Spanish Amateur Radio Statistics

The statistics listed in this site are taken from public data made available by the Spanish Department of Telecommunications, at the end of each calendar year*. Care must be taken in comparing this data to "equivalent" U.S. FCC data. There are differences in the in regulations that make direct comparisons problematic. This information may be useful in projecting trends in the Amateur Radio service in other countries planning similar license processes.

Please use this data carefully. Consider the following points:

  1. There has been a significant change in the 2008 data.

    Data received in June 2008 for the period ending calendar year 2007 showed such a large drop in licenses that it raises doubt on the accuracy of the data. The interpretation of data received from different sources may be incorrect.

    We have no direct contact with the Spanish authorities to be able to verify the reported changes.

  2. Club station data is included from these statistics.

    In contrast with data for other countries, club stations and repeater licenses are included in station statistics. The difference is not significant since only 1.5% of the stations in 2012 were club/repeater stations.

  3. There is really only one license class.

    Spain now has one one class of license. Previously EA, EB and EC licenses had differing allocations. Now all licenses have been granted all amateur radio frequency privileges.

    Since March 1st, 2005 there has been no Morse requirement for an amateur radio license.

  4. Stations licenses are relatively expensive

    Spanish amateurs pay around 221.90 (about $300) to acquire a station license:

    • Examination on Regulations/Electronics 21.65 (each time until success)
    • Operator Permit 12.98
    • Station License 187.27

    Prior to the 6/5/2006 regulation changes, a five-year station license cost 129.94. Prior to 1993 only one-year licenses were issued at a cost of about 25/year.

  5. Station Licenses are Valid For Life

    Spanish amateur radio licenses are now valid for life, but require a no-cost reconfirmation of interest in amateur radio every five years. How this process will affect statistics in the future is uncertain.

Best 73 de Joe Speroni, AH0A/7J1AAA

* Thanks to Joan-Carles Samaranch (Sam), EA3CIW, for help in tracking down the data.

By Joe Speroni