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  1. 34 points
    We'll i finally got to join the 1oz+ club!! My buddy Dave and i headed to Gold Basin for a half day trip. We hit our usualy spot and split up. I headed to a wash that i found a 5.4 gram piece a couple of weeks ago. I didnt hit the whole wash, so i figured id start where i left off. A bit later, i get a nice signal by a bush in the middle of the wash. It turned out to an 8 gram specie with some dark host rock mixed in. 10 feet away in the bank of the wash i get another screeming signal. This was the flat nugget, also about 8 g. I radioed Dave to tell him the good news. The next couple of hours there was nothing except a couple of meteors. I decided to hit the bottom end of that same wash on my way back to the truck. After a bit i get a nice signal in the wash, it was the .8g flat piece. The wash had widened out, and the bedrock was deeper, so i wasnt detecting to slow wgen i got a slight sound. I thought it was just ground noise because i was running the GPZ hot at 18 sensitivity and high yield and normal ground. I did a scrape and the sound was still there. I took about 6 inches off with the pick and the sound seemed more distinct. I fugured it wasnt mineralization but rather trash because the dirt was silt, not hard pack. I kep widening and deepening the hole and when i got to over a foot it was screeming. I was figuring tin can ir something. After about 6 more digs and around 2ft deep. I get it out of the hold. I did reach bedrock so i was feeling hopeful. It turned out to be a 1.41 (OZ) nugget and a pretty one at that, with a bit of quartz. I finally joined the club. I feel like i deserve a patch or something lol. I radioed Dave to tell him the good news, and he was eccited for me. (He was already a member pf the club) a bit under 2 oz for the day. I took Dave to the wash, with his big coil on the GPZ, to try to score him a big nugget, no luck. We packed up and headed home. oh and i finally paid for my GPZ in nuggets ...and some. thanks Chris
  2. 27 points
    Took a break from chores and getting the cabin ready for winter, and got a couple afternoon sessions in with the Monster. Went to a decomposing granite knob I first hit a couple summers ago, digging along the edges and got a few. Then I removed some sagebrush and exposed a couple crevices where I scraped out little guys like this: The other deeper crevice was really fun! Ended up with just a tad over a gram for 2 afternoons of playing. Worth MUCH more in fun! :-) Will be getting snow soon, so not many more days to get out!
  3. 22 points
    Hi all, some of you have known me for many years as Mlgdave, owner of Goldbay.com and now I also own The Colorado Quartz Gold mine in California and ramping back up to run and mine 140 and 180 feet underground. This week me and my partner worked an old stope and found and extracted a killer piece! (more to come) I am living at the mine full time and should have some good stories and finds for you guys over the next few months/years Mlgdave
  4. 21 points
    We had a club outing at Rye Patch! Even our little group showed up in in force to see if we could pickup where Rudy and I, left of the week before. Our little group of detectorist have dozens of nugget finding spots in Rye Patch. Some with names we give them, so we can keep track of where we are located with the use of our radios. It’s kind of like Fishing, if they aren’t bitting at one spot maybe somebody at another location will sound off to come their way. Jack Rabbit, 4-Corners, October and Crossroads or some examples of where we might find the nuggets wanting to end up in our pokes. This trip, we had a few guest Club members, with us on each day. Some needed a few pointers with their settings and others only needed a pointy finger! As usual, October is a transitional Month for the North Western Seasonal change. Cold, Windy, smoke one day blew in from Northern California Fires making me think there was a local fire very close by. With extreme dry conditions with the wind, it made metal detecting difficult with static EMI’s. But, we fought thru Mother Nature elements and she rewarded us for the effort. This Tail Gate photo, was one day we had a late lunch cooking up a couple dozen brats. Only 6 pokes in the photo, as everyone else was hunting different location...just more Brats for us to eat, lol. We had a great time with our hobby and enjoying each other’s company! Just wish I could have ended up with the total Party’s Tail Gate photo with everyone’s pokes on it...maybe next time! Rye Patch still has nuggets to find and it continues to produce smiling faces. Until the next hunt LuckyLundy
  5. 21 points
    I had 4-days for a hunt at Rye Patch which really ends up being a good 3 days behind the coil. My goal for this many days is always 1/4 ounce in the poke! First morning I, added 4 nuggets to the poke, but nothing all afternoon! What's up with that, not much weight but well over a pennyweight. A good nights sleep and off I went the next morning, which fell into late afternoon with only 4 more nuggets, but one was over 2 dwts alone. After soaking them in CLR, I tossed them on the scale 4.2 dwts! My goal was in site, as I plotted my battle plan for the next morning before I fell asleep. The next morning, I put my thoughts into action. I figured I only needed 1 dink nugget 2 at the most. Well I ended up with 3 and was happy that my scale didn't let me down, settling down at 6.57 dwts. No easy duck nuggets on this trip, all well earned with intense concentration and extra slow coil swing. The GPZ, is and amazing machine, but you still have to get that coil over that nugget...and there's the struggle! I hope my next trip is a no-brainer and the nuggets just jump on my coil. Set a goal for yourself and work hard to achieve it...Until the next hunt! LuckyLundy
  6. 21 points
    I am a little overdue but just finished my latest update to Steve's Guide To Gold Nugget Detectors. The main changes: The 15 kHz Nokta FORS Gold was discontinued in January and replaced in the Nokta product lineup by the 19 kHz FORS Gold+. Dealer shelves should be empty by now so the model has been deleted from the listing. The Garrett AT Gold dropped from $679 to $639 changing its relative position on the list to a better position (best bang for buck are lower price units). At this price it is a real alternative to the Gold Bug Pro, especially for those wanting the detector to be waterproof. I fleshed out my "opinion" of the Minelab Gold Monster 1000 based on the latest information. White's discontinued the old basic White's MXT in favor of the MXT All Pro. The problem is this boosted the internet price from $729 to $823 and shifted the unit quite a bit higher in the listing. There is nothing about the added features for the extra $100 that makes the Pro a better nugget detector than the old version (though the ground grab is nice), so this ends up hurting the relative rating. At this point there are better options at lower prices and so for those looking to White's for a prospecting detector I would now lean much more heavily in favor of the $699 GMT. In theory the MX Sport at $749 is the better option than the MXT Pro but as far as I can tell the MX Sport has had no acceptance in the prospecting world, being marketing much more to the coin, jewelry and relic world. The latest ad in the ICMJ shows that White's now considers the GMT and TDI SL to be their two prospecting models. The Minelab Equinox 800 having a dedicated Prospecting Mode running at up to 40 kHz has been added to the list. Too early to know how that will shake out. I somewhat upgraded my opinion of the DEUS based on the prospecting capability added by the new HF coils, but in the end this still is a VLF detector selling for well over a thousand dollars that can find gold nuggets no better than much less expensive detectors. The main reason to own a DEUS is because you want the overall capability and like the way it is configured, not solely for its prospecting capability. I hope a HF coil as stock version is sold in the future at a much lower price. The White's TDI Pro was discontinued some time ago but I left it on the listing due to dealer stock still being available. They appear to be gone now, so this is another model retired from the list. I somewhat downgraded my opinion of the Garrett ATX based mostly on the Minelab GPX 4500 now only being a few hundred dollars more in the U.S., and actually less expensive than the ATX in Australia ($3999 ATX vs $3550 GPX 4500) Finally, my three Steve's Picks remain the same this year as the Fisher Gold Bug 2 (specialized tiny gold sniper), Fisher Gold Bug Pro (general purpose detector hot on gold), and Minelab GPX 5000 (versatile PI performance for all conditions).
