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  1. Chuck

    Wilderness Protocol

    Eric What do you use for an antenna? And thanks for the feedback. Chuck
  2. Chuck

    I Need Of Suggestions

    The Barstow, CA area in general has been known for producing gold in fact there are a very large number of claims north and south of Barstow; now for the "but part". The only known true placer producing mine was Camp Rock just south of I-40 and east of Barstow. Based on Riches to Rush by Eric Twitty and Gold Districts of California, Bulletin 193 all the other mining activities have been chasing flour or flake gold and this includes the 1860"s thru 1930's old timers. The site I'm working is a known gold producing area.
  3. My last prospecting trip out I was sure I had the spotting possible gold locations process down however there is something, other than no gold, I'm missing. I felt my desert clues (listed below) indicated I was a good area with only red dirt and pyrite missing. There was quartz all over the area with red stains from iron which I would have thought answered the mail for iron/red dirt. Also there was granite, other minerals, and plants indicating a good mineral rich soil. But there was also low volume of black sand and it's occurrence was patchy. I sampled the top 6 inches in a couple of areas and got more black sand than I knew what to do with, next 6 inches below the first 6 inches very little. The only deltas I can think of would be I need to do a better job of identifying the specific areas for sampling, how much time I spend sampling, how I sample or maybe something else. So if anyone has any!! suggestions about working possible gold locations please past them along. Losing really blows. Desert Clues: Are There Any Evidence of fault lines Inaccessible or somewhat challenging locations to reach Caliche Layers especially within the more challenging areas to reach Watch for pocket, cracks, generally a base that gold rest on Hills, slopes, etc above washes may form residual placer deposits Depressions, gullies, wash veins, bolder obstruction, or water falls Rock slides near old streambeds, washes, gullies or drainages Contacts between different rock types, cavities, porous rocks, bed rock areas Deformed fractures rock and folds of fault zones Granite traps can be good gold holding types of bedrock Exposed bedrock, narrow fissures and cracks Indications where flash floods have been focused Narrow ravines and waterways which Focused the water movement Widen out - watch for gravel bars Check gravel terraces a few feet above the creek Iron rich red dirt and/or nice red quartz, faults and fractures intersect rocks Been know to mix with quartz, dirt maybe also be blackish red Ant hills and/or gopher holes they dig everything up Trumpet plants, Black Sand (large flakes best) Use metal pan with magnet to check for black sand, lager the flakes the better Trumpet's grow in very high mineralize soil With Trumpet's may find rich red dirt, mineral concentrated area Horsetails Plants Have a strong affinity for gold bearing areas Watch for clumps growing maybe on top or gold rich areas An arrangement of branches in a circle around the stem May have ribbed and hollow stems Obvious depressions Pyrite & Granite (light colored rocks, grains large enough to be visible, colors vary
  4. Chuck

    Safety & Forums

    This link will take you strait to Route 66 safety suggestions - http://route66goldminersclub.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=9&sid=e97a90686aa055b60b0ec98d17285e53 Found out the last night the links referenced within each story are not turned on. You will have to cut and pastes the links into the web page address window.
  5. During the year I post any number of safety related items on several forums that hopefully make our prospecting efforts a little safer and fun. The only drawback is it’s a bit time consuming to work all the forums and in some cases post repetitive stories which can be annoying. What I'm going to ask is for folks who are interested safety related items that hopefully apply to prospecting at least most of the time is to check the Route 66 Gold Miners Club Forum, Safety Suggestions (http://route66goldminersclub.com/forum/index.php). Currently there are 28 topics posted covering killer beers, cold weather safety, stress and pet care, valley fever, some general prospecting safety guidelines, and other topics. Hopefully this will not be a major inconvenience. Cheers, Beers, & Gold Chuck KG6SYX
  6. Chuck

    Prospecting Partner Needed

    Reno is right about recommending mining clubs. There are a number of claims in and around the southern Cal desert and the folks who hold these claim can get a bit aggressive with un-invited guests. The GPAA has a number of claims in southern Cal that you can work to your hearts content without any difficulties. The catch is you must be GPAA member or working the GPAA claim with a GPAA member. Also GPAA maintains a list of prospecting clubs across the nation making fairly easy to fine a club in your area. Gold Prospectors Association of America (GPAA) - http://www.goldprospectors.org/ Also keep in mind cell phones in some areas are at best spotty or no reception at all. Some folks like CB or GRMS radios which are ok when prospecting with a group but not so ok when prospecting alone. I have a ham radio which pretty much answer the mail 95% of the time should I or others need help. And since Feb. 2007 Morse Code is no longer required. Best of Luck Cheers, Beers, & Gold Chuck KG6SYX
  7. BBC News Today - Devon treasure hunter discovers 22,000 Roman coins A treasure hunter from Devon has discovered the biggest hoard of 4th century Roman coins recorded in Britain. Laurence Egerton, a builder, took up metal detecting seven years ago and found 22,000 Roman coins dating from AD260 to AD348. Source - http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-29399437 We should have this kind of luck in CA. Cheers, Beer, & Gold Chuck KG6SYX
  8. From Live Science 09/19/2014 - Flu Shot Facts & Side Effects (Updated for 2014-2015) The seasonal flu shot is a yearly vaccine administered to protect against the flu, or influenza. In the United States, flu shots are recommended for everyone ages 6 months and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The flu can be a very serious illness, especially in young children, adults ages 65 and over, those with underlying health conditions, and pregnant women. Full Story - http://www.livescience.com/40279-flu-shot-information.html Remember - The 5 P's: Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Prospecting Cheers, Beers, & Gold Chuck KG6SYX
  9. Chuck

