Kirkreit Picnic

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

The 2018 POT LUCK Summer Picnic was held on Sunday, August 26, at Fort Steilacoom Park, Shelter #1, in Lakewood.  The park is right across Steilacoom Blvd. from Western State Hospital, our Field Day site.

The weather was cloudy, cool and breezy, with a spattering of rain drops -- unexpected considering the previous several months of hot, dry, sometimes smokey weather.  A CME and resulting magnetic storm, K-index at 6 and 7, made it pretty useless to attempt low-power operation.  But around 30 attendees enjoyed each other's company along with a wide variety of delicious pot luck salads, grilled hamburgers, franks and chili.

Most diverting was the chilly, wind-bitten, interminable round of ham radio trivia, consisting of 20 questions (plus bonus items, each good for a box of Cracker Jacks).  Five teams of about 5 persons each competed to rack up scores with answers to questions about famous persons in ham radio, elementary electronic theory, amateur radio population statistics, and so on.  Team 2 ran away with it and shared the spoils:  a bagful of fabulous Dollar Store prize items.

Whether or not the promised kilobytes of fame actually materialize will depend on whether any of the shivering participants managed to hold a camera steady enough to take pictures.