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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 undertook the scanning of these back issues and all available issues have been posted to the website. The binder included 1987 back through 1966 including the first issue from April 1966. ***
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Newsletters on file - all in "PDF" Adobe Acrobat format
Some older newsletters on file with webmaster.
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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.