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  1. 9 points
    Hi Folks I hope everyone is doing well over here. Ground conditions have been tough with the weather being so cold but things warmed up just enough to allow some detecting here in the mid Hudson valley. Unfortunately it's going to turn colder again over the coming week or so which will probably shut me down again. Anyhow, I went back to a site where I have discovered quite a few Connecticut coppers over the years and decided to hit a little bit further out from the center of the site. I came upon a 18-20 signal and ended up recovering a nice 1773 half reale. Shortly afterwards I discovered another copper believe it is a KG III. It sure was nice to get out. Recovering both coins.. I was using the 15-inch coil field 2, sensitivity at 25, ground balance of zero, iron bias was at 2 and recovery speed of 7. HH Everyone..
  2. 7 points
    As some of you know, I head south each winter with a few clients and have some sun in the fun, with a few stiff drinks to kill any bacteria on my ice. I always take a detector and sometimes even test a few for manufactures (like I did last year with the TDI Beach Hunter). Anyway, I seem to find interesting metal objects in my scoop and on occasion they are still moving (that is for another story). So here are a few photos of finds and laughs. 1st pic of at least 10 different countries and some of their coins. Some of them I know others I'll need to look up in a book some day. 2nd is a waterproof Fugi camera. I took the card out and guess what was on it? Now here is a weird twist. There was video footage of me metal detecting. They actually filmed me. 3rd is a gold plated miniature brass shovel. Now I know there are some serious gold diggers walking those beaches, but now they seem to wear a shovel? I guess that should make it easy for the old guy to figure out their intent? 4th is an interesting piece. I thought it was an aluminum dog whistle but blowing on it numerous times has not produced a peep yet? Maybe one of those secret silent ones? My other thought was some kind of mini magnifier, but each time I look through I can't see anything. Sure does have an odd smell though. 5th. Is a Samsung phone. I've found a few throughout the years and you better have a serious scoop to reach them as sometimes the detector will go near 2 feet deep. I realize it is not a ring, but I also know a Rolex watch could be down there too. I'll be posting some of the jewelry later on as I am still getting caught up with customer emails and phone calls to get them detectors. Until next post, enjoy and if you know any info of my finds, please chime in.
  3. 6 points
    Hi Guys. We had a public holiday yesterday so I decided to spend it out detecting.Trouble is I don't get paid for public holidays being a contractor. But any excuse to get out for a swing. I made a plea to Simon to tag along but he was committed else where for the day. It was a stunning day with a bit of well needed coolness first thing....but that didn't last long. I decided to keep at it with my Modded 4500 & the little 8 x 6 nugget finder Sadie coil targeting the thyme bushes that I just haven't a hope of getting the Zed into. It was very slow detecting waving in & out & poking & prodding among the thyme bushes. It was a long time between getting signals. A lot of rubbish. I eventually got a signal in among the thyme bushes that was a bit more mellow but a good hit none the less. You may just see the detector hiding in the thyme bushes to the right of that tall spindly plant. Note the quartz gravels. The signal was right in under a thyme bush & I had to hack into it to get a pin point on the target. It wasn't overly deep at about 4 inches when the target had moved. Waving the magnet thru the gravels nothing latched on to it. I ended up with a piece of quartz giving the signal. I had in the past got numerous gold quartz specimens in this location & knew this was going to be another. I went back to my wagon, which wasn't very far away, to get my bottle of water to give it a wash. Before washing I was pretty sure that little nobby bit was going to be gold. It was No record breakers...but I will take it. I then re scanned the dig area & got another hit. No way I thought. Not another speci....I hopefully thought. No it wasnt.? Three bloody nails. But right next the speci I got. That was it for hours. I then worked my way back towards my wagon for a very late lunch & a much needed drink of water. On my way I thought I would detect the clay/gravels of an old timers dam that they had built across a gully to gather water behind it for their ground sluicing of these old workings. I had detected numerous pieces back in my GP 3000 days off this dam. The workings are to the left in among all those thyme bushes & the water was gathered on the right. That cutting in the dam wall above the detector is where the dam was breached...probably by the farmer. First few signals were just rubbish but then where the detector is sitting in the above pic I got a nice mellow signal that came out of a very firm chunk of green schist & hard clay. Had to break it up with my pick when I got the signal isolated. And out popped this. A prickly bit of gold within a bit of quartz. Well...that was it for the day. I got nothing more but my share of rubbish. And yes Simon....I got my share of pellets. I threw a lot of them into the briar rose bushes. I knew I would never be able to detect in among those. A long hot hard day at that. But it was better than nothing I guess. Just. Cheers Good luck out there JW
