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  1. I went out to Gold Basin last Sunday for a few hours. Covered lots of ground and was able to dig up 3 nuggets and a meteorite. Gold Basin is finally showing me some love. One was a nice 1.4 gram heart shape, and the other was a 2.5 gram specie. 4.2 g total. Chris
  2. Hello... Selling my gear....would consider selling GPZ separate from the GB Pro. $6399 includes all.....I live in Tucson, AZ....willing to ship....NEGOTIABLE....MAKE ME AN OFFER THAT I CAN'T REFUSE....)) 1.) GPZ 7000...No issues with detector. All in good working order. 2.) GB Pro. Hardly used....4 and 6 inch coils with a 6 inch skid plate. 3.) Koss and Jolly Roger headphones. 4.) Army green GPZ 7000 coverings...(see picture). 5.) Large Minelab detector bag. 6.) Minelab pin-pointer. 7.) Extra battery, plus all original electronics. 8.) Swing Pro Arm and assembly. 9.) Original harness assembly. 10.)Green ML scoop.
  3. Inspired by all the great posts on this forum I made my first trip dedicated to find meteorites. I spent the last three days in Franconia exploring the Yucca Dense Collection Area. I searched only the north side of the RR tracks. I spent one day each at the lower, middle and upper portions. Wow, this is not easy pickin's. I did find all the trash items advertised in other posts including seven 50 caliber bullets, a dozen small pieces of thin wire, lead fragments, etc. The geology and mix of rocks and minerals would make a great study. I found five tiny meteorites that only totaled 3 grams, but I am thrilled I did not get skunked.
  4. Got out Saturday for a day hunt at Gold Basin, Arizona. Ended up with 3 Gold Nuggets, and a few meteorites, wish the weather stayed like this all the time ..... Dave.
  5. From Placer Gold Deposits of Arizona, USGS Bulletin 1355, By Maureen G. Johnson 1972 HISTORY OF PLACER MINING IN ARIZONA Arizona's placer-mining industry began in 1774, when Padre Manuel Lopez reportedly directed Papago Indians in mining the gold bearing gravels along the flanks of the Quijotoa Mountains, Pima County. Placer mining was active in that region from 1774 to 1849, when the discovery of gold in California apparently attracted many of the Mexican miners who worked the gravels (Stephens, 1884). Arizona was then part of Mexico, and little is known of the placer mining that probably was carried on in various parts of southern Arizona. Placers were probably worked in the Oro Blanco district, Santa Cruz County, and the Arivaca district, Pima County. The part of Arizona north of the Gila River was ceded to the United States in 1848, and the part of Arizona south of the Gila River, where most of the early placer mining occurred, was purchased in 1853. Placers were discovered in the 1850's in the Bagdad area, Yavapai County, and Chemuehuevis Mountains, Mohave County; but it was not until 1858, when placers were discovered by Colonel Jacob Snively at the north end of the Gila Mountains, Yuma County, that the first placer-mining rush in Arizona was precipitated. The early years of the 1860's saw the discovery of the famous placers at La Paz, Yuma County, and Rich Hill and Lynx Creek, Yavapai County; many smaller and less famous placer fields were discovered at that time. Photo: Early placer mining on Lynx Creek, near Prescott, AZ In the 1860's, Arizona was a relatively isolated and underpopulated territory, fraught with communication and travel difficulties, and beset by Indian problems. Placer mining was actively pursued throughout the territory, and some rich lode-gold mines were discovered and worked; but real news of Arizona mining was slow to filter out from the territory to the more populated areas in California and the East. The period from 1860 to 1880 is reported as the most active and productive period in placer mining, but because of poor communications, there is very little reliable information or production record. By 1900 most placer areas had been discovered, and many were nearly worked out. Placer mining continued intermittently during the early years of the 1900's. Many attempts were made in various parts of the State to mine placer gravels by drywashing machines, but it was not until the economic impetus of the depression that placer mining became active again in Arizona. During the years 1930-38, 95 different districts were credited with placer gold production, but many of these districts produced only a