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DDancer last won the day on March 23 2017

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About DDancer

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    Back in the USA working for a living
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    Pretty much anything with a lead on science~ Rocks and minerals, Prospecting primarily detecting and pans, travel.
    I work as an Aviation Electronics Technician and appreciate insightful conversation.
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    GPZ7000 current, SD2100e and GP3000 *retired* plus alot of other wands

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  1. DDancer

    2017 In Oz, A Short Story DD

    Fred as hard as I hunted I dont think anyone would have cleaned up better 😉 I did leave some behind however so they are there for the taking. The region around Kal is pretty well flogged however with a dozer and permit to push there's still plenty about. I walked onto many old and new pushes and drove by several active ones. Even had a few chats with the local miners who stopped by to see what I was about. Good folks as long as your doing it right and legal. Lots of stories to like the one about the dog grave near one of my camps to be heard from them too.
  2. This year, 2018, I'm working thru the year to pay up on last years not so great stab at a golden prospects in Australia last year, 2017. It was a great trip, always is, but a lot of little factors kept me gold poor *which I use to pay for food, fuel and amenities* so I leaned on the credit card a little to hard. Hahh! No one ever said I'd get rich but ehh~ One can dream by the camp fire.~~ Another driving factor for this post is that my email does not like to send pictures so this is for you all who have asked "Where are the pictures?" when I tried to send them. Well that aside Its Always A Good Go down under. I stayed mostly in the region of Kalgoorie last year, hard hunted land that, so I could be of help and hang around with my mates in Coolgardie while they fixed up a new caravan and ute. The gold was small and hard to come by but I still got a few ounces in littles from the EL's I applied for, and yes sent the reports in for, but in all here are a few good days on the scales : And here are what most days went like. I only had a few days streaches during the weeks out bush where I caught the skunk... but I entertained myself otherwise 😉 I did find one small meteorite but it chose to find the hole in my pocket instead of coming home with me. Bugger. But while I was out and about I decided to look for another mineral I knew occured in the region were I was and took a few days driving the fence lines to find it. Chrysoprase. Never did find the mine that my mate pointed me towards but I did find an area that had the right indicators, what is called white and blue chrysoprase and chalcedony, and on stopping there I took a couple of days to speck around. I was finding mostly low grade stuff, the above picture, but found one good bit with just the tip sticking out like an iceberg: Among other interesting rocks like this one, semi-crystalline quartz with some nice shiny bubbly limonite and from another area of flats a fulgerite, solidified lightning strike: So my rock hounding itch was scratched 🙂 Now camp is always a treat in the mornings and evenings but I also mentioned I kept myself entertained on days when I was not finding much. Aside from just enjoying nature and walking Kays getting no where on the gold a few days of yabbie fishing made for a great reliefe after catching the skunk. I visited various dams nearby and treated myself to a Yabbie feast on many evenings. So all in all a great time, good eats and nice finds. If you want to go my suggestion is : Make a Plan and stick to it. You wont be dissapointed. There were a great many other things that occured but like I said, a short story. Regards and go live the dream. Next year who knows..... I'm thinking opal or sapphires myself with a little gold and yabbie. Thanks for reading, DD
  3. Think I've made my statement to MineLab. Some of those features in the 800, can be added thru Updates I'm sure, and be added to The 600~ no real cost~ and the equipment, sans the wireless module but keep the headphones~ for a modest cost for the bundle.... heck would have flown of the shelf for me... and a few hundred others. Its the tweeks, the wireless outta the box, Audio adjustments, that many persons have been wanting for YEARS! Heck ya did it with the 7000!!! even if it was with your own ML MODIFICATION, and a damn WM12. Gotta say though I was then and am now a megaFanboy for the 7000!! OH MY Gosh! Get your attention? I had to ditch the WM12 last year and go direct wire~ flaky connections. But I reckon if I'd had BT tech and good headphones I'd never have to dink with it. Go figure. I can adjust the 7000 to how I like and get the gold. So why not the 600 outta the box for outstanding audio, hrm. For coin and karats? In as far as availability its still a standoff with the dealers and the customers. consider how much of this could have been eliminated with a few bits of tech and a Little for thought.
  4. Separate post, Sitting Elf I dont even consider what ya said. Not pertinent.
  5. Hrm. Yep. No. The goodies in the bag for one or the other are a determining feature. And Yes, Steve, the ship has sailed **I'm an old seaman so I know the term well** and what I pitch is not a bitch but a determination. Yes to whatever is being "cranked" out now, however limited, it is what is in demand ; however some sticks should and can be rolled in the bundle and off set current demand. No?? I am well aware of differences. Boards, electronics, and Outboards~ water motivators 😉 In point of fact there was a discussion on the boards used in the EQ series some months ago. *no not going to reference it memory serves*. phrunt I work on electronics as well and its no surprise for me. Simple differences whether its V3i or VX# and I claim no expertise Steve. Nope what I'm pointing at is good old sales, like one says *points the bony finger*, and that given an options of the 6 with the options of the 8 and to the limited packages presented that would make one happy. Not most but maybe heck think about it.
  6. Hey all, I know there is a thread on availability issues : However that is not what I'm addressing. We, subjective We, know that the EQ800 is under tight supply. The EQ600 is more generally available. There are differences in what is supplied by both units. The 800 has more user features and equipment than the 600 and thats disregarding frequencies that each can supply. Its those features, and whats in the total package, that I'm addressing. Audio adjustments that the 800 supplies but not the 600, equipment included with the 800 again not supplied, additional profiles provided with the 800 but not supplied with the 600. Package deals. Kind of sucks for many people not looking for the additional Freq's but looking for the performance and added adjustments, profiles and equipment that only the 800 package supplies. So What the Heck??? One has to pick up an 800 to get the wireless package? Or spend the extra money to make it so. Hrm. Audio tones, tone breaks, additional user profiles... all pretty much on the same board *electronics board* as the 800 for a 600. Hrm. Nope not real happy with that. And I doubt the dealers of these products are either. Why would I say that. Ordered one last month. Gave a callout to see where I was on the list... no definitive answer. Point of fact told, its June now, that March was the earliest. Next year. I put money down on an 800 for features and a package that did what I want... dont care about the Gold modes as I wont be using them here in the States... thats why I have a 7000! Minelab, my suggestion is get your stuff together. Its a popular unit. I'd rather own a 600 with the package: wireless equipment, profiles and audio adjustments: and skip the bling of Gold Modes in less time that it takes your factory in Malaysia to pump out 800's. Point is most of us general go getters would like to see our dealers have a good turn around and get the "Monkey Off Their Backs" ~ that's a direct quote from a dealer~ than have to sit in back order limbo. Personally I wait. I want to see the kinks worked out before I ordered. But I ordered. And will wait till whenever *not the dealers fault* for the package I decided on.... not that there was much choice in the matter!! Mate of mine got his in about 3 weeks.... shopping around from dealer to dealer and calling favors. That is BS. Waits are not hard for me... having a dealer or two give me the "Monkey" is BS. Where ever ya go. A 600 with the whistles sans Gold mode. To much to ask? Not updatable to such a requirement? Or just and ostrich with his head in the sand. Love ya ML, made a lot of money with your products. Maybe someone in marketing and one in research should get there heads together. DD
  7. DDancer