  4. 4 points
    Merton, What a coincidence as I was fortunate to meet Mr. Gargov and his lovely wife 2 weeks ago while in MX. We chatted detectors, technologies and folks who were around in the late 90's at Fisher that we both worked with. We talked of the Coin Strike, Gold Strike and how they were a little before their time for most detector users. Great technologies but the average Joe did not grasp them as well as had hoped. The Gold Strike was too different from the proven Gold Bug-2 and digital detectors were not the norm at that time. Dimitar asked if I was interested in seeing his detector (MDT 8000) and an hour later he is standing in knee deep water with said machine in hand. We walked up to beach and I put my EQ-800 down in a chair so I could handle the 8000. 1st thought was very impressive quality of carbon fiber shaft/handle. The display screen seemed a little old school boxy but the features/functions were right there for me to see. Weight and balance was pretty good. Dimitar was trying to explain this detectors main features and kept saying it reads the Salinity of the surrounding soils/water which helps increase overall depth. Also I remember him saying something about seeing through certain hot rocks and still responding to targets under them. Those two statements alone peaked my interest. Anyway, with his strong accent it was a little hard for me to catch all his knowledge while standing on a beautiful beach in MX with stunning views walking past. I had just scooped a smaller 3.4 gram Palladium band so why not take up is offer and swing it a few to get a quick idea of how it would respond to my newly discovered ring. In wet salt sand it did as he said it would. In the water I was not disappointed. At the edge of the water where the wakes break it had a little chatter, but that is expected as the salt mineral around the coil is changing extremely fast. A couple quick clicks on the LCD pad and it smoothed out. His wife came back to inform him they had to check out of the room and catch their flight back to CA., so I did not get much more time to chat with him. Overall quick impression as I know most model of detectors on the market do not perform well in salt water, I see another tool to add to some beach hunts. Now a couple things I did catch. It is not 100% waterproof to my standards but rated IP-68 (which will suite most beach hunters). When I asked about a Prospecting unit, he said it could happen down the road, but right now the focus is the MDT 8000, which could answer your original question of a gold detector. The $1500 price seems reasonable for a high performance Beach detector, but I feel the sales would be more brisk if priced around the $1000 mark. I guess the EQ-800 sub $1000 pricing and its overall sales have really changed how some manufactures think, we'll see. Either way, it does not take to many more gold rings to cover the extra cost now that gold is $1300+ an ounce.
  5. 3 points
    FYI -- the "for sale" ad for these shafts (and another for the EQX and CTX lower rods) is now up, in the classifieds section, for anyone interested... THANKS! Steve
  6. 3 points
    Thanks guys. Hi Strick, Quartz specimen gold pieces are a bit of a rarity in New Zealand so always good to score them. The GB2 managed to get a few for me in days gone by. Its little bullet proof coil is ideal for negotiating those thyme bushes & its extra sensitivity got some pretty small bits of gold in some of the quartz pieces. Cheers ? Hi Gerry, Thanks for dropping in & for your comment. Yes I have found that the modded 4500 is doing better than my good old faithful 4500. My initial maiden voyage with the modded 4500 was to a public fossicking area that gets absolutely flogged by both sluice boxing & detecting. It is a good half days drive from where I live so I dont go there often. I have never had the Zed in there & I have had the Zed 2 & a half years now. But I got a few bits of gold with my GP 3000 & then with my standard 4500 on the few times I have been in there. These are some bits I got on my first time in there with the GP 3000 & the little Coiltek 10 x 5 Joey mono coil. I camped in there for three days until the weather turned to custard. There were some guys sluice boxing material from a high terrace. They got a beaut 6 gram speci. It was an area that had big gold back in its day & a 1.5 ounce nugget was found not long before I went in there with my modded detector, & it was found with an SDC 