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  1. Hi guys, I am going to start off with going back a few weekends when Mrs JW & I headed over to the West Coast to catch up with my mate. The weather was looking like being absolutely mint, which for the West Coast is a bit of a rarity. We took the jet boat of course as the rivers & scenery are stunning when the weather gods are smiling. I finished work at lunch time to get the boat sorted & to give us time to get there before dark. We encountered a bit of snow on the road heading over the pass from Otago to Westland but on getting to the coast it was just stunning. The next morning my mates mate wanted me to give him a hand with going out in his boat to pull up his crayfish (lobster) pots & to rebait them & chuck them back. I was there mostly just to make another person on board so he could legally take more crays. We did quite well. Yum. After that it was off to the river. Above pic looking up river & below, looking down back to the coast. Deer prints on the beach Grounded...Bummer. But how stunning is the scenery? And we were the only souls there. Sorry guys, Something has popped up & I have to bail. Will continue.......stay tuned. JW
  2. After a busy day on the slopes doing some skiing yesterday I managed to score an afternoon around Queenstown area to myself as my wife had some friends staying there and was hanging around with them, I'm not a social bumble bee and very far from it, in fact I'm a recluse, especially with people I don't really know so I took the opportunity to take off and do some exploring. It's a wonder kiwijw puts up with me, It's said I'm very antisocial which bothers my wife, I on the other hand don't notice it. A couple of days ago I went to one of the spots kiwijw had shown me that I've done OK at especially with my high frequency VLFs and he's done pretty damn good at using his GPZ but unfortunately that turned into a skunk for me so I wanted to try find some new ground closer to town that I can get to easier. I used my GPX 4500 with Joey coil on that trip. I had read the previous night about some old workings close to town that could be easily accessed in the time I had. I put my Mountain bike in the back of the car so I could speed up my trek even more rather than walking to these workings. I had no idea where they were and I'm very prone to getting lost, all I knew is a walking track takes me to them so I jumped on my bike and took the track. I wasn't even sure I was going to do any detecting so I just threw my Gold Bug Pro with Nel Snake in my backpack as it packs down tiny and weighs nothing. It also doesn't overly react to shotgun pellets so I thought may as well use that on the scouting missions so I don't spend my time digging up pellets as I didn't have very long. I have had a bit of a love hate relationship with my Gold Bug Pros, I've struggled to have any success with them but I haven't put the hours on them either as I quickly upgraded off them. Today proves they are very capable of finding TINY gold. I found various spots along my ride that looked alright for detecting, some that looked to be bedrock. I wasn't sure so I detected around a few locations along the track and wasn't having much joy. I stopped at a spot right by the river which was very rocky with a thin layer of dirt over the rock and looked promising. After 15 minutes of detecting around I got my first tiny little nugget using the Gold Bug Pro. It was in a bit of a crack in the schist, I had to scrape it out with a screwdriver, my guess it was about an inch in a crack. It was 0.021 of a gram, the size I only ever expected to find with my GM1000 or Equinox 800. I only had about 2 hours all up so after another 20 or so minutes checking the area I decided to call it quits and head back to the car. I ended up only being 15 minutes late for the wife pickup 🙂 I didn't have my phone with me so I couldn't take any photos at the time, I left it in the car by accident as I was in such a rush. What is significant about this for me is it's only my second ever nugget with the GBP, it was absolutely tiny and far exceeding my expectations for the GBP and my first detected nugget that I've had no help with, all my other nuggets I've detected in the past kiwijw showed me where and how to find them. This was my lone wolf nugget, I found the location and the nugget alone. I never did find the old workings but there is always another day. I am hoping kiwijw hasn't found this location yet so I can finally share with him a spot I've found that has gold, he's been a good teacher, mentor and friend. It would be hard to find a person willing to show you how to find gold in an area you work yourself, thereby taking albeit small bits of gold off him that he would of potentially found. A nice gesture that I am grateful of as I really enjoy the hobby and it's possible I would of given up without his help to get me started. It looks far bigger in the photos than it is, it's a tiny spec on my finger tip. The Gold Bug Pro is very sensitive to tiny gold especially when combined with a tiny coil like the Nel Snake.
  3. mn90403

    NZ Gold

    For Sale These are a few unique nuggets. Are they found in a particular place there? Mitchel https://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=1656424654
  4. Woke to our first dusting of snow to ground level in Queenstown for the winter. Heaps up in the hills but not all that often that we get it low down in town. When we do it doesn't last too long. Pretty though. Guaranteed to be carnage on the roads. Good luck out there JW
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. A neat clip put together after the last 3 days dredging
  8. I woke up Sunday all motivated to find some gold, I’d been looking forward to a prospecting outing with KiwiJW for some time, he’s been a very big mentor to me and has answered every question I’ve had with a very detailed and easy to understand answer, which is fantastic as I’m very much a beginner, but an eager one at that. I sent John a TXT message asking if he wanted to go on a hunt, I was pleased to see he replied with a YES. We arranged to meet at a location to give it a shot, John recommended I put the 5” coil on my GM1000 for the task at hand, I’ve barely used my 5” as I always thought I’d have more chance with the bigger coil. He decided to use his GB2 so we were both on a different detector. Both our Equinox’s stayed in the cars as the big coil was no good for the task at hand, come on Minelab, we want the 6” coil now!!!, and while you’re at it, make it with a solid base cover please. We had some serious terrain to get through before we got to the location where we started to detect, as we headed down to the area the rocks were covered in moss and I took quite a nasty fall, landed flat on my back and winded myself, not a great start to the day but up I get and off we go, after all, we are on a mission. John gave me a rundown on what to do and how to do it and off we went detecting in the creek, I tried to stay on the opposite side of the creek to John so I didn’t get in his way, not long after we arrived we were walking along the creek, detecting in the areas John indicated would give us the best chance, and I could hear John’s GB2 making noises that even sounded good to me and very much like my Gold Bug Pro sounds. He had what appeared to be a target, I ran across with my GM1000 and tried to find the target that he was getting… nothing, not a signal at all on the GM1000 in Auto+, he hit the area a few more times with his pick and said now try it, still nothing, I changed to manual 10 and there it goes, sounding off on the target with a good positive reading on the indicator. I now really understood why John told me I should be using the 5” coil, the smaller the better for this job and why he mostly uses manual 10 if the location allows it. He kept digging for some time, so long I went back to my detecting thinking it can’t be anything as he’s been on it about 10 minutes chunking away the rock and still got nothing. How wrong I was, all the sudden I hear John yell out, got one! So I ran back over and it was massive, the biggest nugget I’ve ever seen in person, it was big, but very thin weighing in at 1.52 grams. We guessed the nugget was up on its side which is why the Monster struggled in Auto+ as I was swinging directly over the top of the area with the coil flat, where as he was able to use his tiny little 6.5” elliptical coil on his GB2 to really get down into the crack so he was hitting on the target sideways, the likely orientation of the nugget, I didn’t know to do this at the time. Being the beginner trying to follow all the rules of detecting I suggested he check the hole again, and bang, straight away, another target, I stayed around to watch the retrieval of this one, and tested it prior to retrieval on the Monster and was giving a good full bars on the indicator. Up comes John’s second nugget shortly after. John's nuggets, look at the size of that thing! Now I was really getting motivated, I kept my Monster on Auto+ as there was a bit of instability around his GB2 with it on manual 10. We walked along a bit and John said, That spot over there looks good and explained why, so off I went and virtually straight away, I had a good signal so I dig for a bit and found nothing, and moved on to an area next to it, John came over with his GB2 and I said I had a good signal but couldn’t find anything, he got his pick out and scraped away some of the gravel and said, try again. I did, and managed to narrow down where the target was, scooped up the gravel into my scoop and waved it over my 5” coil and bang, it’s in the scoop. John talked me through narrowing down where it is in my scoop and after a few minutes my first nugget of the day and the biggest I’d ever found by a long shot. We rechecked the area and nothing so continued on. At this point I had a smile on my face like the Joker that couldn’t be removed. My first nugget of the day After climbing over a few waterfalls while John was giving me further instruction of where to look I found another signal in some schist, there wasn’t even a crack in it, this was a solid bit of schist in the creek but it was giving a good signal, normally I would just walk away thinking some sort of false alarm, he instructed me to hit it with my pick and break it up a bit, and I did, shortly after a nugget was visible in the rock, retrieved it, rechecked the area, still had my perfect full positive signal, smashed some more rock out, another nugget, and again, this process went 6 times! I got 6 nuggets out of this bit of rock! Unfortunately the 6th nugget which was only tiny was washed away during retrieval by the fast flowing creek and I just couldn’t find it after that. My schist glory hole! We walked along a bit further and decided it’s time to try out another nearby area as this was more an educational journey for me so we decided to take the high country goat track back to avoid having to walk the creek again, this possibly turned into a harder walk than the creek itself but it was an adventure! I managed to lose my scoop during this walk back to the cars. My Nuggets from the first creek My nuggets in the Vial, John's directly on the car bonnet, his was bigger so harder to lose We arrived at the next creek and found an apple tree so had a snack and then walked up the creek doing a bit of detecting, then John said, there is plenty of old mining workings up that hill there, want to go up? I of course said yes so we climbed up. I was amazed at what I saw, there was water races, and piles and piles of rocks and various workings, even old rock structures they had made, this looked like it went on for many KM’s along the creek side high up in the hills. John said now there is all that bedrock here, let’s go detect that and pointed out what I needed to look for. He specifically said target the cracks in the bedrock as gold gets stuck in them so that’s exactly what I did. I found a further two nuggets right near each other in cracks in the bedrock. There wasn’t many targets up there in the small amount of time we were searching and it was getting late. John just found some junk unfortunately. I feel a bit bad as John spent so much time helping me he didn’t get that much time detecting to find targets himself but he did get BY FAR the biggest nugget of the day and another decent size one so that’s some consolation, by weight our day was very similar. We headed back down and John knew a shortcut to get back to the cars so we took it and it worked out well, we were back in no time, the walk back was also very educational for me. John pointing out various old timer workings and explaining it all, I learnt a huge amount on this adventure and I am very thankful to John for taking me along and sharing his wealth of knowledge on the area’s gold mining and metal detecting techniques. I feel like now I can actually metal detect for gold, and do it with some success. The Gold Monster 1000 is a perfect beginner’s machine, and as it seems great for the experts too. Regretfully I had to take off home at this point as my 7yr old daughter was waiting up past her bed time for me to get home so she could see if I found anything while I was out with the guy who she sees in all the forum photos finding gold all the time and wonders why daddy can’t do it! She’s quite the keen little prospector too. My wife and daughter were shocked when I showed up rattling my vial with 8 nuggets in it, weighing in at a mighty 2.167 grams. I just had the time of my life! If you look closely in the vial there is actually 9 in there, I'm wondering if the tiny one is the one I thought I lost as I don't know where it came from A huge thank you to John (KiwiJW) for a wonderful educational and successful day out! Freshy washed nuggets, ready for weigh in!
