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  1. 11 points
    Went back to a wash with a small stretch of ragged bedrock today, where I had found a .3 gram picked with the GPX last week. I scraped and scuffed, and got just a hint of a break in the threshold. I fiddled around with a screwdriver, broke out a couple little chunks of bedrock, and found this tiny little speck. Once I got it in the scoop, it was nice and loud. For anyone wondering if the Equinox can keep up with the Gold monster, on this target, I'd say yes. Back at it tomorrow! Regards, Kyle
  2. 8 points
    We had one heck of a mess to clean up and we had to get all current members to vote so we could move ahead which has now been done. As of now we only have 3 claims left due to the previous powers that were not filing properly and losing the rest. We are currently rebuilding and adding new claims as we begin to finally move forward after the first of the year. Anyone having claims that would like to contact us for the club to use thus becoming a member and able to use club claims and have membership are welcome as well. Our purpose is to educate folks about mining as well as to help fight for our right to mine by working with other organizations doing the same and by pulling together we make a difference. There are currently a good pile of very good claims we will be adding and we are continuously working to acquire more. The more that step up and join with or without a claim to add the better and this is a totally NON PROFIT Corporation and all our efforts are focused of keeping our right to mine intact and find some gold while doing it... Cheers Bill, President of WSPA
  3. 5 points
    No problem at all Skip. Just stating an opinion. The same guys start the insults on just about any topic if you disagree with them. I agree the political topics cause more trouble. But that is nothing but a trigger for their intolerance. Lots of guys have internalized the political screed and actually believe those that disagree with their extreme positions are the enemy. Less patriotic, support crime, treasonous and all the rest. Our excellent leader echoes these thoughts daily. They are proud of the belief that their fellow American is their worst enemy. That is what makes them extreme enough to belong in their group. An honest exchange of ideas is what we need in this country. It seems that both sides get pissy as soon as they must be honest about why they embrace them. I don't agree with either extreme. Very few do. But it is the extreme idealists that prevent any constructive discussion that may not be in line with their deeply held convictions. We avoid discussion even prohibit it because of the tantrums they throw when anyone presents a valid argument that does not mesh with their beliefs. It is sad that intelligent men are stifled because of the whine of a few ignorant and extreme idealists.
  4. 4 points
    I have a Garmin rino with Topo maps downloaded in it-its a GPS/2 way radio-it also has the ability to find someone else with a garmin via gps when linked together- it has a 5 mile range but unfortunately like most of the other 2 way radios it struggles in the mountains as well- Mike C... PS-forgot to mention you could carry a flare gun-make smoke signals or get one of those aresol powered horns or as a last resort follow the buzzards circling
  5. 3 points
    Here's to a great new year and mucho nuggets in all our pokes!...Cheers, Unc
  6. 3 points
    We've had an outing in Rye Patch for each of the last 5 years. We stayed at the cabins and the club owned by the Humboldt River Homeowners Association. We still have club members that said they could make it happen again in 2020. It has always been one of my favorite outings anywhere even when WSPA didn't have any club claims there. Open ground is abundant and the gold while harder to get is unique and prized. Mitchel
  7. 2 points
    Jewelers saw, which basically a coping saw with metal cutting blade. https://www.bing.com/search?q=jewelers+saw&qs=AS&pq=jeweler"s+saw&sc=8-13&cvid=5CB8FED609D84BADAEC5E05F4549493C&FORM=QBRE&sp=1
  8. 2 points
    You probably have been a part of the process though Chris, we all probably have, and that is the point.. you may not have been the FIRST guy that blazed across the desert in his Razor, but you might have been the guy who followed the tracks the 2nd time, or the 50th time, 100th time or 10,000th time. That is the point, these once non-existent trails become major "access roads" that didn't exist 30 years ago. I personally don't see much distinction between "enforcement" and "closure" when it comes to rampant ATV off-roading. If a road was never there it shouldn't be there now. We've got plenty IMO. I own and use an ATV myself, but it doesn't mean I need to be able to drive up to every square inch of the desert. Outside of designated wilderness areas its getting hard to find places that aren't already within a mile or two of a road already. My main frustration with the management agencies is that they ignored much of the problem for decades. Rather than closing those new roads one-by-one as they popped up they let decades go by and now there's zillions of miles to deal with.
  9. 2 points
    Ran across this article. We have the limestone trilobites from a local quarry which are the most common kind. We also have pyrite sand dollars which can be found in some of the abandoned coal mines nearby. Never before have I heard of pyrite trilobites until now. They must be pretty expensive if you can buy them. Probably have to watch out for fakes using gold paint as well. https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/pyrite-trilobites-upstate-new-york
  10. 2 points
    Great attitude my friend! The iron you are looking for is free metallic iron. Not an oxide of iron. There isn't any oxygen in space. So the iron is unoxidized. It appears bright and shiny like steel. Earth is oxygen rich and all iron is oxidized. Except for the smelted iron that is man made. So terrestrial iron is always oxidized. Meteoritic iron is never oxidized. If it sticks to a magnet the first simple test is to determine the state of the iron that is making it magnetic. A window will give you a look and the cuttings reveal the streak. Oxidized iron will streak in shades of red and grey. It will appear sub-metallic in the window. Free metallic iron streaks metallic and looks metallic in the window. Most of the time ruling out a meteorite is just as simple as that. If you find something with free metallic iron then it gets a bit more complicated. But identifying oxidized mineral iron in a stone rules out the possibility of extraterrestrial origins.
