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  1. Idaho Jim

    First UTV - advice please

    In the desert races I rode an AJS 370. Super good handling for it's day. For the Elsinore GP, and at Parris, I rode a Yamaha 250. Those Elsinores were good machines, for sure. Malcom Smith, himself, put a new top end on my Yamaha. Hard to believe how many years ago all that was....LOL Jim
  2. Idaho Jim

    New video of my Sweep Jig....

    YEEEHAA!!!! i was notified by mail today that my patent application has been approved! I need to send them a check for $250, and my patent will be issued. Only 5% of the patent applications are approved on the first run-through, so I'm really pleased to be in that group. I put 250 hours into the application. I'm really happy all that effort paid off. I may never make any money from the machine, but it's still nice to have a patent. Jim`
  3. Went down along the Utah border last weekend. Visited an old gold/silver mine looking for pyrite nuggets. Ran the Sweep Jig (patent pending) dry to see if it could recover the pyrite. Obviously, it did OK. I'm wondering about the "coppery" color. If anybody knows what that is, I'd appreciate the info. The GMT doesn't detect the nuggets, but easily "sees" the coppery sand. https://youtu.be/UDATYX62tt4 Jim
  4. Idaho Jim

    First UTV - advice please

    Cool on the Barstow-Vegas ride, BC. I road in the Elsinore GP in '71. Road a lot of desert races near Victorville while in the Air Force at San Berdoo. Also did some TT at Parris. Jim
  5. Idaho Jim

    First UTV - advice please

    I've had both...Rokon, and now a Polaris Magnum. Rokons will go absolutely anywhere, but the cargo carrying ability is limited. They're also hard on your back.....rough ride. I've had my Polaris for 20 years, and zero problems, though I don't use it much. I'm currently considering one of the smaller side by side ATV's. Up here in the mountains, anywhere you can use an ATV wider than 53", you can legally take a pickup, or other 4x4. Any ATV I own has to be able to go on the restricted trails....thus <53". Jim
  6. I spent a few days in the Little Lost River valley this week. I had the Goldmaster 24K along to detect with. Didn't find any gold, but it was a great trip. I covered 15 miles, and climbed about 1,000 to 1,200 vertical feet each day. Found two adits I hadn't previously known about...one may be a couple hundred feet long. But, right where I camped along a creek, I found an interesting piece of ore. It's obviously copper, which was waht they mainly mined in this canyon, along with a little gold, silver, zinc, and lead. When I took a close look at this piece I noticed an area about 3/8" across that was golden-colored. I assumed it was pyrite, but after viewing the macro shots I took, I'm no longer sure it isn't gold. Thought I'd ask you guys what you think. The overall rock is about 6" across and 1 1/2" thick. Jim
  7. Idaho Jim

    Pyrite?...or gold?

    Toward the rock, or metal, as i said. An interesting thing, though....I think the Falcon will show metal on some hot rocks that don't have metal. I've seen some "metal" signals on some dark material that my GM 24K says is ferrous. Jim
  8. Idaho Jim

    Pyrite?...or gold?

    I thought this might be interesting to you guys that responded. I bought a Falcon MD-20, and used it on the stone. The only spot that gave a signal was where the pyrite is. Also, the signal given was as a metal. Supposedly the Falcon can't see pyrite. So, there is either gold, or other metal, in the pyrite, or under it. I did the scratch test, and it broke up, indicating pyrite. Jim
  9. Idaho Jim

    PONDMN

    I'm hoping they can keep the symptoms under control so you can get on with your life. I know little of this malady. All the best, Jim
  10. Idaho Jim

    Falcon md-20

    Hey guys, I've been thinking about buying a Falcon MD-20. Is this a useful tool, or a gimmick? I'd really like some opinions from the people that have, or currently use them. Many thanks, jim
  11. Idaho Jim

    Falcon md-20

    What I want it for is checking anthills. Up here in the cold-winter country, the harvester ants build large mounds. The mounds have chambers the ants use to keep their seed food dry, and also to keep their larvae at the correct temperature year around. They do this by moving things in and out of the chambers in the mound, depending on temperature, sunshine, etc.. To protect the mound from erosion, they go out and gather heavy materials to place on the mound. They have a natural instinct to bring back the heaviest things they can carry. That instinct maximizes the return for the calories they expend foraging. So...you can check anthills and get a very good idea of what minerals are in the general area. The ants go out as much as 200 yards from the mound. I've found many gems on anthills in both Idaho and Wyoming. I've also checked many for gold, but because it is so heavy, I assume the pieces the ants bring back are smaller than can be detected, even with a GB2, so I'm thinking maybe the MD-20 would be just the ticket, though a slow process. Jim
  12. Idaho Jim

    Green radials

    Sorta looks like olivine, but after researching wavellite, I'm pretty sure that's what it is. Nice call! Jim
  13. Idaho Jim

    Some gold on an ugly quarter

    That's really nice. For you guys, it's old hat, but I'd be turning cartwheels! Jim
  14. Idaho Jim

    Pyrite?...or gold?

    Morlock, I'm gpoing to do that. somebody else also suggested that, and it's a good idea. Seeker, I got truly lucky. Won't be able to do any more uphill prospecting this fall, but that's a small price to pay for getting my heart in good shape. I'll be back at it next spring, and maybe sooner. Once I get the scrtch test done, I'll post what I find out.
  15. Idaho Jim

    Pyrite?...or gold?

