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  1. 20 points
    Time flew by up at the cabin and on my little claim this season. I continued to clear, detect, and drywash the decomposed granite bench areas. Here’s a nice clean out from one drywash session: I also reworked the sides of some oldtimer Diggings, filling in their ditch as I go....lots of work here for little return lol! Found some nice nuggies when I uncovered some crevices in a different bedrock...biggest piece was almost .6gram, decent size for up here: A highlight of the summer was having my nephew’s boys visit. They learned drywashing, running the concentrates through the recirculating sluice, then how to pan. Each ended up with a couple grams(hmmm....maybe a little “salt” in those concentrates lol): AND the season ended on a positive note! Found a nice handful in this small scraping from a new spot....definitely will setup the drywasher here next year! Ended up with just shy of 12 grams total up here for the season....not much gold, but tons of fun and memories! 🙂
  2. 18 points
    Nice today so I headed out but the sun never did come over the mountain so I cut it short as my feeties got cold....lol Dredge piles gave up this cute little .800 gram noogie!!!!!! I managed 1 more bit and this specimen outta the same area yesterday and got skunked today......
  3. 5 points
    I thought I'd mix it up again today and this time I went to a new location, another football field of course I think football players had holes in their pockets. It's got two football fields and a large grassed area as well that I don't know what it was used for in previous years, I just wanted to do a bit of test drilling to see what I'd come up with as I'd not tried at this spot before. The town it's in has about 100 people, so I wasn't expecting too much but the field had been there for over a hundred years so maybe the coins built up. My first coin was a good indicator, an 1894 half penny, I rarely find half pennys so a great score, and very old for NZ. It was deep too, deeper than my new Sampson shovel digs, I dig my plug then had to dig more out which you can see to the right of the photo to get down to the coin. The soil in this field was very soft and appears to have very few rocks unlike the other field which is only about 200 feet from a river so has a lot of river rocks buried in it. Next up was another penny Then a silver! A good sign I decided seeing I'm exploring I'll not dig anymore 14/15's as that's where a majority of the pull tabs come up, but it means I won't find anymore of these silver threepence coins. I'll get them another time. I was popping out Penny after Penny, I didn't bother putting up photos as there was just so many. I then hit a 31/32 and got really excited, could this be another silver half crown! all signs looked like it would be, the pinpoint indicated a small deep target..... but no, something really unusual, two pennys stuck together One of which is an Australian Penny, the one to the right, I can't read the date on it due to that green growth that happens sometimes on Pennys, I wish I knew how to clean that off. I guess having the two stuck together raised up the Target ID to 32 as they should be around 21 to 26 (it varies so much as the more corroded they are the lower the number gets) Next up was another coin I don't get that often, a NZ Half Penny, 1959. 19 on the Target ID's. Another Penny! A Silver sixpence, I expected to find one of these sooner, they come up 19, rarely a number with junk so I always dig it, but this was my first and only one. This field seems to be Pennytopia but certainly not loaded with silvers like the other one, maybe I've just not found them yet. It was quite deep. Another old British Half Penny, the depth of the Carrot. I was almost expecting every target I dug to be a penny by this point, so many of them. 1917, in good condition too. I rarely found half pennys at the other field so it was a treat to get a few here. And another Penny 🙂 This place really is Pennytopia. Then I hit another 31/32/33, This has to be it, come on... give me a half crown! Unbelievable, another two pennys stuck together! Damn deep too. Something weird was happening with my coil, the grass was forming on it taking the shape of the windings. I decided to head home for lunch and a Spa as I'd been at it just over two hours, it was starting to get to hot for me.... I'll be back! The regular semi moderns to the right, to the left is the current $1 and $2 coins for my daughter, not a bad haul, $10 for her. The bottle caps mostly, I wasn't digging pull tab numbers much as I just wanted to see what's about. It's a huge area to cover, it will take months. The good stuff, mostly all pennys with a florin and a couple of the 10c transition shillings. A close up of my favourites of the day, not sure what that thing to the left is, a badge of some sort I guess.
