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  1. Hello Finally had a day off after weeks of work to go detecting. My partner and i both had new purchases to try. First i tried out my new 18" detech mono coil for my 5000. It is an amazing coil. Very very quiet in tough soil. It is really sensitive to small targets. I dug one gold piece today at .24 gr. In about 20 minutes of detecting. And some lead targets missed by my previous grid sessions with the coiltek 14 and 18" elites. The detech 18" is definitely a keeper for my arsenal. Next was the amazing performance put on by my lovely partner and her new gold monster. I let her
    24 points
  2. Greetings fellow prospectors! For a more than a year I have thought about doing up some Youtube videos on prospecting and I have finally gotten off my backside and done it! This is the first video of a 3 part set where I will be taking a look at Minelab's new Gold Monster 1000 nugget oriented metal detector. This part one video is an introductory discussion about its various features and settings. In the next couple weeks I will put up part 2 which will be on testing the GM1000 out in the field and then part 3 will cover some practical suggestions for prospectors on getting the most out of you
    11 points
  3. Ok, it is not the kind of flakes you normally think of when you think CALIFORNIA. We had a 'cold snap' in the west the last 3 days and that gave me a chance to go out and detect the hot deserts of Southern California. The cold snap came after a Wednesday fishing trip. It started off slow for the white sea bass and the yellowtail. We didn't get any so we went after the rock fish in deep water. This was my first trip of the year and it was a lot of fun. I went over my limit (10) but there were others on the boat that got my extras. At the end of the day we were near the island a
    9 points
  4. All Winter/Spring in Rye Patch this year was a tough deal fighting the ground noise. We knew we had to wait till Summer for the ground to dry out for some spots that hold the deep gold. Robin & I, were on and extended road trip that started for a few days in Laughlin, NV and a hunt out in the gold basin area. Then a short drive to Las Vegas for a couple days and then ending up in Reno stopping here and there for a hunt on placers along the way. During this time, a couple Buddies where sending me pictures of their Rye Patch poke. Braving the heat and with night hunts fighting off the R
    7 points
  5. Hi guys, You may recall this post I did back at the start of May. http://www.detectorprospector.com/forum/topic/3599-some-zed-gold/ Well there was more to the story at the time but I couldnt tell it due to the up coming release of the GM 1000 & an agreement I had with Minelab giving them first use of any material I sent them on the GM 1000 for possible use on the Treasure Talk Blog. I actually started detecting with the Zed & got a very faint hit. Dug down on it & it was getting deeper & the signal improving all the time. It got to the depth where I could not tell just wh
    2 points
  6. I stand about 6 feet but the GM 1000 shaft is just too long. So this is what I done to make it right for me only. I first put the shaft together then put the large coil on. Then I slip the control head on and found if I put it just past the end shaft where the middle starts is just right for me. I then slip the arm rest where I wanted but this leaves the shaft hitting me when I swing my detector. I took it and cut off 5 1/2 inches. this still leaves 2 inches behind the arm rest. You can now unscrew the end shaft with arm rest from the other. You now have the control head with t
    2 points
  7. Its not the area behind my house, but I consider most of Northern Nevada to be in "my backyard". I got gold from not too far away from that spot in "my backyard".
    2 points
  8. Randy, Rudy & I, missed seeing you this last Winter/Spring in Rye Patch. We talked about you helping out with Rudy's last big nugget at this location. This one was about 100 yards from the one you helped us dig. We had another couple watching this dig with big smiles as they held his nugget! Hope to see ya soon, Rick
    2 points
  9. I went out this morning looking for what the storm has brought in. We had some waves in the bay up to 15 feet! When detecting after a storm it can be good but it can also be 'blown out' with very little pattern. I hunt for 'focused energy' and patches. This can take a lot of walking but can also result in rewards. My initial pass at the beach was along the cut (such that it was) which was mostly pushed over. The waves and tide had gotten so big that nothing stopped and it blew right over the blanket line. This makes for a good day if you are a beach comber but difficult for dete
    2 points
  10. I'm sure running the Reactivity up to 3 would have quieted the ground and on coin sized targets, you wouldn't be sacrificing much overall performance. It has been said that raising the Reactivity tends to shrink your coil coverage footprint. I don't know to what extent that occurs, but on tiny gold nuggets I'm looking to get all the performance I can out of a detector that was originally designed for coin, jewelry and relic hunting. My primary detector will always be the Z7000, but there are times when I would like to jump out and check some exposed bedrock or old tailings piles withou
    2 points
  11. Here's a decent treatise at White's website: https://www.whiteselectronics.com/detecting-101/how-metal-detectors-work/?lang=gb
    2 points
  12. OK DS. Here goes. In my lay(ze)mans terms. Detectors are just two way radios. They broadcast and receive through their antenna, called the search coil. When detectors transmit a radio signal into a conductive object (for me typically a square nail) that object will develop a brief energy field around it (induction). When the field fades away the detector is able to receive that "collapse" and convert it to an audible signal. For the transmitted signal to penetrate dense material (the ground) it must be sent at a very low frequency-V.L.F. A PI detector sends out it's signal in pulses so that t
    2 points