    Well guys, it's hard to believe but I'm in the ICU at the local hospital. Had chest pains early Sunday morning. Fooled around for several hours thinking it was heartburn. Finally went to the emergency room and they did some tests, and also thought heartburn from the EKG, but the blood tests came back and showed some heart muscle damage (very light). Sunday night they decided they needed to do a catheter look-see, and found two partially-blocked arteries. So, I now have stents in place and am recovering. I'm very lucky I didn't have a major attack while out in the mountains. Sometimes you get lucky! I can't do a streak test....can't get the pyrite in contact with the porcelain. Normally, the streak is the first test I do. Jim
  16. Idaho Jim

    Pyrite?...or gold?

    Yes...I appreciate all the input. It was definitely a nice find, but ironic that I found it at camp, and not when out covering all the hard miles prospecting. I guess we just never know where the next find will come from. here's a couple of pics of the canyon where I found a fairly deep adit. Just a glimpse of the country I'm privileged to roam. One looking down, and the other up the canyon. I was standing at about 8,000'. The adit is about 100 yards below me. Jim
  17. Idaho Jim

    I can see Fall from my house!

    Yup...winter's coming. Last Tuesday, at 8,000', about 9:30 AM there was still a little ice on the creek i was going up. Won't be long, I'll have snow in the yard! Jim
  18. Idaho Jim

    Pyrite?...or gold?

    Actually, I like it better as a specimen. There's really not enough to detect, or make recovery practical. There's only 1 mine in that canyon that produced much gold, and it has fallen in....that's one of the two new adits I found on this trip. Jim
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    Pyrite?...or gold?

    Thanks, guys. I suspect pyrite myself. By the way, how do you edit a post? I don't see an edit button anywhere. I mentioned hiking 15 miles, and didn't mean to claim I did that each day...LOL At 69, those 15 mile days are well-behind me. I did do 15 miles over the three days, but the longest day was 6.8. If I tried to do 15, I'd still be laying out there. In fact, coming off the hill, I got a reminder of how I felt. See below.
  20. Idaho Jim

    Newcomers beware

    Yup...that's exactly why I go to those places. I'm sure that, at many of the places I detect, I'm the only person who ever has. I may never find anything, but if I do I expect it may be really good. I'm not prospecting for flyspecks...I'm looking for a STRIKE!...LOL I'm heading out again tomorrow. This trip heading for an old silver "occurrence", and another spot where gems were recovered. Many years ago I did coyote hunting all around this particular area, but never ventured into it. Always wondered what was back in there. I'm looking forward to finding out. I doubt it's ever been detected. The only downside is a long, uphill hike to get there. Have to climb about 1,200 vertical feet...not much fun on these 69 year-old legs, but I'll manage. Jim
  21. Idaho Jim

    Newcomers beware

    I've been at it for several years without finding a nugget. I have found a couple of nifty coins, but that's it. But, I figured out a long time ago that finding gold isn't really why I'm out there. I just like the outdoors. If I wasn't nugget-hunting, I'd find another activity that puts me in the outdoors. Also, I don't hunt good areas. I often go where there was an "occurrence" of gold, but no mining. There just weren't many gold mines in my area that had nugget-sized gold. I accept that, but I still go. I hope, this fall to make it down to Rye Patch. Might do some poking around the Eugenes. If I find something...great! if I don't..well, I'll have seen some new country, and that's enough. Jim
  22. Idaho Jim

    New video of my Sweep Jig....

    The prototype had rollers on the arms. I may end up going back to that, but every extra detail adds to the complexity, labor time, materials, and thus the cost. I'm trying to keep the price under $600, and it's not easy. If I used rollers, they'd have to be omni-directional, as the direction of rotation changes as the position along the arms changes. Also, using rollers doesn't help much with the diaphragm wear. The ease of rotation is offset by the point-loading of the rollers. The spot where the roller rubs has moire load, and thus more friction, and wear on the diaphragm. The whole thing works well as it is....wet or dry. Currently, I'm working to get the weight down. Jim
  23. Idaho Jim

    New video of my Sweep Jig....

    Thanks, Micro. I'm already making some changes. The bungee doesn't hold the diaphragm tight enough, so it needs a winch-tightening strap. Not a big deal, but an improvement. We also found out it draws more current than we thought....roughly 4 amps, so I need to advise customers they'll want a bigger battery pack. I put a 10mil visqueen diaphragm on mine, and I've run almost 5 hours dry, so far. Running dry is harder on the diaphragm than running wet. I'm also working on a different version that may become the standard version I sell. I won't get really involved with that until the weather goes to cr-p...probably in November. I'm waiting to hear on the recovery of gold from black beach sand. The run is done, but still waiting to find out the results. The run was done without water, so I don't have high hopes. Trying to recover gold from black sand is tough, wet. Much more difficult dry, so I'm not optimistic, but we'll see. Jim
  24. Idaho Jim

    NEW! Hand Made Drywasher

    Yup...I was too impatient! Really nice build! I have a lot of respect for the guys that can build equipment like that. Jim
  25. Idaho Jim

    NEW! Hand Made Drywasher

    I get a page saying "call me", and a few other choices. Go to main page and get an advertisement for MineLab. Jim
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