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  1. 42 points
    Quick story-- As most of you know i work with Veterans, and a lot are dealing with PTSD --- I always thought detecting would be good therapy because they can get away from the crowds, carry a firearm in most cases (so they feel safe) and they can relax a bit. One guy showed up last week with a Minelab GoFind60---[maybe the only mInelab i havent bought ...Yet...lol] He said he was new and he hadnt found much but trash...I told him to trget places people would be sitting on the ground... like ball fields, picnics and such..I told him that I like to go around old trees. Mind you this is on an old Army base so there can be some neat things there. So far the first day he got half an old spur, second day---1912 penny in good shape!, third day- two Taxca Mexico sliver bangles with the floral design....($25ea!) So he is feeling better , he isnt so jumpy, i see him smiling now, and he is sleeping better after going to classes and then detecting the rest of the day.... That's all it took....a little detector and a place to detect---- Im happy I got to meet this new detectorist.
  2. 30 points
    Monday Simon & I went off on an E-Bike detecting mission. Simon used Mrs JW's bike. I took my modded 4500 & 14 x 9 Nugget Finder Advantage coil for a spin. I also threw in the sadie coil. While Simon took his 4500 with 14 x 9 Evo coil & the GM 1000. The bikes made for quicker access, even going up despite having to walk & push the bikes at a few dodgy bits. Especially with the back packs of gear we were carrying on our backs. They have a little thumb throttle so you just push that & walk beside the bike. So the bike is wheeling itself. No weight involved, just got to avoid kicking the pedals into your shins. I didn't get carried away with photos so nothing much to show in the biking department or the terrain we had to negotiate. On getting up & over the saddle & dropping down to the bottom of the turned over gully workings, we stached the bikes & rigged up for detecting. We still had a bit of a walk to get to an area that I wanted to target. The grass growth was just insane. Just shouldn't be like that this time of the year. It was hard walking thru it as you just didn't know what your footing was going to be. Weather you were going to step into a hole or in between rocks from the stackings from the old timers. It was going to be a hot day, thanks to that hot air blowing off from that large island to the west. Aussie I think it is. They can keep their hot air. There is not much bedrock in the gully but it is full of turned over ground & rock piles from the old boys. There are workings & piles everywhere, even up high on the sides of the hills but still very little bedrock. We came upon some bedrock on the side of a hill & I pointed out to Simon that it looked like the old timers had worked a bit of the hill side as there were water channels running down that had scoured out the hillside exposing some bedrock. The channels were dry now of course as it would have been from water they got there by races. I left Simon on what looked like some promising ground that also had stacked rocks higher up the hill & obviously some working just over the brow that we couldn't see from down below. I carried on to another little wash channel in a shallow gully. It was damn hard detecting with nothing showing up. At least there were no shotgun pellets. But no gold coming either. Simon got a signal on what he said was a rock. He mucked around with it for a while but I am not sure what the result was on that. I had forgotten about it until just now. Simon will have to fill us in on that one. A few hours must have passed & next thing I hear Simons detector nutting off a lot & saw that he had dropped down to the gully floor & was detecting in among the stacked rock piles. I didn't think that was a good move as it was just tones of turned over rocks & piles & would have its share of old timer rubbish. I think he was more keen on the cool water in the stream. 👍 I had finished my bottle of water & was keen for a refill. But I carried on where I was on the edge of an old dry water wash & some bedrock the old boys had exposed. I had got a couple of faint sweet sounding hits. Thinking they were gold but turned out to be tiny remains of rusted boot tacks right down on this bedrock. Damn. I then got a good loud hit. Thinking this is going to be rubbish for sure. MMMmm...itdidn'tt stick to the magnet. Wasnt that deep before it moved. Got be rubbish. But no. First piece of sassy gold. Ye Ha .58 of a gram Looking down over the detector & down to the turned over gully floor with its stacks of rock piles. Creek winding it way around. Simon was off to the left out of the picture. I moved a couple of feet & got another hit. Dug down on it & it turned out to be an old nail. Bugger. Slowly poking the coil into the grass & fern growth I got another nice hit. Scraped out some grass & ferns. This went a bit deeper than the first bit of gold & I was surprised at the small size for the signal. But gold it was. .15 of a gram. Then things dried up & I was dried out. So I headed on down to Simon who had soaked himself in the creek. Despite how hot it was the water was still freezing. We did have a bit of a snow fall high up in the hills last week. Not bad for the middle of summer. I got down to Simon & we headed off to another spot. Crossed the creek where I filled up my bottle & drank a couple of liters of water. We walked up an old wash out from a large spill of rocks from the old timers washing out a huge cut in the hill side. Got to the top of that & kept going up to some high sluiced ground sluicing s where the old boys had washed out a sizeable paddock & left neatly stacked rows of rocks. I didn't get a photo & I am not sure if Simon did. Wish I had of now. There were a couple of exit point where the water had flowed out of these workings from the water they had brought on by a long water race. Now dry of course. One of these exits the water was re used lower down & the other just spilled out & down a steep slope that just got steeper until it dropped off vertical