few ounces. After the boom of the 1930's, the war years of the 1940's were a setback to gold mining activity. War Production Board Order L-208 greatly restricted the development of gold mines; prospecting for and mining metals essential to the war effort was deemed more important than mining gold. Even more important, however, the economy of the 1940's encouraged work in offices, factories, and war industries for those not in military service, and as a result, many miners and prospectors left the gold fields and never returned. After 1942, placer production never again reached the heights of the 1930's or the peak production of the 1860's to 1880's. GOLD PRODUCTION FROM PLACER DEPOSITS The U.S. Bureau of Mines (1967, p.15) cites 500,000 troy ounces of placer gold produced in Arizona from 1792 to 1964. I estimate that placer gold production was at least 564,052 ounces. Districts of largest placer production were the Lynx Creek, Big Bug, and Weaver (Rich Hill) districts (Yavapai County), the Gila City (Dome), and La Paz district (Yuma County), and the Greaterville district (Pima County), all with estimated placer production of more than 25,000 ounces. Arizona has many small placer-mining districts (Plate 1) from which only a few ounces of gold has been recovered, mostly during the depression years of the 1930's. For most of these districts, little information other than production has been found. Major lode-gold districts in the State, except for the Bradshaw Mountains in Yavapai County, have had very little placer gold production. Most of the placer gold produced in the State of Arizona was recovered by tedious work on a small scale by individuals who used rockers, pans, sluices, and dry concentrators. In only a few districts have large-scale placer-mining operations been successful, although many attempts were made to use large dry-concentrating machines. The most successful large-scale operations have been in the Lynx Creek and the Big Bug districts, Yavapai County, where the presence of adequate supplies of water enabled large dredges to mine the gold bearing gravels. Among the largest and most profitable large-scale dry concentrating operations were those in the San Domingo Wash district, Maricopa County, in the Plomosa district, and at La Cholla placers, Yuma County; at Copper Basin, Yavapai County, the gravel was hauled to a central washing plant where wet methods of recovery were used. The total amount of placer gold recovered yearly in Arizona from 1900 to 1968 is graphed in figure 1, which also shows major contributors to the peak production. SUMMARY The ultimate source of detrital gold in placer deposits is, for the most part, gold-bearing lode deposits, which in Arizona are represented by veins in faults, fissures, and shear zones of various sizes. Most of the placer gold found in Arizona was derived from systems of small gold-quartz veinlets and stringers scattered throughout the bedrock of the adjacent mountain ranges; in only a few localities was the gold in large placer deposits derived from vein systems of sufficient size to encourage lode mining on a large scale. Small placers commonly occur near large gold lodes, but are generally not economic. The most productive gold veins are those formed during Laramide time, which occur in rocks of Precambrian to Laramide (Late Cretaceous and early Tertiary) age. Much gold has been recovered as a byproduct from copper and other base-metal ores. Since 1941 the large copper mines have been predominant in the production of lode gold (Wilson, 1962).
  6. It was a beautiful sunny day with a nice breeze in the Yucca Dense Collection Area, formerly known as the Franconia strewn field. A large part of this area has plagued detectorists since meteorites were first discovered here, as the landscape is littered with basalt hot rocks and is completely carpeted with them in some spots. Fortunately the Minelab GPZ 7000 can eliminate the vast majority of them, while still hitting hard on the space rocks. While most of the finds are on the surface, some have become buried over time, like the one I found today at a depth of around 8 inches, or 200 mill. In addition to calcium carbonate deposits forming on the stones's exterior, most of the fusion crust is being stripped away by chemical weathering and the surface metal grains are oxidizing, staining the surrounding matrix a rusty orange. Mass of specimen is 166 grams.
