An annual Awards Banquet for members and their guests is held every December. The Awards Banquet is always an enjoyable social event, as well as an opportunity to publicly recognize and express appreciation for those members who have helped to advance the purposes of the Club.


This year we returned, on Sunday December 11, to the Collins Grange, 3404 120th St E, just off of Waller Road, for good food, award presentations and door prizes.

Approximately 30 people attended in person, and several members attended via Zoom.

Kudos to W7GEL for his succulent smoked turkey, to KD7SV for a heavenly ham, and to all the other participants who provided scumptious sides and delicious desserts.

ARRL NW Division director Mike Ritz W7VO traveled from Oregon to present a plaque commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Radio Club of Tacoma's affiliation with the ARRL (this actually occurred in 2020, but the presentation was delayed two years by the pandemic).

This year, the Doc Spike Inspirational Award was bestowed upon Mike Isakson W7XH.

Recognition Programs are described in the Standing Rules, as updated from time to time by the Board of Directors. Two of these annual awards are summarized below:


This honor is awarded most years, in the memory Doctor F. Clifford Spike W7OS, an early member of the Radio Club of Tacoma whose long service and devotion to the club was the inspiration for the award. It is made to the Club Member(s) who:

  • best represent the true spirit of Amateur Radio,
  • inspire others to promote and insure current and future success of the Radio Club of Tacoma and
  • has devoted tireless efforts in support of Club operations.

The Club maintains a Doc Spike Inspirational Award Plaque listing the names of recipients and the year they were awarded this honor.


This award may be made by the President annually to the person the President believes has contributed significantly to the mission and purposes of the Radio Club of Tacoma over the past year. Members may nominate candidates for consideration by the President.


Mike Mikuchonis, W7XTZ
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