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  1. I got the word that Jim Straight has passed away in recent days. I last saw and spoke with Jim a bit over a year ago. He spent several hours on both Saturday and Sunday in the ICMJ booth with me at the Pomona GPAA show. He was a good man and wrote many articles for the ICMJ. It is sad to see him go. Jim was a great pioneer in the world of metal detecting for gold. He was on site for a great many famous old gold finds with metal detectors. Yet ye was very tight lipped about those locations. A lot of great secrets passed with him. It was always great to chat with him as we traveled a lot of similar paths - we both graduated from the Mackay School of mines, but about 30 years apart. We both spent a lot of time prospecting around Randsburg, CA and the northern Nevada placers of Pershing and Humboldt counties. I will miss our talks, as will so many other prospectors.
  2. There will be a nice obituary article in the ICMJ this month for Jim. He wrote many articles for us.
  3. Hey I just put up another video, The Geology of Placer Deposits, Part 1 (it will be part 1 of 3) This one focuses on different types of placer deposits and how the gold concentrates naturally - then also about finding those natural concentration spots. I do think it has a lot of hints, information and secrets that will be useful to most prospectors. I promise not to continually do this, putting up video notice when I throw something on Youtube. That would be kind of lame of me. So if you want to see parts 2 and 3 also, be sure to subscribe and tick the notification bell. The other two parts will be out shortly. They are geology and doing research, and then also on recognizing rocks and minerals.
  4. I've got the second one up on Youtube. Its at:
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    Dry-Washing for Gold!

    Dry washing is an important tool to go with detecting. I've found plenty of little patches that give a dozen or more smaller nuggets in a limited area. Dry washing is a great way to clean out that patch and get all the gold in the area. The photo below is from a little patch about 5 x 30 feet in size. Nuggets on the right were detected when the patch was found, gold on the left of the coins was dry washed from the same spot after the nuggets got harder and harder to find. The dirt was only 6 to 10 inches deep at this spot. Detected gold was around 15 dwt, dry washed gold around 10 dwt. I've dry washed a few more dwt from this area since and detected a few more as well, but this was the heart of the area. Interesting too on the original photos of the gold the guy got near Randsburg. I dry washed near there maybe 40 years ago. Its surprising how small the size of gold a dry washer will get. On the dust sized gold you are not getting 95% recovery but even of you are only getting 75% on the really small stuff, it still can add up to a lot of gold.
  6. So on JP's recent thread, none of us had any real news about Bob (only old news), but I got hold just the other day of a friend I'd not seen in more than a year, and he has seen Bob much more recently. In fact he said he was out detecting with Bob as recently as last August. Bob had heart surgery of some type (dont know any details) but has rehabilitated, purchased or acquired detecting equipment and is out prospecting again. Don't know why he is still radio silent as far as the forums, but Bob is up and about prospecting again and my friend said he looked in good health when he was out there.
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    Bob Dansie

    I saw Bob several times after he moved from Arizona to California and even detected with him. However a couple years back he suddenly sold all his detecting gear and I've not heard a word since. I was concerned then that it was bad news.
  8. Looking forward to seeing the article. Chris
  9. Well, part two and part three of my videos on the Gold Monster 1000 are now complete and up loaded for viewing - it takes time to get this stuff done. In part 2, I do a field demonstration of the GM 1000 in types of ground, and in Part 3 I am giving some hints and tips on how to get the best performance out of the GM1000, but a lot of that info applies to many VLFs, not just the GM1000. I also focus on the types of places that the GM1000 will perform best and make some suggestions to prospectors on how you can increase your chances to find gold. Doing these videos has been an educational experience and I will be doing more in the coming weeks on a variety of prospecting topics, not just metal detecting. Here is part 3, part two is below 3. Part 3: Part Two:
  10. Links to both are now up in another thread on this forum.
  11. Howdy fellow prospectors! For a long time I have intended to do up some Youtube videos on prospecting and I finally have done it! This is the first of a 3 part video set introducing Minelab's new Gold Monster 1000 detector. This part one is an introductory discussion about its features and settings, part 2 will be testing the GM1000 in the field and part 3 will be some practical suggestions for prospectors on getting the most out of your Gold Monster 1000 and a discussion of some of the best types of places to use the GM1000. Look for these other parts soon, but for now, here is the part 1 video. The quality may not be perfect, but there is a lot of good information and content in this video. There will also be other videos coming later in addition to these 3.
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    Legal Claim Question

