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

RingoOn Sunday August 6, 2023, club members gathered in shelter #1 at Fort Steilacoom Park, in Lakewood.  This is a location we used last year and in several years past.

This event was pot luck, with the club supplying grilled picnic entrees and soft drinks.  Sides and desserts were contributed by attendees.

A featured entertainment this year was RINGO (radio bingo).  Emcee Dave W7UUU awarded fabulous prizes of no particular value (other than kilobytes of fame).


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.