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  1. 6 points
    I have the Coiltek 11" round coil for the SDC and after hunting with it for about 36 hours at Rye Patch last week I agree with Strick in that I would only recommend it if you are looking for more depth on bigger gold. In my opinion the larger coil turns a detector that is special in it's ability to hit on small gold into a more ordinary machine that will find larger pieces deeper than the stock coil but is not as deep as the 5000 or 7000 on pieces over .5 grams. I had hoped that it would be close to as sensitive as stock on the .5 gram and smaller and better on the larger pieces plus having the benefit of significantly more coverage but I don't believe that is the case. What I found is that I did find my typical number of .5g -1g pieces that I would have found with the stock coil plus some deeper .75g - 1g pieces that I am fairly certain I would not have found without the Coiltek. The downside is that I only found a couple of pieces that were under .5g when I normally find 3-5 in that range on a typical day. I base my observations on average daily results of having spent somewhere between 300 hrs & 400 hrs detecting at Rye Patch since getting the SDC in Sept of 2014. Other observations on using the Coiltek: It has a much more subtle signal on the small nuggets at similar depths than the stock coil so you could easily miss a target that would be a screamer on the stock coil. It is quite a bit less stable in the threshold and more prone to hot rocks making it tougher to stay focused enough to hear the fainter signals. I do like the Coiltek for hunting tailings in Idaho where I live. The better coverage and significantly better depth on larger specimens are worth the trade off in sensitivity on small stuff. The added weight is enough that if you don't normally use some kind of assisted support (bungee , Hip Stick etc.) you will definitely want to get something.
  2. 4 points
    Very few to my knowledge have been from the battery end..... more so from the screen.... and oddly some still work when the operator noticed it. Id think if it was the battery youd be getting a real response. Ive had mine under water for hundreds of hours....... so i agree with Chase ...... if you get intrusion it wasnt right in the first place and we have a GREAT warranty here...... use it. I have been reading a few more of the machines may need BURPED ....because of weak sound, there is a post of that. Im here to tell you..... if you guys think you are going to NOT have any trouble with ANY machine you put in the salt water you are mistaken. Plan for it...... be glad you find enough to pay for those repairs when the machine is out of warranty...... thank ML for the 3 years, it could have been 1 like on the Xcal. I also talked to Keith at ML PA about those after market battery covers. He didnt recommend me and has had a few machines that those may have created the problem.
  3. 4 points
    Not being the shy type I will bet there are more coils for the Simplex by year end then there are for the Equinox after two years.
  4. 4 points
    You're now part of a small elite group Steve. 😀 Well done.
  5. 4 points
    Just got this cool note: "This email is to let you know that you are the winner of the Minelab’s Find of The Month competition for September 2019. Congratulations! We thought your story and finds were great!" Funny thing is they run this competition but I can find no place anywhere that they actually announce the winners anymore. The last announcement seems to be from November 2018. You would think they would want to promote it on their Facebook page at least. I guess just getting people to submit stories is the main goal but they would benefit from letting people know they actually do award the prizes also. Whatever - thanks Minelab!!
  6. 3 points
    the "patch" as I found it, was on the side of a gently sloping hill. I had found one bigger piece (gram+) previously which was deeper than say 4-6" with sdc. I returned with a 12"evo on the 4500 and didnt find anything else. When I went back this time, i just scraped a few inches off of where Id found a smaller piece and found another, then another. So I just used my pick and scraped back a few more inches in every direction. As it turned out, the tiny pieces (which most id missed with the sdc) were within the top 2 inches, nothing deeper (or nothing deeper than I could detect) and no bedrock in sight. I was hunting a narrow parameter of signals (0,1,2,3) ignoring everything esle (but hearing and seeing 0 through40). Signals were bouncing all over from iron and hot rocks which I removed if I could isolate them without digging too much. Moving the coil really slow to pick up a solid tone, or id# and then giving it a little wiggle from different directions to lock on seemed to work. I really dont know how big the patch is haha, but what I found was spread out within about 15'x10'. If I had known this was the case, I would have brought a rake and pulled off the rocks first, detect, then scrape back an inch or two, repeat, being methodical and going slow. I'm sure that I missed a few with my sloppy procedure, and not allowing or investigating -3,-2,-1.... and also not playing around with the settings to get it dialed in better.. Sure did enjoy not having to chase false signals and ground noise though!
