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Rag Chewing?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by W8IXI, Feb 13, 2018.

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  1. W8IXI

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    To you, what defines 'rag chewing"?

    I have always had the idea that it was a QSO that maybe ran 30 minutes or so. Maybe more, maybe less, but it was a rag chew.

    Full disclosure:
    I have logged thirty minute or longer qso's on cw, ssb, digital, and VHF FM. I consider that ragchewing.

    When PSK arrived a while ago, there was some discussion that it was just macros and it was popular in part because it eliminated the rag chew. More recently with the advent of FT-8, some of it's advocates seem to see it as the welcome end of the rag chew. But what is a ragchew? Is it anything longer than 60 seconds? Is it 30 minutes? What do you think?

    Thanks, 73 Mike
  2. KP4SX

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    I got my RCC certificate back in the Novice days. I think it required 30 minutes. Many of my Novice contacts took 30 minutes without trying!
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  3. N7ZAL

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    Don't know about today, but back in the 50s my Dad would chat every night with 6 meter locals for a long, long while. Not during openings though.

    I used to rag chew a bit on CW but today none.
  4. KJ5T

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    Anytime you are having an actual conversation with someone and just exchanging basic information and moving on I would consider ragchewing.
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  5. W4IOA

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    A conversation, length of time isn't as important as having a conversation. What I consider a good ragchew is finding common ground to talk about.
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  6. KC3JIN

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    When I pass by a QSO on the air and think, "no way I'm gonna be around to tail-end this one" it's a ragchew :)

    Honestly though, past the initial small talk stage, or past interview-style questions and into relating.
  7. WZ7U

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    Rag chews can be some of the most entertaining and enlightening QSO's to be heard on amateur radio, IMO. Now, get a round table rag chew going........ :)
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  8. N2EY

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    To me, a ragchew is when a Q goes beyond the formalities of RST/QTH/name, and heads off in any direction. Often it is WX, which leads to outdoor activities (gardening, skiing, vacations). QTH often leads to discussion of whether we've been to or near the area, if we have friends or relatives there, etc. Rig and antenna descriptions are par for the course.

    Time is not usually the measure. Two good CW ragchewers who can do 30 wpm and know how to use abbreviations can say a lot in 10 minutes. Somebody on 'phone who has to repeat everything and insert "um" and "ahhhhh" every third word can take 10 minutes to give you the time of day.

    It's all good.
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  9. N5PAR

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    You forgot QSL, roger that, operating conditions, first personal, and referring to ones self as we when you really mean I.
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  10. WZ7U

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    Now that stuff is downright painful to listen to and warrants exercise of the big knob. It's part of what that guy in 6 land is always harping about.

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