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    Hi all son went out the other day down here in Victoria (Aussie) land In a well detected area. he was using his gpz7000 with the 19 inch coil, general gold mode and difficult ground mode he said it was a wirey sort of sound, thought it need to be investigated. with his pick he scrapped off a layer of dirt, then he said it sounded better.. after digging down 24 inches this is what he was rewarded with.
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    I realize things have been a bit wet underfoot on the West Coast but here in central Victoria I have been in a real drought. I have been finding point oners but yesterday I got one over 1 gram. The 7000 with 14" coil I got this at the limit of the detector using JP`s conservative settings. It was 12 or 14" deep in very hard ground and goes a whopping 1.7 grams Dave
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    Since so many people are showing up here after a recent flare up on an Aussie forum I want to make something clear. Everyone is welcome here and starts with a clean slate as far as I am concerned. I left the Australian forums myself due to the drama, and created this place as my own safe haven. I am the only admin/moderator so there can be no confusion on where things stand here. This forum exists for people to enjoy and to learn. Anything that detracts from that is not allowed. In particular, nobody is allowed to ever have a go at anyone else on the forum. Even things meant in jest can be taken wrong on the internet. If there is nothing good to be said, then don't say it. Some people enjoy drama. I understand that. The key here is that I do not. You are visitors in my home. Keep the discussion friendly, keep the pros and cons of detectors dispassionate, that's all I ask. Thank you all.
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    I couldn't stand it any longer. I had to go do a little detecting between storms so I pushed the Jeep out of the shed, aired up the leaky tire, topped off the brake fluid and rolled it down the driveway and got it started. I tossed in the GPZ and off I went. Then came back for my pick. Our rainfall here is now about 250% above normal and I came to a mud hole where there has never been one before. I eased the Jeep in, not knowing how deep it might be, and the left side sunk in past the floor board. I would have been ok but I hadn't yet turned my hubs in. I crawled out over the hood and turned the right hub in but since the jeep was listing about 35 degrees to starboard the down hill side was a different story. Needless to say I slid off of the hood head first into the mud pit. As I traveled on around the North side of the mountain I started encountering snow drifts and I finally came to one that slightly detained me but after about an hours worth of digging with my pick I was on my way. And then went back and got my pick. I arrived at where I normally park and started wading through the snow to the gulch that I wanted to detect in. This gulch is quite deep with vertical sides and normally runs very little water. Not this year. It looked like a major contributor to the problems at the Oroville dam. I figured that if I was careful I could stay on top of the boulders and work my way down the gulch and detect the freshly scoured bedrock between the snow drifts. That worked for about two steps. I wound up wading in snow melt water up past my knees. The sun and the temperature were both going down fast but I started finding little nuggets one after another. My fingers, toes and brain were becoming numb so I knew it was time to quit but I did find 7 nuggets for just over 3dwt. I got to thinking about all my friends at Detector Prospector. All you wimps that go to Arizona, Florida and southern California deserts for the winter. And the ones that are at home watching TV and sitting at their computers and those that are south of the equator that have no challenges whatsoever when nugget hunting. YOU ARE ALL CRAZY! In fact,as soon as this storm is over I going right back! to get my pick. Foot Note: Chris Ralph has posted a photo of a pretty nugget he found between the storms. He may exempt himself from my harsh judgement.
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    I got out to do a little metal detector prospecting in California yesterday, and got my first nugget of 2017. I've not done any prospecting for months and this was the first time I'd been out prospecting this year. It's been a rough past few months. Some of you may know why, my mom passed away a couple weeks ago. So I decided this would be a good time for me to get away and to take my dad as well for a short day trip to get away from things for a few hours. It was tough to get over the hill into California even on a sunny dry day - I80 westbound has been closed most of the last few days and they were diverting westbound car traffic at Hwy 20 and holding westbound trucks at the state line. A small section of a hill just east of Alta is just sliding down on the freeway like toothpaste. Caltrans clears off what flows onto the road and then more flows down. We were also in a stop and go traffic jam from mogul - just west of Reno - to nearly the state line as NDOT did emergency repairs on the Nevada side. However, once I made it in, it was a beautiful sunny day. In the gold country, I could see the rivers are all running high and water is flowing down every little drainage. I saw a lot of little mud and rock slides and places where erosion has done damage to the roadways. It was also very green in the lower elevations of the gold country as all the grass and little plants are springing to life. It's still full on winter here around Reno. I-80 west is finally open this morning, but the next round of storms arrives tomorrow (Thursday). I dug a lot of little bullet frags and bird shot, but it was great just to get out and stretch my legs. I think the little nugget I dug was about my 5th target. It weighs 0.2 grams. Not much but it is gold and now I have something in my bottle for 2017. Gotta start somewhere!
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    So far there has been no real “direct” reviews of the QED, in effect just innuendo clouded by politics, which is not helpful. With the help of a friend I've just finished some testing of the QED and want to share our impressions here in the hopes of getting the ball rolling for some quality discussions (but maybe this is being too optimistic?) We hope and believe our tests were rigorously objective, the QED was used for general gold hunting and also comprehensively tested on buried real gold pieces of various sizes in a variety of soils, considerable care was taken to ensure no placebo/bias.* We deliberately tested on only frequently detected but historically very productive public fields, not private property in which it can be relatively easy to find gold using any technology due to only ever seeing a few detectorists. First and foremost, important details of the QED's method of operation that are different to other detectors which needs to be clearly understood: Unlike Minelab detectors, the QED has a “dead zone” that can be varied using the Volume control. The threshold is set using the Bias control and has 2 different audio threshold settings, an upper and a lower value. When the Bias is turned down in number below the threshold lower value, OR, turned up in number above the upper threshold value, the “Threshold” audio increases as per usual. Suppose for example, the lower audio threshold bias value of the Bias control happens to be 50 and the upper threshold bias number happens to be 60. Then if the Bias is turned down below 50 OR turned up above 60, the audio “threshold” level increases as per usual. For these threshold examples, 50 and 60, small gold (fast time constant targets) “in effect” produce signals less than 55 (half way between 50 and 60), and larger gold “in effect” produce signals more than 55. If the Bias is set at the lower threshold limit, 50 for example, then the detection of small gold will give the usual INCREASE in audio level response, and larger gold will give a BELOW threshold level response, OR If Bias is set at the higher threshold limit, 60 for example, then the detection of larger gold will give the usual INCREASE in audio level response, and smaller gold will give a BELOW audio threshold level response. Similarly with ground noise; some ground noise will in effect produce signals below 55, so that if the Bias is set at 50, this ground noise will give an increase in audio sound, but if the Bias is set at 60, this ground noise will give a below threshold audio response. Conversely, if the ground noise is in effect above 55, then if the Bias is set at 50, this ground noise will give a below threshold audio, but if Bias is set at 60, this ground noise will give an increase in audio level. Signals in effect BETWEEN 50 and 60 are in the “dead-zone,” for which the audio is below threshold. Signals in effect below 50 OR above 60 give an increase in audio. So if threshold is set at the lower threshold of 50, then faint signals from small gold will give an above threshold audio, and large targets a below threshold audio. Whereas its the opposite for the upper threshold of 60, faint signals from