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  1. There will be a nice obituary article in the ICMJ this month for Jim. He wrote many articles for us.
  2. 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 simi
  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 par
  4. 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 d
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 expe
  8. 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 vid
  9. 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 w
  10. 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).
  11. Some dont even hunt grains of gold, they just sit around and troll on prospecting forums.
  12. 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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