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  1. For those of you down Arizona way, the big show starts soon. Thousands of vendors at numerous hotels and parking lots across Tucson, have fun, http://www.tucsongemshows.net/coming.html
  2. We at History Seekers are joined by Russ Balbirona from First Texas Products to talk about the new pinpointers plus tidbits on the new T2+ and F75+. If you are a Fisher Research Labs or Teknetics Metal Detectors fan, this is a show that you do not want to miss. Note: this is a podcast recording of the 11/15/2017 show. After listening to it there was more about the pinpointers than the T2+ and F75+. In fact other than mention of a possible transferable warranty (they are vague on that point) there really is nothing new about the two models. Also a mention of new stuff in the next couple years.
  3. MX7 On Relic Roundup

    White's Field Team members Dominque Da Silva and D.J. Yost will be discussing the new White's MX7, talking about their time on the field team and some of their finds that they have made over the years. Join us tonight Monday 11/6/2017 at 9:00 PM Eastern at www.spreaker.com/admrr. If you wish to join the discussion you can call us at 678 439-1863 when we open up the lines. American Digger Relic Roundup - For diggers and collectors of history. An hour long program every Monday Night at 9:00 PM eastern standard time. Join your hosts Butch Holcombe, Jeff Lubbert and Heath Jones as they explore the past. Learn more about Metal Detecting, Treasure hunting in all it's forms, and the preservation of history. Learn from our callers, and expert show guest's This is a call in show (678-439-1863) and you are encouraged to participate.
  4. From https://www.icmj.com/magazine/article/icmj-gold-prospecting-and-mining-summit-postponed-3708/ ICMJ Gold Prospecting and Mining Summit Postponed October 2017 by Scott Harn Unfortunately, we have to postpone our 2018 Gold Prospecting and Mining Summit. We were hoping to hold this event at the fairgrounds in Placerville, California in April 2018, but we were unable to secure a workable date at the fairgrounds. We were also looking for a new hands-on placer training site. We are exploring other venues for the trade show portion and have a few in mind, but we are looking at April 2019 now. If you know a property owner who might be willing to host our placer training classes for detecting for gold and/or highbanking, please drop us a note. I know many of you were looking forward to this event. We will do our best to be back on track for 2019.
  5. Just got back from 5 hours the Gold Prospectors Association of America (GPAA) show in Indianapolis. Many of you know that GPAA puts on about seven of these each year -- five out West in the early part of the year and typically a couple in the East in the Autumn. The last of 2017 is next week in Concord, NC. This is my second (first was last Sept. in Denver) and I came better prepared. For me, by far the best part was attending the lectures (my term, maybe not theirs). There were four one hour presentations and I made three of them. 1) Kevin Hoagland (GPAA executive and Gold Trails TV show host) talked about metal detecting for gold; 2) Mike Pung (Gold Cube) discussed recovering fine gold; 3) (sorry, missed this one and the presenter's name, but title was something like "Prospecting and Mining") I needed some lunch and wanted to visit with Tvanwho (you might recognize his posting name here). 4) Nelson Shaffer, retired from the Indiana Geological Survey, had a slide presentation on gold in Indiana. Kevin's hour was somewhat of a rehash of the one he did earlier this year(?) with Bill Southern which is on YouTube and has been linked on a thread on DetectorProspector site. But I always learn a lot the second time through, and the opportunity to ask questions in person (which I took advantage of) adds quite a bit. Some of what Mike said is available on his 12 part Youtube series on gold recovery, but although I've watched that twice he still said some things I didn't remember from that well done video anthology. Shaffer's geologist view complements Chuck Lasiter's Midwest Gold book. Three (actually four) highly skilled speakers and I gobbled up all of their wares ravenously! In case you haven't attended any of these, the rest of the show are booths by vendors and GPAA local