you aware of any similar hash tags, beyond #hamr or #hamradio, for geo-specific ham activity?

    73 de KD8OQG

  4. Dave, N8SBE says:

    Amateur radio licensing information (at least in the US) is public record. There is no expectation of privacy. In the past, it might have been more difficult to find the information, but the information on file has not changed (except for the addition of the FRN number which is like a substitute SS number, so everyone has a unique ‘index’ in the database, without having to actually use a SS number).

  5. New license and renewal information is available to Club Presidents, Club Contact and Club Newsletter Editors.

  6. Bob, KG6AF says:

    This is a cool idea, but just be aware that not all the hams listed in the search results are newly licensed. I tried a search with my zip code, and five of the six licenses returned were renewals or vanity grants. Still, pretty nifty.

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