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  1. GPX 5000 Lcd Screen

    Can't say I ever noticed that on my 4500. Unless the 5000 is different. JW
  2. Belt Pick Holder

    Hi Paul. I think the rivets/grommets are far enough away as to not be a problem. My pick holder has a big metal ring that the pick sits in to, much bigger than a few rivets, & I have had no problems with that. I also have a strong rare earth magnet in the end of my pick handle which when in the pick holder & the pick dangling down is closer to the coil than my pick holder & that gives me no grief either. I do like the idea of between the shoulderblades though. Just to get the pick out of the way & away from my legs & straight down ones back is nice & out of the way. I liked the sloping pick holder as that kicks the handle of the pick & the magnet in the handle away further from dangling around my legs causing trip hazards. But thinking about it now, with the handle kicking out the back it could still give me grief in some of the situations I get myself into when detecting drop offs & steep slopes & narrow ledges. Doesn't take much of a nudge to get pushed off balance in those kind of situations. So yes....between the shoulder blades & straight down the back with the Zed sounds good. I will have to give that some more thought. Cheers JW
  3. Belt Pick Holder

    I will have one...thanks. Make mine black. JW
  4. Tomorrow Is The Day!!

    You will love it. Enjoy. It has a depth meter?? Yer...I know it does ....but I very quickly "learnt" to ignore it. I don't even see it any more. Good luck out there JW
  5. 3rd Beach Hunt With The 800

    Wow....That was an awesome hunt. Congrats & well done. What coil did you have on the GPX & did you dig all signals & was there much rubbish? The EQ 800 would have helped you no end with its discrimination & VDI reading abilities. You must be fizzing with your results. Life is good...... Best of luck out there JW
  6. 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
  7. Hi Guys, The weekend before Easter I invited Phrunt (Simon) on a bit of a high country Mountain gold detecting mission. He was keen as mustard despite me telling him it was at least a 1.25 hour uphill hike before we could start detecting. That didn't deter him so he arrived at my place & we headed off in my truck. He with his Gold Monster & me with my Gold Monster & the Zed. I just had the 5" coil on my GM & Simon had brought both the coils for his but starting off with the 5" as I had some very shallow bed rock for him to hit. After a bit of a drive, fording a river crossing & then an uphill grind on an old steep original pack track/wagon road that was formed in yesteryear, we got to where we had to park & start the 1.25 hour uphill hike. This is about the one hour mark looking up trail. The old original packtrack & only access in to these old workings. And this looking down trail We got to the first area of bedrock that I wanted to put Simon on to as I had got gold here before with my GM & thought there was every possibility that there was more. The ground was damp due to a recent snowfall we had had & the moisture had soaked deeply into the ground with the snow melt. I am always a firm believer in better depth penetration & sensitivity with detecting in moist ground conditions. I suggested he start at the bottom end I would go up to the top end & work my way down to him & meet him about half way. It took me a wee while to get my first very faint little signal. I had worked my way down towards Simon, who had not managed to get a positive hit yet. Right in the folds of the schist bedrock A tiny bit of gold. I managed two little bits in this location & as Simon had lucked out & we were out of bedrock to detect, I suggested me move on & up further. It had been a good little interlude after our initial grind up the hill. We had both caught our breaths so I took him on to some further bedrock after a bit more of a walk. Simon got into it & I went a bit further ahead onto some other exposed bedrock. I got a very faint hit. Scraped away at the schist. A tiny bit of gold. I then got another & Simon had still had no luck. I then opted to ditch the GM & crank up the Zed for the deeper ground. My first signal with the Zed was a fairly deepish dig but was just a small bit of rubbish. Simon had come on over to witness the dig & was surprised at how good a hit the signal was at the depth it was & the small size of the target. Despite it being rubbish. No further signals so I decided to work my way up to the top of a spur where I had snagged a little piece with the Zed the last time I was up here. I said to Simon that there was quite a bit of exposed bedrock in this area that may suit his GM. I showed him my little scrape from my last time up here where I got the piece of gold. I had been detecting in the conservative settings, sensitivity on about 4-6, that time & was now in the higher setting of 18 sensitivity & high yield/normal. With the damp ground I was hopeful of scoring more. Simon was detecting not very far away when I got a very faint, but to me, an unmistakable sweet hit. I said to Simon, Did you hear that? I turned the B&Z volume up more so he could hear it but it just distorted the signal. So I turned it back down & Simon came closer. There was a very faint warble in the threshold. It wasn't always there but Simon got wind of it. I knew what I had heard & I said to him, That is the unmistakable sound of gold. I guarantee 100% this will be gold. I hadn't even scraped or disturbed the ground. When I did the signal really livined up. I kept on scraping out the hole & I was then breaking into the solid schist bedrock & getting into a crevice. Simon pinpointed it with his GM as I was having trouble. That bald bit of ground top right was my old scrape from the time before. You may be able to make out the bit of gold on the coil. I think Simon was gobsmacked at the depth for smallish size of the gold. I think he was also gobsmacked at my 100% call of that signal being gold. Sometimes you just know. He then headed off to some bedrock that was just below where I had detected that bit. It looked very promising but still he wasn't getting anything positive. I then got another very faint but positive signal. Again I ended up in the schist bedrock smashing into a crevice. The shape of the gold just lent itself to be deep in the bottom of that crevice. I went & got Simon to show him before backfilling it. At this point we stopped for lunch. I said for Simon to put on his 10 x 6 coil to get better ground sweep & a bit more depth. After lunch & back into it I hit some rocky area that I thought was just slabs of schist the old timers had peeled up & dumped there. I got a good little signal & on digging down on it realised that it was bedrock. Out popped a little bit of gold. Scanned again before moving on & got another little hit & another bit of gold. Simon was getting a great introduction to the power & punch of the Zed. I then got on to a little mini patch. Getting piece after piece. I said for Simon to try over there & he started getting among it. Snagging two little bits with his GM. But that appeared to be it. I suggested we move on to another spot. More bedrock, but no joy for either of us. I hit a steep sided slope that was all alluvial gravels that the old timers had stopped sluicing away. It was fairly precarious detecting & I noticed that Simon had kept away from it. I managed two small bits in one dig that was on the very edge of a drop off. I worked my way around & all over this material, being very careful with my footing. I got a very faint signal that ended up having me dig quite deep. The picture doesn't do justice to how steep & narly to spot was. But it was gold After taking the two above pics I swung to my left & took this pic looking up the turned over gully workings. If you left click once on the pic & let it focus & then left click again it will go full screen if you want to see more detail of the gully workings. My last signal for the day came from a schist bedrock area that Simon had been over with his GM but got nothing. I got a good hit. It took a bit of work to get the target out. Biggest bit of the day. We had a fair hike ahead of us to get out of here & back to the truck so we decided to make a move as dark wasn't far off. I think we both felt the effects of the hike out as we got back to my truck. It was a welcome sight & just on dark. My result was 17 for the Zed at 3.45 grams. And four for my GM & the 5" coil for .16 of a gram . Simon got just the two bits with his GM but I was glad he didn't get skunked. He was happy to have got those & I think he enjoyed his day. If not so much the walk in & out. Cheers Best of luck out there JW
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. Setting And GB Question