large gold will give an above threshold audio, and small targets below threshold audio. So for shallow small gold select the lower threshold limit, for big deeper gold select the upper threshold limit. Bigger target signals will produce above threshold signals regardless of whether they are small or larger targets. However the Volume control controls the dead-zone width; the gap between the upper and lower threshold Bias settings, that is, the dead zone gap is increased by turning the Volume down, or decreased by turning the Volume up. In fact the QED can be set to operate with NO dead-zone (like the usual Minelab PI audio). To do this: a. Vary the Bias between the upper and lower threshold. Note the gap. b. Increase volume a bit. c. Re-do a. and note the decrease in the gap. d. Continue to repeat a, b, c until there is no gap. (This will allow some feel for true ground noise etc.) However the QED audio has a very low level signal EVEN if below threshold, This below threshold faint audio signal is just the pitch signal only, and detects all signals, ground noise, target signals, whether long time constant or short, and EMI. But this below threshold pitch sensitivity is not as acute as the audio set at threshold per point 2 below, and it is very soft. Yet even further, if a target or ground noise (or EMI) does drive the audio below threshold, the nature of the audio is that it has the usual “re-bound” response once the coil has moved over and past the target or ground noise. I refer to the lower pitch audio following the initial target higher pitch audio (“high-low”) or the opposite; the higher pitch audio following the initial target lower pitch audio (“low-high”) effect known from Minelab PI's. So for moderately weak target signals that cause the audio to dip below threshold once the coil moves beyond the target and the audio then rebounds above threshold. To recap; for these targets, as the coil passes over the target the audio goes first below threshold THEN above the threshold. However for the fainter of these target signals (the important signals one listens for in thrashed ground), this rebound signal is hard to discern compared to the same signal that would occur if the Bias had been set at the alternative threshold setting for which the audio signal then would have given an initial increase in threshold as the coil passes over it and then a below threshold rebound. Therefore, it is important to understand that you EITHER need to set the Bias to chase the faint small targets in shallow ground (Bias at the lower number setting), but lose out a bit on the faint large target signals OR set the Bias to chase the faint larger targets in deeper ground (Bias at the higher number threshold setting) but lose out a bit on the smaller targets. The QED has a “motion” audio response; meaning the coil has to be moved to hear a signal. It can be operated both quickly, and also, remarkably slowly. If the coil is moved “remarkably” slowly it is possible to hear the average audio detect a very faint target above the audio “background random chatter”, considerably more readily than if the coil was moved at a typical realistic operational speed. When depth testing and when you know where the target is, beware that you do not slow down the coil swing to an artificial unnatural swing speed to enable the detection of a deep target at its known location.* Important recommendations: 1. It's very important to get the threshold (Bias) spot on for optimal results, If the threshold level is too high, then faint signals get drowned out, but if the audio threshold level is too low then only the residual very faint pitch signal remains, but this faint pitch only signal is less sensitive to target signals than the audio set optimally as per point 2 immediately following. 2. The threshold must be set so that it is just audible; in effect just immediately below the “real” audio threshold signal, so that what you are hearing is just between only the pitch signal and actual above threshold audio. 3. Note that the effective principal threshold control (Bias) is temperature dependent and requires reasonably frequent adjustment over time as the ambient temperature changes to get best results. Therefore there is NO actual specific optimal Bias number setting, rather it entirely depends on temperature. It can be as high as 70 in very hot conditions 4. Once 2. and 3. are optimally achieved, you will find that the GB setting has to be spot on for best results. If you find that it is not critical, you really need to re-address points 2. and 3. 5. The QED does produce ground noise that sounds on occasion like a target. If you aren't digging some ground noise you do not have it set up properly, especially in variable soils. With ANY detector (automatic GB or Manual) altering the GB setting slightly to eliminate a faint “deep target-like signal” will result in eliminating the faint signal whether it is ground noise OR in fact a deep real metal target. 6. You need to listen to the soft “subliminal” threshold of the QED very carefully, quality headphones are a must. 7. “Gain” acts as a sensitivity control as you would expect. I suggest that the QED is best used as a specialist very fine (Small) gold detector. It produced a reasonably clear but quiet response to the extreme small gold (of the order of 0.1 g), we managed to find 5 tiny pieces in well-worked ground in all totaling 1 gram, although the SDC would have picked 5 of the 5, but not so well in one location due to power line noise (This could be remedied somewhat by lowering the Gain of the SDC and using minimal threshold). However, we purposely went over exactly the same ground with the SDC with the SDC set at a lower threshold and 3 on the gain, and then found 3 more pieces of gold; we are 100% sure we had already passed the QED exactly over the target locations so we put this down to QED ground noise masking targets. The QED struggles compared to the SDC in the more mineralised soils, however the QED does seem superior to the ATX. To get the most out of the QED, use a small coil such as an 8” Commander mono, and set the Mode as low as possible so long as the ground signals do not become too intrusive. Usually 1 or 2 is OK for Minelab coils, but some other coils may produce too much ground noise at this setting so you may need to increase the Mode to 3 or above dependent on the ground. Further, we got some very thin aluminium foil and very gradually trimmed it down until the SDC could no longer detect it. This represents particularly fast time constant targets (“extremely” small gold), and found that the QED did still detect it, but only within several mm of the coil surface, not further. But this does mean that the QED will detect extremely small shallow pieces that the SDC will not. Alternatively we suggest the QED is also a suitable lightweight low-cost patch hunter when used with a large coil with the Mode turned up so that there is less ground noise. For the sake of completion, to answer questions posed of the QED depth for an Australian 5 cent piece compared to the Zed both using the same sized coils. We measured this carefully and we are not prepared to give exact figures to avoid any trivial arguments, other than to say that the QED detected between 60% to 2/3rd of the depth of the Z. The QED susceptibility to EMI in areas remote from mains compared to the 5k on EMI noisy days? In one word: “Good. The QED susceptibility to mains in urban areas compared to the SDC or Zed? In two words: “Typically Bad.” The QED’s main strength is its cost, light weight, ergonomics, and simplicity of use, and yes it IS definitely simple to use, but a bit “fiddly.” It has no “magic settings” once you understand exactly how it operates as described above. Going back to the SDC really highlighted the difference a light weight detector can have on general comfort and enjoyment of detecting, and our experiences with the QED underscored Minelab's poor ergonomics. In our opinion the QED fits a market where people are looking for a cheap detector capable of finding small gold in thrashed areas, and are wanting more coil choices without the specialised "one size fits all" approach of the SDC. Good value for money. Its main weakness is its underlying ground noise, which although having the advantage of being “hidden” in the dead zone, nevertheless limits depth compared to lower ground noise capable detectors, for targets other than the very fast time constant targets. In summary it works relatively best in the less mineralised soils for small gold. Beyond the scope of the above suggested prospecting (very small gold & patch hunting mainly in relatively unmineralised soils), I choose not to comment further, other than we will not be using the QED for purposes other than secondary activities, and still intend to use other well-known detectors for primary prospecting activities because of their other advantages. No doubt others with QED's will disagree with us. We welcome this, and would be happy to be proved wrong. Ultimately, time tells the truth by substantial gold finds or lack thereof in well-worked ground. *Note: because of the subtle audio, it is easy to imagine you are “hearing” a target above the general background ground noise when you know where it is. We endeavoured to avoid this tendency.