  11. 2 points
    Thanks for all the compliments. I really need to find another one now. Santa gave the nugget to my sister for Christmas.
  12. 1 point
    The flat side suggests it broke up in the atmosphere and the edges rounded off. This is a good specimen to send for further science, the most meteorite like rock you have posted. It looks pitted but the only way to know for sure is more testing. You might have an expert say it isn't one but always get a second opinion. With chemical data you can rule it out for sure. What is the density? It looks dense.
  13. 1 point
    https://fireball.amsmeteors.org/members/imo_view/report/189691 Dont know about radar, but is this the one? Date of fall?
  14. 1 point
    That is so small that I would think getting density would be difficult. Especially as porous as that rock is. I bet most stuff on earth has a density of 3.0 give or take .5,
  15. 1 point
    RAIN, RAIN, RAIN, had to dig out an old pic so I won't forget what gold looks like......
  16. 1 point
    Gotta hand it to you RD, your doing a great job researching those pics. From what little I've been able to find is the name Ahnawake Clinch is Cherokee. My first wifes grandparents could just barely speak English. They had a church about six miles East of Hartshorne,OK. I went there with her one Sunday and that was a different experience for sure. All of the church service was in the Cherokee language.
  17. 1 point
    I keep the 18" gad bar chisel and a small sledge in my truck in case I need to start hard rock mining for a nugget.
  18. 1 point
  19. 1 point
    If it were up to me these thread would get locked the moment they are posted and ban repeat offenders; all they do is provide a bunch of misleading information to people who may not know any better at a glance. Nothing positive or productive comes from them.
  20. 1 point
    I actually carry a whistle. I thought about blowing the whistle, but it didn't seem appropriate since I wasn't lost. Luke
  21. 1 point
    Ok, I did some checking out on FB, she is a member of the Cherokee Nation group which they need to join, should have a documented linage. Was from Lexington and the profile is still up but updated was for the horses. Crazy Crow Trading Post operated by the Cherokees in Oklahoma, I used to get catalogs from them in the mail. One of them had a painting on the cover. The cover story read about how a white artist painted a portrait of the Cherokee princess who is a clothing model for Native American fashions, did some modeling in Crazy Crow. I'm not saying that is her, I give up figuring things out. End of discussion.
  22. 1 point
    Aaron, many thanks for leaving such a nice complimentary note! Truly appreciated. There has been a lot of water under the bridge since then, but there's always more to learn; that's the challenge of chasing the gold--it's something I'll always enjoy sparring with. All the best, Lanny
  23. 1 point
    Hardness of 7.5, round and pock marked, fractures exposing crystal lined pockets? Odds are you’ve got a piece of chalcedony on your hands. And while it’s not unheard of for it to be blue, it is rare and quite sought after by jewelry makers. As to what makes it blue, well I’m not certain. I know there are different mineral inclusions causing the color, but couldn’t tell you which you’ve got. In fact, the only included mineral I can remember that does show up is dumortierite. The only reason I remember this one is because I know someone who has a secret spot where he collects it. He claims this material doesn’t fade with exposure to the sun, unlike blue chalcedony with other inclusions.
  24. 1 point
    Thanks for the advice, Tom. I do try to branch out, and hunt different areas, with different rock formations. I'll keep pounding away, and learning as I go. Regards, Kyle
  25. 1 point
    That's it exactly, as a matter of fact the same image is on the linked website about courting flutes and the ritual. http://www.whitewolfpack.com/2015/02/native-american-courting-rituals.html
  26. 1 point
    I suspect the Eddy Current of the surface would be detectable. As Gold.
  27. 1 point
    There is the belief here that any rule is some sort of environmentalist plot to "lock us out". When actually it is a free for all race by unethical public land users to destroy it all before some other idiot destroys it first. 20 years ago it was all about buying a jet ski and seeing what a huge tool you could be on the water. They had to restrict the river as well as the irrigation canals and drainage because guys would try to ride those things everywhere. The lakes became chaos and there were all sorts of problems. Now every swinging sausage has to have a Razor to drive in circles around every tree. They have cut networks of trails until the desert is unrecognizable. They are doing huge environmental damage and people are going crazy. The cost to just keep them out of sensitive areas is tapping resources meant for other projects and costing the taxpayer big time. The battle is rapidly being lost. The entire southwest is going to look like a motocross track if they dont get control somehow. The idiots are reckless, disrespectful and completely unethical. They will ride anywhere and everywhere regardless of rules. They spray paint over petroglyphs, drive up rock formations and dump garbage way the heck out there in the hinterlands. The damage these ba$tard$ have done already is irreversible and widespread. But if there is any suggestion to try and regulate their shameful activities they scream the government is oppressing them somehow. Some people are selfish bit€hes where the planet is concerned. They will deny and ignore any ethical boundary just to get a cheap thrill in their expensive little noise buggy. By the time this ATV fad fades away we will be left dealing with the aftermath for hundreds of years. All we really need to do is stay on existing trails and respect the land a little. Since we can't do that as a society then the land managers have the duty to close the roads and restrict vehicular travel. It is the direct result of unethical and disrespectful mindset of the people who operate these vehicles. Not some liberal plot to "lock" anyone out nor some extreme environmentalist scheme.