  4. 4 points
    My brother knows I'm trying to build my own machine and sent me this diagram. Thought it was pretty funny 🙂
  5. 3 points
    Phrunt, try a master reset to see if it makes any difference to the sensitivity.
  6. 3 points
    Simon, The "used to be a coin" to the left is a rolled penny of some sort! I don't know about NZ, but here in the US, when on "holiday", there are machines that you can pay to roll a coin for a souvenir! The line of dots around the perimeter, and/or oblong shape, are a dead givaway! Places like Disney, Universal, etc... It totally destroys the coin though! But we hate our pennies enough to waste 50 cents to roll them into oblivion! LOL🤣 Great finds again!! Keep up the good work! If you call rolling in old coins, work!!💰💰
  7. 3 points
    Or maybe they compared the AQ to a 14.8v TDIBH..........and collectively cursed in English and French 😳😳😳😳😳 Tony
  8. 3 points
    Every year my Alaska Gold Mining Claims For Sale page skyrockets into number one position for the website as TV viewers around the world dream of getting a gold claim in Alaska and striking it rich. Because everything you see on TV is real!
  9. 2 points
    From Wikipedia: "A long-range locator is a class of fraudulent devices purported to be a type of metal detector, supposedly able to detect a variety of substances, including gold, drugs and explosives; most are said to operate on a principle of resonance with the material being detected." There is more at the link, but "a class of fraudulent devices" says it all as far as I am concerned. I just wanted to post this so people can find it in the search results in case they are looking. For me these devices have always failed the most basic test... the experience of hundreds of thousands of prospectors and treasure hunters around the world. Treasure hunters and gold prospectors will give anything a try that might work, no matter how crazy it seems. If it works, the use soon spreads to other prospectors. You can Google genuine successful results for regular metal detectors all day long. The internet is full of successful people using normal metal detectors to make great finds. Except for a few obvious promotionals, the success stories of people using LRL devices are glaringly absent. All excuses for why this is so flies in the face of the simple common sense answer - they don't work. In almost 50 years of metal detecting and prospecting I have met a lot of successful people, and none of them got that way by relying on a long range locator. Part two of the common sense test is if they did work, there would be at least a few users of these devices that would be fabulously rich. The few I have met are anything but... just the opposite. Again, excuses made about why these rich LRL users are invisible fly in the face of common sense. As if we are not a country that brags about every tiny thing we can think of! The only people getting rich are the people selling these devices. I personally refuse to purchase anything from a company selling long range locators. It says something about the management of the company that makes me prefer to do business elsewhere. More at Geotech
  10. 2 points
    Now that is clever, and funny, thanks for posting it. And there's definitely aspects of LRL innards in this diagram. Not just the hot melt glue - there's the non-functional 'decoy' component; the impenetrable jumble-of-wires; the 'Holy Water' and the magic smoke container; the switch that's glued in the 'open' state so it never functions. An obvious omission is a frog's leg, possibly the first electronic component. And a jar of 'Gypsy tears'. I like the inclusion of the electric eel, an under-rated component, for definite. A few in-jokes appear too: you can use a sandal in place of the 'flip-flop' circuit.
  11. 2 points
    That's gold that was found on a lease in Corindhap. The first week they were in Vic and filmed in Creswick (only found a few tiny bits), Corindhap (on a lease) and then filmed some stuff in the Ballarat Gold Museum. They then went down some old mines with the Victorian Historical Mine Shaft Chasers group before heading up to Qld where they are filming now. Tyler from Aussie Gold Hunters has joined Parker as well as a new guy named Fred who you will see around Episode 13 of this seasons Gold Rush.
