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  2. The perfect one: RR
  3. There are lots of ways to spot a fake Minelab, but the easiest is the price. Minelab controls advertised prices. Right now a Minelab GPX 5000 cannot be advertised for less than US$3999 in the United States. Anything advertised for dramatically less is probably a counterfeit detector. The price may vary in other countries, but will still be consistent at genuine dealers. Same old rule applies - if it is too good to be true....
  4. I was just emailed this question: "Just one question - Is this unit any better, or is it identical to the WM 12 Wireless Audio Mobile included with the GPZ?" The WM12 is designed to connect wirelessly with the GPZ 7000. The Pro-Sonic has a transmitter that plugs into a detector audio jack, and then its receiver connects wirelessly to the transmitter. This allows it to be used with most any detector. The Pro-Sonic receiver will not make a direct wireless connection to the GPZ 7000 – the transmitter must be used. Different frequencies, and so they are not the same. You could use the Pro-Sonic with the GPZ but only by plugging the transmitter into the headphone jack, at which point the WM12 would not work since the headphone connection takes over. The Pro-Sonic includes a volume control on the receiver/speaker module. The WM12 does not. I have not used the Pro-Sonic myself but according to JPs review above “When comparing the inbuilt speaker of the WM 12 to the PRO-SONIC, the PRO-SONIC seems to have a crisper response compared to the WM 12, this could be down to the Volume control.” and “I prefer the way the WM 12 behaves when it drops audio, it is smoother and less intrusive to the ear when compared to the PRO-SONIC.”
  5. Chris, My info comes from an exploration guide written by Charles Clifton and Larry Buchanan in 1982 (photo 15). Clifton's caption reads "Resistant ledge, hanging wall, Comstock lode, Virginia City,Nevada." Don't think he was implying it was the hanging wall, but in the hanging wall. Either way I've never been in a room with more than one geologist (me included) that interpreted things the same way. lol
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  7. I'm sitting here watching it snow. I would rather ride something that contributes a bit more to global warming.
  8. The footwall of the Comstock fault in that photo is in the background on a hill that shows a road coming in from the right. The scarp to the left of the end of the road is where a mining company (Houston Oil and Minerals) was mining in the Gold Hill Pit and caused a landslide which slid down along the Comstock fault in the 1980s. Consider how wide the Comstock fault zone is if the silicified rock in the foreground is in the hanging wall area (but is not the actual hanging wall) and the footwall is in the background hundreds of yards away.
  9. If i was to go around in remote area i will use a 125c low consumption ,pollution and maintenance but no even a dirt bike something for occasional off road.....more confortable also i have been riding bike since i am kid and i rather go discreet ,low profile and to the destination than anything else.......i got a 400 to go around town at the moment and the beast burn clutches.....i also go detecting with that bike and a backpack and a side metal detector RR
  10. Click your state of interest, then if you have Google Earth just download the KMZ and open it up. Or use their web browser link, but GE is way more handy and it also has high res aerial imagery which honestly is much more useful for finding smaller, unmapped faults which are more like what we are after as small scale prospectors.
  11. This may be of some help to you.... at least it is a good stating point. Geologic Maps of the US
  12. Just ask your wife - she will tell you where your faults are, every single one of them.
  13. Where do I even get a geologic map of an area in USA? We don't have any mountains in Illinois and Indiana, only glacial moraines pretty much. Of course there was the gigantic earthquake back in 1820 something that changed the course of the Illinois river, the New Madrid earthquake as it was called. The only metals mines were for zinc/galena in extreme NW corner of Illinois, coal mines central parts of both states, sand dunes around Lake Michigan.
  14. More terrific food for thought. Thank you Jasong, Norvic, JP et al. The sum of these comments is very helpful and great fun to read.
  15. Get a good geologic map of your area. In the field look for changes in rock type, color changes can be reddish or bleached white, look for vein material, breccias, or shattered rock, also springs and seeps are good indicators, oxidation in some cases Depending on conditions they can form a topographic high if silicified and resistant to erosion, or a low if dominated by crushed rock that is easily eroded. Here's a couple from Nevada, where all the geology is easily observed. third photo is silicified rock in the hanging wall of Comstock fault zone Virginia City
  16. I use geological maps to show fault lines, but as a total layman, my geo knowledge is only self taught. A fault line can run along a mountain range, along a flat, a valley etc, I don`t think there is any general topo feature that is characteristic of all fault lines. But quartz is a good indicator in the country I prospect. Whilst prospecting for new patches I georeference geological maps into Oziexplorer (mapping software) on the PC, transfer these over to a Android smart phone Oziexplorer application. Then using the phones inbuilt GPS allowing me to see exactly where I am in relation to fault lines shown on the map on the phones screen, as I prospect. Makes it much easier then using paper maps, fault lines are most important to me. To get started grab a geo map of your area that also shows past and existing mines, and check the relationship of these mines with the fault lines. I really don`t know if my approach is correct geology wise, but it works and has for many years.
  17. We all talk about gold and fault lines BUT how do you go about finding these fault lines exactly? They are not shown on Topo maps that I know of. What maps should I be looking to acquire? What do they look like in person? Sharply uplifted rock areas I am guessing? -Tom
  18. Top Picture- Yelland in Northern Nevada... Bottom Picture- Tungsten Mountain- Central Nevada.... Dave
  19. JP, How is the high yield with difficult? I haven't had much luck jumping over to the general in normal. Nor have I had luck in high yield in difficult. Now high yield normal is so damn hot. I've found 95% of my gold there. With the sensetivity at 14. B and Z at three and a half. And using killer bee headphones.
  20. yeah....kinda cool but not practical the Sierras at least.
  21. Normal is a Ground type mode whereas General is a Gold mode, so you can use General in Normal or Difficult dependent on ground conditions. JP
  22. I would like to say, I love ths forum and especially the topics on the ZED. I found early on with the 7K that the target responce in Normal was much better than in Difficult I am wondering if it is because I am hunting in very mild ground. I switched between Normal and Difficult on un dug targets. Does the Difficult setting only apply to hot ground?
  23. get a suzuki van van or a honda ruckus...... RR
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  25. The MXT is a beast and we will continue making them because they are so reliable. A VX3 would be an option for the wife - it has the power of a V3i with the ease of use of much simpler machines... and the wireless headphones work with it as well. But I wouldn't blame you for going with the Z-Link, it looks like a solid product.
  26. Yup.... Don't need to repeat the MX Sport fiasco. Don't worry though I'm still with ya...... but like I said I might have to cross lines just long enough for that Z-Lynk .... My wife would really like the wireless, she is very envious of that feature with the V3i but she doesn't want a V... says it is too complicated for her and she loves the MXT.... Most of the time she beats me in the coins... but I smoke her when it comes to the jewelry..... Of course she gets her pick anyway....
  27. I think a good pair of boots would be a better investment.
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