  28. 1 point
    Happy Day After Birthday ... its a great time of year to be detecting. I hope you got out and found a big one. Mitchel
  29. 1 point
    Happy Birthday Old Tom !!
  30. 1 point
  31. 1 point
    Wow!! Amazing work for sure.
  32. 1 point
    Hey guys, I thought these would be worth sharing. I while back I had a lady email me saying that she had boxes and boxes of mining pictures on 35mm slides, several hundred pics in total. She was going to throw them away because she didn't know what to do with them. Luckily she contacted me and asked if I wanted them. Heck yes I do! The pics were taken by her late father, Charles Romanowitz who he worked for the Yuba Dredge Company from 1941 through the mid 1960s. He traveled around to various goldfield around the world. I've got to sort through them and transfer them to digital. There are hundred of pictures, as far as I know they haven't been seen by anyone for decades. Most of the pics from California and Alaska, but also some from Korea, Russia, Indonesia, and the Panama Canal. For a mining nerd like me these are pure gold. Lots of the pics show the internal workings of the dredges, stuff that you don't see very often. I'll share a few here as if people are interested...
  33. 1 point
    Happy Birthday Rick, I hope you have a great day!
  34. 1 point
    Dont be to sad TomH, I still got the gold monster!
  35. 1 point
    Charlie, Did I miss the picture? This must be the one you got at the outing when no one else got one, right? Mitchel
  36. 1 point
  37. 1 point
    Happy birthday Rick, may your pan be full.
  38. 1 point
    I'd be willing to bet that the difference between 19kHz and 45kHz, GB Pro and Gm1000 respectively, is the main reason for your observations. Congrats on the nugget !! Hopefully there will be many more. Luke
  39. 1 point
    Hello Bill, Don't know where to post this message, so I just add it here. Just looked at your Thanks giving YouTube vid. I always like to hear you sharing your knowledge with us greenhorns it's always informative. The only thing I don't like about it is, when your are saying Your just rambling on. Please don't say that anymore, because for us watching you on YouTube you are never rambling on! You are a store house of information we can only dream about. All the years and decades of experience you share with us for free, is of great value to me and I know also to others, although they don't say it but this worth mentioning. you deserve some credit for this ! Please keep up the great work you are doing , I appreciate it and I know others will do to, although they don't say it!! So I say it for them! PAUL P.S. A grateful watcher of all your posted youtube nuggets shooter vids.
  40. 1 point
    Thanks and i'll keep trying
  41. 1 point
    Survived summer and hitting Gold Basin hard again! Gotta love the Gold Monster.....
  42. 1 point
    Army National Guard 1985 Civilian Contractor USCG Tracen N.J. 1986 E1/ E2 USNS Charlston 1987 E3 USCGC Escape /USS Escape ARS 1988 boarding officer USCG TWO ROCK Code Talker 1990 E/4 USCG CAMSPAC 1991 Coms Operator USNS MANTA 2003 CSI Captain USNS MANTA 2004 Police Tactical Dive Chief RCMP B.C. 2005 9/11 Flight 93 2011 Chief Served all over this soggy blue marble including GITMO operation Winter Night Operation Able Vigil Operation Pan America Operation HIMO Operation AIMO Operation Desert Shield Operation Desert Storm 9/11 Born a 5th generation military brat to an active military family and if I ever have kids they will be 6th gen or I will toss them out! Freedom Is not Free and if we fail to fight for it the only ones that will have freedom are those we have already buried!
  43. 1 point
    Heres a few more, these are still from dredges on the Yuba. I think I'm getting toward the end, I've got one more box to go through with maybe a dozen slides.
  44. 1 point
  45. 1 point
    I've still got a few more dredge pics... These are from one of the dredges on the Yuba River I believe.
  46. 1 point
    Here's the only pic I have of the Callahan dredge.
  47. 1 point
    Here's a few more. The first two pics are Yuba #21. Found this interesting info from the March 2003 article in the ICMJ: The last one is labeled "Trinity Dredge Co., Mary E. Smith Manager, 1912-1940." Found some info on historicalmarkerproject.com that states "The Trinity Dredge, operated by Mary E. Smith, was the richest, dredging over $2,700,000 in gold from areas now covered by Lewiston Lake."
  48. 1 point
    Here's some serious equipment. Not sure of the location on this one...
  49. 1 point
    I'd like to start a collection of X wives and their lawyers bleached skulls.......John
  50. 0 points
    I hope nobody loses one of these in the field. They'll probably toss it back thinking it's too light. https://m.phys.org/news/2020-01-carat-gold-nugget-plastic.html
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