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Reno Chris

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  1. I have only bullet points of topics I want to cover, and errors dont easily get caught. My latest video is on mining gold and sapphire in Montana, and while recording, I mis-pronounced the name of Helena, the capitol of the state, even though I know the correct pronunciation. It happens.
  2. Ummm, take a closer look at the book. There is a bibliography in the current edition, its on pages 357 and 358. As far as the index, a decent one would probably take a good 10 pages, and there is no room without significantly expanding the length of the book. Given the extra cost of such an expansion, probably not. The table of contents is quite detailed.
  3. Well, I am here once in a while. There is no ebook version coming. I looked into it and for the reason that ebooks automatically resize the material no matter what device you are using, they work very poorly for books with loads of illustrations - like my book. I looked into it and it was nothing but roadblocks and reasons it would not work. Its possible that a next edition may be coming out in late 2020 or early 2021. So do you want to wait a year plus? Due to my YouTube videos, the book is selling fast and I will likely be reprinting in 12 to 18 months. It won't be a major change, I will add a section on the GPZ 7000. The 5000 was the flagship detector at the last printing.
  4. I didn't say that I started the GBP gold rush in West Africa. I found gold in a spot the Africans had not worked previously and in time it yielded some nice gold for them. However there were all sorts of detectors and fakes already in use in Africa by that time. The GBPro is the cheapest detector that really has the sensitivity needed for gold prospecting. That's the point of the video. I've also done a second video since then on how to set up and use the GBPro for prospecting.
  5. There will be a nice obituary article in the ICMJ this month for Jim. He wrote many articles for us.
  6. I got the word that Jim Straight has passed away in recent days. I last saw and spoke with Jim a bit over a year ago. He spent several hours on both Saturday and Sunday in the ICMJ booth with me at the Pomona GPAA show. He was a good man and wrote many articles for the ICMJ. It is sad to see him go. Jim was a great pioneer in the world of metal detecting for gold. He was on site for a great many famous old gold finds with metal detectors. Yet ye was very tight lipped about those locations. A lot of great secrets passed with him. It was always great to chat with him as we traveled a lot of similar paths - we both graduated from the Mackay School of mines, but about 30 years apart. We both spent a lot of time prospecting around Randsberg, CA and the northern Nevada placers of Pershing and Humboldt counties. I will miss our talks, as will so many other prospectors.
  7. Please remind me. I get maybe 50 emails a day, I dont know your name and your email is probably not afreakofnature at gmail.com, so putting together all the alias names, email names and other names on other forums is pretty much impossible. I try to respond to stuff, so let me know.
  8. You know on the internet one never knows if a guy is joking or serious. At the end of the video I promote my book, Fists full of Gold. Like the video says, its available on Amazon. It was published in 2010. You can find it at: https://www.amazon.com/Fists-Full-Gold-Chris-Ralph/dp/0984269207
  9. Hey I just put up another video, The Geology of Placer Deposits, Part 1 (it will be part 1 of 3) This one focuses on different types of placer deposits and how the gold concentrates naturally - then also about finding those natural concentration spots. I do think it has a lot of hints, information and secrets that will be useful to most prospectors. I promise not to continually do this, putting up video notice when I throw something on Youtube. That would be kind of lame of me. So if you want to see parts 2 and 3 also, be sure to subscribe and tick the notification bell. The other two parts will be out shortly. They are geology and doing research, and then also on recognizing rocks and minerals.
  10. Hey I have been meaning to do up some Youtube videos for a while and this last weekend I was talking with Shannon Poe of AMRA at the Portland Oregon GPAA Gold Show and he suggested I video the whole presentation. Well, I had no video stuff with me, but I figured I could do the same presentation on a screen capture at home. In fact I’ve decided to do up all the presentations I give to various prospecting and rock hound clubs as well as the ones I do for the GPAA. I’ve got four done so far but more are coming and as soon as the weather improves I am going to do some live action instructional videos as well on all sorts of prospecting topics. In addition to some other videos I am planning, Bill Southern is going to come up this way to the California gold country this summer and we will do together a series of prospecting videos. Most of them will be on Bill’s channel, but some will be for my channel as well. So if you want to see all of what I have coming, be sure to subscribe to my channel and hit the notification bell and YouTube will let you know when I publish something. In the mean time as I have 4 new ones for you to take a look at: How To Find Gold – Improving Your Prospecting Skills Nugget Detecting Success How To Stake Your Own Mining Claim Dry Washing For Gold
  11. And its not just a late payment sort of thing - they've had those books and been selling them for about a year. A lot of small prospecting stores are going through lean times, though some are better off than others. A couple weeks back, I did a GPAA show in Phoenix for the ICMJ. Many of the prospecting shops that always attend these shows were not around. There is just not the number of new prospectors coming into try their hand. The gold price, which has been fluctuating between $1150 and $1350 for the last 5 years, just doesn't spark the interest to attract new folks to try their hand at finding gold. Most of the folks that attended the GPAA show were long time prospectors who already have the equipment they want or can afford, and they dont buy as much new stuff. Its the excitement of a crazy high gold price and new guys coming into prospecting that really drive sales.
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