  7. 3 points
    If the voltage did not drop almost instantly to 1.5 volts that might work. Reality is probably “no”. From https://data.energizer.com/pdfs/lithiuml91l92_appman.pdf: From ”Although the higher OCV of the LiFeS2 system is 1.8 volts, the nominal or rated voltage is 1.5 volts which makes it a suitable replacement for alkaline and nickel systems. The battery voltage will drop when it is placed under load. For this reason, the higher OCV will typically not damage electronic components, but device designers should take into consideration that the OCV of fresh batteries can range from 1.79 to 1.83V. LiFeS2 batteries fully meet the ANSI specification for a 1.5V battery. When a drain has been applied to the battery, the OCV drops dramatically and then slowly recovers with time.”
  8. 3 points
    I believe the key to success with the new F2 mode is mitigating audio fatigue. The other day I was hunting an old beat to death site with good success using F2 2 and recovery speed 4. Anything lower than 4 was overload for my ears and what I mean by that is the slightly longer drawn out iron responses creating a cacophony of noise. I was hunting at my normal sweep speed as well. Note: watch out for old nickels hitting just below the normal nickel 12-13 bounce. Got a 1905 V that was mostly a solid 12 but bouncing to 11 as well with a bit of iron in the plug directly above the nickel. Reminded me of the Fisher CZ 5 where you dig all nickel foil bouncers in old sites and parks. I have had good success on old nickels using park 1. Tom D had stated Park 1 is good for nickels and he's correct on that IMO.
  9. 3 points
    Steve I think that it should have read "Minelab’s Find of The Year" Glad that they have honored you with their message, but they need to correct their sentence. Congrats.
  10. 2 points
    Hey all, I just joined the forum and wanted to share my experience with the Equinox 600 which I just acquired recently. I am completely new to the Equinox series of detectors and so spent a lot of time on here reading what Steve and others have generously shared over the past year. I really wanted to get an 800 but I found a 600 on craigslist that I could not pass up. I got the 6" coil and just recently had the chance to try it out in Northern AZ for a couple days. I set it up in Field 2, with some adjustments, and went at a patch Id found gold in before. I was really surprised at how fun the Equinox is, and how well it sniffed out some tiny lil nuggets among the noisy hot rock infested ground. I guess I was just so pleased with how it performed that I had to share. Smallest nugglets took 4 to make a grain.. (Scale is tiny too) I dont think Iv seen anyone post a nugget found with the 600, lots of jewelry of course but not much nugget action. I assume its because most people serious about prospecting are leaning towards the 800 in general (I am!) I actually picked up an 800 that I cant wait to try out and compare with the 600. Anyway, I can share my settings if anyone is interested, and also if anyone has been using the 600 for prospecting Id love if they chimed in on this. Cheers! Also, just want to thank everyone here for sharing so much knowledge and experience, and I hope to be able to contribute to that as I learn more..
  11. 2 points
    And if your Nox has a manufacturig defect that violates watertight integrity of the housing, that cover and insert is likely not going be 100% effective. The Nox is designed to be watertight down to 10 feet. If your Nox leaks under those conditions it is defective and should be replaced under the terms of its 3-year warranty. As far as I can tell, ML is honoring the warranty for that situation each and every time on the rare event it does happen. Also, be careful about applying a cover like the one described as the Nox needs to be able to dissipate heat from the housing under high outside ambient temperature conditions and bright sunlight. Some users have reported screen blacking and erratic behavior under extreme heat conditions even with those commonly used slip-on black vinyl sleeves with clear faceplate protectors. Buyer beware. HTH.
