Episode 443 – Rick Palm – K1CE


Rick Palm K1CE is a well-known figure in the ham radio community, having spent a career at the ARRL and writing columns and articles that have been widely read and appreciated by fellow enthusiasts. With a particular interest in public safety radio and ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service), Rick has dedicated his time and expertise to ensuring that these critical communication channels remain reliable and effective. Although now retired and based in Florida, Rick remains an active participant in the ham radio community, regularly checking in to nets and staying involved in his local ARES chapter. K1CE is my QSO Today.



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Hometown: Lexington, MA

QTH: Rural Florida

First License: 1976 Novice, WN1YIU,  Age 23
Dad re-licensed at the same time as:  WN1YIM

First Rig: 
Heathkit Apache TX- 1 Transmitter
Hammarlund HQ-110 Receiver
Dentron Super Tuner

Current Rig: 
Icom IC-7300 HF Transceiver
Assorted Icom 2 meter Transceiver
Assorted Yaesu 2 meter Transceiver
Multiband Dipoles

RCA Labs, Camden, NJ
Heathkit SA-2040 Antenna Tuner
QSL Card
Drake TR33C 2 meter transceiver 
Waltham, MA Amateur Repeater
FT-8 Digital Mode
ARES Ham Net
Lexington MA Amateur Radio Club
University of Massachusetts, BA  1976
QST Magazine
Part 97 Rules
National Traffic System
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MBA
Liberal Arts Education
Nursing School for older students
Florida Alligators
South Jersey Radio Association
Soviet Ham Rally Against Coup
Mikhail Gorbachev 
SOTA – Summits on the Air
IARU – Region 2 Emergency Coordinator
Amateur Radio Involvement Turkish Earthquake 2023
Hurricane Ian, 2022
FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency
CERT – Community Emergency Response Team
EOC – Emergency Operations Center
Ready.gov  Plan Ahead for Disasters
Emergency Communications Academy 
Packet Radio AX.25
Digital National Traffic System
Conestoga Wagon
WinLink Message Templates
DMR – Digital Mobile Radio
Allstar Link
Okefenokee Swamp
Swanee River

Excited most by: emergency communications and development of new modulation techniques, WinLink. 

Advice to new or returning hams: have fun, try new things. Go to a local club. 

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Heathkit TX-1 Apache Transmitter

Hammarlund HQ-110 General Coverage Receiver

Drake TR33 2 Meter Battery Portable Transceiver

Icom IC-7300 HF Transceiver

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