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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. 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!!💰💰
  5. 3 points
    Or maybe they compared the AQ to a 14.8v TDIBH..........and collectively cursed in English and French 😳😳😳😳😳 Tony
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 2 points
    Child abuse -plain and simple.
  9. 2 points
    I bet Parker used one of those radar thing-a-ma-jigs!
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 1 point
    Found this about 10" down with my Vaquero. Thinking drive chain link of some kind.
  14. 1 point
    My son printed this up for me. Hopefully it will last longer then factory ones.
  15. 1 point
    G'day rasheede11 The Russian manufacture has offered to make you a patch lead from your existing GPZ14" coil that you now have, you will need to send it to him to have the job done. It will cost you postage to Russia and a small cost for the job, so a very good option. This offer is in conjunction with the purchase of a new X-Coil, whichever one you decide on. Your original GPZ14" coil and patch lead and X-Coil you purchase will be shipped to you at your address in the one package. All the x-coils are the same price no matter which size. All $1500 AUD (Australian Dollars) No, I am not an expert or anything, but I have been metal detecting for gold for about 15 years and have been using X-Coils on the GPZ7000 for well over one year. cheers dave
  16. 1 point
    There are some that say the LRL is just to get you in the general area, then you switch to a normal metal detector to make the actual find. I actually have a few of those devices myself - I call them books. If I was not an honest person I could be a remarkably effective LRL salesperson, and could easily "prove" to people they work. Playing on people's greed is one of the easiest sales gigs ever. Look what it has done for the Nigerian economy!
  17. 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
  18. 1 point
    Burma Thai Railroad... Pows died here building this railroad, very solemn sorrowful place... Good to know History and never forget these heros who gave their all...
  19. 1 point
    Obviously an LRL circuit!
  20. 1 point
    Some like a lot of hard work but fun for all involved.
  21. 1 point
    What’s fake about it? The Chinese text? The Equinox comes with a multi language set of screen protectors / menu labels. Nice thing about that is you have extras if the English one wears out. You can cut the other menu language section off before applying. This person did not bother... or speaks Chinese! EQUINOX Multi-Language Screen Protector Pack Low-reflection screen protector pack. Keeps the original screen free from scratches. Available languages: English, Russian, German, Dutch, Polish, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Czech, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Mongolian, Turkish, Arabic. Part No. 3011-0379
  22. 1 point
    Looks like you had a good mining season, great gold and great memories. Thanks for sharing!
  23. 1 point
    It's about $40 difference, but with the 2-in-1 you get the hard case and extra probe tip so you can use it as a normal pin-pointer. I just think it's a case that the Scuba Tector has been around longer, so more know about it.
  24. 1 point
    Lots of it in the fields when I hunted England. GaryC/Oregon Coast
  25. 1 point
    G'day rasheede11 If you going detecting in the deserts of Saudi Arabia and the middle east deserts then the 17" spiral round X-Coil would be a very good choice to use. Now about the patch lead, for me to fully organize one for you would involve me having to buy a new GPZ14" minelab coil and have the job done for you, which would be the cost of a new GPZ coil, $1200 AUD (Australian Dollars), plus the cost of the new, 17" X-Coil $1500 AUD (Australian Dollars) plus a couple of postage costs to have the patch lead made, so as you can see all up costs are going to be around $2900 AUD I can organize all of this but you must be aware of the total cost for this to happen. Of course you will end up with two coils, the GPZ14" coil and the 17" spiral round X-Coil. cheers dave
  26. 1 point
    This is a great point Simon. Whether I’m using a multi-frequency or a single-frequency detector my finds all look the same.
  27. 1 point
    Welcome to the forum! I’ve been detecting for coming up on 50 years now. One thing I can promise you is the detector you are using is not nearly the biggest factor in success. That’s the marketers at work. I can use any, and I mean any of the top tier coin, jewelry and relic machines made by any of the manufactures and basically do just as well with any of them. The tech is mature and it’s splitting hairs with all the over $700 models these days, and what you get for the price is dropping by the day. Nugget detecting gets more technical but for the vast majority which detector model you use is largely a popularity contest. I choose detectors based on basic factors like feature set, weight, waterproof or not, audio, etc. not whether one is magically better than all the rest at finding stuff. There are people out there doing better with a Garrett Ace 250 than some other with a much more expensive CTX 3030. How is that possible? Easy. Learn your basic skills which translate to any detector. Coil control and target recovery. Then put yourself in good locations, put in lots of hours, and dig lots of targets. That’s it, just good locations and hours. It’s not rocket science. So my advice is keep and use what you have. If you are dissatisfied with your results, it’s not the detector. Work on your detecting skills and finding better locations. Or get another detector if you want... but don’t expect that simply doing that will really make any difference. Best wishes and good luck! Edit: I hate it when people don't simply answer the question asked. So for what it is worth I sold my CTX 3030 as soon as I got my hands on an Equinox 800.