  12. 2 points
    Hey kac, I built a couple like that a few years back. I still use my original one. I can tell you the t-handle design works great for me. I didn't like the lesche style handle when trying to cut through the turf. In harder soils they put alot of pressure on your palm. The t-handle does a good job of eliminating that. Also nice for leverage while loosening soil deeper in the hole. Your design looks good, simple and effective. I used an old #2 shovel for the blade of mine. It is thin but strong and cuts the roots like no other. Good luck with it
  13. 2 points
    Subject pretty much burned itself out but here you go.... https://www.detectorprospector.com/forums/topic/10450-my-nox-is-toast/ https://www.detectorprospector.com/forums/topic/6908-my-equinox-has-drowned-and-waterproof-headphones/ https://www.detectorprospector.com/forums/topic/10640-another-flooded-nox/ https://www.detectorprospector.com/forums/topic/10644-with-the-reports-of-drownings/
  14. 2 points
    On Monday morning i went to my best beaches early in the morning , the tide was in but going out and the tides are short at the moment . I didn't expect much . I started to detect and found a few coins here and there , it was enough just to wet my appetite so i kept going . I got to a groin and entered the next beach which i knew would be a lot quieter , i found a few coins and then with my ET i got a target reading 12 19 . I am always suspicious of that number and this time proved why . I dug down and out popped a nice 18 k 5.9 g Gold Signet ring , by this time the tide was showing that the beaches had scuffed out quite a bit . So i searched below the cut and down to the waters edge , i carried on till i reached 2 wooden groins and after that turned round and started back . At that point i found a Silver ring and after talking to a person who saw me and talking about detecting i carried on . Then i saw another Detectorist and we talked for a while . When we parted i found another thin Silver ring and not long after that a bit of Silver from what might be a Chain . Further along i found another Silver Signet ring then a heart shaped locket which broke when i tried to open it . When i reached the area i started i stopped and went to the Bank to pay in my last Months finds then got the Bus home . I stayed on the beach for 4 and a half hours and found the Gold ring , 3 Silver rings , the bit of chain pendent , the Locket and 95 Euro Cents , 2 small other foreign coins and £35.17 p in change which i have cleaned and will Bank next Month. My next hunt will be next Tuesday morning or Friday next week . I might take the Nox but that depends on the conditions and the weather . I get so much more from the target info on the ET and it is easier . But if the beach in the right state i will take the Nox and give V 2 a go .
  15. 2 points
    Well said but it's doing a remarkable job up at the high settings--killing even alloyed slag. Looking at Steves chart didn't realize that it was an expanded range on both ends = better drawing of targets out of iron??? My intital "cap beater" F26+ range tests (In 2 tone to liven it up--take the cotton...) were impressive and seemed to offer a good solution for those brutal slag and cap infested beaches. Much as I like to complain I open my mouth and nothing comes out...!!!
  16. 2 points
    No, the pinpoint low volume bug is a fault. It should not matter what the coil is over; when you engage pinpoint it should come on at the same volume level every time. The whole time I was in the UK it happened randomly, and I just hit the pinpoint button a second time and the it would work. Or I would just ignore it since I could hear it, just at a very low volume. Other detectors do not do it and neither should the Equinox. I'm surprised it did not get addressed in the latest update. Half the time I don't use pinpoint at all, just eyeball the beeps. In any case for me it is such a low level annoyance I really don't pay any attention to it. But this thread was about a separate issue, which is why I asked the question.
  17. 1 point
    If memory serve me correctly as a 17 year old I found myself swinging a Garrett A2B in one arm, the other arm holding a pick over my shoulder. No hat, no water, not GPS, just enthusiasm. Those days are long gone, getting back into electronic prospecting I found myself using a sling bag, it held water, gps, phone and a 5w handheld radio. A small pick hung off it and until I got myself a larger pick it was adequate. Problem was that I always had a reason to return to the car for something, which ate away at my swing time. I needed to equip myself so that I could operate for hours without needing to return to the vehicle. The addition of a decent size pick forced me to adopt a rig that allowed a large degree of independence. A molle battle belt and suspenders combined with a heavy duty leather belt formed the basis of my prospecting rig. A leather holster for the large pick, first aid kit, two way radio, GPS, phone, water bladder and water bottle, etc. I can simply add or detract as circumstances dictate. In remote areas I have a Personal Locator Beacon and additional safety gear, at other times an Ipad and phone replace the PLB. Snake first aid kit at all times, one in the car and one as part of the permanent first aid kit on the rig. I always leave trip information and details with family before going out, keep my first aid training up to date and maintain my gear, with particular care for keeping the car up to spec at all times.. I can now go out detecting without needing to return to the vehicle for a whole day. No more time wasting going back and forth, more swing time results.. safety and convenience. Pays to keep the gear mounted on the rear panels of the belt away from the front, less interaction between the detector and stuff. Easier to bend and dig. The water bladder carries 2 litres of water with ice cubes to keep it cool all day. The weight goes unnoticed and the pick is back far enough to not interfere with the detector. Set the rig up correctly and balance your load, the weigh disappears.. The rig in the pictures is my second attempt using a better battle belt and harness. Easier to thread the leather in and out between molle panels to hold the leather pick holder. Because of this rig I tend to wander off further and further, making the GPS and a map even more essential. The GPS to mark the location of the vehicle and to mark interesting locations, the topographic and geological map allows trip planning on the go. All a far cry from the 17 year old swinging the Garrett A2B with nothing but a pick.. All the best, Karelian.