  9. Hi guys, After my last successful little outing with the EQ 800 & scoring 12 tiny bits of gold. I was keen to go back with the EQ 800, GB2 & the Gold Monster, & do some comparisons. All being high frequency VLF detectors. The night I got the 12 bits with the EQ 800 I was walking back through the old workings to my truck, When I got a signal amongst some exposed schist. It was dark but I had a go at scraping & digging either side of the exposed schist. Signal was still there & looked like it was actually down in the more solid schist & not in a crevice either side of the protruding schist. I scraped at the schist & it was damn hard with no obvious "openings" to be able to get stuck into with the pick. I decided I would come back to it on another day & also bring the GB2 & the Gold monster. Late Saturday afternoon, after my visiting sister had gone back to Aussie, I asked Mrs JW if she wanted to come along & enjoy the beauty of the river & the surrounding old gold workings. They do have a beauty all of there own. It was a very pleasant evening & she decided to tag along. I carried her camp chair for her. Got Mrs JW all comfy & settled in. She had her magazine to read & she even brought along cheese & crackers. Not that I got any. Ok...she was all good. So I went to my little signal in the schist bedrock. You will notice how flat the ground is in that particular spot & I was able to get the 11" DD coil of the EQ 800 right on to the ground scuffing over it to get the signal. Due to our insanely mild ground I was maxed out in my settings & all three detectors easily got the signal. The dig holes either side of the schist was from the night I first got the signal but gave up on it. You will see in the schist where I actually had to chip into it to release the target. you may even be able to make it out in the scoop. If not.... How bloody small is that ???? I had to keep getting Mrs JW's phone to take photos as I left mine at home. So I didnt end up getting many pics. I decided to go back over the previous dug areas with the GM where I had got the 17 pieces of tiny gold with the EQ 800. There was a spot where I had got a signal the previos time with the EQ 800 that turned outto be a little iron stone. It was reading -8, -9 on the VDI so I wasn't surprised. For no reason I walked up to this bit & moved the GM's coil over the same ground. It was in a small channel between to raised bits of schist bedrock. I got a good signal with the GM. You will see the dig scrape beside that schist. It was down a good 4". This is a good example of the size & shape of the EQ's 11" DD coil not being able to get the sweet spot of the DD close enough to the ground to be able to get a hit due to the target being tight up against that raised schist bedrock. The size & shape of the GM's coil was able to get in between the schist bedrock & so make the hit. I didn't try the GB2 on it At 4" I dont think the GB2 would have got it. I will now never know. My comparison tests actually turned to custard as I just carried on with the GM. I ended up getting two other bits with the GM in my previous turned over ground with the EQ. Probably because I had brought them closer to the top. Mrs JW was making noises about heading home after a couple of hours. Damn. I did manage one more tiny bit with the GM before I relented to Mr's JW's pleas & called it quits. So the comparison didn't eventuate. Sorry. So just the 5 little tiddlers. Mostly with the GM. On Sunday we made more of a day of it & I was keen to swing the Zed to get some bigger bits. Yer right..... Amazed at how green the hills had become. It was hard detecting but finally got a double blip signal with the Zed. These of course usually turn into shot gun pellets & I ignore them....sometimes. This one...even though a double blip kind of sounded different & more mellow. We know what mellow can be. Oh yer...could still be lead. It was on the side of an old prospect pit throw out pile & was down a few inches & signal still there. I was thinking....cant be a shot gun pellet now....can it? Nice big deep prospect pits from the old timers. They wouldn't have done these for nothing. Note the bald spot on the back left prospect pit. That was the scene of my second signal. Back to this first signal. About the size of a shotgun pellet Maybe hence the double blip signal. So on to the second signal. Wasn't a double blip & it was down a good 4". Gold it was. I re scanned the hole before pushing the dirt back into it. I then scanned again after half pushing the dirt back in. BANG...another signal. So two bits from the one little dig on the left & the one on the right from the first dig. Was a while between drinks before the next positive signal. Digging down on it I was in to a beautiful dark top soil loam & thoughtno way is this going to be gold. Mr's JW hiding in the shadows on her bloody phone....or is she doing a cross word puzzle? Note the old turned over worked ground. Pile after pile. Well blow me down with a feather....it was gold. The biggest bit of the weekend But that was my lot. Got another bucket full of mushrooms though. Yum yum. So the five on the left from the GM & EQ 800 on saturday afternoon & the 4 for sundays effort with the Zed Not even one gram all up. Fiddle sticks. Better than a skunk though. I will take them. Cheers. Good luck out there JW
  10. Hi guys, I came across this youtube footage that you may find interesting. You may recall the post I did a few weeks ago showing Martha Mine open pit wall collapse. This footage shows a bit more of the surrounding country & you will notice in some shots looking out to the coast towards Waihi Beach which is where we stayed when we were up there for Mrs JW's 60th birthday. The actual footage is old "news" now. But interesting none the less. Enjoy. Cheers Good luck out there JW
  11. Hi there all, Last saturday was Mrs JW's 60th birthday. We had organised to go up north to make it a family reunion with our kids, grand kids & close long time friends. We booked a waterfront house at Waihi Beach that slept 10 & where the front yard merged with the ocean beach. Beautiful spot. Waihi Beach was a great central place for people to come to & was an area where I lived for most of my first marriage & where my kids grew up & went to school. Three of my boys still live & now work in the area & are no more than 10 k's from each other. The oldest two have a son each, so two grand sons for me. My fourth & youngest son is over in Brisbane, Australia. He was going to fly over but it turned out to interfere with a two week schooling block course for his electrical engineering apprenticeship that he his doing. Both Mrs JW's daughter, son & his partner & there daughter (Mrs JW's grand daughter) came & stayed with us along with a few close friends who traveled to be there for a long weekend. On leaving a beautiful hot sunny Queenstown I landed in Auckland to rain. And it rained for three straight days. Mrs JW had flown up earlier than me to go even further north to stay a couple of nights with a close old friend of hers at a new place that she had bought. Mrs JW picked me up from the airport & we headed straight to the beach. Luckily the place we had rented had a games room so the rain didn't bother us too much. So it was socialising, drinking...opps...I mean celebrating, eating, playing pool & table tennis. It was a good time to be with family & close friends. We are making easter time an annual event to do the same thing. one of my sons told me that the Waihi Martha mine open pit had had a major collapse & was likely to end the open pit operations of the mine. They are also under ground mining....so not all is lost. You will recall this over view of the Martha Mine operation that I put up not long a go. The open pit is pretty much right in the center of the town. On our drive back to Auckland we went through Waihi to check out the collapse. This is a mock poppet head serving as a monument to what used to be several of these back in the old deep underground mine working days. Parked underneath it we head on up to the viewing platform, walking past another monument. The old Cornish Pump House that has actually been moved some distance from where it originally was over a deep shaft, that was collapsing, where it pumped out the water from the under ground workings. So this is what greeted us at the lookout viewing platform. Just below that big tin shed top right of center you will see the haul road going diagonally to the left right through where the slip has taken it out. lt curls on around the open pit to where you cant see it passing directly below in the foreground & winds on around the back again & passes right through where the slip has buried it with a few pebbles. Note directly below & to the left of that tin shed, beneath the haul road, quartz veins in the pit wall. You use to be able to see the old mine drives in the pit wall as well & the old timbering supports & large chambers that they had stoped out. Bit of video footage. And another On getting back to Queenstown I was hanging out for a detect. Oh...the withdrawals. So I headed to the hills for a days detecting. It was damn hot & dry & I didnt last the whole day. Gave up by 3pm. It was a bit of a struggle hitting on some gold but I finally got a sweet little faint signal in my hot settings. Down into the rotten schist bedrock & the signal was singing. Just knew it was going to be a sassy bit of gold. And it was. .7 of a gram. YE HA Ended up with three more little suckers for a total of four for just 1.31 grams. Still...better than the skunk. Cheers. Good luck out there JW