  7. Gold Basin Questions

    G'day all, I'll be visiting the Gold Basin area for the first time soon...have a few questions for those members that know the area. 1.) Are there any hotels/motels close to the area? 2.) Restaurants....fuel? 3.) Camping allowed? Open to any feedback regarding metal detecting in the area. Would be great to detect with someone for a day if anyone is interested. I belong to a number of clubs and have a private claim near Wickenburg....so open to sharing as well. Cheers, Will
  8. Well, I spent the weekend in Arizona representing the ICMJ Prospecting and Mining Journal at the GPAA's gold show. For those of you who have never attended one of these shows, they can be fun and lots of people to talk with and new stuff to see. I'd guess around 1500 people attended over the two days the show was there. There are all different types of people who range in experience from old hands to rank beginners. I always end up visiting with a lot of different folks - this show was like it was Chicken, AK week in Phoenix. I must have had half a dozen people come by that wanted to talk about Chicken, including a guy who has spent a lot of time dredging on the south Fork and had a bunch of pictures of his gold. Additionally, there was another guy and his wife who own a bunch of patented ground up there and then also Mike Busby and his wife Lou, they specifically said to say "Hi" to Steve. I visited with most of the folks I usually see in AZ, however there were a few missing like Rob Allison and Mr. Barry "Clay Diggings". Lots of interesting prospecting discussions though and nice to see everyone. To give forum members a feel for the event, here are some pictures I took: The GPAA offers free panning lessons to anyone who wants to try - You pay like $2.50 to pan and they give you a free snuffer bottle to collect your gold. Sometimes there were 40 people around these tubs. My booth was across the way from them. They sprinkled gold in every once in a while, and when they did there was a mad rush, kind of like when the plant fish in the local lakes. Steve was there if only in spirit. The American Mining Rights folks were there. As were loads of vendors. This is Jim McCollough's booth - he represents Whites Electronics. Minelab was well represented by many dealers. There was even a rare detector not yet available to the public on display to be seen. There were even fabulous gold gettin' Gizmos aplenty - this is the gold claw pan, a new gold pan design, and the first pan I have ever seen offered in clear transparent plastic. Maybe it was actually transparent aluminum - I didn't look that closely. And of course the ICMJ was there giving away free magazine samples and taking subscriptions for anyone who wanted to sign up. My father went with me and sat in the booth. Next week the show moves to Puyallup, WA in the Seattle area, so I will be up there representing the magazine at the show. If you are in the Seattle area, its well worth coming by.
  9. Springs Here! Please be Careful on Sun warming area's Both You and Your Dogs! There is a Poisonous snake vaccine available ask your vet! For those w/experience in "Rattler Country" the "rattlin in the video is definitely on the quieter" and deadlier! (hard to pickup while detecting") side of what you hear in the field....there is also med.- loud. and even ragin' buzz saw Louder Crotalus' in the American Bush! Post any USA or OZ reptile encounters during Gold hunts
  10. I'm going to be in tucson for a wedding, after that I'd like to do some detecting . any clubs nearby I could join and access some desert claims?
  11. I went to Gold basin for a few days. Since I got the GPZ I had not been skunked on a trip. Some days were goldless but the GPZ always found something on each trip. That was not to be this time. I did find 6 little gb meteorites for some consolation....I wandered into some areas unknown to me but did not find any new areas. So, I returned to an area where I have found lots of meteorites and a few bits of gold. Things are getting less and none are growing back...oh, well, maybe the next time. here are some pics
  12. I've never found any native silver before and its one of the things I've always wanted to do. I was researching through some old reports and came across a reference to an old silver mine that supposedly produced nice silver specimens when it was worked in the 1800s. I think I will give it a try in 2017 when the weather warms. I saw this specimen at the Tucson Gem and mineral show a few years back. Native silver can be pretty big and spectacular. This piece weighs nearly 20 pounds and was found with a metal detector a few years back. I hunted in the Serrita Mountains once, but all I got was a green turd (a local name for cuprite specimens). Easy to see why its called the Silver Dog.
