In amateur radio
parlance: to converse on the air
for an extended period of time
. When contacting stations that are far away and are being called by many people, the QSO
should be stripped down to a brief technical report, and talking about nothing in particular is considered very impolite
towards the other ham
s that are trying to gain contact.
For many radio amateurs, however, rag chewing is the part of the hobby that they enjoy the most, and they can be on the air talking (or sending morse code) with perfect strangers for hours on end.