and national clubs, a centralized panning trough for learning, practicing, etc., and a daily raffle (one free ticket per attendee plus opportunity to buy more). Of note was a Minelab booth 'manned' by two ladies from the Naperville, IL national office. They had (I think) the entire current Minelab line of products (including a photo of Steve H. for a mere $40, but they throw in some gold pans and supplies to soften the price ) PLUS a couple prototypes -- the soon to be released pinpointer and one of only 13 prototypes of the much anticipated Equinox. Although it was operational, it wasn't anything like the English unveiling last month where you could actually swing it over real, digable ground, unless someone had a jackhammer handy. Oh, and I couldn't get away without buying something, another gold pan (Gold Cube banjo pan) to add to my collection -- still in single digits, at least that is what I told my wife.... Didn't help. )
  6. Denver Gem And Mineral Show

    In addition to all the great gold, silver and other specimens on display, they had three days of speakers which included Jeff Scovil (outstanding Gem and Mineral photographer), Terry Wallace on Colorado Silver, Gene Meieran on the Magic of Silver, Virgil Lueth on New Mexico Gold, Ben Elick on High Grade Cripple Creek ore, Scott Werschky on Fire Creek Mine Gold Specimens in Nevada, Les Presmyk on Arizona Gold and Silver specimens, Penny Williamson on Australian Gold, Bruce Geller on Tellurides and Byran Lees on the Golden Dragon. Byran Lees talked about finding the "Golden Dragon" and how is company (Collectors Edge) preform the work on preparing the one of kind specimen from the Colorado Quartz Mine in California. The Golden Dragon is estimated to be valued at 1 million dollars. These were just some of the speakers that we were able to see. " THE GOLDEN DRAGON"
  7. The Denver Gem and Mineral Show at the Denver Mart celebrate its 50th year and the theme was Gold and Silver. There were outstanding gold, silver, telluride and meteorite specimens on display from collectors and dealers. There were over 800 dealers this year at the Denver Mart and surrounding venues. Denver is the second largest show in the United States.
  8. Sep 2017 News from the UCLA Meteorite Gallery One of a series of monthly letters sent to visitors to the UCLA Meteorite Gallery and to others who requested to be on the mailing list. The Meteorite Gallery (Geology room 3697) is open with a docent present every Sunday from 1 until 4 with the exception of the last two Sundays in the calendar year. And it is open every work day from 9 until 4 but without a docent. It is not open Saturdays. We remind you that our website address is:http://www.meteorites.ucla.edu/. There you can find a map of our corner of the UCLA campus and instructions for parking in structure 2. At 2:30 on Sunday September 17 the speaker at our Gallery Event is Professor David Jewitt. His topic is "From the Edge of the Solar System". Dave Jewitt is well known for his discovery of the Kuiper-Belt objects. He has been awarded the prestigious Kavli and Shaw Prizes and numerous other awards. For more information visit:http://www2.ess.ucla.edu/~jewitt/David_Jewitt.html. Summary: We have discovered that a new comet, C/2017 K2, is active at record distance from the Sun. The comet was discovered at 16 AU, beyond the orbit of Saturn, and was later found on images when it was at 24 AU. It appears to be making its debut in the planetary region, following 4.5 billion years in the frigid Oort cloud. He will discuss the new object and describe what we know about the outer realms of the solar system. The lecture is in Geology 3656, just 40 yards west of the UCLA Meteorite Gallery. Our next Gallery Lecture will occur on Sunday October 22. The speaker is Mark Fries, a scientist at the NASA Johnson Spacecraft Center in Houston. The title of his talk is: "How to find meteorites with weather-radar observations of fireballs: Opportunities for "citizen science" in the US and worldwide". The US maintains a nationwide network of Doppler weather radars, and it is possible to find meteorite falls using their freely-available radar imagery. This talk will describe what a meteorite fall is, how frequently they occur (Spoiler: About once per year in the US!), and instructions so that anyone with internet access can find them.
