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  1. Belt Pick Holder

    Hi there Phrunt, The pick holder I have is still the same one I got way back when I bought my GP 3000 in Australia. I am on to my 4th pick though but the holder is still hanging in there. I will get a photo of it & add it on to here. Maybe my older picks as well. The holder has given me stirling service. My latest pick, which was courtesy of Davsgold from over in Aussie, has a 700mm long handle. My other picks had 600mm handles. The 700 handle does wack me in the back of my leg on occasions & I need to be very mindful of that when I am detecting in precarious spots. Like on cliff edges or down steep bank drop offs & ledges. Doesn't take much to pitch you over the edge at times or trip you up if it swings between your legs as you make a step. Good luck out there JW
  2. 14x9 Evo On GPX - Is It Working Right?

    Yep....out in the field is where it really matters & counts. Natural in ground undug gold. Not out in the field & burying "test" nuggets. That really means & proves very little. It is not the reality of getting out there detecting for gold. Best of luck out there JW
  3. Good for you. That Chapman road reserve is the one we drove past that I pointed out to you & gave a bit of a prattle on. I can get a bit carried away at times JW
  4. Hi Simon, This may interest you about salt pans in Central Otago. Especially the bit about : Salt accumulation enhanced by historic gold mining https://www.otago.ac.nz/geology/research/environmental-geology/geomorphology/evaporative-salts-central-otago.html Cheers Good luck out there JW
  5. 14x9 Evo On GPX - Is It Working Right?

    I am one of those that hold absolutely no importance on air tests at all when detecting for gold. I don't rate them out in the gold fields at all. After all....you don't find gold nuggets floating around in the air out in the gold fields. You have to dig for them. So what is the point of air tests? Depending on their orientation in the ground you will always get a stronger deeper hit on a piece of gold that has been laying in situ for a zillion years in the ground than if you buried the same nugget at the same depth, in which case you would probably not even get a hit at all. A nugget that has been laying in the ground for a zillion years develops a "halo" effect in the ground surrounding it due to impurities leaching & "rotting" out of it over the years & being absorbed by the ground surrounding the nugget. This is caused over time by a combination of acidic agents from water, plant matter, other minerals in the ground etc that the gold is subjected to. This "halo" along with the gold nugget gives the detector a bigger target to hit on than just the gold nugget alone. Once this is dug down to & the ground "halo" broken up, the signal can be somewhat reduced if the coil is still at ground level & not down into the hole. Sometimes it can even lead to the signal being lost if it was on the fringe of detection in the first place. So that is why air tests mean absolutely nothing out in the real world of gold detecting. Sourdoughmoe: Steve H & phoenix hit the nail on the head & I am sure they have given you your answer. Good luck out there. JW
  6. Hi there Northeast. Thanks for your post response & all your valid comments. It is an interesting subject & possibly deserves its own thread on the subject. To your above comment on our mild ground, I reckon it is a BIG major factor in my detecting in general & the results I get on our small gold, & being able to run in high sensitivity settings all of the time. I believe it is also a major factor as to why the SDC 2300 was of no advantage to me & my 4500 & 8x6 Sadie coil left it for dead. At the time that really surprised & disappointed me. Just prior to the warranty expiring a friend encouraged me to send it back to minelab for a check up. I was fairly sure I knew it was due to our mild ground conditions but I had nothing to lose. So did send it back. That had its own drama. Not with Minelab but with customs getting the thing back to me in NZ from them. They were wanting to charge me GST plus import duty on a detector that I had already purchased here in NZ & stated on the customs declaration form that I was sending it back to Minelab in Australia under warranty. It came back from Minelab with a note saying it was operating within there parameters & it was user error. I may not be the sharpest tool in the shed, a tool maybe, but how hard is the 2300 to operate? Cheers. Good luck out there. JW
  7. Hi there Reg, It has just been a consistent observation of mine over my years of detecting for gold. My years of detecting are of course no where near the numbers of yours & your experiences. But I have definitely noticed, hence why I say it, that in our insanely mild ground that damp ground has always given me an edge on gold finds on grounds that I have been over many times before. I am talking deep penetration of the dampness into the ground & not just surface/shallow depth of moisture & damp/moist ground & not water logged soaked ground, as that does make the ground in some locations a bit/lot more "lively", But sometimes even then a good signal stands out among the ground noise at depth. Well what I call deep on our small sized gold. It may be a very important point & why I bang on about our insanely mild ground. So I think it important for me to mention our insanely mild ground as it may be the big difference for those that are in mild mineralised or highly mineralised ground that what works for me wont work for them. Also comes down to me being able to run my detectors at full max sensitivity which I know others wont be able to. Cheers. Best of luck out there JW
  8. I Paid For The 800 Tonight

    Awesome find Mitchel. Well done mate. My hats off to you. You have pimped that cute baby boy. Good luck out there JW
  9. Hate is a strong word....So what detector has worked the best for you in the problem you are sharing with us about the Equinox? Good luck out there JW
  10. Setting And GB Question