  18. 1 point
    I agree about the Deus. I also agree about the theory of what you are saying. And I still think it’s a relative non-issue from a practical standpoint for machines this light. The Deus is an imbalanced nose heavy detector, but at the weight level it is at it simply is not a big deal. Since you edited your post to comment on “a lot” I will do the same. I read ALL the forums Rick.
  19. 1 point
    I was thinking more of this series of waterproof units that are obviously quite similar, but sure, let’s toss the 2009 XP Deus in as the unit that pointed the way. 👍 Don’t call the Deus rod a stick however. That’s what the other ones are, XP did far better with their sculpted S rod.
  20. 1 point
    I wonder if that form factor somehow facilitates IP68 environmental qualification as all three of those detectors are waterproof to at least 3 meters. In fact, I was surprised to see ML move away from that form factor for Vanquish. Which is NOT waterproof, btw. I would really like to see Nokta repackage the features of the Anfibio into the Simplex form factor and include the ergonomic streamlined UI (even if the price leaned more heavily towards Anfibio than Simplex). But I would settle for the “simple” addition of an additional higher operating frequency selection (e.g., 24 kHz) to a Simplex ++ deluxe model. Regardless, the streamlined simplicity, economy, and mid-to-high level performance capability of Simplex+ is more intriguing to me than Vanquish, and I might just spring for the Simplex to see what it can do out of the box. There is something strangely liberating about knowing that you can’t tweak settings and just gotta make do with what you have in your hands and trust that the designers have it optimally tweaked for 95% of situations, right out of the box. Reminds me of my Tek Delta days, a detector I still keep around for sentimental reasons and because it has an awesome concentric 8” coin grabber coil. And I like my Equinox form factor so what’s not to like about Simplex.
  21. 1 point
    Looks like a harmonica to me. Here's a website with a good assembly drawing: https://musicianswebstore.com/harmonicas_howitworks.asp I've never found a wood comb, only the (metal) reeds.
  22. 1 point
    Mug courtesy of Tim Blank... thanks Tim for recording the memory for me!
  23. 1 point
    It seems they decided to show the winner with a bang this time! 🙂 I went to their page and found a mug I'm very familiar with https://www.minelab.com/anz/community/success-stories And the story with a winners crown. https://www.minelab.com/anz/community/success-stories/3500-year-old-bronze-age-axe Winner!
  24. 1 point
    Thinking about the sweep speed. it would be nice, on the SL, to have a small bit of circuitry to allow the filtering to be adjusted on the fly. Something to allow the capacitance in the filter to be changed...even a 3 -position switch would be great. I'm going to be thinking about that this winter....which, according to the weatherman, is going to start this afternoon. Supposed to be 16 in the morning, with light snow on the ground. Jim
  25. 1 point
    I didn't realize you wrote that, Steve. But I am glad a I did the sweep speed mod to mine. I have to sweep a bit faster, but that's no big deal. I prefer that to having to sweep really slow to detect the small stuff. It's possible the C56 & diode mod helps in that regard...making the SL more sensitive. Jim
  26. 1 point
    “They” is me... I wrote up that spec sheet based on my involvement in the orIginal TDI project from day one. Before day one actually. Anyway, all motion detectors have an optimum sweep speed unless it’s adjustable, as in the White’s V/SAT control. Simply bury a target and sweep over it to find the best sweep speed. There is too fast and too slow and “just right”. A lot of modern VLF detectors do best at a pretty fast clip and people actually hurt themselves slowing down too much. But again, specs are just an indicator, only actually testing your machine will give you a feel for the proper sweep speed. Some machines are forgiving in this regard and some very picky. Knowing this is another thing that gives an operator that magic edge. The TDI in general benefits from “low and slow”.
