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  1. Attached the Franconia Strewnfield GPX file that I've used for years and it's based on Jim Smallers map. Just rename the file to have a .GPX entension, upload to you're GPS and run the route "FranconiaSF". You'll know exacty where you are in the strewnfield while out hunting. Del Franconia SF.txt
  2. Cut about 20% off of it then take a pic in the sunlight using the macro on your camera. Get a nice clean pic and post it if you can. Del
  3. Converse- http://www.lapolicegear.com/co9melaupdet.html 5.11- http://www.lapolicegear.com/5tahwabocobr.html You can find more on the LA Plice Gear website- http://www.lapolicegear.com/ Del
  4. My first nugget took about two weekends and the second one took another two weekends to find. The third..... Weeeeelllll that one took 8 months to find! Keep at it because sooner or later that "bullet" you think you're digging up will end up being a gold nugget and it will be the greatest feeling in the world. Patience, persistance and perserverance is the key!! Good luck out there, you'll get one eventually.
  5. Wow thats the stuff dreams are made of! I used to frequently walk by reversed signals until one turned out to be a nugget. While digging it I was 100% convinced it was a piece of trash but I'm happy to admit I was totally wrong. Lesson learned... Best bet is to dig ALL signals!
  6. So if you have a 5000 why are you even bothering with an Explorer SE for meteorites? I've seen high end coin and relic hunting detectors pass over large Franconia meteorites like they weren't there. It's hard to say if the Explorer will handle Franconia's hot ground but you're 5000 will easily do it.
  7. Haha maybe Bucket! LOL Isn;t it amazing what people will give away to Thrift Stores? Holy s%*t I just read the manual.... I had to actually stop my head from spinning around. These things are freakin complcated! Can someone point me towards some resources to learn from? Thanks Del
  8. Thanks for the congrats everyone. Well I've read the maual now and I had to actually stop my head from spinning aorund! LOL It's amazing how complicated these metal detectors and it certainly makes you appreciate how simple the Minelab PI's are once you get used to them. I'll figure it out eventually. Hey Fred I've been working down in San Diego for the last few months and I think I may fire this bad boy up down here. If your up for a beach hunt or something let me know. Bill I'll shoot you a PM in the next few days. I need to pick up a few for this new toy. Del
  9. http://www.lapolicegear.com/co9melaupdet.html Del
  10. I was in a Thrift Store yesterday and as I was leaving way off in the corner and buried somewhat deep something caught my attention. I could only see the arm cuff of a metal detector but I had seen enough of these to know exactly what it was. As I approached it my first thought was "OMG that HAS to be a Minelab Explorer?!", as I started getting closer I realised "YES it is, it has an extra coil, AND it only costs $95.99!"- I didn't even have to think about it so I immediately snatched it up, paid for it, then took it home and it fired right up!!. It has a few bumps and bruises from sitting around someones house but it doesn't show the typical wear and tear from regular field use. Here's a couple pics- I know the Explorer II is a little old but for only $96 who can complain?! It just simply amazes me what people will donate to thrift stores!! Del
  11. Thanks for the update Martin. I always like to hear from you whats happening with this. I don't mean for this to sound negative or anything but I'm a little hessitant to give my money to PLP because the last time I did I din't even get a receipt for it. At that time I figured if I couldnt even get a receipt for my donation then they may not be the most organized non-profit group and giving them my money is probaly not a good idea. Reading this post has changed my mind about them a little bit and hopefully with more success they will eventually convince me that any money I donate will be put to good use.