2300. I was shown a photo of it. I will see if I can find that pic but not now. Edit: Found the pics This area is notorious for bad weather & the drive in is through a lot of bush & prone to tree falls across the road, hampering efforts to get in here. It took me three trips before I was able to get in back in my GP 3000 days. And that was when I lived in the North Island of NZ. So an extra long way to have to go. So when I got in there with my modded 4500 & the Nugget Finder 14 x 9 Advantage coil the weather was crap, but had the odd break between deluges. So I did not travel very far from the car park area which is directly up from the most thrashed area of bedrock in this creek. As you can imagine, a spot where every man & his dog would have gone over. Bedrock that I had of course been over on myself on the other times in here with both my GP 3000 & standard 4500 on numerous occasions. This was the first time I had used this 4500. On checking my settings, as per my old 4500, & on turning it on. NOTHING. No sound at all. Shit I thought. Have I bought a lemon. Re-checked settings. No, all good there. Threshold was at about 2 o'clock but nada. MMmmmm....WTF. Mucked around with a couple of the modded added switches. Still nothing. Checked my B&Z booster, that seemed all good. Then I turned the threshold right up & that gave me a threshold hum. Wow....it ran so quiet & stable I was very uneasy about that as I was just not use to that. But I was off detecting. Long story short, as it is getting long as it is . I got a signal in a crevice that leapt out of the smooth, quiet threshold. Hacking into the crevice it was a piece of gold. I was gobsmacked to have got this in this thrashed location. While I was detecting I saw a lot of smashed out bedrock & opened up crevices. Some how this crevice got missed by all who had walked over it & had gone un noticed & not cleaned out. Although I had to smash into the bedrock chasing the signal. So I guess to some one just scraping out crevices randomly to put material down a sluice box, they wouldnt have gone this deep. And obviously missed by all other detectors that would have been over this crevice. That sold me on this modded 4500. That was the first & only time I used that detector until very recently, as I then got my Zed & just hadn't put the Zed down until very recently, And that was to use the small sadie coil among these tight thyme bush areas that I just can't get the Zed coil into. So Yes...a fan of the modded 4500. Cheers Good luck out there JW
  7. 2 points
    It’s been a lot of years since I last met Chris. At one time he was very visible in the prospecting world but I think family life caught up with him. Very nice to see him out and about again in this excellent video! Though I barely recognized his new furry look. Published on Feb 3, 2019 - “Come join me in the remote goldfields of Arizona as I revisit one my favorite old patches and pull off a few more gold nuggets with my metal detector.”
  8. 2 points
    This is one of the few sites remaining in my area of Alaska that the incoming Stampeders used and also others that came a little later.. The site is easily spotted but unfortunately most of the area surrounding the actual spot is under the Highway at the top of Thompson pass a few miles North of Valdez..Not anything is left to identify this location but thru careful searching and studying I was able to definitely say this is it. Not a large area now but you can see the tumbledown remains that lay scattered almost entirely reclaimed by nature. I have an idea there probably was more to be found but that is now under the Main Highway. That's ok as I realize that most of the other stopping spots on that trail are completely gone..I was able to squeak 2 coins from the site and both were dated after 1898 but close enough to know they had been lost by others that chose that way to come into the area after the Stampede. There were other gold bearing deposits along that trail that were discovered by these prospectors that were mined for a while, those might be stories for another time..The 2 coins found were a Barber dime and a nice 5 cent piece.... I was very happy to have found some dated coinage as that always gives you an idea on timeframes of travelers.....
  9. 2 points
    Then he wouldn't sell any NF coils.....
  10. 2 points
    The TDI SL for me anyway is a well balanced 3.5 lbs that is extremely comfortable to swing. There was just not perceived need for a hip mount option. The older TDI big box units and now BeachHunter are simply heavier units to the point where a hip mount option was considered desirable. That, and the TDI SL is just using one of White’s off the shelf housings used in prior models. Once you get down to about two pounds or less in the arm the whole nose heavy thing is truly not a big deal. Every Deus sold is nose heavy yet everyone raves about the ergonomics. No different once you get that weight off the arm here... it feels so much lighter you really don’t notice the nose heavy aspect.
