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  1. Yep, agree. It's not a difficult test, the weather and charts are likely the most challenging to people. I feel lucky because my better half is a USAF vet and licensed private pilot. She's worked for both an AZ and Alaskan (Ketchikan Air) air service. I've absorbed much of my aviation knowledge just being around her. Happy flying!
  2. Bill, I'm glad to hear that you're pursuing the 107 certificate. I'm a certified Part 107 pilot, so feel free to hit me up on FaceBook or via cell if I can be of any help to you. It's very rare that I read the forums, but heard about Reg and logged on. This thread has brought up a lot of great sub-topics. I'm no lawyer, but do know a few good ones. That said, I'll add a few notes. It's your due diligence responsibility to get the facts for yourself, don't just believe or disbelieve me. Yes, if you are making money on YouTube or anywhere with a drone, even $0.01 from ads, it's in your best interest to obtain a Part 107. If you've already been making money with your drone, but without your 107, what can you do? If it were me, I'd talk to an attorney. It's very unlikely that any regular person even cares, but it's about being on the right side of the FAA regulations. Perhaps an attorney would encourage you to edit the footage out of your videos to start with and stop doing it until you have your 107. Really, I don't know what they would say. 107 also applies if the drone footage somehow "furthers your business". I'll leave you to figure that meaning out, but think about intent. Yes, a Part 107 pilot can still fly as a recreational pilot too. You're allowed to have fun on both sides. This guy is an aviation attorney and a drone specialists on top of that, great website to learn more: https://jrupprechtlaw.com/ Hope this helps, happy flying folks!
  3. RIP Reg. He was not only a great guy, but he contributed a lot to the detecting community with his knowledge and time.
  4. Thanks for sharing this, nice gold too, congrats. Although I recently sold my GPZ seeing more coil options on the market is great. It's an awesome and powerful machine. I've seen a lot of people knock the Z who have likely never held one. If I could offer ML one big Z critique it would be this. More coil options. Looking forward to what ML releases next, but have plenty of detectors in the meantime. If the R&D team could just combine the power of the Z with the descrimination of the Monster (not to be completely trusted but good) in a light weight package, with several coils, that would be a home run.
  5. Beautiful gold, but second largest is certainly a stretch. You can only reference what's been recorded or published. Much is never talked about, such is the way of dirt diggers.
  6. These forums are a type of social media (like YouTube, FaceBook, etc.) where reality is often distorted in the viewers perception. You see a few people posting gold photos consistently and suddenly it seems very easy to accomplish. Same with reality shows. There are far more lurkers than posters and some of the most successful prospectors - detectorists never join a forum or participate in social media. It’s just not their thing. What you don’t know is as meaningful as what you do know, and as Clay noted - aside from gold, there are many other opportunities with natural resources. Knowledge is a big key. Finding gold consistently is fairly easy to do with experience. Finding enough to exist is one thing, finding enough to thrive is another. It all circles back to what you want and need, especially with living standards. Many people don’t know what they want other than the fact that they want change and more control over their lives. Deciding to be an independent miner is fundamentally a form of risk assessment. Like a few others here, I’ve done small scale and agree that it’s hard work and risk. You have to treat it like a business, because it is. It can be romantic/legendary in thought and it can make for good memories, especially if you can laugh at hard times. There are plenty of places where good gold still exists, and the bottom line is no one gets it all. Everyone leaves gold. It can be fun to chase crumbs, try to find what others may have overlooked or left behind because of something far better in their sights, or be the first in an area to find the big gold trophy nuggets. My daughter recently graduated with her first college degree and is pursuing her second. Before she started college my wife and I asked her to think about what she wanted her days to look like 5, 10, 15, 20, and 30 years from that point in time. It took awhile but she came up with an answer. From there we just needed to apply some ideas about how she could accomplish those states. We knew the end goal, so we began journey planning with that in mind. People change, and their dreams and goals change. Life is short so again, there is nothing wrong with taking a chance if you want to. You can always change course. My point is this, what do you want your working days and your future to look like - construction sites or the gold fields? Are you willing to accept the risks that come with striking out on your own? I have a friend who was in the construction business for himself here in the lower 48. He really wanted to go to Alaska and try his hand at independent mining, so he pulled up stakes here and went north. A lot of research went into the decision and he ended up being a handyman for a few years, but eventually acquired a few claims. Having prospected Alaska myself, I agree Alaska is vast with huge potential. But it’s not a cakewalk. He still has yet to make a profit and maybe when this season is done he will, I sure hope so. Just because you’re passionate about something does not mean that you won’t suck at it. Avocation vs vocation. Other friends of ours wanted to live the “van life”. He and his wife sold their house, 95% of everything they owned, paid off all debt, and hit the road after completing a van build. They kept some cash, made some investments, and now work part time/seasonal jobs to keep their savings as intact as possible. They absolutely love it and never plan on looking back. Now with prospecting you could do the same and give yourself a safety net of sorts. Success, satisfaction, and happiness have different definitions for us all.