  9. June 2017 News from the UCLA Meteorite Gallery One of a series of monthly letters sent to visitors to the UCLA Meteorite Gallery and to others who requested to be on the mailing list. The Meteorite Gallery (Geology room 3697) is open with a docent present every Sunday from 1 until 4 with the exception of the last two Sundays in the calendar year. And it is open every work day from 9 until 4 but without a docent. It is not open Saturdays. We remind you that our website address is: http://www.meteorites.ucla.edu/. There you can find a map of our corner of the UCLA campus and instructions for parking in structure 2. At 2:30 on Sunday Jun 25 the speaker at our Gallery Event is Dr. Frank Kyte. The former manager of the UCLA electron microprobe and winner of the Barringer Prize of the Meteoritical Society for his research on the use of elements like iridium to trace the presence of impact deposits in sediments. His topic is "Eltanin, the largest meteorite of which intact fragments are preserved". Summary: The largest recovered meteorite was discovered in the Eltanin region at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean about 1500 km west of the southern tip of South America. It has been documented by sediment cores collected during a series of German oceanographic cruises. About 2.5 million years ago a one-kilometer-diameter asteroid impacted the ocean and deposited more than one kilogram of meteorites per square meter over thousands of square kilometers. About 90% of this was melted by the shock of the impact, but 10% is undamaged meteorite fragments. The lecture is in Geology 3656, just 40 yards west of the UCLA Meteorite Gallery. Our next Gallery Lecture will occur on Sunday July 16. The speaker is UCLA Professor David Paige. He will speak on "Ice deposits at the poles of the Moon and Mercury". Surficial ice evaporates relatively quickly if exposed to sunlight in the inner solar system. However, some parts of craters near the poles of Mercury and the Earth's Moon are in permanent shadow. If a water molecule lands in such a spot it is expected to stay there until evaporated due to heat from a micrometeorite or a photon from a star other than the Sun. New spacecraft data support the interpretation that there is ice in these shadowed regions. Reminder: You can find the UCLA Meteorite Gallery on Social Media. Please like us on Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/UCLAMeteorites ) and follow us on Twitter (@UCLAMeteorites) and Instagram (uclameteorites). JTW UCLA Meteorite Collection Geology Building, Room 3697 565 Charles Young Drive East Los Angeles, CA 90095
  10. 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: https://www.facebook.com/pg/GoldProspectors/videos/?ref=page_internal 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.
  11. The Friends of the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, the Denver Region Exploration Geologists’ Society (DREGS), and the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, invite paper submissions for oral or poster presentations for the “Gold and Silver Deposits in Colorado” Symposium 2017. The symposium will be held on the Colorado School of Mines campus in Berthoud Hall, Golden, Colorado, and will include two full days of talks (July 22 & 23) and two days of field trips (July 21 & 24). The Symposium’s objectives include… • To focus on important gold and silver deposits in Colorado using a multi-disciplinary approach emphasizing geoscientific, economic, environmental, historical, and social perspectives. (The primary geographic focus will be on the northern half of the Colorado Mineral Belt (CMB), from Boulder County southwest to Leadville and Aspen, including Cripple Creek.) To bring together a diversified audience ranging from geoscience professionals, academics, mineral collectors and prospectors, historians, and laymen interested in precious metal and associated mineral occurrences, their exploration and development, and the impact of associated activities on Colorado. • To inspire scientific curiosity, encourage appreciation of the Earth and responsibility for its mineral and historic mining treasures, and to promote the exchange of current scientific thought and technology as it applies to exploration and ore deposits. ABSTRACT SUBMISSION Oral and poster presentations are being solicited on topics of gold and silver deposits in Colorado, including: • Geology and Mineralogy • Metallogeny • Geochemistry • Structure and Crystallography • Recent research on ore deposits in Colorado • Economics of gold and silver • Mineral collecting • Exploration: prospects and methodologies • Mining and milling technologies • Mining law and environmental regulations • Mining histories of Colorado (e.g., Alma/South Park, Aspen, Boulder County, Breckenridge, Cripple Creek, Central City/Idaho Springs/Georgetown, Leadville, and Montezuma). he primary geographic focus will be on the northern half of the Colorado Mineral Belt (CMB), from Boulder County southwest to Leadville and Aspen, including Cripple Creek.) We invite oral presentations for 30 minute time slots (25 minute presentation + 5 minute question and answer session). PowerPoint presentations are preferred but 35-millimeter slide carousel presentations can also