Detecting In Arizona
Last Post 06 Aug 2017 10:25 PM by TIM LEIBEL. 52 Replies.
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Alex PrattUser is Offline
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27 Feb 2017 10:27 AM
Posted By ROBERT WITKOWSKI on 17 Feb 2017 04:19 PM

hey alex - newbie here, itching to get out to aravca area - pretty close by to me.  great question, been thinking along the same line as you and many responses to  you. Hoping to get more involved with local chapter - perhaps we will meet soon. 

 

I like meeting new people,  I am hoping to go to the GPAA meeting in Tucson this 3rd Wednesday in March

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27 Feb 2017 11:07 AM


I am really wanting to detect up in Prescott,  probably in the summer when it starts getting toasty here in Tucson.

what are some of the claims that could produce some nuggets?  i heard the Double J is good.  Any others?
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30 Jul 2017 04:49 PM
Going to Phx in Aug only for 1 week .taking my detector and would like to do some detecting. I am GPAA . Going to Sedona, Cottonwood and can get over to Prescott. Where is the best area to try for a morning of fun. Is there a better area now that some rain is hitting these areas. I will only have a rental car not 4 x 4. My e mail is GMORK@ATT.NET. Sure would like some data , or ideas in the claims guide would help. GEM
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30 Jul 2017 04:50 PM
Going to Phx in Aug only for 1 week .taking my detector and would like to do some detecting. I am GPAA . Going to Sedona, Cottonwood and can get over to Prescott. Where is the best area to try for a morning of fun. Is there a better area now that some rain is hitting these areas. I will only have a rental car not 4 x 4. My e mail is GMORK@ATT.NET. Sure would like some data , or ideas in the claims guide would help. GEM
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02 Aug 2017 10:40 AM
Look into Soldier Boy claims and Congress Group (hot in summer)
If you notice an error in the Online Mining Guide or with claim information please add in the updated information into the online mining guide to inform other members. Thank You Walter H. Eason
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03 Aug 2017 07:52 AM

The Prescott forest is closed due to the Goodwin fire so all the GPAA claim within the forest boundaries are closed. Both Soldier Boy and Double JJ are not open at this time. Congress should be open. Not sure about the gold there. Black Canyon group north should be open. Access is by 2WD. Once again, not sure about any gold there either. 

It's very hot out there! Early mornings are best. Stay hydrated. Don't want search and rescue coming to get you.

Good luck ---------------------------------

Chris 

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03 Aug 2017 08:02 AM
Call the caretakers at Stanton LDMA camp. I was told they have permission for GPAA members to use another members claims near camp. The claims added this year for LDMA members have been producing nice little nuggets. The nugget Kia Massie found on Gold Fever was from March on a LDMA claim near camp. I have seen others. And yes I will plug here, you can go to the outing in a November and have access to those other claims and the LDMA claims at the same time. Good Hunting all.
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03 Aug 2017 09:06 AM
Both Soldier Boy and Double JJ are not in the National Forest they are on the outside, just rechecked the National Forest clearing house GIS boundary layers. Thought there may have been a change, this is not to say that BLM may not have them closed due to fire but they are not under National Forest Service surface management.
If you notice an error in the Online Mining Guide or with claim information please add in the updated information into the online mining guide to inform other members. Thank You Walter H. Eason
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04 Aug 2017 03:12 PM

After Finding a 2.9 Gram nugget near Greaterville and a 8.4 Gram Nugget in Polaris Claim,  I'm thinking those are my favorites,  I would like to go up north and detect in Prescott.
Excellent choice.... No reason to leave gold for gold, maybe. :-)

I'll see you, out there!
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04 Aug 2017 03:22 PM
Posted By LEO LORENZ on 16 Jan 2017 08:12 PM
Hmmm okayyyy.....but what number do you set the sensitivity to? When you say that you have not "figured out what the numbers represent" which numbers are you speaking about? There are numbers for the ground balance......when you first turn it on and have it in the air, there will be a number showing which represents the "ground reference" and bringing the coil closer to the ground, the ground reading will change,....and lifting or dropping the coil in reference to the ground will cause a sound to increase or decrease. But the sensitivity setting is independent of that. Usually a good target will register lower on the scale than the ground reference number, and if it is iron or something undesirable....the reading will go higher than the nominal ground balance setting. Wondering how you can use it if you are not familiar with the numbers??
Leo,  Please do not worry about where others are setting their detectors. It will change on a weekly/dally/hourly/minute  basis while you are in the field even in the same location. In your Mining Guide, read pages CU-24-30. It's designed to help you get the most out of your detector.
I'll see you, out there!
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04 Aug 2017 03:31 PM
Amazing to see this post still active!!!! There is a lot of good information coming out to get some people out and about!! Thanks for all of the knowledge being spread around. I am hoping to go to Prescott to prospect. Is there an estimate as to when the claims / roads will reopen?

Thank you
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04 Aug 2017 05:53 PM
Over the past few weeks, I have spoken to some known coil designers and others.....and.....now I realized quite a few technical nuances when out MD'ing that just makes this whole process a challenge to conquer. It not just a simple thing to go out and ground balance, set the threshold and start hunting. I was told by some, that they can take a 20x20 square area of ground and spend 5 hours working it! And I thought impossible. But with new insight on the actual technical aspects of the MD......yep it could be true. Different size coils, and a slow very tight overlap of swings, and changing settings, all can make a dramatic impact on success. And understanding the limitations of the machine, will help a person to understand the importance of a disciplined approach. And dont forget the "human factors" as well. Its very easy to start daydreaming while swinging the coil. Not being mentally tuned in to what you are doing will also help you miss those small signals which are easy to pass over.
Leo
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06 Aug 2017 10:25 PM
I have learned a lot from Kevin and Bill the last 2 years. I want to add one thing, practice. Take your machine into the back yard or corner park. Get in the habit of balance, set threshold, swing do it again. Do it until it issecond nature when the machine is in your hand. I know it sounds weird, but if you are so comfortable with your machine, you do these things without having to think about it, then you are listening to the machine be, and you have confidence in it. Not only does it make it more fun, you will find more. Watch Kevin Or Bill, Or Calvin Bunker, or some one you know in that class work. They don't hesitate , they are balancing constantly as they go and not even thinks big about it. And that takes practice.
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