  12. 2 points
    Yup, long range detectors cost a fortune too and you'll find nothing at all with them, at least with a traditional metal detector you'll find something. Long range detectors just take advantage of peoples dream of striking it rich, I'm satisfied with finding $1.66 a day 🙂
  13. 2 points
    How good is that. And good on you keeping the kids interested. A little bit of salt never hurt anybody 🙂
  14. 2 points
  15. 2 points
    That's great Idaho Peg, i would be very happy with 12 grams and the good memories. Thanks for sharing 😀 ht
  16. 2 points
    Do you say these things just to rub it in? I was out a week and a half ago for 4 1/2 hours and got my first old coins since early August. Had to wait a bit over over 3 1/2 hours into the hunt (found two by the end of the hunt). You're what, 30-something? 😉 Just kidding around, but maybe I'm a bit envious. Your two day haul of old coins is about what I get in an entire year. Please continue because it encourages us. Kind of nostalgic, too, thinking about (or remembering) what it was like here in the 1970's and '80's at some of the better sites.
  17. 2 points
    I bet Parker used one of those radar thing-a-ma-jigs!
  18. 2 points
    Most of the small towns/counties here have a historical society, basically a few older folks interested in local history than are more than happy to pass it along to anyone that asks. Might be worth checking if you have the same thing there.
  19. 2 points
    Thanks, 1840 was the first settlement in the area for whaling and it wasn't many people and well, still isn't 🙂 so to find any coins from the 1800's is pretty amazing. I'll drain the football fields then I've got a pretty good idea of other places to go. Talking to the elderly people that come up to me interested in what I'm doing has been helpful, they remember things from the old days and tell me places to go. I doubt there are any books or anything on it. The entire region has a population of approx 99,100 people and about 55,000 of them live in the one city in the area which I'm about an hours drive from and I'm detecting around my local area, nowhere near the city. I never thought I'd do well at all around here coin hunting due to the low population, I was clearly proven wrong.
  20. 2 points
    They deliver them with two AA's as they're cheaper It's been bothering me about my TRX now I got the impression it's faulty so I ran a comparison test to see how much worse than my Carrot it is, I'd never actually tested it just felt it wasn't as good in the field. Turns out it's close on some coins, not too far behind on others and not quite as good on small gold. Now I don't know if it's faulty or if it's just not as good as a Carrot. I set both to maximum sensitivity according to their manuals. I turned them on holding them in the air away from all metals. I ran the TRX with a freshly charged Powerex 9.6v and the Carrot's got one of the same 9.6v's in it that was charged some time ago but still going strong. 1 inch is 2.5 CM's for those I've now confused 🙂 It also looks like I forgot to test the 1.042g nugget on the TRX Would this be considered normal for the TRX? I probably didn't write my CM markings on the best, the line on top of the CM marking is the line, so even though 1CM is written right at the bottom of the line, the live above it is the 1cm line. The first line is the starting line. Not much thought went into that 🙂
  21. 2 points
    The stories George could tell if we could just pry them out of him! I was with him when he found his last Celtic gold back in 2010.
  22. 2 points
    I guess I've proven this fact to myself lately by taking an Ace 350, Gold Bug Pro, T2 and Equinox 800 all to the one productive spot, and found about the same amount in the same amount of time with all of them. They were all getting the same depths. No one detector stood out as FAR better than the other at finding targets, it's the features that were the differences. Some have their strong points sure, but they can be overcome by knowing how to use each detector well and if you're wiling to dig everything ferrous you'll do better than someone who isn't... a fact, so in that case the detector barely matters. I wouldn't rely too heavily on Target identification with any detector especially if you want to find jewellery as it varies so much. I think everyone's right, as long as it's suitable for where you're detecting stick with the Nokta.
