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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.
  14. Happy Birthday Skip, The older you get the faster they come around ! Old Dudes Rule !
  15. You are 100% right and when I think about some of the things I have done around mines and mining , especially in Mexico I still get a cold shiver , there is no rescue service down there ! One time I had heard a story about an old town site and mining area on a very remote ranch in Baja. I got access through a Mexican friend. This ranch was one of those places that they only come to town twice a year and was in the Indian part where no one goes without permission , the government even has signs just off the highways warning travelers and the soldiers do not go there either. I had my Samurai loaded with the proper gifts and took off following a hand drawn map.It was 2 track for about 20 miles and fairly open but I could see the MTs . I found the river crossing and that was the end of anything other than cattle trails to the foothills , eventually after back tracking a couple of times and another 20 miles I came to the ranch and it was still in the 1800,s ! I had introductions from the Bramadero (Sub governor) and the Delgado (The local boss or ruler of the whole area) my intro's were written in Spanish and it took awhile and much rapid Spanish between them to invite me to get out and stay a while. They were more INDIO than Mexican but very nice once we got the paperwork and "gifts" distributed . I was fed in the main house and bunked in the halve open shed that the few cowboys stayed in . They didn't know what was really going on but made me welcome and gave me a guy who looked about 14 for a guide to the Mine the next day. He would not ride with me but took his horse, I have very little Mexican and he had no English but understood enough to go up to the mine. We went up a wash to its head and then over a pass , there on the Mt side sat a well timbered adit, some old falling down stone buildings ,junk everywhere and nearby an old tear drop metal trailer set upon a stone foundation . Near it was a stone wall covering a dug out buried in the ground, both of them were locked with huge old padlocks. Being double curious and the trailer had a window in the back , it was covered with a metal cover like modern trailers have. I just had to see what was locked up in it! Stacking a pile of rocks up against the back too where I could pry it open and look in the window so I got it pried open and the glass was intact but very dirty so I got a rag and rubbed it hard and standing tiptoed on a pile of loose rocks I peered in of course it was dark since all the other opening was covered. As my eyes adjusted I realized I was looking at several cases of dynamite with the nitro running down the sides! And on a shelf above that was a pile of little cardboard boxes with caps . Trying to get down without shaking the trailer and get to my Sammy which was parked close by l looked over and saw my escort with an old piece of iron trying to get it in the hasp of the lock and pry it off ! Getting him to understand with sign of "BOOM" We headed back to the ranch. When I tried to get them to understand they just gave me me the mexican "schurg" of the shoulders "NADA". When I got back I contacted the Bramadero and told him what I had found. He said he would take care of it. WOW everything there was pristine and untouched by collectors but I had seen enough. No one knew how they had got that trailer up there but it looked like the 1930'S . That was my closest call. In my younger years I had got a job on a seismograph crew and was told that I would start as the "Shooters " helper, had to go to classes and get a license and every thing, well we used 60% dynamite , not the old sticks but sticks about 4" X 12 " long and 5 Lbs each , they had a cover that was threaded and you un-threaded the cover half way and screwed them together to get the charge you wanted and had special poles to put them down a drilled hole screwing on sections until you reached the weight called for that shot. Normally 175 Lbs , or 3 1/2 cases.We used electric caps with 250 or 500 feet of wire on a spool with the cap stored in the center of the spool and that was the last thing to be put it , the dynamite is self was safe to handle until you capped it. We even used it to heat a pot of coffee in the field. Once it was capped there was no screwing around especially when you where shoving 175 lbs down a hole full of water with wood poles . The wires are kept grounded as they are fed out and only after the charge was covered with enough mud it would not float then you unscrewed the poles from the charge by turning them counter-clockwise and the poles are disconnected as they rise , they have a half open hook in one end and a closed ring in the other and when brought to a 90* angle will unhook. When the charge was fired every had had to be under a steel panel that folded off the shooting truck and they all had a "Jones" safety plug that was plugged into the shooters control board , the plug was attached to your clothes,no plug no go off! . The dangers of this was some time the charge would be would get loose and float to the top of the hole , if you did not add enough cap wire to get the truck far enough from the hole you could have big problems from all the debris and the blast if you was to close. The company I worked for had lost an entire crew of 5 men when they shot too close. Fresh dynamite is relatively safe by itself, you can drop it , cut it burn it, run over it with a car, and it won't go off, get a cap around it and its dangerous, old stuff will go off at any time for any reason. so will caps, it don't make any difference if they are electric or fuse type, ANY cap that you find metal detecting should be considered live and dangerous Any dynamite that you find any where should be left alone and considered ready to explode. If it looks wet bend over and ------------.
  16. Sorry Steve , I have a Chromebook now and it don't care about all that https:// stuff. I,ll never go back to Microsoft.
  17. For those of you whether you a Nevadan or just like pictures, dirt roads , old trails, stories and history in general old and new should at least look at the Nevadagram.com website or subscribe, its free and has articles on everything you can imagine.