  7. 20 points
    For those that don't know, we have a permit system here in Western Australia that lets fossickers access your large exploration tenements to metal detect for gold. Honestly I have never really liked the system because it basically lets the department sub let my lease, and no one ever fills out the form where they are obligated to tell you where the finds were ( Its very hard to find nugget patches if all the surface gold is gone). I have had over 50 people camped on that lease this year and not a single one has returned the form to notify of finds despite dig holes everywhere. Except 1 , I received a form back today from a couple of yanks , I think they were from Nevada. Reported all there finds with weights and coordinates, with a thank you note. Now that's how it should be done! I think the other 48 Aussies who were there could definitely learn a few things from the only 2 honest blokes out there. If they are members here or anyone knows a couple of Nevadans that were over here let them know they are more then welcome to come back with free access to all my tenements.
  8. 20 points
    Hi Team, Mrs JW & I have had some good friends of ours come down from our old haunt in the North Island. Waihi Beach. I have known Shane since early school days & we have remained close friends ever since. Shane shows a lot of interest in gold but he is more of an armchair fossicker. I have taken him out numerous times, both up in the Coromandal area. Where Waihi Beach is at the base of the Coromandal Peninsular, famous for its hard rock gold mines. The Waihi township, which is 9 kms inland, has the famous Martha Mine. Do a google search if interested. I use to live immediately to the left of the Favona Project Area on the yellow line mining license boundary. The red dashes are the gold bearing reefs of the Favona load. Now all mined out by under ground methods. The mine is no longer owned by Newmont but has been taken over by Oceana Gold. Any way. I took Shane out for a days detecting a couple of weekends ago. He used the GB2 & the gold monster. He got skunked on the gold but got more than his share of shotgun pellets. He didnt pay much attention to where I told him to detect, & I believe that was his down fall. After that weekend staying with us Shane & his partner went off to do there own thing for the week & were due to come back to our place on the friday evening. Mrs JW flew up to the North Island to attend her aunts funeral during the week & visit other family & was due back down late saturday afternoon. Shane & Carol ended up staying the friday night elsewhere on their travels & said they would be back at our place about the time Mrs JW was due back. I made the decision to do an over nighter detecting mission after work on the friday. Doing it rough staying in an old timesr rock hut shelter detecting until dark & then most of saturday before picking Mrs JW up from the Queenstown airport at 4.15pm. I was keen to try my new 19" coil on the Zed & have a play with my new drone. On getting there Friday after work I stuck with the 14" coil. Hitting old ground that had produced for me in the past. I was running the Zed in High Yield/Normal & sensitivity up to 18. B&Z booster with duel external speakers sitting on my shoulders right under my ears. The ground was not kind to me. We are well & truly into spring now & daylight saving started a few weekends ago. Not sure if you practice this in the USA but our clocks go forward one hour giving us an extra hour of daylight in the evenings outside of normal working hours. So not getting dark until around 8pm & growing longer each night until we reach the longest day. Where it will remain light until around 10pm. But after 3.5 hours of detecting & getting dark, I had no gold. I was wondering back to my wagon to head off to my Hilton abode for the night. Cook up a feed, have a coffee & hit the sack for an early start in the morning. When all of a sudden I got a sweet little hit & it was a small bit of gold. Ye Ha. Beat the skunk. Woke in the morning to a bit of a chill & pea soup FOG. Bugger. The fog had made the ground pretty damp, which was a good thing, but I was in no hurry to get out there. Cooked up a wicked breakfast, couple of coffees & decided to go back to where I had detected the weekend before. Carrying on from where I had left off. I ended up not taking the 19" coil for a spin. Wanting to complete going over these areas with the 14" coil first before trying the 19" on them. For no reason I went to a spot where I had told my mate to go over with the gold monster. He didnt. It was a small area where the old timers had turned over a bit of a gully. I had found gold here with my GP 3000 & little coiltek 10 x 5 joey mono coil. My mate ended up detecting above the old throw out heaps despite me repeating to him to stick to the piles. He still didnt so I left him to it. My first few signals with the Zed were shotgun pellets. But then I got a signal that wasnt that shallow small target double blip signal. But lived on down to about 4 inches before it was out. Had that nice mellow gold sound. The few scrapes on that bald patch were the shotgun pellets. Gold it was. I went back to the wagon & got the Gold monster. Threw the piece of gold back into the bottom of the hole. I don't read much into doing these type comparisons after a bit of gold has been disturbed & pulled from its resting place in the ground. But I was interested to see at what depth the Monster would hit on this. It gave a no mistake signal with the coil a good one inch above the ground level so about 5 to 6 inches above the gold. Then nothing more but shotgun pellets. So I moved on to my wee patch area of 4 meters x 4 meters where I scored two more bits last weekend with the Zed in the one dig hole. Just out of interest. Last weekend at this spot the auto tune settled on 140. This day it settled on 184. This was about 9 in the morning. After doing the ferrite balance all other settings were as I had left them last weekend & the night before. It hadnt gone back into the default setting of difficult ground. My next signal was down past the shotgun pellets & with the help of the monster. I pulled out an old timers button Then with the Zed I got a very faint signal....well I thought it was a signal. In fact all the signals that turned out to be gold this day were very very faint to almost no signal but almost imagined signals & more just a hunch that it may have been a signal. After a bit of a scrape the signal livened up, & small gold it was. The next signal I had to get the Gm 1000 involved to pin point & recover it after initially getting the "imagined" signal with the Zed But gold it was. A real faint hit with the Zed that lived past the shotgun pellets. Look how small that piece is for the Zed. Then I had to get the Monster involved again. Even though the Zed got the initial hit but then I "lost" it. Monster to the rescue. Again. Look how tiny. I ended up with 7 bits off this small patch area, where I only got 2 last weekend. Did the fog help with making the ground damper or was I just in the zone?? I stopped for a bite of lunch & a coffee before moving to another spot down the gully further. Another old patch area which was a bit larger than the previous one. I did another auto tune as the sun was out now & it settled on 153. Ferrite balanced & it needed balancing to smooth out. other setting remained the same. After a few hours I had bagged another 6 small pieces. Stopped for a coffee & then auto tuned again on firing back up. It settled on 70. That was strange I thought. Ferrite balanced & away I went. Hell. The detector was running real quite. Couldn't believe it. With sensitivity on 18 it was never this quiet. So I checked all my settings. High Yield yes, WHAT, difficult ground. Changed that back to Normal. WHAT sensitivity 9. Wound that up to 18. No wonder it was quiet. But why would it go back into these default settings?? I then auto tuned again & it went back up to 184. Strange. It was getting time to think about packing it in if I wanted to have a play with the drone & then have to get back to pick up Mrs JW from the airport. When I got another of these almost imagined faint signals. I wasnt convinced it was a signal but just the 18 sensitivity driving me nuts. I gave it a few scrapes & it improved. Ended up down about 450mm, 16-17 inches. It was nutting off now but I was having trouble pin pointing its exact position in the hole without having to make it a lot wider to get that 14" coil in there. So I went back to my wagon to get a small shovel, the Gold monster, & bugger it, my Minelab pinpointer that lives in my glove box but I had never found any gold with it as the gold I find is way small for it to be any use. Scene of the dig hole First off I stuck the pinpointer down the hole. Nothing. Yes...I did turn it on. Got the little shovel & dug out a bit more. Pinpointer back in there & a faint response. Dug a bit more & then the pinpointer came to life a bit more. I now knew where the signal was & got stuck into it with the little shovel. Pinpointer was now going mental. Few more digs & it was out. Pinpointer into the pile & I had a little lump of dirt in my hand. But boy....was there a bit of weight there. Kinda surprise. Bit of a rub Spit & polish. Ye Bloody Ha.Just over 4.5 grams. Had to end on that note. All up 15 pieces for 7.19 grams. I am definitely getting a picture of where to go back with the 19" coil. The day will come....but not just yet. Cheers all. Good luck out there JW
  9. 19 points
    Couple of bits found with the QED & Detech 11" Ultra Sensing Mono. Hopefully the first of many!