  23. 2 points
    Great topic! For me any place that is well known and hammered it has to be a crawl. Learned that the hard way about 7 years ago when I made my first 3 trips to the fabled Rye Patch where there was supposedly gold laying around everywhere. Each trip I spent 3 or 4 full days and found zero nuggets and would have sworn the place was fished out. Trip 4 I decided to go back to an area where I had noticed dig holes on an early trip and slowly and methodically cover every inch of the ground around them. Within an hour I found my first Rye Patch nugget and a few more before the day was over. Since that day I still try to make 3-4 trips there per year and have had very few skunk days. When I look back on it almost every time I hit a long dry spell I realize that I had lost focus and was moving too fast. I don’t have the latest and greatest machine or the best technique and definitely do not have anywhere near the knowledge that many on this forum have. I also don’t think I am particularly lucky or intuitive, but I do have a not so secret weapon that not everybody has – I am naturally blessed with Patience & Persistence. All else being equal he who has his coil moving the longest will find the most nuggets and even without all being equal they will still find their fair share.
  24. 1 point
    My son printed this up for me. Hopefully it will last longer then factory ones.
  25. 1 point
    Fred made a comment on one of my posts to Mitchel and I feel it needs more input from a variety of hunters and their styles. This is results from my last day at Rye Patch (last Saturday). My 5 days of hunting had me doing the hoping and looking for an indicator nugget...and I also snail crawled. Here are my results. The 2 days I want Prospecting and covering a lot of ground produced 1 nugget. The 3 days I snail crawled with 7000 produced 25 nuggets. In fact, my last day was spent in a very small area of approx. 20' x 30' and I found 12 pieces of gold. 10 of those were signals most others have missed and including myself a few times missing them, as I have detected that exact same piece of ground twice. I'm much more fortunate than most folks who hunt Rye Patch, NV as I've been doing it for 20+ years and I know the history of the old patches. Sometimes I go back to those old patches, pick a small section of ground and work the crap out of it. I especially like sites where I was pulling deep nuggets in years past, as I know those deepest pieces of heavy metal might only make a peep within a small 1 to 3" width. Don't ask me how or why, but overlapping at least 1/2 and sometimes 1/4 of coil size, per sweep with the 14" coil on the GPZ can produce. Lunk and I spent the last day crawling with our 7's and here is a photo of the results. Both of us and some other well known hunters have been in the wash before. The old saying it true "You can never get them all". I just want to make sure I get my share. How do you other Prospectors do it and what is your results when covering ground and snail crawling with a detector? I look forward to hearing everyone's comments. Nuggets on top of dime are Lunk's and the ones on bottom were found my myself on the last day.
  26. 1 point
    I’ve recently had a few emails regarding my TDIBH so I thought I’d hammer out a response. I’m going to try and summarise with some dot points; I have close to 500 hours on this machine and run the 14.8v (nominal voltage) Lithium battery pack. Details in my earlier posts. The detector has found me quite a lot of big and deep gold. I don’t use it much in the water as conditions down here are generally quite rough. The 12” coil is physically too big in waves and white water. Also, digging 18” targets when you are being swept around by waves and swell is almost impossible even with 30 pounds of lead. The detector is now mainly used on the lower beach and low tide areas. I have had no issues running the 14.8v pack. I charge overnight and let the voltage settle down before using the next day as this avoids the off the charger voltage of 16.8v. My run time is about 6 hours before I swap out for a fresh pack. I have had no condensation issues within the detector. I do have a large silica gel pack in the battery compartment. The detector is quieter than other PI’s with the low delays when used in the shallow water and saturated hard pan. The SAT is very good in keeping things quiet even at low delay settings. Maybe it is the new Flux Capacitor that White’s now use 😉 I have several layers of yellow Plasti Dip on my coil to keep it well protected on the coarse shells and exposed reef areas. My ultimate power setting is minimum Delay and maximum Gain, threshold a fraction below audible with volume up high. Frequency is usually at the 12 o’clock position. I have only ever needed to change this once. My deepest ever finds have come from this machine. GB is always OFF unless I hit a rare patch of black sands. You need a BIG and STURDY scoop..............Tony
  27. 1 point
    Sounds like you had a great season and can look forward to starting off next year in a productive spot. Thank you for sharing.
