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In Memoriam / Re: Top Cat
« Last post by JOE S (INDY) on January 19, 2020, 05:14:07 PM »
While I never had the chance to actually meet Ron in person we did PM back and forth from time to time. 

I'll certainly miss that in the future. 

New User Introduction / Re: Starting to detect...
« Last post by JOE S (INDY) on January 19, 2020, 05:01:23 PM »
Well, Hello there, Freddy!!!   <-wave->

You know - something is sounding familiar here.  That wouldn't have been a 1968 penny - would it?   [&whistle#]

The reason I asked that is that I JUST finished posting a reply to another new member - with almost the exact question.  Here is the reply I just finished which you might find interesting as well:

New User Introduction / Re: Starting Point
« Last post by JOE S (INDY) on January 19, 2020, 04:43:47 PM »
Well, Carolyn "and Hubby" First, and most important of all - welcome to both of you!   <-wave-> 

It seems that you and "Hubby" have a lot of perseverance-enriched blood running through your veins.  ----- I think that you both will fit in here quite well.   <-laugh->

To start off we all could use a bit of background from you two.  For example, what kind of detector?  Even more important would be what sort of expectations you have here - as well as a region you are considering detecting in. 

Lets see, most important, Expectations:

 What are you looking to find?  Coins, Gold, Treasure, or possibly some really neat fishing weights, pull tabs and bottle caps, perhaps - say to start a new collection?  Possibly some odd bits of iron and old bullets for their own separate collections as well?  We just don't know what you are interested in.

Now, if it's coins, rings, necklaces and other 'stuff' like that which interest you two, it might just be that you would enjoy higher successes in more tightly targeting and qualifying your search locations.  Generally higher volumes of lost valuables like those mentioned (including the pull tabs and bottle caps) are associated with higher levels of public activity.  Schools, public swimming areas, parks, campgrounds, old locations for carnivals, outdoor concerts, airshows, rodeos, circuses, stage coach or train stops, public sporting areas such as baseball, football and other such playing field spectator areas are usually good places with higher returns.  Concession stands or any spots where money is exchanged really heads the list.

Now, you two bought your detecting equipment somewhere.  If it was a store then possibly they might know of a detecting club or two somewhere near you.  You can't beat hands-on, one-on-one information from other interested folks.

So, sit down and let us know a little more about your capabilities and equipment, as well as the region you might be interested in searching. 

(Did you realize that you need to make a second post to be a full member here with the ability to directly contact other members here using PMs?  Pretty sneaky how I provided a good reason for you to make that second post and, we hope, many more as well.   <-hypnotized->)

All the best to you, Carolyn, and also, you, "Hubby", as well!   <-yahoo_>


In Memoriam / Top Cat
« Last post by Brad F on January 19, 2020, 04:08:16 PM »
With a heavy heart, I just found out that Top Cat Ron Clifford passed away on January 15 2020. Ron was a friend of mine, we spent many hours digging, panning, and talking about everything under the sun.  He was a wonderful man, my deepest condolences go out to his family
Hard Rock Mining / Re: Check out my assay?
« Last post by Reveriequaint on January 19, 2020, 03:56:40 PM »
Thank you very much I have additional samples I will attempt to smelt using a high powered propane forge I have on the property, once Iím done planning anyway. Much appreciation
Hard Rock Mining / Re: Check out my assay?
« Last post by mentalcoincoin on January 19, 2020, 02:53:21 PM »
What you will need is a GPS to record your co-ordinates of where you got your sample.  Most all hard rockers using there magnifying loupe collect  a good size chunky sample ,split it in into two samples of decent size( atleast 1/2-3/4 size of your fist  each one .One is for your own records,its called a keeper bag  and should be numbered/dated/GPS co-ordinates/even description of,as well as area,then its put into a decent quality plastic baggy(This is kept in a safe place for your records in case needed at some date to substantiate the find.The other then is sent to a independent assay lab of your choice,where they will render you an assay you choose ,for apprx  $50/$60 a piece. If you think gold of quality maybe in your sample,you can request the pulp back from the lab.This kind of a sample is called a selected grab sample.   If its gold that interests you,then you could always crush and pan your own sample,saving a few bucks. Best Of Luck <_miner_>
New User Introduction / Starting to detect...
« Last post by Freddy on January 19, 2020, 02:34:17 PM »
Hey, I am new to this detecting and using my detector just once on a beach in Port Dover, Ontario and only found one penny.   Any advice for someone just starting out, please??
New User Introduction / Starting Point
« Last post by carolyn muir on January 19, 2020, 01:59:12 PM »
Hello, I am a new member starting a new hobby with my hubby.  We purchased our metal detector and pin pointer, but we have no idea how to start detecting.  Any advice you can give me, please??   We thought we would go down to Lake Ontario beaches, near Hamilton, Ontario and just sway it back and forth for 10km and see what we might find.   One lonely Canadian penny from 1968.  nothing of any value.
General Gold Prospecting Forum / Re: Nip and tuc gold mine ?
« Last post by BC Handyman on January 19, 2020, 09:37:32 AM »
Hello all, yes up north is correct.  He is alive and well,  we are posting on Facebook now because we lost the login info for YouTube,  we talk bout doing something bout YouTube almost everyday,  hopefully sometime soon we get it sorted out.  Till he can get back up to nip &tuck we are selling our paydirt.
General Gold Prospecting Forum / Re: How to take a screenshot
« Last post by kcm on January 18, 2020, 10:22:54 PM »
Joe, I used to feel the same way about Win 10. But since the only means of Tv we have is streaming online with very slow internet or watching DVD's we made from our Dish Network days, I got a Win 10 PC to process videos. Once I got it all tuned up the way I like, it's a LOT faster than Win 7, plus it has more options and is more customizable.

Seems most folks these days like the tiles and Cortana and stuff. Not me! On my other Win 10 PC (the faster one), I removed Cortana altogether! I swore up and down I'd never get a Win 10 machine, but now I love it! A HUGE step up from anything prior that Windows had.

Also, I was all set to try my had with Linux when I got this machine. Did tons of research and even downloaded the Linux OS that I preferred. That's as far as it went.

By the way, for anyone wanting to make their existing PC even more secure, look into a free program called VeraCrypt.

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