  10. 18 points
    Greetings from sunny Yuma. The temps have just started to drop, still reaching high 80's by 11 AM, but the mornings are cool enough for a bit of detecting. I've been out for about 12 hrs total over the past week. We had just enough rain last month from a MicroBurst storm over parts of the placer areas here close to town. I found a couple washes where the big rocks had moved around a little giving me a chance to put the GPZ coil over some ground that might not have received good coil coverage last year. It paid off handsomely so far. I'm running my GPZ with HY, Normal, Sens 17, no threshold and using my old Etymotic in-ear monitors (earbuds). I'm looking forward to cooler temps and longer detecting days. Hey Beatup, you and Eric better hurry down here before I get all the gold. I don't know how we'll manage without NursePaul for comic relief.
  11. 17 points
    Finally! Found with White's GMT and the 6" concentric coil. Couple grains, about 3" deep. Smaller foot was perfect for working bedrock cracks and avoiding giant hot/cold rocks in highly mineralized ground.
  12. 17 points
    Made it out for half a day yester to an old patch. My buddy dave let me borrow his big coil for the GPZ and i wanted to give it a shot. Good news, i scored 3 nuggets with it, bad newsI have a 9 in metal plate in my hip that sounds off every time i moved the coil to my right. Almost impossible to hold the coil far enough away to avoid the signal. Put heavy strain on my back trying to do that. So I switched coils and tried bumping up the sensitivity to 18 ground normal. I managed to get a couple more pieces. 4.6 gram total. Big was 2.2. I had found out my girlfriends brother is a closet prospector lol. He watches all thr shows but has never found any color. So i lent him my GMT and taught him my dig, rake, detect technique and he got 7 pieces for about a gram and a half. We werent getting cell service where we were and he didn't want his wife to worry, so we packed in early at 1:30. I text my girlfriend we were on our way. She asked why so early, and i told her Jason got sick. She text back with concern asking if was the heat? I replied "hes got a bad case of gold fever" lol in which she replied that i am a dork. I guess i am. Chris
  13. 16 points
    Even though it`s still only spring here, it`s really starting to heat up in the after noon`s, and I just don`t handle the heat anymore like I used to, and I got these two as I was detecting back to the vehicle. All up they go 1.45 grams. My best result in quite a while
  14. 15 points
    Last week I had the chance to hunt with Lucky and Rudy at Rye Patch in Northern Nevada. My wife and I flew in to Sacramento and drove to Rye Patch for our club (WSPA) annual outing. This is my fourth outing with the club at Rye Patch. I found my first Rye Patch nugget with a GPX 4000 at this outing.in 2014. The next two years was a skunk. Last year I watched how the new GPZ 7000 was preforming compared to GPX 5000. I purchased the GPZ 7000 and it made the outing a more fun outing. With a little pointy fingers and detecting tips from Lucky and Rudy our trip was a very enjoyable one. First picture is Lucky and me holding the two largest nuggets we found. 4 grams and 3.3 grams. The hole is where I got the 3.3 gram nugget 18" deep. The last picture is my wife with one of her nuggets she found with the SDC 2300. Its nice being back in Hawaii warm weather until the next season.
  15. 15 points
    Hi Steve...nice bits of gold! I also notice I can scuff the little coil and it will only sound off on small hot rocks mainly, and of course if I bump the cord. I am fortunate to be in milder ground here so usually run at 10 sensitivity....check out these tiny dinks from several days ago! Makes your gold look much more impressive lol! :-)
  16. 14 points
    My last outing everything seemed to be fighting me - weather, equipment, and deep grass. Only managed a few dinks, 14.7 grains or 0.96 gram. All found with the Gold Monster 1000 and 10" coil except the smallest, flattest one. I decided to give the 5" coil another go. I rarely use it and with the reports on coil sensitivity issues I wanted to revisit it again to see if I am imagining things. Scrubbing the ground the coil was quiet at manual sensitivity 5 and the rocks started bleeding through at 6. This was not touch sensitivity - just that having the coil on the rocks would start giving a little mineral response from them at 6. My 5" coil does not exhibit any signs of actual knock sensitivity until I run it up to manual sensitivity 9 or 10. Even then it is no worse than I experience with my Gold Racer, for instance, when cranked all the way up. I have no way to know but I suspect at least some of what is being reported as touch sensitivity is the detector popping on mineralized rocks, which can happen at fairly low sensitivity levels with the 5" coil. If a coil is fine in low mineral ground and then exhibits "touch sensitivity" in more mineralized ground this is probably the case, as true knock sensitivity should exhibit no matter what the ground mineralization is. Genuine touch sensitivity is triggered even by grass or sticks which are not detectable. Anyway, the little flat nugget, third from right, was detected with 5" coil at sensitivity setting of 5. One nice thing is that the little coil is easier to run in deep grass than the 10" coil and that's where this little guy was found. I am NOT saying that nobody is having issues with the Gold Monster touch sensitivity. My unit is like a just prior to actual production model however and I am just not seeing it. That being the case my final comment on the issue is if it is happening to you, it sure is not happening to everybody and so there should be a fix simply by replacing the coils or detector or both. However, if it is a case of running hot and eliciting responses from the ground or rocks by doing so, it will never get sorted out. I do sympathize with those having problems and hope it gets fixed via your dealer or Minelab or both. One last note. I was trying both my Gold Bug 2 with 6" coil and Gold Monster with 5" coil on some quartz specimens I have from Alaska last night. They were originally found with a Gold Bug 2 and 6" coil. My method at the time was to visually find quartz specimens and then manually rotate them over the coil. This is because some of the gold in them is so tiny that the thickness of the rock blocks the signal and so the rocks often need to be rotated just right to get a faint little gold hit. This is complicated by the need to keep my hand away from the coil since these hot detectors will pick up a person's hand because we are faintly conductive (blood saline and sweat salts). Anyway, the GB2 with 6" coil and GM1000 with 5" coil are really a match for detecting tiny gold in samples like this. The main difference is the Gold Bug 2 signal tends to fade away in a more linear fashion, whereas the Gold Monster 1000 tends to remain louder and then drop off very quickly. Click or double-click for larger photo size...
