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  1. Clay Diggins

    How To Ignore Users On The Forum

    It's the favored drink of public school here Reg. Put some in your fizzy drink and nobody knows you are drinking until you fall down and go into a coma. Good Stuff! I don't even drink alcohol. I do keep the stuff around for when I need to clean something that can't have a chemical residue. Strong stuff and it makes for good bonfires.
  2. Clay Diggins

    How To Ignore Users On The Forum

    You guys down there sure do wimp out on your beer. Around these parts a six pack of the good stuff looks like this: No XXXXXs needed. Not available in a "gold" version and putting a bow or a dress on it is considered a felony. Paul is a lightweight. He visits down under to take a break from real American beer. 🐢🐜🐓🐰 NOW you can try out that ignore button. Best emoticons on any forum Steve. I don't know what they are but they sure are fun to use.
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    Rye Patch Claim Jumpers?

    Randy I am more than capable of making such a map. It's what I do for a living. I do the research and make the maps that other professionals use to plan their mineral exploration. Each of those maps is a snapshot in time as you pointed out. The currency of the information on mining claims and land status needs to be considered. At best a lag of at least 110 days behind the actual status of the area being mapped is a given. My disclaimers about the currency of information presented to my clients is extensive and specific to the data being offered. Clearly if I were to do that work for free for public distribution the area would be quickly claimed up, possibly by one of the members on this forum. 😉 Then there would be no place for you discover and prospect. Sort of counterproductive to your wish wouldn't you say? A middle ground would be to provide more generalized but as timely as possible information for prospectors to do their own research. That's been offered for several years at the Land Matters nonprofit website. There are mining claim maps located to the nearest section with direct links to individual claim's Serial Register Pages as well as links to the County Recorders, Master Title Plat downloads and instructional tutorials and videos. Essentially Land Matters provides you with the tools and instructions to do the bulk of your prospecting research work yourself from the comfort of your home. The answers are in there but they do require work on the part of the prospector to answer their specific questions about a specific area. Silver platter enough? 😋 As for your "simple" map on Google Earth, GE has a valid use for getting a generalized view of the physical terrain. The 3D function is far from accurate or representative but it allows a view that no other free public mapping system provides. I'm going to share with you Google's take on the value of that form of mapping as far as locational accuracy and use: Google Earth, Land Matters, the LR2000 and the County Recorder each have a role to play for prospector's research. Each has their own degree of reliability and accuracy. Knowing those factors I would have to say no "expert" will ever be able to give you an answer to your question that might not change before you arrive on site. Ultimately it's up to each individual prospector to determine the status of lands before putting boots on the ground. Due diligence is the legal standard required of prospectors entering the public lands. Relying on a map someone offered publicly does not absolve you of your legal duty to perform that due diligence. I might share an open location privately much as someone might offer to share a patch. In neither case will you be guaranteed of success. If you don't get any gold on the shared patch you might go home disappointed. If you trespass on a shared potential prospecting location without doing your own due diligence you could arrive home much later and with a new legal problem. Do the research to find open ground, put boots on the ground and check for existing locations then prospect with confidence. It's been done that way for as long as there has been mining. Modern tools often make that process easier but you still need to complete the process before you can legally prospect, even if someone has given or sold you a map. Barry
  4. Clay Diggins

    Rye Patch Claim Jumpers?

    Rye Patch is not "all claimed up". Very few areas are ever "all claimed up". It's a lot of research work to find them but just about every good mineralized area has spots open to prospecting and location. Rail Dawg has done the research process at Rye Patch and located several nice claims. Land status research has been an important part of prospecting for thousands of years. It's a basic prospector's skill that thousands of people in the U.S. make their livelihood from. Those prospectors are usually formed into groups of three or four people and they are known in the industry as either Junior mining companies or Junior Exploration companies. They are an integral part of the world mining industry. Prospecting isn't just about beeping up a few nuggets. It can be, and often is, the ticket for the little guy to make real money while learning about a mineralized area. Don't get discouraged by the volume of claims in a popular easily accessed area. There will be unclaimed areas, often in very surprising places that everyone will tell you are "all claimed up".
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    Well it's been a long month of testing and tuning but the Land Matters servers are ready to service a lot more users more quickly now. There was a little over a week during the past month where the mapping functions were pretty unreliable for some users. Although Land Matters was still serving more than a thousand maps an hour about 14 people a day had their maps become unresponsive during that time. 14 people out of thousands of users might seem like a small percentage but I'm sure it was a frustrating experience for those it happened to. I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience you experienced. Land Matters servers have been running with the new server tunings for a week now with no errors or glitches. Even the most complex maps are being produced in under 4 seconds on average. All is good now. Thanks for your patience.
  6. Sorry for the difficulty Johnny. I just searched the Land Matters Library for all these terms individually: war powers board L-208 Each of those searches returns the War Powers Board L-208 order download as a result. So does a search for "gold", "mining", "limitation" and "order". If that still isn't working for you here is a direct link to the War Powers Board L-208 order.
  7. Clay Diggins

    Medical Metal Detector?

