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  1. Reno Chris

    The Chisana Story

    Lots of fun you've had up there at Chisana over a long period of many years. Thanks for letting me be a part of that. I've wondered since I was there what an SDC 2300 might do on those benches as some of the bedrock was a bit noisy with the GBII.
  2. Pretty sure it should more correctly be editions, not volumes - although new material is added at the back of each "volume". Jim told me some years ago that the original and only typed computer copy of the dry washers book had been lost (and that prompted me to make lots of extra copies of the files that form my book). That typed computer version is needed to edit it and add any new material. Jim said that no one really wanted to re-type his book, so they just re-printed the old part and then kept putting in additional addendum at the back to cover any new or updated material.
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    Home Coming For Steve H.

    Oh, you mean here.... That was indeed a great trip (years ago when I was there).
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    Large Cent Variations

    There is lots of info on the internet that can be found quite easily with a little searching. Try "Wiki US Large Cents" and you will get plenty of info. The more corroded one seems to be a "matron head" type (1816 to 1839). The better on of the two seems to be a braided hair type.
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    World Bored With High Frequency Detectors?

    Hey Steve: Back in the day we told a number of folks that there was room in the market for a higher frequency VLF oriented toward gold prospecting. The older units were good, but we all knew there have been design improvements in VLF since the GB2, GMT and Eureka Gold were first developed (not huge changes but small worthwhile ones none the less). I dont know how many of those folks were listening to us or just saw the same thing in the market that we did, but hey, we were proven right and now there are an overabundance of 30 kHz nugget detectors on the market.
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    Emergency Jump Starter / Charging System

    I remember that..... Good Times!
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    Visiting With Jim Straight

    Yah, I never knew Jim when he was really heavy. I think he is like 5'7" or 8" and one of the guys we chatted with said he was up over 300 lbs at one time. Its been a good long while since that was the case. Chris
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    Okay Time Travelers Back To The Early70’s

    Fall '70 and early 1971, I would have been in grammar school, in the 6th grade........
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    Visiting With Jim Straight

    Looking forward to it.
  10. I was at the GPAA gold show in southern California (Pomona) recently and had the pleasure of having Jim Straight sit in with me in the ICMJ booth for some hours on both days. It was fun, though at 88 Jim is slowing down just a little. Otherwise, he is doing fine. Jim was not the oldest prospector at the show, Pete Pederson was there and he is 90. I hope I can hang in that long! For those who dont know, Jim is one of the early day metal detecting prospectors, I think he got involved in the 1970s or something like that. He is well known for the books on prospecting that he has written. Some of the members of the forum might like to know that he is still up and at it.
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    Cyanide Tailing Piles

    Part of this problem is that a lot of different things get called "tailings" by prospectors and some are worth detecting and others not. True tailings from a cyanide plant are crushed to be like fine beach sand, usually tan colored and will have no gold that can be found with a detector. Mine "tailings" such as broken rock that is the waste from the workings of an underground hard rock mine (normally dumped out near portals and shafts) are not crushed, they will have all sizes of rock from small sand to boulders. These can be very worthwhile, I've found some nice gold in them, it just depends on the mine and the type of gold they found. Some mines only produce very fine dust sized gold, while others can produce coarser, chunkier gold that is easily detected. Placer "tailings" are the materials that have been run through the sluice of a gravel mine. They may or may not have some nice gold depending on the type of sluice they ran and how much gold-quartz was in the gravel. I made my first trip to Montana this last fall.......
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    GM 1000 Question

    I own and have used both the GM1000 and the MXT, and will tell you that the GM1000 is much more sensitive to smaller gold. That said, all the gold in your photo should be something that your MXT could have heard if the gold were shallow enough. There are various factors as to why you might not hear the gold with either detector. Some possible problems (but not a full listing of every possible issue). 1. The gold is down deep in crevices, too deep to be heard with a detector - small gold is detectable at shallow depths and you will not see this size of gold at the bottom of a 6 inch crevice; 2. You are not listening close enough to the sounds your detector makes and are ignoring signals - small nuggets do not boom out like a coin or other big target; 3. The bedrock is highly mineralized and is making a racket on your detector - you may need to turn down the gain to hear the nuggets over the noise.
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    New BLM Lr2000

    Well. after much delay, I have finally gotten around to using the new LR 2000 portal or interface. The drop down menus stink and are amazingly slow - makes me fell like I am back in college using a 300 baud remote Teletype in the basement of the Mackey Mines building. You have to remember that the LR in LR 2000 means Legacy Rehost - a throw back to central computers and running programs on cards. It is the definition of kludge. I quickly figured out I could paste a line into the search box and bypass waiting for the drop downs, and this made a huge improvement. So I paste a good line of data in, then change the township and range as needed and run it. It then runs about the same as the other, but when running whole townships, gives all the claims without having to go an extra step of exporting it as a pdf. So in that way it is better. At least it is functional and you can get the data out.
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    Equinox First Gold Nugget Photos

    JP - I assume you left that nugget right where it was because, well, its not a relic.
  15. I know we had a recent thread on this but I wanted to say I had two broken pairs of UR 30s and because of that other thread, I sent them in to Koss for repair. I got them back about two weeks later. I am very happy with the repaired and refurbished headphones, they are just like new. Some may think other types of headphones are better, but its very good to have spares as they do break sometimes. Broken headphones are not good for much, but these refurbished ones will make sure I always have a spare pair or two for a long time to come.