  12. Hi Team, Mrs JW & I have had some good friends of ours come down from our old haunt in the North Island. Waihi Beach. I have known Shane since early school days & we have remained close friends ever since. Shane shows a lot of interest in gold but he is more of an armchair fossicker. I have taken him out numerous times, both up in the Coromandal area. Where Waihi Beach is at the base of the Coromandal Peninsular, famous for its hard rock gold mines. The Waihi township, which is 9 kms inland, has the famous Martha Mine. Do a google search if interested. I use to live immediately to the left of the Favona Project Area on the yellow line mining license boundary. The red dashes are the gold bearing reefs of the Favona load. Now all mined out by under ground methods. The mine is no longer owned by Newmont but has been taken over by Oceana Gold. Any way. I took Shane out for a days detecting a couple of weekends ago. He used the GB2 & the gold monster. He got skunked on the gold but got more than his share of shotgun pellets. He didnt pay much attention to where I told him to detect, & I believe that was his down fall. After that weekend staying with us Shane & his partner went off to do there own thing for the week & were due to come back to our place on the friday evening. Mrs JW flew up to the North Island to attend her aunts funeral during the week & visit other family & was due back down late saturday afternoon. Shane & Carol ended up staying the friday night elsewhere on their travels & said they would be back at our place about the time Mrs JW was due back. I made the decision to do an over nighter detecting mission after work on the friday. Doing it rough staying in an old timesr rock hut shelter detecting until dark & then most of saturday before picking Mrs JW up from the Queenstown airport at 4.15pm. I was keen to try my new 19" coil on the Zed & have a play with my new drone. On getting there Friday after work I stuck with the 14" coil. Hitting old ground that had produced for me in the past. I was running the Zed in High Yield/Normal & sensitivity up to 18. B&Z booster with duel external speakers sitting on my shoulders right under my ears. The ground was not kind to me. We are well & truly into spring now & daylight saving started a few weekends ago. Not sure if you practice this in the USA but our clocks go forward one hour giving us an extra hour of daylight in the evenings outside of normal working hours. So not getting dark until around 8pm & growing longer each night until we reach the longest day. Where it will remain light until around 10pm. But after 3.5 hours of detecting & getting dark, I had no gold. I was wondering back to my wagon to head off to my Hilton abode for the night. Cook up a feed, have a coffee & hit the sack for an early start in the morning. When all of a sudden I got a sweet little hit & it was a small bit of gold. Ye Ha. Beat the skunk. Woke in the morning to a bit of a chill & pea soup FOG. Bugger. The fog had made the ground pretty damp, which was a good thing, but I was in no hurry to get out there. Cooked up a wicked breakfast, couple of coffees & decided to go back to where I had detected the weekend before. Carrying on from where I had left off. I ended up not taking the 19" coil for a spin. Wanting to complete going over these areas with the 14" coil first before trying the 19" on them. For no reason I went to a spot where I had told my mate to go over with the gold monster. He didnt. It was a small area where the old timers had turned over a bit of a gully. I had found gold here with my GP 3000 & little coiltek 10 x 5 joey mono coil. My mate ended up detecting above the old throw out heaps despite me repeating to him to stick to the piles. He still didnt so I left him to it. My first few signals with the Zed were shotgun pellets. But then I got a signal that wasnt that shallow small target double blip signal. But lived on down to about 4 inches before it was out. Had that nice mellow gold sound. The few scrapes on that bald patch were the shotgun pellets. Gold it was. I went back to the wagon & got the Gold monster. Threw the piece of gold back into the bottom of the hole. I don't read much into doing these type comparisons after a bit of gold has been disturbed & pulled from its resting place in the ground. But I was interested to see at what depth the Monster would hit on this. It gave a no mistake signal with the coil a good one inch above the ground level so about 5 to 6 inches above the gold. Then nothing more but shotgun pellets. So I moved on to my wee patch area of 4 meters x 4 meters where I scored two more bits last weekend with the Zed in the one dig hole. Just out of interest. Last weekend at this spot the auto tune settled on 140. This day it settled on 184. This was about 9 in the morning. After doing the ferrite balance all other settings were as I had left them last weekend & the night before. It hadnt gone back into the default setting of difficult ground. My next signal was down past the shotgun pellets & with the help of the monster. I pulled out an old timers button Then with the Zed I got a very faint signal....well I thought it was a signal. In fact all the signals that turned out to be gold this day were very very faint to almost no signal but almost imagined signals & more just a hunch that it may have been a signal. After a bit of a scrape the signal livened up, & small gold it was. The next signal I had to get the Gm 1000 involved to pin point & recover it after initially getting the "imagined" signal with the Zed But gold it was. A real faint hit with the Zed that lived past the shotgun pellets. Look how small that piece is for the Zed. Then I had to get the Monster involved again. Even though the Zed got the initial hit but then I "lost" it. Monster to the rescue. Again. Look how tiny. I ended up with 7 bits off this small patch area, where I only got 2 last weekend. Did the fog help with making the ground damper or was I just in the zone?? I stopped for a bite of lunch & a coffee before moving to another spot down the gully further. Another old patch area which was a bit larger than the previous one. I did another auto tune as the sun was out now & it settled on 153. Ferrite balanced & it needed balancing to smooth out. other setting remained the same. After a few hours I had bagged another 6 small pieces. Stopped for a coffee & then auto tuned again on firing back up. It settled on 70. That was strange I thought. Ferrite balanced & away I went. Hell. The detector was running real quite. Couldn't believe it. With sensitivity on 18 it was never this quiet. So I checked all my settings. High Yield yes, WHAT, difficult ground. Changed that back to Normal. WHAT sensitivity 9. Wound that up to 18. No wonder it was quiet. But why would it go back into these default settings?? I then auto tuned again & it went back up to 184. Strange. It was getting time to think about packing it in if I wanted to have a play with the drone & then have to get back to pick up Mrs JW from the airport. When I got another of these almost imagined faint signals. I wasnt convinced it was a signal but just the 18 sensitivity driving me nuts. I gave it a few scrapes & it improved. Ended up down about 450mm, 16-17 inches. It was nutting off now but I was having trouble pin pointing its exact position in the hole without having to make it a lot wider to get that 14" coil in there. So I went back to my wagon to get a small shovel, the Gold monster, & bugger it, my Minelab pinpointer that lives in my glove box but I had never found any gold with it as the gold I find is way small for it to be any use. Scene of the dig hole First off I stuck the pinpointer down the hole. Nothing. Yes...I did turn it on. Got the little shovel & dug out a bit more. Pinpointer back in there & a faint response. Dug a bit more & then the pinpointer came to life a bit more. I now knew where the signal was & got stuck into it with the little shovel. Pinpointer was now going mental. Few more digs & it was out. Pinpointer into the pile & I had a little lump of dirt in my hand. But boy....was there a bit of weight there. Kinda surprise. Bit of a rub Spit & polish. Ye Bloody Ha.Just over 4.5 grams. Had to end on that note. All up 15 pieces for 7.19 grams. I am definitely getting a picture of where to go back with the 19" coil. The day will come....but not just yet. Cheers all. Good luck out there JW
  13. Hi guys, It has been a few weekends since I was able to get out for a swing due to two weekends of crap weather. One Saturday was a lovely day but I had to catch up on a bit of work. Thinking the sunday would be ok, but it wasn't so missed out. We have a couple of friends down from the north Island visiting & my mate was keen to go for a detect. He has just recently had shoulder surgery & so wasn't too sure how he would go detecting. I took along the 4500 & 11" Coiltek Elite coil plus the GB2 & the GM 1000. The day before we took them for a bit of a local tour. Saturday we headed off for a detect. My mate chose the GB2 to start off with. I put him on to a turned over gully from the old timers that had quite a bit of wild thyme bush growth & that little coil was ideal for poking & prodding in between & around the thyme bushes & the old dug over piles. Telling him that I couldn't get in there with the Zed's 14" coil so he had every chance of getting some gold. I decided to focus on some spots where I had got gold before in more open areas above the turned over gully. I had in fact got gold here before with the Zed, but I was now getting in to these hot settings & had the sensitivity cranked up to 20 & High Yield/ Normal. I went over a small patch area where at xmas time I had got this on one day. And this on the next. A lot of the real small stuff was got with the GB2 at depth after the Zed had found a few bigger bits in the same dig hole initially. So running these hot settings on the Zed I went back over this small 4 meter X 4 meter area but only got the faintest of signals. Apart from a few recent new shot gun pellets thanks to rabbit shooters that gave that double hit signal that usually is a tiny shallow/surface target. One faint signal that only gave the one hit I dug down on & it lived down past the pesky shot gun pellet depth. Ended up getting two small bits of gold with the Zed. Tried the GM 1000 but there was no more. That was all this old patch area gave up to me so I moved on to the other side of the gully above the turned over gully floor where I had sent my mate into. Another spot where over the years I had got quite a bit of gold....