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    Hi guys, Saturday I headed back to Doug's Gully, but this time I did not forget the WM12. I was all rigged up & detecting by 10am. I headed straight to a spot where I had found a little patch with the 4500 about 3 years ago. It was up out of the gully bottom but further prospecting the slope to the top of the spur revealed nothing more outside of the localized wee patch. It was at the head of the gully & I went straight to the spot where I got my first piece there on this wee patch. My back filled hole was still visible. BANG....a faint signal straight off. Probably just a shotty pellet. Notice the old back filled hole beside the coil. A few scrapes & the signal had moved. Bugger.....was not going to be a bigger deep piece of gold. But gold it was. With in 10 minutes I repeated the same process 2 more times with the Zed. All small shallow gold. I then thought I had better grab the Bug 2 & go back over these shallow digs & there scrape out piles before back filling & moving on. Well...... The Zed does pretty well on small gold & the Bug 2 just finishes things off. A great combination. I moved on with the Zed back down in the gully floor & got a faint wee signal. Another small bit of gold Then right in the gully bottom another very faint signal. I scraped away a few inches & the signal was still in the ground & getting better I got down to over two feet & the signal was still in the ground & sounding good. I was having trouble pin pointing exactly where the target was so I wondered back to where I had left the Bug 2. My pin pointer & discriminator. No signal. Deeper down yet. Then the Bug got a signal. Flick in to discriminate. BUGGER...wasn't going to be gold. Down almost to the control box of the bug Then the target was out. Now I put these old workings down to the mid to late 1860's. An old pocket knife A bit worse for the amount of time it had been buried. Looks like a bone or ivory or deer antler handle. Quite a cool find none the less. Makes you think of who's it was, what nationality, how well he was doing on the gold. But to think I am the first person to handle it since he lost it. Also makes me think of the amount of ground that was dug down, turned over & all by hand pick & shovel. Then a very similar thing happened. Another deepish hole. Out with the bug & again it wasn't going to be gold. Damn. But as I do I still dig to get rid of the junk just in case it is masking a gold signal. Can you see it?? Not sure what it was but it was still very firm in the ground. I didn't bother getting it out. Back filled & moved on. I kept on going down the gully bottom & I detected up on the top of a sarson stone & got a very faint signal. I scraped away & there was a flat piece of schist sitting on top of the sarson stone. I ended up removing the schist stone & the signal was still there Bingo....a sassy bit of gold Re scanning & another faint signal & another small bit of gold I went back to my last deep hole & got the Bug 2, as I had left it beside the back filled hole. I thought I may as well try the bug 2 on this last little dig. Well bugger me.....4 more little bits of gold from the dig out dirt. Then nothing for ages. Just on 10 pm & an awesome sunset happening I got a faint signal. A little quartz specimen piece. Not 3 feet away another small bit. As there was a half moon I detected until after midnight but got nothing more on the gold front. Still had a 2.5 hour drive home. The things we do. So all up 17 pieces of small gold for just 1.21 grams What a long day & many miles of walking. The old pocket knife The thing I am noticing on my old haunts is that the GP 3000 & the 4500 have done a good job of getting the bigger deeper bits of gold & there doesn't seem to be any deeper bigger bits for the Zed but the zed is pinging the smaller slightly deeper bits. Cheers guys. Good luck out there JW
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    Hating the lightning! I couldn't hear signals any longer. I had to leave after a great day in the rain diggin. I dug all the .22 slugs from three counties and a half ton of canslaw. Finally a bit luck. The J shape is 12.2 DWT and a total of 16.1 DWT. I'm happy for the day.
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    So you see something that you do not think fits the spirit and intent of the forum. Somebody attacking somebody else, off topic posts, political posts, or just plain spam. How to handle it? Please, do not go after the poster yourself. Maybe it is a misunderstanding of some sort, but now you have created hard feelings with somebody else on the forum. The main thing, unless I have made you a moderator, it is not your job to moderate the forum. However, it is everyone's job to report objectionable content. Let me decide what to do about the issue. Every post has a unfortunately quite faint "Report post" link. If the problem is obvious, just click that link and hit "Submit Report" and you are done. I will get the message and look into it, but if it is my middle of night, it may be a few hours. Be patient - I am on the forum every day. If you feel you need to give me more details, there is a place there for that also. My default response to threads or posts that are an issue is to simply delete them without comment. People involved usually get the hint. Some may take offense, and while that is not my intent - oh well. Maybe it really was no big deal but if it is a non-essential post I will err on the side of caution and delete it. My apologies in advance. I have only had to ban a handful of people over the years, and if I have to ban somebody I may leave the posts in question up for a bit so people can see why I did what I did, but they also will be deleted eventually. Politics these days are as charged with passion and division in the United States as anything I have seen since the 1960's. Please be aware of this and remember even joking around about politics can cause trouble. People are on edge. It is all but impossible to avoid all the nonsense elsewhere and so I do ask people please not go there in any way. We just don't need it here. I am not talking about telling people about a public meeting or proposed rulemaking they need to be aware of. I am talking about political commentary of any kind, even in jest. If you mention a politician by name - red flag. Please, don't do it - it will just end up deleted. Thank you.