into a side creek gully below. It was dry & I said to Simon, this could be worth detecting as it is cutting thru what looked like virgin ground & gravels. I sat down & let Simon get into it. Thinking he would head down the wash detecting up & down the banks. But he headed up into the workings end. He got a few signals that just seemed to spread out as he dug. Turned out to be piles of little bits of iron sand/stones. Round like shot gun pellets. Simon at first thought they were but they were all over his magnet. When he got to the top end by the workings I headed on down & cranked up my 4500 away from him so we wouldn't clash with each other. I got down to a bit of bedrock in the bottom of this wash. Got a signal next to what was an old detector hole. I had seen a few old digs so we were not the first to be in here. turned out to be a bit of rubbish. I then dragged the edge of the 14 x 9 coil backwards thru the crevice cracks in this bedrock. Again...no photos. Got a nice mellow hit & Simon came on down to investigate just as I saw the glint of gold. I popped it in my scoop to show him & then I looked down to the ground & it feel out back onto the ground. I couldn't see it & Simon gave it a go with his detector to see if he could get it. So I turned mine off & WHAM...he got it alright. So there is nothing wrong with his set up. He just doesn't seem to be able to walk over gold. We carried on for a few hours more but got nothing else. Despite covering a bit of ground. We were getting pretty hot & worn out so we started back towards the bikes. We came across on more bit of bedrock. The old timers had brought a small water race along the top of the ridge & had worked some ground at the end of this high little spur. I said to Simon, you go for it. I will have a sit down. You need to get a bit of gold. While he was detecting away I took a snap across the gully to the saddle we had ridden up to in the back ground & ridden down this side of it. The bikes were stashed directly below me out of site below the bottom of the picture. You will see more piles of stacked rocks & tell tale signs of ground sluicing with the higher lumps & bumps they didn't wash away. Unfortunately Simon came up gold less & I really thought we would have done a lot better in here. There was not much bedrock & what there was had seen detectors before. So now it was back to the bike & break down our gear & re pack the back packs for the bike ride up & out. We were poked. Simon has one of those apple watches that tells you your heart rate, how many steps you have taken & how far you have walked. He got his heart rate up to 150 at one stage when an alarm came on his watch warning him to take it easy. He said he had taken 12,000 steps & I think it was 10.5 kilometers of walking. A lot of that was up hill & around the hill sides. The ride back down was uneventful with no mishaps. Thank goodness. Simon making out in one piece. Look how crazy the grass is. And the smile happy to have done so. We still had a way to go to the wagon but that was the quick fun part. So all up just the three little bits for me for not even 1 gram. Better than poke in the eye with a blunt stick & avoided the skunk. Not bad considering I hadn't used a 4500 for nearly three years. Cheers. Good luck out there JW
  3. 29 points
    My prospecting buddy in San Diego and I decided to take a run down to Baja to see if this summer's hurricane event had moved any gold around. This particular Baja placer has been pretty popular over the past 20 years and we've pretty much hunted out all the easy stuff so we had high hopes for a new bonanza. We left on Monday crossing the border at Calexico. I was waved through after a cursory examination by the Mexican border officials. My friend was in a different lane and he was subjected to a much more thorough examination. I think it was end of shift and the border officials needed to make some quick money. Four of them pulling everything out of his truck. They ultimately came to his 7000 detector. He explained its use and then they asked what it was worth. He lied and told them $4000.00. They saw dollar signs because according to them he would need to pay an import duty on the equipment, $420.00 US dollars cash. I guess 100 bucks apiece is a good nights work. He refused and told them that he would just return to the US. After that the price came down to $240.00. He still refused and we used the turnaround lane back to the US side of the border. It's hard to argue their notion of justice. We spent the night at my house in sunny Yuma and decided to cross at Algodones the next morning. That crossing was going well as far as inspection, but then the immigration officer inquired as to our Mexican Visas. We've never needed a Visa in Baja unless crossing the states of Baja Norte to Baja Sur. So, we bought some much needed $35.00 cash only Visas and continued on our way. The summer hurricane wiped out most of the paved highway just outside of San Felipe. They were working on replacing the highway but in the meantime you're restricted to a rough one lane dirt road over about 40 miles. From my house to the Placer is abut 240 miles and we arrived in the early afternoon. The prime ground is another 3 miles by ATV. We spent the rest of the afternoon building some ramps and filling big holes to run the my Rokon and his Yamaha Big Wheel up the canyon. The hurricane had run water about 20 ft high through the canyon so all our improvements from last year were washed away. It was tough sledding all the way but I didn't get unhorsed this year. My friend took a nasty fall after his bike slid down a too smooth rock wall. He was hobbled and we ended up cutting our trip short. Nevertheless, I got one good day of detecting in. I found a stretch of bedrock that last year had a foot of overburden on it. It was now swept clean and I found these small nuggets in bedrock cracks. I intended to check some promising ground about a 2 mile hike away, but I just couldn't justify leaving gold to find gold. Maybe next trip. The weather was great and the gold available, just not enough time after our border mishap and my friend's banged up knee.