& yes....also with the Zed but not with these hot settings. Bring it on. A couple of very faint signals that ended up being about 4 inches in depth. Ending up in two bits of small gold for the Zed. Taking my tally to 4 Then another very faint signal initially that went down quite a bit deeper, getting louder all the time. I was then in to that rotten schist bed rock & the signal was out. Not too long after, & the same scenario. But deeper still. Bingo. And then another. Then things dried up for me. My mate hadn't done too good on the gold, getting none but got his share of shot gun pellets. He didn't do as I said though & instead of sticking to the turned over piles in the gully floor amongst the thyme bushes he wondered up out on the top fringe of them in to much deeper ground. Despite me repeating for him to stick in the gully floor. So end of day I had 8 bits of gold for 2.55 grams. I also got an old timers metal button that was down very deep. I was able to make out the writings on it. 86 Oxford St. HYAM & Co. I did a google search & came up with: Deriving from clothing worn by working men, such as soldiers, sailors, fisherman & farm labourers, trousers replaced knee-length breeches. Made between 1870 & 1880 by British manufacturer Hyam & company, who were based in Oxford Street. Looser fitting & wider in the leg than breeches, trousers were considered to be more suitable for those who led an active life....... So that was interesting. Cheers guys. Good luck out there JW
  14. Sunday dawned a beautiful stunning cloudless sky day. Mrs JW said, "What do you want to do for fathers day?" I'm easy I said. What would you like to do. I wouldn't mind getting out of here & up into the hills some where. Is there somewhere you haven't tried the Zed that isn't too much of a walk? She replied. Oh....yer.... You sure you dont mind me detecting. I said. No, I will just enjoy the sun, scenery & read a magazine. She said. Oh...ok....I will make up a thermos & a bit of a picnic lunch. I know just the spot. I said. It was where I went with the Zed on my very first time out with it. I had got a few bits of gold & I was keen to try these hot settings there. So all packed up we headed off. Two hours drive later we parked up. I shouldered the pack & carried the Zed & GM 1000. We had about a half hour walk but first we had to cross a creek. Mrs JW didn't bring her gumboots so I crossed first & dropped my gear & went back to piggy back her across the creek. With the snow melt the creek was running rather briskly but we got across with no mishaps. 20 minutes later we were at these old workings. Mrs JW said, "I am having a cup of tea, would you liike a coffee? Ok I said. So she got that happening while I rigged up. Coffee done I was into it. I went straight to a few hot spots & also where I had got a few bits with the Zed on my first time here with it. Nothing. Three hours later & still nothing. A bit of rubbish but no gold. Time for a lunch & coffee break & then try further up & out of these old turned over ancient old river channel workings that wouldn't have been a flowing river for tens of thousands of years. Hoping to do better in some deeper ground. Another couple of hours later & still no gold. I combed over a small patch area where I got numerous nice size pieces in the past. My tell tale back filled holes were still apparent. But NOTHING. Not liking the feeling that I was going to be skunked on Fathers day I headed higher up to some ground sluiced slopes that the old timers had washed the surface off down to the schist bed rock. The schist was very flat & smooth but did have many fractures & cracks through it. Not like the schist I usually detect in that is up on edge & a great trap for gold. The old timers had barred up a lot of this flat platy schist slabs so obviously they wouldn't have done that for nothing. I stopped to check my settings & discovered that the Zed had gone back into the default setting of Difficult & that I wasnt in normal. Oh no......So into normal I went & 5 minutes later I got a signal up against a step up in the slab of schist bedrock. It was very faint but unmistakable. I ended up raking the pointy end of the pick under that wee overhang to the left of the coil. Target out & oh so small. It is on the coil there. .06 of a gram But at least it was gold & the skunk had been avoided. I will have to go back over the ground I hit earlier in normal...but that will be another day. I carried on combing around these edges of the schist & got another sweet hit. This one sounded a bit better than that first one, again it was in the edge of this platy schist. Another small piece at .13 of a gram. But no catch & release. Half an hour later another mellow signal. This one had a bit more depth to it. I did in fact use the GM 1000 to pinpoint it in a tight crevice & to see if it was ferrous or non ferrous. Non ferrous was the reading so I smashed it out. .22 of a gram. No record breakers. That is for sure. The sun was getting low & Mrs JW was making noises about heading home as it was starting to cool down. I was happy to have bet the skunk & was happy to call it quits. I was just peeved at not picking up a lot sooner on the Default setting of difficult getting activated. So three tiddlers for Fathers Day. Better than a poke in the eye with a blunt stick. Cheers. Best of luck out there JW
  15. Hi guys, Well....Mrs JW went up north for a few days to catch up with friends & family leaving me home alone for the weekend. We all know what that means......Johnny click beetle can go detecting for the whole weekend & stay out up there in the hills sleeping rough. So early Saturday morning with batteries all charged up, tucker bag, thermos, cooking primus & all other required paraphernalia, I was off. 2.5 hours drive later & I was rigged up & in to it. The conditions were absolutely perfect for detecting. About 4 degrees Celsius, that's 4 degrees above freezing point. So cool but not cold. Well not to me anyway. Not a breath of wind & going to be a lovely sunny winters day. The ground was nice & moist but not saturated & I was amazed at how deep the moisture had actually penetrated into the ground. Found this out after digging a few crap signals. Usually the ground is bone dry when you have dug down 4-6 inches. I was excited by the depth of the moisture in the ground as I know this enhances depth & sensitivity beyond what is "normal". It did make for a bit more liveliness from the ground but nothing I was uncomfortable with. I stayed in High Yield/Normal & even cranked the sensitivity up to 10 from my usual more conservative settings of around 4-6. I had decided to hit some well flogged areas, three in fact, where I had done very well on & had found some nice patches. Two of the areas were pretty close to each other all had each given up to me well over an ounce from each patch. They were all discovered back in my GP 3000 days & with the 24 x 12 inch coiltek UFO coil. Giving up numerous multi gram pieces & the usual small gold that I normally get. I had been over them a couple of times all ready with the Zed. Getting some small but deeper gold from two of the spots but nothing off the other. Due to the conditions I had a very confident feeling as I know that no one gets all the gold & despite me having been over these areas so many times over the years with all coils on my PI detectors I knew there still had to gold there. The day had a good feeling about it. The grass was very short, not only due to the winter conditions, but the sheep had been in these areas in the last couple of weeks & chewed it right down. They had even chewed the tussock grasses right down to the little nub or crown that sticks up 2-3 inches above the ground level. In the past I had to just detect around these tussocky grasses as I could not wave my coils over them. Today was different. Although with the Zed I had to be very careful in lifting the coil up & over these crowns as the Zed doesn't like to have its coil raised & lowered from the ground so I had to do it very slowly. In fact I detected very slowly over the entire areas skidding the coil over the ground listening intently for any faint whisper or interruption in the threshold. So....first spot & after an hour I got a faint but nice sounding signal. I had been getting quite a few of those little double hit signals that usually end up being a very shallow shot gun pellet. I usually dig every thing but as I had been over these areas not long ago with the Zed I took these to be new shot gun pellet type signals to be from recent rabbit shooting. So if they moved after a couple of scrapes I just moved on. I was waiting for the signal to live on down a bit before I would carry on to retrieve the target. So this signal was living on down beyond the usual shot gun pellet signal. If you click on a pic once it goes through to flicker. If you click again on the pic it will go full screen if you want a closer up or to see more detail. Bingo....a sassy bit of gold. Then just heaps more shot gun pellet signals So I stopped for a coffee break before getting back into it. Half an hour into it I got a signal that lived on down a bit. The dig was into a top