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As an answer to a previous question in this topic, I used my new 24k in a area of the Mojave with a lot of hot rocks and was able to adjust for them pretty well (as compared to with my Nox 800 and GM).  As with other VLF’s, turning down the sensitivity helps, but it turns down sensitivity to everything as well. I tried a couple different ways to work the areas and found these suggestions worked:

one suggestion (from a post by Steve) that I tried was to ground balance directly on a hot rock while in locked mode.  This worked well, and allowed my detector to pick up gold when I put my test card on the rock, but there were other types of hot rocks in the area that continued to sound off with it as well.

I also tried combining different VSAT speed settings along with sensitivity.  Jim McCulloch mentioned how faster VSAT speeds work better along with lower sensitivity with more mineralized ground.  I tried doing this and it seems to also work well when they were many small hot rocks mixed in with the gravels I was detecting. It was the only way I was able to detect over the gravel without it sounding off or even overloading constantly. I’m really new at this, so I’m still learning how to do it correctly, and have to thank both Steve and Jim for their help!

In his guide “Advanced Nuggetshooting with the 24k”, Jim also recommends some other detecting techniques that also help with differentiating hot rocks from true targets. I think they are available if you contact him here directly.

 

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YellowM...just saw your post! Wow! Tell me you didn't find all that at Goler but Nevada, Az or somewhere else? Because of the holidays I hardly have looked at Det/Prosp and when I did see your post I was blown away..well done!

                Just PM'd someone that I am going to Goler Jan14,15 &16 on the Randsburg side to try my luck again. That person offered the use of his 6000 for me to try...hope at some point this year to be able to try one with thoughts of then buying one.

                 Yes we should all meet up sometime! The geologist we camped with a month ago was really a font of info...I have his contact info and at some point he and I will meet again out there.

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On 12/30/2021 at 9:16 PM, Yellowmadness said:

If you want some tips hit me up. I been hunting this area and have done well enough to get a sdc and a 7000..

I found 142+ gram nugget with a gold bug and quit a few more pieces.

Please contact me.

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I had to get my Mojave 'fix' in yesterday out at a club claim.  I didn't let not finding any gold make me feel too bad.  It was a perfect day for the temperature, sun and no wind.

There is a club outing next weekend at The Dale which is where I found my first nugget.

These are pictures from yesterday.  I was there for sunrise.

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14 minutes ago, mn90403 said:

I had to get my Mojave 'fix' in yesterday out at a club claim.  I didn't let not finding any gold make me feel too bad.  It was a perfect day for the temperature, sun and no wind.

There is a club outing next weekend at The Dale which is where I found my first nugget.

These are pictures from yesterday.  I was there for sunrise.

IMG_20220108_063036_539.thumb.jpg.edb4cedd1836f170119c4f91eab8f6dc.jpgIMG_20220108_063044_697.thumb.jpg.b0927eb531a9d67d6fc8c869feb33e71.jpgIMG_20220108_085106_684.thumb.jpg.10efc4038301c25b4af84d5da6de0236.jpgIMG_20220108_093830_802.thumb.jpg.59981b93f4a673be57230728e006bda8.jpgIMG_20220108_093833_805.thumb.jpg.fc7de82714ae69095c826ceeabe5b6e2.jpg

 

The early bird gets the… nugget.  Next time for sure, right?!

Love that place, my first too!81FDCA4E-7B20-4B93-B0EB-59FE3051A085.thumb.jpeg.9694dcc5d0e6e4da57c59f2067eb2f0d.jpeg1A22E09B-0996-4CC1-950E-79ECE16A2821.thumb.jpeg.e5b2a6cc388cb0d4568f473dfc3eaa3d.jpeg

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