  4. 28 points
    I always enjoy a trip to Quartzsite with beautiful weather and a warm sun. I love the solitude of exploring the lesser visited areas with the flowers beginning to bloom, lizards scurrying around and even a few bighorn sheep on the hills. Sometimes I even get lucky. On my recent trip with my Gold Monster I found two small nuggets, a 1.6 gram and a .05 gram. At the end of the day I drove into town and celebrated with a pizza at Silly Al's.
  5. 27 points
    Had a couple hours to kill this afternoon, so I took the Equinox to a park here in sunny Arizona that I’ve not been to before. Typically, my goal on these time-constrained forays into the parklands is to cherry pick the higher conductive targets in hopes of finding a silver coin. But this time I decided to also dig targets that fell within the nickel range of the EQX. The first target was a shallow 20-21 signal; yep, you guessed it - a stinkin zincoln. Next up was a 13-14...could be a nickel, but most likely a pop can tab...sure enough, it was a can tab. Swinging along, next signal was a solid hit at 24-25; at 4 inches, out popped a 1963 D copper Lincoln cent: cool, definitely some hope for silver. After digging another pop tab, I got a strange deep signal that would bounce around from 25 to 31; a coin spill perhaps? The culprit was down around 10 inches, and turned out to be a corroded 1945 D copper wheat-back penny. Checking the hole and plug revealed no other targets...a total head-scratcher, but even more reason to suspect slver coinage was in the area. Moving on, the Nox responded with a tight 12 on the display. Down around 6 inches was a surprisingly corroded 2013 D nickel. Next was a broken pop tab around the 2 inch mark, then a nice sounding 27-28 ; the silver dime I’ve been waiting for? Nope, just a flattened aluminum scew-top.😩 Then I get another solid 12 hit at 4 inches. Fully expecting another nickel. I popped the target out of the hole and was flabbergasted to see a gold and diamond wedding ring! At 14 karat, it’s my first ever solid gold ring. I figured that I’d better stop at that point, since there was no way I was going to top that amazing find, but I decided to keep on swinging for another half an hour since I hadn’t found a silver coin yet. The very next target was a deep sounding solid 31, so I’m hoping beyond hope for a silver quarter. Getting down past 8 inches and the pinpointer was sounding off in the bottom of the hole; another couple inches and the target was out...a Washington quarter alright, and a gentle rub revealed the date: 1941...YES! I decided to quit on a high tone and call it a day. What a super awesome hunt, and I couldn’t be happier.😃
  6. 27 points
    On our Chisana mining claims there are a few areas that the old timers hydrauliced and of course in the bedrock area the bits were blasted into the cracks and crevices. Steve H and I took many of these bits out of there, our weapon of choice was the hot GB2 with the six' coil.. I I have to admit after a few years it is finally getting a little lean.. Personally this area taught me much about hunting bits.. You can find other areas too that have been scraped to bedrock and I have been given permission many times to have at it, so to say. The Bug is a killer in these areas and it get a little boring. Lol.. I started looking at these bits a little more carefully and I began to understand why you wouldn't hear some of these pieces, but when you disturbed the ground it was zip zip all over again.. You won't find these bits at depth, but looking at the bits you will see they are not round but flat.. Sometimes you missed them because all the detector could see was the edges they couldn't pick up. When you moved the dirt the flats were exposed and presented just enuff mass for a nice little zip.. I met a miner in the 40 mile area years ago and I always chatted with him. One particular area he had mined with his Hoe and D8, bedrock was scraped pretty clean and as far as he was concerned the mineable gold was gone.. He was moving his operation a ways and when he saw me he said the area is yours good luck..... Damn ,damn I thought, A good spot for me , I went over the bedrock slowly and carefully soon I heard what I was listening for.. There was an amount of dirt over the spot and I brushed it away, what I exposed was a beautiful crack in the bedrock that was full of cemented gravel and gold.. I picked out a few small nug and finally when I got most of the gravel out I almost choked, In the bottom was a slug, yikes, when I dug it out, that beauty weighed 1.7 ozs... Boo ya, Not sure I have a photo if I can find one I will post it soon. Tough being in Thailand and posting I don't have many photos only a lot of memories... Ok here’s the slug at the bottom of the crack
  7. 25 points
    Gold Basin Mining District has a long and colorful history. Starting back around 1861 the road now called Pearce Ferry Road was the trail that took the old timers down to the Colorado River. The River separated Arizona and Nevada. The Ferry was the only way for travelers to cross. Outlaws, Indians, cowboys and settlers heading to California were all part of the local landscape. This is the area where D’artagnon Jackson found an amazing find with his Gold Monster 1000 on January 22, 2019. “Dar” had purchased his Gold Monster 1000 from Doc at Doc’s Detecting in Henderson Nevada almost one year ago in January of 2018. Doc had taken him to Gold Basin for a day of one on one training. Dar lives in the state of Washington, and only gets to Gold Basin twice a year. He joins his brother, J.R. from Utah and they travel to Gold Basin to detect. Dar has been looking for elusive gold nuggets for 15 years with no success. He has owned every low end $200 detector on the market, with no success. However, armed with his Minelab Gold