soil & not looking promising. So I went & got the GM 1000. It told me it was non ferrous so I carried on with the dig. I was just getting into crunchy schist gravels when the signal was out. So I placed a few handfuls of dirt over the Zed's coil until it nutted off. Whittled the target down to a light in weight item in my hand. Hmmmm I thought.....not gold but not iron either. I rubbed it in my hands to get some of the dirt off it. I then ended up with two bits in my hand. A piece had broken off. I passed the smaller bit over the Zed's coil & nothing. So I dropped it in the dig out dirt pile & waved the bigger bit over the coil & it nutted off. Couldn't see any gold in it & was thinking that maybe it was a piece of aluminum. Which seemed odd for this area. I didnt want to stick it in my mouth so I went back to my wagon, which wasn't far away, & got my bottle of water & gave it a wash. It was a gold quartz specimen piece. Choice but bugger. As I had dropped the smaller bit that broke off in the dig out dirt. As the Zed didn't register on it I got the Gold Monster on to it in the dig out pile. It sniffed it out & I gave it a wash up & it showed colours of gold. Ye Ha. Scanned the hole again with the Zed & the Monster & nothing. Scanned the dig out pile again with them both. Nothing with the Zed but got a hit with the Monster. Another small specimen bit. So two for the Monster & one for the Zed. The Zed getting the signal in the first place & the Monster cleaning up two more. Loving it. A couple of hours later & nothing more so that called for another time out & a coffee break. Another few hours & no more gold. It was just getting on to dark when I got a signal that again lived on down a bit. Into that lovely crunchy schist gravel & then the signal was out. Another little bit of gold. That was it for Saturday. So made myself comfortable in an old timers rock hut shelter. Cooked up a feed, had a coffee & hit the sack. Woke up to rain. Bugger. So was in no hurry to get up. Made a coffee at about 9.30am & cooked up some sausages, baked beans & toast. Another coffee, made up the thermos & then the rain stopped. I headed off to spot number 2. Rigged up & got into it with the Zed. Not even 5 minutes & a sweet sounding signal that lived on down. Just to the right of the bottom of the coil you will see a little grassy clumpy nub/crown from a tussock type grass that the sheep have chewed down. More on that in a minute. I was down onto schist bedrock & the signal was out. Backed up on the dig out dirt & bingo..... Sweet. No more signals. Back filled & carried on. One very slow sweep over that little clumpy nub of grass. Oh...what was that?? Oh...nothing. Changed direction & tried again. Oh...that was something...I am sure....Mmmmm....maybe not. bugger it. Tried again. Still not convinced. Got the pick & knocked that nub of grass off to ground level. Scanned again. Oh hell yeah...that is something. but Oh so faint. Scrapped away quite a bit more & yes...that is something & still in the ground. Again I got down to that schist bed rock & it was still in there. The signal was booming. Where the scoop is was where the first bit of gold came out of & back filled. Down 500 mm, 20 or so inches, & the signal was out. I was just about to get the Gold monster to pin point it & to see if it was ferrous or non ferrous. No need now & I could feel the weight in my hand. You bloody beauty. My biggest bit since last year. 3.62 grams. A beaut round ball chunky bit. YE HA.... Then it started to rain again but I battled on. A few hours later & nothing more. The rain got heavier so I went to my wagon & had a coffee. Thinking of heading off. I moved to the third spot which wasnt far away. The rain stopped so I thought I would give this area a go. It was the area where I had got nothing with the Zed on two previous occasions. About an hour into it I got a very faint whisper on another of those grass nubs. Knocked it off to ground level & it brightened up. Down on to the crunchy schist gravels & it was still in there. Suddenly it was out. Backed up on the dirt pile. Got the signal in my hand. Ended up with a dirty looking stone in my hand nutting off. Had a little bit of weight to it. Gave it a rub & saw the glimmer of gold through the dirt. Bit of spit & polish And.... Another whopper. Well whopper for me aye. 4.39 grams to be exact. YE bloody HA. Bit of quartz still attached to it. I wasn't far from my wagon. Hows that ground for detecting? Bits of quartz scattered about. Very low grass. just perfect. The rain came back in & I decided to head off. Had to pick Mrs JW up from the airport back in Queenstown & a 2.5 hour drive to get back. So...my best weekend for a longgggg time. 8 bits for 12.20 grams all up. Cheers guys. Best of luck out there JW
  16. kiwijw

    Four Tiddlers

    Hi guys, We are in about the middle of our winter so things are pretty cold & the grounds frozen up in the hills & mountains. Even if not in the snow the grounds are pretty hard digging. I went to an area that I have hammered with the Gp 3000 & the 4500 & done pretty well but hadn't been here with the Zed , GB2 or the GM 1000. You will see in the above pic those long thin dry/dead stalkey plants. I got in to it with the Zed first off & they were a real pain with the Zed to get a decent coil swing. Just had to negotiate through & around them as best as possible. Wasn't long in to it when I got a faint little signal. The ground was rock hard & the flat blade of the pick just skimmed over the top taking off the mosey grasses & that was about it. Had to drive the pick point in to make any head way. The signal out....a small bit of gold for the Zed After a bit of weaving & negotiating those stalkey plants I got another faint signal. Again I had to drive the picks point in to make any head way. Not long in to it & the signal had moved....but I couldn't find it again with the Zed. So I got the GB2 involved. Had the signal in my scoop. Whittled it down & I couldn't believe what I was looking at. In utter disbelief & astonishment.....I just couldn't believe the Zed had found that. In my moment of disbelief I didn't take a photo at the time. Here is a pic I took when I got home. You can now see my disbelief in the Zed having found that. So I re scanned the pile with the GB2 & got a much better hit. Swapped over to the Zed & yes got that faint hit. A damn shot gun pellet. So obviously the Zed didn't get that tiny bit if gold & I was lucky to have got it with the GB2. If I had of got the pellet first up with the Zed it was unlikely I would have involved the GB2. To cut a long story short, I got nothing more with the zed in the gold department. I was now in a bed rock area & so put the GB2 in to action. Running the GB2 in max volume through the external speaker, full max sensitivity, audio boost mode, & low mineralization. So running it flat out. I had done quite well in this bed rock with the GP 3000 & 4500 with my small to medium size coils so wasn't too surprised in the Zed getting nothing. Got a faint hit with the GB2. A few scrapes with the pointy end of the pick & the signal had moved. Ye Ha a sassy bit of gold for the bug. I then got in to a shot gun pellet grave yard. Oh the joys of higher frequency VLF's. Then the batteries got weak in the GB2 so I swapped over to the GM 1000. I went back over the bed rock areas that I had done with the GB2. I got nothing more there with the Monster. I was running the monster flat out in manual sensitivity on 10 & deep all metal mode, volume about three quarter strength. I then carried on to another bed rock area & got a good hit. A few scrapes & the target had moved. In to the scope....whittled it down.....& bingo. A sassy bit of the good stuff for the GM 1000. The sun was going down. It was damn cold & I had the usual longish walk back to my wagon. Gold found with each detector. One each for the Zed & the Monster & two for the bug 2. Total of 4 tiny bits for .21 of a gram. Wont be quitting my day job with results like that. Cheers Good luck out there JW
  17. Hi guys, My first time out last Saturday since the Zed upgrade & since the 2nd of July due to family coming down to stay. First my eldest son, wife & 5 month old grandson stayed for a week & then my 2nd eldest son, partner & 6 year old grandson came for a week. I then did something to my left knee & could hardly get about. So I was off work for a week & it has now come right. Well...better. So Saturday I headed out to a well flogged spot of mine that I have already been over a few times with the Zed & had found some gold each time. With recent snow & rain the ground was quite damp & with the new download on the Zed I was hoping to get some more at a bit of depth. This time I took the GB2 with me as well & gave the Gold Monster a rest. On my walk in I came across an old galvanized wash tub, complete with briar rose bushes growing through its rotted out base. I did it real hard with the Zed. Skunked on the gold front . Did get a few crap targets & got a real nice faint signal. As I dug down on it, the signal was getting better all the time.....& deeper. I put the GB2 on to it & no signal. Hmmm...deeper still. Down two feet & a faint hit on the GB2. Dug a bit more & flicked in to discriminate....nothing. Bugger. down the depth of my pick handle, which is 700 mm (27.5 inches) & the target was out. An old gold ore small gauge tramway rail spike. No other signals, so it wasn't masking any nice faint gold signals...damn. In desperation to not be skunked for the day I went to some shallow bed rock that the old timers had ground sluiced down to that were now quite thick with wild thyme bushes. Top center you will see a gap between those two bed rock schist tors sticking up. To the left & right you will see stacked piles of rocks. They are the embankment of an old water race that ran from the left to the right. The gap is where they breached the water race & allowed the water to pour straight down towards the bottom of the picture. You will see bed rock schist to the right & left of the gutter/ditch now all covered in wild thyme. I did quite well here back in my GP 3000 days & the little 10x5 coiltek "joey" mono coil. The wild thyme was no where near as bad as it is now. No chance of getting the Zed's coil in amongst that stuff but ideal for the GB2. The GM 1000 would have struggled in max manual sensitivity on 10 & deep all metal mode with the touch/bump issue in amongst these bushes. The GB2 I could drive it flat out & no problems pushing that little 6x3 coil through the thyme bushes. Got a very faint hit. Couple of scrapes & it had moved. A sassy bit of the good stuff. Saved the day. Saved the skunk. A few feet away & another faint little hit & another tiny bit of gold. That was it for the day. Had a big walk back to the wagon so called it quits at that. Not a record breaking outing but fun all the same. One rail iron spike & the two tiny bits of AU. Total for the two bits .08 of a gram Cheers Good luck out there JW
