One Data Gauge for Interest in Ham Radio

google trends ham radio interest graph

This graph is from Google Trends for the search term "ham radio". The trend is clear, but what does it mean? Here's a few ideas on interpretation, please feel free to add more ideas in the comments:

  • Ham radio itself as an interest is in decline
  • Ham radio web resources have stabilized, so less searching is needed over time (we've got more stuff bookmarked)
  • Information about ham radio is coming to hams from other sources than Google (hard to swallow for me)
What do y'all think?

Enhanced by Zemanta


  1. Hi Casey, probabely more and more radio amateurs realize that they have to be on air instead of on the internet ;-).
    I don't know, but I think we don't have to look too much at these graphs. Besides that I think the information is more and more centralized and indeed people don't search on Google anymore as they know where (forum?) to find valuable info. 73, Bas

  2. I don't know either. I checked the web server stats for G4ILO's Shack and although there has been a slight decline in visitors during 2012 the numbers have increased considerably year on year.

    Julian, G4ILO

    1. I should have added that "ham radio" doesn't feature anywhere in the list of search keywords visitors use. J.

  3. Good evening Casey, well for me I have been on the net more and more with ham radio searches. Having said that I have heard you can make stats to show what ever you want. I do think that ham radio is not as she she as it used to be in days gone by...BUT.....while computers, social media and the fascination with electronics and their devices ham radio has to dig find the appetite and feed it.

  4. Hi,
    Will you please post a link to your Blog at The Amateur Radio Community? Our members will appreciate it.
    Members include: Amateur radio broadcasters, Ham radio operators, Amateur radio enthusiasts and experts, clubs, etc.
    It's easy to do, just cut and paste the link and it automatically links back to your website. You can also add Photos, Videos and Classifieds if you like.
    Email me if you need any help or would like me to do it for you.
    Please feel free to share as often and as much as you like.
    The Amateur Radio Community:
    I hope you consider sharing with us.
    Thank you,
    James Kaufman, Editor

  5. Updated my page...
    Ken - KB7H


Thanks very much for your comment! 73, Casey