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  1. 13 points
    Well, somehow I was able to take today off of work and spend it prospecting. I decided to head back to a new spot I find a little while back that I specked a couple of pieces at but didn't detect anything. I had the plan of being super thorough not leaving any stone unturned and spending most all of the day there. I ended up placering about a 15-20' length of very deep overburden, detected other portions of the wash and hit the hillsides for about an hour. I went for the extra effort because this spot had been drywashed a long time ago so I knew there would be something here if I gave it the time and of course the best piece ended up being under the deepest section of overburden. Right before I found that piece I was trying to dislodge a pointy schist boulder and the part I was pushing on broke off and I smashed my forearm against the fresh sharp schist rock. It punctured two holes through my skin and for the first time in a long time I had to break out the first aid supplies. Worst part was flipping the skin open to scrape out schist pebbles lodged in there and flush them clean. Lucky they were small holes so I'm kind of being a cry baby... With all the effort I only scraped up two detected piece's of gold and several small specked pieces. But you just never know it could have been far better or worse, I had a blast and didn't hardly think about work for a change. It was a good day! Diggin deep! The crescent nugget was at the coil here. Carnage... and aftermath. Battle wounds, good thing I heal quick! Good times!!
  2. 6 points
    I thought I'd share a few photo's of a spot (location) where I have been "Digg'n , undermining; and rolling boulders; as well as picking and shoveling overburden for a while now. I have been able to take home many nuggets from this area (most I have posted already), but it hasn't been easy. It has been very labor-intensive to say the least, and in most of the area I have had to dig down between 2 foot to 2 1/2 Foot just to get to bedrock. Most of the area has had very good indicators: a very pronounced inside bend approaching two huge bedrock outcroppings that extend across the wash from bank to bank, as well as much boulder blocking (just upstream) of the bedrock outcroppings. Most of the lone boulders that are pictured where too big for me to actually pick up, so I had to undermine them with a pick and shovel, detect that area, and then "gruntingly" roll them back into the area that I had already detected. The single nugget weighed in at .75 of-a-gram, and the other photo is just-a-few of the last nuggets that I was able to take home from there. Other than utilizing obvious indicators of gold, sometimes it take a bit more than just swinging a detector to actually get to the good stuff. Enjoy,...... Gary
  3. 6 points
    That first picture is a rare shot! A gold monster sitting upright Tom H.
  4. 4 points
  5. 3 points
    Then president, Bill and Hillary were at a Yankees home game, sitting in the first row, with the Secret Service people directly behind them. One of the Secret Service guys leans forward and whispers something to Bill. At first, Clinton stares at the guy, looks at Hillary, looks back at the agent, and shakes his head "no". The agent then says, "Mr. President, it was a unanimous request of the entire team, from the owner of the team to the bat boy." Bill hesitates, but begins to change his mind when the agent tells him the fans would love it. Bill shrugs his shoulders and says, "Ho-Kay! If that is what the people want. C'mere Hilly baby." With that, Bill gets up, grabs Hillary by her collar and the seat of her pants, lifts her up, and tosses her right over the wall onto the field. She gets up kicking, swearing, screaming, "Bill you"!$#@&!". The crowd goes absolutely wild. Fans are jumping up and down, cheering, hooting and hollering, and high-fiving. Bill is bowing, smiling and waving to the crowd. He leans over to the agent and says, "How about that; I would have never believed how much everyone would enjoy that!" > Noticing the agent has gone totally pale, he asks what is wrong. > The agent replies, "Sir, I said they want you to throw out the first 'pitch'.."
  6. 3 points
    ''I'm finding live rounds, much spent brass, beer bottles and assorted trash left behind inconsiderate people. It's no wonder why we are losing access to public' Same here in California....we have a spot on BLM land where we go shooting....every visit, I am having to pick up brass and trash..people are pigs. They';ll even camp over night and dump their crap all over the place.
  7. 3 points
    I hear ya Terry... Seems like yesterday when my Dad taught me to shoot my first 22 single shot rifle. We would just go outside the city limits. We always practiced safety, picked up after ourselves (brass and the like). Tried to leave the place cleaner than we found it. A lot of careless folks are ruining it for us here in AZ. I'm finding live rounds, much spent brass, beer bottles and assorted trash left behind by inconsiderate people. It's no wonder why we are losing access to public land. It's a shame.
  8. 2 points
    I am new at detecting and I feel like I just stuck a needle in my arm. I live in the hualapai mountain been to gold basin twice and the wife and I are going to Quartzsite for a week. Bought our first two detectors about a month ago (Whites gmt/mxt) and should get my Garrett atx delivered tomorrow! Haven't found a nugget yet but when I do my wife might find me sleeping under a bush in a wash somewhere not wanting to leave. Retired and found a new hobby that I really 'dig'.
