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Second largest meteorite found in U.S.  - official name Old Woman Meteorite. Once upon a time it was called something quite different.
Second largest meteorite found in U.S. - official name Old Woman Meteorite. Once upon a time it was called something quite different.
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The Second Largest Meteorite Found in U.S. and the Spirit of Discovery!

Old Woman Meteorite
Old Woman Meteorite

This is the story about the second largest meteorite to be found in the United States. It was officially named "Old Woman Meteorite" after the place where it was discovered, the Old Woman Mountains in the Mojave desert, California. 

The written accounts are all shrouded by a fog of controversy that we feel takes away from the wonder and amazement of this incredible discovery. In a way, it is a meteorite that was found and then lost. This is why the Land Ops Adventure Radio Club would like to produce this documentary of the Old Woman Meteorite that was once called by quite a different name when it was found, Lucky Nugget.

Why we are in need of a KICK
In reality this project is already underway, but our equipment; consumer grade microphones, cameras, lenses and even our editing systems are in dire need of being fixed or replaced. The minimum "kick" will fund our essential needs for this project. All funds go toward videography and/or editing equipment no matter how successul this campaign might be. All our labor is volunteer. Land Ops is aiming at producing future documentaries as well. In order to capture the visual and audio essence of this unique story and the beauty of where it took place we need to shoot the remaining footage at multiple locations with updated video and audio gear.

Where are the remaining scenes?
We're heading out immediately after successful funding and gear acquisition to shoot the actual meteorite at the discovery center in Barstow, brown's camp and the arch where the elusive lost arches gold mine is rumored to be, the old woman statue at Old Woman Mountain, the nearby painted rock and some more unique features of the Turtle Mountains where the prospectors began their search for the lost gold mine.

The Name on the Claim
The two prospectors who found the meteorite were searching for the Lost Arches gold mine when they stumbled upon this very rare and massive space rock. Over 6,000 lbs. Lucky Nugget was the name given by the prospectors who found filed a placer mine claim in San Bernardino County, California.

The commemorative "Lucky Nugget" t-shirt

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The Mysteries

This documentary puts the pieces of this puzzling story together and sheds fresh light to unveil the mysteries of this rare and astonishing find.

Why are the reports of where the meteorite was found so grossly inaccurate?

Why is there no impact crater?

Where is the impact site?

What was the meteorites' likely trajectory?

Return to the discovery site with the Land Ops Adventure Radio Club and hear the untold story, the story that was lost under the Old Woman's cold blanket on controversy.

Rediscover the lost spirit of Lucky Nugget...the spirit of discovery!
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More About Our Club

Land Ops ARC (Adventure Radio Club) is an ARRL (American Radio Relay League) affiliated club and by definition we are non-profit. Last year we filed for our non-profit status and are currently bneing processed as a non-profit corporation.

What We Do
At Land Ops ARC we do three main things:

1. Off road exploration and adventures
2. Navigation and teamwork exercises
3. Amateur radio communication technologies

In the case of the meteorite research we've also included hiking as our means of entering the wilderness area.

The Land Ops Style of Adventure
We are much different than the traditional ham radio club. The essence of what we do can be summed up in one sentence:

We seek and find that which is lost or hidden.

 We have been producing videos to document our adventures and promote our club since 2010. When we came across this story in our own desert in California we knew we would need to stretch our resources. We are almost there and we are determined to tell this story.

 The location where the meteorite was discovered is remote and in very rugged terrain. We have the off road support vehicles, ham radio teams and the committed hikers and equipment to get into the wilderness areas, but the challenge has been in our well used and outdated video equipment. Much of this project is already captured in video, mostly 1080p. We know this project could be completed with our existing gear, but it simply would not be the high quality we envisioned when this project was conceived.

 Land Ops ARC needs this funding to upgrade our cinematography (video) equipment to really capture this project in the proper way.

Past Projects and our Youtube Channel

In addition to our club highlight videos we recently produced a mini documentary called "Finding the Phantoms" which was a search and communication practice exercise using two downed Phantom II's as our objective. The two military jets collided during a training mission decades ago. Filmed near Death Valley you can watch the trailer below which includes a brief introduction of a few of our volunteer members who help make these projects possible.

We are excited to bring you the unique story of  "mysteries of Lucky Nugget"! Please help us fund our new project.

From the entire family at Land Ops ARC, we thank you for your support!

More About Our Ham Radio Teams

The amateur radio operators and their kids that you see and hear in the videos make up the majority of the Land Ops adventures teams. All are welcome to the club even if they are not a licensed ham. A common exercise we play involves practicing our communication and navigation skills in remote areas. We set up multiple lines of progressive geocaches with instruction is each cache. These instructions require teams to communicate with each other in order to proceed towards a common objective. In very remote areas we set up what are called repeaters and build our own mesh network as our own high speed multimedia communication system.

Land Ops is fun for the whole family and a great learning experience!

Meet some of our members below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

We are interested in funding the project quickly within 30 days while the temperatures in the desert are cool. We would like to make a return trip to the location to collect additional video footage. This is why we're keeping our budget goal quite reasonable to give us the minimum of what we need to go back as soon as the campaign results are in and before the desert temperatures become too hot.

We feel the greatest risk for this project is simply not getting the quality footage we know we need in order to share the story of the Lucky Nugget properly.

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    Thank You

    A sincere thank you from the production team of Land Ops ARC for helping to support our goal.

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    Digital Copy of this Documentary

    Receive your own personal digital copy (download) of this special documentary before the general release. This reward will be delivered online.

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    Land Ops/Lucky Nugget Meteorite T-Shirt

    Commemorative Land Ops ARC/Lucky Nugget meteorite T-shirt.

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    Advance Screening Party

    Mteorite party time! Small group advance screening to be announced at a Southern California venue. Includes, pizza, snacks and refreshments.
    Some of the participants and production crew will be on hand. Must provide own transportation to receive award. Dates to be coordinated. If for some reason you cannot make the screening date in April we will send you a DVD hard copy for your secure keeping of the documentary and a free pizza.

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    Meet the Production Team (private)

    Two hour private meeting in Orange, California with the writers and production team. Must provide own transportation to receive reward. Get an inside view of the entire project and deleted scenes and extra footage.

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    • Digital Copy of This Documentary
    • Land Ops/Lucky Nugget Meteorite T-Shirt
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    Editing Session (private)

    Private two hour editing session with our editor. Learn what programs we use and how we use them and how we create effects on this project as well as others. Learn our adventure editing techniques. Must provide own transportation to receive this reward.

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    Land Ops Lifetime Membership

    This reward is for both licensed ham operators or unlicensed. Licensed membership level is name "Land Ops ARC Operator" and unlicensed membership level is named "Adventure Op Member" at www.LandOps.org. Never pay dues again at Land Ops. (current rate is $65 per year)

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    • Land Ops/Lucky Nugget Meteorite T-Shirt
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    • Land Ops 6" Logo Window Decal x 2
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    Join the Expedition

    Join the Land Ops return expedition. This is a small team hike back to the exact discovery site. You will be provided hints and clues that will allow you to participate in the re-discovery experience. No one has every posted the exact correct location until now. This is an overnight adventure, must be physically fit to hike. Must sign waivers and be physically fit to hike approx 9 miles total. Participants must provide own transportation to Mojave base camp. 4WD vehicle not required but is recommended. Please ask if you are unsure of your vehicles suitability. Trip dates are based on suitable (cool) weather conditions. If conditions remain safe and cool prior to documentary release you will be included in a brief Cameo appearance in this documentary. Must afford your own transportation to the base camp in California desert near Arizona border.

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Funding period

- (30 days)