  12. Frank the Sutters Mill meteorites are a very rare type called a Carbonaceous Chondrites and as of this date there has only been about 65 reported finds with a total known weight of less than 1 kilogram. With meteorites it's all about supply and demand and the Sutters Mill meteorites have a lot going for them. First they're an extremly rare type, second witnessed falls usually snag higher prices, and third the TKW is low. When you put this all together and factor in the demand for them (high) the prices will be extrememly high when compared to something like a Gold Basin or Franconia ordinary chondrite. Del
  13. 5 hours really isn't enough time to hunt for meteorites. Most successfull meteorite hunters spend days, months, and even years to find something... It's just the nature of a very challenging game that isn't easy to play. CdDL is a tough one to hunt but they are out there. Bob Verish wrote an article a while back that can help- http://www.lpi.usra....02/pdf/5295.pdf It's been a few years since I've found anything out there and I hunt the place occasionally. I tend to stay away from there because BLM and the OHV crowd can sometimes be annoying. Out on CyDL theres no rhyme or reason to where the meteorites are, you just have to walk it. Eventually you might come across something. The same goes for CdDL or any dry lake bed. Good luck Del
  14. The bright colors in your new pictures drown out the features on your find so it's still hard to say. Try taking some pics in sunlight using the macro on your camera. Take a closer look at the rusted areas and if metal is flaking off in layers then it most likely isn't one. You can also try doing a density test and if it works out to > 7 g/cm^3 then theres a chance. One thing about the El Paso's is that there is a lot of old miner trash there. I can't begin to tell you how much trash I've cleaned up in those mountainst! LOL There was a good size iron meteorite found in the El Paso's in the past- http://www.lpi.usra.....php?code=22549
  15. Try getting an N42 or N52 neo magnet with 50+ lbs of pull. Highly weathered L's and LL's stick pretty good to them. They also do a great job at sticking to partially buried meteorites because you can sometimes feel the magnet trying to stick.
  16. That one's hard to say with the provided pics. Try taking a picture of it out in the sunlight using the macro on your camera. If you were out metal detecting by Coolgardie (since I see your from Barstow) thats most likely some of the ironstone from that area... Best meteorwrong's I've ever seen!
  17. Hey Adam I came up to my friend about fifteen minutes after it happened and he was mortified! His experience proved what I had thought for years about Rattlesnake bites... Chances are you probably wouldn't even feel it unless they dig their fangs in. How many times have you walked through bushes and got stuck by a cactus or something sharp that hurt enough to catch your attention? Yeah... Wouldn't even hurt that much and the chances are most people wouldn't even notice it. Just a small nip is all it takes. I NEVER wore Snake Gators until this happened!
  18. A couple years back one of my friends was detecting and felt something brush up against his shin. He took a couple steps then realised it had to be something a little more than brushing up against a bush. He turned around only to find out he had been tagged by a 3 foot Mojave Green. It's a good thing he was wearing Snake Gators because he would have had one hell of a crappy day!
  19. Well Frank the 1+ oz club is a nice one to join thats for sure. However it's a blessing and a curse. It's a blessing that you found it and you'll always be greatfull for that BUT it's a curse in the sense that no matter how much gold you find or how big of a nugget you get it's never enough! Congrats buddy, you earned that bad boy! Del PS- That first big nugget high will take a few months to get over so just take it easy because it will wear off eventually.
  20. Happy birthday dude. Yeah Matt you have to get out to the goldfields because you've missed some fun! Just ask Wes.... I STILL have mosquito bites! LOL Del
  21. Thanks for the birthday wishes everyone And Ron happy birthday to you! Del
  22. Sorry to hear you got skunked at Holbrook, especially since it sounds like you hit the place really hard. There's still plenty of meteorites to find out there though. Next time try putting the detector down and hunting visually. The ground is nearly impossible to tune out and the meteorites will barely set your detector off
  23. I've designed flight hardware for NASA (JPL) for over ten years and I know some of the materials I've specified can be some pretty bad s%^t if not handled properly. If anyone finds what they think may be part a satellite your best bet is to leave it alone because theres no telling what it might be and how it may affect your health. You know the clean room pictures with people in white suits behind the glass that most people think of when NASA is mentioned? Well theres a reason for that!
  24. Hey Bob I'm not sure where your getting your information about this but it isn't necessarily true. It's my understanding that if you have a meteorite with an unknown origin then you can pull a NOVA provisional number for it. It's hard to say if thats a meteorite or not. Del
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