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  1. Good news; Lila Schwenk 5:34 PM (1 minute ago) to me Thanks so much for getting back to me. We just heard from him! He called us after he just got back a a being in the hills panning. We hadn’t heard from him for a month and a half which is very very unlike him. He said he just lost track of time. I bawled him out a little but was so happy to hear his voice.... I did let him know to think of his loved ones who care about him when we can’t reach him for such a long time. He is a very caring person so that’s why were sure something was wrong with him. Thanks again for your help. Lila Sent from my iPhone
    3 points
  2. After seeing Bedrock Bobs copper plated bugs I decided to play around a bit. Had an old quartz crystal that I glued to a base, painted it with conductive paint and plated it for about 3 hrs in the copper bath. Im going to let the copper pantina into blue/purple and then seal it with lacquer. Came out kind of cool I think. Now to find some bugs! Nothing will be safe now. Tom H.
    2 points
  3. I've heard there are a bunch of old mines in the Gabbs, NV area that have tailing piles and low grade ore that are probably well worth working at today's gold price. I'm sure there are old mines in other areas as well. In fact. I remember 2 Pound Richard Bailey (RIP) of Imlay showing me some low grade ore loaded with visible specs. He said he could get me "all I wanted of the stuff". These should be happy times for miners. I think the price of gold has nowhere to go but up for the foreseeable future.
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  4. It doesn't take long in human years for EVERYTHING to change in every situation. Mother Earth is STILL SUPREME COMMANDER of ALL that is and was. RIP Reg, sorry to hear another long time member of the detecting community is gone. Life seems to get "thinner" the older one gets. Hapy Huntn All.
    2 points
  5. Yeah I am not at all a fan of having hundreds of little sat.'s blocking astronomical observations, it seem pretty short sighted (pun intended). Also, what happens with all the succeeding launches of different items? It must be getting kind of trashy up there with all the sats and assorted junk floating around…very difficult to keep track of.
    2 points
  6. A prosecutor magnet will pick up anything in an election year. Then they drop all charges before it goes to court.
    1 point
  7. Gold is a soft yellow metal. There is nothing else like it. If you get a good magnifier and look at what you have and play with it a bit you can tell. It looks like little blobs, flakes and shapes of metal. If you crush and pan it out you will see if you have gold right away. It is much heavier and looks completely different than anything else you may have. It will separate itself from other minerals when you use the panning action. It is soft and malleable. You can dent it and flatten it without it breaking and crushing. If you put a tiny speck in between your teeth you will flatten it out. A tiny speck of anything else will crush and leave you with grit in your teeth. The best way to tell if you have gold is to do the basic mineral tests. Weight, hardness, and visual inspection. If you are interested in this game it is the first lesson you are going to have to learn. Just whack off a piece with a hammer and crush it up man. Put some water in a pan and identify it by determining the basic physical characteristics.
    1 point
  8. Hopefully he is found and in good condition.
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  9. Common vehicle but I saw one driving up and down Pine Flats Rd end of June.
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  10. One use for drones can be to make high quality aerial photo maps of an area you are interested in prospecting. I have been making 3D maps for work and fun projects using drones (I have a 107 license) for awhile, and realized how useful it could be for scoping new areas out. I have also used my drone to fly up to cliff faces to look for rock art, and to inspect interesting looking veins or dikes running through them. There are several ways to make maps from photos, and some are very low cost to free. Here is my procedure with references to the just the commercial programs I use: To get uniform 100% coverage of photos for mapping, I program my drone to fly autonomously in a grid pattern over the target area while it takes many overlapping photographs using a program called Virtual Litchi Mission (Links to an external site.). I then process the photos using the rendering program Agisoft PhotoScan (Links to an external site.). The program then creates a 3D model using reference points in the images or using reference points called ground control points (GCP’s) to triangulate and process the 3D point grid onto which images are ‘wrapped’ to create a 3D model. The models can then be independently analyzed using the software or saved as a georeferenced TIF file with known latitude and longitude coordinate handles on it so that it can be placed in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) such as ArcGIS (Links to an external site.) for mapping, or into online mapping programs like Google Earth (Links to an external site.). If anyone wants more details or help with how to do this, and some links to free programs to do this, PM me here. Here are some examples from my mapping projects, a large bedrock outcrop for an archaeological project (sorry, that’s not a vortex site with magical floating boulders), and a BLM parcel I like to fly and detect at near my home:
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  11. RIP my friend, I really enjoyed working with him and Bill Crabtree when Eric Foster was fine tuning the TDI as a gold detector long ago.
    1 point
  12. So sorry to hear this. Reg helped me personally through a long string of emails and phone calls when I was interested in coil building. He also shared his knowledge directly which enabled me to modify my White's SPP. RIP Reg. Thanks for everything. Luke
    1 point
  13. So speaking about out in the sticks, this is where my wife and i were last year when we found out the hard way about charging drone batteries while in the field. We were stuck for a couple days, before my buddy could find us, even then thankfully the drone had enough power to fly out to our rescue truck and guide him to us. You can get some great views with the drones, and show you what's around the corner, happy flying everyone.
    1 point
  14. Howdy Brandon and all... First... Merry Chrismas and a New Year of Finding Gold and other values. Now with this said. I'm a Nevada Native... Born and raised in Ely and a graduate of White Pine HS class of 1948. Have been in and out of Elko since 1950. Now to get to the basics... Many of the Great Basin Provence metallogenic areas are found to be precious metal gold-electrum-silver Epithermal Tertiary Deposits. Shallow and rich small bonanzas and great metal detecting areas. Some nice size nuggets have been found. The original Carlin Trend invisible gold was originally a surface epithermal deposit... At depth many of the old worked out epithermal deposits are now being drilled as they may overlie a Carlin Type at depth... Today there are some knowlegeable full-timers doing great detecting little known or worked out epithermals. Being first is essentual... The detector choice you ask?... The one you are best familiar with. And for more good information on this subject, Bill and others can get you up to speed.
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  15. For those of you who didnt know him he helped develope the Whites TDI-Years ago I hunted with Reg here and there at Rich hill I even bought a modified american goldstrker from him which really kicked butt wish I still had it-so you see he was modding detectors before the TDI even came about-Reg was a Big wealth of knowledge and a nice guy-he use to contribute here quite often but was chased away for reasons I wont get into-He will be missed-Mike C...
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