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    Panning & metal detecting, historical research, hiking; hunting; surveying & mapping; guitars, recording & music production
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    Gold Bug 2, GM1000, Compass Coin Hustler, Subsurface Instruments ML-1M, & Shovel Bucket Pan

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  1. Don't give up on the VLF's. Lunk & Gerry on this forum encouraged me on the vlf's and I've been trying for 3 years now and have approx 1.5 oz of tiny to medium sized gold pieces and am having fun with it although 70% of my days I'm skunked. I love the mountains and being out there - the bonus is the good days when I find a piece or two. One thing I've discovered is that extreme moisture content in our soils definitely limits the depth I've been able to find targets, especially the small and flat nuggets. I was going to go out this weekend, but decided it's still too wet (even some snow thi
  2. I'm not sure this new metal detector circuit design is going to launch correctly because of the opposition of the electric eel's impedance being mismatched from the intensity of the moral rectifier...but then in after thought, the blender and vibrator rev speeds may just get the right multiplication voltage step offset to activate the decoy resistor correctly. It'll probably get good mileage on the doz D cells once ground balanced.
  3. Congress only typically gets involved in the bona fide rights of the patents - not the the ROWs. US Congress issues the patents signed by the president. The road cases then become a component of the localized jurisdictions within each state and many end up in the state supreme courts regarding interpretation, therefore the FS lately has been stepping back ignoring it (at least since the 93 election).
  4. I've tried nearly everything mentioned above without success (except the heels or a Ford) after 35 years of weathering in cold/wet... I finally discovered zinc oxide ointment heals the cracking up in a couple days. Use diaper rash ointments also with 40% zinc - it's white colored so i put it in the cracking at night, absorbs gone in the morning and works wonderfully.
  5. Sheep herders "....baaad situation" 🤣 RS2477 roads/prescriptive rights... depends on your state's laws (these can change overnight (I know having effected a couple changes in Idaho myself, and only recently having 2 passed against me and my work), the govt's position/backing, and how deep is the pocketbook and how large the legal firm.
  6. Matt- Those are awesome finds! Are they from some of the terrain area shown in your excellent presentation on Lidar 2 years ago? I was impressed with the "modeling" capability which can certainly help to try and follow it's erosion migration path, thereby hinting at where to concentrate efforts. Maybe Lunk will make a wide circle home this spring to sniff out some eastern nuggets with his GPZ? (Ha) Mike
  7. I'm soooo happy to see this post! I can show my wife... that I'm not the only one who has old gold/treasure magazines/articles saved from decades ago!
  8. In case people are wondering, this is not a NEW thing. The update that added this happened at the end of 2018, so machines with this function have shipped for almost two years... Mine was purchased on 1.26.19 and does not have this feature... here's what was found yesterday... small one is first found @ half a grain and second one 25 ft away at 4 grams.
  9. I've had to survey fences/structures built into the water along lakeshores for court cases over access... in Idaho it's often determined by mean summer pool level. Can also depend upon type of deeded right. As Steve mentioned, prescriptive rights to use can also be valid for access based on history, although difficult claim to back and often weak in court.
  10. I spent a couple of last winter's days doing tests like this on my GM1000 (and also my GB2) to get an idea of which coil might fit best for success in the field. My results were the same as his video documentation on both the large and small coil. Interesting enough, I couldn't find in my testing that the large coil was soooo sensitive to "bumps" - the small coil by contrast is very stable and quiet - found these traits prolific in field use. Logic would lead to use of the small coil since it is easier to hear the 'real' targets... but I found very little yellow with the small coil. I switche
  11. I have considered the 10mm for 25 years but have yet to pick one up as I actually went the other way and sold all of my autos 23 yrs ago and just pack one of my revolvers out in the woods. Top is .357 and bottom .44 which i often carry either of regularly - both are 5 shot and loaded with what most would consider extremely HEAVY loads. I live in the woods and most time have no need for them, they're just another tool to pack on my hikes. Worn in a typical pancake holster on back of right hip I've not found any trouble of interference with my detectors at all. (Haven't tried a GPZ yet).
  12. My basic cleaning is with hot water and Ivory soap with soft bristeled toothbrush ...gets the biggest amount of dirt brown clay stains off the gold and quartz. Looks very natural. Later I use about 5-7 days soak in white vinegar to slightly brighten the contrast between gold/quartz on some pieces. Still natural looking. Lastly, if it's a piece for jewelry and going for high contrast, at Lunk's recommendation - I've used the HF Whink for 3 day soak then 3 days in baking soda solution. Results are brilliant white quartz, gold is bright. Like Steve mentions, even low %HF solutions are
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