President’s Message: May 2016

The elections are now over and Jerry and I were reelected to our positions.  We thank you for your support.  There are a number of events that we will be doing this year that will take the place in lieu of the gold shows that other organizations like to do.  And, I expect you to volunteer to help us.  When you come join this organization, it’s not just the fun of hanging out at the meetings.  I know we have great speakers and table drawings.  We have fun outings and the camaraderie is great.  Volunteering to help keeps this organization fresh and full of new ideas and new helpers.  We have fun events, and they are educational events which were used to receive our non-profit status.  So when you are asked to help, I expect you to step up to the plate.

One that is coming up this month is the Vista Strawberry Festival.  This event will take place on Sunday May 29.  We will be billed as an educational event where we will be teaching kids how to pan for gold and metal detect.  We will also be selling prospecting equipment and crafts that our members, who volunteer to help, wish to sell.  I believe we will set up the day prior to the event.

I had plans of going out to the Vista Gas and Steam Engine Gem event.  We would have set up for metal detecting and gold panning for the kids but it managed to rain again.  Their wet, thick gray mud isn’t much fun to walk or hunt in…

There is still a lot going on with these mining districts and district bylaws issue.  Joe Moratori of Sleepy Bear Mining has been traveling frequently to D.C. and is lobbying lawmakers on a bill for congress.  I am hearing that this bill will be piggy-backed on the National Defense Act.  Evidently, a lot of this information is in our California Mining Journal.

Our outing this month, of course, will be mentioned in our Newsletter and it will be a one day metal detecting outing at Lucerne Dry Lake.  Possibility of some meteorites and who knows, maybe some old relics.  I know one old relic who wants to go…

We have a very interesting speaker this month and I’m sure Charlene and/or John will break the news so I won’t steal their thunder.  Hope everyone is well and having fun looking for that gold or interesting finds in gemstones or other earth treasures.

Sourdough Chet

TSS May 2016 Chapter Meeting

Treasure Seekers of San Diego (TSS) will hold their monthly chapter meeting on Wednesday, May 4th at the Joslyn Senior Center located at 210 Park Ave., Escondido CA 92025. The doors open at 6:00 pm.    Click Here for a Map.

Main Points of Discussion

Guest Speaker: Keith Heyer Meldahl, Professor of Geology and Oceanography 

Finds of the Month: Bring in your Finds of the Month. This is what you have ‘found’ during the last month and falls into three categories.

  • Gems and Minerals
  • Gold
  • Metal Detecting

Show off what you have done in the last month and there is a prize for the winner of each category.

Supporting Our GPAA Chapter

TSSD does not charge dues. There is no cost to check out prospecting equipment, outings are free, prospecting our claims is free, the library is free, and the education and companionship are free. Your membership with TSSD is priceless.

Yet TSSD still has to pay rent, pay the mining claim fees, pay the storage bill for the equipment for you to use, gold and raffle item costs, printing fees and numerous other monthly costs.

Please help support “your” club!

    Participate!

         Buy some tickets!

              Win!

Items Available For Purchase:

  • “The Desert Magazine” on Disk – 1937 to 1983 – $5.00 for the set. Limit two per family.
  • Drywasher/Gold Panning Test Kit (B.B.’s) – $1.00 per bag.
  • Buckets – 3 gallon with lid – $1.00 each.
  • Membership Card Holders with clip– $2.00 each at Membership table.
  • Engraved Name Tags – $12.00 each
  • Rubber Matt pieces – $1.00 each
  • TSS Claim Guides – $30.00 per guide with proof of your TSS membership card.
  • TSS Bags of Gold Pay Dirt
    • 5 Sizes To Choose From
      • $10, $25, $50, $100, & $250

Monthly Opportunity Drawings at the meeting:

  • Door Prize Drawing (Free ticket for coming)
  • 50/50 Drawing ($1.00 per ticket)
  • Gold Nugget Drawing ($1.00 per ticket)
  • Table Drawing ($1.00 per ticket)

Quarterly Grand Prize Drawing (June 2016 Meeting):

Garrett Ace 400 Metal Detector

Garrett Ace 400

Key Features:

  • New Iron Audio: allows user to hear discriminated iron targets and to alter the mid-tone signal range.
  • New Digital Target ID: 0 to 99 scale offers target information
  • New higher frequency (10 kHz) provides better sensitivity on low and medium-conductivity targets (i.e. gold, lead)
  • New Adjustable Frequency to help eliminate interference
  • New Camlocks for better stem stability
  • New Includes Pulse-Width Modulation audio: sharper, more responsive audio
  • 8.5″ x 11″ PROformance™ submersible DD searchcoil offers excellent coverage, depth
  • Enhanced Iron Resolution: twice the iron resolution of an ACE 250, to help separate good targets from adjacent junk iron
  • Includes Electronic Pinpointing: precisely locates targets and speeds recovery
  • Notch Discrimination: Modify discrimination patterns based on what you are seeking.
  • Five Search Modes (plus Pinpoint)
  • Eight (8) Sensitivity/Depth adjustments
  • Coin Depth Indicator determines target depth
  • Expanded Target ID legend: includes indication of U.S. coin denominations

