I managed to get away a couple of weeks back for five days to chase some gold.
Headed north of Kalgoorlie Western Australia to a spot I've been to before but could only manage a couple of little ones and a specie that was on the surface. Oh and 22 cents!
Despite the good stuff being scarce it was great to get out bush.
The two nuggets come in at just over a gram, all found with a GPZ 7000.
Pretty much done for this year. We've had snow twice already and it's hitting the teens at night. Last season I got 106 bits for just under an ounce and this year I only detected 40 bits for just over an ounce so an improvement over my 1st season! 18 bits from Montana and 22 bits from Idaho. FULL DISCLOSURE: 1 gram of the tiniest bits came from crack scratching/panning in the creek. I had fun and met some locals from Helena area (BIG help) and that helped me stumble onto the two bigger pieces (25g/4.5g) that saved my season. As long as I can improve weight at the end of season over the last I've reached the main goal.
good luck guys......
Currently camped on the job in central Vic where comms are difficult, but here's a progress report.
Been at it for a couple of weeks (I think ) but there are some results to report. I've been working solo a lot of the time but also with Reg when he's not too busy.
We started off testing the new Detech 32" coplanar concentric which Stinky Pete kindly loaned us for a few days. What a coil!
Although we didn't manage to put it over any deep gold, it's easily the deepest seeking coil we have ever used, yet sensitive to small targets as well. I'm ordering an 18" to 20" model as soon as they become available. Howard is busy planning mods to the QED so it can run them as well.
I'm pretty excited about these coils. My friend Tony has been winding and using them for years with great prospecting success. Needless to say, he isn't interested in owning a "Z"
Hang onto your GPX's folks, they're about to penetrate previously unreached depths!
Some of the properties we've been prospecting are familiar and some are new. Always a buzz to finally get onto new ground after meeting with the "Cocky" and negotiating a deal. In some cases the ground has been detected before by others, but with careful gridding we always manage more. On one property we worked yesterday a previously detected patch yielded an additional ounce and a half in chunky colours (young blokes we were told) Perhaps they were ignoring screamers, but we're not complaining
First up, my solo tally so far. largest piece (front) over half an oz. All found with QED PL2:
- and our shared tally to be eventually split 50/50 . Again, largest piece (front) over half an oz detected by Reg:
All gold located in patches on eroded Tertiary leads. Some pieces still have traces of the cement matrix they eroded out from.
A general view of one of the Tertiary patches with Reg's young foxy "Boo" photobombing. Reg in the distance:
Posted elsewhere on this forum, my two largest pieces, found under 500kv powerlines:
A 400mm dig for a 5 grammer. I love that 18" Elite, it even centered shallow flyshite that doesn't register on my scales:
That's all for now. To be continued - - -