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Last Post 17 Sep 2021 11:44 AM by  Christopher Satkowski
GPAA Claim Boundary Coordinates
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Robert Ericksen
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27 Jul 2021 09:40 PM
    I can barely navigate this forum. It clocks and locks up. I have brand new equipment and gigablast speed. Problem not on my end. Where do we get the GPS coordinates so we can map the boundaries, of the claims???? This website only provides center. Saw a You Tube vid last night talking about a guide. Is that being mailed to us???? Sent 2 e-mails to people on the contacts page and got no response. Please help.... Thanks....
    Michael Spring
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    27 Jul 2021 09:54 PM
    The GPS details per claim are in the book that comes via snail mail a week or so after you join. I've had no issues with the web site.
    Robert Ericksen
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    07 Aug 2021 07:47 PM
    Does anyone know how long it takes to get the booklet/guide? Why aren't the boundary GPS coordinates on the website? I signed up 3 weeks ago and I'm still waiting. Thanks.
    ARTHUR WAUGH
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    09 Aug 2021 06:19 PM
    Generally get the new member kit in 2-3 weeks. If you don't get it in the next week, give the office a call.

    As to boundaries, the book lays out the claims on a topographic section map with the claim shaded. They're working to get that online. Right now the system won't support that.
    Robert Ericksen
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    20 Aug 2021 02:32 PM
    Thanks, appreciate the reply. Still haven't received it. Almost a month. Someone told me you have to pay the lifetime membership to get it. Not sure if that's accurate. I noticed a few claims online had the GPS boundary coordinates listed. I also noticed you can buy old copies on ebay.
    William Hall
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    20 Aug 2021 06:46 PM
    Robert,

    A simple phone call to the GPAA office would answer all your questions.
    it's even a 1 800 551 9707

    Bill
    So Much River So Little Time...Get Out There
    Robert Ericksen
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    11 Sep 2021 05:53 PM
    I received an e-mail from one of the local chapters. You can purchase the guide for $35. I believe you can also get the guide with an annual membership. Not sure why gps coordinates are not available on this website. I noticed a few claims, like 1% have the boundary coordinates. Not sure why it's not available on the website. Also not sure why I had to fight so hard to get this information. There should be an option to purchase the guide if you have a monthly subscription. Hope this helps other new members.
    ARTHUR WAUGH
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    11 Sep 2021 06:26 PM
    Kevin is the claims director, as well as doing several other jobs in the office. He devotes what time he can to that project, but the other responsibilities don't leave much time.

    As to buying on ebay, as soon as that item is listed and seen by the office, it is supposed to be pulled. The guide is strictly for members. You also might end up with an older copy, and not have the current information. If a claim has been dropped, and you are caught prospecting on it, the owner can charge you with mineral trespass and or mineral theft. And those are federal beefs, not local.

    You also won't have any new claim information on claims or properties added since it was printed.

    I just looked at eBay listings for the guide, the newest one is 2014, and has been replaced by a newer edition. I know of two claims that have been dropped, that I've been to in the past, and no longer have access to as a member, nor do I have permission from the owners to prospect them.

    I'll close by echoing William's comment, if you have a problem with your member benefits, or a beef, call the office, and see if it can be worked out. They try to keep everyone happy, but sometimes they are limited in what they can do.

    David Hay
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    15 Sep 2021 03:39 PM
    Arthur, I just checked eBay today and there were 9 GPAA mining guides for sale. Some with an extra - small mining book.
    ARTHUR WAUGH
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    15 Sep 2021 06:55 PM
    Just sent an email to Kevin for clarification on policy now, as my information is from a few years ago. In the past they had a policy that the guide was association property since it listed association claims, that were for member use only.

    We have enough problems with non members on claims as it is, don't need any more.

    Heard back.,..they are going to start getting the listings pulled.
    David Hay
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    15 Sep 2021 10:15 PM
    Good to know. Thanks. It costs enough for members, we should have some exclusive rights. Years ago I did manage to get an old one off eBay. I was a new member and was thirsty for all information possible being stuck here in the midwest far from the goldfields. It was fun to browse through and see how many places that had been available and all the stories and details. Helped me learn. Of course, when I actually get out there I'll learn a lot more.
    Christopher Satkowski
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    17 Sep 2021 11:44 AM
    The best way to double check coords is get the copy of the online filing of the location notice from the county office.

    Google {NAME OF COUNTY} RECORDERS OFFICE. You can find all the maps for the Arizona Claims for Yavapai and Maricopa COunties. online.

    From there, go to a map that has coords for the PLSS system.

    Getting coords for the GPS claims is a common question. They are just not available online the way you want them. The printed guide has some, but then you need to go through the back issues of the pick and shovel gazette and the magazine to see the changes.

    That is a bit more work than you probably want to do, but after doing that a little you'll be able to realize where the unclaimed land is and venture off the GPAA claims into unclaimed, open land to prospect on.
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