 

TSS Newsletter: May 2016

The Treasure Seekers of San Diego County’s official newsletter is called Finders Keepers and is published monthly. It contains information about the organization, interesting articles, as well as good information about Gold Prospecting & Treasure Hunting. The links below are for the newsletters published during 2016. Each newsletter is a PDF file and when you click on the link it will open up in a new browser window for you to read. If you would like to save a copy to your local computer, simply right-click the link and select “Save Link As”.

I hope you enjoy them and may your prospects be Golden.

May 2016

April 2016

March 2016

February 2016

January 2016


Prior Years:

2015 Newsletters

2014 Newsletters

2013 Newsletters


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President’s Message: April 2016

Hauser Geode Beds was great.  We did find some.  We went out earlier than others, so we didn’t see other members of our group.  We found many of those geodes that were previously broken into so we knew we were in the right area. The weather was perfect.

A number of our members went to the BLM Roundtable in Ridgecrest. Very interesting meeting.  There is some from the MMAC, Minerals and Mining Advisory Council who are lobbying federal lawmakers to work on passing a bill that will allow some pressure to be taken off the BLM, Bureau of Land Management and let the miners and mining industry be policed by the miners again as they were in the 1800’s.

Before the BLM, miners had to form groups, committees, or called then, Mining Districts.  Each district was different because of the areas they were located in.  This caused them to write bylaws that pertained to the particular areas that were called districts.  Present day miners who want to participate in this policing method need to find these old bylaws for their area(s) and go from there to organize your groups with others that are doing the same.  It’s not that simple, but as you grow to understand this, contact the MMAC at www.mmacusa.org  to get the full information.

I would like to introduce a new member of our organization to the TSSD.  His Name is Curt Timmons and he owns the Little Digger Mining Supply in Johannesburg, CA.  Amongst other things, he has volunteered to oversee our claims out in the Summit Range.  If you are heading out to this area, feel free to stop by and say hi and get any information you may want or need.  He has some claims of his own in this area and has volunteered to let us work some group outings and also use his parking area for association get together.  He is located right across the street from the gas station/small store as you enter Johannesburg.  Oh, and if you forget some of the mining supplies you were to purchase from our local venders, he has a supply as well.

We have our Freedom Claim outing this month.  It will be interesting to see who is there and who was there.  We have some of those Overclaimers that the BLM has allowed to file claims within our areas and we also have the LDMA Duiesenburg outing the week before and we always seem to have some of them who like to stroll out upon our good claim areas.   Let’s all have a great time.

Sourdough Chet

TSS April 2016 Chapter Meeting

Treasure Seekers of San Diego (TSS) will hold their monthly chapter meeting on Wednesday, April 6th at the Joslyn Senior Center located at 210 Park Ave., Escondido CA 92025. The doors open at 6:00 pm.    Click Here for a Map.

Main Points of Discussion

Guest Speaker: Jerry Kaplan – The Freedom Claim Area 

Finds of the Month: Bring in your Finds of the Month. This is what you have ‘found’ during the last month and falls into three categories.

  • Gems and Minerals
  • Gold
  • Metal Detecting

Show off what you have done in the last month and there is a prize for the winner of each category.

Supporting Our GPAA Chapter

TSSD does not charge dues. There is no cost to check out prospecting equipment, outings are free, prospecting our claims is free, the library is free, and the education and companionship are free. Your membership with TSSD is priceless.

Yet TSSD still has to pay rent, pay the mining claim fees, pay the storage bill for the equipment for you to use, gold and raffle item costs, printing fees and numerous other monthly costs.

Please help support “your” club!

    Participate!

         Buy some tickets!

              Win!