  13. Hi all.... well after spending an uneventful time on the top of Rye Patch, I made my way to Gold Basin to see that area. After mentioning to Doc (Doc's Detecting) that I was in the area and asking him if he had any suggestions for areas to check out, he not only suggested some great areas, he drove here at 3am the next day and we met at 5:30 on Gold Basin and had an AWESOME day detecting.. it was finally a chance to meet one of the first people I started chatting with on the forums years ago upon joining........ I was on my 2300 (that I purchased from Doc earlier this year) and he was on his 7000. Well by the end of the day, he'd hit a bit (one of which he let me dig and keep as it was too deep for my 2300 till he'd removed a bit of the overburden), I'd hit a bit (of trash) but the company and the scenery were better than any nugget I'd have hoped to find.... Doc and I parted ways that afternoon and after realizing that evening that I'd left my snake chaps in his truck and they were now back in Vegas, we made plans to meet up on Sat to get them... I figured the 2 hour drive was better than the 2 week wait for the postal service and the chance of getting bit in the bush out alone..... plans changed that evening and I decided to just have him send them to me UPS and I'd risk one day in the rattle fields..... I'm glad I did..... I went out to an area several miles from where Doc took me (out of respect for his areas), I then drove around scoping out other areas (not on club claims) and didn't find much, upon starting the trip back into Meadview, I was about to jump onto the main dirt road back to the highway and something tapped me on the shoulder and said (in Doc's own voice)... that spot looks real interesting...... and I turned around and went back..... After putting on what seemed like a full on leather-fest of gear, harnesses, pick holders, speakers, amps, Glock .40 etc etc etc.... (loaded for bear with no snake chaps, smart Jennifer), I proceeded to start up a nice little gully... not a dig hole in sight and BAAAAAAM.... (LESS THAN 20' UP THE WASH) woooooo yea baby.... the sound we love to hear.... suuuuuwweeeeeeeet... dig dig dig.... woooooowwwwwaaawwwwwoooowwaaaaaa..dig dig dig..... sweat curse dig.... BOING!!!!!!! Taddaaaaaaaaaaaa...... plop, into the mouth it went .... This entire gully (actually it's a series of parallel gullies) were dig hole free, this slug (and it felt like a Northern California slug) would have been found with a tin can on a string, it was down about a foot, was found with a GPX5000 and a Nugget Finder Advantage 14" elliptical.... it was getting late so I only dug the one, I'm saving the rest of the gullies for when my Sensei (Doc) can take a day off and come back and work the area with me, me on my 5k and him on his 7k. Doc, thank you for being a true advocate for our hobby, you didn't have to take a day off to show me the area, let alone drive 2 hours each way to do so..... men like you make me proud to be part of this community..... It's nothing special for a lot of people, but for me.... every nugget has a story (as most of you have heard of my long winded nugget stories in the past) and for me, this was not only my first Gold Basin nugget, it was my first American nugget (most of my work has been done in Australia and Canada). Almost 1/4 ounce, 7 grams..... and as I type this email, it's enjoying a nice warm bubble (acid) bath to make it even puuuuuuurdier.... (about $332.00 on today's spot price, a bit closer to getting that GPZ)......... I wonder if my 5000 would stop talking to me if he realized he was the maker of his own demise? I feel like an IT Manager asking an IT professional to train the new guy from Bangladore who only speaks Punjabi, who's going to get his job once training's complete. :) Doc, thanks again... I had a great day with you and wouldn't have found this memory without your help.... come back and help me finish what I started. Jen
  14. I have a plan to give myself the best chance at finding a larger nugget. Being in Vegas I figure the 'best' closest place is Gold basin (Meadview). Heard of a couple of larger nuggets coming out in last few weeks. Plan: 1. Put the Deepseeker coil on my ATX 2. Cover as much ground as possible (slow and low) 3. Hit the hills and benches as opposed to gullies. Any added advice, or change to my strategy would be appreciated Thanks Chris