  18. Hi guys. After that awesome day biking up the river & checking out a few sights we headed back to the little local town. There was a bit of a shin dig happening that night in the local pub. A local hunting club was having a prize giving for best head (deer). The guy in the middle was the splitting image of Todd Hoffman. There was also a competition for best duck calling & stag roaring. That was an absolute laugh & the same bloke won both the stag roaring & the duck calling. A few racks of antlers hanging form the pubs roof trusses. This was only a few of them. There were heaps. Was a great night. The band were excellent. We headed home the next day & I went for an afternoon detect with the Zed to a spot I hadnt been to for a couple of years. I was no longer getting any finds with the 4500 & I hadnt got around to trying the Zed here. So this was the Zeds first time here. I went to a spot that I thought had the greatest chance of the Zed getting something. I was wrong. The next spot I went to I thought I was least likely to get something. I was wrong again. Up on a high terrace directly above the road, I got the fainest of faint signals. Well I thought it was a signal. Was pretty iffy, but I scraped away a bit of dirt...well more like rotten schist. I was then in to more solid schist & the signal had now improved & as I smashed in to the schist rock I was opening up & getting in to a crevice. The deeper I got the more confident I was that it was going to be gold. I had to be careful not to let any rocks tumble down on to the road below. Finally the signal was out from deep in to the schist. Out popped this sassy little bit. YE HA... I wandered down a bit further along this terrace & over a bit of exposed schist bed rock. I thought I heard another very faint signal. Backed up on to it & tried a different angle. Nothing. Tried the first approach again & yes I was sure that was a faint signal coming from that crevice. Raked the crevice out with the pick & bingo. You may just make out the tiny piece of gold on the coil label. If not....then here you go. How small is that for the Zed? No wonder it was a very faint signal one way & nothing the other way. High Yield/Normal sensitivity 5 That was it & all I could get from this most unlikely of spots. Gold is where you find it. Not a truer word spoken. I then went off to another unlikely spot. It looked like somebody else had been here as they had scraped down a bit of material. The material looked promising but I knew I had been here back in my GP 3000 days with the little 10x5 coiltek mono joey coil & pinged a few small bits. Maybe some one had scraped down more material & got a few more. I had also had the 4500 over here with the nugget finder 14x9 advantage coil & sadie coil & got nothing. Bring on the mighty Zed. Straight away I got a little faint hit. I groveled around in the dirt with the scoop until I had the target in it. Whittled the signal down to a kinda surprise. The Zed never fails to impress me on the small gold it can ping. I would be even more impressed though if the gold were bigger.... So I was happy with the three little bits for a fun afternoon & I can see I will have to go back as there are more spots here to go over.... & with the Zed....well you never know your luck. A few weekends ago we had our first dusting of snow. Last weekend I went back over the coast to see my mate again. I took the jetboat as we had a plan to go up the river to do some prospecting. But the jetboat had other ideas & gave us a bit of grief. It started ok, idled fine & accelerated a little but wouldnt get up & dance, & boy....does it usually get up & dance. But not today. So that wasnt going to happen. Took it to the local garage 50 k's away & they couldnt look at it until the next day. So that day was stuffed. Next day didnt get any better as the garage couldnt sort it. Said the motor was ok & it looked like it was something to do with the computer & an electronic problem. They didnt have the gear to diagnose that. So end of the jetboat idea. My mate has been doing a bit of painting for the garage owner between his possum trapping & deer hunting & that was my link to tracking my mate down. Some one from an area I some times detect at had said they thought they had seen him painting this garage.....& so it turned out. So with the boat out of action the garage owner said to my mate, "What say we fly to Wanaka & pick up some roof paint?" The garage owner has his own little plane & so off we went. It was a mint day to be flying over the Alps When we crossed the Alps & got on the Lake Wanaka & Hawea side the lakes had a low cloud over them We got to Wanaka, got the paint & on getting back to the airport had a coffee at the airport cafe before flying back. We got inside & my mate was dumb struck. He used to have his own motorbike shop & he specialized in custom bikes & restorations. Up above the entrance way on display was his old Harley Davidson that he had lovingly restored years ago. He recognized it straight away & approached the lady behind the counter asking her about it. She pointed outside to a chap talking to some one & said to my mate. "He is the owner of the bike. Have a talk to him. Well that talk went on for half an hour. My mate was just blown away Approaching back to the West Coast & in to the setting sun Well that was last weekend so a bit of a catch up on what I have been up to. Went for a detect this weekend with a bit of success but will keep that for during the week. But here is a peak at a bit of scenery not too far away. Cheers guys. Good luck out there JW
  19. Hi guys, A bit off topic to start with but just a bit of a catch up with a few of my latest adventures & trips away over to the West Coast chasing down a mate of mine who seemed to have vanished off the face of the earth. But I tracked him down after a year of not hearing from him. Was starting to think he had gone bush & something had happened to him. Ended up he had gone bush, possum trapping & deer hunting & just didn't bother coming back "home" last summer. I will start off with some pics from a trip up to the head of Lake Wakatipu. The first three are taken from a jet boat going up the Dart River which flows in to the Lake. A bit more of Alaska from down under for you Steve Couldn't give me a push could you?? A couple of weekends ago I took the Zed for a walk for just a half day mission. Got skunked on the gold front but did get a pretty deep signal on thrashed ground. An old timers broken pick point. BUGGER! Heard a rumor my mate was over the West Coast so Mrs JW & I decided to head on over & chase up on this "sighting" of him. We made a long weekend of the trip & if it turned out that it wasn't him then we would check out some sights any way. Some places that Mrs JW hadn't been to. We left straight after I had finished work on the friday & got over to the Coast & booked in to our accommodation. Was a three hour drive & dark by the time we got there so we left trying to track down this sighting of my mate until morning. Morning came & yes it turned out to be my mate but was another 50 or so k's to his bush camp. What a surprise he got when we rocked up. After hand shakes, high fives & hugs I then abused the crap out of him for not informing us of his wanderings & intentions & that a few people were worried about him & about to go to the police with a missing persons report....etc. He put the billy on & we had a brew. Me at his bush camp We couldn't have picked a more perfect weather weekend to go over to the coast. Usually it is bucketing down. Something like 8 meters of rain fall a year. The call was made to go for a bike ride up the river towards his hunting blocks. I hadn't ridden a motor bike for 12 years or so & was a bit apprehensive about that....but I didnt show it. Just had to think of it like mountain biking but with a motor. I had done heaps of mountain biking. Mrs JW was to go on the back with him on his 400 & me on the 125. Oh Boy...this will be interesting. View up the river. Stunning! But a real jungle when you get up in there. No sweat. Like a duck to water. Just like ridding a bike...oh year...I was ridding a bike. Was an awesome day. We then headed to the Coast & a sheltered little anchorage bay. Even the surf was non existent. Most unusual for the West Coast. Ended the day with an awesome sunset . to be continued...... Good luck out there JW
