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  1. I was not prepared for the amount of ads in that publication!
  2. Sometimes it is quicker to do some test pans to see if the gold goes up the hillside. Some of the nuggets in your shot are water worn and some rough so it could be that they are from small scattered stringers that are both eroding from the hillsides (rough) and collecting on bedrock (tumbled). Just this year I started seeing a pattern in one of my spots where I had better luck on area of the hillside that is just before it flattened out, quite a ways out of the wash. I found it by walking contour lines parallel to the water flow. Here is an amazing piece of art that demonstrates my t
  3. Gaia GPS does this. You can see in my screenshot I have overlayed the bedrock geology, PLSS Grid, and land ownership onto the USFS topo.
  4. I have been looking into these. My current pack is all on my shoulders and can weigh around 30lbs on longer trips. A frame pack is a good idea.
  5. A few areas have semi-clean water so I can either drink it straight or add iodine if I’m not feeling like Rambo. But many are dry or have extremely gross water. I have found that when the temperature is over 95 I can go through about 2 gallons per day - depending on how many holes I dig and how deep. But still a great idea to keep the treatment in the pack, very small and lightweight.
  6. I could use some advice from the true adventurers out there. I have used a regular backpack for the past 4 years and it has gone with me all over the West (and even in the Amazon jungles of Brazil) on my detecting adventures. Inside I carry food, water, first aid, extra coil, TP, and other essentials. I have strapped sleeping bags and gold pans to the outside. I have it ready to go for at least one or two nights sleeping in mild weather. But the miles have taken their toll. For those of you who venture far from your vehicle into the bush, I would like to know what kind of pack you use. Pi
  7. That sounds perfect. We will check out towns before moving. I had enough of the big city life in LA and prefer tiny towns. I have good memories of growing up in small towns and wish the same for my kids.
  8. In an effort to convince my wife to move to Nevada, I would like to know more about gemstones and non-metallic fossicking/collecting in the Silver State. If I can show her that the state will be a great place for other rock collecting, it will add greatly to my "gold, gold, no state income tax, gold" argument for a move. We are looking in the Hawthorne/Fernley/Fallon area. I know about the opal mines up by Virgin Valley, and garnets found in the Ruby mountains. And of course the different gold and silver districts, which sadly, she doesn't care about. She is most into roaming the desert a
  9. A lab will test metal detectors as “unintentional radiators.” Some detector companies choose to risk not having them tested, but according to the part 15 statement: This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and; (2) This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. In order to ensure a detector complies with this it is taken to a lab, exposed to interference, and measured for harmful interference at diff
  10. The whole point of this idea is to give your brain and ears more raw information to process. A good analogy would be seeing with two eyes instead of one. The Zed does give you a warble or wobble over certain targets, and I think that kind of descriptive audio or even more descriptive audio can be applied to any detector that gives you two sets of data (signal strength and signal phase or x and y for ZVT/pulse) in all-metal mode. Machine learning still has a long ways to go before it can rival a human, provided whiskey hasn't killed off too many brain cells. There is more raw audio informa
  11. Detecting started out as an audio-only hobby, and for us prospectors it mostly remains that way. Even if you are just swinging a VLF you can't trust the VDI numbers in hot ground. Beep, beep, dig. Now the more experienced detectorists know that there is a lot more to audio signals than just beeps. There is shape, tone, volume, sharpness, rhythm. It becomes a musical performance that we get to decode with our brains to decide whether a target is worth busting out the pick for. Why have detector companies not put more emphasis on developing audio responses? We get screens, target ID's, GPS,
  12. How much does it supplement your income? I have gotten lucky a few times out and found enough to pay off some gear or pay for the trip, but in general, the trip is the reward. In the US, small-scale prospecting and mining are mostly hobbies. The economics just don't work out for it to be more than that. I look at it like hunting or fishing. Is that buck really worth all that I spent on my rifle, tags, time off, vehicle, camo, and scouting? Not if you count it in dollars. The experience is what you are really mining, not the gold. But finding gold is always a great feeling and hard to comp
  13. My GPZ didn’t have too many issues with my .40 but it is just under my ribs, higher than a drop leg or typical belt holster. Heavy gun and I’ve only had to fire it once to warn a target shooter that I was down range. Sometimes I leave it at home but if it’s bear or wolf country I take it. Honestly a .22 or .38 would do just as well since it’s mostly to scare, not kill. Regular cleaning is important. My last outing I probably collected a few ounces of dirt and mud in my gun since I was bushwhacking and we had some downpours.
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