    Because you own the mineral rights with a claim, it would only be for things where you actually contributed to the hazard. If they fell into a hole - you'd be liable if you dug the hole. If they were bit by a rattlesnake - you'd be liable if you had released hundreds of rattlers on your claim. If they tripped - likely only of you created the tripping hazard. Then of course someone can file suit over anything - but likely you would not lose unless you created or contributed to the hazard. Truth is that as a claim owner, you dont have the right to mitigate existing naturally occurring hazards without permission from the land owner - like BLM or USFS.
  13. In a really basic sense, both are coils of copper wire, but the designs can be different, the electrical characteristics (inductance, resistance) are different and even the plugs are different. So if the detector is looking for a certain inductance and resistance and gets something else you can potentially fry circuits. So no, coils are not interchangeable between PIs and VLFs, even coils from VLF by different makers cannot be swapped (like a Fisher coil on a Garrett).
  14. Some dont even hunt grains of gold, they just sit around and troll on prospecting forums.
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    More Customer Desert Gold

    Great finds! Speaking of gold specimens like a geode - I once saw a specimen a guy found that was a chunk of quartz which was generally round shaped, about the size of a grapefruit and showed a little bit of gold on the outside, but not much. He found it with his detector and had dug it at a 2 foot depth with a Minelab PI. It screamed. It was incredibly heavy for its size, with obviously more gold on the inside. He broke it open and it was like a gold geode - it had 23 ounces of gold within. One of the best specimens I've ever held in my hands.
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    Gold in the first hour!

    The 5000 is a very powerful gold detector.
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    Cool pic of Oroville Dam

    Yep. $10,000 worth of asphalt sealer applied last fall before the storms would have prevented the whole thing - but the supervisor who was responsible for maintenance will probably get a promotion.
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    Cool pic of Oroville Dam

    It may look like schist to you in that particular photo, but its not. What failed in the spillway was not the rock, but the ground soils on top of the rock and underneath the spillway. The soil was not compacted properly and the concrete cracked (concrete does crack) the cracking caused water to go underneath and wash away a little of the soil that supported the spillway, and the soil that washed away in time opened a void that caused more cracking which eventually opened up a hole. The first photo of the hole I saw, I think it was maybe 3 ft. by 10 ft. But they had a whole lot of water coming into the lake and it was already full - no time to fix the 10 ft hole - they had to let water out (Its run by a government agency and it would have taken a 6 month, $500,000 study to figure out how to fill a small hole). The hole kept getting bigger and in a couple of days was maybe 50 x 20 ft. To prevent further damage to the main spillway, they tried to let water out of a second, emergency only spillway, but the soil over there erroded so fast it was in danger of causing major failure of the emergency spillway after less than 24 hours - that was the point at which 100,000 people downstream were suddenly told they had to evacuate and it was an emergency. So the operators had to go back to the main spillway that had the hole, and just let out all the water they needed to - and not worry about what damage it would cause or if all the loose soil on the whole hillside was washed away. Well, the hole just got bigger and bigger until the whole bottom end of the spillway fell in. Now it will cost hundreds of millions to repair what was once a little hole. This is how government spends $500 million to repair a $10,000 problem.
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    Cool pic of Oroville Dam

    The river that flows by down below has good gold, but the hillside washed away by the broken spillway is not a spot known for gold. Think of it like this - you selected a random hillside in the Bradshaws and washed all the soil off it. Now if that was a hillside which had good gold, it might be amazing - but if you just had a hill with no gold and washed all the soil and loose rock off it that might not be anything of note. Not every hillside in the mother lode has gold, just like not every hillside in the Bradshaws is rich in gold. Now down along the river below there was some bench gravels - some were washed to expose bedrock - should be some good gold down there. Other bedrock down along the river has been buried by the soils washed down - that gold is actually harder to get to than it was. However the area of exposed bedrock is a construction area and they are not letting people anywhere near. There will be some opportunity for prospectors, but the whole thing has been way over-hyped by the fake news media.
  20. Yes, but Chuck's review is an April fools joke. Manufacturers (not just Minelab) plan out releases to provide lots of info just as a product is being released. The release of the GM 1000 is not very far off but those who have seen one are still asked to remain quiet until the date of release. There will be plenty of information soon, but in a way that makes sense, so that when you see that info it will be possible to go and buy one.
  21. Hey I was in Las Vegas for a few days on business and had a chance to make a brief excursion down into AZ to Gold Basin. I'd never been there before and a friend who lives in the Vegas area (but does not post on any of the forums) offered to take me. It really stunk that I was unable to use my GP Extreme - it broke the last time I went to use it and it took a month for minelab to get it back to me, so I did not have it for my trip. I used my Whites MXT instead, my friend is a Gold Bug expert - he really makes that GB II sing. Weather was beautiful and in may ways it reminded me of Rye Patch, including the fact that it had been pounded to death over the years. There was even standing water along the Gregs Hideout road down where it takes off from the paved road.
  22. Newer videos show that indeed it is a 1/8 inch jack - but it comes with 1/8 headphones and these days you can hardly buy 1/4 headphones at places like Best Buy. wildly different inside though - its a one frequency detector running at 45 KHz.
  23. Pinpointing those little bits with the big GPZ coil can be rough, even for a very experienced detector operator.