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The Club Newsletter, Mountain Spark Gaps, has been published monthly since 2010. Prior to that it was published irregularly. Only newsletters from the last several years are on the website. Anyone who has older copies of Mountain Spark Gaps, either hard copy or digital, please contact the webmaster to have them added to this archive.

***  After exhaustive searching in his shack, Al K2AL was able to find a binder of many older Mountain Spark Gaps. David KC2WUF has undertaken scanning these back issues and they will slowly be posted to the website as time permits. Since the newsletters were catalogued in reverse chronological order, that is the order they are being scanned. Currently includes 1987 back through 1985 with more to come. ***

To read the on-line copies of the newsletter which are in Adobe ".PDF" format, you must have a copy of the free Adobe Acrobat Reader  installed on your computer. If you need a copy of the Reader, see the directions at the bottom of this page. If you already  have the Reader, you can download a newsletter now. When you are done reading and/or printing the newsletter, close the Reader and you should return to this page.

To Download a Newsletter to your computer for future viewing: Right Click on the newsletter link to call up a special menu. Click on "Save Target As...". This will start the file download process, including an opportunity to specify the name and path (the directory/ folder) where the file will be stored.

Newsletters on file - all in "PDF" Adobe Acrobat format

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Some older newsletters on file with web master.

If you need the Acrobat Reader, it's free at the Adobe Acrobat Reader Site.

Go to the  Adobe Acrobat Reader Site and then follow the directions to download and install Acrobat Reader. The download directions will ask you what type of computer you have and which Windows version you have installed, so that it provides the correct version of Reader. After the download, the automatic installation process will make changes to your Windows settings, so that Windows will automatically load Acrobat Reader anytime you open a file with a .PDF extension (PDF = Portable Document File).

If the installation works as expected, when you click on a newsletter link above, the newsletter should display automatically. If  not, then your browser will give you a chance to download the file to disk. From disk you can then open the Acrobat Reader to view and/or print the newsletter. For more information or if you encounter problems, contact the webmaster.

About Adobe Acrobat files: All web pages are written in a special language called HTML. The big advantage of  HTML is that it can display a web page -- its text and images -- on almost any computer screen. The corresponding disadvantage is that it's impossible to make a page display the exact same way on every screen. For example, it would be impossible to make our club's newsletter appear on your display looking the same as it does in print. Likewise, you wouldn't be able to print out a well-formatted copy of the newsletter from the web either -- the printer would try to replicate the distorted copy you see on your screen.

Acrobat files get around this limitation. In essence, a ".PDF" file is a picture of the document you want to see. It's not text, and it can't be read by word processors. That's why you need the special reader. The reader will allow you to squeeze a whole page at a time onto your screen; or it will let you zoom in so that you can read the print more comfortably. The reader will also allow you to print out the newsletter so that it looks nearly exactly as it was meant to be printed. You should find a better explanation of all this at the Adobe Acrobat web site.