Several members of the Radio Club of Tacoma also participate in the NW 3870 AM Group.  The following is from Dick, KB7RIK:


The W7JHS inspired Northwest 3870 (3885) AM Group's Winterfest West 2020 will be held in Mineral, Washington, at the Mineral Neighborhood Christian Center located at 127 Mineral Road North, across the street from Dick and Leslee's house (same as in past years). Doors will open Friday morning January 24, 2020 at 9 AM. We can have the facility until mid-afternoon on Saturday at which point tables must be broken down and chairs rearranged for Sunday morning church services.  Help with this is always appreciated!

New for 2020, THURSDAY night pizza night is moving to the Mineral Lake Lodge Reception hall.  It is a large, warm quiet and comfortable building directly across the street from the lodge.  It features plenty of seating, a food preparation area, two handicap accessible bathrooms and a knockout view of the mountain from the lake facing deck.   This is a BYOB affair and, as far as the eats go, we are going to start accumulating Papa Murphy’s Take and Bake Pizzas which Carolyn will bake in her commercial oven at the lodge and then deliver to us across the street at the reception hall.  Anyone that wants to continue the tradition and go to the tavern is certainly welcome to drop by afterward.  This should go without saying!  FRIDAY is the BIG day for our event with swapping and chatting in the morning. AND, like last year, because many attendees can't stay late enough for dinner at dinner time, we will be serving an early pot luck meal beginning at 3 PM.  Anyone with questions concerning what pot luck dishes to bring should contact Joy and/or Leslee (A good rule of thumb is to bring something you like, then you won't be disappointed ).  Food will continue to be available on into Friday evening in case we get hungry after gorging ourselves at 3 pm.  As always, there will be a morning meal on Saturday.

Some thoughts and answers to anticipated questions. Same as last year, no cussin', drinkin' (alcohol), or smokin' (smokin's ok outside in the parking lot).

We will have access to the facility Thursday afternoon for the purpose of loading up the tables but, as in the past, there can't be any sleeping over inside the facility.  RV's will be ok overnight Thursday and Friday in the church parking lot--sorry, no hookups.

Coffee will be ready when the doors open Friday morning.

Admission and tables are free, BUT a donation to pay for facility rent continues to be NEEDED and appreciated. ALL MONEY COLLECTED IS GIVEN OVER TO THE CHURCH TO DEFRAY THEIR COSTS TO HOST THIS EVENT AND FOR THEM TO USE IN THE COMMUNITY WORK THEY DO. 

Regarding local lodging, those of you who have been staying at the Mineral Lake Lodge in the past and have made tentative reservations for 2020 should probably confirm those reservations with Carolyn at (360) 492-LAKE or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  If you can't reach her at her email address or phone, try facebook--she hangs out there quite a lot.

And, while we are on the subject of local lodging, here are some more possible options: 

Deep Forest Cabins, Ashford (360) 569-2355

Hobo Inn, Elbe  (360) 569-2500

Gateway Inn (360) 569-2506

Alexander's Country Inn, Ashford (360) 569-2300

Stiltner's Motel, Morton (360) 496-5103

Whittaker's Bunkhouse, Ashford  (360) 569-2439


Seasons Motel, Morton (877) 496-6835

Nisqually Lodge, Ashford (360) 569-8804

We have an idea that table space will be at a premium again this year.  We think a lot of "stuff" is going to show up so we encourage everyone to share tables with a friend--LOAD EM UP!

A last thought about the tables we will be using--they remain basically new and unmarred (everyone has done a good job in past years). If you think your equipment might scratch them, bring something to put between your gear and the table tops.

Questions and comments can be directed to:

Roy & Joy's phone (360) 492-3280 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dick & Leslee's  e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.