  11. 2 points
    Resistance is futile Rick RR
  12. 2 points
    You could be right there Fred but it will take an excavator (backhoe) to get rid of them completely for detecting purposes. That is something I am saving up to ask the farmer if he wouldn't mind. I know a heap of old timer gully workings I would like to knock over & have a bit of a scrape & detect & dig deeper down in the gully floors. Also all those bloody thyme bushes. They will be hiding quite a bit of gold I am positive. I know they are as I have done a bit of scrub cutter work on some of those & have scored some nice pieces of gold. One being a 5 grammer. Here I just cut out thyme bushes with a pair of lopers. & scored a 5 grammer I asked the farmer if he would mind if I went in there with a whipper snipper brush cutter to cut out some thyme bushes in the old workings. Those bigger bushes are the briar rose.? Hate them. He said. "On one condition...you cut out more than you need to". They are just a weed to him & taking over valuable grazing land. One day.......an excavator. ? JW
  13. 2 points
    Fantastic info/advice and story. I go to MX each year with detectors. Last year my buddy was pulled aside and they found his detector. They wanted money and after him telling them to keep it ($2500 machine) he agreed to pay $110 and it was on his birthday of all days. Me, I smiled and kept walking. He is the 2nd of my friends to pay some made up tax to get his detector in country. Another friend of mine had to pay for his drone. After you get through the border crossing and lines, I feel most of MX and their people (most of) are good. I have another story of MX down the road but for anther time. Good to see some nice gold recovered. As for my trip next week, I just cancelled as I did not want to be in MX if Trump declares a State of Emergency. I might be over reacting, but my gut said it would not be a good time to be down there. Maybe in a big tourist destination (Cancun) or for dental (Yuma crossing) but we had planned on Lukeville crossing. I've yet to do the Baja crossing, but will make sure not to in the evening. Thanks again for sharing.
  14. 2 points
    Well today I received a surprise in the mail and it was White’s new catalog for 2019. It was all in beautiful color from front to back . It showed the full line of detectors that White’s has to offer plus the lineup of the coils to go with each . White’s has a great line of all types of digging tools to cover anyone’s need . Chuck
  15. 2 points
    I value a detector comparison test over a known target only slightly more than an air test. The test does prove, however, that the Tarsacci will find coins with holes and strings tied to them buried for less than 15 minutes better than an equinox. But it is good to see Minelab getting some strong competition. The real test will be to see which will withstand a day of being transported in a wildly out of control Polaris Razor.
  16. 2 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 !
  17. 2 points
    Jim Hemmingway, I was going to comment along the same lines as your post. I also have spent time in Mexico, in Baja and in the Yucatan. I have never had problems with the people. With the tourista's yes. But not the people. I guess it is easy to be fearful of Mexico if one only considers what one hears in the news, (or by watching Sicario), but as most of us know, travel almost anywhere is the best way to learn and grow.
  18. 1 point
    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!
  19. 1 point
    Of course......a NF Evo coil selling video. What better way to do it. He would probably sell more NF Evo coils than GPZ 7000's. On another note though, the 14" Zed coil would get into those same places as that 15" Evo coil. Had he been swinging a Zed he may have walked out with 15 nuggets. Now that would have to be a good advert for the Zed.? I don't think the cost of a Zed would be an issue for Chris. Despite family life. Good luck out there JW
  20. 1 point
    Whoo-hoo, Mitchell’s coming to Oz! Better start a new thread ?
  21. 1 point
    After seeing KiwiJW's Sadie coil I was thinking that coil maybe for me, it's a solid little thing and at 8x6 it can go places nobody else would be swinging their PI's or Zeds. So I sent the dude who makes them an email just to see what he thinks about the Sadie Vs the 12x8 EVO. This was his response. "The 12x8 Evo is more sensitive than the 8x6 Advantage on small gold, however the 8x6 isn’t far behind. The 8x6 is more tolerant of noisy ground when compared to the 12x8 Evo, it’s also lighter, easier to pinpoint with and great for getting into tight spots. The 12x8 will have better depth than the 8x6 and this depth advantage will increase significantly as the target size increases." Tough decision as when I got my 14x9 before the 12x8 came out I was told its as sensitive as the Sadie, possibly more so and a lot deeper. These new generation coils are sure bringing PI's back in the game after the Zed's release, just imagine how good the Zed would be in manufacturers like Nugget Finder were able to make coils for it.
