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  1. Gary, Found this on the Aussie forum and on page 5 the designer (SteelPat) discusses the "filter question": Bill
  2. Jennifer, Thanks for the details, interesting post and pics of beautiful gold. I've been reading about Nenad's SP01 signal enhancer on the Aussie forum and FB. Looks like a signal enhancer is better than the GPZ 7000 audio output and it improves weak signals without boosting the noise. Must be fantastic on those whispers we are all listening for. Placed my order with Rob yesterday! Bill
  3. Flakemagnet, I have learned alot from Land Matters and my education is ongoing. The biggest thing from this discussion is to not believe what others tell you about a mining claim. Like "we go wherever we want to" or the following: According to the discussion on the other forum, Sections 17, 19 and 21 are owned by Newmont Mining and not the Railroad. It takes alot of due diligence and research by using tools like LR2000, Land Matters, Master Title Plats and the Pershing County Assessor to determine who the current claim owner is. That's why I bought a claim in Sec 18. Bill
  4. There were some recent discussions on another forum that must be shared with those that metal detect and prospect in Rye Patch, NV, please read the following summary and share with your Club's members and prospecting friends. Bill From Land Matters: The above map shows who the land manager is and which sections have claims. The simple fact that the BLM is the land manager does not mean the land is open to prospecting or claim. I took the next step for you. I downloaded the Master Title Plat (MTP) for that Township with a click on the Land Status map. The MTP clearly shows that most of the the odd numbered Sections have restricted minerals - as in not yours. So no you can't just look at a simple map and say to yourself "hmmm no claims and it's BLM managed so I'm good to go". The reason this is disturbing to me is myself and others have spent a lot of personal time and money providing free tools and tutorials so the average prospector/researcher can know how to do their legally required Due Diligence before they put boots on the ground. The tools and information are now freely available. Abdicating your personal responsibility to know the land status before you prospect because I provided a map of claimed areas was not the intent of my work. Please don't use Land Matters as an excuse for criminal behavior. Ignorance is never a defense against a prosecution for mineral trespass or mineral theft. The talk here has been of "Claim Jumping". Claim Jumping is the act of trying to steal a mining claim with paperwork and lawyers. Taking minerals from a claim you don't have permission to prospect is highgrading - not Claim Jumping. Higrading in all cases involves the theft of minerals owned by someone else. Apples and Oranges. I get correspondence from a lot of claim owners complaining of higraders. This is not new to mining. Several studies of commercial placer mines have shown that higrading is the biggest threat to a profitable operation. Anyone that has worked for the larger mining companies know they spend a lot of time, money and hours ensuring their minerals are not stolen. Higrading is on every mining companies radar. I often hear excuses like "If the claim isn't marked it's OK to prospect" and the even more common "It's the claim owners responsibility to maintain signs". Neither is true, a few States require corners be checked on an annual basis but in point of fact most states have no legal requirement that claims must maintain markers. In several states corner markers are not required at all for some claims and monuments only have to be present at the time of location. Although as a practical matter the claim owner should do everything possible to put others on notice of the claim it is not the legal responsibility of the claim owner to use signs or markers to keep prospectors off their claim. Prospectors, unlike the general public, have a positive legal duty to know the mineral status of the land before entering to prospect. The claim owner put other prospectors on legal notice when they recorded their "Notice of Mining Claim Location" into the public record. That public record suffices as proper notice under the law even if there are no stakes at the mining claim location. The public record is open for inspection to all people. Potential prospectors need to examine the public record before entering the land to prospect. Land Matters provides links to all the County Recorders right on the Mining Claim maps to assist you in accomplishing that requirement. Where Land Matters could do better is in providing the subsurface mineral status of the lands. As you've seen above not all BLM managed land is open to prospecting or location. It's not just a matter of mineral withdrawals but more subtle issues like those odd numbered sections in parts of Rye Patch that were reconvened and were never open to location. There was no withdrawal there because there were no mineral rights to withdraw. Often those minerals have already been sold or leased. If you are found extracting minerals from these restricted lands the BLM will bring charges of criminal mineral theft. It happens quite often and is frequently prosecuted for something as simple as taking a pickup load of gravel or sand. Then there is the big mass of "dark matter" that is the subsurface estate still owned by the United States. There are nearly 7 million acres of mineral lands, often available for prospecting and location, underneath private lands in the west. Mining companies know this and have legally mined private lands for years. It requires a huge amount of research to determine just where these hidden mineral lands are found. The BLM is tasked with maintaining the records of this huge subsurface estate but between the BLM and mining companies the attitude seems to be "out of sight - out of mind". With very few exceptions these records are available but virtually unobtainable by the average researcher. Land Matters has plans to map these subsurface mineral rights but it's a huge project with little public interest beyond the landsmen and oil and gas industries. We need to see some real public interest before we will commit the resources needed to complete such a big project. Now to the tough part. Most of these complaints I receive of higraders are about metal detecting. Rarely do I hear of processing equipment being used. At least 9 out of 10 reports of higrading I receive are about metal detectorists taking the best and biggest gold. Several of you on this forum have been named by claim owners. I'm not the enforcement guy and I will not be calling you out