Reno Chris

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  1. I'm 90% done with part 3, and about 50% done with part 2 (in the field) - but I still want to do a bit more filming on Part 2. Part of the delay is that I have never done any of this stuff before - I have video editing software I bought a couple years ago, but I am figuring it all out as I go. Part one took 3 times longer than it should have only because I am learning as I go. So the teaser delay is accidental and in truth I am a marketing moron. Steve is the guy who knows marketing inside and out. To film the portion of part 2 - the "in the field" - the segment which is already completed, I went to a place with real bad ground - really ground unsuitable for a VLF in my opinion, and banged out a 3/4 gram nugget with the GM1000. Not to say that the GM1000 is immune to bad ground as it suffers the same as other VLFs, but with the good disc and auto ground balance, I was able to make it work. I have fiddled with VLFs before a this spot, but have never been able to get any gold. Although I've gotten many ounces here with PI detectors and some with the GPZ, this was the first gold with a VLF at this spot. I'll be releasing Part 2 and Part 3 at the same time.
  2. Its not the area behind my house, but I consider most of Northern Nevada to be in "my backyard". I got gold from not too far away from that spot in "my backyard".
  3. Greetings fellow prospectors! For a more than a year I have thought about doing up some Youtube videos on prospecting and I have finally gotten off my backside and done it! This is the first video of a 3 part set where I will be taking a look at Minelab's new Gold Monster 1000 nugget oriented metal detector. This part one video is an introductory discussion about its various features and settings. In the next couple weeks I will put up part 2 which will be on testing the GM1000 out in the field and then part 3 will cover some practical suggestions for prospectors on getting the most out of your Gold Monster 1000 and a discussion of some of the best kinds of places to use the GM1000. I will publish those other parts soon, but for now, here is the part 1 video. The quality here may not be perfect, but there is a lot of good information and content in this video. Additionally, now that I have the ball rolling you can expect other videos on different prospecting topics coming later once I have completed these 3. - Chris
  4. I dont understand that. We know millions worth of detectors are being sold every year in third world countries across the globe. When I was in Africa, I saw lots of Fisher First Texas brand detectors, plenty of Minelab brand, a few Whites, but I dont remember a single Garrett detector. It's a funny thing to see for a company that was at one time a prospecting leader, but since they replaced the ancient Groundhog with a good, modern VLF prospecting detector, I guess they figure their product line is good to go for another 25 years.
  5. It would be a lot more useful video if the sound track and video were better matched - made me wonder if it was filmed in French or something - even with swinging the coil over the target, the sound you hear and what he is doing seem to have little or no relation. Still there is no question that a high frequency coil will see small targets better - including hotrocks and mineralized ground.
  6. It might work if most gold was on the surface exposed to the sunlight, but even a quarter inch of dirt would hide them. Unfortunately, most gold is buried at least a little. If you put a quarter inch thick wood panel in front of the people in the picture above, the people would disappear, and you'd see only the wood panel.
  7. The short answer is no, there is no such technology to directly detect gold from 30 meters and greater distance, and those who claim they can build a long range locator to do this are lying. That said, there are geophysical devices to detect soil conductivity and resistance, the magnetic characteristics of rock as well as other geologic characteristics that are used by geologists for exploration of mineral deposits on a large scale - many of these are done by flying over the deposit in an airplane, helicopter or by a drone. So if your goal is finding buried treasure or placer gold deposits, then no, LRLs dont work, if your goal is geophysical exploration for large mineral deposits, then some of this equipment to indirectly detect the characteristics of rocks does exist, but this is probably not a good place to get more detailed information on them.
  8. I've used the GB pro quite a bit and its a good machine, but you do give up quite a bit of sensitivity on the tiniest gold to the GB2.
  9. Those look like they came from the same general area we talked about in Vegas (not saying where that is), but that's some nice looking gold.
  10. I've seen winters when you cant get back in there until after the fourth of July, so I expect this winter to be worse.
  11. The 24 bit processor is mentioned in one of the mine lab videos. It is also mentioned by Kevin Hoagland in the video of last week's GPAA gold show broadcast, so zero new info in the ad which was not already known. However it's not too much longer and the folks who are not talking will be freed to speak.
  12. Or is it that the nut did not have threads put on it? Either way you should return it.
  13. So while lots of folks were able to make the Las Vegas GPAA gold show that concluded Sunday afternoon, many could not make it. This year the GPAA has experimented with a couple things including a live broadcast of interviews with various dealers and other folks. Some of it is pretty good, while other parts are so-so, but its easy enough to fast forward through parts you dont care about. There are a lot of interesting people at these shows and they got some very interesting and entertaining interviews. There are interviews with Bill Southern, the Pomrenke boys from Bearing Sea Gold, Shannon Poe from AMRA, Debbie Smikoski from Minelab (who talks about the GM 1000 with Kevin), Dave Variboff from Goldbay (who sells millions worth of gold specimens) and lots of other folks in the mining and prospecting business. On the second day, because they were running out of good people to interview, they even interviewed me. There is a lot of good information here and it is all saved, but the way facebook archives this stuff, its not that easy to find. So here is how you can find it if you want to look in - Go to: The videos are not fully labeled, but if you hover over them with your cursor and look at the length, the one that is 1:25:17 long is the one with me in it, I appear at the 45 minute mark, Debbie Smikoski from Minelab follows me at the 1:07:39 mark. A lot of the time before me on the video is Shannon Poe from American Mining Rights Assn. (AMRA). Other folks like Bill southern, Dave Variboff and others are all on the other videos from this weekend. Its worth checking out - its not all 5 star entertainment and information, but there is some really good stuff there.
  14. No worries - messages get mangled all the time. I once logged onto a forum a few years back (not this one) and saw a post lamenting the passing of Chris Ralph who used to write for the ICMJ Mining Journal. I reached over and pinched my arm and all seemed normal. I asked my wife - Honey, can you see me siting here? She said yes, so I concluded I must not be dead yet. I responded on the forum that the rumors of my death were greatly exaggerated. It turned out another gent who had written some articles for us but had been in poor health for some time had indeed passed (and I'd heard of it), but the grim reaper hasn't got me yet.
  15. Unless this is something that just happened in the last couple weeks, I think you might be mistaken. He was still with them a few weeks ago when I last saw him and I've heard nothing since. If you've heard something in the last week or two, let us know.