be accommodated. Posters shall adhere to the Geological Society of America standards (4 ft. x 8 ft. or 46-1/8 in. high by 94-3/4 in. wide or 117 cm x 240 cm). Format requirements for abstract submission are provided in “Style Guide for Abstract Submission” in Appendix 1. The technical level of the presentations is encouraged to appeal to a broad audience of geoscience professionals, academics, mineral collectors, and interested laymen. The Symposium will be providing the sound system and both wireless (lapel, hand-held or headset) and wired microphone as well as a wireless computer slide advancer. SUBMISSION DEADLINES Proposed presentations and poster titles, with preliminary one-page abstracts meeting format style requirements, must be submitted for consideration via e-mail to Pete Modreski (pmodreski@usgs.gov) by March 15, 2017. Authors should indicate if oral or poster presentation is preferred. Questions concerning submittals can be sent to Pete Modreski. Final or extended abstracts (maximum five pages), including figures, tables, references, and author biography (maximum 100 words), meeting format style requirements, must be submitted via e-mail to the Pete Modreski (pmodreski@usgs.gov) by May 15, 2017. The Symposium’s Program Committee will make the final selection of presentations and poster titles based on quality of abstracts, number of submissions and available time slots, with applicants being notified accordingly. SYMPOSIUM REGISTRATION The registration fee of $100.00 includes a Friday night reception, two days of presentations, a black and white hardcopy proceedings volume, and color digital proceedings volume. Field trips may be subject to additional fees, as will be announced at a later date. Registration for full-time University (Student ID required) or high school students is $50.00. Registration fees are waived for invited speakers and field trip leaders. Speakers, poster presenters, and field trip leaders will be provided with a free one-year (2017-2018) membership in both the Friends of the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum and Denver Region Exploration Geologists’ Society (DREGS). Registration forms and fee schedule for optional services and field trips will be posted on the Friends’ Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/LikeCSMGeoMuseum/ Housing Accommodations Housing will be available in motels-hotels in Golden and the surrounding area. Symposium participants and registrants are responsible for securing their own accommodations. FIELD TRIPS Field trips may be subject to additional fees and the number of attendees scheduled for selected trips may be limited. Pre-registration is required for each field trip and all participants must sign a liability release. For third party liability insurance, participants will also need to belong to either an American Federation Mineral Club that provides that insurance, Friends of the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, or Denver Region Exploration Geologists’ Society (DREGS). Transportation is not provided, but we will try to organize carpools. Some field trips may require four-wheel drive vehicles, as will be announced at a later date. Field trip details are still in the planning stages for a number of interesting Colorado localities. Below is a preliminary list of field trips that may be included in the Symposium. (Some trips are still tentative depending on: access permission; enlistment of suitable trip leaders; and, once a list of field trips is circulated to registrants, on sufficient signup interest among registrants to schedule each trip.) • Caribou and Cross Mines in Boulder County • Gold Hill and Jamestown areas in Boulder County • Smuggler Mine at Aspen, Pitkin County • Central City/Blackhawk/Idaho Springs • CCV/Newmont Open Pit at Cripple Creek, Teller County • Leadville, Lake County (including some collecting) • Alma/Fairplay/South Park, Park County (New London Mine, placers) *************************************************************************** Appendix 1: Style Guide For Abstract Submission Title: Bolded, 18-point type, centered Author name(s): Bolded, 12-point type, centered Author(s) affiliation and full address, Author(s) e-mail address: Bolded, 10-point type, centered 1. Style guide and page layout. Since there will be limited typesetting or copy-editing of summaries, the use of this style guide is important to provide a consistent appearance. Use 8.5 in. x 11 in. paper with 1 in. margins on all sides and use 11-point Times New Roman. The lines of the each paragraph of a section or subsection should be flush left. 2. Figures and tables. Figures and tables should be centered and located inside paper margins. Text should not wrap around figures or tables. Table captions should be centered above tables and figure captions should be centered below figures. 3. References. References, if cited, should appear at the end of the paper in alphabetical order, in a style similar to that used in publications of the Geological Society of America; for example (Hitzman et al., 1992). Hitzman, M.W., Oreskes, N., and Einaudi, M.T., 1992, Geological characteristics and tectonic setting of Proterozoic iron oxide (Cu-U-Au-REE) deposits: Precambrian Research, v. 58, p. 241-287.
