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  1. o I finally have some production models of the New dual adjustment bungee I designed. I think I am going to call this one the QWEEGLE. Sort of a combination of Quick Bungee and Double for Double adjustment. I know a lot of you use your own harness, which in a lot of instances is a modified Camel Back. Camel Backs are great because they provide hydration and give you a great place to hook a bungee cord up to. Well I have thought long and hard about now to improve the QWEEGEE bungee which allowed you to adjust the length of the bungee where it attached to the rod. The BOOMERANG bungee
    5 points
  2. I understand where you're coming from. Auto tracking systems can have their advantages for inexperienced operators, or, as you said in"variable ground". They also had disadvantages, at least in some of the earlier systems. Around the late 1990's, well known detector designer Dave Johnson designed the Lobo Super Trac for Tesoro, or Lobo ST as it's most widely known. It had a very good ground tracking/balance system which was great for beginners. It had a shortcoming though. The tracking system could not be locked to the current ground phase when a target was found. As the user would wi
    4 points
  3. Guess what I got to pick up today thanks to Brian at A.M.D. in Anch. And yes I picked up some new killer gels to finish off the last month & a half, but that not it ….. The NOX 6" ( that I and a lot of folks have been & still are waiting for ) came in and I was more then happy to spend 4hrs rd. trip ( this time of yr. ) when Brain gave me the call. Thank you Alaska Mining & Diving !!!!!!!!!!
    4 points
  4. You can cheat with an auto tracking machine if you want to up the GB a bit by ground balancing but only lowering you Coil down to 4 or 5 inches off the ground or even higher and you can make it go the other way by only raising it by about 3 inches from the ground and by letting the coil linger on the ground, So you can off set the GB to suit although you have little control by how much, I know with one pump of the coil it will be slightly negative and at two pumps it will be slightly positive and by the third pump it will be more so making a bit more noise as you lower the coil, but as a
    3 points
  5. That's what I was indicating a Gold Bug 2 version 2 should have, nobody would take away the option to manually ground balance, but it sure is nice to have Auto when you want it, especially in very variable ground. There is always room for improvement on any detector which is why I was saying it's nuts they haven't come out with an improved version after all these years. Fisher added the Ground Grab feature on the Gold Bug Pro, I like it, takes seconds to do but they left the manual controls to manually adjust the ground balance. I don't think the GBP was meant to be the replacement for the
    3 points
  6. Thank you Brian. This was my view from work today from the new house I am working on. Note the steam ship to the left of the container 106 year old TSS Earnslaw. A coal powered steam ship. Use to ply the lake as transport for people, sheep, cattle & cargo. Now does tourist trips. The TSS Earnslaw tied up in Queenstown bay Approaching Walter Peak Station wharf. Here you go on a farm yard tour, feed the animals watch sheep dogs rounding up sheep & bringing them into the yard for shearing & of course shee
    3 points
  7. I finally got my hands on an 800. I'm a thrifty kinda guy so I waited until the inventory built up and while I did I was using the 600 to become familiar. Traded the 600 when I was done with it for an AT Pro, 3 AT coils, and Z-Link system plus $200. I played around with the AT Pro for 2 weeks before selling it for more than enough to buy a used, complete 800 for $700. I'll be honest with you guys. I've used a lot of machines, including an AT Pro before I had this AT Pro. I had the first one briefly with the big Nel 14" coil. It didn't leave an impression on me the first time. It did this time.
    3 points
  8. Thanks, I came to thinking/wishing they would sort out the ground issues when I was testing my coils and someone posted about how far their machine could air test a coke can, Well the coke cans over here are smaller at 330mils and when I did his test I Dare not publish my results because it would of started a war, even more so when I used my favourite coil, But I thought if I could get that depth then I would need a JCB and leave the pick at home, As it is I have a coil that can see Cans at up to 3 feet and maybe a bit more in the ground but it Air Tests at ridiculous distances, I have always
    3 points
  9. The lower the recovery speed, the more knock sensitivity you will encounter. Very critical and those seeking "more depth" by lowering recovery speed will be fighting themselves in bad ground. Ground balance does also make a difference as Chase notes above. And sensitivity also. With both the Gold Monster and Equinox I see people making the machine compete with itself. With all VLF detectors the basic idea it to run settings as hot as possible while still having stable performance. Then you can compare one machine to another. Both Gold Monster and Equinox when configured with stable settin
    3 points
  10. Hi Simon, The manual ground balance is a no brainer & actually an advantage. It gives you an edge if used properly & I don't know why people struggle with it. Once learnt, which is not hard. Hell, if I can do it a monkey could do it. Are we now living in a world where people just have to have everything so laid on & simple? The GB2 has proved itself beyond its years....& still continues to do so. It was "improved", I guess, with the release of the "new" gold bug & gold bug pro models. But not at the 71 khz. Dont you have two of them?? But you thought they were no good beca
    3 points
  11. What a world of difference of the level of service in the new Pa. location from Florida.I was having s lot of static and signal breakup on the wireless Avantree phones I had for my 600.I first thought it was the phones but alter testing a second pair it was clear it was the machine.Contacted the service center and they sent me a shipping label for UPS so it was no cost to me.I sent it in on a Wed. and they had it on the bench on Friday,They could not find the issue at first,so Jamie went out a got a pair of non-minelab phones and had the same issue I had.He replaced the control pod and I had
    2 points
  12. Thats the unfortunate reality of the internet. It’s soeasy for people to post vids and forum posts of things they perceive as problematic before they have taken the time to really learn the machine’s character and capabilities.
