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By Reno Chris
I keep reading stuff printed in papers or on other media that is perhaps at best on the verge of sort of true. They are getting desperate for readers / viewers and seem to want to say dang near anything for eyeballs. I heard some funny stories at the GPAA show of folks trying to sneak into the construction area below the Oroville dam spillway - convinced there will be gobs of gold all around because they saw it on TV or in a newspaper. Here are a few recent story lines:
"Gold hunters in the area tell the Chico Enterprise-Record the floods have "rearranged the rivers" and "move things around." That means gold veins that have been hidden for 200 years are suddenly exposed."
"According to CBS San Francisco, the floods also swept gold out of abandoned mines and washed it downriver. "
"While KCRA reports that gold can simply be picked off the ground following major flooding, the best prospecting will come in the summer months when the water has receded."
C'mon gents! We need to head off to those hills if the gold can now just be picked up off the ground. No doubt gravels have been moved around, gold deposited into crevices and new paystreaks formed. But gold veins hidden since before the 49ers arrived now revealed? I'd guess there are not many. Gold washed out of abandoned mines? I'd guess not much. Gold can just be picked up off the ground? I am sure there are a few new sunbakers sitting around here and there, but not many. I do agree that the best prospecting will come in the summer months when the water levels go down and some good gold will be found, but the media is gone bonkers about saying anything to attract attention.
Okay, yeah, I took, as a first outing, a GB2 to a public park and a tot-lot for about 1.5 hours to practice with the 10x5" coil (all I own.)
First target out ... a hot rock. Uh oh.
Second target out...darnit ... I can't nail it down... what the heck ... turns out it was 8" of 16ga steel wire. Grr...
Third target ... oh yeah, I have discrimination! Target! Discriminate ... solid clean spike. Discriminate means no iron, pull it up ... rusty nail. *boggle*
Fourth target ... okay, signal...discrimination ... multiple-spike flutter ... due to last #3 target that must mean it's NOT iron since #3 was .... rusty wire. *boggle*
Things I learned which you all probably already knew:
1) I have no idea what I'm doing.
2) Manual GB is a lot of work. Doable, but still a bit of work to do it over and over and over.
3) The park I was in had hot-rocks. Granite-looking nodules of evil. Everywhere and at all layers. This is just obnoxious.
4) Iron discrimination either doesn't work, or more likely, I'm going about it all wrong so I need to work on this.
5) This GB2 is insanely sensitive. I chased a signal in the sand for almost 10 minutes only to find out it was, literally, the platinum puck off a spark plug getting kicked around.
6) At 12 cents clad per outing I'm never going to pay this thing off. =P (I bought it for the gold fields so this is very tongue-in-cheek.)
7) The mosquitoes are active now. They're huge and hungry.
8) Digging everything stinks when you're not allowed to actually dig. See #1 and #4.
9) Having a pointer (TRX) is nice. In trashy areas it's annoying to get it out, put it away, get it out, put it away, get it ou...
10) All pinpointers should have headphone jacks. Talk about drawing attention... 11) Foil + lawnmower = no fun 12) It's was a pretty darn good time. Well, except for the mosquitoes.
I cannot find any YouTube videos or anyone on "how to interpret the Gold Bug 2 tones." Even over lots of trash and some test targets it's not quite making sense. Anyone have any good resources on learning those tones? Especially the discrimination tones?
On the plus side - I cleaned out a bunch of rusty trash, beer bottle caps, wires and such so the park it 0.00000001% cleaner..
By Steve Herschbach
This is very important stuff for Gold Bug 2 owners so do please take note. Go so far as to tell friends that own a Gold Bug 2.
I made note back in June 2015 that the design of the 6" coil had changed, along with the coil cover. The old coils had an exposed epoxy bottom, with either a black or light gray epoxy exposed to the elements unless you used a white scuff cover / skid plate. Here are the old coils and cover:
The new coil has a fully enclosed white plastic housing and is a compatible replacement for the old coils. However, the scuff cover / skid plate is a different size and is black in color (thank you Fisher!). Here are the new coils and cover:
The new coil cover will not fit on old coils and the old coil cover will not fit on new coils.
Here is another tidbit I found out recently by accident - I have not seen it published anywhere. The Gold Bug 2 three piece rod was always a bit odd. The upper rod inserted into the middle rod. In other words, the middle rod section was female on both ends. I have never seen anyone else do it this way, but back in the day this was one of the first if not the first three piece S rod designs to hit the market. The original Gold Bug 2 rod was a two piece design. This made the Gold Bug 2 an oddball rod design compared to most of the rest of the First Texas lineup, and somewhere in the last couple years they went to the rod and arm cup used in other First Texas detectors for compatibility between various models. There are also more adjustment holes in the new middle rod - seven old versus nine new - an easy way to tell them apart. A good idea actually, but it means if you have an old Gold Bug 2, the upper and middle rods are different than the new ones. If you need parts, be careful to explain what you need. I promise most dealers will not know about this change in the rod design. Click on the image below for closeup.
Lower rods are compatible between both versions so no worries there.