  12. At 2:30 on Sunday April 23 the speaker at our Gallery Event is Dr. Steve Chesley, Senior Research Scientist at JPL. Steve is an expert at calculating accurate orbits for asteroids and comets, including the assessment of the risks of impact with the Earth. The title of his talk is: “The orbit of Bennu, the target of the OSIRIS-REx mission to sample a carbonaceous-chondrite asteroid”. Summary: The Osiris Rex mission will rendezvous with Asteroid Bennu in 2018 and spend 1.5 years mapping the surface. It will then sample the surface and return 60-2000 g to Earth in 2023. It is the first US asteroid sampling mission. Thanks to radar ranging observations over 12 years, Bennu has the most precise orbit in the asteroid catalog and, with Earth impact odds around 1 in 2700 late in the 22rd century, it is among the more threatening asteroids known. Modeling of the so-called Yarkovsky effect on Bennu through the use of radar and infrared observations has allowed a precise estimate of the mass and bulk density; this is the first such estimate not based on gravitational interaction with other bodies. The safe sampling of an asteroid regolith without landing requires very careful navigation. The lecture this month is at our new location: Geology 3656, just 40 yards west of the UCLA Meteorite Gallery. This is a larger and more comfortable room than our previous venue in Slichter, and about the same distance. Our next Gallery Lecture will occur on Sunday May 14 (Mother’s Day). The speaker is UCLA Professor Kevin McKeegan, the previous chair of the EPSS Department. He will speak on “The Great American Eclipse of 2017“. On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total eclipse of the Sun will be visible in the continental United States for the first time in almost 40 years. During a total eclipse the Sun is completely hidden by the Moon, the sky becomes dark, and the faint atmosphere (corona) becomes visible—looking like a beautiful halo. The eclipse will be total along a track stretching from Oregon to South Carolina. In Los Angeles the eclipse will be only partial with 2/3 of the Sun being eclipsed. I will discuss a few historically important eclipses, some general eclipse phenomena, and where and how to view the total eclipse.
  13. Steve, I have already type "Nevada" into the forum search engine and started the read. I plan to re-read a couple of books over the winter ( Rough- Hewn Land by Meldahl; Geology of the Great Basin by Fiero; Advanced Prospecting & Detecting by Straight ) and anything else I can get into my hands. Do you and Chris have any interest in putting together a training session for perhaps next spring onsite in Nevada? I spend a a few weeks between Tonopah and Goldfield exploring the mines; some exploring around Dayton Valley on the Carson River; last fall I made a run up to Star Peak/Unionville, only glancing in the direction Rye Patch, then back down to Lovelock out Seven Troughs to Fernley . That is the full extend of my knowledge of Nevada other than the batch plant at Bunny Hill. That is a whole different lay & geology over there than what I' m used to, "pediment" was something my daddy used to call my smarter sibling. There may be enough of us on the forum interested to make it worth while. We ain't going to make the two of you rich but may we may find ourselves in good company. I was thinking something low stress basic: camp onsite, bring your food, water & equipment, etc. Lay of the land type stuff: local geology, gold deposits, what to look for, open & closed prospecting areas, detecting, prospecting. Not a requirement but I for one would like to actually hear the threshold tone break as someone passes their coil over a deep nugget, I know I'm doing something wrong. Either way I'm headed our way come spring educated or not. Think it over and let us know. HB
  14. I have always thought it a bit odd that the World Gold Panning Association is a European based organization, but the fact is gold panning existed long before the United States came along. That being the case the championship finals usually take place someplace other than the U.S. Except this year, when the competition takes place at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, California. The qualifying rounds take an entire week and the competition is already underway! El Dorado County Gold Week is a special county wide week of events scheduled around the 2016 World Gold Panning Championships. Look for festivals, concerts, rare access to hidden historical areas, special entertainment and more. The 2016 World Gold Panning Championships The El Dorado County Fairgrounds will look like the gold rush that started in 1848 when James Marshall discovered gold in the tailraces of his lumber mill, just a few miles away in Coloma, along the South Fork of the American River. Competitors will be panning native sand and gravel to find placer gold in record time! It’s a gold panner’s dream to win a GOLD, SILVER or BRONZE medal in a World Championship Competition. Panners from over 20 countries will be competing in categories that include: Juniors, Men, Women, Veterans, Classical Pan, 2-Person Team, 3-Person Team, 5-Person Team and The National Team. September 11-18 2016 El Dorado County Fairgrounds 100 Placerville Drive Placerville, CA 95667 (530) 621-5860 http://www.eldorado2016.com/championships/ Also, I found out recently Minelab is a sponsor of the event and will have a booth set up today and continuing through the weekend. They will be highlighting the new Minelab PRO-GOLD Panning Kit and will have plenty of them on hand for sale. Look for them there.
