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    • By Condor
      Between the bad experience with the X-Coil and our general inability to learn the geology of WA gold finding, we've run up the white flag.   Frankly, without the help of Paul and Trent we really wouldn't have made it this far.  Most people have no real appreciation for how vast and roadless it is out here in WA.  When you pop into a market in a tiny town of 600 and they have on offer Kangaroo tail by the kilo, you've really reached the limits of habitation.  On the day we met Dave, we drove over 300k and saw 4 other vehicles and a bunch of dead roo's on the side of the road.  There are dry water courses that are marked for the depth during severe rain.  All Ute's have snorkel intakes and some raised exhaust tailpipes.  Otherwise there's no water except in towns and the flies are inescapable.  I can't imagine how we would have survived without the gazebo and insect net panels, especially for cooking or relaxing.  
      It is an adventure and I can't say I would be satisfied if I hadn't given it an honest try.  I'd always wonder what might have been.  We'll be packing up camp Yank tomorrow then a flight out of Perth on Wed.  I'll be happy to get home, but that 110 degrees in sunny Yuma is going to be a drag.  While I've been away we got a new family member, a bouncing baby "GoldenDoodle" coincidently named "Aussie" in my absence.  I'll have my work cut out for me with dog training for awhile.   
      Talking with Trent he suggests I fall on my sword with Minelab and send them the whole unadulterated mess and ask for help.  Perhaps they'll view it as an intellectual challenge or chalk it off as a Yank not smart enough to leave well enough alone.  Either way, all I've got right now is a poorly designed boat anchor or an odd conversation piece  We'll see.  
      We'll catch you on the other side of the world next week.
       
       
    • By Mop
      A Minelab dealer down Geelong way put up the below post about an Aussie company starting to make GPZ coils.
      Interesting timing, wonder if the Russian guys have forced Minelabs hand to allow a local 3rd party to make coils.
      Here is the link to the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/luckystrikegold/
      Not looking to start a fight here, just sharing info. I don't care what coils everyone wants to run lol
      Lucky Strike Gold
        Brand new GPZ coil coming soon! 🤩
      There is a rumour in the wind that an Australian company will soon be making GPZ 7000 coils.
      At present there are only Russian made after market coils being made, so hold off and bag yourself a genuine Aussie made one. They will be cheaper than the Russian coils and, as always, very well made.
       
    • By phoenix
      Most of my finds pale into insignificance compared to some of the great gold that is displayed on this forum, but it is what it is.         I got out for a couple of hours yesterday and got this piece about 10 mins after I got there, then nothing.  The good thing about this spot is there is not a great deal in the way of rubbish, so I`m going to spend a bit more time there and hope a few more pieces pop up.     Dave


    • By vanursepaul
      Well we finally got thru obligatory rehab work, and we dryblowing work. 
      Drove the backhoe to the next area and decided to scrape a little while we were there...
      Glory be!!!
      10grams right off.
      Most were in the dirt above the cap. 
      Did a repeat the second day with 16grams🤠
      Got most of the gear  ready to go... piddling today...enjoyed Sunday with a couple of mates.
      Getting my camper all ready to go bush...
      I repaired some tears and old loose seams yesterday with a Speedy Stitcher... handy tool to have if you ever have to sew canvas....works like a charm 
      Built a new battery/propane housing frame on the tongue so I can boondock with 2 propane and 2 deep cycle batteries on hand. 
      Also got a Yagi antenna from Trent that should give me Internet... that will be crazy out where I’m going... 
      I already took the water trailer with 250 gallons down day before yesterday.
      Hopefully this area will keep producing well for us.
      Picture of me below shows how I love dryblowing.






    • By Norvic
      This month in 1979 I bought my first metal detector a Bounty Hunter RB7, took me almost 3 years of pure frustration to get my first nugget,(pic below) after many 100s of hours, I know now I sure went over heaps of detectable gold, and still do, but not the heaps I went over then,...…...I hope...……... Below is some photos, I wish to share with DP members to celebrate, unfortunately I did not take many photos, straight into the crusher smelted down and off to the mint, have scanned what I could find from the old "shoe boxes". Plus a couple of recent ones, the specimen last is highly magnified, gold in limestone, and although no weight is probably the most valued by me, not just because it was my first piece (found with that RB7), but because of its uniqueness.
      Consider myself very privileged to live in this era, it has enriched my life not just in its monetary value, but given a challenge and still does that I suspect has no equal.  
      MN I`ve gone and done it and not even close to the 30th of February.
    • By phoenix
      That speci I got a couple of weeks ago, I dropped it in Ali Brite about 5 days ago and it came up pretty good.   After it was cleaned the SG came down a fraction, it now sg`s at 2.082 grams gold 🙂


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