  17. 13 points
    Hi All, This is my first post :) I wanted to share my experience as a novice. My daughter and I were watching a you tube Video on gold detecting and we decided that it would be a fun thing to do together. So I went and spoke to a dealer and he suggested the GM1000. There was only the one review at the time that was very positive. Four/ five months later and I have been out six times with my new GM1000 to Various locations within the golden triangle , All I had to show from it was a crap load of junk and a heap lead shots. I started seeing more reviews pop up so naturally I was reading/watching the reviews on the GM. ( a lot weren’t good) I started to doubt myself and my machine. So I decided I need to go out with someone to tell me what I am doing wrong and to see if I had wasted my money. Via Facebook I discovered someone and went out with him for the day. He restored my faith in it and I learnt to trust the detector. The other thing I learnt was how to run it in manual successfully. After the training I went out again and it finally happened . I found the yellow stuff , Not just one bit either. Now I can’t retire on the two little bits (0ne .4g and the other .2g) However God it feels bloody good ! Now I do plan on getting a PI detector at a later stage when funding permits however in the mean time I can now know that the GM can do what it was sold to me as. Good luck everyone! Rob
  18. 13 points
    Hi there team, Mrs JW & I made a late decision to head out on Sunday for half a days detecting. Well...Mrs JW just came along to enjoy the spring sunshine while I detected. I had all intentions of trying out the 19" coil on some "likely" ground. When we got there we discovered that the lambing ewe's were in my chosen paddock. BUGGER. Oh well.....I had another "likely" spot in mind. Drove up & over to that area......and again there were lambing ewe's in that paddock. There were other options but they weren't very 19" coil friendly. I made the decision to just stick with the 14" coil & head to an area of turned over gully workings from the old timers that I have absolutely hammered with all my detectors & coils over the years. Had even been over it with the Zed were I did snag a few more. But I hadn't been over it with the Zed & the high sensitivity settings. Admittedly I wasn't holding high hopes. Got rigged up. Checked all settings. High Yield/ Normal, 18 sensitivity. Auto tuned, ground balanced over the ferrite ring & into it. Targeting the old throw out heaps I had a signal in 5 minutes that didnt give me that double blip hit that is usually a shallow small shot gun pellet. The signal was virtually on the top of an old throw out heap. Notice the humps & bumps of the turned over gully. Couple of scrapes & the signal was out. A nice little piece of the good stuff Then about 2 feet up & to the right of this dig I got another faint little hit that sounded positive. This one was right on top of a throw out pile. Knock the grass tuft off & a few scrapes & it was out Another sassy bit of the good stuff. But oh so small. But gold none the less & no catch & release. I bagged it. I then wondered on to a long narrow throw out heap that I had absolutely thrashed over the years. Just so easy to detect being bald on top. Starting at one end I got a lovely hit straight away. Very very faint though but I was pretty sure it was a signal. A couple of scrapes brightened it up. Then it was out. I took a few different angle shots. Notice Mrs JW out enjoying the spring sunshine. I actually got a second extremely faint signal right next to the first bit on the edge of the first scrape in the above pic. Another tiny bit. .05 of a gram to be precise. This shows more of the humps & hollows of the old timers dug out holes & throw out piles. Looking down the throw out pile. Notice that small piece of quartz rock below the pick handle towards the bottom right. I got another nice faint signal just above that quartz bit. Another small bit of gold That was it off this pile. I moved on to the next pile down & got a nice faint hit on the edge of the pile. Yet another small piece This kept on going for a total of 9 bits before I called it quits as Mrs Jw was making noises about heading off. I was pretty happy to have got any thing knowing how much I had been over & over this area. The GPZ just blows me away at the small gold this 14" coil snags. I don't know why I held off so long from trying these "insane" hotter settings. I always ran my GP 3000 & 4500 as hot as I could get them. I think I just got into a false thought mode with the conservative settings and that quiet mellow smooth threshold as small target signals just leapt out. But these hot higher settings just give so much more punch in depth & sensitivity. Ok......you have to really listen & concentrate to hear the faint whispers amongst the noisier chatter. But man....does it work. I had tried these hotter settings quite a while ago but I just couldn't get my head around the extra noise & as I was doing pretty good & was happy with the conservative settings. I stuck with them. It wasn't until Steve, in his wise wisdom & the way he says things that just make so much sense, like treating that extra noise as a "new" type of threshold as a target signal still lifts above it all. And boy....so it does. Thanks Steve. So the end result for the Zed & its 14" coil was 9 bits for 1 gram. Unbelievable Cheers guys Good luck out there JW
  19. 13 points
    After 5 months in Europe day of detecting was long overdue. Picked perfect day and got few little ones: All very small and faint signals. Perfect day with a perfect company. Stay safe and dig everything. GoldEN
  20. 13 points
    This is generally the size size of the stuff I get now. I occasionally get maybe a 2 grammer but it`s quite a while since I got anything bigger. I have no doubt the 7000 is a deep punching detector, some of these small pieces it amazed me how deep I got them, but it constantly mystifies me why the bigger stuff just doesn`t seem to be there. Anyway I am pleased when I come home with a rattle in the jar. This lot goes 3 grams cheers Dave
  21. 12 points
    Reg Wilson is a bit of a legend in Australian detecting circles and has kept a comprehensive photo collection of his finds over 4 or 5 decades. Now everyone likes gold images and stories - and there are plenty here! I've been offered existing topics to post on, but I believe the topic deserves its own thread to do it full justice. All images are those of Reg Wilson unless otherwise attributed. The album consists of hundreds of photographs of not only gold, but many gold detecting industry characters, some of whom are no longer with us, but who all contributed in their own unique ways to the great gold chase we still enjoy today. Firstly, a bit of background. Reg first shot to international fame with the finding of this 98 ounce piece which he named the "Orange Roughie" in 1987, decades later to be fraudulently rebirthed as the "Washington Nugget" By no means his first find, Reg was already a successful detector operator and at the time was testing a prototype GT 16000 for Minelab's wizz kid engineer Bruce Candy: Photo: Australian Sun Herald L to R: Bruce Candy, the late Doug Robertson, Ian Jacques, Reg, John Hider Smith. Reg recalled: "The man standing next to Bruce Candy is the late Doug Robertson, who with his brother Bruce worked the aluvials below the famous and fabulously rich Matrix reef at McIntyres. They had an old Matilda tank with a blade attached to clear Mallee scrub. Between them they had a wealth of knowledge of the northern Victorian gold fields. (Doug's name may have been Robinson. Memory is a bit foggy)" Ian, Reg and John were prototype SD 2000 testers in Victoria, AU and were collectively known as the "Beagle Boys" a name bestowed upon them by Dave Chappel, the publican of the Railway Hotel Dunolly. On any Friday night huge nuggets, some weighing well over a hundred ounces could be seen displayed on the bar. 120oz from Longbush. Found all on its own, finder anonymous: The playing cards and US currency indicate that the nugget has just been purchased by the late "Rattlesnake" John Fickett, a US gold buyer who bought many of the big pieces back then: Ian Jacques and Reg with 44 oz 1989: Ian Jacques with his SD 2000 prototype late 80's. Real prospectors don't use bungees All for now, but at least we've made a start - - -
  22. 11 points
    The 10 million acre Sagebrush chicken withdrawal is no more! The withdrawal has been withdrawn. BLM cancels 10 million acre Sagebrush Focal Area Withdrawal Proposal Read that and then go beeping. 10 million acres is gonna take you a few weekends to detect so get started early.