    Yep......If all else fails read the instructions, again & again & again........ Good luck out there JW
  18. 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
  19. Hi guys, On Saturday I asked Simon (through the forum) what he was doing Sunday & were you keen for another mission. I got no answer until 9pm Saturday night as he had gone Back to Coronet Peak ski field detecting coins under the ski lifts with his EQ 800. I think he said he got $16.50 & a silver ring. But yes he was keen for a mission on Sunday so it was arranged for him to come to my place & we would head off in my wagon. I told him to bring his EQ 800 as there was a lot of flat sheet bedrock & wide open spaces. Sunday arrived & I did a weather check on my chosen location. MMMMM... -1c during the day up on the hill top with possible snow & -6 that night. Oh...bugger. I checked a lower in altitude location & it was 9c during the day but with a 90% chance of rain. Another bugger but we went for it any way. The day turned out pretty good & no rain. Was coolish but I like that & dressed for it. Simon just went for it in shorts & bloody T shirt. I couldn't believe it. I told Simon to try full max sensitivity 25 & Multi IQ & leave the rest in factory pre set. If a bit ratty then try 40 Khz & if still ratty to knock down the sensitivity. Play around with full all metal or one push of the horse shoe button & it will knock out the negative number signals. He was able to run full max sensitivity & Multi IQ all day & he stuck with all metal. He soon learnt that shot gun pellets & tiny gold both read 1-2 & he got a pocket full of pellets & 5 bits of tiny gold. He had christened his EQ 800 on gold on his first days attempt. I had every bit of confidence that he would as I had done pretty well here in the past & knew there would be tiny gold that would suit the GM 1000 & the EQ 800. He left his GM 1000 in his backpack all day. I just took the Zed. Simon got the first bit of gold for the day & it took me a wee while to get my first little hit. I was running high yield/normal with sensitivity on 18. The signal was on the bottom edge of an old timers throw out pile from a little ditch in the bedrock they had dug down on. The signal lived on right down to solid bedrock. When it was finally out. .16 of a gram I then hopped across the little ditch they had dug out & was detecting the upper opposite bank of what looked like virgin material. I got a good hit. Ended up being my biggest bit of the day. .34 of a gram I got my share of shotgun pellets but Simon by far exceeded in that department. One double blip signal I got, which usually is a pellet, turned into a pellet size & shape piece of gold. .11 of a gram I then heard Simon had got his 5th piece just as I was digging a signal that was a .16 of a gram bit. I wandered over see Simons bit & showed him my bit. It was a while before I got another. One scrape & I was on the schist bedrock. Just to the left of the coil. The smallest of the day for me. .06 of a gram. Not long after this we called an end to the day. We both got 5 pieces each & Simon was off to a positive start on gold with his EQ 800. My total was just .86 of a gram. Cheers. Good luck out there JW
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. Equinox Micro Nuggets - Part II

    Thats awesome Condor. Thanks for the report & info. It is definitely full of surprises & a weapon on small gold. Minelab have a real winner with the EQ & at price that won't break the bank. Cheers. Good luck out there JW
  23. Deepest VLF On Small Gold?

    Ha Ha....that is because I have cleaned up all the junk with my GP 3000, 4500 over the years & the Zed. So you were damn spoilt. I only left you the odd shot gun pellet. I did get 20 or so myself. Now, you have learnt your lesson....about not digging ALL signals. I don't want to ever hear you say again that you left a signal undug....no matter what. You hear me?? JW
  24. Deepest VLF On Small Gold?

    Simon....you are a tease. Come on mate....tell them what settings you were using & what there weight was & what depths they were at. Also give yourself a slap & a BIGGER slap from me for giving up on & not completing the dig on a 9-11 signal that you have just told me about. I am ashamed of you. Go to your room. You must must must dig all signals. You might have passed up a 4 gram nugget. Best you go back there & find out. Now where abouts did you say that signal was?? JW