[AMRadio] The Art of Ragchewing

sbjohnston at aol.com sbjohnston at aol.com
Sun Apr 25 21:46:04 EDT 2010

On AM I enjoy QSOs using what you describe as a "ragchew" (longer 
transmissions) roundtable *and* the fast-turnaround group conversations 
.  Most AMers do the long transmissions, I admit, but it should not be 
considered the only way it is done on the mode.

Your essay's discussion of "the art conversation" should be helpful in 
getting people to join in AM QSOs, but I wouldn't emphasize that the 
long-winded roundtable is the only way to use AM.  That only leads to 
arguments among hams.

Also, it can be a real problem when low-power or limited-antenna 
stations try to do the long transmissions.  Much better that they make 
a short transmission and pass it along, lest they go into a fade and 
confuse everyone by their disappearance.

Isn't it better to choose the operating style that suits the group or 
the situation, rather than try to say there is only one right way to do 

Steve WD8DAS

sbjohnston at aol.com
Radio is your best entertainment value.

-----Original Message-----
From: johndtate at post.com
To: amradio at mailman.qth.net
Sent: Sun, Apr 25, 2010 1:54 pm
Subject: [AMRadio]  The Art of Ragchewing

Hello AM enthusiasts.  I think there is a fine art to ragchewing.
Because I sometimes struggle with it I wrote up a little article about
it.  Hope you all enjoy it and I would be open to anything that might
be useful to add to it.


73, KX5JT

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