  23. 11 points
    Hi Steve: New poster from Aus here, but I have followed this excellent forum for a long time. I've been a QED user/tester since February this year, and before that a Minelab user since the 1980's. Here's some finds Reg Wilson and I made on private land in central Victoria back in June this year: If anyone's interested I can post our other finds as well. All up, we've found over nine ounces with the QED's since starting in February.
  24. 11 points
    I think this could be classed as recent and big lol They are still out there lurking in the depths waiting to be recovered by a patient methodical prospector.
  25. 10 points
    Mrs Bada Bing is sick of hearing about this and doesn't fully appreciate the skill involved. I thought I would throw it out here for the connoisseurs who can appreciate the skill level required for such a feat. I use oziexplorer to map areas on my tablet so I have a moving map of the area I am detecting. I create the maps and calibrate them and 99% of the time they are spot on. Anyway, I head out to a historical lease. Map says I am right on top of it. Jump out and find a tiny bit in 15 mins. Then a half hour later I find a really really old dry blowing spot on a creek line, it was so old and weathered you could hardly make it out. Found 2 bits of rubbish which confirmed it was an old dryblowing then pinged 8 bits for about 5g in 10 minutes. It was the first really hot weather here and an approaching thunderstorm stopped me from detecting further so I jumped in the car and headed off to meet the other blokes who were coming out for the weekend. I arrive at the designated meeting point and checked my map. It was like 500m north/east of where I actually was - I thought that's strange. Then the penny dropped - I wasn't anywhere near the historical lease, I was on some random spot only the old timers had been ......... no tracks, no dig holes. I will be heading back to plunder and pillage with the 23 and 7, hopefully there is some bigger stuff deeper in the creek. Pure skill? I think so. Cheers BB
  26. 10 points
    A few months ago I put up a thread about this camera where I said to use it you needed a Windows 7 or earlier operating system and it had to be 32 bit. It turns out , unsurprisingly, I was wrong. A computer guy pointed out to me yesterday that I was accessing it wrong on newer operating systems. Now that I know how to access it, this same cheap made in China camera works on every computer I own. I took this photo this morning on my windows8 64bit laptop. You are better off getting a lower power camera like this one in the link. If you get a 500 or 1000 power camera they are just too damn hard to focus. cheers Dave http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/2MP-20x-200x-Zoom-8-LED-Digital-Microscope-Endoscope-Camera-Magnifier-USB-2-0-/121968217513?epid=698629027&hash=item1c65df4da9:g:6VMAAOSwiYFXH2OP
  27. 10 points
    Saturday just gone our weekend weather forecast was not looking good with snow down to 800 meters up in the hills & rain elsewhere. I got up earlyish & looked out the window towards the western horizon. Black ominous clouds greeted my glance. BUGGER! Couldn't even see the distant hills/mountains. But as often happens those clouds just don't seem to come any closer to us but I wasn't holding my breath due to the forecast. I made no rush to get ready to head on out but waited it out for a few hours. By 11am things hadn't got any worse so I made the decision to give it a go. I was dying to try out the 19" coil but it was getting a bit late in the day to head to where I wanted to with the 19" coil. So I made the call to go closer to home & up into a bit of tiger country, which wasn't 19" coil friendly. Not that we have any tigers in NZ, or any other nasty stingy bitey things for that matter that can kill or make your day very unpleasant. Tiger country just being the type of country that tigers could easily hide in. You know, long grass & bushy scrubby country. It was in fact the very first place I swung the Zed when I got it. Being old ground that I had done well on with my GP 3000 & the 4500. The Zed scored me some more as well. That was using conservative settings. I had gone back there about a month ago with hotter settings expecting to get more. You may recall in that post that I had detected all morning & into the afternoon & had got no gold. After a late lunch stop & moving on to a spot further on I checked my settings. I always detect in High Yield/Normal & discovered that the Zed had gone back into the default setting of Difficult Ground. OH NO. So I had been in Difficult all that morning. Switched back to Normal & was on to gold in 5 minutes. I didn't have the time to go back over the mornings ground but thought that will be a good test in these higher settings & in NORMAL. Here is that past post. So anyway, I was off back to this spot to see the difference over this ground in NORMAL & not DIFFICULT. But the same hotter settings. 5 minutes from pulling up at the vehicle track end before the walk in, it started raining. SH!T..... There was a bank of black cloud enshrouding the southern end of the mountain range. Looked to be snowing up there. Bugger. I have come this far. Stuff it...I am going onwards. I packed a rain jacket, decided to leave the monster behind & hit the walking trail. The rain eased off but it was quite a bit cooler. By the time I got to the spot I was rugged up in winter garb. A biting cold southerly direct from Antarctica as this mountain range is the highest land mass between here & Antarctica. Snows up here any time of the year. The annual mean air temperature up the tops here is ZERO degrees Celsius. That is freezing point in our language. Got to the spot, rigged up & into it. Checked all my settings, Auto tuned, ground balanced over the ferrite ring & I was away. I started detecting down an old very shallow wash gutter from the old timers from their ground sluicing. They had dug it to bed rock, which wasnt very deep, throwing the dirt up on one side. Scanned those piles & got nothing. Wondered on down the gutter itself sweeping over the schist bedrock. Got a faint sweet signal next to a large slab of schist on the gutters bedrock bottom. Scraped away the shallow top soil & grassy bits to expose the schist bedrock. Can you see how tiny the gold is? Here you go. You will notice how the schist bedrock is layered. I stuck the coil back over the bedrock & got another sweet little signal. Scraped away at the schist but signal still there. With the pointy end of the pick I smacked it into one of the folds of schist & peeled up a layer. That got the signal out. . Another tiny bit Again I stuck the coil over the schist & another little signal. Peeled out more layers of schist. Notice the peeled up layers above the detector. Yet another small bit of the good stuff. It might not look like a gutter in this pic....but it is. This is looking up hill. That was the end of that wee little find & I had a bit of a dry spell after that. I was heading back up to my pack for a coffee when over the old working ahead of me wonders this young bloke with a Minelab over his shoulder. I got a bit of a fright as I had seen no other vehicle parked down at the end of the vehicle track & so thought I was here all alone. He had come from further up the hill. He came up to me & said. "Are you John?" A bit reluctant to say yes, thinking who the hell are you & why do you ask type thing. But I said yes & who are you. He replied saying "I bought a signal enhancer of you a few years back". Oh ok I said. Didnt you buy two, one for your brother or a mate. Yes he said. And with that a 2nd bloke appears. After a bit of small talk he asked I I had got anything. To which I said no. And in return he said they had got nothing either. I didn't have the heart