  7. Good question, and smart to ask before you leap. Prospecting full time is not quitting your job, it's trading your current job for another one. The dirt business is hard work. I’ve met more than one millionaire who were told they would never succeed, and many times that number of people who gave up on their dreams when the road got rocky. There are wealthy people who are miserable, and people who barely eek out a living who are truly happy. Trade your expectations for appreciation and the world will change for you. We all walk our own path. Live fully, experience the things you want. Have fun, be different. Everyone screws up so sometime, friends, lovers, partners, just be ready to enjoy the process and allow the lessons to make you better. Good luck!
  8. Nature is full of oddities. Some friends and I were just joking about this as we saw these two rocks while hiking to detecting spot. "Someone out there would think it's a sign of something lol" A '5' on one rock and a pyramid looking thing on another. It's just nature.
  9. Good idea Doc. Looks better than duct tape
  10. Idaho does indeed have great gold.
  11. $4500.00 cash only. Since I already bought yet another detector, the money from this sale will be a gift for my daughter when she's away for her junior year in college this fall. Good (great) deal for you and her lol
  12. A few people are interested but no cash on the table yet. Great deal and when it's gone, it's gone.
  13. Thanks great. I'm really looking forward to reading about your trip. Amy and I have talked about visiting OZ one day to detect so the more we learn, the better. Good luck!
  14. Not surprised that the lion's instincts were activated by the runner. That's nature working as designed. Lions are more aggressive in some areas due to human proximity and frequency. Out in Cali my cousin has had some interesting experiences with them while prospecting, but all turned out well. I've encountered two lions in the field in remote areas. Both ran away quickly. Frankly, it's not a big worry. I was more concerned about Grizzlies and Moose detecting deep in Alaska. Sing songs as you hike through the forest, creeks, and berries to let them know you're coming. They will respond by heading out of the area 99 percent of the time. Just don't expect that near a river full of salmon from bears. The bears are generally amicable to your company as a fellow angler as long as you don't get crazy. It's just something we have in common, both humans and nature love good food. Nature is grand. Stay safe and enjoy life!
  15. I've worn out several pairs of snake gaiters over the years and have come to the conclusion that they protect you from cactus more often than they do snakes. About 15 years ago on an early winter morning a good friend was squatting down to dig a target, right over a coiled rattler. He was not coiled in defense, just kind of positioned that way waiting for the sun to warm things up. I noticed the snake and called out to my friend 'Bro, you've gotta come check this out! Right now! So damned amazing!' he walked over and jokingly said 'What's so great that my nugget has to wait?' I pointed to the rattler. He was very thankful and lucky. We still chuckle about that now and then. Detector Pro makes the one ear model Rattler headphones. Another friend of ours swears by them. I've been thankful for the wireless module on the GPZ and the loud speaker on the Monster. Works much better than the old SD/GP amps when you need to lay down and crawl through the tight spots.
  16. Cool shirt. Sometimes I "break" for bedrock at lunch too.
  17. Teamwork nugget, love it! Congrats! Amy and I have used poker chips to mark targets with my deeper beeper and let her monster follow. Works great in areas of heavy trash, it's like Vegas, always a gamble but lots of fun.
  18. I bet you have some great stories to share from those twelve years. You're right, optimizing solar performance, even the little stuff, makes all the difference. When we first started getting into solar a few years ago we certainly had some interesting learning experiences, but dialed it in with a lot of research and reading.
  19. I've been impressed with Renogy products and service. Interesting that you've seen new rigs being on grid designed, I've observed the opposite, at least with the smaller 4x4 rigs. We love being able to stay out in the gold fields for long periods of time, away from technology and finding new patches. Life begins where the pavement ends.
  20. We use a Renogy 100w solar system in our 4x4 camper with a Whynter 45 quart refrigerator. To be safe we'll run the engine for 30 minutes every third day. We've stayed out for several weeks detecting and never had a problem. The Whynter is great, will keep food cold at 30-40 degrees no problem and runs on direct DC current or AC via an inverter. We run it DC. I've learned that inverters can really drain your battery on their own. That's why we run the fridge (and lights) via DC. Lots of low draw LED options on the market. I'll likely beef the panels up to 300w in the future.
  21. Investing in others is always a risk. I've been burned as well. People will make all kinds of promises and fail to deliver. They will also try to excuse their behaviour. I've heard it all...I promise to never return without you...As soon as I find a wash with big nuggets you'll be the first to know. Promises are like babies, fun to make and hell to deliver. Let it go. Make peace with it. Find value in the experience. Let it teach and guide you. Maybe it's an opportunity for you to change too. Hopefully, some day, you can be friends with him again and rebuild trust. Perhaps his intentions were good, but misguided. Maybe you motivated him to be more active if he has physical limits. That's positive. Step back and try to see a larger picture. Calm your mind. Have no expectations. Understand and replicate the experiences that make you happy. Life is full and good.
  22. I love it. Good for you. People will bash you when you're out of their depth of experience, and they did. Just keep smiling and laughing. Wishing you more success.
  23. Lots of good advice given. You're asking questions, are willing to experiment with settings, and are persistent. All positives. You'll find your way. Enjoy the journey.
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