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    Hi all, finally got to take me new GPZ out for its Maiden run. To my girlfriend and her daughters out with me, but had to promise to take them to see the snow in the mtns after. I hit a wash I had found a couple of specks with my GMT, but struck out with my ATX. In 5 minutes I had my first signal, a sub gram specie at about 6 or 7 in. A few moments later hit another subject gram piece. A few minutes later dug up a 2+ grammer. Then I was notified by my girlfriend that the kids were cold and wanted to leave. Lol that was quick but I was happy with 3.5 grams for the day. Better than I had been doing. The next day was to be a more serious day detecting. Met up with my buddy Dave and headed out to a new area. Walked a few washes for nothing then got a high pitched signal. Dug up what may be a small meteorite. I don't have a picture but Dave might. Then found the tiniest speci with the smallest speck of gold visible. Wow! the power of the GPZ. After basically striking out Dave and I decided to head back to and area we had done ok. Which happens to be near the wash from yesterday. So I got right back into it and was back on the gold. I have to say this was the first true patch I had found. Tried to radio Dave and tell him how I was doing, but he was out of range. When I got up to about ten nuggets I got a call from Dave and he said he had no luck. So I told him there was still 40 or 50 yards left of this was. Told him to start at the top and we'd meet in the middle. He even picked up a couple I missed. I ended up with 20 nuggets for the day, and Dave got 9. Best day ever detecting. 13.6grams for the day 17grams for the 2 days. I'm on a quest to pay for my GPZ and 17 grams takes out a big chunk. Completely amazed at the power of that detector. I'm sure there is still some gold left in that patch. Can't wait to get back. Chris
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    Giday All, Has been awhile since I was able to get out and hunt (due to insane hot weather)😡.Anyway the temperature was forecast to be 35-6* so I got up early (3:00am) drove to the goldfields. 2 and a half hours later, just on daylight I was there. Got rigged up and headed off, another 2hrs got a different variation in the threshold, not like GN , not like a faint target , any after a couple of swings and a foot scrap I thought I would scratch off a couple of inches, another swing 😃👍target , 10mims digging still in the hole. 15 mins was out , I thought got be half ouncer ! But no was a nice 5.5 grammar😃 Another hour and then a little peace Bye now it was getting hot , so walked back to another little spot I have been wanting to check out and sat on a log had a drink and said to myself it's to bloody hot now , 10mins and a little .3 grammar showed it self . With that I was done . Got back to the car and it was 42 * . And only 11:30 . I had planned to camp and do two days but with temp rising called it quits and headed for home. Regards, Squizz
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    Here's a few pics of some gold found with my gpx 5000. Everything was found around the goldfields of Western Australia and everything bar the big specie has been found since December 2016. the big specie ended up crushing out to 13.5oz of gold
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    Well folks and fellow prospectors, I recently sold 20 oz's of my dredging gold (still have lots left, lol) and bought me a Canon Cinema camera. The Canon C300 Mark II with a Canon 18-80 Cinema zoom lens. There are two things I love to do... Mine for gold underwater and shoot video!
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    here's a better one after washing dirt off...
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    Gidday Guys, My name is Rick and that is my video. I was hunting in normal ground mode, high yield, no smoothing, sensitivity at 17, auto tracking I always try to run normal because it punches so much deeper than difficult and gives brighter responses ! You do get ground noise ( groans ), but the targets still come over the top of the groans. The area I was prospecting ranges from noisy to very noisy, ( broken down ironstone ) and very variable, but the big ZED coil seems to handle the ground better than the 14 inch coil. I will often cross check iffy targets using difficult, because if it is ground noise the target will usually disappear after a few passes. And yes, kiwijw, that's what I was demonstrating. I have yet to track out even a faint legitimate target. Hope this answers your questions ! Cheers, Rick
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    Quite often l have seen detectorists arrive at a new spot full of enthusiam and upon arrival jump out of the car, grab their detector and race off hurrying here and there like a headless chook swinging aimlessly in their excitement to find that first elusive bit of gold. Only to be dissapointed at the lack of gold finds and quickly ready to write the area off and move on. I speak from experience because l was one of those. However several of those spots kept calling me back. And when I did return it was with a contolled enthusiam. Instead of jumping out of the car and racing around I took the time to look about and read the ground. I took the time to get the detector running smoothly and most importantly I took the time to carefully detect the area I had chosen, thouroughly working the area in a unhurried manner. And on most occasions I was rewarded with gold. Yes gold from an area I was too quick to write off initially because I was in too much of a hurry to properly access the potential that was right in front of my nose. So all l can say is slow down, plan you attack and have patience and work the area properly and don't be too quick to write a spot off or you will leave it behind.
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    Im still a newbie to this hobby but I try to take in as much knowledge as as I can from all of the more experienced prospectors on this board. I've learned a lot in the last 3 years from some of you fellas and to that I am greatful. That being said I stumbeled or should I say my wife stumbled upon a new method of unearthing gold the other day. She was taking a lunch time walk around the lake where she works and noticed a duck pecking at something shiny near the waters edge. The curious bird eventually tired of playing with or trying to eat the shiny object so Lisa went down to investigate and found a nice gold chain and pendant. It tests 10k with acid. Included is a photo of the pendant and a short video that demonstrates what one might "look for" when employing this new technique of finding gold. I realize that the video is of geese but the same method applies to ducks. Some of the members of this board are snowed in right now and I hope you find this post useful. You might want to turn some music on when watching the video..... strick
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    Hi Guys, I got a PM from one of our members on the Aussie forum that I belong to during the week. I wont give his user name. Apparently we had a conversation about 3 years ago where I said to him if your ever over this way to look me up. Well he was in NZ for 3 weeks & was currently in Wanaka & how far away was I from there. He was keen to come with me as an observer on one of my detecting missions. He was here on business & his only free day was going to be Saturday & was I ok with him tagging along if I was going to go out detecting. No worries I said, in fact you can use my 4500. He was rapt with that as he runs a 4500 back in Victoria. I am only about an hour away from Wanaka so it was arranged that I would pick him up at 9 am. I took him on a bit of a tour before we hit a detecting spot. Showed him a few historic places of interest to do with gold which he enjoyed. I got him all rigged up with the 4500 & 11" Elite & he was off. He disappeared over a ridge & was gone. So I just went about my business with the Zed. We were in amongst old timer diggings & their prospect holes & throw out piles. After about 20 minutes I got a very faint signal & after a few scrapes & bit of fluffing about it became 3 signals. They werent far down but were all gold. Ye Ha I then got my share of shot gun pellets & .22 shells & lead bullet heads. Glenn came wondering back for a drink & bite to eat. He had scored no gold but got his share of crap as well. I showed him the three little bits I had got. I had brought along the NF sadie coil, 12 x7 & the 14 x 9 & said to him to change coils if he wanted to, but no he was happy with the 11" Elite. I dont think he had ever been able to detect in sensitive extra & the hot settings that I could get away with here & he was quite chuffed to be able to do so. After he had watered the horse he was off again, out of site way down the workings. So I carried on & got another nice faint little signal. This one was a bit deeper & into the shatted schist gravels. Another sassy bit of the good stuff.....but still small. Then another