India: Record number of new hams!!!

India: Record number of new ham radio licenses in 2018/19

Jose Jacobs VU2JOS reports the officers and staff of the Amateur Cell, WPC Wing, Department of Telecommunications (DoT) issued a record number of new amateur radio licenses in the 2018/19 financial year

In the 12 months to March 31, 2019 a total of 1155 new amateur radio licenses were issued a significant increase over the 838 issued in FY 2017/18.

The report notes 1414 candidates were admitted for an amateur radio exam in 2018/19.

Since April 1, 2010, the DoT has been issuing 20 year or lifetime licenses.

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.

India’s Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications, released the 2018/19 Amateur Radio statistics in their Annual Report. See page 60 (PDF page 62) at

Previous Annual Reports