Items Available For Purchase:

  • “The Desert Magazine” on Disk – 1937 to 1983 – $5.00 for the set. Limit two per family.
  • Drywasher/Gold Panning Test Kit (B.B.’s) – $1.00 per bag.
  • Buckets – 3 gallon with lid – $1.00 each.
  • Membership Card Holders with clip– $2.00 each at Membership table.
  • Engraved Name Tags – $12.00 each
  • Rubber Matt pieces – $1.00 each
  • TSS Claim Guides – $30.00 per guide with proof of your TSS membership card.
  • TSS Bags of Gold Pay Dirt
    • 5 Sizes To Choose From
      • $10, $25, $50, $100, & $250

Monthly Opportunity Drawings at the meeting:

  • Door Prize Drawing (Free ticket for coming)
  • 50/50 Drawing ($1.00 per ticket)
  • Gold Nugget Drawing ($1.00 per ticket)
  • Table Drawing ($1.00 per ticket)

Quarterly Grand Prize Drawing (June 2016 Meeting):

Garrett Ace 400 Metal Detector

Garrett Ace 400

Key Features:

  • New Iron Audio: allows user to hear discriminated iron targets and to alter the mid-tone signal range.
  • New Digital Target ID: 0 to 99 scale offers target information
  • New higher frequency (10 kHz) provides better sensitivity on low and medium-conductivity targets (i.e. gold, lead)
  • New Adjustable Frequency to help eliminate interference
  • New Camlocks for better stem stability
  • New Includes Pulse-Width Modulation audio: sharper, more responsive audio
  • 8.5″ x 11″ PROformance™ submersible DD searchcoil offers excellent coverage, depth
  • Enhanced Iron Resolution: twice the iron resolution of an ACE 250, to help separate good targets from adjacent junk iron
  • Includes Electronic Pinpointing: precisely locates targets and speeds recovery
  • Notch Discrimination: Modify discrimination patterns based on what you are seeking.
  • Five Search Modes (plus Pinpoint)
  • Eight (8) Sensitivity/Depth adjustments
  • Coin Depth Indicator determines target depth
  • Expanded Target ID legend: includes indication of U.S. coin denominations

 

TSS Newsletter: April 2016

The Treasure Seekers of San Diego County’s official newsletter is called Finders Keepers and is published monthly. It contains information about the organization, interesting articles, as well as good information about Gold Prospecting & Treasure Hunting. The links below are for the newsletters published during 2016. Each newsletter is a PDF file and when you click on the link it will open up in a new browser window for you to read. If you would like to save a copy to your local computer, simply right-click the link and select “Save Link As”.

I hope you enjoy them and may your prospects be Golden.

April 2016

March 2016

February 2016

January 2016


Prior Years:

2015 Newsletters

2014 Newsletters

2013 Newsletters


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President’s Message: March 2016

If we haven’t been out metal detecting at the beaches around that old sunken ship or other areas where there may be some new sand washing up, we have been out at the claims metal detecting for old relics buried long, long ago. I hope the new members are able to hook up with our seasoned members to enjoy this sport. If not, please let me know so we can all enjoy this sport and get to know one another. That’s very important to me. To me, camaraderie is just as important as the hunt.

The GPAA gold show was the same weekend as our monthly event at the Buck Canyon claims. Now there was a hunt I really wanted to go on. My knee said no way. If you searched Google earth around that area, there are quite a few interesting hunt areas located at these Buck Canyon claims. If you have some interesting areas to search or drive into, it is good to use the Google earth web site to start and look into. Klaus led the members out to the Buck Canyon claims and I know he did well in showing our members how and where to search the area for the gold on the claim. Word is that the gold show went well. There is another chapter and the funds are divided accordingly but since we weren’t there, the chapters made a sum equal to last year’s.

Jerry and I went to the GPAA office to meet the new GPAA Chapter Representative and to speak to him about our points we are given when new and old members sign up or renew their GPAA membership. Seems like a never ending problem. We never got it resolved with the other chapter representatives. That’s one of those things that make points so meaningless. Our points are used to purchase, from GPAA, some of those great quarterly prizes we use to help us with our venue and storage fees.

We are working on some local events similar to the gold shows and I really want to see some volunteers out there to help. We’ll be able to make some funds for our organization without the volunteers having to travel all over and spend their personal funds on gas and hotel fees. We can drum up new members and sell some of our wares. We will also be able to put on those events where we show the kids how to pan and metal detect.
Our next outing is out at the Hauser Geode Beds. The geodes are still out there, you just have to search a little harder and dig a little deeper. This is supposed to be a two day outing and you know that there are no facilities out there. Plan on bringing everything in and taking all your stuff out. Bring some geodes home too.

Well, that’s it for now. Be good to one another and your pan and finds will surely be great.

Sourdough Chet

TSS March 2016 Chapter Meeting

Treasure Seekers of San Diego (TSS) will hold their monthly chapter meeting on Wednesday, March 2nd at the Joslyn Senior Center located at 210 Park Ave., Escondido CA 92025. The doors open at 6:00 pm.    Click Here for a Map.