shallow surface scrape signal Small gold again. But no catch & release. Glenn came wondering back again with his tail between his legs , still goldless. I said for him to try the Gold bug 2 on some exposed schist gravels that the old timers left behind. Straight away the bug was screaming on a target. Flick in to discriminate I told him. He did so & the signal was unchanged. Under my breath I said to myself....shot gun pellet but I said to Glenn, At least it isnt iron. I threw him my green scoop to make it a lot easier for him to locate the target & not to be getting false signals off his hand. Well bugger me....he scored a bit of kiwi gold. In his own words, That is the smallest gold I have ever detected. Glenns bit of the good stuff Sadly it was going to be his one & only bit. I couldnt get the bug 2 out of his hands. He loved it. He was getting signal after signal....all be it from then on ....shot gun pellets. But he was blown away by the sensitivity of the bug 2. My luck dried up too so I suggested me move on. This we did & he went back to the 4500 & 11" Elite. We were both getting our share of crap targets but I eventually snagged a small specimen bit And then another tiny bit Glenn unfortunately got skunked with the 4500....which suprised me. I thought he would have got a few bits at least, but it wasnt to be. He was rapped with the day & really enjoyed himself & the country side blew him away. He loved the smell of walking through the thyme bushes. Just on dark we called it quits, despite a full moon. BUGGER....but he had to get back to Wanaka. So for me it was just the 7 small bits for the grand total of 1.1 grams So after a mint summers day on the Saturday. Sunday dawned a bit windy & cool. Mrs JW was keen to go for a walk up to a look out up on the tops of the Remarkables mountain range. Well not quite the top but not far off it. We drove up to the ski field base building car park & walked it from there. Was a bit of a mission & threatened to rain/snow at any time. When we got to the top her phone battery died & so she couldnt get a photo & I handnt taken mine. So that was a bugger. Not that it was a very nice day for a photo. But this is what it could have been like. This was from last year when two of my boys & me did the same walk. Look at those glacially scoured hills. This is what I was greeted with when I got to work this morning Snow on the Remarkables, when there was none yesterday when Mrs JW & I were up there. So much for summer. Cheers Good luck out there JW
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    Hi all I am new on this Site but many Aussies here know me by name GoldEN or real name Enio. I also detected and camped with most of them.Great bunch of people. This hobby gave me not just few nuggets but some memories from trips and some lifetime friends. For me this is what detecting is all about.Gold is just a bonus. Detect mostly in Golden Triangle in Victoria Australia. Dream is to detect to another Holly grail of detecting here -WA. Its on my bucket lsit I detect with gpx500 but last few months i use sc2300 most of detecting day. its fun and proven goldfinder. I hardly ever go home without few nuggets in a jar.They might me smallkl but they all add and trill of chasing and digging them out makes it worthwhile. My phone camera has been broken so i couldn't post some photos. No wi fixed it so i might go through some older photos and post. For start one nice specie found in Moliagul -home of the biggest nugget ever found. Part of fun when detecting is come across all sort of different creatures. Well met our Blue Tongue Lizard: GoldEN
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    Hi guy's, joined the forum yesterday and so far I like the look of things here, still having a bit of a play and a FIDDLE. I love the like at the bottom of post a big thumbs up for that as I suggested this on the 4ummer but it was knocked back. Most of you guy's may know me (Hobo's gold) so I will post Video's and pic's for you to enjoy. A thumbs up Steve. Regards Johnny
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    Regardless of where you are on the planet we all here are either prospectors or metal detecting enthusiasts - or both. What unites us is common interest, a little online country of our own. We may even speak different languages, but the language of prospecting is the same worldwide. The thrill to be had digging gold out of the ground is the same. We may be different in every other way, but these things we share in common. In one regard the creation of this forum was purely for my own benefit in trying to get knowledgeable people to gather here and share, that I may learn a thing or two also. The day I stop learning is the day they can put me 6 feet under. It has been my great good fortune to engage in the chase and know the thrill of discovery. It is a wonderful thing, and many people helped me succeed. This forum is one small way of passing that on, and sharing with others what has been learned, so that they may also share in the thrill of discovery. What better gift to give than the gift of knowledge. It can be given away endlessly, without the supply ever depleting, and at no real cost to those that give. Thank you to all who shared their knowledge with me over the years, and to those that continue to do so.
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    Hello Somehow it was not Raining today, So I headed to the hills for what Seemed like a once in a lifetime detecting trip. I decided to try some hillside diggins up a fork of a winter run creek. But the Fork now has a north fork , and a east fork of that then a west fork, up past the south fork of the new fork. did you get all that. pretty much was water running everywhere. Found a few pieces, had a lot of fun and came home wetter then a bird dog from fighting thru the brush. 1.3 dwt my partner found a few also with Gold Racer. Also a picture of some pieces from couple weeks ago found with Racer2
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    Gotcha - thanks. The reason I ask Matt is lot of people also exclude dealers and testers from the "true report" list. And then there is this: Shootout? That sounds like me in the middle getting shot! People want easy answers and in my world there are none. The Gold Bug 2 slays the Gold Racer on the tiny bits under 1 grain. But what to say about a 15" x 13" DD coil on a Gold Racer versus a Gold Bug 2 with it's largest coil, a 14" x 8" concentric? One is better for one thing, and the other wins at something else. One is pure nugget machine, the other multi-purpose. Which is better? It just depends on what the desired use is. I will say this about Minelab. When it comes to gold machines, they know their stuff. They usually weigh too much, cost too much, or just look funny. But they do find the gold. This one at least looks like it will not weigh a ton and require that you mortgage your house! Now comes the wait. It just seems these days we hear about detectors and then........ wait.
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    A horrible accident occurred at the famous Ima Ginery mine when an excavator was working near a steep face and dislodged a huge gold nugget which fell directly on the excavator. Several members of the world renown Detector Prospector forum were ask for opinions on the accident and suggestions for recovery and all agreed that proper ground balance makes large nugget recovery easier.The one comment from Australia that was printable was "Cricky! It's uh bludie rippa!". An expert from New Zealand said he uses a 7000 and so he has little experience with huge nuggets. Suggestions for recovery were numerous and quit varied. Such as "Fill the pit with sea water and pull the nugget off with a tug boat" and "You need logging equipment" or "Truck the snow out of my front yard and bury the whole mess until spring time" and finally "I bought a new detector and I'll give you some ideas after I write a review" An investigation by MSHA (Mine Safety Hazard Administration) revealed that the mine safety plan lacked the directive titled Huge Nuggets Falling On Excavators And How To Prevent It so the mine owner, a mister Klunker, was found at fault. He claimed innocence by reason of insanity which was induced by Cabin Fever there fore no citations were issued.
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    As requested, to prove me and the ATX can find some gold and not just lube lol
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    All I know is the politics of crime and punishment is beyond the scope of the forum. The main thing is it sucks this happened and we all hope your detectors get returned or at least compensated for somehow. And a warning to the rest of us that these things are very expensive and somebody might try to grab them. Be careful out there.
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    I have a 5 pound diving weight and some duct tape, so we could fix that.
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    Here is the picture from my synopsis of the accident report .