  27. 1 point
    Chase, that makes sense, i will keep that in mind! Thanks! And i just replaced my arm cuff with a Jeff Herke aluminum verson from Steve! Can't wait on Minelab to upgrade! That's when i found the broken coil tab, so i haven't got to try it yet!
  28. 1 point
    Note they said the Auto-Tune was "slow motion". That means if you swing it too fast, the A-T can't keep up. I think that may be what Reg Sniff's sweep speed mod was designed to cure. I also noticed in the video how slow they were swinging. I can see that in a patch, but you wouldn't cover much ground in general searching. Jim
  29. 1 point
    I sent the US service department an email last night requesting instructions on returns. I'll post here when I have a reply.
  30. 1 point
    Taipan or Inland Taipan aka Fierce Snake, untreated about an hour, if you don't run around panicking and pumping the poison through your body. Stay calm and apply first aid without delay and you can at best, multiply that by seven. That is seven hours max, sometimes much less.. too many variables involved. Australia's worst snakes, Taipans and Brown snakes have shortish fangs, the poison is effectively prevented from spreading by using a pressure bandage, ie immobilizing the limb. Given the vast distances in Queensland and Western Australia, an optimistic seven hours may not be enough. In most other states it is probably long enough, just don't take too long smoking that cigarette. Please don't stop for a beer either.. My GPS and digital maps keep me up to date on my location at all times. I also carry a 5W handheld UHF, mobile etc Enough for Victoria and the Golden Triangle, not good enough for the greater outback. Rent a Satellite phone for the real remote areas of Australia and upgrade vehicles and equipment accordingly.. My first aid kit contains an excellent snake bite first aid kit, with extra bandages since the beggars sometimes get more that one bite in.. I do the best I can to protect myself and others I travel with. Technology is allowing us to be better prepared and equipped to meet the challenges that we may encounter. Yep, worst case scenario at least they will know where to find the body. Karelian
  31. 1 point
    Something I will have to play with I guess. I have never found an actual practical use for the Ground Scan Mode or the "Trace the Black Sands" mode on the GMT so off the top of my head I don't have any idea for what the audio does when using this mode. My gut tells me you have to eyeball the screen. From the User Guide: "Ground Scan is enabled by holding the LOCK button. The display will change to display the ground strength on the top bar, increasing from right to left. Full bars equates to very strong mineralization, and one flashing bar alerts you that no ground information is present. The two-digit numbers displayed are the ground phase. Solid ferrite will read around 81, alkali will read between 50 and 30, but you may encounter any range of phase numbers depending on the area you are in. In Ground Scan you can also set a ground offset by using the UP and DOWN arrows. This selection will affect the ground offset in normal search mode whether using XGB or locked settings. Ground Scan is very useful in prospecting dry washes or creek beds for black sand deposits. One trick you can use is to carry some landscaping flags with you, placing one down where the mineralization is the strongest about every 10 ft. That is where you would want to process material through a sluice or dry washer. To return back to the regular search mode, tap the LOCK or CROSS HAIRS." White's Goldmaster 24K XGB Ground Tracking Explained
  32. 1 point
    I still like to complain, in general, but certainly not about this F2 implementation. Still working it out, but I am liking F2 5 as a sweet spot over my tried and true FE 0. Will give it a workout in some mineralized, iron infested relic sites in about three weeks and will learn a lot more about it. Can't wait.