  20. Hi Guys, I got a PM from one of our members on the Aussie forum that I belong to during the week. I wont give his user name. Apparently we had a conversation about 3 years ago where I said to him if your ever over this way to look me up. Well he was in NZ for 3 weeks & was currently in Wanaka & how far away was I from there. He was keen to come with me as an observer on one of my detecting missions. He was here on business & his only free day was going to be Saturday & was I ok with him tagging along if I was going to go out detecting. No worries I said, in fact you can use my 4500. He was rapt with that as he runs a 4500 back in Victoria. I am only about an hour away from Wanaka so it was arranged that I would pick him up at 9 am. I took him on a bit of a tour before we hit a detecting spot. Showed him a few historic places of interest to do with gold which he enjoyed. I got him all rigged up with the 4500 & 11" Elite & he was off. He disappeared over a ridge & was gone. So I just went about my business with the Zed. We were in amongst old timer diggings & their prospect holes & throw out piles. After about 20 minutes I got a very faint signal & after a few scrapes & bit of fluffing about it became 3 signals. They werent far down but were all gold. Ye Ha I then got my share of shot gun pellets & .22 shells & lead bullet heads. Glenn came wondering back for a drink & bite to eat. He had scored no gold but got his share of crap as well. I showed him the three little bits I had got. I had brought along the NF sadie coil, 12 x7 & the 14 x 9 & said to him to change coils if he wanted to, but no he was happy with the 11" Elite. I dont think he had ever been able to detect in sensitive extra & the hot settings that I could get away with here & he was quite chuffed to be able to do so. After he had watered the horse he was off again, out of site way down the workings. So I carried on & got another nice faint little signal. This one was a bit deeper & into the shatted schist gravels. Another sassy bit of the good stuff.....but still small. Then another shallow surface scrape signal Small gold again. But no catch & release. Glenn came wondering back again with his tail between his legs , still goldless. I said for him to try the Gold bug 2 on some exposed schist gravels that the old timers left behind. Straight away the bug was screaming on a target. Flick in to discriminate I told him. He did so & the signal was unchanged. Under my breath I said to myself....shot gun pellet but I said to Glenn, At least it isnt iron. I threw him my green scoop to make it a lot easier for him to locate the target & not to be getting false signals off his hand. Well bugger me....he scored a bit of kiwi gold. In his own words, That is the smallest gold I have ever detected. Glenns bit of the good stuff Sadly it was going to be his one & only bit. I couldnt get the bug 2 out of his hands. He loved it. He was getting signal after signal....all be it from then on ....shot gun pellets. But he was blown away by the sensitivity of the bug 2. My luck dried up too so I suggested me move on. This we did & he went back to the 4500 & 11" Elite. We were both getting our share of crap targets but I eventually snagged a small specimen bit And then another tiny bit Glenn unfortunately got skunked with the 4500....which suprised me. I thought he would have got a few bits at least, but it wasnt to be. He was rapped with the day & really enjoyed himself & the country side blew him away. He loved the smell of walking through the thyme bushes. Just on dark we called it quits, despite a full moon. BUGGER....but he had to get back to Wanaka. So for me it was just the 7 small bits for the grand total of 1.1 grams So after a mint summers day on the Saturday. Sunday dawned a bit windy & cool. Mrs JW was keen to go for a walk up to a look out up on the tops of the Remarkables mountain range. Well not quite the top but not far off it. We drove up to the ski field base building car park & walked it from there. Was a bit of a mission & threatened to rain/snow at any time. When we got to the top her phone battery died & so she couldnt get a photo & I handnt taken mine. So that was a bugger. Not that it was a very nice day for a photo. But this is what it could have been like. This was from last year when two of my boys & me did the same walk. Look at those glacially scoured hills. This is what I was greeted with when I got to work this morning Snow on the Remarkables, when there was none yesterday when Mrs JW & I were up there. So much for summer. Cheers Good luck out there JW
  21. Hi guys, After working on my schist columns all day, & Mrs JW had a wedding to video, I buggered off at about 5pm & headed back to where I got those last 8 little bits. I planned on going a bit further over from where I had been going the last couple of times. Still, the spot I chose was an area where I had done well with the GP 3000 & 4500 but was no longer getting gold there with the 4500. I dont think though that I had used the Elite coils here. Any way......I parked up & walked to the spot. Got rigged up & hit an area of semi exposed bed rock schist that the old timers had surface washed. Not even a minute in to it & I had a soft faint signel. Scraped about 1.5 inches off it & that lifted the signal So I laid in to the dig with a bit more effort. Next minute. Oh no....you b**tard. Shite bugger damn. Those last few times that I had been smashing into that solid schist to get a few signals out had taken there toll on my pick. I knew I felt the pain for my pick at the time. Didnt I say so. What do I do??? Pack up & come back later with another pick?? Maybe I will just keep detecting & mark spots where I get a signal & then come back & dig them. I picked up the head of the pick & had a go at scraping & digging as best I could. So...scrape scrape dig dig...wasnt too bad actually. Down in to the schist bed rock which was actually quite rotten & soft & broke out easily Ye Ha. A nice little bit of the good stuff. Not five feet away, another very faint signal...I think. Some times you just think you here a slight hiccup in the threshold or just a hunch that it was a signal as it isnt all ways there with each sweep of the coil. I gave it a few scrapes any way. The hint of a signal improved so I kept on going down in to the schist bed rock. Into a few crevices A small bit of gold And again Another small bit This just kept on happening & no crap signals. All gold. Have detected here so often that there is no crap targets left. Bonus now. Look at the depth. I was lucky that this schist was rotten & soft & peeled away easily Nice piece Deep in to another schist crevice Loving the no crap tagets. Just GOLD The signals just kept on coming Thought I saw a bit of rusty crap come out of this hole, as it was a loud sharp signal as well But no Actually got two bits out of that dig Down in to a deep schist crevice Time out & a look at the finds so far In to the schist bed rock again The hand was getting a bit sore as some of these digs were quite deep And getting deeper But still the gold was coming & all off thrashed ground. Loving the Zed. Two bits from this hole Well it was time to head out & back to the wagon. All up 13 bits for 5.33 grams. Sure beat the other days 57 bits for 4.55 grams The Zed just keeps on blowing me away. What a machine. Thanks guys. Best of luck to you out there JW kiwijw
  22. Hi guys, Saturday I headed back to Doug's Gully, but this time I did not forget the WM12. I was all rigged up & detecting by 10am. I headed straight to a spot where I had found a little patch with the 4500 about 3 years ago. It was up out of the gully bottom but further prospecting the slope to the top of the spur revealed nothing more outside of the localized wee patch. It was at the head of the gully & I went straight to the spot where I got my first piece there on this wee patch. My back filled hole was still visible. BANG....a faint signal straight off. Probably just a shotty pellet. Notice the old back filled hole beside the coil. A few scrapes & the signal had moved. Bugger.....was not going to be a bigger deep piece of gold. But gold it was. With in 10 minutes I repeated the same process 2 more times with the Zed. All small shallow gold. I then thought I had better grab the Bug 2 & go back over these shallow digs & there scrape out piles before back filling & moving on. Well...... The Zed does pretty well on small gold & the Bug 2 just finishes things off. A great combination. I moved on with the Zed back down in the gully floor & got a faint wee signal. Another small bit of gold Then right in the gully bottom another very faint signal. I scraped away a few inches & the signal was still in the ground & getting better I got down to over two feet & the signal was still in the ground & sounding good. I was having trouble pin pointing exactly where the target was so I wondered back to where I had left the Bug 2. My pin pointer & discriminator. No signal. Deeper down yet. Then the Bug got a signal. Flick in to discriminate. BUGGER...wasn't going to be gold. Down almost to the control box of the bug Then the target was out. Now I put these old workings down to the mid to late 1860's. An old pocket knife A bit worse for the amount of time it had been buried. Looks like a bone or ivory or deer antler handle. Quite a cool find none the less. Makes you think of who's it was, what nationality, how well he was doing on the gold. But to think I am the first person to handle it since he lost it. Also makes me think of the amount of ground that was dug down, turned over & all by hand pick & shovel. Then a very similar thing happened. Another deepish hole. Out with the bug & again it wasn't going to be gold. Damn. But as I do I still dig to get rid of the junk just in case it is masking a gold signal. Can you see it?? Not sure what it was but it was still very firm in the ground. I didn't bother getting it out. Back filled & moved on. I kept on going down the gully bottom & I detected up on the top of a sarson stone & got a very faint signal. I scraped away & there was a flat piece of schist sitting on top of the sarson stone. I ended up removing the schist stone & the signal was still there Bingo....a sassy bit of gold Re scanning & another faint signal & another small bit of gold I went back to my last deep hole & got the Bug 2, as I had left it beside the back filled hole. I thought I may as well try the bug 2 on this last little dig. Well bugger me.....4 more little bits of gold from the dig out dirt. Then nothing for ages. Just on 10 pm & an awesome sunset happening I got a faint signal. A little quartz specimen piece. Not 3 feet away another small bit. As there was a half moon I detected until after midnight but got nothing more on the gold front. Still had a 2.5 hour drive home. The things we do. So all up 17 pieces of small gold for just 1.21 grams What a long day & many miles of walking. The old pocket knife The thing I am noticing on my old haunts is that the GP 3000 & the 4500 have done a good job of getting the bigger deeper bits of gold & there doesn't seem to be any deeper bigger bits for the Zed but the zed is pinging the smaller slightly deeper bits. Cheers guys. Good luck out there JW