to tell them I had thrashed the place over the years & done ok. Almost 2 ounces all up. And this is a little pile of fines that I got that you may recall a post I did on a little glory hole that I found. Where I got out of one crevice 52 detected nuggets on the first day followed by more on two other trips back in & these fines were from the dig out dirt that I back packed to the nearest water hole to pan out. They had been detecting just a bit further up & were heading off due to getting nothing. So off they went. I had my coffee & got back into it. The old timers had really thrashed this slope with their ground sluicing & exposed a lot of bedrock. I waved the coil over this big raised slab of bedrock. Targeting that fracture line through it to see if there was any gold caught up in just such bedrock cracks & fissures. There wasn't in the crack but I got a signal just to the left of the coil. Scraped away the bits of lose rubble & was into a dirt clay layer with the signal still in there. A few more scrapes & it had moved. A sassy bit of the good stuff. I then ended up where the two guys had been detecting as I could see the odd scrape mark. Not detoured I just carried on about my business. Got a faint hit on the bedrock. . Down into a bit of a hollow. Out popped this This carried on for a few more little bits. The other guys were swinging GP Extremes with 12 inch Nugget Finder coils. I ended up with 7 small bits for just .77 of a gram I was pretty happy to get what I got considering the last time here when my Zed went back into the default setting of difficult I got nothing . So Normal made the difference. Cheers guys Good luck out there JW
  28. 10 points
    End of the dredge season is coming! Temps are dropping and the river will freeze in the next few week, thought I would take a moment to share my gold take so far. Seems like a lot of work but I did manage to get about six ounces, mostly fine stuff but a few nice nuggets in the mix Hope where ever you guys are dredging the water is a hell of a lot warmer.
  29. 10 points
    Hi guys, It has been a few weekends since I was able to get out for a swing due to two weekends of crap weather. One Saturday was a lovely day but I had to catch up on a bit of work. Thinking the sunday would be ok, but it wasn't so missed out. We have a couple of friends down from the north Island visiting & my mate was keen to go for a detect. He has just recently had shoulder surgery & so wasn't too sure how he would go detecting. I took along the 4500 & 11" Coiltek Elite coil plus the GB2 & the GM 1000. The day before we took them for a bit of a local tour. Saturday we headed off for a detect. My mate chose the GB2 to start off with. I put him on to a turned over gully from the old timers that had quite a bit of wild thyme bush growth & that little coil was ideal for poking & prodding in between & around the thyme bushes & the old dug over piles. Telling him that I couldn't get in there with the Zed's 14" coil so he had every chance of getting some gold. I decided to focus on some spots where I had got gold before in more open areas above the turned over gully. I had in fact got gold here before with the Zed, but I was now getting in to these hot settings & had the sensitivity cranked up to 20 & High Yield/ Normal. I went over a small patch area where at xmas time I had got this on one day. And this on the next. A lot of the real small stuff was got with the GB2 at depth after the Zed had found a few bigger bits in the same dig hole initially. So running these hot settings on the Zed I went back over this small 4 meter X 4 meter area but only got the faintest of signals. Apart from a few recent new shot gun pellets thanks to rabbit shooters that gave that double hit signal that usually is a tiny shallow/surface target. One faint signal that only gave the one hit I dug down on & it lived down past the pesky shot gun pellet depth. Ended up getting two small bits of gold with the Zed. Tried the GM 1000 but there was no more. That was all this old patch area gave up to me so I moved on to the other side of the gully above the turned over gully floor where I had sent my mate into. Another spot where over the years I had got quite a bit of gold....& yes....also with the Zed but not with these hot settings. Bring it on. A couple of very faint signals that ended up being about 4 inches in depth. Ending up in two bits of small gold for the Zed. Taking my tally to 4 Then another very faint signal initially that went down quite a bit deeper, getting louder all the time. I was then in to that rotten schist bed rock & the signal was out. Not too long after, & the same scenario. But deeper still. Bingo. And then another. Then things dried up for me. My mate hadn't done too good on the gold, getting none but got his share of shot gun pellets. He didn't do as I said though & instead of sticking to the turned over piles in the gully floor amongst the thyme bushes he wondered up out on the top fringe of them in to much deeper ground. Despite me repeating for him to stick in the gully floor. So end of day I had 8 bits of gold for 2.55 grams. I also got an old timers metal button that was down very deep. I was able to make out the writings on it. 86 Oxford St. HYAM & Co. I did a google search & came up with: Deriving from clothing worn by working men, such as soldiers, sailors, fisherman & farm labourers, trousers replaced knee-length breeches. Made between 1870 & 1880 by British manufacturer Hyam & company, who were based in Oxford Street. Looser fitting & wider in the leg than breeches, trousers were considered to be more suitable for those who led an active life....... So that was interesting. Cheers guys. Good luck out there JW
  30. 9 points
    Got the 7000 back yesterday after it died on me a couple of weeks ago, and today I managed to get these two. Maybe I should send it away for repair more often. Not every day do I come home with 1.7 grams of gold
  31. 9 points
    You're welcome Paul. Posting all this gold has got me itching to get back to Victoria - but alas - too busy atm. "Rattlesnake John" : Garibaldi gold. The larger piece (held by Ian earlier) bears a scar which Reg assures me was already present when the piece was unearthed: Detail of 20 oz nugget from Stirling Rush: Dunolly gold. 27 oz, 21.5 oz 2 X 9 oz, 14 oz, 7 oz, 3 oz. Sep/Oct 1989 27 oz clean gold from Clay gully Dunolly (detail of above)
  32. 9 points
    To all of you who followed my recent adventure to OZ you remember i did not have my control box when i arrived!!!! In fact, I didn't have any of my bags...they were still sitting in LAX. After Norvic and I went to pick them up in Cairns a week later I thought everything was peachy.. But alas, when Norvic and I were getting geared up to make a run to the goldfields...I couldn't find my 7000 control box anywhere--- (to make a long story short-I put this in chronological order) -Condor and i had our 7000's stolen in Yuma January 2017 I found a used one and bought it--- March Condor couldn't find a new or used one so i sent him mine to use while i was working at the VA in Dallas_(i didnt need it) Condor alerts me it is having a dropped pixel issue and Jaime Minelab USA says to send it in-----May 2017 Condor sends it in the whole rear end of the machine control box control brain and audio plug port Jaime is to send it back to me in Dallas I have a dedicated suitcase set up in my living room to place gear going to OZ with me i receive the rest of the detector back from Condor after he receives his brand new 7000 and i stuff it in the suitcase Jaime sends me my control screen--(now since Condor sent in in to ML i didnt realize when i got it i was still missing the control brain box and I had no reason to put the 7000 together because i was breaking it all down for shipping anyway) in the