  13. I do what I can to foster competition that develops alternatives to the all too common VLF detector. There are plenty of options out there, but in my opinion they all weigh too much or cost too much. Usually both. I envision people out there with a popular VLF metal detector for beach, relic, or gold detecting. These machines all sell for around $700 and weigh 2.5 - 3.9 lbs. Perhaps they would like to add a ground balancing PI (GBPI) to what they have. I think that for "normal people" with normal budgets a machine under $2K and under four pounds just makes sense. It would be more tha
    1 point
  14. A common misperception among those new to metal detecting is that metal detectors can identify one metal from another. How much we wish that were true. The reality is that for all practical purposes the common metal detector target id scale is based on a combination of the conductive or ferrous properties of the item multiplied by the size and shape of the item. There are two common terms in use for this scale. The Target ID or TID scale is the most generic. White's also popularized the use of Visual Discrimination Indicator or VDI numbers. You will see references to both TID and VDI numb
    1 point
  15. I need full day operation also. My attitude is that if a detector needs a battery swap during my lunch break to stay light then so be it. If running time on one battery is paramount then we already have detectors that do that anyway so no issue really. I agree though and that all day operation on a charge is preferable and should be no problem with modern Lithium Ion batteries. Chuck, I personally would take a GM1000 over the TDI as a general nugget hunter. The problem as I have noted is that unless the mineralization is pretty severe then I think a good VLF is a better choice than the TD
    1 point
  16. Gee....I thought this was a gold forum not a fishing forum....And they arent even goldfish.... Living the dream aye. Where are the pics??? Good luck out there & tight lines JW
    1 point
  17. This guy spent 10 years or so studying and modifying PI detectors - mostly Eric Foster machines. A couple of years ago I came across some posts on the Geotech forum about a new PI detector called the Manta, developed by this Alexandre - who is a physicist and electronics developer (with a good day job!). I sort of filed the info away as the project seemed likely not to be developed into a marketable machine. Fast forward to the end of last week. I had called someone at First Texas to ask a few questions about the AmeriTek program. The conversation got around to when FT would deliver on
    1 point
  18. We had a cold snap in sunny Yuma, low 70's at sunup. Didn't reach 80 till nearly 9am. I took the Deus out for a little testing in an area we have absolutely hammered with every known detector. I didn't find any gold, but the Deus surprised me with some of its capabilities. Per our discussion on the Notch vs. Discrimination theory, I set up the machine for 3 tones, relying on tone discrimination rather than true Notch or Iron Discrimination. With the Deus software the first setpoint for Tone discrimination really becomes a null, so 3 tones becomes 2 tones. It's actually a little more
    1 point
  19. Rick, I do hope we link up soon. You bring a special energy to the sport.
    1 point
  20. Excellent addition to your 'reporting' to us here about your adventures. Mitchel
    1 point
  21. Thanks as well. Now to just get out and try it. I was playing around with it at home and noticed that the good targets gave a signal in both directions and the iffy ones would be spotty inconsistent blurps. The detector is going to be very easy to get used to. I noticed that the aluminum shaft wants to loosen sometimes allowing the coil to turn to the left...but that an easy fix strick
    1 point
  22. I think this report just put me over the line. Thanks californiagold. JP, when will you have them in stock again????
    1 point
  23. Aussieau. Coral trout. Blue bone. They are pretty good. Personally my favorite fish to catch and eat are Spanish Mackerel. Awesome to fish for, fight and great table fish with heaps of tucker off one fish. I miss the NT Barra are reasonably good tasting and are also great fun to catch.
    1 point
  24. Well done Mitchel! Great surf and turf.
    1 point
  25. Rick, what a great weekend adventure. Congratulations to you, Rudy and team.
    1 point
  26. That Rudy sure knows how to sniff them nuggets out... like a Redbone hound. I ran into him while I was up there couple weeks ago and he was kind enough to share some of his secrets with me. Nice work Fellas.. strick
    1 point
  27. Good job on both accounts.white sea bass is on my bucket list. I have a 3.5 day trip coming up out of San Diego. Chris
    1 point
  28. Great job! Great detecting!! Still never made it up there....one day! Chris
    1 point
  29. Great job! Great detecting!! Still never made it up there....one day! Chris
    1 point
  30. Great job! Great detecting!! Chris
    1 point
  31. Mitch, They are there, but you have to have your ears on high alert! Rick
    1 point
  32. nice fish, nice gold...good boy! fred
    1 point
  33. Well done and well hunted. That weather has been amazing this year. Full dam and water over the spillway. I want some nuggets from there again. Mitchel
    1 point
  34. Just get one of those velcro wraps.. coil the cord and put th wrap around it and there ya go... excess cord wrapped up and out of the way.
    1 point
  35. I guess that just depends on your skill and confidence. You might however need those headphones if the Z-Lynk battery goes dead.
    1 point
  36. Hi again Aussieau & others interested in stampers. I came across this youtube footage of the stampers I was talking off being not too far from where I am. There are in fact four stampers up this valley. Take note of how steep & rugged the landscape is & how difficult it must have been to transport this equipment in to these locations. These pics are of Central Otago Batteries been taken by me The Nugget Mine Battery The Serpentine Battery powered by a metal water wheel The Come In Time Battery powered by a pelton wheel The And
    1 point
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