Main Points of Discussion

Guest Speakers: TBA

Finds of the Month: Bring in your Finds of the Month. This is what you have ‘found’ during the last month and falls into three categories.

  • Gems and Minerals
  • Gold
  • Metal Detecting

Show off what you have done in the last month and there is a prize for the winner of each category.

Supporting Our GPAA Chapter

TSSD does not charge dues. There is no cost to check out prospecting equipment, outings are free, prospecting our claims is free, the library is free, and the education and companionship are free. Your membership with TSSD is priceless.

Yet TSSD still has to pay rent, pay the mining claim fees, pay the storage bill for the equipment for you to use, gold and raffle item costs, printing fees and numerous other monthly costs.

Please help support “your” club!

    Participate!

         Buy some tickets!

              Win!

Items Available For Purchase:

  • “The Desert Magazine” on Disk – 1937 to 1983 – $5.00 for the set. Limit two per family.
  • Drywasher/Gold Panning Test Kit (B.B.’s) – $1.00 per bag.
  • Buckets – 3 gallon with lid – $1.00 each.
  • Membership Card Holders with clip– $2.00 each at Membership table.
  • Engraved Name Tags – $12.00 each
  • Rubber Matt pieces – $1.00 each
  • TSS Claim Guides – $30.00 per guide with proof of your TSS membership card.
  • TSS Bags of Gold Pay Dirt
    • 5 Sizes To Choose From
      • $10, $25, $50, $100, & $250

Monthly Opportunity Drawings at the meeting:

  • Door Prize Drawing (Free ticket for coming)
  • 50/50 Drawing ($1.00 per ticket)
  • Gold Nugget Drawing ($1.00 per ticket)
  • Table Drawing ($1.00 per ticket)

 

 

TSS Newsletter: March 2016

The Treasure Seekers of San Diego County’s official newsletter is called Finders Keepers and is published monthly. It contains information about the organization, interesting articles, as well as good information about Gold Prospecting & Treasure Hunting. The links below are for the newsletters published during 2016. Each newsletter is a PDF file and when you click on the link it will open up in a new browser window for you to read. If you would like to save a copy to your local computer, simply right-click the link and select “Save Link As”.

I hope you enjoy them and may your prospects be Golden.

March 2016

February 2016

January 2016


Prior Years:

2015 Newsletters

2014 Newsletters

2013 Newsletters


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President’s Message: February 2016

I understand that we did have a few members go out to the Friendly Fox outing. Members did find some gold flakes. I always liked to take kids out to the old horseshoe cave next to our claim. I would tell them the story about some lost miners in the cave and that you could still hear them in the cave. Interesting cave that no one has trashed yet. If you are able to four-wheel out there, you can find many other mines and you wonder how they got all the lumber out there to shore up and build ladders to the deep vertical drops.

We have the GPAA Gold Show coming up on the 20th and 21st. It’s not too late to get together a bunch of members to volunteer to help GPAA set up and to help run the show. We would also need volunteers for Friday to set up all booth spaces. It takes at least 10 volunteers per club for each day, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We could average around 1,500.00 per club. There is six clubs participating. Also, an indeterminate amount of points from the GPAA to spend on prospecting items for our club. It’s at the Pomona Fairgrounds and would take some commuting. Let us know and please sign the sign-up sheet. You can sign up for any of the three days, but we need at least ten per day and don’t sign up unless you can positively make the commitment.

Also that same weekend, on that Sunday, we are going to the shared with SPMA club members, the Buck Canyon and Buck Canyon 2 claims in the Ranchita area. The claim area contains stream beds, tailing piles and some natural springs with marshy areas. There used to be some old building sites and you may find some old buried trash and building areas. The Montezuma Mine is out there. Most of the mining was hard rock mining with very little placer mining. The start of the public land is rough and needs a high clearance or 4X4 vehicle. Just a bit after passing the rough spot, you can spot the tailing piles of the old Montezuma mine. There are other mine shafts to be careful of. Klaus goes out here frequently and may be talked into being our wagon master. Good place for relic metal detecting too.

On Sunday the 28th, Jim and Sue Jeffrey are going to put on a metal detecting hunt at an old school house area and there is 121 acres to hunt in. There will also be a hotdog lunch. You will have to meet at their store in Temecula at 8:15 am and then caravan to the spot. Great hunting area and no telling what you will dig up. I know we all will meet up with others who like to metal detect and those from other clubs as well.

We also have some local Gold-Show-Like events scheduled this year, including an elementary school or two. The Show-Like events can be done with little or no expense to the volunteers. We can have Show-Like fun and make some funds for our club. I do want to see some of our new members volunteer to help us. Not just the old-timers who seem to do these events every year. May your heart and pan shine with gold.

Sourdough Chet