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    What the tags really do is provide a list at the end of a thread of similar related threads (Similar Content down below). That is why I provide a preset list to choose from and usually only use one or two - too many does not seem to work very well. People can add their own but I do watch and add them myself or modify them if I think appropriate. Also, just click on a tag and you will get a page of similarly tagged items. The forum is a labor of love for me so I am always tweaking and fiddling trying to better tune it for informational responses that make sense for users. It is not work for me, I enjoy working on websites. The big things are all aimed at what I found lacking on forums I used to frequent. That is why you see lots of photos posted here, and easy embedded videos. Link to anything you want as long as it is relevant to the forum. I am working on Facebook integration right now so Facebook users can have their posts automatically sent to their Facebook pages if they choose to do so. I think the Classifieds is working pretty well for people as long as stuff is priced right. I know my goodies usually sell within days. My main goal here is to help people and to build a repository of knowledge. Anybody that helps people with questions or posts useful information is helping me. The fact people find the forum useful makes it rewarding so you have my thanks in return.
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    I don't like using metal detectors that weigh less than 7 lbs!
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    Amyone on the Forums have any drone experience yet? just wondering.....This guy does. Enjoy! Cheers, ig
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    Mr. Hawkeye. Sir. The actual source for boot nails is Plumas County, California where they occur naturally both in volcanic lava vents and in widespread alluvial deposits as the result of massive extrusions and explosive eruptions. Some boot nail deposits were so rich that, during the gold rush, they were mined and shipped throughout Plumas County and used frivolously by the gold rush era miners. To this very day boot nails can still be found by metal detectorists while searching for gold nuggets.
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    I can't help but notice,,these tabs that are applied to threads,,,sure do help out defining what a thread has to offer folks. This does take time,,,thought I would give some credit here,,,for job well done. Thanks
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    I received the following email: "My name is *********** , a logger from ***********. I'm wanting to move to Alaska and start a new life with my family. I don't have much of anything. I'm probably one of the hardest workers you will ever meet and I'm honest. I'm looking for a chance at working a claim and learning what there is to learn. I have experience in running a rock crusher - now that was a fun, six years never a dull moment! Welding, mechanic diesel and gas, can build you a house start to finish, my chain saw sleeps in my bed room next to my splitting mall. How do I get a chance in working a mine and owning one?" I have received lots of requests similar to this over the years. Back in the 1980's we literally had people show up at my mining shop with the family in a vehicle, possessions strapped on top, come to Alaska to strike it rich. Here is a bunch of information. I hope it helps - good luck! According to the October 2014 Economic Impacts of Placer Mining in Alaska: There were 646 placer mines permitted by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in 2013. DNR estimated 47 percent of permits (295) placer operations were mined in 2013. In 2013, there were approximately 1,200 direct, mostly seasonal, jobs in Alaska’s placer mine industry. On average, each placer mine had four workers. However, approximately 27 percent of placer mines were run by one person and there are a few significant larger operations (50+ workers). Of the 1,200 workers, approximately 73 percent (880 workers) live in Alaska. Of those Alaska residents, approximately half live in Anchorage/Mat-Su Borough (26 percent) or Fairbanks (26 percent). The remaining half (48 percent) live in communities elsewhere in Alaska. Total direct income, including wages, shares of production, and owner’s profits, are estimated at $40 million for 2013. For miners receiving compensation, 56 percent were paid a wage, while the remaining 44 percent were compensated with a share of gold production. That was 2013 but it gives you some basic figures. Maybe just over 1,000 seasonal jobs, and not all of them from people living in the state. Being located there would help though. Many of these jobs go to family members or long time, trusted employees, so there are few openings on a yearly basis. Still, a person has a shot at it. So how to go about it? All I can offer is what I would do if I did not know anybody. The easiest place to start would be to contact the Alaska Miners Association at http://alaskaminers.org/contact-us/ and purchase their latest Service Directory. I am not sure what it costs now but it used to be $20 (or included with membership). It includes a listing of all the businesses that supply and service miners in Alaska; information on land status, permitting, agency lists, State mining law, and the membership list of the AMA, Alaska's most influential mining organization. Over 1000 miners and mining related organizations are listed with contact information. The key is the membership list with names and contact information. That gives you a place to start with either phone calls or letters. Most actual mining operations in Alaska are members of the AMA. If you are interested in employment at a lode mine, the major mines information is also in the Service Directory. More information can be gleaned from the latest state report - Alaska's Mineral industry 2015. Keep an eye out for a 2016 report soon. According to the report "Total mineral industry employment in 2015 is estimated at 2,901 full-time-equivalent jobs" Here is the chart from the report: Note this chart shows less than half the number of placer employment as the figures quoted in the 2013 report and only 120 in 2015. This probably reflects a difference in actual wage and salary type workers versus one person operations or family members and people working for a share of the take. Still, it can be seen overall numbers dropped quite a bit the last few years. Also from the report, here is a map of major mining and exploration projects in Alaska. You can read about these in detail in the report, and a little use of Google can give you employment contact information for each company, job openings, etc. Start at the AMA Links Page Check out the Mining and Petroleum Training Service For opportunities in mining all over see Mining Career Opportunities at InfoMine http://www.infomine.com/careers/ HELPFUL LINKS FOR THE MINERAL INDUSTRY IN ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES • Recording Fees | http://dnr.alaska.gov/ssd/recoff/fees_RO.cfm • Public Information Center | http://dnr.alaska.gov/commis/pic/ • State Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) Documents Search | http://dnr.alaska.gov/ssd/recoff/ Division of Mining, Land & Water • Mining Applications and Forms | http://dnr.alaska.gov/mlw/forms/ • Fact Sheets | http://dnr.alaska.gov/mlw/factsht/ • Annual Placer Mining Application (APMA) 2015 | http://dnr.alaska.gov/mlw/forms/14apma/ • Annual Rental | http://dnr.alaska.gov/mlw/factsht/mine_fs/annualre.pdf • Leasing State Land | http://dnr.alaska.gov/mlw/factsht/land_fs/lease_land.pdf • Land Lease & Contract Payment Information | http://dnr.alaska.gov/mlw/factsht/land_fs/lease_contract_payment_info.pdf • Production Royalty | http://dnr.alaska.gov/mlw/factsht/mine_fs/producti.pdf • DNR Production Royalty Form | http://dnr.alaska.gov/mlw/forms/mining/royalty_fm.pdf • Exploration Incentive Credit Program | http://dnr.alaska.gov/mlw/factsht/mine_fs/explore.pdf Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys • Publications On-Line | http://dggs.alaska.gov/publications/ • Interactive Maps | http://maps.dggs.alaska.gov/ • Geologic Maps of Alaska: Online Map Search Tool | http://maps.dggs.alaska.gov/mapindex/ • Unpublished Geology-Related Data (Alaska Geologic Data Index) | http://maps.dggs.alaska.gov/agdi/ • Geologic Materials Center | http://dggs.alaska.gov/gmc/ • Geochemical Sample Analysis Search (WebGeochem) | http://www.dggs.alaska.gov/webgeochem/ • Minerals Report Questionnaire | http://www.dggs.alaska.gov/minerals_questionnaire Alaska’s Minerals Data & Information Rescue in Alaska (MDIRA) Project Websites • MDIRA Portal Home Page | http://akgeology.info/ • Alaska Mining Claims Mapper | http://akmining.info/ • Land Records Web Application | http://dnr.alaska.gov/Landrecords/ • State Recorder’s Office Search | http://dnr.alaska.gov/ssd/recoff/searchRO.cfm • Alaska Resource Data Files | http://ardf.wr.usgs.gov/ • USGS Alaska Geochemical Database (NURE, RASS, PLUTO…) | http://pubs.usgs.gov/ds/637/ • Guide to Alaska Geologic and Mineral Information | http://doi.org/10.14509/3318 • Alaska State Geo-Spatial Data Clearinghouse | http://www.asgdc.state.ak.us/ DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, COMMUNITY, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT • Minerals Information | https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/ded/dev/mineralsdevelopment • Community and Regional Information | https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/dcra/ResearchAnalysis • Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) | http://www.aidea.org • AIDEA Supports Mining | www.aidea.org/Programs/ProjectDevelopment/30YearsofMiningSupport.aspx DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE • Mining License Tax | http://www.tax.alaska.gov/programs/programs/index.aspx?60610 • Motor Fuel Tax Claim for Refund | http://www.tax.alaska.gov//programs/programs/forms/index.aspx?60210 • Alaska Motor Fuel Tax Instructions | http://www.tax.alaska.gov/programs/documentviewer/viewer.aspx?5086f