Monster, all of that was about to change. As he was detecting, looking for meteorites , and of course his first gold nugget, if he could be so lucky, he stumbled upon a good target. At three inches he uncovered a pull-tab. Somewhat disappointed, he said, “I remembered what Doc had taught me. Always check your hole before you fill it back in, there might be another target.” Somewhat reluctantly Dar swung the 5 X 10 coil of his Gold Monster over the shallow hole. He got a good target sound, and it was registering as non-ferrous, however the pull tab also had registered as non-ferrous. He started to dig deeper, and the ground started getting more hard packed. Ringing in the back of his head was Doc’s admonition, “When the target is deep and the ground is hard packed, it is less likely to be a trash target.” At 8 inches, Dar saw a glint of gold. Could this be his very first nugget after 15 years? NO! It was something much more impressive that spoke to the unique history of this Gold Basin area. It was an 1852 U.S. Gold dollar with a “D” mint mark. The coin was in amazing condition considering it was 167 years old. Needless to say, Dar, can’t believe that he found such a unique treasure, let alone, it was the very first piece of gold he has ever found. Think of it, this coin is 167 years old and yet this coin was minted only 76 years after the founding of our country via the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Later, after getting back to a computer, Dar found out just how special this coin is. There are only 125, 1852 mint mark “D” $1 gold pieces known to exist today. Valued at around $900 to $1,400 depending on condition and this one looks pretty good. Gold Fever? Yes, Dar has a really bad case of it now. Congratulations D’artagnon!
  8. 23 points
    We’re having a mild winter here in the Pacific NW, so I went out for a few hours today in search of some thawed ground and old coins. I did a little spot hopping to stay on diggable ground within this early 1900s park and was able to come home with an above average number of V Nickels. It’s not uncommon for me to come home with a couple Vs in one hunt but I think 5 is a new record for me. I also managed a a crusty wheat penny, a 1906 D Barber Dime and a Spokane United Railways Token. The little token was past 8” which I would have never believed possible until I dug it. They are very small and thin. It’s always nice to be able to get out in January in this neck of the woods.. Bryan
  9. 23 points
    My first pulse unit was a ML 3000, I had carried the unit to Az from Ak without opening the box. I was camped at Decision corners not to far from the old cemetery. Remembering events sometimes taxes you lol, but this was the year that Jonathan Porter came to the US and he was camped not too far away with his group. That evening I charged the big battery and laid everything out for assembly in the morning...After some food and detector assembly my friend and I drove over past the GPAA campground looking for a spot to try out our units. We parked near a metal building and I walked up the hillside towards a flat bench area I had spotted from the road...I made exactly two swings with my detector and I heard this signal sound I will never forget.. Weeee. Oooop lol that's gold for sure, and how could I be so lucky..
  10. 19 points
    As far as I know the first person to do a conversion of the Equinox to the Golden Mask telescoping rod was our very own Condor on this forum. Now, what I really want is this nifty adapter made for just this purpose. The Golden Mask upper rod is too large in diameter (must contain telescoping sections) and so an adapter is the best solution, but the one in the link does not appear to be easily available in the U.S. I am customer #1 for whoever out there makes this available for sale in the U.S. Being stuck with frozen ground I decided to get started with a modification of what Condor did. I cut two clamps in half. I also cut the mounting bolts in half (Condor used studs) and used the shortened versions to attach the clamp sections in place. I did not modify the unit in any way and it could be returned to original if I choose though I would need new bolts. Condor ground his Equinox down a bit for a better fit. Mine seems sturdy enough so I am leaving as is in hope that someday I will get the proper adapters to use. This machine is intended to stuff in a rucksack and for initial purposes I went as light and compact as possible using the 6" coil. Obviously the stock coil adds weight/bulk - see Condor's post. The photos say it best. New Minelab MicroNox at 2 lbs 8.6 ounces (2.5 lbs) that collapses to a cool 24" without disassembly. And extends farther than the coil cable will allow. Feels like a feather on my arm - I like it! The Equinox used here is older and will never be submerged and so it gets dedicated as a rucksack unit. Another Equinox will be rigged with the 15" coil on a balanced rod assembly. To do it right I should get one of Steve's new rods and I may yet in a few months. For now I think I will use an old Minelab GP fiberglass rod assembly I still have, one of Otto's old rods. And a third will stay with stock rod and coil for general use. Three Equinox may seem like going overboard but I hate reconfiguring detectors and for what I sold my GPX 7000 for I can get a few more and still have money left over!! Basically I am getting rid of everything else and rewarding myself with anything I want as regards Equinox. Golden Mask telescoping rod stripped of pistol grip handle Clamp sections bolted to handle using original screws cut to half length View showing how rough this all is and why you may not want to do it. Note bolt heads touching shaft on right - I may pad 24" collapsed, 2 lbs 8.6 ounces on postal scales And in the sun! Minelab MicroNox ready for use!