  22. 1 point
    you are one determined detector operator JW
  23. 1 point
    Wow, you are a man to reckon with...I don't think I would ever work that hard for gold...certainly not now! nice nugget and carry on, my man, carry on. fred
  24. 1 point
    I've got a copy of that, it's great.
  25. 1 point
    Because he knows you do not need a 8,000 dollar detector, and another 500.00 in accessories to find gold. ?
  26. 1 point
    Continued this same beach but used both the GPX and Equinox. Most silver found with the GPX. No gold this time either. 8 silvers, a buffalo, hand full of wheats, and possibly a tiny silver earring. A little bit of clad to round off the hunt. Fun hunt, all while getting some good, head clearing exercise. Beats work any day
  27. 1 point
    I am frankly surprised that there has been no mention of the Tarsacci MDT 8000 on this prospecting forum. At least I saw none when I did a search of this forum. This detector intrigues me. Supposedly not a PI nor a VLF. Maybe ground breaking tech. Depth somewhere in between a GPX and a VLF but with almost full depth discrimination. It's mainly been marketed as a beach machine but the same features that make it excel on the beach may also be good for hot ground. I am sure it is not a panacea for whatever woes you have with your current machine. It seems you only have the choice of one coil, a 9x11. The tones sound different than what most people are used to. It's not as deep as a GPX or maybe not even a TDI? I don't know, not much info out there as this detector has only been available since mid-December. There are plenty of ways to pick this detector apart that I have not listed but let's look at the positive aspects of it. The Tarsacci may be the first detector that offers better depth than a VLF yet retains good discrimination both tonally and with a VDI number. The manufacturer does not tout it as being hot on small gold but there are a few anecdotal references on forums or youtube questioning whether it may be OK. I dont think it will equal a really hot VLF operating in a high KHZ range but I for one do not care. I get tired of scratching for fly-poop and would welcome a DISCRIMINATING detector that would give me greater depth in hot ground. I know that I am old enough if I dig ten deep nails I am about done for a while so the old proverb of "dig it all" doesn't work for me any more. One thing that really struck me is the ability to use the salt balance feature to totally eliminate certain(many?) hotrocks. I can think of more than a few scenarios where this detectors capabilities may produce some gold in the poke. So yes, I am surprised I see no discussion or even a mention of it as a candidate for a gold nugget machine. Tarsacci MDT 8000 Data & Reviews
  28. 1 point
    Great to see that golden grin back out there in front of a camera (so we know he is alive). Minelab should always be proud of Chris, as back in the early days when Minelab was breaking into the US market his company "AZO" was the prominent business out there sharing Minelab detector knowledge/videos. I'm with JW, wondering why not swinging the 7000? Thanks for sharing.
  29. 1 point
    Any success with this project? I almost went the V3i route some years back, but ended up with the Etrac, instead. The V3/i still intrigues me, but I'll probably wait until Whites comes out with the next version with faster hardware. Too bad the V3 user base is so small. If it were a popular computer or even Android phone, we'd probably have a variety of cracked and maybe even rewritten open source versions of the software floating around. As it is, it probably requires a very determined individual with the right skill set and a lot of free time to disassemble and reverse engineer the code. I like Steve's idea of Whites being forthcoming and opening up the detector and its software to hobbyists, but that is probably even less likely to happen, alas.
  30. 1 point
    Thanks for this post I still have not hunted in the gold modes for gold nuggets and this is going to be a big help when I finally do. strick
  31. 1 point
    You never know Beatty, that record slug may just have our name on it. Looking forward to when you can get away from your farm, so we can get back to hunting for it.
  32. 1 point
    Finding a ring and being able to return it is great personal reward..One that I wish I could return is a gold wedding ring I found in Hawaii a few years ago. The beach was a small area but the one target was this ring.. It was so new the edges were sharp.. The hotel wasn't very far from where I was staying, so I went to the front desk and asked if someone had lost a ring. No ID inside so it was an impossibility.....
