7.272 Ragchew Net: Home
Welcome to the 7.272 Ragchew Net!
Monday-Friday 09:00-12:00 and Weekends 08:15-12:00 on 7.272 MHz LSB (U.S. Eastern Time).
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The 7.272 Ragchew Net is a group of FCC-licensed amateur radio operators who meet on 7.272 MHz, seven days a week, to exchange information and enjoy the fellowship of amateur radio.  Net times are from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon (U.S. Eastern time) on Monday-Friday, and 8:15 am to 12:00 noon on Saturday and Sunday.

Our mission is to provide amateur radio operators with a friendly atmosphere in an "all operators welcome" HF net.  We have:

          • No membership numbers
          No dues or fees
          No formal officers
          No bylaws
          No rules, other than common courtesy

Becoming a member is simple: just check in once to become a member for life!

At the top of every hour on our net, we rotate a different Net Control Station (NCS) into place to act as the "master of ceremonies."  Our NCSs are located all over the eastern half of North America.  We encourage you to check in with each one, even if you've already checked in during a previous hour.  That's what a ragchew net is for!

Why Is It Called "Ragchewing"?

Unlike "ham" -- an old but etymologically disputed term for amateur radio operators -- the origins of "ragchew" are fairly clear. The phrase "chewing the rag" is known to have  been used as far back as the late Middle Ages. "Chew" was slang for "talk," and "rag" is derived from "fat" or is a reference to the tongue. "Chewing the rag" thus became a phrase referring to conversation, frequently while sitting around a meal. Hams picked up that usage from telegraphers.  Because most of ham radio is, in fact, conversations, it has been a part of radio from its earliest days.

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