  9. 2 points
    Trailservices , best phone call I have made in decades. It was like calling a good friend for help, and they are sending me homemade shearpins for no charge! A rare gem in this day for sure. Cool, seems like I'm gold on the griphoist. Handle is there, no rust to speak of, and the wire rope appears to be in great condition. Not bad for being discontinued in '77'. Thanks again for the link to Trailservices.
  10. 2 points
    Congrats...looks like a golden happy face!
  11. 2 points
    Heck Terry, as a kid I used to just drive from 43rd and Greenway, up to Bell were there was a dirt road that went north and shoot there Tom H.
  12. 2 points
    I have a 'new' tire that has a piece missing like pictured here. I know it was from a steep incline where I got a little impatient and the truck bounced a little which allowed the tire to spin and the jagged schist took off the whole tread block clean like it had never been there. I run BFG AT KO tires. I have a Tacoma which is a 'light' truck. I don't deflate my tires and keep the pressure at 35psi. My last set went 45k miles and would have gone another 5k but I scored a deal on Craigslist for a set of less than 5k mile tires and wheels to a newer Tacoma for $500. I suspect that the weight of your truck is one of the issues regarding your accelerated tire wear. A friend of mine has an F250 and is always complaining about having to put new tires on and how fast they wear out. His truck doesn't see the dirt near as often as mine does. One thing I always do is shift to 4H as soon as my tires leave the pavement. I get all four tires working together and try to reduce wheel spin as much as possible. Good Luck out there. I'm 'rooting' for you and your quest for that elusive yellow metal. Luke
  13. 1 point
    Good eye Gary! It is a massive bedrock outcropping. I too have found nice size nuggets caught up like that. But I think someone beat me too it here as rocks were not slammed up against it and a few were set on top of it. I still cleared the little overburden and nothing on both sides. I originally found this spot because of the handstacks you can see on the right in the second picture. They are older I assume from the large amount of vegetation grown over them and the amount of replenished overburden below them I removed. But this trip I found a sunbaked brittle plastic bottle on those handstacks and the exact spot you mention had rocks set there that were not as old, there was no debris wadded up around them from flooding. I bet someone detected something there within the last couple years.
  14. 1 point
    I always tell my helpers at work if you ain't bleeding you're not working hard enough, but dang Shay I think you went a bit too far this time!!! Love the cresent piece, it would put a "smile" in anyone day, great job and way to move the dirt and rocks!!!
  15. 1 point
    Excellent going alwaysdirty. Nice skills
  16. 1 point
    You got that right Gary!! Nice gold and thanks for sharing all the great pics, wouldnt mind seeing more of that on here. WTG!
  17. 1 point
    "Hey Now", Are you copying my style of digging????? Well "Good-on-ya" because it works,....just ask Luke J. I found that out when he and I where out "root'n-around" last. Good time, Good company. Gary
  18. 1 point
    Happy to help and always looking to promote the kind of service offered by these folks. Like you said, hard to find people who actually care anymore. Enjoy your Griphoist - mine had allowed me to go where no man/woman has gone before
  19. 1 point
    Right on man! Hard work paid off!
  20. 1 point
  21. 1 point
    Very nice gold and dang hard work!
  22. 1 point
    As it's planned the only sorta Real Time sensitive thing we have is the RPM. It looks like I will be able to keep that just at or just over a 1 second delay. Not bad considering this Mega 2560 runs at a Breathtaking 16Mhz clock speed. It's possible to overclock them up to 20Mhz but not going to be needed. I can get it down to a little less then that if I just do Periodic Updates on the other stuff. Most of the time is lost waiting for the MAX 6675 to settle down on their data streams. 200mS delay is as fast as you can push them. I only need like 10 samples each after that happens. Dave contributed a sum of funds on this project that I blew threw buying the basics. He did his part. All is good on that department. The original deal was I build the Flight Package that project is in the wind. I put the cart ahead of the Horse. He needs the Engine Management first. http://henrysbench.capnfatz.com/henrys-bench/arduino-temperature-measurements/max6675-temp-module-arduino-manual-and-tutorial/
  23. 1 point
    Well done Shay! Hard work and knowledge really paid off!