suitcase it goes! I get to OZ , June 3rd and my bags get there a week later!! grrrr.... Norvic and I decide to go for our first hunt and Volia!!!! I dont have a control box!!! What the heck--- I was in shock! I start contacting the airlines , but there is nothing they can do at this time... I contact Sara, Daryl, and ALL the staff there at Minelab AU-- they went to work immedately i got the news after Norvic and I got back from the bush that Minelab Au had decided to ship me out a loaner box for free! No deposit, not shipping, nothing---!!!! This was great news to me because i only found one nugget with his 2300 while it seemed like Norvic was finding a nugget every second or two with his ZED! I was frustrated to say the least.... my dream trip and no 7000...arggggh.. Norvic can verify how happy i was when i got the news on email right after we got out of the bush!!!! I was ecstatic!!! So now i continue detecting here and there around OZ with the borrowed brain (Lord knows i need a new one too---lol)--July-Aug 1 When i get back to the States Condor and i get to talking and he tells me that he didn't feel comfortable separating the parts to ship to Minelab USA when he sent in the control control screen so he just sent it all together... TA DA a moment of enlightenment...now we know for sure where the box went--- not stolen in the customs office, not left in my camper by mistake, it was at ML USA Thank you Condor for remembering things that i cant...lol We sent it in to ML USA at the worst possible time because they were packing stuff up to move to their new warehouse--and it simply got misplaced Jamie wrote me today and said they still haven't found it and she wondered if it would be OK to ship me a new one??? Really???? I was stunned again by Minelab !!! USA this time... I should receive my new control brain box soon I am blessed! A BIG thank you to MInelab, both Australia and USA-- you are truly the best company I have ever dealt with... Yes, i bought a Monster, and Yes, i will buy an Equinox!!!!
  33. 9 points
    I had a GMT for a few years till a terrible backing accident in my garage. Whoops Now I use a Tesoro Lobo after trying a friend's out. I love how simple it is. I know it's not the most modern detector but if I'm in the right spot I'll find it.
  34. 9 points
    I always believed the true test of nugget detecting skill is not how large the gold is but how small the nuggets are that a person recovers with a detector. Good going Peg!
  35. 8 points
    How many times have you heard the, "it must have your name on it? Well this snafu certainly did. About 6 or 700 down (about 25 inches for you guys over there). One pass with the 7000 and my exact words out loud were, "that's deep and that's big" (Paul - of course that's the internet friendly unaustralian version). Hopefully I'll find the rest of the family after summer, there's got to be some hiding close. Cheers BB Steve: Need a change in this topic's tag from gps and mapping to gold found ......... boom
  36. 8 points
    Well considering he's no longer detecting there, and his info isn't in the picture, I doubt he'd mind. Jen
  37. 8 points
    We're not done yet, Au, just a matter of me getting myself organised. Sure was MB! Morning start WA mid 90's. JHS cleaning teeth Here we go - - - " 11 oz lump from the "Monte Cristo" reef Havelock" Before the "Roughie" with the GS 15000. Don't recognise the young bloke with the beard! Sun Herald 11 Sep 86: Off sleddin' with daughter Thea: Detail 8 oz held by Ian earlier: "13 oz bit, all on its own near Stirling rush Wedderburn":
  38. 8 points
    Thanks Dave and Paul. I'm just basking in reflected glory here. Reg's lovely wife Jannine did all the slow tedious image scanning and Reg is a self confessed computer image upload agrophobe, hence my role. Ian with 20oz specimen, Moliagul: Blue quartz specimens, northeast of Wedderburn. Weight forgotten. On a personal note, of all Reg's gold, these lovely specimen pieces are easily my favourites. This image copy has almost lost the beautiful blue colour. 30 ozs Havelock and Maryborough: John H S and Ian Jacques: Stinking hot summer day. Prototype SD and battery backpack on ground "Beagle Boys" Ian, John and Reg (with SD prototypes) keeping out. 35 ounces from Kingower: the late Timmy Raven with a 60 oz piece from "Ravens Patch" Longbush: 8 oz and 5 oz "Ravens patch" longbush: Reg, foxy Digby and detecting partner Murray Cox. Mid 80's (photo: Sun Herald)
  39. 8 points
    In the end I crushed and panned about 2kg of species (about 4.4lbs) and then melted all the gold including the panned fines into a couple of gold bars for just over 4ozs in total, very happy with the end result. cheers dave
  40. 8 points
    Day 2 - Tom goes deep into the mountains to explore ghost towns. Best finds of Day 2 are complete 1879 harmonica and a ring.
  41. 8 points
    All the suggestions noted for trying to defeat masking help, but the key thing is the detector response time. The BBS/FBS detectors have a very slow response time and no amount of hunting methodology can ultimately defeat this. All you have to do is spend to time on some basic tests like I did at this thread to show this clearly. It is not that the BBS/FBS detectors are not great units, but this is one area in which they simply do not compare well to other detectors. The XP DEUS reactivity setting shows this well. Note that there is a direct trade off in response (reactivity) speed and maximum depth. A slow response allows the detector more time to take a "snapshot" of what's under the coil. The detector has more information to work with, and the audio response is full and easy to hear. Fast response times "clip off" the signal. The faster you do this, the more depth is impacted. The audio response literally gets shorter and at high speeds is so attenuated it can be difficult to pick out a target signal. Think "beeeeeeep" versus "bip". In dense trash however attaining maximum depth is not as important as fast recovery time. The secret is being able to adjust the detector for either wide open spaces or dense trash - or anywhere in between.
  42. 8 points
    Now this is a brilliant thread which I've enjoyed immensely. Proof positive of a well run forum that encourages respect and tolerance from its impassioned readership. JP
  43. 7 points
    The forum has evolved over time. The original intent was one active forum, with old subjects moved to closed archive forums grouped by subject. However, the closed archive system is putting too many good threads off to where they cannot be discussed any more. The main issue frankly is it requires manual intervention on my part, and that is getting too cumbersome. I decided to consolidate and eliminate the overly large number of archives. Instead, each metal detector manufacturer now has a separate forum. See the full forum listing here. This also solves an issue with new machine threads by a new detector basically taking over forums each time one comes out. Now all the discussion of the new Minelab Equinox will stay on the new Minelab Metal Detector Forum where it can be discussed by people who are interested, and ignored by those who are not. So what do you have to do? Nothing. Just keep using the forums as you always have. When in doubt post in any forum you prefer, and I will redirect threads to new locations if need be. Or if all you care about is Tesoro detectors, hang out on the Tesoro Forum. For those who want to see what is going on everywhere, make the full forum list your home page and see what forums light up with new posts. You can also access the Unread Content link in the upper right under the search box to see all unread content. Another function to explore is Activity Streams which you can customize any way you want. Finally, invite friends to one of the new forums. Thanks!
