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Amateur Radio Continues Steady Growth in Colorado

As of January 2016, the ARRL Colorado Section has seen a 3.9% total net gain in our overall ARRL Membership over the preceding year ending February 2015. This represents a net total of 3,665 ARRL members out of the 7,520 current members in the entire Rocky Mountain Division (CO, UT, WY, and NM) and Colorado ARRL affiliated hams make up about 49% of the Rocky Mountain Division’s total ARRL membership.

The ARRL Colorado Section continues to lead the Rocky Mountain Division with the total number of hams and net gains in ARRL membership/month and is one of the fastest growing ARRL Sections in the USA. For reference, the overall growth of the ARRL in the USA and it’s entities has grown at a 1.8% rate over the same time period. The Rocky Mountain Division ARRL membership has also grown at a respectable 3.6% rate during the same time period. There are approximately 169,853 ARRL members in the USA as of January 2016. Colorado’s total ARRL membership makes up approximately 2.2% of the ARRL’s entire membership. 

According to AHØA’s ULS database, as of December 2015, there is a total of 16,106 ham licensees in Colorado. Of which, 3,111 are Extra Class; 992 are Advanced Class; 3702 are General Class; 8131 are Technician Class and there are still 170 Novices. Thr Rocky Mountain Division has 40,215 ham licensees. So, doing the math once again, 23% of all the hams in Colorado are currently ARRL members. C’mon guys and gals, I’m sure we can do better than that! You Club Presidents need to recruit more of your members to join the ARRL. You new hams need to join one of the many great ARRL affiliated Ham Radio Clubs in Colorado, join the ARRL as a member and reap the many benefits ARRL membership has to offer. As a note of interest… there were about 15,525 hams in February 2015! We have had a 3.7% gain in ham radio licenses here in Colorado over the past 12 months.

Just click on the link below to join this great ham radio fraternity. I hope you will utilize this convenient tool and join us soon.

Jack Ciaccia, WMØG
ARRL Colorado Section Manager


Info from AHØA ULS database

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Info from AHØA ULS database

RM Division licenses

Info from AHØA ULS database



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Did you know that your ARRL-affiliated club can make money by helping hams join or renew their ARRL membership?  The ARRL Club Commission Program is one of many benefits extended to ARRL-affiliated clubs.
ARRL Affiliated Clubs receive a commission for every new ARRL membership and renewal they submit to ARRL Headquarters. Clubs can retain $15 for each new membership or lapsed membership of two years or more (a new member being defined as any individual who has never been a member of ARRL or any individual who has not retained a membership for two or more calendar years prior to the application submission).  Clubs can also retain $2 for each renewal (a renewing member can renew at any time, even before their current membership term expires).
For example, if ten hams join ARRL through your club, and ten others renew, your club will earn $170.  This is a great way to generate cash for your club’s upcoming project/event, and growing ARRL’s membership.
Tapping into the financial benefit of the Club Commission Program is easy: If you are a member of an ARRL-affiliated club, work with your club’s leadership to develop a plan that encourages club members and visitors to join or renew their ARRL membership at your club’s meetings or events. Appropriate forms can be found on ARRL’s website at:
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