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Hi Bill, I love your videos they make me think I'm walking along beside you. I still remember camping out with you and JohnB, RD, Joeforthegold and Mick up in Rattlesnake canyon. Times like that cannot be duplicated and resonate even now. 


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11 minutes ago, flakmagnet said:

Hi Bill, I love your videos they make me think I'm walking along beside you. I still remember camping out with you and JohnB, RD, Joeforthegold and Mick up in Rattlesnake canyon. Times like that cannot be duplicated and resonate even now. 

If JohnB was there then I know you guys had a good time.

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9 hours ago, Jeff McClendon said:

Bill is a great prospector with a detector and super friendly. Boy, he loves the desert. I like to watch his videos for his prospecting tips and nature narratives too.

He was in Gold 1 with a little low end discrimination from what he said (probably -9, -8, and -7 for some of the hot rocks) with sensitivity on 18 and he was using tracking ground balance.  On shallow sedimentary and volcanic bedrock which is intermingled, tracking ground balance is a good idea. The 6" coil in Gold 1 and Gold 2 multi is a beast!!!!




Checking the 'stock' setting for Gold 1 the Accept/Reject is -9 to 0 for reject.  To me that means when you turn it on in discriminate you are not going to hear anything below 0.  When I and several other users leave the settings here the sound of 0,1,2 is muffled.  If you modify the 'stock' settings and accept -1. -2, -3, -4, -5 and -6 then you are left with -7, -8 and -9 rejected.  Is this what was done?


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Hi Mitchel,

I do not know exactly what Bill did. I am going by what he said in the video, from talking with him about how to use the Nox 800 and from experience there.


There are different hot/cold rocks at the Little San Domingo Wash. Sometimes an area can be just about cleared of them and you can go with no discrimination by hunting with the horseshoe button engaged. Other places there you have to pick through a lot of the half-dollar sized and smaller hot rocks which are all over the surface and down a few inches. Starting with stock Gold 1 and accepting everything except -9, -8 and -7 takes care of a lot of them along with the general ground mineralization noise that can be a bear at this site. Then you just have to deal with the ones that hit in the mid teens and wrap around at +39 and +40 any way you can. I just dig them and/or move them out of the way.


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Nice instructive vid -- always like it when settings, sounds, and TID's are included.  I particularly appreciate Bill's respect for the natural wildlife, including the snakes.  How many people would go out of their way to avoid filling in a rodent's burrow?


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I dont know how I missed seeing this thread. I subscribed to Bill's channel a while back. Certainly comes across as a decent person, & Tammy. We have spoken back & forth numerous times on his channel. I do love his vids weather he is on the gold or not. Love his general commentary on his surroundings out in the desert. Quite a bit different to what we have here in NZ so nice of him to share the natural flora & fauna. That stuff in the different seasons appeals to me as much as finding gold. Natures food for the soul. Gold or no gold. Makes getting out there worth it. Thanks Bill & thanks Steve for the plug. I always enjoy his vids.

Good luck out there

JW ?  

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On 7/28/2019 at 9:23 AM, Nugget Shooter said:

I am actually now falling in love with this little beast and trying to learn all it many secrets so all input is very welcome!

The Nox 800 is a deadly little beast on even the smallest of gold pieces. Even with the stock 11" coil.


These were all about 2 on the VDI's, same as damn shotgun pellets:rolleyes:


 Naturally not overly deep.


Bring on the little 6" coil.


crazy small




Simon can show you a piece of gold he found with his Nox 800 & stock 11" coil that gave a consistent reading of 15 on the VDI's. He was not expecting it to be gold & it was at a good depth too.

Happy hunting

JW ?

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Yup, still my biggest nugget to date, 1.2 grams, solid 15 on the VDI's, never once budged off 15.  I thought it was going to be a coin of some sort.  The Equinox is in a tight fight to be my favorite detector.



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On 7/27/2019 at 2:23 PM, Nugget Shooter said:

I am actually now falling in love with this little beast and trying to learn all it many secrets so all input is very welcome!

I got hooked on Equinox myself Bill because it is deceptively simple on one level, but as you work with it more and more magic is revealed. Multi-IQ packs serious punch on gold, and there is a box full of tuning tricks at your disposal. Every mode has a potential gold application, like Beach Mode for a salt flat. I truly believe that for certain people who can learn how to apply what Equinox has to offer that it is a very capable gold machine.

I have to think you have seen my article but just in case....


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