World Radio Readership

About a month ago, I commented on the graying of amateur radio. I got the data from a subscriber survey done by World Radio magazine. Below, is all of the data they sent me.

The data was tabulated in November 2005 by Applied Analysis, an independent firm. This company mailed the survey to 1,600 random subscribers. 1,237 (77.3%) responded.

License class

  • Novice: 0.25%
  • Technician: 6.24%
  • General 21.6%
  • Advanced: 13.2%
  • Extra: 58.6%

Years licensed

  • 4 or less: 3.2%
  • 5-9: 7.8%
  • 10-19: 18.4%
  • 20-29: 17.9%
  • 30-39: 12.8%
  • 40 or more: 39.8%

Age

  • 24 or younger: 0.2%
  • 25-34: 0.4%
  • 35-44: 3.9%
  • 45-54: 13.4%
  • 55-64: 29.3%
  • 65 and older: 52.8%

Education

  • Doctorate: 6.2%
  • Masters: 16.4%
  • Bachelor: 26.7%
  • Associate: 18.7%
  • HS graduate: 31.9%

Total household income

  • $100,000 or more: 228%
  • $75k-$99.999k: 17.6%
  • $50k-$74.999k: 20.5%
  • less than $50k: 39.1%

Hours devoted to amateur radio each month

  • 30 or more: 19.4%
  • 25-30: 8.2%
  • 20-25: 10.5%
  • 15-19: 15.3%
  • 10-15: 24.5%
  • less than 10: 22.1%

Active on

  • SSB: 76.3%
  • CW: 40.9%
  • FM: 58.8%
  • Packet: 11.1%
  • HF digital: 19.0%
  • FS or SSTV: 4.6%

Interests

  • HF DX: 57.7%
  • HF contests: 24.7%
  • VHF DX: 12.9%
  • VHF contests: 8.0%
  • Repeaters: 38.0%
  • IOTA: 8.8%
  • Emergency communications: 42.2%
  • Public service: 35.3%
  • MARS: 6.2%
  • Field Day: 35.9%
  • Construction: 37.4%
  • Satellites: 10.4%
  • Teaching license classes: 11.4%
  • Traffic handling: 9.5%
  • County hunting: 5.5%
  • HF mobile: 32.1%
  • VHF mobile: 38.4%
  • QSL manager: 2.0%
  • Fox hunting: 6.1%
  • QRP: 23.7%

Member of

  • Local radio club: 66.4%
  • QCWA: 16.1%
  • ARES: 22.9%
  • RACES: 15.7%
  • DXCC: 19.2%

In the past three years, attended Dayton Hamvention: 17.9%
In the past three years, attended a division convention: 30.1%

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