Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Number of EI stations...

While I was looking around the Comreg website today, I found some information about the numbers of EI stations. The graph covers the period from 2003 to 2008. It might be worth pointing out to any non-EI visitors to this blog that here in Ireland, we have Radio Experimenters licences rather than Radio Amateur ones.As you can see, a fair drop from 2003 until 2006 and now it has remained steady. Why the drop? I seem to remember something about Comreg removing anyone who had not renewed their licence from their database?
Whatever the reason, there are currently about 1,500 EI stations with a licence. When you consider that the majority will probably not be active at all and another section who will rarely use the radio, there are probably only a few hundred active EI stations out there on the bands.

When you spread out that few hundred accross all of the bands, different days and different times of day, perhaps there are not so many of us after all.


paulsnet said...

Hi john,
Not good to see the drop. Thanks for the comment on the blog! we'll definitely have to try sometime. Would need to be a bit of ees in the air i would imagine!

De Paul - EI5GTB

David Cawley said...

I just found your blog John and I've been catching up on EI activity :) Long time no hear!

I just found out there's only ~65 amateurs here in Singapore. Perhaps I should setup on 6m here.

David EI4IX - in 9V1 now and previously VE7 and W6 land.