  11. 19 points
    Hi guys, Well after my skunk yesterday & doing a bit of work around the house this morning I decided I had to get a gold fix. So late in the afternoon when things had cooled down a bit I threw the E-Bike on to the back of my wagon, packed up the nox & other paraphernalia into the backpack & headed to a favourite little local spot that has been kind to me with my high frequency VLF's & tiny gold. Would today be any different? Got to my spot & got stuck into it. I was surprised at how much the grass growth had come back. It shouldn't even be there this time of the year. This spot is rotten schist bed rock & as you scrape away & break up the bed rock you usually get down to more tiny bits of gold that have worked there way right into the folds of the schist & the clays. So after a bit of hacking & scraping & raking I waved the Nox over the loosened up bedrock, clay & gravels. I was in full max sensitivity of 25, Multi IQ of 20 & 40 Khz simultaneously & running with no discrimination. My magnet soon sorted out any hot rocks & tiny bits of iron stone & sands. I then got a signal that was coming up in the negatives all over the place but wasnt sticking to the magnet when I passed the magnet thru the dirt. I pushed the horseshoe button to knock out iron & there was barely a crackle in the audio threshold & no VDI numbers coming up at all. I have been here before & know it to be a sign that this could well be a tiny bit of gold....or lead. I was putting my bet on it being gold as I have scraped this bed rock before & there should be no lead here at all. I was correct. Can you see it by the E If not, I will help you out. Into the bottle it went. Flattening out the scrape pile a bit more I got another faint little hit. Same thing as before. Back into all metal & VDI numbers all over the place in the negatives but definite signal & hardly a murmur in the audio when I pushed the horseshoe button & no VDI's. Another tiny bit of gold. This went on for a total of 8 little bits after a bit more scraping & raking before I was chased out by darkness coming on at 9.45pm & I still had to ride out of there. Got home just after 10pm So 8 bits for the Nox 800 for a total of .11 of a gram. Was a bit of fun for a few hours in the cool of the evening. Quite pleasant actually after the hot days we have been having. Cheers. Good luck out there JW
  12. 15 points
    Late this afternoon after the rain had stopped and the tide was coming in I was able to get out for a 2 hour hunt on the beach. We've had a storm but the wave effect was not as great as it could have been. When I started detecting I noticed some dig holes both old and new. I found a few quarters missed by those and I jumped over to a beach I know well. It had very few targets. Too bad because when things are right I've found some nice rings there. I went back to where I had found the quarters and started gridding getting a few of the pennies and a couple of the micro-jewelry pieces. Some of them were difficult to pinpoint and they went through my wire scoop and they were hard to see with my old eyes. (I still have really good long range but reading ...) On one of the targets I had to get down on my knees and find the target. I thought it looked like a little pearl stud. It was very small against the sand and all the trash from the rains. When I got home and looked at it with a couple of reading glasses it says .925 silver and it only weighs .15g! I think that is the smallest piece of silver I've ever found. That piece and a couple of other targets today made me learn a better pinpointing method. I now back my coil below the target until I can't hear it. I then move it up until I can hear the fringe sounds (this is the 11 inch coil). When I hear it I believe it to be at the edge of the round of the coil at 12 o'clock. If it doesn't lock on the target then I go at a 90 degree angle and try it again. It has greatly reduced my 'random' scooping I was doing when the target was in the center of the coil. I gridded this little unworked area a bit longer and then I had to strike out for more know beaches. I was thinking about the other thread on how to know a ring from trash when I got a different sound. It was not a coin sound or at least a normal coin sounding target. I dug it and indeed it was different. It was a clue! (Please guess at what my 'clue' was. It is in the picture.) This made me circle near that target. If that was there then ?? Sure enough I got a 15 (beach 1, 22) and I had HOPE! I dug down a couple of scoops and then the signal started jumping a bit. This seems to happen to me often when there is black sand and I'm within 30 feet of the water. Water did not fill the hole but I had to widen it to get down to 8 inches and get the target out. I saw the edge ... YES ... hope answered. A few people are around taking pictures so I carefully put it in my pouch. (When I got this one home it says .585 and it weighs 7.2 grams!) Of course I circled and gridded without any other targets. It wasn't a 'patch.' Darn. My reason for heading this direction on the beach was because the waves were focused ahead of me because of the wind. I wanted to get to the spot on the beach with the most energy but that would be a mile or so up the beach. There was not enough time so I circled back in the direction of the ring find and I stayed on the same 'line' until I decided to dig yet another penny. It was in the water's edge and down about 10 inches and instead of a penny it was my second ring of the day. It is a fun find but not of value. It was corroded before I removed it with vinegar. That was pretty much the hunt. I'm very impressed the Equinox 800 could find such small silver on a wet salt beach but hey, it finds tiny lead pellets all over the desert too! Mitchel
  13. 15 points
    There is one other thing I have found in relation to old hydraulic pits that I have not seen anyone talk about. That one other thing is simply this: just because there may not be detectable gold in any one pit doesn't mean that there is no gold there. Two years ago I found a very small hydraulic pit close to home. My detecting efforts, as well as a friends with his GB2 turned up nothing. Normally I would have just moved on to a different location, but in this instance, because of my increasing limited ability to walk I decided to try something different. What caught my eye was that in many places in the hydraulic pit there was a lot of ancient bedrock. As I looked over this situation I saw many cracks and crevices. So I thought this might just be a good place to crevice. I came back with a whole pile of crevice tools, most of which are home made, chisels, hammers and my gas vac. Of course because I am basically lazy, I concentrated on cracks and crevices that could be easily scraped out. The exposed bedrock was not very extensive so it was not long before I had worked it to where the only method left was to hammer and chisel the lager cracks open. This was hard work and it got really hot on those rocks once it hit ten o'clock in the morning, so I usually quit about that time. This kind of mining takes a lot of time, it is not for the faint-hearted or those not willing to work hard for their gold. I even pried apart some impressive slabs of bedrock with a six foot bar and even at times a hydraulic jack. Some of the slabs I couldn't move out of the way by lifting so I had to just pry them aside with a long bar. There is no water to be had close by, so I simply dry classified what came out of the cracks and ran the remainder through a LeTrap sluice in a small creek on another day. So, all in all it was hard work, but I could see with every clean-up that I was getting good enough gold to keep working and keep me interested. I will say that I didn't get rich doing this, but did get what I consider good gold for my efforts.