    Ca Fires & Hydrated

    I've heard just enough feedback over time about what to do and what not to that I tell folks to discuss this issue with their doctor. This last weekend I was at the ARRL Southwestern Division Convention (Ham Radio thing) in San Diego and one of the presentations about heat related safety said salt was old school thing. The suggestions about what to drink include any available sports drinks such as gatorade, power aid and so on along with a well balanced diet. They went on to say avoid soda, coffee, iced tea, energy drinks and alcoholic beverages which can force your body to eliminate fluids and lead to dehydration.
  10. Chuck

    Ca Fires & Hydrated

    Thanks Cheers, Beers, & Gold Chuck KG6SYX
  11. I have found what appears to be a central resource concerning California Fires. California Fire News - http://calfire.blogspot.com/ Also keep in mind CA weather forecast has been and is expected to more than a bit hot. To ensure your safety, please make certain you are well hydrated before prospecting out in the heat and you maintain your fluid intake during your prospecting efforts. If you are on sugar, salt, or fluid restricted diet, or take prescription medications, check with your healthcare provided for the best strategy for hot weather hydration for you. Remember the 5 P's: Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Prospecting Cheers, Beers, & Gold Chuck KG6SYX
  12. Chuck

    Wilderness Protocol

    Eric I've been thinking about HF Backpack for a while now and I'm considering the FT-817 and a LDR battery powered tuner. What batteries would you recommend for the FT-817? I haven't decided on what antenna to use the Mojave Desert isn't big on trees so wires are pretty much out of the picture. Chuck, KG6SYX
  13. Chuck

    Wilderness Protocol

    I recently got this posting on another prospecting forum and wanted to pass it along so folks thinking about getting their licenses can see it may not be as difficult as it may seem. "Great idea using radios. It would be a good idea if several club members had their amateur licenses. I recently got my technicians. Maybe you or someone else with experience could give a demonstration. If I had known how easy it was to take this first level I would have done it sooner." Cheers, Beers, & Gold Chuck KG6SYX
  14. The Wilderness Protocol is a suggestion for Amateur Radio Operators outside of repeater range to monitor or use standard simplex channels at specific times in case of emergencies or other urgent calls. This protocol plan was developed to assist with contacts between Amateur Radio Operators that were traveling in uninhabited areas and outside repeater range. There are three frequencies monitored the primary frequency is 146.520 MHz with 446.00 MHz and 223.5 MHz acting as alternate frequencies. The other frequencies are 6 meter (52.525) and 23cm (1294.50), the most likely protocol frequencies to be heard will be 146.520, 446.00 MHz and 223.5 MHz. There are amateur radio wilderness protocol monitoring times, these can be see along with other protocol info at http://k4jwm.com/wilderness-protocol.htm. Since I have a dual-channel Yaesu FT-8900 I monitor 146.520 100% of the time and use the other channel for making contacts (QSL). When I stop for the night I have Kenwood handheld TH-F6 tri-band dual channel radio that allows me to monitor during the evening hours. The Wilderness Protocol should not be viewed as something just for hikers, off-roads, or prospectors it is available for use by everyone anywhere repeater coverage is unavailable. The protocol only becomes effective when folks put it to use. Cheers, Beers, & Gold Chuck KG6SYX
  15. There are a number of outdoor organizations such REI, Pacific Crest Trail Association, Concerned Off-Road Bicyclists Association and several news papers advising folks about a plant commonly known as Poodle-Dog Bush. Apparently touching it will cause a significant allergic reaction and lucky us its range is limited to So. Cal. Please talk a few moments to read the following links all have some fairly good Poodle-Dog Bush pictures and info. CORBA - http://www.corbamtb.com/news/2011/07/21/beware-the-poodle-dog-bush PCTA - http://www.pcta.org/2013/poodle-dog-bush-warning-8891/ REI - http://www.rei.com/share/rei-blog/2013/04/poodle-dog-bush.html Cheer, Beers, & Gold Chuck KG6SYX