  24. 1 point
    Got it.. That plus in the interest of keeping down build outlay $$s this particular Arduino can only handle one stream at a time, right..? Question: What are you calling real time refresh rate: a) Under 7 sec.. b) Under 30 sec.. c) Over 30 sec.. To me, 7 seconds or less for certain applications is still real time.. For example: "Hello caller.. You're live on the air.." Thirty seconds or less falls into a much more gray area -- good enough most of the time but not exactly what you'd want if a probable emergency situation is in the making.. Over thirty seconds and I can totally understand why you're pounding your haid against the wall.. And you've not been able to find these code commands & syntax on the net / interwebs..? Hmmm.. I have no doubt you'll eventually reach your goal.. Question being, when you do will that refresh be fast enough to cycle through all the affected streams..? That, or is there an 'over-ride' to continually monitor the important 'at that moment' info stream..? (I'm guessing default mode calls to cycle through all the info streams then repeat..) What I'm getting at is it's worth getting an Arduino capable of processing multiple streams concurrently or at least another of the same to handle the two most important ones.. A second will fit back there and the expense for either is minute for being able to achieve maximum I/O from this level of instrumentation.. Merely my thoughts on the matter.. I don't think you'll hear Dave complain about small add'l outlay.. Plus when your sanity's involved it's, uhhh, ermmm -- did I just say sanity..? What I really meant to say is................... Swamp
  25. 1 point
    Rancho Cordova was built on tailing piles.....
  26. 1 point
    Need to Order More Wire for the TGSL Coil Project. The .2mm (32 AWG) wire I ordered is NOT working out. It will not allow me to obtain the required 6.5mH inductance with 23 -25 Ohms DC resistance. Lessons Learned. Found a new source for wire. Ordering some 30 AWG as I should have in the first place. Prices are more then Reasonable and Free Shipping. https://www.remingtonindustries.com...HDKUuLicHI0Ww0iBNr2ong9CPoKry_8RoCGe8QAvD_BwE
  27. 1 point
    Nice..! Hard earned; well deserved..! Swamp
  28. 1 point
    Ouch! That wash is now missing a couple of nice pieces of gold. WTG Mitchel
  29. 1 point
    Way to go Shay !! That's a lot of work, but it looks like it paid off. Good on you for following your hunch and doing what needed to be done.... Congrats Luke
  30. 1 point
    Nice pieces...Certainly worth the pain, prospector!...Cheers, Unc
  31. 1 point
    Glad you got some yeller Bro. You do like to dig some and if I were a little younger I'd be right there with you. Old Tom
  32. 1 point
    Holy Crap dood!! You earned that yellow stuff. And its some nice ones! WTG bud. Tom H.
  33. 1 point
  34. 1 point
    Heck yeah !!! Way to go man, and nice pieces
  35. 1 point
    Not that kind of shooting....target shooting I admit, I turned into one of the people I have cussed over the last 6 yrs of detecting. Went out with Dad, my nephew and his dad to practice. First time ive fired the 9mm in about 5 yrs. Im happy to admit! I can hit crap! We went to a designated area off of Table mesa road, so I dont feel too bad about putting more lead in the ground. Good time out. Tom H.
  36. 1 point
    Right side bank is where the flood gold was.
  37. 1 point
    They are rather light duty and need to kept from overheating, but they beat a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. Tip: cut off the dang cigarette lighter adapter splice on some battery clamps to hook it directly to the battery. Seems to help them last longer.
  38. 1 point
    That damage is because of the high tire pressure. Lower pressure will help extend the life of your tires a lot. You will have to carry a compressor to air back up. I use a Slime compressor I bought from walmart years ago. Still filling tires no problem. Takes about 7-8 minutes a tire. Let it cool a minute before each tire. The ARB compressor Desertpilot linked is a fantastic compressor for the money. Another option and one I'll be doing myself is a Powertank. It's very high pressure co2 tank. It can top off your tires several times on a single fill up. The tank can be refilled cheaply at any welding shop that handles gases. The big advantage of the powertank option is speed of inflation. Seconds vs minutes.
  39. 1 point
    Great advise. I had to use mine just last month. Picked up a small bolt while out at the claims. It can save your bacon for sure. The shoes on my mule are getten thin.
  40. 1 point
    Also something else I have always carried besides a 12v compressor is a tire plug kit. It will get you out of there and to a tire repair without even having to change your tire. if it's a small hole plug it, pump it, drive it away. AzNuggetBob
  41. 1 point
    I use a on board air compressor made by ARB. http://store.arbusa.com/ARB-On-Board-High-Performance-12-Volt-Air-Compressor-CKMA12-P3572.aspx But any 12v air compressor will do. Check Wal Mart. Weird my prospecting rig is also my daily driver and I've had no issue with my BF Goodrich All Terrains and driving to my claims require 4x4 low to crawl over the rocks most of them being sharp. DP
  42. 1 point
    I tend to agree with you. He's either insane or it's a publicity stunt.
