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About Oregal1976

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    Peoria, AZ
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    Gold prospecting, Beepin' nuggets, camping, hiking, deer hunting, photography, cooking

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  1. OEM "anything" is always going to be a lot more expensive than aftermarket parts that are manufactured by a third party. ;-) I'm one of the people using Chet's adapter on my Monster with velcro straps to help keep the strain off of the jacks - at both ends. I love it!!! And yes, the price is VERY reasonable. I think I had probably already spent at least two or three times Chet's price on adapters I bought and tried from several different sources - that didn't work! I didn't want to go hacking and cutting into my Monster or fiddling around with adapters anymore - I just needed something that worked with the Sunray Pro headphones I had recently bought, and I needed it like... NOW! This adapter made it all come together. Yeah, sure, the speaker on the Monster has great volume - but everyone else within earshot knows that, too! LOL... I tried detecting using just the speaker and I never actually found a speck of gold that way. (My tinitus & hearing loss might have something to do with that.) Maybe I wasn't in the right spot for it at that time, but I've found plenty of nuggies now that I've got an adapter that works with a great pair of headphones. Just sayin'...! The adapter that Chet made for me has about a 6" cord length, which gave me just enough length to route it so I could attach it securely from the rod to the main housing. It's out of the way and secure and it works! Oh... and one thing I feel should definitely mention... DON'T try to use the adhesive-backed, 2-part, velcro strips or pads to attach the adapter cord. I say this from personal experience. It won't hold and you just end up with a sticky mess. Velcro straps or strips (like the ones used to bundle wiring for electronic equipment - without adhesive crap) work WAY better. Not only do they hold securely, but they allow you to re-route the cable very easily if you decide to make adjustments later on. The weight of my headphone cord isn't even an issue with the way I have the adapter secured to the unit. That sucker ain't goin' nowhere unless I decide to move it myself! Lisa
  2. Hi Bob, I just sent him a PM with a link to this page/thread and let him know someone might be interested in his adapters, with an invite for him to jump right in this conversation if he's still interested in making them. I'll let ya'll know if I hear anything. Cheers! Lisa
  3. I don't mean to rain on anyone's parade or anything but, now that I've found an 1/8" adapter that actually works great with the $150 headphones (1/4" jack) that I already have, I can't see much profitability in designing & producing Monster-specific, high-end headphones. Sure, there are lots of adapters out there already but I never found a single one that actually worked with the Monster until one of our forum members handmade one for me. It works perfectly! If something like that could be put into production and marketed exclusively to Monster owners who are using high-end, 1/2" jack headphones and with minimal expense/ tooling/ etc., it should easily pay for the expense AND still bring in a tidy profit. Lisa
  4. I wish each and every one of you a Very Happy and Prosperous New Year!
  5. WOW... Congrats, Luke! Merry Christmas, indeed!
  6. Well first off, in defense of Brian Kolfage and his lifestyle / income, his ability to be able to afford a nice sports car and a new home isn't much of a reality check. He is a disabled vet, regardless of being an E4, he is eligible for and would receive a 100% disability rating if he filed claims for his injuries. 100% disability with a wife and two children to support amounts to $3,437.10 per month, as of Dec 1, 2018. Add to that any additional income he receives from speaking engagements plus becoming an architect, I'm pretty sure he isn't trying to pull off a scam with his GoFundMe wall fundraising effort. Think, say or write whatever you want to, but I'm very impressed with what this guy has accomplished with his new lease on life. Anyone who survives such massive injuries and wasn't expected to live, then not only survives, but thrives in spite of the shitty hand he was dealt deserves respect and admiration. It's not for us to judge him. As for the wall, I'm more for it than against it. Why? The US doesn't seem to be doing such an awesome job of taking care of it's own citizens as it is. Budget cuts are making things worse for those who really need the assistance. We have people going hungry and others who cannot get or afford major medical care even if it's a matter of life and death. So much for Lady Liberty's, "Give me your tired, give me your poor, give me your huddled masses." I've actually lived in and traveled through the very parts of Central America where most of the refuges of today are coming from. I was just a kid back then, but I'll never forget seeing leftist guerrillas armed with machine guns walking along the highways just outside of Guatemala City. We lived in a safe suburb, with the US Marine