Japan Amateur Radio

A commemorative postage stamp on the 50th Anniversary of the Amateur Radio in Japan :

Ham Radio : Early Speaker, Waves and Telegraph KeyIssued by Japan

Issued on Sep 24, 1977

Type : Stamp, Postal Used

Colour : Multicolour

Denomination : 50 yen

Size of impression : 33 mm x 22.5 mm

Quantity issued : 30,000,000 stamps

About : 

  • A 50 yen postage stamp featuring a horn-shaped speaker and a telegraph key will be issued in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of amateur radio.
  • Amateur radio made its appearance in the United States in or about 1902. Studies on amateur radio were started in Japan in or about 1925, and a government license was given to a private wire-less telegraph and telephone station for the first time in September 1927. In the early years, the number of such stations was small, most of them being operated in or around major cities, and they gradually increased throughout the nation. Although considerable restrictions were placed on frequency, electric output and operation, these stations had come up to the world standards.
  • With the outbreak of World War II, a total ban was put on the transmitting and receiving of nongovernmental radio waves. In July 1952 after the conclusion of the Peace Treaty, preliminary licenses were given to 30 amateur radio stations, and their number has since increased at a rapid pace. On March 31, 1975 Japan ranked first in the world in the number of amateur radio stations, going ahead of the United States. At present, there are about 340,000 amateur radio stations.

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