The Kirkreit Summer Picnic is held for the RCT membership and their guests every year at a location in or around Tacoma.

While this annual social event fell prey to COVID-19 during last two summers, this year the club reserved shelter #1 at Fort Steilacoom Park, in Lakewood, for Sunday, August 7.  This is the location we used in years immediately preceding the pandemic.

As in previous years, the event was pot luck, with the club supplying grilled picnic entrees and soft drinks.

In warm weather, 25-or-so attendees socialized, ate good food and played with radios.  We also enjoyed a game of ham radio trivia hosted by Dave W7UUU, who assured us the questions and answers were "ARRL approved".  The team with the highest score was awarded a "fabulously trivial prize of almost zero value."

At least three different radio setups were attempted, and antennas decorated the area around the shelter.

Origin of the Kirkreit Picnic

Jim (SK) and Judy Kirkreit were very active members of RCT.  Jim was President of the club in 1994 and 1995, and he received the Doc Spike award in 1995.  Judy remains a lifetime member of the club.

RCT had long held a summer picnic, known as "DK at the Beach", at the Owen Beach waterfront area of Pt. Defiance Park.  In addition to socializing and consumption of tasty picnic fare, this activity typically included field operation of equipment along with antenna demonstrations and shootouts.  In 2006, the Tacoma Park Service rendered the Owen Beach location less desirable by raising fees and making cooking facilities (grills and fireplaces) unusable.  That year, the summer picnic was moved to Spanaway Lake, and beginning in 2007 the event became known as the Kirkreit Memorial Picnic.