  33. 1 point
    I was reading a news story today and was shocked at what they use for Chaff. Small bits of aluminum foil are sprayed out over a large area to confuse radar. The Australian military shot out a massive amount of chaff over Sydney to hide a training exercise from foreign Radar. I would be greatly annoyed if chaff was deployed over any area where I detect. If you checked the weather radars for Sydney yesterday you could have been forgiven for expecting a patch of heavy rain just north of the city. But if you poked your head out the window, it was nothing but blue skies. All that action on the radar picture above is chaff, Sydney had clear skies on the day of the exercise. What appeared to be an ominous storm cloud rolling across the weather radar was actually a military aircraft tactic used to hide activity and confuse the enemy. Known as chaff, it’s a radar countermeasure in which aircraft or other military targets spread a cloud of small, thin pieces of aluminium, metallised glass fibre or plastic. The radar-jamming material either appears as a cluster of targets on radar screens or overwhelms the screen with hundreds of returns, or “false echoes”. https://www.news.com.au/technology/innovation/military/it-looks-like-rain-but-its-actually-secret-military-exercises/news-story/0bd86fdc0b62ded8c5a32d04d96d78eb And you think canslaw is bad! ?
  34. 1 point
    When you were experiencing the noise, did you try changing frequency? Did you try reducing sensitivity? Also make sure your coil cable plug is done up nice and tight. It can wiggle loose after a period of time, and many users may forget about it as it is concealed inside the shaft.
  35. 1 point
    Just to update,,,,come to find out the Gold Kruzer isn't really a micro jewelry detector. Small jewelry was ok, but micro jewelry was out. I know....unexpected but true. Texkenzie on Tom D' site did the testing for me and it fell flat. The EQ800 with the 6" concentric tested well, as did the ORX, but the Gold Kruzer couldn't compete. So I'm looking at Whites GM 24K, it seems to be very promising. Hopefully I'll be able to order one soon. HH Mike
  36. 1 point
    Hahahahaaha, That reminded me of a time last year when I was going to Santa Monica Beach. I was driving into the parking area when a lady rudely cut me off. She knew she did, but she just couldnt help herself. Well she parked a big open parking lot and got out to do her stretches so i pulled up one space away...just to let her know there was a real person in the vehicle she just cut off. I could see here eyeing me as i calmly opened the side door of my Sequoia and took out my Minelab Detector case---- (You know i didnt realize until that day how similar that case looks to a gun case- !) I saw her eyes getting a little wider as I pulled out the detector and threw the case back in the car. Then i turned the detector on to let her hear it----- that must have been when she realized it was not a assault rifle.... As I was walking past her to go to the beach... I gave her my best Tennessee smile and a polite, "GOOD MORNING MA'AM -- She was not impressed by Jethro... And I may have seen a little puddle of water next to where she was standing ... Hahahaha--- California BABY!!!!!
  37. 1 point
    Another one of those "I've got to bookmark this and reread it many times" kind of post for me. I"ve never seen anyone go into such detail on the 'why' of choosing settings. In fact, most don't ever say why, just "here is what I did" (or worse, not even reporting settings). This will help me with all my hunting -- coins, relics, natural gold. A great example of "give me a fish and I'll eat for a day; teach me to fish and I'll eat for a lifetime." Thanks, Steve!
  38. 1 point
    Hi Condor… your highlighted words above should be permanently etched into every would-be prospector’s mind. Common sense says to take the bird in hand rather than risk losing it for the less distinct possibility of one or two birds later from out in the bush. I’ve met and worked with people in the field who think otherwise. They just cannot resist the temptation to abandon good potential prospects and jump from here to there without any rational justification for doing so. I had a fellow from Texas, with no experience in our northern silverfields, tell me straight-up that he felt he was just a notch better than the next guy, and off he went. I think it was a case of a big ego interfering with sensible decision-making. Good judgement is one of several key elements that distinguish a successful hunter from an incompetent fool with a metal detector in his hands. Thanks for sharing yet another captivating gold adventure from the border country. Congratulations on those handsome gold nuggets, lots of good character there. Jim.
  39. 1 point
    Regarding the slur against Mexico, I live in Mexico half the year. In my personal experience it is no more violent than the U.S. It is regrettable that the further we are from a situation, the further we tend to be from understanding its reality.