  15. Several of you looked at my recent dig hole in Quartzsite. That thread is What do you think I found? http://www.detectorprospector.com/forum/topic/1514-what-do-you-think-i-found/ A couple of years before this hole and before I was on this forum of Steve's I was in a similar situation. I was in the Arizona desert on Thanksgiving Day a hundred miles north of Quartzsite. I had spent the night watching meteors in my Isuzu Trooper (I miss that SUV) near a wash/gully that I wanted to detect. When the sun came up in the morning I started again as I had done the previous year. This was now my 3rd or 4th trip. There have been many meteorites found in this area. I had found one on my first trip. It is a large strewn field that had been hunted for at least 10 years before I went there for the first time. In addition to the large number of meteorites in the area, there is also a lot of military trash in the form of 30 cal, 50 cal and the clips that held them as tanks and aircraft used the area for WWII training with Patton. When I got up from sleeping in the car I just started detecting. There was no one around (or at least within a couple of miles) when I dug a couple of trash targets. About 45 minutes into the hunt I got a signal and dug. I dug more and more and the hole got bigger. (At the time I was using a 5000 and I had recently bought a used 18" Nugget Finder coil. This was the first month I had used anything other than Commander coils on the unit. In the summer I had purchased a CTX 3030 and it was with me.) This hole got so big and I got so tired I had to take a break and go back to the Trooper about half a mile away and bring it closer to the hole. I got the 3030 and tried to use it as a pin pointer. It registered as a good target (not iron) but it didn't tell me where in the hole it was. I expanded the hole by lifting out the objects on the sides and the target was out of the hole. I didn't see it. What do you think I found? (I'll add the find pictures in a couple of days.)
  16. Q Gold

    My brother and i got out for some quality detecting time this January and February around Yuma and Quartzsite areas with our 7000s it was my first chance to use it and i got to say i like it found gold from .06 of a gram to 6 gram size as deep as 24 inches in all kinds of soil from hot to mild.Second photo is of our best day of 7 nuggets each for a total of 28.5 grams.
  17. 200 Nuggets

    The mighty Zed responded with a faint signal through the wireless speaker this afternoon as I passed the coil over some large surface rocks. The bench gravels had been thoroughly detected in the past, but this nuggets hiding place was finally lit up by the power of ZVT. The water-worn, watermelon seed nugget, my 200th found from the Quartzsite regional placer area this winter, brings the grand total to 4 ounces. Good luck out there!
  18. I did a solo overnighter outside of sunny Yuma. Temps were hitting high 80's. I started at sunup and did a 2 hr loop with no gold, a few trash targets. I was working my way down the flats of desert pavement back to my truck when I decided to drop down into a shallow gully. Immediately I got a good tone and dug a small half gram nugget. 10 ft further on another nice mellow tone. 12 inches down I pull out a nice 1 gram nugget and after I gather my digging tools I wave the coil over the hole. Another target in the hole and one in the pile. I pulled 4 nuggets out of that one hole. 10 more feet further on another nice tone and I dig 3 nuggets out of the same hole all down 12 to 15 inches. My narrow Hodan pick is great for extending hiking and exploration, but really sucks for digging deep holes. I went back to my truck and took out the big boy pick and continued my search. The productive part of this gully was maybe 50 yds long and I took out 17 nuggets in the space of 2 hrs. A lot of digging. As I explored around the margins I saw old and faint shallow dig holes and boot scrapes. Then I noticed several dozen more recent shallow dig holes that had each been covered and marked with small piles of pebbles. I ran the Z through this margin zone and pulled one deep 1.5 gram piece from amid the shallow dig holes. I ran through the whole mess again and got four crumbs bringing the total to 21 nuggets weighed in at 14 grams. I'm pretty sure this spot was discovered by someone swinging a VLF and they apparently did pretty well on the shallow stuff. The ones I found in the gully were all stretched along a slow curved inside bend in the deepest part of the wash. Too deep for the VLF I suspect. I poked around all day and part of the next for no joy. My first respectable patch and it ended too soon. I'll follow up with a photo from my phone, I'm still too dense to sync these things together.
