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
- 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
We have no direct contact with the Spanish authorities to be able to verify
the reported changes.
- 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.
- 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
Since March 1st, 2005 there has been no Morse requirement
for an amateur radio license.
- Stations licenses are relatively expensive
Spanish amateurs pay around €221.90 (about $300) to acquire a station license:
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.
- Examination on Regulations/Electronics €21.65 (each time until success)
- Operator Permit €12.98
- Station License €187.27
- 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