  18. Naw, They just put them in 55 gal drums of cement and drop them in the ocean from their Gulfstreams in a explosives disposal area!
  19. I think you are right about the AI for drones, but for X thousands of $$ We could talk Stan into going back in for less .
  20. This is a free tip especially for Nevada members with drones. The story: Heading north on one of my trips I entered Nevada on HWY 6 thence to Ely and continuing to Coaldale checking spots as I went in no hurry. Near Currant checking some back roads found an old abandoned RR right of way. The area to the West is Railroad Valley , aptly named I found out it was used to miss some of the higher ground to the west enroute to California. Finding an access and a little searching turned up the remains of an old section house that was used in the old days for maintenance people who lived their the year around to maintain a section of track . I knew immediately I was on the right "track" because the first thing I found was an old RR date nail , I had some knowledge of them and had been collecting them for some time. Then finding telegraph line insulators I set out to find more sites on my trip across Nevada. This was before Google and cellphone days so I had to guess at locations , # of miles or terrain or ? I found another before Warm Springs that was better. Spent some time in Tonopah and headed on for Coaldale Junction , There's always been a nice free campground there and in those days it had a truckstop, motel, and the other businesses associated with NV. Checking out the western route of HWY 6 I found unlimited access to the old RR bed that went west. About 12 miles west of there I followed a 2 track to the old RR bed . Finding a place to park the Motorhome and explore with my Samuru , less than 1/4 mile to the east I found the bonanza at the site of a long gone large section house it looked as if it had never been touched in years. No MD was needed , coins sat up on little piles of dirt were the soil had eroded from rain and there was old costume jewelry , spoon , forks and household stuff everywhere. It had a siding track bed , the first I had found and rotten ties with the date nails still in them , the newest coin was a Mercury dime and the oldest nail was 01 and there was "X" s too, ( nail collectors know what that means). Looking at the Mts due S with binocs I could see an old trail leading up into the hills. After a few days I followed the trail up to the first ridge where a big wash came out , on one side of the wash was a very small dugout in the side of the hill, it was about 5'x6'X8' and buried all the way at the back wall and about 2' at the front , It had a small bunk on each 6' wall and some sort of cupboard dug into the back wall, a tin roof, chicken wire windows with tin shutters above them. Digging around there was no coins or anything except a broken carbide cap lamp. Never found a can dump or any thing close by. So I went up in the the nearby big wash and just around a bend found the mine. It was dug in to the side of the wash and had a large flat area excavated and the shaft was completely under the overhang and totally protected from the weather, the excavated material was used to make a loading dock and a diversion from the main wash. The shaft itself was in excellent condition with notes written on a bulletin board and the ladders were in good condition. the only thing that was missing was the hoisting winch and apparently an ore chute leading out to the loading dock. Still sitting next to the wall was a dozer with a front bucket. It looked ready to start but the radiator was drained. It was not a Caterpillar but a HOLT , looked just like a Cat. Thought about it for years but when I had a chance to go back trail was all washed out and I didn't have my trail bike with me. With all the mining development in that area I am sure its gone! I did find a brass Tonopah RR boxcar lock with chain and key at a derailment site further N on the old RR bed . You guys with drones could easily locate the old sites of derailments. If you just had a grabber !!
  21. hardtimehermit , It makes me wonder how many pets and people have been lost that way and with no witness's. I have heard stories about rescuers searching a mine shaft for a known person finding remains of very much older lost person ! Archaeologists have found sink holes with animal remains being many feet deep in them.
  22. Dave, Thanks I have just had not much time the last 3 years to really checkout the prospecting and Drone technologies. I started this series of post with Grubstake in a joking way not realizing that the drone industry had advanced so far. Now it seems that they are very advanced depending on how much money you want to spend. The videos have me hooked now although the ones with the dog and the walking out on OLD boards is very scary ! I know I have done it too and worse climbed down in too some of them but that was before I moved to Maricopa County. Now it's seldom a month goes by that the rescue squad is not called out to get someone out of a shaft , the last one survived a week by eating rattlesnakes. I happens everywhere , near Yuma 2 guys drove a jeep into a shaft and it hung nose down about 100" deep and they were badly burned by battery acid , someone had seen them go in but it took hours before the rescue squad could get them out because they were pinned in the jeep and they had to hoist the whole thing out , I'm sure you remember the kids in Chloride that rode a the ATV into a shaft. It used to be possible to get a permit to visit and interesting old mine on the Yuma Proving grounds until a visitor entered an off limits area and stepped on an old sheet of tin , she fell 1200' down a 20" vent pipe , I don't remember if they ever recovered her. So drones would be a great help in exploration but nothing cures stupidity and carelessness except death.
  23. hardtimehermit, You and Terry just don,t play fair. And what are you doing with those coins in your own Yard/
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