  14. 13 points
    Big Arm state park on Flathead lake with my mxt and the detech 10x5 coil. ran it in relic mode with the sens. hot and the disc pot set at 2. the prospectors pick worked great to get through the cobbles to recover the targets. Highlights were .65 gram silver bracelet, 54 s and 56 wheat's, and junk butterfly pendant. it sure was nice to be out swinging. just thought I'd share my first hunt this year. The best of luck to all !
  15. 13 points
    Some months back I bought the equinox and struggled to understand how to use it as I mentioned in a rant on this forum previously. The best advice I got was from Steve to turn down the sensitivity. I did that, turning it way down from the factory preset. Things started to make sense, instead of numbers and sounds going off every swing targets were more discernable. Side note: Id never used coin detecting machines before only gold detectors. After digging up the front lawn and finding many coins I headed of to the beach slowly getting the hang of the 800 gradually raising the sensitivity until in some spots I was able to raise the sensitivity till it was flat out and was picking up some nice coins at depth. I was soon able to work out what was ground noise and targets, similar to the way I operate my gpx. The other thing I tested was using a coin as a test and seeing what changing the recovery speed did. Backing it right off to 1 definitely got more depth. Recently a mate who has the 800 and me hit an old caravan park set on a beach location that not everyone knows about. We waited till the tide went out and hit the mud flats. Targets were absolutely everywhere. Many where sinkers which helped me replenish my fishing tackle box. We both came home with a gold ring each and many pre-decimal coins. I went back last week and cleaned up again. Working the mud flats was pretty disgusting as we were sinking in the mud and covered from head to toe in it. Trying to dig mud is not easy but I guess that's where the rewards are lying so well be back for sure
  16. 13 points
    Mr. Lunn SIR. Here I am where It's 20 degrees, all my detecting spots are covered in snow, there is a frozen fog outside and you have the nerve to tell me how nice it is in Arizona. It would cheer me up considerably if you reported having a flat tire or your head phone cable broke or some such little disaster. misery loves company. Nice gold.
  17. 12 points
    Well...... I have decided to sell some (or all) of the Australian gold I have to help fund needy kids school expenses.. I have decided to start doing this because two days ago as I was getting ready to pack my bags for LA - and out fell a container of gold!!! 😮 So it reminded me how much that the actual gold is not my love.... My love is finding the gold and all that goes with it---- There just is no reason at all for me to have gold laying around in a bag somewhere doing nothing good for anyone. ______________________ So here is a little background and why I want to sell: I have 5 kids in Fiji right now who I help go to school and these kids could not go to school with out the assistance.. 4 out of 5 are girls who would never have had a chance to go on to school because of financial restraints. Usually if anyone gets to go to school, it will be the boys. The reason I like to help the girls is because when get educated they tend to STAY and serve in their communities, whereas a lot of the men leave for better paying jobs----- As a medical provider I find that keeping the talent in the community is tantamount. Mission trips have been good for me to realize the needs, but there is nothing better for a community than having someone from that community who understands the language, the food, the customs, etc. Be it nurses, teachers, accountants, or doctors. These young people have already made their parents and teachers proud during the last 2 years of school. My Fiji kids have literally become the top students in their class ... and one girl has the district record in track!!! I can't wait to see what they become.😊 If you would like to buy some gold and still help provide golden opportunities ---Send me a PM
  18. 11 points
    Got out to Franconia on the north side yesterday with some friends. The 2 center meteorites are OC's, and the small outlying pieces around them are irons. Until next time, Dave
  19. 11 points
    Sorry for the delay, I had some technical issues and lost a few dozen photos. Here is a few more of what I'd found with the Gold Monster, followed up with my first days with the GPZ. I'm still in shock over how easy the GM1000 is to use, aside from sometimes it can take quite a few pumps to get the ground balance correct, the tipping over issue and the factory headphones didn't hold up. (non-serious issues really).The GPZ on the other hand is way too much power for me, I found that digging 3-4ft gets really old fast, especially when the ground is frozen the first 4 inches and after a 20 minute dig turns up to being a nail head! Was a great experience either way and will probably take a bit more time to get more aquatinted since I'd literally went straight from the field to sell off my finds, then onto Anchorage for the only GPZ for sale in Alaska and straight back to digging (over 1000 miles round trip in 1 day). No internet access in most of the areas up here meant I had to read as much as possible then just go try it and hope for the best!