    2 points
  13. Somebody once said beware of the man with only One Gun because he proberly knows how to use it, Detectors are the same, Although my VLF is a new older design I never worry about what others are using or how much more theirs cost, I have seen the Gold others have found and I know what I have found and I have used it from the UK to Gympie QLD and the GT, So a person needs to trust the machine and if they know it well enough then most of all they need to trust them selves, All the modern Hi frequency machine are very cool and the ones you have can a will do the deed if you let them teach yo
    2 points
  14. Many folks chop and change machines search for that magic machine but it does not exist, The machine a person should stick with is the model they had the most success with which is why I won't change my VLF, some folks have bought and sold at leased 10 maybe more machines this past year and they are back to square one, If people would finesse their skills with the machine that they were most successful with then they would not need to keep wasting money on machines that are a repeat of what they already have I won't change my VLF, because if I want to find tiny nuggets I use the 5.3 coil
    2 points
  15. I sure agree with you on the GB system on the MXT auminesweeper! I've got the GMT, same system. The ability to run in autotrack, yet lock it at any time, manually GB if you choose, or do an auto Ground Grab at the press of a button is an incredible system! That system on the MXT/GMT has been around for going on two decades, but, it's timeless, and the best of all worlds ground balance wise!
    2 points
  16. another great design, Doc...unfortunately, I have yet to wear-out the ones I bought years ago. I would not be without your bungee and Chris' Hipstik on my GPZ... thanks for being an inventor. fred
    2 points
  17. Happa -- I agree with Chase on the buried coins -- which will also help to see if you might have a faulty machine. I doubt you do, though; but, some testing might be in order. MEANWHILE, I would DEFINITELY make it a priority for a little while to go back to what you used to do, and "compare signals." YES, your Safari vs. their E-Tracs and Explorers would have given similar tones on a buried target, when comparing signals in the past -- but, that's why I think comparing signals now, with their FBS compared to your Equinox, would be so immensely helpful. YES, the sounds are differen
    2 points
  18. Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Big Upgrade vs. AT Pro: Short Answer - YES!. The Garrett AT series is a solid detector series. The AT pro brought pro features, including a completely waterproof detector, high reliability and stable operation to the mid price range and it is no wonder it became so popular but it is getting a little long in the tooth, never had stellar ergonomics, and is now falling behind feature wise with its competition and with the release of the value priced Equinox and Kruzer series detectors, can no longer claim the high feature to price ratio crown that kept it a b
    2 points
  19. If I'm not back on the forum Monday call the mountain rescue people ? Do you need them to carry out your gold
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  20. I have only detected with Steve twice at Crow Creek, but both times I made an amazing discovery. The first discovery I made was that you don't ever let Steve get in front of you, the ground will be sterilized after he passes through. The second discovery I made was that you don't ever let Steve get behind you, he's like a turkey on a June Bug. Anything you miss, which is everything for me, he will have it in an instant. In other words, you get it the first time or it is gone forever, no second chances.