  19. I got away for a few days and went down to the Pot holes on the California side. I have not spent any time there since I got my one true love (detector) the GPZ. This area has every thing a detector needs...four kinds of hot rocks, plenty of bullets and a little gold. Did I mention I love my GPZ? I have been there many times since I found my first nugget nearby. I have found gold with every detector I have used there; gb2, tesorolobo st, gmt, Minelab 2000, 2200, gp extreme, 3500 and 5000...so finding gold was not a surprise. However, finding six nuggets in two days was a surprise. I cannot remember when I have found more in numbers since the early 90's when gold was fairly common. At any rate, I was very happy with 3.7 grams for two full days and a couple hours detecting... fred
  20. Me a couple Yuma boys, decided to conduct a genuine prospecting trip today. I had researched an area and looked for it last year, but gave up after a long and arduous trip through the mountains, beat my poor old truck to death. So this year I shared this info with someone who knows his way around a computer and the mapping software. We got some decent coordinates and decided to give it a try. We left the freeway at sunup and it was 28 degrees. I towed a friend's side by side ATV, not wanting to beat my truck up again. Our map was perfect, though the desert had other ideas about road conditions. Washouts and river bottom silt dust were the norm. We managed, though I had already inhaled my fair share to dust just getting to the spot. We were shooting dark, expecting to see some drywash tailings as a starting point. No luck on the tailings, only hardrock mine workings. We branched out in all directions. 45 minutes into the hunt I get a good signal in a small bedrock gully. A baby nugget comes up and I'm thinking this is the ultimate spot, no dig holes and already found gold. I push on for nearly an hr before I get another nugget, then find 3 in about 15 minutes. I cannot let my friends down, so I hike across the flats back to our parking spot. I find both of them close by and convince them to move down to the spot where there seems to be gold. We again branch off and I find 2 more babies in the process. We had decided that based on the miles of bad road and our distance from home that 3pm would be the cutoff. As 3pm approaches I'm heading for the vehicles just pushing my coil along "desert pavement" with all kinds of broken quartz underfoot. I'm 50 ft from my ATV and I get the ultimate signal. Quite possibly the best I have received with the ZED. A low, broad tone, obviously deep, and in an area where there should be no deep trash. I start digging and the tone keeps getting better and better. I turn my Sensitivity down to 5 to try and narrow down my digging point. Ed Sr is within earshot and I tell him I'm digging a big nugget, so he brings a better digging tool. We dig awhile and expand the hole to try and pinpoint. Ed Sr goes back to the Jeep and gets a military style shovel to dig. By then Ed Jr arrives and pitches in to help dig the hole. As we open up the hole, the "sweet spot" of the signal seems to have moved. Never a good sign here in the desert. That usually means deep nail or wire that has corroded and giving a halo type signal. Nevertheless, we're in seemingly virgin ground, so I remain cautiously optimistic and dig on. I turn the detector Sensitivity down to 1 and its overloading in the hole, frustrating our efforts to pinpoint. Ed Jr is down on his knees pulling all the overburden out from the hole and he gasps, "oh my god". The nugget came right out with the last move to widen the hole. Spectacular, though covered in caliche. So, Ed Jr will have to post the photo of the hole and my smiling face with the nugget from his camera. I'll post the cleaned nugget photos in a second post from my stupid phone. The big one comes in at 10.8 grams. After Gerry's big find I almost feel unworthy, NOT! For those winter shut-ins, by noon we were at 65 degrees and I was sweating in a short sleeved t-shirt.
  21. First 2016 Hunt

    Still using Condors SDC as mine won't be here until Wednesday (I hope) but I cant complain because it's a gold finding machine. Here's the latest found less than a foot apart and the larger one downhill (steep) from the little guy. I found another target that sounded great at first about another foot downhill and I had visions of "big gold" or specimen but it turned out to be a nice round piece of buckshot about 10-12" deep. I was happy to find these 2 but my heart was thumping for a bit. Good start to the year though for sure. Happy hunting and good luck to all of you in 2016!
