According to the ARRL VEC  more than 30,000 new licenses were issued in 2009.

Apparently, the restructuring of the licensing process by the FCC in 2007 has elevated the demand for exam sessions and this past year was a banner year for new Amateur Radio licensees.

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ARRL VEC Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM  said. “This high level of exam session activity has produced an elevated influx of new applications,  far outpacing recent years.”

30,144  licenses were granted in 2009 which is an increase of about 7.5 percent over 2008.  16,368 licenses were issued in 2005 showing that the restructuring has caused an impressive 84 percent gain over 2005.

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