The State of Amateur Radio Today

Amateur radio is popular all over the world. The number of amateur radio fans in Europe is growing every day and Japan has an even bigger amateur population than Europe.

There are more than 3 million of amateur radios worldwide, which means that there’s hardly a country on the planet without at least several amateur radio fans.

No matter where you operate an amateur radio, you will need a license. There is an international agency that manages the activity of amateur radios. This agency is called the International Telecommunication Union or ITU. Each member country of the union has its own government agency that manages radio licensing within the borders of that country.

For example, amateur radios in the United States are a part of the Amateur Radio Service that falls under the jurisdiction of the Federal Communications Commission.

Since the adoption of the international regulations by various countries all over the world, amateur radios operate with minimal regulations. For example, an amateur radio operator from a country that belongs to CEPT, also known as the international license recognition agreement, can operate not only from his home country but also from any other country that belongs to CEPT.

According to the International Amateur Radio Union, in 2000 there have been 195 countries that had national radio societies. The total number of radio amateurs for Europe, Russia, and Africa was around 450,000. The Americas had close to 1 million people who had an amateur radio. Asia and the Pacific had over 1.7 million people.

It is a well-known fact that radio signals have no boundaries. For this reason, fans of amateur radio have been able to communicate with each other across political borders and in various political climates. Even during the Cold War radio fans from the US and the USSR communicated with each other and made friendships.

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