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Old 04-04-2013, 07:01 PM   #15
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Nice pan

I have had 3 Whites and now I have two Fishers. Used to go hunting for rubies and sapphires in Franklin County NC. Did a lot of camping and tubing in the summertime. Panned for gold in Index, Wa when I lived over there but never got any. I bought 10 acres of mountain property in Georgetown, Colorado back in 08 and there are gold and silver mines everywhere. Now that I am retired and after getting my Egg fixed up I will be heading West to Co. (assuming they will still let CHLs have guns by the time I get there).
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:48 PM   #16
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Anything that gets you out in fresh air and makes you exercise is "gold" in my world
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:00 PM   #17
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I've never tried gold panning outside a tourist sluice, but I'm definitely a fan of rockhounding, so I expect I'd get a kick of searching for gold.
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:41 PM   #18
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Gold Fever Plus some extra

Back in the 70s in my younger days I would go to coin shoots and I worked for a White's distributor at the fests. I would fix the detectors brought in for repair during the event. (they were germanium transistors back then and simple circuits). So later I went to Oregon and became a White's dealer -while I lived in the Seattle area. Hence my love for Whites. After my wife passed I was transferred to Texas. In 2008 the wildfires[ a cigarette butt tossed out a window with 50mph winds] of Texas burned my house, 640 acres and 16 homes of which only two had insurance and one being me and 35 years of everything to the ground and I had to start all over. So I bought the Fishers as they were more economical.
As a side note after the fire I rummaged through the ashes of the house and 999.99% was gone. But I dug through the ashes and a coin that my mother had given me was still there. Other items including gold rings and necklaces were melted. I cant explain it but I carry it with me everyday. Its true and a not made up story. Some from Texas may remember it. This is the coin that was lying there in the midst of my ex-jewelry box.
Since then I have taken a different outlook on life.
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:52 PM   #19
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Mike I have one of those as well given to me in 1988.

I'll assume you know Carl at Whites.

I've been in the game a long time now and had as many as 50 machines at one time.
I'm down to around 12 machines now.
Today I run the major forum in Canada.

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Old 04-04-2013, 10:12 PM   #20
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Right now at age 65 I would be lying if I knew that I remember meeting him. When I was at Whites in Sweet Home, Oregon I was given the grand tour and I was just an interested person at the time and user of the Gold Master. There weren't too many detectors at the time and all were based upon WWII mine detection technology so they just detected all metals. If you recall as I do; I wound my own coils and made my own detector boards using perf boards and circuits from Popular Electronics magazine.
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Some guys still make there own coils and boards.
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Old 04-05-2013, 01:04 AM   #22
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Went panning in the Omineca goldfields of BC in 2008. It was nice but I figured that if I wanted some gold it would be easier just to buy it. It is still undervalued compared to the cost of getting it out of the ground. I did buy some gold and have every month since. At this point in history as the global financial system collapses under a load of debt based assets, gold functions as a wealth transfer token and is the ultimate extinguisher of debt. Something to think about.
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I too have a piggy bank set aside of gold and silver for that same scenario . I know of instances where people can pan an ounce of gold on a good weekend whch isnt too bad of take home pay. Personally I have never gotten more then a few flakes.
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Old 04-06-2013, 10:33 PM   #24
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Yea you certainly don't get rich at it. If you go at it as a hobby it's alot of fun. If you go at it to make money. Well good luck. My brother in-law got me hooked on it years ago. He prospects in Vermont but lives in upstate NY. I'm a southern boy. So, I prospect in Virginia and North Carolina. N.C. is where the original gold rush started.
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As I recall and could be wrong I think Georgia was one of the biggest if not the biggest producer of gold til they ran out. I know that the capital building is covered in 24K. Yep you are right enjoy it as a hobby. Good luck
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Cari (my wife of 30 years) loves to pan for gold! She has various pans, sluces, and even a whites gmt detector. I'm not really into panning, but i'm into being there with her cuz, well, she is there, and also because here in the Pacific Northwest it's just sooooo beautiful up in the mountains!

It also gives me an excuse to do some RC Rock crawling while she is panning

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Cari (my wife of 30 years) loves to pan for gold! She has various pans, sluces, and even a whites gmt detector. I'm not really into panning, but i'm into being there with her cuz, well, she is there, and also because here in the Pacific Northwest it's just sooooo beautiful up in the mountains!

It also gives me an excuse to do some RC Rock crawling while she is panning
Quartzville Creek has gold in it. We had a couple guys teaching us to pan for gold and they both pull out a few flakes. You gotta be careful of local claims. Gold can also be found in Calapooia drainage.
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Quartzville Creek has gold in it..
Yes it does...and that is where the picture of my rock crawler was taken.
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