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    A cool video that was never picked up for a TV show . Shot near Alleghany . Ruby mine vs Rogue miners . https://vimeo.com/116324689?ref=em-share
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    I have to admit that by this time I was ready to go home. A month is a long time to be away, especially when sleeping in a small tent on the ground every night. The near perfect weather the entire time was a blessing in that regard, making camp life more pleasant than it would have been under harsher conditions. Just a reminder that on every day of this trip we were up at daybreak and hunting until the light faded. Thu Sep 22 - One thin nugget Fri Sep 23 - This was the day that was posted earlier with video #2 where we hunted a gully and I found my "Dragon Nugget". My total for day 3.6 grams. Sat Sep 24 - One nugget Sun Sep 25 - 12 grams! Mon Sep 26 - Last day of detecting, I found four nuggets at 1.5 grams total. The final video shows Chris diligently hunting a patch cleaning up tiny bits. I hunted the perimeters finding my last four nuggets, with the last in a nearby wash. Having JP film this adventure really was a huge bonus for the trip. Thanks JP! As shown in the video we left Jonathan in the field after saying our farewells. An early morning departure put us back in Perth by that evening. We returned our borrowed vehicle with thanks to Jonathan's friends and after a day's rest and a short tour of Perth were on our way back home. So how did we do? Chris ended up with 38 grams of gold. I found about half as many nuggets as Chris did, but they were larger nuggets and so my total was 74.5 grams. JP of course outdid us both with 123.5 grams. In general Chris used standard sized coils and stayed in the main patch areas, accounting for why he got twice as many nuggets as I did but for them also being smaller in size. The video shows this to good effect. I ran an 18" round mono most of the trip and concentrated more on looking for larger gold and though I found fewer nuggets they ended up weighing more in total. One thing I decided going over was that hunting the main patch areas was not likely to make an exceptional find. I do believe that large nuggets get cleaned out early, and nearly every patch we hunted was well known and hunted by many people over the years. In that regard we were doing what any visitor could do because we stuck to easily accessible areas. I therefore spent at least half my time every day running long solo loops away from the main areas hoping to find an overlooked area in some little corner - a tiny virgin patch of my own. There was also the few days we spent doing pure blue sky detecting that came up dry. The reality is my many hours spent hunting off the main patch areas was almost totally non-productive, with only a few nuggets found. I am sure in retrospect that I could have increased my gold take by staying closer in to the main patch areas. JP with his superior knowledge hit the perfect balance between Chris staying more in the well hunted areas and my long treks well off the known patch areas. That and his superb knowledge of the GPX 5000 were a joy to experience in person. I have to admit I was surprised I could not come up with anything of note by wandering off on my own for so much of the trip. Almost everywhere you go in Australia it all looks like fantastic ground with many indicators that gold should be likely. And yet covering huge areas of fantastic looking ground usually produced not a single nugget. It is much different than where I am hunting in Nevada these days, where lone isolated nuggets seem to pop up regularly in oddball locations. Where we were in Australia it was much more like you were either in a patch or out of it, and if out of it nothing would be found. I can't say I regret making those long side hunts because I do love wandering around and exploring, but in this case staying closer in to the proven patch areas would have been more productive for me. This does show anyone wishing to visit Australia that it would pay to not get your expectations too high. Unless you have some superior access to remote areas, the amount of detecting that has taken place there over the decades is amazing. There were prospectors with detectors everywhere we went, and my guess is most of them are more serious prospectors than is the norm in the U.S. Chris and I lamented many times we had not made this trip in the 1980's. There is still gold to be found in Australia but the easy pickings are indeed long gone. It is very difficult for a visitor with limited local knowledge and limited time to do more than just be happy finding any gold at all. That about sums it up - a trip of a lifetime indeed. Thanks JP for being such a wonderful host and showing us your great country!
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    Hi guys, I had been dying to try out Davegolds (he is in Australia & makes & sells picks) new pick that he sent over the ditch for me. It looked the business. Cheers Dave I ended up going for a late afternoon detect back to the area of my last few finds posts & where my old pick broke. I wanted to go over the ground one more time & try a few different settings to see if I could squeeze out a few more bits. I needed to have an absolute smooth steady threshold, paramount, to hear those very faint whispers. There are powerlines very close by but they had given me no problems the last couple of times here with the Zed. I fired up the Zed, auto tuned, ground balanced, & there was this tick tick tick in the audio. I tried auto tuning a few times & I noticed I had to push the pad several times to get the auto tune to do its thing this had never happened before. After a few goes at trying to get this tick tick tick to abate I had no joy. It was more like an electric fence pulse than powerlines. Not that I had noticed an electric fence close by. I tried detecting with this interference but I needed that smooth steady threshold & this was doing my head in so I had to move to another area away from the interference. This achieved I found myself on ground that I didnt hold any hope of getting any thing on. I was on occasion still getting the odd interference which wasnt helping me. I was on solid schist that the old timers had exposed with their ground sluicing. I think the last time I had found gold here was with the Gold Bug 2. The ground was very uneven & awkward to walk on let alone poke & prod with the Zed's 14" coil. Even the 4500 & sadie coil was a mission to twist & poke & drag through the schist crevices. Hence the GB2 was a lot more suitable for this. Any way I gave it my best with the Zed.....& after a while I thought I heard a bit of a hiccup in the threshold. It was hard to be certain with the interference. But out came Daves pick to carve out some schist. Boy....it made short work of that. I was now able to get the edge of the coil deeper in to the schist crevice. Yep....a definite signal. Was it going to be gold or a shoty pellet. Can you see it up & to the left of the G on the coil .14 of a gram This was too difficult for the Zed & me & as my inital plan was foiled by the interference I decided to call it quits. Oh well....at least I wasnt skunked. Cheers Good luck out there JW kiwijw
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    Prospecting can be profitable, but there is more than one way to make money in the prospecting game beyond just finding gold. Leasing out prospective claims to mining companies is a subject I have written about several times in the ICMJ and also in my book on prospecting. I know people who have made big money doing this - a lot more than this check. Its a serious effort to find claims mining companies want. Right now, the market to lease them off is not good. I am publishing this check with critical areas blanked out for security reasons - it would be a waste try to copy it. I also greatly altered the colors of the check, the company who issued it is out of business and I am guessing there is no significant money that is left in their account. So all things considered, I figure its safe to show. As one can see from the date, the issue was two years ago in 2015. I'll get my 2017 payment in a few weeks from a different company.