  20. 11 points
    Please let us know when you figure that one out. It's kind of a cruel practical joke nature has played on detectorists About the closest I have found is telling the difference between an irregularly shaped target like a jagged piece of aluminum and a nice round ring or mid-conductive coil (US Nickel). They may all ring up with similar numbers in the mid-teens (that is why I do not worry about precise TIDs, I am just looking for viable ranges in TID numbers). If you train your ear, the AUDIO is the key. You can get a LOT more useful information from the quality of the audio tone than you can get from a number flashing on the screen. In 50 tone mode, the tone frequency will correspond to a unique Target ID number, but the quality of the tone will vary depending on some of the physical characteristics of the target such as shape, orientation, and even density or mass. Listen for solid "ping" tones without a lot of distortion indicating the symmetric magnetic field lines associated with a round target vs. scratchy, sharp or even muted/flat tones associated with light weight targets such as irregular strips of aluminum. On the other hand round junk or nearly round junk like pull tabs or round aluminum freshness seals from fruit drinks sound awesome. Basically, if you want to find the gold, you are going to have to dig your share of junk to get to it.
  21. 11 points
    The Equinox is no doubt a deep coin detector. Especially with the 15” coil on. Deep coins surprisingly stay pretty solid although a little more quiet up to its maximum depth for me. Their not really “squeakers”. I run fairly hot and put up with more noise then some might, and I do everything I can to stay at 20 sensitivity or higher. I like to run 22-23 if I can and have found a lot of deep, old coins between 8-10 inches. I suspect few maybe slightly deeper but I have not been able to measure one past 10” yet. For the most part I run in Park 1 using 50 Tones, Iron Bias 0, and Recovery Speed at 5. I’ll bump Recovery Speed up or down a notch depending on conditions. I have my Tones and Audio customized so Iron is very quiet but still heard and that high conductors are as high as possible.. If EMI or too much mid conductor trash kick in, I hit the horseshoe button where my discrimination is set to accept 12-13 and 17-40. I will use discrimination to quite the detector before I drop below 20. I do a lot of Noise cancels and Manual Ground balancing throughout my hunt to keep my Detector at peak performance, especially if I know there are real deep coins at the location. I slow down when hunting deep coins and always keep my coil literally on the ground. I see a lot of hunters with their coils well off the ground. Every inch above the ground is an inch lost under the ground. I’m a ground scrubber! Sorry for rambling and probably giving too much information, but deep coin hunting in particular is my passion when it comes to coin detecting. I love the hunt. Bryan
  22. 11 points
    OK, OK, Please I don't want to hear, "It's about time." This all started when I payed an obscene amount of money to a web site developer to design my new website. He got it 90% finished and disappeared with all of my money and left me with no instructions. HOWEVER, my guardian angels in the UKRAINE, came to the rescue. If you didn't know UKRAINE programmers are some of the best in the world. I have been dealing with these guys fro 25 years, they are freaking amazing. They actually wrote the enitre DMV software for the Michigan. So it finally occurred to me to ask if they knew a website designer proficient in WORDPRESS. Well of course they did. Enter "MAX" real name Maksim Nikolaenko. Max speaks English as do most of the programmers there. He is a savant when it comes to website design and especially WORDPRESS and Search Engine optimization. So over the past two months, using chat on SKYPE and screen sharing we collaborated to get my new site functional. So Max got me online with the new website, a site I feel is befitting a company that has been in this industry since 1992, http://docsdetecting.com/ But please be patient as I am in the midst of the arduous task of getting all of the content and thousands of items we carry input into the site. In the meantime take a look around. Tell me your overall impression. I would welcome the feedback. If you enjoy reading articles and adventures, at the very top on the left side of the home page there is a link titled Things of Interest. Take a gander. Thank you! Doc Steve's Review of Doc's Harnesses and Covers
  23. 11 points
    Just thought id share the wireless system I've been using successfully for a while now on my gpx4500. My previous wireless system suffered from broken wires and finally one of the units gave up the ghost. I didn't want the Garrett Z-Lynk or the Pro Sonic so did research into other units. I wasn't sure they would work but fortunately, they did. Was looking for something robust and small that could handle the beating my equipment gets from detecting hilly thick scrub. Did a lot of research and found the "Xvive U2 Guitar Wireless System" They are robust and the connectors swivel which is really handy when fitting the receiver to the steelphase booster as it hugs the unit nicely. The lag time is not noticeable at only 6 ms. I seem to get a good day of detecting out of them and recharge time is pretty quick, although I rarely let them go flat. I'm using a light lipo battery as the power source for the detector which I tuck under the detectors cover. So much easier being wireless than getting snagged