Steve Herschbach

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    Reno, NV
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    Prospecting, metal detecting, building websites
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    Fisher Gold Bug 2; Minelab GPZ 7000, CTX 3030; Whites DFX/BigFoot; XP Deus; Makro Gold Racer; Garrett ATX

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  1. Believe it or not it has always been that way on this forum but I suddenly realized most people may not know it because there is nothing to indicate it is the case. A few posts now and then I will mention "Click photo for larger image" but the software itself gives no hints. Now you can go back to all those old posts and click to see the "big picture"! The Photo Gallery is the same way; the images shown are usually much smaller than what can be optionally displayed. Most of my photos these days I aim for 1600 x 1200 pixel dimensions as that scales nicely yet is not ridiculously massive. Anybody who needs a very simple photo resizer should check out Simple Resize: Simple Resize for Apple Simple Resize for Android My favorite PC based app is IrfanView Portable which is so fast and compact it can run from a memory stick. More than a resize app, I do all the photo editing for my website on IrfanView and MS Paint.
  2. The old XT/Eureka Gold are good performers but the Eureka Gold sales were no doubt suffering from the machine being so much heavier and more expensive than the competition. I have to admit I did a double take when I saw it came out in 1998, almost twenty years ago. It really does seem like yesterday but the reality is the machine was growing to be one of the older models still on the market. I actually believe that Minelab themselves are surprised at how well some of their detectors end up selling. The machines almost always tend to be underestimated on release yet recognized as winners as time goes by. I am still surprised at how quickly the GPZ spread among users here in the U.S. but our conditions seem to favor the machine perhaps more so than has been the case in Oz. The GM1000 although targeted at Africa I think will be a run-away sales success in the U.S. That would be good because if it is a hot seller it will be easier to get a 14" elliptical out of Minelab for the machine.
  3. Again, I would not expect the alternatives to match a hot VLF in absolute terms. And it is shades of gray, not black and white, since every specimen is unique. The basic question being presented here is what alternative to a hot VLF has the best chance of finding at least some of the types of specimens we are talking about. A redesigned TDI might do it or the QED by all accounts. But sticking with current mainstream devices in my experience the SDC 2300 is about as good as it it gets at the moment. I actually think based on what I know about the technology that the GPZ 7000 is superior, but it needs a smaller coil to really exceed what the SDC 2300 can do. The SDC is a very fact PI but it is still a PI. Pulse induction by definition has a delay between the transmit and receive modes designed to eliminate the responses from bad ground and hot rocks. The type of gold we are talking about falls into that short delay area. It is ironic but it is the ability to react to bad ground and hot rocks that gives a high frequency detector its ability to find porous and wire gold. The GPZ is not a PI, but a hybrid that employs constant current electronics with time domain processing. The GPZ truly is more a super VLF than a PI detector. That is why it struggles with salt ground and hot rocks the SDC and other PI detectors can ignore. That is also why it is inherently more capable of detecting the type of gold we are talking about. It is why I am anxious to get a small coil for the GPZ. What is needed is a very fine degree of tuning to ride the fine line between reducing ground and hot rock signals while still retaining as many gold signals as possible. The two overlap. Part of the problem I am seeing is detectors like the SDC and GPZ having a few preset tuning positions. What is needed is more like an infinite potentiometer that would allow the operator to achieve very tiny adjustments in order to get the degree of differentiation needed when dealing with the ferrous/salt/gold overlap area. In theory the pulse delay on a PI can be shortened to the point where the responses are indistinguishable from a VLF. The delay gets so short that for all practical purposes there is no delay. The ability to make that adjustment is one way to do things. In the GPZ it is done more through post detection processing of the signal. The technology is there, we just need finer control over it. At the end of the day however, just like for every gold jewelry item there is a aluminum item that reads the same, there will be gold that perfectly overlaps with certain ground and salt responses. Eliminating the undesired item eliminates the desired item with it.
  4. If it was me personally I would contact the dealer and request a receipt be mailed or emailed to me. That's just basic business 101 for any dealer. Having been in the business by myself for decades I am dismayed by the stories I hear these days. Seems a lot of dealer are guys behind keyboards drop shipping product. If that is all it takes to be a dealer these days the manufacturers may as well go factory direct.
  5. Actually, the new MX Sport does have a factory reset, so there you go. The V3i did allow you from day one to reset each program separately, but with so many programs that was tedious. Frankly, this information was only secret from people who did not look for it. I reset the used V3i that I purchased in 2014 with information I found on Friendly Forum. I agree with you David that any remotely complicated detector sold these days should have a factory reset feature. White's MX Sport Restore to Factory Settings: Press Option, use the up and down arrows to select RESET. Press and hold Pinpoint button. All options return to factory settings.
  6. Have you tried your gold on either the SDC 2300 or GPZ 7000? They will not match a hot VLF but are the best of the alternatives.
  7. Many people unfamiliar with this forum software may not know that most photos are reduced in size to fit the forum layout. Clicking on most photos on the forum will enlarge them. Click once, they will be shown larger in a display box. You can rotate through multiple photos in one post while in the display box. Also, while in the display box, look in lower left, and clicking there give you the full size photo in a new screen. Depending on the device you are using you may be able to zoom in on that version of the photo. Almost all the photos I post on the forum can be enlarged, some quite dramatically. Try this one...
  8. A very rare gold specimen from Crow Creek. Crow Creek is also the only place I have experienced where the white rock seen in some nuggets is often calcite instead of quartz. Not sure if you know it but clicking on most photos on the forum will enlarge them. Click once, much larger, and in that version, look in lower left, and clicking there give you full size. You can then see the specimen better. Almost all the photos I post on the forum can be enlarged, some quite dramatically.
  9. 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.
  10. Welcome to the forum mates. Our Aussie friends are always welcome - an amazing country full of great-hearted people!
  11. Nice clean gold, and really interesting shape! Swinging a three foot lightning rod in a thunderstorm must be disconcerting, to say the least.
  12. Quite the production type rig, with Keene's new dust reduction features. Only 51 lbs at $1399 with no motor, though I assume it can be had for less. My brother has one of the older style motorized versions and likes it. This newer version is interesting because it can also be converted to a highbanker or dredge. I have been considering the smaller 12V model myself but it is doubtful I would use it much. I like swinging a detector more than running a shovel. There are however way more places a good drywasher can find gold than places good for detecting. $2149 with motor and blower (Model 191)
  13. Ok, if people are now getting their hands on the new HF coils, where is the V4 download for existing users? Am I missing something?
  14. What machines are you using Glenn?