    Yep......If all else fails read the instructions, again & again & again........ Good luck out there JW
  11. Hi guys, Mrs JW & I headed up to our old haunts of Whangamata & Waihi Beach at the base of the Coromandel Peninsula up in the North Island of NZ over the Easter Weekend. We have made Easter weekend a time to unite with all our "kids" & for me two grandsons & for Mrs JW a granddaughter. Mrs JW flew out a couple of days before me & I got the first flight out of Queenstown at 7am on the Thursday morning before Easter Friday. Caught the sun coming up out of the eastern horizon over the airplane wing. We hired a house at Waihi Beach were we could all get together & hang out. My youngest son, Aydin 23, came over from Brisbane in Australia with his partner to be with us for the weekend. Whangamata Beach Waihi Beach I had taken my EQ 800 as Aydin said he was keen to show his partner some detecting on the beach. The three piece detector shaft assembly made it a piece of cake to break it down to fit in my suitcase. Long story short was that we just got too busy doing other stuff for the beach detecting. It wasn't until every body had gone off after the weekend that Mrs JW & I had an extra day up our sleeves. So we hit the beach on Tuesday morning before we headed up to Auckland later that day to go to Mrs JW's sisters place for the night before flying out on Wednesday back to QT. Due to people being back to work on the tuesday, the beach was fairly deserted. So I took the EQ 800 down to the beach while Mrs JW spread out her beach towel to enjoy the sun & get a bit more of a tan. This was my first use of the EQ 800 outside of gold detecting. I put it in Beach 1, Full max sensitivity 25 & left the rest at factory pre set settings as this was going to be a bit of a learning curve for me. Back in my detecting teeth cutting days I started out with some very basic coin/relic machines. Pretty much just switch on & go detectors. My very first was a Dick Smith Electronics VLF kit set that I had to put together. That was fun & it even worked. Scored me quite a few lead sinkers down at the beach. I then purchased a 2nd hand Garrett Treasure Ace 300. Just had an on/off sensitivity knob & a discrimination knob. But I found a heap of neat stuff with that. Coffee jars full of coins & many pieces of jewellery over the years. Then got a First Texas Bounty Hunter Tracker lV, which wasn't much better than the Garrett. I never did get into a machine with VDI numbers & all those bells & whistles. I then got the GP 3000 & just stuck to gold. So the EQ 800 with VDI read out numbers & all the discrimination abilities is all very new & a first for me. So I just started out very basic. Normally with gold just digging everything. So I just did the same with the EQ to get a handle on what the VDI numbers were telling me. It is still a work in progress. Anyway....Mrs JW was all settled on her towel & I was into my detecting. Not even 30 seconds into it & not even four feet from Mrs JW I got a big hit reading 21-23. A $1 coin. I only remember it was 21-23 because I ended up getting three $1 coins & one $2 coin & they were all very strong hits at those numbers. I then got another very positive hit & now I cant recall what the VDi number was. But it was a silver ring with 9 little diamonds Got a couple of lesser coins & quite a few little tent pegs from those shade gazebo things. I was surprised I got those as I thought that iron was out in the discrimination. But they were flickering around in the mid to high 30's. A bobby pin too at good depth also had me excited at fairly high VDI numbers. An aluminium can tab at 1-2 had me flashing back to small gold reading the same. Wasn't gold though. I then got a fine silver chain with a little silver thingy on it. It wasnt deep. Again I cant recall the VDI number. I rubbed the coil into the sand & the chain got caught up around the coil. Took a bit to untangle it. Here is the end result for a couple of hours detecting. Oh...& someones car key & a long thin piece of lead. Was a bit of fun. Cheers Good luck out there JW
  12. GP 3500 Current Status In The Line Up

    Great info there Nenad. I loved my GP 3000. Had it for many years & got to know it inside out.....in our insanely mild ground. I always stayed in fixed GB, always used mono coils &was always able to run in the top end sensitive settings....due to our quiet ground. I loved the audio on it. I am guessing that the 3500 would have been a slight step above the 3000. Definitely still a very capable detector & more so in mild ground conditions. Good luck out there JW
  13. Thank you Jim. You have done likewise to me over the years, believe me. From on Steve's old AKMDS forum & Treasure Net. Your silver finds & the adventures you posted in finding them were truly inspirational. I treasure those specimens you sent me. They are drop dead gorgeous. Many thanks kind sir. Best of luck out there JW
  14. Simon, I am glad to have you onboard. You can now verify that due to our insanely mild ground we can run the GM 1000 & the EQ 800 in full max sensitivity settings. The EQ 800 especially just purrs along with no issues at all as you found out on Sunday pinging pretty small gold. We are so blessed to be able to do so knowing that many others have not got a hope of doing so due to hot ground. Cheers. JW