2020 State of the Hobby Survey

Greetings fellow operators!

First and foremost, I hope everyone is staying healthy out there. The COVID-19 global pandemic has, for better or worse, certainly cause a large amount of change in the world today. While I was originally hoping to release this survey mid-March, due to the pandemic response I was forced to change this up. I trust many others have had to make similar adjustments, so I hope folks understand.

That said, the time has come for the survey to be released! I wanted to ensure I could devote the proper amount of time to promoting and administering the survey before I released it. Things have calmed down a bit in my world and I'm ready to do that.

If you have not had a chance to see the results from previous surveys, they are available here:
The survey this year is 100% anonymous (which was common feedback I received) and any demographic questions are optional - this data does help me drive better analysis but is completely optional.

The survey will run from 15-MAY to 12-JUN, so 4 weeks. If there is low attendance due to world events, I may consider extending this.


As always, please subscribe to my blog for email alerts on future survey and result activities.




*** Privacy Notice *** I am not affiliated with a company or organization, I am merely an individual conducting a survey for myself and others to learn more about the state of the hobby. Just a guy in Michigan. Any demographic questions are optional and are fairly standard for surveys. No data will be sold or given to anyone - it's to be used by me personally for the survey results only. No personal information will be associated with specific responses, including call signs.

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  2. It's unclear to me if "hamfest or swap" would include conferences or topic specific organized meetups. (https://www.cardiffars.org.uk/events/2020/roundtable/ or RSGB Convention).

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  3. I am new to ham radio and not yet on the air due to the virus. Great work! Good data! Keep up the good work.

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  4. Unknown, try WebSDR.Org now & EchoLink when licensed.
    WB4LVA

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  5. AREDN and HamWan are two of the fastest growing elements of ham radio. Maybe next year you can include that in the survey. Thanks for doing the survey. Always interesting.

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  6. Thanks for creating this survey! Just a note about a typo the introduction page - "core tenents" should be "core tenets". 73!

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  7. And another typo: "What lead to your interest in amateur radio?" should be "What led to your interest in amateur radio?"

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  8. Was just directed here. Great project, Dustin! I do academic research myself, so I can relate to the challenges and the discoveries.

    I'm curious if you've collected or are planning to collect more demographic information about US hams--beyond age. Gender and race/ethnicity in particular. Forgive me if this is already in the reports...

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  9. Give techs more HF Privileges !!! there that is my 2 cents #FCC 73 KG5CUO

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