  28. 1 point
    I went back to the place where I found a silver rosie, merc, and quarter. Today I found a 1964 Rosie. Was down 7.5 inches and the ORX hit it. This is the first silver the ORX has gotten for me. Audio was faint and registered on the ID as 96. I also found 2 1990's nickels, an unreadable clad dime, a penny, decaying rifle cartridge, a button of some sort, and lots of aluminum pieces not shown in photo. While detecting I noticed the mineralization scale on the ORX was going up sometimes 6 bars, and varied a lot. Tough site with iron too. It's amazing to me how silver coins for the most part clean up really nice. I simply used some baking soda on this one with a drop or two of water and rubbed it between my fingers. Happy Hunting
  29. 1 point
    You could look at buying a GPZ 19" coil second hand, a lot of people are always offloading them. https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Minelab-GPZ-19-Super-D-Coil-for-MineLab-GPZ-7000-174566RM/153687475007?hash=item23c87cc33f:g:DFMAAOSwBw5dp8ug Cheaper than the 14" and then once the coil cable is made at least you'll have a 19" coil as well, so not doubling up on coils.
  30. 1 point
    Some like a lot of hard work but fun for all involved.
  31. 1 point
    I'd like to see some comparisons done of various pinpointers similar to what I did if possible, especially with the F-pulse and someone else with a TRX showing what theirs can do. I did a factory reset on mine this morning and a few more tests after upping the sensitivity and the results were the exact same. It's running at it's best by the looks of it. It's not terrible, it's just about a centimeter worse than the Carrot AT on most bigger targets. This would also help with the topic of the thread as it's to work out the best Pinpointer for prospecting, so people testing depth of nuggets would be handy, both my TRX and Carrot were pretty similar on them with the edge again to the carrot as you can see on my chart above. People have been doing the stick a coin on the side of a pinpointer trick for some time, it does appear to work although I've never tried it, a popular thing to do on the fake chinese Carrots as they need any help they can get to perform well 😛
  32. 1 point
    That looks a really nice spot to hang out. Congratulations on the gold, that's a decent amount to me 🙂
  33. 1 point
    Sounds like you have a little piece of heaven there Peg - good for you!
  34. 1 point
    Toecutter, The 2 items that I have circled I am sure that the red one is for a outlet that looks missing. That would be to help regulate the water pressure at the top of the table to keep the gold where you want it to go. The yellow circle is for a cup area for when the gold is cleaned out of the funnel tray at the top. All else that I see is there and I hope that it works for you. They can take a bit of time to get used to how it works, but they are really great units. That unit is great for when you are panning and then dump the remaining in to it to remove what you don't want to keep.
  35. 1 point
    From my article referenced above by phrunt are my suggested starting point for gold nugget hunting without using Gold Mode. This gets away from VCO audio for those that do not like it, adds tone capability, and very importantly low frequency options. There are places where these settings can be more effective than Gold Mode. You can also use Field 2 as long as the settings are the same - beware the preset notching of target id 1 and 2. Notching those two numbers will be fatal to your nugget detecting, which is why I suggest starting with Park 2. As far as I have been able to determine there is no difference between Park 2 and Field 2 other than the presets - performance appears to be identical with identical settings. Both the Equinox 800 and Equinox 600 have identical performance when using the same mode and settings. For Park Mode 2: Frequency: Multi Ground Balance: Auto (Ground pump method with manual tweaking) Sensitivity: 16 – 25 Recovery Speed 800: 4 - 6 (default is 6) Recovery Speed 600: 2 - 3 (default is 3) Iron Bias: 0 Accept/Reject: Everything accepted, rely on tones (alternative reject -9, -8, and -7 if too much ground feedback) The settings are a starting point to be adjusted as needed. More sensitivity obviously adds more sensitivity but can add instability. Lower recovery speeds will add sensitivity but also add to any coil knock issues being experienced. Increased iron bias may help in trashy areas and with some hot rocks but could filter out the weakest non-ferrous signals. Judicious notching can help with certain hot rocks. Ground tracking and/or lower frequencies can help deal with the worst ground. Every adjustment is a trade-off and comes with a cost - learn your detector! See the article for details. The 6" coil is both more sensitive to the smallest targets and less bump sensitive.
