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  1. Phoenix, fun post! Enjoyed the picture a lot. All the best, Lanny
  2. Condor, Thanks for your informative write-up as I'm always interested in what new tech is being applied to detecting. All the best, Lanny
  3. A Very Merry Xmas

    I hope everyone had a great Christmas, sorry I missed this nice post. All the best, Lanny
  4. Merry Christmas Tree

    Great tree! What a dream that would be to wake up to . . . All the best, Lanny
  5. Loved the picture and the wise words! All the best, Lanny
  6. Antique Blasting Box

    Found this answer for you: When you push down the plunger down, the rack gear on the plunger shaft turns a pinion gear on a magneto (a type of electrical generator) shaft. The current this produces sets off the primer charge, which in turn detonates the dynamite or whatever explosive you happen to be using. All the best, Lanny
  7. 117 Ounce Western Australian Gold Nugget

    That's an incredible find, and it's certainly a unique piece as well. Thanks for posting. All the best, Lanny
  8. Antique Blasting Box

    I sure don't have one, but that's a great gift for sure. All the best, Lanny
  9. How Well Do You Know Your Gold Detector?

    JW, great write-up! All kinds of good information you've shared, lessons learned, aha moments, etc. Great stuff, and thanks for taking the time to post it as well. Sounds like you're having lots of fun learning the detectors and finding the nuggets. All the best, and a Merry Christmas to you as well, Lanny
  10. Advice On Using The Makro Gold Racer

    Lots of good info. in the responses to this post, thanks to those of you that took the time to respond. All the best, Lanny
  11. Makro Racer Scores 1420 Gold!

    Absolutely beautiful find! Congratulations. All the best, Lanny
  12. First Steps

    If you can find a local that knows the area and that will let you tag along, invaluable. As others have stated, join some clubs, instant bond with others sharing the same passion plus lots of good people that will likely share some priceless tips once they see you're serious. Oh, and if someone says something like, "If I was going to use this detector for this . . . or if I was going to look in a particular place I'd do this . . . ", pay attention! It doesn't matter how many books you've read or videos you've watched, there's nothing like getting first-hand advice from someone familiar with any particular gold field with any particular recovery method, or with any particular detector. Good luck, and welcome to the passion as you find someone that will give you real-time lessons in the field, Lanny
  13. Good seminal discussion, interested to see what others have to offer on this intriguing post. All the best, Lanny
  14. How Well Do You Know Your Gold Detector?

    This is also outside the question, but in relation to the last response about the pan. The last few years I've been in a spot with lots of nuggets (old bedrock workings) where if I'd have taken the time to sift and sort every signal, I'd have recovered far less gold, so I use the plastic gold pan for a "speed" tool. I look at the display when there's a good tone, throw the target material in the pan and keep at it recovering as many possible targets in the time I have available to hunt the old workings. Then, when I need a break, I carefully pan (using a safety pan as well) the material to see what I've recovered. Saves a lot of target separating time and leaves me with a nice catch of nuggets in the poke at the end of the day allowing me to cover far more ground. Oh, and I must add, when nuggets are travelling in crevices, lots of smaller gold drops along with them as well (most of the time, but there have been exceptions), so I also get the benefit of having cleaned crevices to get the nuggets but having the bonus of fine accompanying gold as well. All the best, and I know this is straying from the seed ideas of the post, but I thought I'd share how I've found a plastic pan valuable as I can quickly scan it to ensure the target's made it into the pan as well, Lanny
  15. X-Terra 70 & X-Terra 705 As Nugget Detectors?

    JW, great to see you posting as well, and I really believe there's a place for a little VLF right alongside any PI. As you've stated tight places, but also light weight, great discrimination, ID display meters, etc. All the best to you and yours as well, and the same to all the rest of you, Lanny