  40. 1 point
    In my past Adventures in Baja posts, I generally give a cautionary note about the uncertainty of Mexican rules, customs and laws. I have been traveling in Mexico for most of my life. I used to be proficient in the language now I can get through the basics with enough nouns and verbs to get by. Algodones is a small Mexican town just 12 miles from Yuma. The border crossing closes at midnight and opens again at 0600. It has become the Dental Mecca for tens of thousands of Americans. There are over 150 dentists practicing in Algodones. There are companies that organize bus trips from San Diego and Palm Springs for dental services. I have had 3 dental implants done down there and I couldn't be happier with the professionalism and price. Many non-narcotic prescriptions can be filled for about one quarter of the price in the US and transported back to the states without a tax or duty. Right now is Winter Visitor time in AZ, and about 3 thousand people a day cross the border for dental work and prescription drugs. Mexico is not as lawless and corrupt as some people might think. Nevertheless, there are those moments and for many people the risk is just not worth it. One of my high school teachers lives in San Quintin on the Pacific coast of Baja. I spoke to him recently and he is working on finding us a placer gold guide down there. Adventures continue.
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    Well said Fred, Mexico is a dangerous place, corruption is rampant, you couldn't drag me down there for anything.. Nice gold too. Well done Condor..
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    I can't speak for Steve but it sure sounds like he was doing what I call "clad stabbing"....Quick easy shallow coins. "IF" you chase the older coins in beat to death parks you'll find them DEEP. Ain't gonna get anything done with a probe or screwdriver without making a hell of a mess of the turf. I've been in these shovel debates before and agree "the perception of a shovel is bad...no doubt". The reality is I can cut a much better, faster and cleaner plug with the lesche shovel than I can with the handheld lesche….much less a screwdriver (great for shallow stuff)…… I've been confronted in parks before and once I demonstrate how I cut a plug and put it back, then ask if they can see any of my other holes, that usually quiets them right up...… But then again...there's idiots out there that'll ruin it no matter what they use? Shovels look bad agreed....but boy do they do a nice clean quick job on the deepies……...jmho
  43. 1 point
    My honest opinion? a complete waste of money. Keep it simple. A few crevicing tools will accomplish whatever the little vac would, with less weight, and with pretty much no operational issues.
  44. 1 point
    Trying to turn the ORX into a Deus with a wishlist of additional features isn't going to achieve anything, and sort of defeats the purpose of a cheaper and more simplified Deus regardless of how it compares with other detectors on the market . It is what it is and I doubt whether the pricing will change given that they have a huge fan base in Europe. In time if it doesn't achieve sales targets then we may see some movement in price.
  45. 1 point
    Looks like Tom is leaving White’s so best contact the service department directly.
  46. 1 point
    a snorkel seriously LOL its a weed pipe or crack pipe cool looking though and it looks ike 2 people having sex not a octopus
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    Was typical newbie. Going over ground everyone had been over, loads of rubbish all around and the nugget was amongst it. Pretty sure others would have just thought it was junk.
  49. 1 point
    I think you should send this pic to Garrett Inc and ask them if the warranty is still good. Maybe they'll finally get the hint. (Helloooo, Garrett? It weighs a freakin' ton.)
  50. 1 point
    The coil bumping problem was never as bad as advertised. Like Chris Ben said, irritating perhaps, but with careful coil control not much of an issue. Truthfully, the ATX will not benefit from fast hunting anyway - slow and careful is the way to go. I did have a go with a prototype of the new mono coil, and it did more or less eliminate the issue, but I have not acquired a production unit yet to confirm how it came out in the final version. More to the real question however. The ATX at $2120 is perhaps a step up from a GP3000 on small and porous gold, but not by much. Some would no doubt argue not at all. A new GPX 4500 can now be had for $2699 and with a small coil is every bit as good as an ATX for small gold and a far more versatile prospecting detector. However, if you can swing the extra dough, what I would really recommend is a SDC 2300 at $3750 new or less second hand. The three year warranty is transferable. A GPX or an ATX still might not get you the porous gold performance you seek. The SDC will do it as well as any PI can, and pushes even hot VLF machines for performance in that regard. Exceeds them actually in bad ground. Don't get me wrong, I am like Garrett ATX Fan #1 having used them since they have been out. It is one of the best salt water machines I have used and that combined with it's compact fold up design and ability to handle salt ground and some hot rocks that my GPZ 7000 struggles with make it a versatile machine worth my having as part of my permanent collection. However, were it not for the waterproof saltwater part I would have a GPX as my second machine instead of the ATX.
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