  36. 1 point
    The unit your seeing is a mini sluice to strip the cons down... Back to the other table, under the funnel are to small holes to spray water , just to the right of the funnel is a open port, and follow that around is the spray bar but the holes only cover half the belt, so Im thinking the missing part cover the rest of the belt...but Im not sure on that because of the hole under the funnel...
  37. 1 point
    Finally found a video of someone using the pulse dive pinpointer on land. Seems pretty capable.
  38. 1 point
    The overall cost of a detector does not necessarily imply that it is the best detector for yourself nor for the areas/sites that you will detect. I would put more weight on the person who learns their given detector inside out vs someone who simply goes out and purchases the most expensive detector available expecting to make immediate good finds. Also a lot has to do with the types of detecting sites available to you, and the likelihood of making good finds on them. For some people buying the most feature packed/expensive detector available can be a recipe for being overwhelmed with the number of settings available, or to find that they never require all those settings to be successful in the first place. Sometimes keeping it simple will allow you more time to detect and less time fiddling around with endless program options and settings. If you do not have overly mineralised soil and do not beach detect, then there may be no advantage to extending yourself to purchase a CTX, the Anfibio is pretty much top of the range from the Nokta/Makro stables and should serve you well. In my area quite a few detectorists have actually moved on from the CTX to lighter detectors including the XP Deus and Minelab Equinox, as not only are they more enjoyable to swing for longer periods, they also perform just as good if not better on the older sites with abundant junk and iron. Personally I think you need a few good months on a detector to see whether you gel with it or not, if you don't then it may be time to move onto something different. The tones on offer is a real killer for me, if they don't suit my ears or offer descriptive audio then I won't expect to get much further on that particular detector, and once again that is something you only learn over time.
  39. 1 point
    The best Australian nugget Parker had was that hottie he used to hang out with. She probably bailed on him...
  40. 1 point
    Your recovery speed affects depth also. I think Park 1 defaults to 3 (fastest) on the 600. Dropping that down to 2 or 1 might get you another 1/4-1/2 in depth, but you lose some separation speed.
  41. 1 point
    10" is a big ask and about 12" is the deepest I've found a coin, obviously possible but soil conditions have to be right. If your soil is more difficult for the detector than someone else's the depth will be less. Not all soils are equal. Very mild soil achieves the best depth. If you're getting super results on coins at 7" I'd guess there is nothing wrong with your detector.
  42. 1 point
    Dang Steve you make me want one.... as always, a complete and excellent review! I am late to the party, but still good reading thanks
  43. 1 point
    Awesome find! Nothing like finding gold....especially 18k and heavy!
  44. 1 point
    Gerry, You've gotten lots of really good comments. I wish I could react to many of the commets one at a time but have to 'put something together' that tells what I do and a little bit of what I think. Steve covers most of my bases with his style and comments. I feel like I've been 'called out' so to speak. (As a help to me and others too!) I seem to be the poster boy for skipping around. I have to admit you could call me the beach hunter of the desert or just call me impatient. I don't know where to find gold in Rye Patch (and other places). It's everywhere and it's nowhere. I don't know where the 'known' patches are. I just look for the random nuggets and if I find one I try to find another. My last two trips to Rye Patch are my current pattern. The first trip I drove all night and went out to an area where I had found one nugget before (3 years ago) and I stayed there for 2 hours. Enough. (I've been to this area at least 3 times since I found that nugget but didn't find any more.) I go to another area where I had found a nugget and repeat the pattern not knowing if there is a patch there or not. I camped out near the burn barrel. I got up in the morning and my first target was a nice nugget. I stayed there all day and didn't find any more. I had done some research and joined a new club and I wanted to see Placeritos so I drove there and spent the night. No nuggets but an interesting place to see. I have no idea how to work this place so I leave, try to find a couple of