    2 points
  21. Alright! Mine is being shipped today. I can’t wait to take it to the beach. Good luck guys!
    2 points
  22. Part III Gold As it turns out there is tiny -100 mesh gold just about anywhere you stick the shovel. In any pan you're likely to see 3 or 4 tiny specs of gold and a lot of black sand. The problem is as old as time, find a concentration and figure out a way to recover it. What I discovered on the gravel bar was a thin flood layer about 4 inches thick under about 8 inches of overburden. The layer was distinct because it contained mostly sharp cornered gravel rather than typical rounded river gravel and it contained a lot of mud/silt/clay binding the layer together. Once you get a
    2 points
  23. Part II Every year I devise some new scheme to get the gold out of that river. One year I even set up a gravity dredge with 60' of 4'' hose. It worked fine, but it really takes 2 people to manage it. If you get a blockage it's an absolute bear to drag that hose out, shake out the blockage, then get it all back in the water and re-charge the suction. This year I decided to just concentrate on the flood gold and work less hard. During the past winter I watched various You-Tube videos of the guys on the beaches trying to capture fly speck gold. I figured I could find a decent insi
    2 points
  24. The secret to the Minelab GPX series is thoroughly understanding the timings and when to use each one. Timings are variations of the basic pulse induction technology at work in the GPX series that gives you far more flexibility than exists in other pulse induction detectors. Unfortunately this extra flexibility also adds complexity, and so it is not unusual that some people may not be using the optimum settings in many cases. It is very important when investing in a Minelab GPX detector to take the time to read the manuals and study until you fully understand what the settings do and how to ad
    1 point
  25. The River I spent several weeks in early July, panning and sluicing on the N. Fork of the American River. I've been going to the same 10 mile section of the river for over 20 yrs. That part of the river is designated Wild & Scenic, so no motorized equipment and no claims. It's one of the few places in CA gold country you can access a free flowing river without stepping on someone's gold claim. Access is not easy, although there a a number of trails up and down the river. They're all rugged, often steep and always overgrown with poison oak. I have often encountered "locals" who a
    1 point
  26. Hello everybody!! I don't know whether anybody is planning to travel across the ocean but if you are, come and meet us at Detectival 2018!
    1 point
  27. Thanks, there is a lot to learn but I'll get there. My job now is to not worry about looking at what other detector "maybe" better but to learn what I've got and learn them so I know them inside out. JW found 14 nuggets that in total weighed .23 of a gram with his Nox + 6" on it's first day out ?
    1 point
  28. Love your stories about your nugget hunting kiwijw! Great pics, it's just like being there! Keep em coming.
    1 point
  29. I hope Whites always keeps that GB system because it is so good and fast, I would like to see them add a see through mineralization feature to that GB and then depth would be improved along with target ID, But I would like to see Whites add 2 extra push pads to the MXT for manual GB.
    1 point
  30. Published on Jul 29, 2012 - How to find gold with the Whites GMT. Gerry shows the settings and techniques for finding even the smallest nuggets.
    1 point
  31. All the charge tiems I have reviewed posted by folks, yours is way outside the norm. Most charge less than 4 hours. Mine does too, like 3 hours 15 minutes. Make sure your charger doens’t have 2 rated charging jacks for current. Some have both a 2.1a and a 1amp port (s).
    1 point
  32. I have a 14x10 on my VLF and next to the 5.3/6" coil it is my favourite and it is the same weight as the standard 10" DD but it adds a few inches depth on coins and on larger items it goes really deep.
    1 point
  33. Cripes JW, we really visited the wrong island last year!! Those pics are just stunning.
    1 point
  34. I was lucky enough to find a couple large cents awhile back and was hoping someone knowledgeable with copper coins / large cents could shed some light on dating one of them. The 1845 large cent (good condition) measures appx. 27mm while the other large cent (which is in extremely poor condition) measures appx. 28mm. The larger coin also has the word "CENT" underlined on the reverse whereas the 1845 does not (see photos). I have The Official Red Book of United States Coins, 63rd edition (2010) and I believe the larger cent is older. Anyone have an opinion on appx. date of larger cent?
    1 point
  35. This is where my detected goodies go, not that I have enough to bother stealing but If I ever do it will be safe, it's bolted down internally and weighs so much three people are required to lift it and even then they won't get far as it's just so stupidly heavy. You just drop anything in the top, spin the handle and its safe ?
    1 point
  36. I have had many detectors that could coin, relic, jewelry, and nugget hunt well, but then had to have another detector for saltwater detecting. Now I can nugget detect one day and hunt in saltwater the next. There is no other detector I am aware of that can do so many different metal detecting tasks and do them all not just well, but in many cases better than machines dedicated to those tasks. Multi-IQ is very powerful. Main dislikes? Handle grip is a little large for my hands, wish it had a 6" x 10" fully enclosed coil, expanded target id spread would be nice.
    1 point
  37. Nice going Stephen, great looking gold. Sounds like there wont be much training going on, just finding nuggets :) Brian.
    1 point
  38. for finding the class ring but this mornings hunt produced this ticket in the first 1/2 hour. 8.9 grams marked au585 ?
