Monday, March 26, 2018

India releases ham radio license figures

India releases ham radio license figures

India's Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has released the amateur radio license figures for 2017-18

The figures are given in the 2017-18 DoT Annual Report and show 628 new licences were issued, a record number. The report also notes that 2594 candidates took the amateur radio exam.

The large discrepancy between new licences and candidates suggests it is still difficult to get the Government to issue licences.

Indian Amateur Radio Licences by Jose Jacob VU2JOS

The licensing system in the Republic of India has always been very bureaucratic. The form filling exercise involves supplying height, eye color, occupation and details of your Father (but not your Mother!). In addition applicants have to go through police checks to prove they are a suitable person to hold a licence. In the past this process has meant a delay of between 12 and 24 months before a licence is finally issued.

There are two licence classes in India, General (400w HF, 25w VHF/UHF) and Restricted (50w HF, 10w VHF/UHF). A licence costs 1000 rupees ($15) for twenty years or 2000 rupees ($30) for lifetime.

You can download the DoT Annual Report from

National Institute of Amateur Radio (NIAR)

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