  15. A really fun family annual event held in Foresthill Ca. September 3rd & 4th. If you think you are a good panner, come compete and you may win a medal, or come check out the many vendors. This is separate from the World Gold Panning Championship which is held in Placerville September 11th-18th.
  16. If I go to the June GPAA show near Denver: -what is the likelihood of being able to test a Minelab 705, White's MX Sport, Garrett AT Pro, Gold Bug Pro and a Makro Gold Racer 2? In water? -will the big names in headphones be there? -what will there be to see and do? -can individuals sell used gear, or is it shops only? i can't find a vendor list, schedule or event map...any links?
  17. Is there a list of exibitors for the the show?
  18. The Prospectors Club of Southern California is pleased to announce that Dr. Erik Melchiorre will be the guest speaker at its monthly meeting on February 19, 2016. The meeting is at the Downey Women's Club at 8 PM in Downey, California. Club members begin setting up finds exhibits any time after 7 PM. Refreshments are served at a break which is then followed by a raffle. Guests are welcome and all are welcome to join and use club claims. The title of Erik's talk is: Big Arizona Gold- The story of the Rich Hill and Quartzsite Districts In addition Erik will take questions about Southern California gold. Speaker Bio: Dr. Erik Melchiorre was first introduced to gold panning at Boy Scout camp on the banks of the Stanislaus River, California. For four years on summer camp staff, he made his pocket money by cleaning out and panning dirt from corrugated drainpipe around Angels Camp and various back roads. Erik received his Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Southern California, where he was active in the Trojan Marching Band, R.O.T.C, and Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. Erik earned his Master of Science degree in Geology from Arizona State University. While in Arizona, he worked at the CyprusBagdad Copper Mine, and the Phelps Dodge Morenci Copper Mine. Erik completed his Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. For the past ten years Erik has worked as Professor of Geology at California State University, San Bernardino. Erik and his students work on the geochemistry of ore deposits around the world, and have visited over 160 mines on five continents. Erik’s favorite field assistants are his wife Becky, and daughters Darwin and Gabrieila. About PCSC: https://www.facebook.com/PCSCDowney/
  19. The ICMJ 2016 GOLD PROSPECTING AND MINING SUMMIT is only two months away, and this is the latest update. Venue: April 16 & April 17, 2016, at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville, California. Over 80 booths featuring the latest in prospecting and mining equipment. (Booth spaces are sold out.) Hours: Saturday, April 16 10am - 5pm Sunday, April 17 10am - 4pm Cost: $5 at the door. Children under 12 are free with a paid adult. (Fairgrounds charges $5 parking.) The Lecture Schedule for Saturday April 16, and Sunday April 17 is now set: Saturday, April 16 10:30am How to Research a Promising Location for Gold Prospecting Don Robinson 11:30am Staking and Holding Mining Claims Chris Ralph 12:30pm Current Regulations & Permitting Charles Watson 1:30pm Old Mines: Hazards & Benefits for the Amateur Prospector Professor George Wheeldon 2:30pm Gold & Precious Metals Markets Leonard Melman 3:30pm Basic Gold Prospecting Techniques Chris Ralph 4:30pm Raffle Sunday, April 17 10:30am Mineral Identification Chris Ralph 11:30am Retaking Control of Regulations Through Mining Districts Scott Harn & Clark Pearson 12:30pm Metal Detecting for Gold Steve Herschbach 1:30pm Gravity Separation Dr. Thom Seal 2:30pm Ask The Experts: Question and Answer Session Chris Ralph, Scott Harn, Clark Pearson, Dr. Thom Seal, Pat Keene, Leonard Melman 3:30pm Raffle Many more events and details at http://www.icmj.com/miningsummit.php