  23. Hi guys, A few days ago I went back to the spot where I had got 6 little bits of gold for .88 of a gram on my 2nd to last days detecting of 2016. It was an area I hadnt been to prior for about 18 months as I was no longer getting gold from it until I hit it with the Zed. So roll on 2017 & my first days detect. I got there & rigged up. It took about half an hour before I got my first very faint signal. It was down a bit into the solid schist that I had to smash out to get down in to the folds of the turned up on edge schist. Such a great gold trap. Gold it was Moved on & another very faint signal Again down in to the folds of the schist & in to a crevice Small bit of gold Then in to another schist crevice A tiny piece .04 of a gram Before I back filled the dig I scanned the hole, as I always do, & another signal. This time at the back of the hole Another small bit of gold Another faint signal. This time it was just in the gravel wash Slightly bigger. But not by much Then a signal right on top of bare schist bed rock. Must be down in it a bit. Bloody hell......here we go again. Smashing in to the hard schist. Not breaking apart as easily as the others & not opening up in to a crevice. Oh my poor pick. Took a while to get it out & luckily it wasnt too deep .03 of a gram Down in to the bed rock schist again Wee bit bigger. Almost a half grammer. .04 I stopped for a coffee & a bite to eat & took a pic of the total so far It was damn hot & I felt like packing it in but I had my coffee & wondered on down to another area of exposed bed rock. Got a slight hint of a break in the threshold. Backed up & scraped in to the up on edge schist. This one was getting down deep & giving me a hard time at getting it out Broke out the tweezers & coffee spoon to get in to that tight crevice that my pick point just couldnt get in to. Too worn down. Note in the foreground the up on edge fingers of schist bed rock. Mighty fine gold traps those. Finally got it out That was it. I was buggered after that one. So all up of absolutely flogged ground that even the GB2 & GMT weren't scoring any thing. I got another 8 bits of gold for 1.72 grams So off to a positive start with the Zed for 2017. YE HA Cheers all & best of luck out there for 2017 JW
  24. Hi Guys. Took the Zed for a late afternoon walk back to one of my well flogged patches. Took my spare pick after breaking my good old faithful Walco pick last time I was out. I continued on from where I left off the previous time. The ground was a little bit lively as we had a heavy down pour of rain during the previous night. The Zed was a bit more touchy but after several ground balances over the ferrite & a few auto tunes I got it to a manageable steady threshold with out having to change any of the other settings. 5 minutes in to it & my first very faint little signal. Couple of scrapes & it was out. Ten feet away & more of a hunch that there was a signal & not very convincing at that. Gave it a few scrapes & it improved very slightly but was now sounding like a very faint signal. So I scraped on down until I hit the schist bed rock. Which wasnt far down. You will just make it out in the pic Signal had really improved now so I scraped out two crevices that had opened out in the hole. I had brought a screwdriver today to scrape out just such crevices....& bingo. A sassy bit of gold Before I back filled the dig I scanned the hole & the dug out dirt pile. Another wee signal down in the crevice. Another little bit of gold Again I scanned the dig out pile & the fainest of signals & another tiny bit of gold I stopped for a bite to eat & a coffee before carrying on. Had a bit of a dry spell for a while before another very faint little signal. Again....down in the schist bed rock Tiny gold it was This a pic looking down slope of the exposed schist bed rock tilted up on edge. And this is looking up hill to the dig of the last wee piece of gold This is a surfaced area from the old timers. That little shallow gutter running up to the left produced many bits of gold for the GP 3000, the 4500 & now for the Zed Just to the right of that green bush (briar rose) is an old small throw out pile from the old timers & is where I got the next three tiny bits of gold from. I called it quits at that & had got 8 bits for a grand total of 1.34 grams Smallest was .04 of a gram & the biggest was two at .31 of a gram. Cheers Good luck out there JW kiwijw
  25. Hi Guys, I made the plunge & got myself Minelabs latest flag ship. The mighty Zed 7000. Mrs JW was up the north island (New Zealand) visiting family & had a wedding to video in Camebridge. The weekend before I made the trip up the West Coast to view & then purchase my latest acquisition to my detecting arsenal. With Mrs JW gone for the weekend I made the trip to my detecting location straight from work on friday. Two & a half hours later I was rigging up the mighty Zed. Due to our mild ground I was in High Yield/Normal. Gain on 13. Could have been higher. Soil smoothing off. The chap I got it off had soil smoothing in low but I turned it off. Other wise rest I am guessing was pretty much Pre set. Only trouble is it was blowing a gale. Put the speaker on 20. No bloody good. Thank god I threw in some head phones. Even then I still had to have the volume on 20. The wind was insane. It was difficult trying to keep still without getting buffeted around by the wind. Ok....we were off. Did the auto tune....ground balanced, but not over the ferrite ring Hence detector was running a bit ratty. Bit like the 2300....but I could coupe with that. The wind made it bloody difficult to hear & focus on any slight blemish in the threshold. I had targeted an area where I did well with the 4500 & NF 14 x 9. I had in fact got 2 pieces the weekend before going up the West Coast with the modded 45 & 11" Elite coil. There was no wind then. There is very little to no rubbish due to the many times I have combed over this area. I hadnt bagged on the zed loving those little round bloody lead balls. SHOTGUN PELLETS Oh No... You just have to dig them dont you. So after more than my share of these critters I decided that if the signal had moved after a couple of ground scrapes I would move on. One dig I scraped & scraped & the signal just kept on coming through but getting more pronounced with each scrape. I was in to the schist bed rock & thought.....oh boy....this could be gold. Down about 8 inches Gold it was. Ye Ha 10 minutes later & 4 feet away the same scenario. Into that schist bed rock & signal still there. And this is why That was it for friday night. The wind blew me off the hill side but I was happy with what I got knowing I had given that slope heaps over the years. I would like to go back over it with the Zed when there is no wind. Saturday dawned with the wind still howling. BUGGER. Went to another spot that was a bit more sheltered from the wind & another area where I had got over an ounce with the 4500/NF 14 x 9. Boy it was hard going with those bloody shot gun pellets. They were driving me nuts. Then I got a signal that stayed in the ground after quite a few scrapes. You beauty. A little speci. But that was it from this area. Had a late lunch & coffee break & headed for my mushroom gully.....& yes ....there were more mushrooms. Got a good signal....all be it a bit warbly but it improved with a bit of depth. Down in to that schist again. You beauty. Signal still there. 2.38 grams. That is my biggest for a while OOOh that looks better That was it for Saturday. Just the two. Bit of rain during the night but the wind had dropped. Sunday woke to snow on the tops. I went over a few areas & wasnt getting any thing but shot gun pellets, a live shot gun shell & half an old shearing clipper hand piece right in amongst some old timer digging piles. WTF... I went back to the area I was on friday evening. Got the most horrible, ugly, warbly, echoey, hollow sounding signal. Had wire or nail written all over it. Signal never improved, even whan it was out of the hole. So as I waved my hand over the coil to locate the target I just threw the hand fulls of dirt back in the hole. Mushroom top right. Got the target in my hand. Bloody gold Ugly little speci Well that was it. Battery went flat. So I headed home. Can see I will have to get a 2nd battery. All up 5 bits for 3.88 grams. The Zed has been blooded first time out. Pretty happy with that. This was work back in Queenstown monday morning Snow on the Remakables Snow up behind QT. Officially it is the start of summer tomorrow. 1st December. Cheers. Good luck out there JW