in public but I do know. For small miners trying to protect their owned minerals from higrading the pointy finger is mostly about metal detectorists. I do know that few of you set out with the intent to detect someone's minerals. In most cases these violations are due to ignorance, intentional or otherwise. Assuming that signs are required or that unclaimed BLM managed land must be available for prospecting are just two examples. I have heard from many prospectors that the big mining companies (or someone who appears to be working for a mining company) allow prospectors to work their claims. I've never found a prospector who had a name, phone number or signed release but this seems to be one of those things "everyone knows". I can tell you that no mining company that has public shares could ever legally allow you to prospect their claims without a work contract. The simple fact that you haven't been caught or run off does not amount to permission. Please learn to do your own due diligence. Please respect mineral owners rights, those minerals are their private property under the law. According to the Serial Register page Sections 17,19 and 21 is split estate. The surface is BLM managed and the minerals are privately owned. This doesn't make a lot of sense considering the ownership history there but it is how the government has the split estate classified. To prospect or mine Sections 17, 19 and 21 you would need the written permission of the private mineral owner. You will need to visit the Humboldt County Assessor to find out who the current owner is. One individual and one company have mined that area in the past. The last approved mining there was closed out in 1998. There may be a private mineral lease there now but there is no way to know until someone begins the mine permit process. The one thing that is clear is that there can be no prospecting (including metal detecting) or mining on Sections 17, 19 and 21 without the mineral owners written permission. l
  5. Doc, I just received my new boots and they look excellent! Thanks, Bill
  6. Doc, I tried to call answer, and PM you (no messages allowed) have my tel. number. Thanks, Bill
  7. Hey Rob, on the Lost Treasures archives they have Jim Straight's story on T-Bone's nugget "."t-bone" And His Three-ounce Gulch" for $2.95. More stories on Bill Southern's forum. Bill
  8. Thanks Rob, I knew something had to be available soon and Jonathan Porter teased us and had a pic of his NF skid plate on FB. Also, thanks to all those resourceful Aussies! Bill
  9. SOLD SOLD my Minelab X-Tera 705 Gold Detector 18.75 kHz ser# 40427527012 with 3 coils (5" x 10", 9" concentric and Coiltek 15" WOT) and brand new headphones for only $600 REDUCED to $450 shipped to lower 48 only. Purchased from Rob's Detector Sales on 12/9/2013 for over $900. This detector was used only once in Nome, AK. with the 5" x 10" coil and I'm selling it to reduce my detector inventory. The entire package looks brand new. Serious buyers PM me. Bill
  10. Hey Rob, sent you a PM...I need one of the $$$ coils. Bill
  11. I'm planning to dig deeper ground on my claim in Nevada next year using an electric demolition hammer and generator, pick, shovel, drywasher and GPZ 7000.I got the idea from a group of guys that push gold bearing private claims in N. Nevada. Here's what they do- They organize a group to offset the costs of equipment, gas, bond money, etc. and in 2015 they did a push 20+ miles north of Rye Patch and recovered 20 ounces of gold in a 100' x 300' area. They look for gold bearing land that is 2' - 5' deep, which is deeper than modern metal detector capability. Sounds like you need to go won't know until try it. If I had the equipment and bond money, I'd work with the BLM and move some dirt! Bill
  12. Price reduced to $9,500 OBO with 60-day financing. The new price is less than what I paid for these claims. Don't miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity! Bill
  13. Jen, from what I saw on the ground with 2 of my friends, very little detector swinging has been done on theses claims. Jeff Dunmire is handling the sale for me and he uses Ebay for advertising only....the actual process is done via email and he accomplishes all the paper work transactions with the County and BLM. i'm not interested in a trade as I have more than enough claims to keep me busy. Bill
  14. I have too many claims to work, so I'm selling a 100-acre claim in Sec. 18 at Rye Patch, NV. I just came back from a 10-day trip and this is an amazing claim that has not been worked by heavy equipment or drywashers. Lots of exposed bedrock, quartz, and crystals. Great for a club or group to own. Ebay listing link attached. Bill
  15. Hey Rob, any update on the new 18" Elite coil from Coiltek? The Youtube videos show some amazing performance! Thanks, Bill
  16. John, go to Steve Hershbach's forum and look at Lunk and Jason's finds....nice gold from NV! Bill
  17. Doc & Rob, apparently he was running his sensitivity too high...when he lowered it to the 8 - 11 range, the GPZ settled down to a reasonable level. I think he was expecting the quiet threshold of the GPXs....but the GPZ "hot detector" threshold in NV takes some time to get used to. Matt- call around to the ML dealers, you can find a better price than $10K. Bill
  18. Hey DOC, looks like your success with the GPZ is continuing. A friend of mine is using his GPZ in NV near Winnemucca and having some issues on EMI and quieting it down, here are his words: "I've read all the articles, seen all the videos. Done resets, restarts, redundant autotunes, manual tunes, tried every setting. The issue is EMI, not ground balancing, it's ground balancing fine. I can quiet it down by using audio smoothing but then the issue is that it's no deeper and barely more sensitive than my 4500 with a lot of audio smoothing applied to the GPZ. Which means that to make it a stable machine it's about equal to my old 4500 except twice as heavy so at this point kinda let down with it all." Any thoughts and tips on how to help him out with EMI and audio noises? He likes the stable audio of the GPXs. I'm curious also, going to head out there soon. Thanks, Bill
  19. John, according to Coiltek and others on the Aussie have to run the AI in the DD mode. Read this link: Bill
  20. Doc, great video on the new GPZ 7000. Lots of good gold posts are now showing up on the internet proving that the GPZ is punching harder and deeper in pounded areas.I just got mine and can't wait to try it out in NV. Bill
  21. Rob and Jim, great results with the new ML in AZ...I should have stayed longer and tried out/bought the GPZ! Had to sell my GPX first and it looks like both the GPX and SDC left some gold behind! Keep up the reports. Bill