    1 point
  39. Welcome to the forum EMField, thanks for your post, I found this little tacker with my Gold Bug Pro (G2) 0.021 grams. It's tiny. it was only about an inch down in a crack in some bedrock, I hadn't used this coil before that day (Nel Snake) other than playing around in my yard testing it and a run in a creek to try it out, I didn't even get my coil dirty as I was just searching bedrock as there was no junk targets in the area, the first signal I got after about 15 minutes of detecting was gold ? There is no doubt the G2 is capable of finding gold, it's actually very good a
    1 point
  40. Welcome to the forum! So do you want a high frequency VLF that is hot on small gold or do you not? “Too sensitive” is the name of the game. From my perspective all over 30 kHz units are roughly equivalent and all are edgy machines. I can find gold about as well with any of them. If you are looking for head to head testing that proves any one of them to be significantly better than the others - good luck with that. Whether it is a twenty year old Gold Bug 2 or the latest hot new machine, dealing with ground issues, hot rocks, and chatter is just the way it is. None of them is a magic bulle
    1 point
  41. Hi all, had a half day to go detecting today, so I went back to that new patch and was able to find one more small rough nugget. Searched a lot tried to expand the area or find source but no luck. So I want of searching for a new area, looking on a hillside next to a wash where I found a few nuggets. No luck, but I did notice a steep wash up ahead that I couldn't remember detecting. Found some nuggets nearby so I figured it was worth it. Ended up finding 4 more nuggets in a new patch. All small, but way better than a skunk. The darker nugget was from last weeks patch. Chris
    1 point
  42. Thanks a bunch GB! I know you weren't looking for the exact spot and I don't share it anyways so no worries but I have no problem giving some tips because people have helped me along the way and if it helps speed up the learning curve and find you some silver I'm happy. I was at a public park and hit the sledding hill on the inclined part not at the top and was using low disc. Field 2 on the Equinox 600. I was actually trying to find nickles which read 12-13, and dug several pull tabs and also botyle caps trying to find gold, and buttons.
    1 point
  43. it's common to all detectors. the target moves as the sand/earth is dug.Sometimes the target when a coin moves on edge
    1 point
  44. White's 24K is starting to get a little depth now. I just pulled this one at 8" while using the 6" round concentric coil. It is just bigger than my thumb nail and weighs in at 2 grams (30 grains) and was found with the 24K. I still have a few of my initial order not spoken for (at this time). Contact me for details if you are interested in 1.
    1 point
  45. Folks have been wanting to see the 24K find small gold. Heck I really don’t care to chase fly shit specs, but I did decide to hunt some ore dump piles for tiny crystal nuggets. No they may not be as small, but before you bark…please know your gold. Crystalline gold does not hit as well as solid pieces and my limited trials with test pieces of small solid pickers does in fact respond louder and farther away than these bits. Yes I am happy with the results of these finds as I had already hunted the exact same pile before, but to be honest it was before I had a manual and now the manual
    1 point
  46. Jim, Those are very strong and kind words...I'll accept them lightly as I know others on here have put more effort and time sharing their experiences. Yes I have been fortunate with many detectors, but at the same time, I try to put myself in the best situations when trying to make a machine perform. Then there is the skill of the operator behind the detector and I feel years in the field have earned some tidbits of knowledge. Hats off to you for doing something fun that I wish I understood...but in reality it is lack of time. I too am amazed at what a person can do with a rod/probe
    1 point
  47. I have a friend down in Lake Charles "Tinfoil" has the DFX book and he states it is a winner by far. He is strictly a jewelry hunter and has stated many times the book is right on. Looks like I might need to get a copy and read for my self.
    1 point
  48. LIDAR has come a long way since I worked with it in Alaska. I helped build and operate a LIDAR facility while working for the University of California at their remote research site in Fairbanks. Our area of research was ionospheric, we studied the Ionosphere gases for clues to what causes The Northern Lights. We did some ground penetrating work, but it was very limited due to lack of remote receiving sites around the world. Here are some pictures of the LIDAR building in operation and the telescope and laser. The laser light is yellow, which is the color of Sodium. We were studying Sodium at 9
    1 point
  49. Low resolution raw LIDAR data is publicly available for free for about 1/3 of the United States, mostly the east coast and developed areas. High resolution LIDAR (1-3 cm) is available in a few areas. Mostly for environmental studies or only available privately. Without LIDAR we have to rely on DEMs (Digital Elevation Models) for elevation data. These are mostly just a rehash of the old paper topo maps with hand drawn elevation lines converted into even lower resolution digital point shapes represented by light and dark shades on an artificial black and white image. The shades of gray of each
    1 point
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