  44. 7 points
    Off topic, but someone in Dunolly just found Reg's next nugget. Sorry mate! From the Dunolly Caravan Park facebook page. 100 oz:
  45. 7 points
    That old van has sure carried some gold in its time - Detail of 23 oz nugget from Garibaldi (between Kingower and Wedderburn) held earlier by Ian and Reg: "Beagle boys gold, details forgotten" Hey Reg! Must be nice to have found so much you forget about some of it! ;>) Reg always keeps his eyes open for wildlife in the bush though. An Antechinus (marsupial mouse) emerges from its home: Detail of gold from Ravens Patch Longbush. I ended up with these pieces as part of a deal:
  46. 7 points
    "John with 14 oz bit from Guy's Rush. This was detected by me using a 24'' coil wound by Lance Hewitt and kevlared by me" My comment : Guys Rush is an extraordinarily rich Tertiary deposit set amidst rural farmland north of Possum Hill in central Victoria. Despite being shallow "pushed" in the early 80's, It has yielded many large deep nuggets to detector operators. In the late 90's, John found a 30 odd oz piece at depth there working alone with his own flat litz wound 36" coil (nothing new about flat wound coils) Jim Stewart "specked" a 6 oz piece under a bulldozed rock there. He at first thought it was a crumpled Benson and Hedges packet. Guys Rush has special significance for me - It was about the mid 90's. John arrived about midday at Jim Stewarts Laanecoorie Lakeside park with the welcome news that he had met the new owner of Guys, and had arranged permission for us to detect it, but we were allowed only one day to do so. John was quite the diplomat and often organised properties to detect which others had failed to get on. It took awhile to get Jim organised (as it often did, he was a late morning starter) but after numerous coffees and fags, we finally bundled him into John's ute, along with the "Bismarck", a 36" bundle wound coil Jim had wound for the SD 2000. It had a special 2000 box with a low clock speed which Bruce Candy had made especially for Jim - ideal for large deep targets and it found much big gold: Image: GG+T magazine/Robyn Stewart By the time we arrived it was late afternoon. We took turns wearing the shoulder mounted "Bismarck". After a few hours the first colour (a 5 oz bit) was unearthed and, by the time a faint broad signal was detected further downslope, evening had arrived. In the gathering darkness we started digging. First the pick handle broke, then we discovered that in our haste to depart, we had no other digging equipment. The clincher was to discover that we didn't have a torch either, and couldn't get the vehicle headlights anywhere near where we were digging. Of course, to make matters worse, we next discovered that the sd2200 we used as a pinpointer had a flat battery. Regardless, we soldiered on, taking turns with the pick head in the hard cemented wash, digging the dirt with our bare hands throughout that pitch black night, pinpointing with a 3 foot loop. After many more hours, with skinned knuckles and blisters, we had dug about a meter. Finally, John felt the weight of the 30 oz nugget in his hands, and we eventually left about midnight, our day's permission utilised to the last minute! Of course, there was a big "ding" mark on one end of the Aboriginal axe shaped solid gold piece, along with much more ancient scratch marks left by its journey along a long gone rocky stream bed.
  47. 7 points
    Dear Valued Members,For those who are curious about our company and team, here is a video about Nokta & Makro Detectors, enjoy! Dilek GonulaySales & Marketing Manager
  48. 7 points
    For what it's worth, one of my Explorer SE Pros went on the fritz last Saturday -- it showed an "overload," and was giving the overload tone like you get when detecting a large shallow metal item. But it was stuck in that "overload," it would not quit. I tried a million things (factory reset, disconnecting the coil, removing the battery and using a new one, etc.) but to no avail. So I emailed Minelab at service@minelabamericas.com, and early Monday morning I had an RMA number and an address to mail it to -- "Detector Center" in Alum Bank, PA. So, I FedEx'd my machine Monday, and they received it today; FedEx tracking showed it dropped off at 11:21 AM. At 12:07 PM EDT, I got a text message from Detector Center saying that they had my machine, gave me a ticket number, and said I would get updates "as they happen." I also received an email at 12:07 PM EDT. In this email, they outlined/summarized what I had written in the letter as being the problem I was having with the machine (to let me know that they understand the problem -- the "overload" I described -- that they were looking to troubleshoot). They said they would provide me an update as soon as they had diagnosed the issue, and to contact them if I had any questions. A short while later, I sent them an email, asking them to call me because I had something I wanted to mention to the repair tech. They called me within 45 minutes of me sending the email, with the machine already taken apart and in the hands of a Minelab technician on the bench; they said they'd let me know when they had diagnosed the problem. At 2:05 PM EDT, got another call from Detector Center. The detector was finished/repaired. Wow! They said they would be shipping it back out this afternoon via FedEx. Just over 2 1/2 hours from the time FedEx dropped off the machine, until the repair was completed? And back in the mail to FedEx on the same day it was received? I am impressed. Problem was with one of the coil wires inside the control box housing; it was rubbing on something on the PCB, either a small soldered-on component, or else a "sharp edge" of the solder joint itself. It rubbed all the way through the outer insulation of the wire, to the conductor itself. In any case, they fixed the wire issue and bench tested -- no more overload signal, all is working properly. They charged me only a labor charge ($37.50), plus return shipping cost -- total out of my pocket (a non-warranty repair), $60. Very, very impressive. Kudos, Minelab! Steve
  49. 7 points
    Glad you enjoyed them Mitchel. Good to see JP drop in as well. Reg is a living legend in detecting circles. Both the quantity and size of the gold he has found over the years is staggering, and his presence certainly pushes me to perform harder. He entrusted me to post his entire gold album on another forum, but that has now gone. What a pity we didn't post it here in the first place. In my time I've been fortunate enough to work with other pioneering Australian detector/prospectors as well, including friend Jim Stewart. There is a detecting bash being held this weekend at Jims Laanecoorie lakeside park in his memory, and I would urge all nearby detector devotees to attend. Detectors will be demonstrated (Including Howard with the QED) and The proceeds are donated to cancer research, which is what claimed Jims life after a courageous struggle. OK, I know!! off topic but just one more from Reg's album: 27 oz, 21.5 oz 2 X 9 oz, 14 oz, 7 oz, 3 oz. Sep/Oct 1989
  50. 7 points
    Thought it might be a good place to share some pics of finds that dont make it into the other thread of AWESOMENESS. Found this belt buckle at a Western Australian Ghost town.It s Gold plated.....i think....definitely gold but not solid.Has the words "Swift and Sure" on it with a sea Anchor and some what appear to be Paddles/Oars.Seems like a Navy style Theme.Has the Martin Patented stamped on it. Anyways hope you like .....i do. If you have anything similar ,would love to see. Ash Edited this post and added last pic.Found the 1/2 penny to have been shot at some point...something different and also these cool emblems off what i think were trophies.