  33. 1 point
    All threshold based motion type detectors have a threshold autotune or reset rate, either preset or adjustable. I added a link to the tech notes. Plus here is a detailed article... https://www.detectorprospector.com/magazine/steves-guides/steves-guide-metal-detector-autotune-threshold-sat-vsat/
  34. 1 point
    Well, if you think people responding is accusing you of “unfairly maligning” and gathering the torches when nobody is doing anything of the sort then that might be a good idea. It’s basically a perspective thing. You see these new models as being low price but lacking features you desire. Many of us are seeing machines packed with features at a low price. You are kind of lumping all experienced detectorists into thinking as you do, when that’s far from the case. Tom (Jackpine) I’d wager is more experienced than 90% of the people on this forum and he’s just fine with what Simplex is offering. Most of the machines I have used have not had tone or recovery speed adjustments and I did quite well with them. I see no need for a properly designed detector to have more than about three controls. You are making assumptions that all experienced detectorists like complexity and that’s not true of many of the ones I know at least. There are quite a few that just want to get the job done and are fine with monotone detectors. As much as I prefer multitones the fact is the majority of my own detecting boils down to "beep-dig". When you dig all non-ferrous you don’t need tones, and many pros dig it all. The bottom line is it’s business and models are differentiated by features at given price points. The Equinox 600 and 800 are the same detector with the same production cost. One is simply feature limited to create a lower price point. You are paying for features when you get the 800, not some calculation based on what it cost to make the item. That applies to most of the First Texas lineup in spades. You are quite correct in that there will no doubt be future models in the Simplex housing with more features for a higher price. Nokta/Makro has already explicitly stated that will be the case. If that’s what you desire all you have to do is wait.
  35. 1 point
    It is no secret I have a huge dislike for most people in general. The more nosey they are, the bigger my dislike of them. I figure I mind my business, and they should mind theirs. But that is often the opposite of what most do. One day I had a crazy idea and the even crazier part is, that it works, and works extremely well. I have an old park close to my house that I like to detect, but it is popular with snobby people that walk/job the walkways around the park. They will give you the stink eye big time. The crazy idea was...I had noticed the local city workers usually wear a hi vis safety vest when they are working, and nobody even seemed to pay them any mind or attention. So I bought one and gave it a try while detecting. It works so well I will never go hunt a public area without it. I guess people just assume you are doing cleanup work or some kind of maintenance and leave you alone.
  36. 1 point
    I agree Tom that the Simplex might have been tweaked for even better performance. That’s kind of the point to me really. I guess you are wanting it more clearly spelled out in the video that the Simplex is a competitive performer, whereas I’m seeing that anyway. It’s going head to head with detectors costing three times as much and that says a lot. Nobody even bothers with fair comparisons to detectors in its own price range since it so obviously outclasses those detectors.
  37. 1 point
  38. 1 point
    Expect cool days and below freezing nights. Still, it's the best time of the year! Ice fog rainbow.
  39. 1 point
    Was debating on taking my AT Pro or try my luck with the Sea Hunter at local pond I have hit before where there is a sandy beach with little trash. Ended up with the Pro and snagged this bracelet 14k 1.42grams, rest of the jewelry is gold plated but still gets your blood moving when you see it in the water. Very tricky fishing the earings out through my scoop and lost a few others as they were just too small for me to see in the water. For those that still use the AT Pro just set it to zero mode and turn off the iron audio. I fly by audio mostly anyways and occasionally look at the vid.
  40. 1 point
    Looks like it has a the flat spring metal momentary switch so either it isn't releasing OR there might be some moisture behind it causing it to short. If it's under warranty id give Fisher a hollar. Should be an easy fix for them.
  41. 1 point
    I could guess from your Avatar image that you have a Fisher F44/22/11. Could you give a bit more detail? What detector? How long have you had it? Did it always do this or just start recently?
