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 has 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.

We have the shelter between 10:30AM and 5PM.  If you are not involved in setup, plan to arrive after 11:30AM.  Cleanup will begin by 3PM.

As in previous years, the event will be pot luck, with the club supplying grilled picnic entrees and soft drinks.  Participants are encouraged to bring salads and desserts.

Entertaining game activities are planned as well -- Dave W7UUU will MC, and he promises "fabulously trivial prizes of almost zero value."  In addition, high performers can expect kilobytes of fame as their exploits are reported in the Bark and on this website.

Weather permitting, we may even set up radio operation; however, we are not permitted to "shoot the trees", so if you plan to bring a field antenna setup, it needs to be self-supporting.

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.