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Gilaoro last won the day on June 28 2020

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  1. Yep , The VA told me the same thing. The twin 40 MM was not to pleasant either . We also fired 81 MM Mortars with a piggyback 50 Cal attached . All with a GI helmet and sound powered phones if you were the gunner or trainer , the loader and hot shell man had nothing and they stood closer to the gun than anyone! But the evidence that the VA wants is PROOF that you were on a gun crew and the date and time and how many rounds were fired and what for so on and so on. Information the was never recorded in any log book I ever seen. Proof ? Most servicemen of our days are lucky if they even have any records of service. How can you prove that you were on a gun crew and fired 50 50 rounds of 3" 50 rounds at a target on any certain date There was no records kept but they can tell you exactly what days you were on earned leave. I repeat THE VA IS WORTHLESS. It took me 15 years to get what little disability they gave me and that was after a federal judge told them they had too but they would not make it retroactive nor give me enough to qualify for GI insurance. I was told directly in person at the Phoenix VA office that if I appealed one more time that they would take it all away. As far as the Vets org's they are primarily drinking clubs and of little use. I have had friends who died in agony from Agent Orange exposure who had a hell of a time PROVING their exposure to it..
  2. Dave, All this stuff is advancing so fast it's hard to even read about the advances and uses . For instances I have now read that most major fire departments have drones to get views of the fire that they are fighting without risking a helicopter. Pretty soon they are going to have too have traffic control just for drones. For an old foggy like me who grew up without TV until 1945. When I lived in Deming ,NM you could watch the big drones followed around by a Cessna going through testing. Some of the first operational drones over seas were remotely controlled from Fort Bliss Texas , they solicited a bunch of old radio control model operators to fly them before the young guys caught up to the training . Just because you can fly a regular aircraft does not make you capable of flying a drone on a monitor. Younger people who have grew up with video games have a definite edge. These days you can almost be sure someone is watching you with a camera or a drone. Its just a matter of time before someone invents a small drone with some sort of gold nugget detector, be to late for Grubstake and Me !!
  3. For some reason they like to nest under Oak Trees , Prescott has lots of them. I always notice more of their shed husks on Oak trees. When I was much younger we had a big oar tree in the front yard and there was always lots of them , it may take them 17 years too hatch but there was always a new crop and we too tired thread to them and made them fly. Tye them to a fish hook with no weight and float them in a bass pond and watch out! Yes I have tinnitus bad: Too many 50 Cals, 3In/50 cannons, unprotected helicopter hours. But the VA says there is no such thing, I am just hearing things ! Need to tie them under an Oak tree .
  4. Heck !! I hear them 24 hours a day , 7 days a week!
  5. I have been reading a lot of books about drones and their use, I just didn't imagine all the uses they are currently used for and that Israel is the major supplier of spy drones. They have even used them right here in Phoenix, AZ demonstrating the use of the "GORGON STARE" drone that can read a car licence 15 miles away . It can track any vehicle or person forward and backwards in time. In other words you can just designate a car or person with a mouse click and it can track him back to the place it came from or went too. And they can stay up a long time and a few of them can continuously watch an entire city day and night.The book said that the latest cameras have 10,000 pixel resolution. The cameras were first made from 1000's of cell phone cameras feeding the computer that ties it all together. The US government isn't saying where they are using them in the US but they are in use and Israel is selling them to any country that can pay the freight. These are the big drones not the hobby type but they can do amazing things with the small one too. If I was able that would be my major focus in life remote control drones !
  6. I think $2400 by the end of the year, maybe sooner.
  7. Congrats to You and your bride , the years have treated you and your family well. I remember you well from my LV days when you were in the storage place. My bride and I are starting on our 59 year.
  8. Ahh! Magnet fishing used to be one off my favorites ! A very strong magnet can be obtained from an old Radar Waveguide and a strong double braided nylon line attached to it. In New Orleans you would almost be guaranteed bicycles and shopping carts at every road crossing the many canals. At any country road crossing a creek fishing lures and other stuff will surprise you what people through off off a bridge. Fish cleaning stations built over the water or on piers will keep you in a supply of pocket and other knives and floating boat docks have an almost endless supply of wrenches and anything made of steel or iron that can be dropped overboard. Special magnets made for water recovery are available at a price. You never know what you will find next ! Try it you might like it.
  9. Bob, You have outdone yourself this time ! That thing would scare the devil out of the devil ! Besides that It would hurt you bad it you stepped on it.!
  10. Dang, No wonder you had to wear a brace on your hand for that long of a time. Cannons are supposed to be fired from fixed emplacements ! Don't you suppose those old buffalo hunters that fired them all day were man mountains? I once had a chance to fire a 50 .cal at a range one time , I saw what happened to the guy in in line ahead of me and chickened out of my shot ! I had shot my grandpa's 10 Ga. shotgun one time when he was gone off some wheres, I had orders to never touch it but you know how that goes with a 10 year old kid, I probably weighed 70 pounds at the time. I didn't shot another shot gun until was about 18 and weighed 110 pounds. When I went to bootcamp that same year we trained with the old WW2 Springfields and they kicked my skinny *** too.
  11. Sorry for the picture quality If I could do it over again I certainly would be this was about 1983 0r 4 and I didn't have a digital camera for sure. This picture is the results of a 1 month clean up of a trammel operation working on my friends ranch in El Alamo in Baja. It was working ground in a river area that the owners at the time 1872 or so did not let anyone even the Chinese work. It was forgotten over the years and much hard rock mining went on with tailing piles covering a lot of it. I was not part of this operation so was asked by both party's to be a whatever you call it , referee was the term used at the time The picture was taken on the land owner's kitchen table where they were graded by size. The owner's wife wanted the nuggets but had to grant the other s a premium for taking them. I got nothing and wanted nothing for any help I might have been to either of them. As a matter of interest the wife was a well educated business owner as well as a large ranch owner. They had let my wife and I camp , dredge, metal detect, dig quartz crystals on their lands which consisted of 1000,s of acres. The husband was a wild riding cowboy who loved the brush busting ranch life while his wife managed their hotel and other stuff in Ensenada. To follow upon this gold the wife went to a christmas party in Ensenada , she had the gold in her purse and put it in a bedroom at the party ! Sure ,it disappeared ! They later divorced and I lost track of them.I moved my rig to the west coast to run a pay to dig operation which is a story in itself and was there was GOLD. Pictures are the tromel operation and the gold.
  12. This has nothing to do with gold prospecting or Meteorites , you guys must really be BORED ??? One month trommel clean up.
  13. Bob, Great Video! Neat the way he stashed the fly ! It brings back memories. A lot of people don't know you can hunt scorpion's with a black light. A number of years back my wife and I got really into fluorescent minerals and had bought a cheap black light at the Tucson gem show. Soon found a professional model that would really do the job with dual modes. Someone told me about a place that had forsecents west of Gila Bend . We found it and found some good stuff including some of the biggest scorpions I had found until then. I haven't been there in years so I don,t know if its still open but if anyone likes fluorescents it is about 3 or 4 miles west of the junction of HWY 84 and I-8 . There is a exit there, take the old road to the south, there's an old concrete slab that is the remains of the old I-8 construction camp. Follow that road to the south a ways and start hunting. This road appears on the map now heading toward the Table Top Wilderness area. If anyone checks this out let us know if it is still available. I sold lots of them at the Yuma rock shows in those days.You will see lots of UFOS at night also. PS: I made paperweights out of the scorpions with resin, good flea market item.
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