  42. 1 point
    The 80s and 90s were a time of great change in Alaska. One issue was the integration of a number of large new National Parks, Wildlife Refuges, etc. created in the 1970's that lead to a lot of conflict with land owners either near or suddenly inside of a park or refuge. These people became known as "inholders" and it took quite some time for all the conflict to settle down (some remains to this day) but everyone slowly adjusted to the new situation. The mines at Chisana were now inside the Preserve (Refuge) portion of Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve. The Preserve is different than the Park in that activities like hunting are allowable. Mining claims was an issue that took a lot of time to sort. In order to mine at all any claim has to pass a validity exam (not required on most "normal" mining claims) and then have a fully approved plan of operations. All the new requirements lead to a severe reduction in the number of claims. The claims at Chisana are some of the only active claims left, having fully passed the validity exam stage and permitting process. I was involved in this process and will mention some more about it later. In the meantime however operations were quite limited on the claims, with only small scale dredging, highbanking, and metal detecting permitted on at least some of the ground. One thing I was discovering was that although the old records made it sound like multi-ounce nuggets might be possible in the area, the reality is the gold is generally smaller, with quarter to half ounce nuggets being the normal "large nugget" finds. Most of the nuggets found metal detecting, as can be seen in the photos earlier, are smaller in size. There is ample smaller gold, such that if a location is found metal detecting that reveals a lot of small gold, then there is almost for sure going to be more there to be found with a gold pan or sluice box. Here is a location along a trail in the bench workings where we found gold right along the trail itself with metal detectors. The gold was small and lots of it, so the solution was to fill five gallon buckets. These were loaded into an ATV trailer borrowed from the claim owner at the time. Filling buckets with gold bearing material The trailer was then pulled down to the creek and the buckets dumped into as Keene sluice box. Unloading the buckets Sluice box set up and ready to feed I had finally graduated to pulse induction metal detectors, and brought my Minelab SD 2200D up to the ground for a go at the gold. The SD of course worked well, but as I had discovered already it does not really shine in low mineral ground with small gold. Hot VLF detectors run well in this ground, and so they leave very little for a PI to find, primarily because there is a lack of really large, deep gold. I know of only a few nuggets found at Gold Hill that weigh over an ounce in the last few decades and unfortunately I did not find them. Most were found by dredging operations, with one nugget of about three ounces found by another claim owner with a metal detector. The SD 2200D did find a nice nugget of about 8 pennyweight, which is the largest I have found on this ground. Steve with Minelab SD 2200D pointing at spot 8 dwt nugget was found This was another short three day weekend trip. The problem being a working stiff is getting time during the short but busy Alaska summer to do things like this. Since I was an airplane bum relying on my father for trips, we often hooked up for Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day three day weekend expeditions. Still, in addition to nuggets found while detecting, a couple ounces of nice gold were recovered with the sluice box operation. Steve with a couple ounces gold - photo courtesy Jeff Reed Gold is not the only thing you can find with a metal detector at Chisana. There are a few copper nuggets in the area and I would find a small one now and then. However, this rock gave a great signal with almost no metal showing. The copper staining is obvious however. Copper nodule - see the thin line? I have a small rock saw just for jobs like this, and so I cut the nodule in half when I got home (see the cut line in photo above). Solid copper core revealed Well, I kind of rushed this last bit. The fact is I have covered this in more detail before at Steve's Mining Journal in an entry. Plus, I want to get more up to the present where I have lots more tales and photos to show and tell! Here is the story at the Journal: Metal Detecting for Gold at Chisana, Alaska - 7/21/00 To be continued...
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    One thing I always found fascinating at Chisana was the effort expended to bring water to bench locations - gold bearing areas far above the current stream area. The terrain is steep, and the bedrock is fractured to great depth. This made ditches a poor solutions for much of the area, and wooden boxes or "flumes" had to be constructed to carry water to the desired mining areas. Just getting the lumber to the site was a major undertaking. The gold bearing creeks are well above treeline. That being the case the lumber was whipsawed in the valley below then pulled by horses to the valleys above. More impressive was the engineering feats involved. The flume would start far upstream at creek level and then follow a more gentle grade than the creek itself, eventually bringing water miles downstream and hundreds of feet above the current stream level. In the process gullies were bridged and the entire structure built across cliff faces. Most of the old flume system is gone or in serious disrepair, but sections remain to tell the tale. Click on images for larger views.... View down lower Little Eldorado Creek - flume high on hill in distance Closer look at flume above mouth of Little Eldorado Creek And closer yet... Upper Bonanza view of flume system - much of the wood has been scavenged over the years Flume crossing cliff areas Detail of flume construction Flume winding around the terrain The old flume system close up To be continued...
