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  1. The only groundbreaking they’re opening is a big hole that they’re gonna fall into. They’ll probably only sell the less expensive coin machines on that website, anyone who wants a more expensive unit shouldn't buy from directly online with no service or personal training opportunities in sight. Then again, those dealers who do offer training may have an opportunity to offer trading to those people, especially since a lot of them may not know what they’re doing.
  2. We used to use TP as flagging tied to a bush at each end of our transect walks when griddling for archaeological surface surveys, you can easily see it from the opposite end of your grid to help you keep walking each transect leg in a straight line. It also doesn’t stay long in the environment if you miss picking them up afterwards.
  3. Quartz most likely. Do a scratch test. It should scratch glass and a basic steel knife, but a tungsten tipped drill bit will scratch it.
  4. You’re right, Steve, there are a lot of people that like to buy online but I think the personal touch when you buy online and then get to show up for training later is a competitive advantage for some dealers over the others who market and sell online. I don’t expect (or really want) Minelab to start doing it.
  5. Before you throw the coil away you could perhaps try some hardening epoxy putty to help keep the cable secure- put it around the base where the bend issue is on the cable and once you find the sweet spot keep the cable still until the putty hardens. I fixed my chargers that have cables with exposed wires at the base and on the tip that way also. I guess one should be careful that the wires aren’t shorting against each other before trying this in either case.
  6. Great looking skid plate! I like your design for the molds, and didn’t know you could do this with a PVC pipe. A homemade circle cutting jig on a router table would also work for this if one doesn’t have a lathe: https://www.woodsmith.com/article/cutting-perfect-circles-with-the-router-table
  7. I hope someone wasn’t expecting something to be shipped in it, then when they couldn’t find it they went on to the next one. That would’ve been pretty bad!
  8. Wow, someone must’ve gotten some sort of a red flag on coil shipments, but testing an item destructively that way and not reporting the damage to you was ridiculous. Submit a form 95 claim to customs for destruction of property- this explains it on their website: https://help.cbp.gov/s/article/Article-178?language=en_US Was the shipment insured? One issue I can think of happening is maybe that they will try to blame the Bulgarian customs office on it if they inspected it before it was exported. You may need proof that that didn’t happen either.
  9. I took a long trip to Baja in the 90’s all the way south with a girlfriend and we camped out alone on the beaches. Everyone we met along the way were extremely nice and helpful, and most of all generous. We ran out our battery at one camp site and asked a local if he had jumper cables. He walked back from his house carrying a car battery and swapped mine out with it to get us started. It was his house battery from his solar system. I just assumed that he had a car, and didn’t even consider that his only vehicle may have been his fishing boat. Another fisherman kept leaving live crabs at our camp each day and wouldn’t take money for them (we gave him our extra canned food when we left), and at another camp we had neighbors- a military unit arrived and set up a camp next to us and invited us to stay. We had 24hour armed sentries posted on either end of the road leading to where we were and they’d politely say good morning and evening to us whenever we walked by them. They also set up what looked like some antenna poles up on the beach and to our surprise, they ended up being volleyball net supports and we played beach volleyball with them- have you ever played volleyball with fellow teammates who were still wearing their rifles? That was pretty fun. Overall, people are just pretty nice in Mexico and it’s too bad there are more problems now down there, but it still does not represent the majority. Thanks for the great write up Condor, it brought back some good memories!
  10. Good on you Doc for helping around the house, but I’m sorry about your better half not enjoying some of your outdoor hobbies. I won’t brag too much, except saying while I was driving a civic and had not much in terms of camping gear when we first met, it was my wife who came with the 4-wheel drive truck and all the camping and rock hounding gear. She’s a keeper and I’ll swing any cleaning tools around the house to keep her happy, even if it does hurt my back! And you’re a good man, Doc, for doing the same!
  11. Oh yeah, but with his luck he’d need a leash also as it would grow four legs and walk away!
  12. You are right, as most of the surface materials in the DTC were collected in the 70’s, they did not yet qualify as a Federal historic resource (less than 50 years old), so most museums would accept these provided there is some provenience information documented for them (location they were found). As there are maps available for the camps, they can even identify which units and sometimes even whom the artifacts were from in this case. There are some very interesting sites still left out there- and it’s good they are now protected. Sites including the giant topographic scale map model that is over 100 feet wide of the surrounding mountains and valley, a giant end of training party site where 100’s of beer bottles are still lined up in the sand and standing as if still in their crates that have already disintegrated, the fox holes still strewn with 50ca machine gun shells, and the rock alignments that were once painted white marking the camp driveways and pullouts where military tents used to be. It’s stuff like that along with the occasional personal belongings and other artifacts one can see that give visitors a sense of the significance of what happened there. Those things should be preserved.
  13. Hi Tom, Museums share their collections to other museums quite often, and some of the DTC collections went to the Smithsonian as well. I know World War II vets are still around us and the artifacts from the war may not seem that significant as they are not as old as others, however, as those vets are quickly passing with age, their story will be better told by what they’ve left behind if it is preserved.
  14. Those look useful. That larger stash will be handy when picking up other small stuff I find like topaz crystals and fluorescent pebbles and other mineral samples. But Doc, will I find larger gold nuggets if I order a larger Nugget Stash? 😉 A guy I know dropped his snuffer bottle with gold in it and it floated away down river. He needs a stash that comes with a leash!
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