  22. i went to the dale mining district with the intention of "testing" various settings used by Steve H, Lunk, Jonathan Porter and some others. Those three were the main ones I used. I camped on El Dorado's famous patch, a place I usually camp. I nearly froze Monday morning when the temp was 29 degrees F.Not be be deterred I put on my long woolies,a wool sweater at-shirt and overshirt and a vest...I had so many clothes on my harness hardly snapped shut...plus Christmas Goodies increased my bulk a little bit. I found my first nugget within 10 minutes right where me and a small army have detected ever since ED gave that patch away-he is a generous soul! I was very surprised because the area had been hit by many including SDC and GPZ users...plus it was almost 1/2 gram. I almost forgot the main purpose of my trip...so after a small celebration in appreciation I renewed my purpose. The first setting I tried were Jp's which he described in the info he provides with his BZ Booster and Dual Speakers...I love the dual speakers with the wireless module. His setting were very compatible to me except I had to lower the tone to 57...The mosquito hum gives me an instant headache! Next I gave Steve's insane setting a try...I gave them a go for 30 minutes but could not stand the noise. I did find the targets came through very clearly but none were golden. Next I gave Lunks a go. HIs low-tone settings were very comfortable and produced small bits of lead and a couple of goodies...but I felt that JP's settings were better with the BZB and DS setup-which makes sense to me because Jonathan has many hours of trial and error invested in his product. The most amazing thing to me was 7 little nuggets came out of a very small, extremely well hunted area. I found one other in the area I found several nuggets and meteorite pieces...I would love to take full credit for skill and patience but the GPZ was an equal or greater partner in getting these little bits. Not much in weight but worth a lot in increased skill and confidence. I found my smallest gpz nugget to date...it was .08 of a gram that is 8/100ths of a gram...the total was about 1 and 1/2 grams... fred
  23. I've been running Steve' s insanely hot settings non-stop for the past month. I got my first ferrite very recently and have done daily start-up ground balancing, but keep it under the 10 second rule per JP. My perception is the detector takes a few hrs to settle in. At start-up in the morning she's pretty jittery but settles down after some run time. Today I got into a field of strewn volcanics and it was a mess. Those hot settings really light up the volcanics and my only solution was to remove self from affected area. I ran into a guy running a GPX 4800 and he had also surrendered to the overload from the same volcanics. Conversely, I covered some nearby shallow gullies and tiny nuggets were lit up like surface trash. I got 7 nuggets that totaled 2.8 grams and everyone of them sounded off like a booming piece of trash. The deepest target I dug was maybe 8 inches but sounded like bullet frag on the surface. Today I chased one seam of red clay for a good long while, but when I switched to "difficult" it disappeared while still running a Sensitivity of 20. Granted, I'm running some fairly quiet ground in SW AZ, so I have the advantage of letting the detector settle down before it drives me crazy with its antics. I also have the advantage of detecting 3 or 4 hrs a day for at least 5 days a week, so we are mutually getting used to each other. I don't think you can go out for a weekend in variable ground and expect these settings to work for you. Your hearing and sanity will give out long before the detector settles in and your brain settles in to the nuances of this kind of detecting. I was detecting with a fellow 7K user a couple weeks ago and he was running Sens 10 and still finding sub-gram nuggets and covering twice the ground. It's working for me so I'm sticking with it. As Nevada Chris says "your mileage may vary".
  24. As one lost in the desert wilds with sanity now just a fading shadow in the growing blaze of gold fever known as dragon sickness in days of old, I set out today wielding my weapon of choice, the mighty Zed, in the quest for my 100th Quartzsite nugget...
  25. Greetings from the sun soaked sands of the desert southwest. The weather has been perfect the last few weeks here in the Quartzsite regional placer area of Arizona, and so far my trusty GPZ 7000 has recovered over 60 nuggets from some of the old patches, with a total weight of one troy ounce. With lots more winter prospecting season left, it's time to hit the rugged Arizona outback in search of new nugget patches. Good luck out there!
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