    Too much electronic noise and metal for a metal detector to work in a hospital environment. Ask Garfield.
  8. Clay Diggins

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  9. Clay Diggins

    Big Win For Southern California Miners!!

    The ban was only on locating mining claims. Mining sales and leases were still allowed. Prospecting was still allowed. Mining of non locatable minerals was still allowed. The BLM enforced the ban by refusing to maintain a mining claim case file for a new location. No BLM case file = no mining claim. The line was drawn at locating a mining claim. You could prospect for and discover valuable minerals but you couldn't claim those minerals for yourself. If you discovered oil, coal, sulfur, phosphorous or a bunch of other non locatable minerals you could lease the discovery and mine it. If you needed sand or construction materials you could buy those and mine them. Only the valuable minerals like gold, silver, copper, lead, tin etc. were banned from location. Neither hiking nor anything else was banned.
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    Land Matters is going through growing pains. The Land Matters website volume has been doubling every two weeks. A month ago there were usually 35 - 50 people making maps at any given time day or night. Now there are around 200 - 250 people creating maps at the same time. That's a much bigger load on our servers and resulted in some stress on the mapping system. That's led to some glitches. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. We are actively "tuning" our servers to deliver more maps for more people. The system is running much smoother now but with continued tuning there will be occasional slowdowns, it's unavoidable but we will try to keep any disruptions to a minimum. We like it that more people are discovering Land Matters every day. We are setting up the Land Matters servers to handle a lot more traffic now so we won't be having problems in the future. Please bear with us over the next week or two as we build a faster more responsive website for you.
  11. I'm surprised the prospectors in Southern California haven't picked up on this. The Obama administration went on a public land closure spree just after Christmas 2016. The most disturbing of those withdrawals was the withdrawal of the last scattered bits of public land not already under withdrawals for wilderness, military, National parks, wild and scenic sewers, or study areas in the Southern California Conservation Area. This particular December 28, 2016 withdrawal was literally the last gasp for public lands open to location in the desert conservation area. 1,337,904 (1.3 million) acres were closed in dozens of small areas. These little bits of land were withdrawn from mining only "to protect nationally significant landscapes with outstanding cultural, biological, and scientific values". Literally some of these areas were parking lots (scientific values?). Virtually all of the area was desert scrub land (biological?) with the usual 4WD tracks (nationally significant landscape?) and trashy drinking spots (outstanding cultural value?). Only mining was restricted. This withdrawal was the most disheartening and downright spiteful of all the withdrawals made just before the end of Obama's presidency. The withdrawal is now being cancelled. The 1,337,904 acres will be open to location again at 10 a.m. on March 9, 2018. It's still out there and now you can get u sum!
  12. Clay Diggins

    Xchange 2 Compatibility With Latest GPZ Update

    I don't have a metal detector that uses XChange but I did look through the "program". It appears to be simple stupid XML with a custom header. It shouldn't be too hard to convert the data to something useful like GPX or KML with a little work in a text program. If Steve can figure out how to get the data out of the machine I'd be happy to help create a converter app to make that data useful.
  13. Clay Diggins

    New Year Claims Numbers

    At present there isn't a way to do that AU_Solitude. The USGS stopped hosting that information. I have the data for all those historic claims in my company database. Land Matters would like to provide something similar to the old USGS historic mining claims info pages but with more detail. From what I understand it's one of the most requested features at Land Matters. Seems a lot of folks were studying those old claims. That may be why the USGS removed the info. Like the geocommunicator functions and the LR2000 it just doesn't fit the new Interior Department agenda. I guess if it's not protecting the outdoors or it's not in the future the Interior Department isn't going to continue supporting it? The problem is that the data for historic claims is huge. Server space costs money and development takes time. At present Land Matters is still trying to fund the mining claims program they already provide. With enough money and time the historic mining claims and much more is possible.
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    New Year Claims Numbers

    As they do twice a month Land Matters updated their free Mining Claims Maps. That claims map information is current as of January 1st. The mining year is now four months along. In the last 4 months there were 6,479 mining claims closed and 14,854 new claims located as of January 1, 2018. That's a net gain of 8,375 new mining claims in the first third of the 2018 mining year! As of January 1, 2018 there were 391,907 active mining claims in the BLM database. That's a big number but it represents less than 1% of all the public lands.
  15. Clay Diggins

    New BLM Lr2000

    Google Earth has a version of the Chrome browser available through the GE program. You can go anywhere the web will take you just like any other browser. I prefer not to use the Chrome browser for security reasons but if you like using Chrome for your web surfing there is no reason not to use the Google Earth version.