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  1. While portability holds a certain attraction for remote applications and ease of set up for those of us who are "getting up there" in age, I would like to hear opinions regarding the age old subject of reduced fine gold recovery that has been inherent in subsurface dredge applications in the past. How's that for a long sentence? Steve and Bob, were you satisfied with fine gold recovery on these subsurface dredges, or were you able to notice a difference between these and standard dredges?
  2. tvanwho, I may seem confusing at first because he said this was happening in WA. But WA is not Washington State, it is Western Australia. They don't have Coyotes there.
  3. Even at my age there is something to be learned every day. For instance, I didn't know that millionaires ate camels at all.
  4. Great report. It sounds like this newest addition to our nugget hunting arsenal is something that detectorists have been looking for all along. features like eliminating the hot rock, while still revealing the tiny bit of gold are a huge step up in detector technology. This report really makes me wish I could step up from my ancient V-Sat, but alas, my wallet is way too thin. Thanks for a great, detailed report.
  5. No I never did get to dredge under the ice. Once I got a hole cut there was not enough water between the bottom of the ice and the river bed. I didn't cut a very big hole once I saw how little water there was. I just keep that picture to remind me of crazy younger days. I did lots of crazy things back then that I would not even dream of now.
  6. Cold? Sure Steve, you lived in the banana belt. In Fairbanks spring dredging fever comes early. In 1997 I decided to make an early trip, needless to say, the water was quite "stiff." Chain sawing through 2 1/2 feet of ice was not much fun. Didn't get to do any dredging this day.
  7. I'm not quite understanding the concern about metal in boots. I do understand that there is the chance of the detector picking up the boot metal, but for me it is only a very seldom chance. Am I doing something wrong when swinging? My coil is never close enough to my boots to pick up any metal in them. I have experimented with seeing how close to my boot the coil has to be to register a signal, but I don't normally swing my coil that close when detecting. Perhaps this is more of a problem when using a P.I., which I do not have.?
  8. Works like a charm, thanks for the tip Steve.
  9. We didn't have bad flooding, but the river did close Highway 96 which follows the Klamath River near where I live.
  10. Great work guys. It's more than just a good deed, it has the potential to be a life saving act.
  11. For the price how could you go wrong? The laugh alone is worth a dollar.
  12. That was a great find Steve, thanks for posting it. This should be required reading for every precious metals investor. But then the "dream" would vanish for those who cannot get past the concept of fabulous riches to be had for just a few bucks more. As I read through this article I could see some experiences I have had with some of the nefarious methods described. I vividly remember trying to work with mine owners who knew nothing about proper, time tested methods for evaluating ore. I am not a scientist, but I do know that there are certain protocols that cannot be ignored. There are assaying methods that do work when done by reputable labs and there are correct and incorrect methods of prospecting and sampling that can lead to honest evaluations or just palin scams. Some mine owners only interest is in attracting investors by any means possible. Some of these owners live for years off of investor money, never actually producing even an ounce of gold. There is another level of deceit to produce more money above the actual ore/assay schemes and that is where the owner needs to continually buy and sell recovery systems/equipment of an ever increasing dollar value. This scheme depends on being able to convince investors that different recovery equipment is needed on a continual basis, supposedly because of the extreme difficulty in recovering microscopic gold. The investor has fronted money for purchase of recovery equipment, plus expenses, received nothing in return, yet is convinced that with more money to buy different (better) equipment he will realize his profit. On the buying end the owner will convince the owner of the equipment he needs to sell for a "promise" of payment in gold at a vastly reduced price. This effectively induces the seller to give away his equipment for a promise. The mine owner then pockets the difference between what he got from his investor and what the new equipment costs, which is zero. It is amazing that these types of investor fraud can go on indefinitely without investors wising up at some point. One would think that eventually word would get around the investment community. But I guess P.T. Barnum was right, "there is a sucker born every minute".
  13. When I was still in Alaska it was my experience that when it got extremely cold in Alaska, it warmed up down here. And conversely when it was warm in Alaska in winter, it got a lot colder down here. It seems like the jet stream shifts and carries the cold front with it.
  14. There is a down side to this method. When I still lived n Alaska i operated in the same way and with the same reasoning. "Why, I was so far out there and no one ever went this far. Never saw anyone else so why file a claim and alert people to where I was getting gold?" This was 20 miles upriver from the nearest road, only access was an air boat because the river was so shallow. The problem I had with this method is that there are guys out there that are pros, they know what they are doing and how to do it. I found out the hard way that one of these pros flew in, miles above where I worked and took the summer to walk the river back to civilization, sampling all the way. He found where I had been working and checked the land status, of course he found that it was not claimed, so he claimed it. He was a prospector, miner and geologist. He was also a gentleman of the highest caliber. I went to talk to him when I found he had claimed where I had worked and he generously offered to let me dredge there whenever I liked.
  15. The Klamath is high, fast and muddy but not over the banks. We had three days of snow and rain, it left two feet on the ground.. No power for three days either.