  20. Copied from http://bb.bbboy.net/thenew49ers-viewthread?forum=1&thread=1564 Club members and non-members alike come to Happy Camp every year to search for the elusive yellow metal (gold). Because of the recent ban on suction dredging, many have turned to other means of prospecting and mining. High banking, crevicing and panning are popular. Many folks also bring a metal detector with them. But in talking to folks along the river I find that most people are not proficient in the use of their detector. In this respect the club has invited one of the most respected metal detectorists in the country to hold a metal detecting seminar at our office in Happy Camp on May 16, 2014 at 1:00 pm. His name is Steve Herschbach. Steve is the former owner of Alaska Mining and Diving in Anchorage, Alaska. He is an acknowledged expert in the field of metal detecting and has “hands on” experience with just about every metal detector ever made. Steve has not only sold many different kinds of detectors as a dealer, but has also used them and done innumerable equipment reviews on different models. Nugget shooting is his passion. If you would like to learn about metal detecting for gold or other types of things, like jewelry or coins and would like to get the best use out of your metal detector, this is the event to attend. Steve’s metal detecting seminar will coincide with another event the club has planned for May 16, 2014, that is a demonstration of various concentrate clean up equipment. Bring your cons, we’ll run them through the various equipment and see which clean up equipment you like best. Jim_Alaska
  21. Chris Ralph and I drove to Placerville, CA from Reno yesterday. Then up early this morning to join caravan from Auburn to a private mine near Iowa Hill. ICMJ Editor Scott Harn did an introduction to the crowd and the festivities started. Was nearly 200 people in attendance and about 100 of those had metal detectors. I tried to help one group of GMT owners get started off right but hard to do much with so many people, especially when they are all anxious to start looking for gold. There was a large number of highbankers set up for those more inclined towards working bedrock with a shovel. Weather had been rainy but quit when we got there and although a little cool was actually nice for digging. Unfortunately Chris and I had to run back to Reno early to get more show supplies so we were not there until end of day but will be back again Monday.
  22. After skipping a year the ICMJ Gold Prospecting & Mining Summit is back bigger and better than ever in 2014. Featuring 80 booths with the latest in mining and prospecting equipment & expert instruction from the writers and staff. Yours truly, Steve Herschbach, will be giving a seminar on metal detecting for gold on April 6th. Dates: Saturday & Sunday, April 5-6, 2014 Venue: El Dorado County Fairgrounds 100 Placerville Dr Placerville, CA 95667 Admission: $5 at the door per day; children under 12 are free with a paid adult. Food and drinks will be available for purchase inside. Parking: The Fairgrounds Association charges $5 per vehicle per day Show Hours: Saturday 10am - 5pm Sunday 10am - 4pm PLUS TWO DAYS OF ADDITIONAL HANDS-ON TRAINING April 4th and April 7th (Registration required - do not delay) Hands-on Training at a Placer Operation Hands-on Placer #1: Friday, April 4, 2014 Hands-on Placer #2: Monday, April 7, 2014 Hands-on Lode #1: Monday, April 7, 2014 *THIS CLASS IS ALMOST FULL* Full details and online registration are online at http://www.icmj.com/miningsummit.php Hope to see you there!!
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