  43. 1 point
    I like Adam. He knows stuff. He's been really great at sharing that knowledge for years. He is outspoken but usually it's to the readers benefit. Does he rub some people the wrong way? Hell ya but he's not the only one. I've been known to pizz off a few folks myself. I doubt anyone here but Skip has a clean record on that account. I think this forum is Bill's thing. If he wants to control anything that happens here that's his right and privilege. I'll back him on his decisions about who posts here and what they post even if I disagree with him. I was taught when you are in someone else's house you follow their rules or go elsewhere. I have no opinion on an invisible "feud". Maybe I missed some drama along the way but I could care less. I hate drama and BS so much I don't watch television. Sometimes ignorance is a good thing in a world of made up news and sensitive snow flakes. On topic. (Not sure just what the topic is?) Hunting season can be rough anywhere there are inconsiderate idiots. In my opinion this story smells funny. A pistol hunter shoots a woman walking in a field because he thought she was a deer? And he hasn't been charged? There is more to this story than that brief article shared. I have a friend (hillbilly) that fed his family with a .22 pistol for many years. He's an incredible shot, one of the best I've ever seen. He took deer on a regular basis with his 22 long pistol. That's not an easy thing to do but he never lost a deer he had shot. A responsible shooter even when he was out of season and using the only gun he had. He lived near where this happened. I'm no good with a pistol, grew up hunting with rifles and I can very reliably hit stuff with a rifle. A pistol? Deer? I've seen it done but never in a field at close range unless chumming or a great blind was employed. Anyone who can take a deer with a pistol was already close enough to know whether his target was a deer or a human. Or they are an irresponsible idiot. He wasn't charged? Luckily there is no gold in southern New York. Prospectors are safe from this particular hunter wherever they may be mining.
  44. 1 point
    Heck, 4lo is when the fun begins! Turning around at that point is like puttin' it in and just wigglin' around a little...both parties walk away unsatisfied. In all seriousness though...what tire pressure do you run when offroad? High(street) tire pressure has many disadvantages. Accelerated tire damage and decreased performance as well as comfort. Try lowering your tire pressure if your not already doing it. I ran 8 in the rear and 10 in the fronts on my Jeep for desert travel. I ran 15-18 in my 3/4 ton GMC the other day and it was a marked improvement. Softer tires conform to the rocky terrain and they seem to last much longer with less tread damage.
  45. 1 point
    I think you might be underestimating your f250, unless pinstriping is your concern most backroads around the yavapai schist can be done in any 2 wheel drive pickup. Might have to hoof it up the washes but that's part of the fun. I didn't have 4 wheel drive until recently and went all over that area. Now I have a yukon xl, it's 4x4 but I never use it. Just don't go when it's raining. Those roads are bumpy but generally not slick when dry.
  46. 1 point
    This is where I get my Griphoist parts. http://www.trailservices.com/PDF/2016_Catalog_Web.pdf
  47. 1 point
    Below is a copper nugget found in the same stretch of bedrock as these gold nuggets. The wash these are from is in a area known for copper, silver, and gold deposits much like LSD. Keep in mind just like AZNuggetBob stated the gold comes from mineralized stringers. Allot of these stringers are small and many were not discovered by the old timers for example the gold from the wash these nuggets came from has no known singular source for the gold produced in the wash. Many have tried to find the source and have failed. My current belief is the gold in the wash Im currently working comes from the scattered quartz veins that cut across the wash and overtime small chunks of gold are liberated from the quartz during floods. These small stringers are not profitable for a mining company but can pay wages for people running a detector or dry washer.
  48. 1 point
    Arizona has some pretty major gold mines other than the Vulture for example: From AZGS: Over the life of the Warren mining district (1880-2013), 3,961,479 tons of copper, 162,128 tons of lead, 177,524 tons of zinc, 14,000 tons of manganese, 2,792,000 ounces gold and 102,215,000 ounces of silver were recovered from the area’s mines (modified from Keith et. al, 1983). From Wikipedia: The Vulture Mine was a gold mine and settlement in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. The mine began in 1863 and became the most productive gold mine in Arizona history. From 1863 to 1942, the mine produced 340,000 ounces of gold and 260,000 ounces of silver.
  49. 1 point
    LOL, Could be. High Temp Silicone 14 AWG. COMMUNIST RED in color too ! https://www.banggood.com/DANIU-5-Meter-Red-Silicone-Wire-Cable-10121416182022AWG-Flexible-Cable-p-1170292.html?rmmds=myorder&cur_warehouse=CN
  50. 1 point
    I really appreciate your efforts Homefire