meteorites on the dry lake and spend the night in Winnemucca. The next day I drive to north of Elko on an exploration and drive back to the Eugenes and spend the night. I hunt the area where I parked for half the day and go back to Rye Patch and find a little nugget on my first target but no more for that half day. At the end of the day I drive back to Santa Monica. I had a good trip. My next Rye Patch trip about a month later I come to the patch later in the afternoon and meet up with Chet after 2 PM and we go near where I ended the last trip. I get out and start walking and my first target is a nugget. A few minutes later I get another one and before dark at 6 PM I have another tiny nugget. The next day Chet takes over that 100x100 spot to see if the Xcoil could find more. He finds two nuggets there all day and I find one other nugget within 1/4 mile. Next day we hit two spots (Fred saw us at one where I had found a nugget before but not this trip) and then we went back close to where we had been at the previous day and I found one more nugget. I went back to near that area for half of the next day and that was my trip. I detect sections 17 and 19 only when in Rye Patch. I have it marked on my phone. I'm on another trip now to Gold Basin. I wanted to find a nugget with the 800 so yesterday I went to 4 places where I have found nuggets before. There were no tiny nuggets for the 800. I take shorter trips but I go back to where I've found nuggets. I'm mostly a solo/skunk hunter. I don't have a quad and I don't have a trailer to camp for a week. My Australia trip was a map trip. I looked on a map and got to an area and detected. I tried to understand the workings and get started as Steve has said but day after day it just didn't happen. There was no one to tell me how to change that pattern. After the first week I worked myself into an area where I had been given an exact pointy finger for a found nugget or two and I went to those places with the help of my phone GPS. It resulted in nuggets but I found very little for my 20 days ... don't remind me. If I'm not finding gold in an area that I know nothing about ... why should I stay? I think I have a better chance of getting lucky than concentrating on an area that doesn't have any gold. Experience is not my friend when it comes to gold hunting. I started in 2011 after many of you hunted out some of the best spots. (I must add that Adam and Mop took me to their patches and we didn't find anything either so the trip was not entirely solo.) I've had a couple of areas over the years where I hunted that I would call a patch. I could go out and find missed nuggets and new areas at the same time. It is a foreign language to me to suggest that I go back and look for the deep nuggets on a patch I detected over 10 years ago. Many clues and lots of nuggets are gone before I ever get to these patches. Bottom line for me is I think I take short, intense trips to places I've been before expecting better results. I might continue to find 'once in a lifetime nuggets' as Fred calls them if I did go to new places more often. Mitchel PS: I thought all day about an important individual in Australia I did not mention in this post. Thank you Reg Wilson for making a map for me near where you live and also putting me up for the first few days. I was jet lagged and getting over a head cold and I didn't learn as much as I could have. I did go back towards the end of my trip to the places you showed me when I stayed in Maryborough and followed that ridge you showed me. Adam now has your map. Thanks to your wife also. Your home is something I'll always remember as picture perfect.
  45. 1 point
    Thanks Jim.........probably my most satisfying find ever. Nearly walked away from it too.......😳
  46. 1 point
    Hey Tony, congrats on a great find! Love hearing those stories on the deep finds with the TDI's, and Beach Hunter versions. Jim
  47. 1 point
    I'm over 70. I'd rather have a shorter-lived detector, with greater ability, than a longer-lived unit with less ability. I'm going on 4 years with my 16v battery pack. Jim
  48. 1 point
    I found a buffalo nickel here once, it was at the lakefront in the fine gravel sands, it came out of the water looking near new. I'm not sure what I've done with it, lost it I guess.. I wasn't collecting any coins at the time and put it somewhere. Managed to find the story and photo of it on the forum though 🙂 As I understand it the ORX is selectable frequency? Out of interest what frequency were you running to find the silver?
  49. 1 point
    That’s nice to hear. Jimmy and I were allies a few times battling White’s on stuff. Thanks for posting that.
  50. 1 point
    Looks to be based off the Fisher F4, very similar.
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