Corp's R & R house just two doors down, gated entrances to all the area residences with high, reinforced concrete walls - topped with broken glass, of course - bars on the windows, security doors, and 24-hour police patrols; many on bicycles, giving periodic "check-in" toots on whistles to let each other know all was well on their block. I felt safe. We had live-in household help - a brother and sister, natives from a tiny mountain village. They were just the sweetest, most honest and hard-working people I've ever known in my life. They were so grateful to have jobs; happy to serve and never, ever complained or hesitated to do whatever needed to be done. They would ride a buss for several hours (each way) to go home to visit their friends and family members who lived in poverty in makeshift huts and they always took huge bundles of clothing and food to them. They would usually return to our house either the next day or the day after that, happy and smiling and ready to work. They became like part of my family. I probably spent a lot more time with the housekeeper than I did with my parents or any of my friends from school and I learned a lot about their culture. Most people haven't had such an opportunity or experience, and are quick to assume the worst about these immigrants. It's a shame, but that's the way it is. Things have gotten much worse since back then and I'm not surprised people left in search of a better life and a safer environment for their families. The humanitarian side of me says they need help and are willing to walk thousands of miles and take a giant leap of faith to escape poverty, violence and terrible governments. Most are hard workers, wonderful, honest people who probably deserve a better way of life and they are willing to work for it. They will take any type of work even if it doesn't pay enough to support them, because it's still (usually) better than what they left behind. But we simply don't have the means to help make up the difference for the higher cost of living here in the US. They don't know or understand this until they've been here for a while or get caught. Just a thought, but maybe explaining this to these refugees and telling to pass the word when they are sent back home might help deter future immigration caravans. Ya think? Unfortunately, we can't save the world... Hell, we can't even save some of our own people! It's not all about the war on drug smuggling, although that is a major issue which political proponents of the wall just love to emphasize every chance they get. Detaining and deporting illegal immigrants and paying wages for additional border protection costs the US a lot of money over time. Perhaps the wall is a more cost effective solution. I'm not opposed to granting political asylum to immigrants under allowable laws and circumstances, as long as it's justified. If the American people can collectively contribute a billion dollars to pay for the wall, I think that's really something! I think it's a pretty awesome idea and I'll be keeping an eye on how things develop... Lisa
  7. Thank you all very much! I really missed seeing you all at the last outing, but I was in the middle of moving and ended up injuring my back (again) - haven't been out nugget hunting in quite a while. Lots of rest and wearing a back brace when I'm doing any heavy lifting have been helping it heal. I'm about ready to get back out there beepin' nuggets again - long overdue! I hope you all have had a nice Christmas. See ya'll next year! Lisa
  8. To Kevin and everyone involved in the search efforts and those who were able to contribute information: Thank you and God Bless you all! I pray he will be found soon and that he is okay. Lisa
  9. Monday, Nov 12th is the Veteran's Day Holiday... How sweet is that?! Maybe get in an extra day of hunting Count me in - and maybe my son (Brian) will come along with me again for part of that weekend, too. Tent camping works great there; bringing a rake to clear the sharp rocks out of the way is recommended.
  10. Have a very Happy Birthday "BD"!! Cheers!!
  11. Have a Happy and Awesome Birthday Bill!!
  12. Good luck! A streak test is often very helpful. It looks like your rock might have some iron content (orangey-red spots often mean iron), but it's got some interesting rounded divots in it... almost as though like someone tried flint napping it, but it might just be old and worn from the elements. It will be very interesting to hear what you find out about it & I hope you will let us know!
  13. Aww geez, Al... Sorry to hear you had such a terrible reaction, and I'm glad you're on the mend now. Be well, my friend! Lisa
  14. The GM does take a bit of getting used to if you're used to using another VLF. When I bought mine I was alread pretty proficient at finding gold with my GB Pro. It took me at least 6 months to find nuggets with the GM. Maybe I wasn't hunting in areas that had nuggets, or maybe it was because I hadn't gotten familiar enough with the differences between those two machines. But I searched in a new area and dug out 8 nuggets in a day with the GM. Mike's settings and ground balancing recommendations are spot on. Don't sweep too fast; it only confuses the CPU! Lisa
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