on bushes and branches. Also easier to dig targets not being attached to the detector. Xvive U2 Guitar Wireless System Comprising of two simple and small 1/4 jack connectors that act as transmitter and receiver, the U2 is ideal for stage, home and studio use and can also connect via Bluetooth to your favourite devices, using 24 bit resolution to capture every detail in real time - uncompressed, natural, clean tone with no delay at a range of up to 100ft/30m. It uses 2.4 GHz frequency and uses WI-FI spectrum. It is digital and the sound would be as though you are using a cable. You can use up to 4 units at a time. To eliminate any possibility of interference from other devices using the 2.4 GHz frequency, we recommend the Xvive U2 wireless system not be placed within 1m of another U2 Wireless system, and more than 3m away from any WI-FI devices such as Internet Routers, Portable Hot Spots etc. Featuring a rechargeable lithium battery with approximately 5 hour life at full charge. Includes a transmitter and a receiver. Charging cable is included. The Tech Specs Brand: Xvive Model: U2 Suitable For: Electric guitar, Bass guitar and Electric Acoustic instruments with an EQ with Pickup. Range: Up to 100ft/30 metre line-of-sight transmission range Delay time: 6 ms Frequency Response: 10Hz-20kHz Channels: 6 compatible (Legal for use in Australia and New Zealand) Resolution: 24-bit Delta Sigma, 2.4GHz broadcast A/D conversion: 24-bit low-noise system Dynamic Range: 105dB Play Time: Approximately 5 hours with rechargeable lithium battery Recharge Time: Approximately 2 hours when flat Input/Output: Side-mounted 1/4-inch Jack connector ins and outs on receiver/transmitter
  24. 10 points
    Hi Mitchel, Went to the beach today for a few hours before the Super Bowl. I found a promising cut, not deep but with good steep slope. I started hunting and then I remembered your mention of "the quarter line." I was musing about it as I hunted, wondering if I could maybe find the quarter line on this little stretch of beach. I will let the pictures tell the rest of the story. The ring is silver and is marked 'PTI 925 NEPAL' on the inside.
  25. 10 points
    There is no major reason, I was offered one cheap, less than the price I paid for a coil for my Nox. I have a Ace 350 and like it's simplicity and the AT pro looks / sounds similar. I liked that it is water proof so I'd have a second waterproof machine. 15khz is a good frequency and I'd only use it in freshwater lakes, rivers and creeks. A Garrett was my first detector and I've never had the chance to try out one of their higher end machines. I was just curious as to why Mike decided to buy one now with so many options available. What I am seeing is since the Equinox has been released so many high end machines from other manufacturers are hitting the second hand market at great prices, I passed up on a CTX3030 with two coils the other day for the price of a new Nox 600, I didn't want to carry a heavy machine around as I've been spoilt with the lightness of my Gold Bug Pro, the comfort of my T2, even the Nox is quite light so I didn't think I'd enjoy the 3030. This AT Pro was cheaper than a 6" Nox coil, a real bargain.. It's a great time for newbies to enter the hobby, so many good deals around of machines that they can go out and do really well with for minimal cost. The one thing I have noticed is you can go over an area with a detector and be confident you've cleaned it up, go over it again with another and find more stuff. I had slammed the lakefront area where I often detect with my 800, it's an hours drive from my house so I was staying in the area in my Caravan, I'd done the initial cleanup a few months ago which gave me the bulk of finds Then I've been back a number of times again with the Nox gathering up things I'd missed and the new drops. Then New years day I decided to go back at 4am before the crowds as New Years Eve there was fireworks off the beach and thousands were packed on the lakefront watching them. I woke up and stumbled to my car grabbing my detector on the way out of my Caravan, oddly in my half asleep state I grabbed my Gold Monster thinking it was the Nox with 6" coil, I got to the beach and went to grab my Nox and found my Monster sitting there, absolutely useless for the beach. I didn't have time to go back and swap detectors over as I had a small window of time before people started arriving to the beachfront so I was stuffed, then I remembered my T2 was in the car under some blankets, I'd hidden it there as I brought it along for my wife on the trip but she decided she wanted to use my Gold Bug Pro and has abandoned the T2 so it was left hidden in the car. I was forced to use my T2, I was initially disappointed thinking I had less chance than with my Nox but seeing most of the finds would be new drops I figured I'd be OK as they'd be trampled in near the surface anyway. The T2 needs sensitivity quite low in this area as there is a lot of EMI which the Nox doesn't care about. So I ran the T2 and Mars Tiger coil with the sensitivity at about 50% and found I was digging old deep coins that I'd missed with the Equinox. I couldn't believe it! I'd done this area more than 5 times with the Nox and it's not a huge area, it's hard to think I missed the spots that many times. I'm not saying the T2 is better than the Nox by any means, not even close, sometimes for some reason I don't understand going over a spot with a different detector can give different results so from now on to be sure I've cleaned out an area I want to detect it with more than one detector.