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    Hi Brian, good to have you here! That post is a perfect setup for a little Chisana history. I am helping out with the Rye Patch hunt today so this will perk things up until my next entry. First off, the entire area was added to the Preserve portion of Wrangell St.Elias Park & Preserve during the 1970's. The bad news is this required decades of adjustment for Alaskans and Park Service people figuring out how to work with situations like mining claims in a Preserve. Long story short permitting can only be had for previously mined ground - virgin ground is off limits and operations are under a microscope. That is frustrating to say the least. On the plus side, the Park Service did up a tremendous history of the area, quite detailed and full of photos. I am not sure of the copyright status of the old photos and so will refer you to the entire pdf history. Well worth a look. A History of the Chisana Mining District, Alaska 1890- 1990 My favorite quote, from the start of Chapter 2: "Billy James and N. P. Nelson began sluicing Little Eldorado No. 1 on July 4, 1913. Assisted by Andy Taylor and former Dawson City bartender Tommy Doyle, the pair recovered nearly two hundred ounces in just two days. By August 2 they had already garnered $9,000, or an average of about $300 per day." (emphasis added) And a few old photos... Wreck of old cabin on Gold Run Creek Treasure chest! - but nothing in it... Old wheelbarrow with old rusted gun leaning on it Canvas roof miners shack Old wooden flume for diverting water to bench workings
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    Hi Mitchel, All my forum posts are written directly on the forum. The latest versions save work automatically in event of a computer crash, etc. Try it. Start a post, but don’t actually submit it. Leave the site, then come back and start a post in the same location - the stuff you typed before should be there. However, I do prefer using a PC instead of my phone since there are more formatting options in the editor menu. The pictures of course get edited offline and then imported. I do have a bad habit of banging stuff out and posting too quickly. Then noticing errors later and having to edit. I am glad you are all enjoying the tale. I will be slowly bringing it all up to the present and my visit to Chisana this last July. Lots more to come still.
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    Posting an update - took my detector to a remote beach to test on Sunday and no chatter issues, so looks like my back yard has really bad interference. I was able to solve the issue with the advice in this thread - lowered the sensitivity to 17 and had no issues. I think the reason i thought it was working previously is i mistook threshold for volume when i unboxed it and was running at a lower setting so didnt notice the noise (rookie mistake). This video is pretty good at describing the issue - glad i’m not the only one who thought i’d have to return my unit:
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    Well I have experienced that noise (ringing phone loud tones type noise) before while detecting with kiwijiw, happened the second he fired up his Zed and B&Z booster, it seemed like the booster caused the EMI and I was at least 8 meters away from him when it happened. I thought my detector died on me but he said, do a noise cancel so I did and fixed straight away. I noticed yesterday his Zed made my Gold Bug Pro get a pulsing sound on its threshold. The sound you describe on the Nox does sound like the EMI overload noise.
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    One thing to always try when having issues like this is go to multiple locations, or at least more than one. It is impossible to know how much EMI there is at any location. Just because other detectors did not react does not mean there is no EMI. There are plenty of machines that run quiet as a mouse in bad EMI but which at the same time lose significant performance due to it - "silent EMI masking". Other machines avoid it by running at a frequency that misses whatever EMI there is. I went to a location yesterday where I could not get the Equinox to shut up until I got down to sensitivity 10 in multifrequency and around 12 if I ran in 20 kHz. Terrible EMI location for some reason. I am not saying what anyone is experiencing is EMI - just passing this along for people with a new detector using it for the first time at their house or backyard.
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    I use my pinpoint almost every time, and it seems to work fine, except once and a while I notice the volume fades out....I think it detunes to something and fades, so I just move the coil away from the target area and re-pinpoint and it works fine. The volume fade is more like a quirk/bug then anything and not really too annoying IMO. When the PP works, it works great, spot on X marks the spot IMO.
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    I think they make some really cool looking units that fold up nice and compact. Other than that I have no interest in them since they are designed for explosive mine detecting. I stick with mainstream machines designed for the task I have in mind, and have never seen anything posted by anyone that has ever convinced me that doing otherwise is a good idea.
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