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    But it doesnt fit to good, maybe not... . Got out for a bit of detectin...El Gran pepita de oro came in at 12 grams , and the little guy ended up being a little over 1 gram.... Got another 3.5 grammer, but didnt get a pic of it... Low n Slow..... Fast and Furious Dave.
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    That will come with time. For now, as Digger Jones says, we have to use what we have. At the moment you get to choose. You can have decent discrimination, but limited depth. Or you can have great depth, but limited or no discrimination. I think the signal to noise problem inherent in detecting means the detectors that get the best depth will always lack enough target information to fully discriminate the deepest targets. Not everyone can afford a $7000 metal detector. Over the years amazing amounts of gold has been found and continues to be found with $700 metal detectors. It is good to have depth of detection, but there are still plenty of shallow items to find for the first person to put the coil over them. We not only have to use the technology available, but also what we can afford. Hard work, good research, and putting yourself in the right place can make up for the lack of technology.
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    Found the sweetest little fishing hole. Close to home . Must be the full moon , nothing was biting .
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    We are fortunate to have JP on this forum and I personally consider his word and integrity to be without question. The thing is people have a go at him when simply asking him directly about whatever it is they find questionable will get an informative reply. It really can be that simple.
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    Thanks for that offer Randy!!!! I think I am going to hunt a couple more days with another friends sdc 2300 and call it good.. For awhile.... That stuff getting stolen kind took the wind out of me.... I am looking at my semi retiredness being over soon, and if i have to go east i won't need a gold detector for awhile. Condor may be interested though..while he waits for some new ones to come available.... Used ones just don't seem to be out there now.... I have been looking online all evening for flights and seats for the 2017 trip to Australia..., can't wait. Got to work for awhile and sack up some cash... Well Randy, ....(and others, who have offered their machines, etc)... It just shows the true heart of the people who frequent this forum. I know I kid alot on here, but I truly appreciate all the friends I have met in the last 6 years in this mining world. What a great bunch! Paul
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    From the Land Matters website: "The founders of Land Matters, while working with the public on land related issues, land status, access, law, ownership etc, recognized a public need for quality information. While interacting with the community of land users, it was clear that people seeking information were having difficulty locating quality, reliable information. There were many common questions asked. But no common place where people could be referred to for answers and research. This was the beginning of Land Matters. From there we have widened our mission to include information for all land related matters. From recreation to agriculture, land status to land law, from geology to soil science, Land Matters was created to provide a place to explore and understand the land around you." I admit I have not scratched the surface of what is available on the Land Matters website. I am always focused just on finding what I need when I need it, and little else. The main thing of value on the website for most people here is the mining claims mapping system. I have a screen shot of the page below to give you an idea of the information available. There is one very important line that applies to mapping systems based on BLM LR2000 "The mining claims represented on these maps are only displayed to the nearest section and DO NOT display the actual claim location. Sections are about one square mile and actual mining claim locations can vary considerably from their mapped location." I use the system for to determine a few basic facts. First, where are people staking claims for gold? That area might be worth prospecting in. Second, which sections have claims that should be avoided or which require more research at the recording office? Most important to me, what are the closest sections that are shown to be free of claims? That section might be worth a wander with a detector. The use of the website is free, but there are a couple membership options; Supporting Membership for $35 a year, or Claims Advantage Membership for $100 a year. You can read about membership benefits here. I am an Advantage Member and just renewed for another year. I know prospectors and miners pretty well, and most of us, put in the best light, would be called "extremely frugal". I have seen guys spend two months using oddball parts to build something they could buy commercially because they figured it saved them $20. We all work hard for our money - I get that. I therefore understand when most people just prefer to use something for free if they can. All I can do is say that if you check out the Land Matters website, and end up using it very much at all, consider joining at one of the membership levels, or just making a small donation using the Donate button on the website. I think what they are doing is valuable and worth supporting. Thank you.
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    Hi guys, I think I put this link up a while back. Had a quick look but couldnt find it. So for a lot of you guys in the States I know you will be snow & ice bound & cant get out there so thought this would give you an interesting read & fill in some time for you. It will also give you a bit of back ground history on some one who is testing the QED. Enjoy. http://golddetecting.4umer.net/t24549-the-wilson-gold-album-digitised-at-last Good luck out there JW
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    Pretty embarrassing, over two years ago this project started. Usually I am a ball of fire until a project gets finished, but when I get distracted..... I sure can get distracted! The main problem was I had no particular need of the old ATX once I got my new one, but I finally have a project where this thing would be handy to have. Also a last cold snap keeping me home at the moment. So, the ATX rebuild came out of storage and it is on the bench again. I decided to give the control box another coat of paint - I really should have prepped that aluminum properly first, but oh well. I am glad I have all these photos to refresh my memory on which snipped off wires hooked up to what. Paint to dry overnight, and tomorrow morning finally bite the bullet and decide exactly where I want the speaker and switches, then cut and drill holes. Should go pretty fast after that, just mounting everything up and a little solder work. The next few days should finally see the LTX (Lightweight ATX) prototype completed. I gave Garrett an extra two years and I am still going to beat them to the punch! Never again however. Minor rod mount mods for sure, but I have learned my lesson on this one. I thought I had after the GMT rebuild but I swear from now on I am sticking with factory built product. I have too many things to do without creating extra work for myself like this. Still, it will give me another reason to contact Garrett and lobby once again for a real LTX so hopefully it will be worth the effort.
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    14k at a baseball field .found three junk rings since then .you have to dig the junk to get the good stuff.
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    Well Norm, not wanting to be subjected to your harsh judgement, I submit for your approval this monster 4 grain gold nugget I found two weeks ago while out doing some detector testing. However, I drove to a dry and relatively warm location with no snow, and found the nugget within short walking distance of my truck. Your adventure sounds more, well, adventury, and you found more gold. Good going!
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    The manufacturers do watch the major forums. Some participate visibly, some less so, but they are out there. One of the side goals on this forum is to provide constructive feedback for the manufacturers. That is one reason why I have no patience for brand bashing - it drives away people I want here.