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The Rag Chewers' Club Award (RCC) via SPAR:

Alberto Silva (LU1DZ) on September 2, 2004
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The Rag Chewers' Club Award

The Society for the Preservation of Amateur Radio (SPAR) is pleased to offer the ever popular Rag Chewers' Club award. This prestigious award is available to all amateur radio operators who submit evidence of having "chewed the rag" using amateur radio.

History. The Rag Chewers' Club award was offered by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) for many years. It was initially free of charge and very popular, especially for new hams. Later the ARRL began charging for the award and its popularity waned. Finally, in 2004, the ARRL decided to discontinue the award due to lack of interest. In view of the history and goodwill embodied in this most noble of ham radio activities, Rag Chewing, SPAR has reactivated this unique and illustrious award.

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Basis. One of the most popular ham activities is simply chatting about nothing in particular. In other words, chewing the fat, or in ham jargon, "Rag Chewing." Based on this popular activity, it seems only right that rag chewing should be acknowledged as a truly ham activity. For anyone not familiar with the term, rag chewing isn't just contacting someone. It involves actually conversing, talking and listening for more than a few minutes. Have you ever had a ham QSO and later wrote the time down in the logbook and wondered "Where did the time go?" Congratulations, you are a bona fide "Rag Chewer!"

To qualify for the Rag Chewers' Club award, you need to submit a report of having had a 2 way QSO (not a net) using amateur radio that lasted at least 30 minutes. RCC members are encouraged to invite new hams of any age or license class to apply for the award. Of course, all the rules and regulations pertaining to the Amateur Radio Service must be followed during any QSO.

Official Rules

Submit the report of a QSO that lasted at least 30 minutes. Any mode, band is eligible.

The awards are numbered in the order issued.

The award may carry an endorsement by operating mode for Phone, CW and Digital.

Phone (Any voice mode: AM, FM, SSB)


Digital (Any digital mode: RTTY, PSK31, MFSK, SSTV, Hellschrieber, etc.)

Details of the report must include

Station contacted

Date, time and length of QSO

Frequency and mode of QSO

Endorsement for additional modes should be requested by submitting a new application. The certificate

number will not change, only the listed endorsements wil be updated on the new certificate.

Recipients of the RCC Award will be listed on the SPAR web site.

An online application form can be found at the Award Application web page. Award applications may also be

submitted by email to The award document suitable for printing and framing in the form of an Adobe PDF file will be sent as an attachment via return email. In the case that email attachments are not acceptable, please make a request with the application and other arrangements will be made if feasible.

Real hams chew rags in all modes! -

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The Rag Chewers' Club Award (RCC) via SPAR:  
by AF4K on March 17, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
it/s great to see this!! How many statons love to rag chew still? Let's keep it going! E-mail me at my callisgn at hotmail dot com if you would like a sked!!
73 de AF4K
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