Entry Level License Survey
Your Input Is Requested!
This request comes from the Entry Level License Committee established by the ARRL Board of Directors and appointed in September 2016. We were tasked with evaluating the current entry level license (Technician) and making any recommendations to the Board for possible rules changes to recommend to the FCC.
The result could mean changes to the Technician license, but could also be an additional, but simpler, license with privileges that would give a newcomer experience with most facets of ham radio from HF to VHF and UHF, using all modes.
What are the problems we're trying to solve?
- The declining population of new hams under the age of 30.
- A decline in the number of new licensees who actually get on the air.
- Amateur Radio's lack of appeal for those under the age of 30, compared to other technical hobbies.
- The increasing challenge of engaging and retaining Technician licensees.
- A reluctance in much of the amateur community to embrace newer technologies of interest to the younger segment of the population.
The working mission:
- Encourage students and young adults to learn about ham radio.
- Train licensees for concepts necessary to be effective and successful.
- Provide sufficient privileges that will make Amateur Radio more attractive.
- Build in a strong incentive to upgrade to next license level.
For a more detailed view of the Entry Level License Committee's work, click here to visit the Committee Reports page, and then click on Ad Hoc Committee report 24.
Please bear in mind: no decisions have been made yet. This project will not advance until we have your input as an ARRL member.
Here are some of the things we’ve been talking about and your input would be very helpful! Please complete the survey form below and then click the SUBMIT button at the bottom.