    E-rock-tic Formation

    Well its got some interesting eye candy 😉 for a picture rock. Hehh. Honestly though its a challenge to put a lable on. Two characteristic definitions : Chalcedony, Agate. The bubble *I'll call them that to be polite* like formations are characteristic of chalcedony and the banding in the obverse views are of agate. Both are the same mineral class~ silicate or quartz. On the front below the bubbles is what I call druzzy quartz ~ very small crystalline quartz crystals~ also commonly associated with chalcedony/agate. The druzzy quartz is crystal variety of quartz and chalcedony/agates fall outside of this catagory due to the non-crystalline nature of the silicate. Though I would not do it, takes away from the mental image, if one were to carefully cut one of the bubbles you'd most likely see further agate banding.
  8. DDancer

    Thought Exercise: Single Frequency

    Does that mean these items of discussion, most mentioned in other posts and some video's, are excluded from the exercise? I'm not qualified to speak on the exercise as I'm still waiting on an 800, but it seems an interesting thread to follow sans comedians.... 4 outta 5 *eye roll* hehh.
  9. One will see. Decided to hop off the fence last week for the 800~ user profiles, wireless set up and additional audio adjustments won me over even though the 600 was in stock when I put my penny down. I'm in no rush, obviously, so back order does not bother me. Kind of hoping the later units have been corrected for issues I've been reading on over the last while.
  10. DDancer

    GP 3000 Vs GPZ 7000

    When last I used my GP3000 I was still picking up gold walked over by 4500/5000 users. I've retired that wand in favor of the 7000 and have not looked back. Been back to some of those 3000 spots and picked up gold it left behind with the 7000. Its all in where ya swing it and how well you know your machine. I installed the button mod so I could work in manual verse's auto GB and I use DD coils on the 3000. There are plenty of areas the 3000 can go into that the 7000, even with the updates, cant. However the 7000 punches thru mineralization much better than the 3000 ever did in mild ground.
  11. DDancer

    Silence Isn't Always Golden

    As to timing I tend to detect during business hours and during the week but I have no problem going in on the weekends bold as brass. I feel no need to hide what I'm about however I will keep a respectful distance from other people's space~ sans playgrounds which are fair game. I've gotten the eye from a number of parents and being one myself I understand, as well as some cat calls, but I shrug it off. I feel it shifts the stigma that I'm somehow in the wrong with others perspective if I just keep about my business and do the right things. A smile, a wave, a chat and collect the trash as well as the goodies. Yes I like to be left alone, and prefer it, but I'm not going to lurk when there is no need. Its a free country, I served it, so dont tread on me. 🙂 And I wont bite you 😉 Hehh.
  12. DDancer

    6"x10" Coil For Minelab Equinox

    Instead of sawing off the flange on the GM rod take it to a shop and have it turned off, lathed, that way its still usable on the GM. Not sure what to think on a different coil design as I'm waiting to see what the new coil does.
  13. DDancer

    Silence Isn't Always Golden

    Yep you made me look. :) Like you I dont go outta my way to talk to people but when talked to its often been a good conversation even when I'm ushered out. Most people are curious what I've found, always answer pennies, however my answer when they wanna see is," Once its in the pouch it does not come out, Sorry." Though I will show them the trash, adults agree I'm doing something good there, and occasionally with the kids something coming out of the ground~ usually pennies. Even had kids and adults chuck coins out for me. Hahh! For those who've ushered me out I just be polite, point out my recovery techniques and have a yarn with them and go over the rules as they see it. Though in one case the lady brought out a real "Rule Book" and pointed out I was in the wrong. With adults they generally want to know how expensive it is to get a detector and what its worth to me to be doing it. Dare say most of them shy off on price and how long/hard I work for what little I get. Occasionally I meet another detectorist, sans detector, and we have a yarn but beyond that no real drama's. I'm just the junk man after most talks ;)
  14. Watch out for some of the Michigan nuggets they can have good gold values in them as well. Nice piece there.