  28. 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...
  29. 1 point
    The best Australian nugget Parker had was that hottie he used to hang out with. She probably bailed on him...
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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
  33. 1 point
    I lobbied for a solid elliptical early on to no result unfortunately. It seemed like a no-brainer to me since the housing already existed and it is a shame it’s never happened. ThIs coil feels great on the arm, and the solid design slides smoothly over stubble that hangs up the other coils. It would be great both for gold prospectors and U.K. style hunting of fields in stubble. 😥
  34. 1 point
    Awesome find! Nothing like finding gold....especially 18k and heavy!
  35. 1 point
    Good catch GB. It is an honor to be compared to Lunk. The amount of hours he has on gold detectors has to be in the highest % in US. Actually, he pulls me 3 out of 5 times. But then I've beat him by a nugget or two 2 days straight. Then he'll hand me a 3 day whoop ass lesson. It's all good in the end as we both respect each other, our capabilities....and most importantly the friendship and commoraudery. But thanks for noticing.
  36. 1 point
    Finished my battery pack mod today and got to test it along side the Whites stock NiMH rechargeable pack. This test was done with targets in the ground. 1 foot long 2" diameter PVC pipe buried vertically with a 1 foot long 1 1/2" PVC insert. Inside the 1 1/2" insert is a removable styrofoam tube with slots at 1" increments cut into it that can hold coin sized targets. Ground around it is 4 to 5 bar Fe3O4 (F19 reading) dirt that reads -2 to +3 ground balance on my Equinox. TDI SL with ground balance on 7, gain 8, pulse delay 10, frequency 12 o'clock, conductivity low Clear 2 way tone (not just threshold waver) Nugget Finder Sadie 8X6" 11.8V stock NiMH battery 14.8V four Panasonic 18650B 3.7V Li Ion rechargeable batteries .25 gram flat lead 2" 3" .5 gram flat lead 3" 4" .75 gram flat lead 4" 5" Nickel 4.8 grams 9" 10" Miner John folded mono 12X8" with the same settings Nugget Finder Advantage 17X11" 11.8V NiMH 14.8V Li Ion 14.8V Li Ion .25 gram lead 1" 2" 2" .5 gram lead 2" 3" 3.5" .75 gram lead 3" 4" 5" Nickel 4.8 grams 9" 12" 13.5" Jeff
  37. 1 point
    The fact your son made that for you makes it doubly awesome!
  38. 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.
  39. 1 point
    No right or wrong, it purely depends on the situation. Are you trying to find a new patch, or trying to extract gold from a known patch? Are you hunting a natural gold patch, or highly disturbed ground like tailing piles? If I am hunting a known patch I am like Lunk, crazy methodical slow. My normal mode is to hunt a week at a time, on one location, basically not moving at all. I find most people can't stand this and want to run all over the place or hop in the car and go someplace else after a day. Not me, just leave me in one place for a week, as long as I know there is gold there. The old saying is "never leave gold to find gold" and as a rule I find it to be good advice. But put me in Alaska hunting tailing piles looking for lost over-sized gold and it is all about ground coverage. The nuggets are few and far between, not in a limited area like a natural patch. And miles of ground usually. Low and slow is not the way to go. If you are hunting for a new patch in a desert, better have a large coil and cover ground like no tomorrow looking for an indicator nugget. Low and slow is no good in 100 square miles of desert. Patch hunting versus known patches, real world result. I spent exactly a month of hunting days in Australia, with JP putting me on a known patch every day. Dawn to dusk. I was in Australia to find an Australia sized nugget, you know, the fist sized type. I figured the pounded patches were not a good bet for that, and so I devoted dawn to lunch each day on a long loop swinging an 18" coil on my GPX 5000. I don't take breaks, I swing for the 4-5 hours I have. I covered about 5 miles per half day on each of those loops. Then after lunch it was hit the patch low and slow. At the end of the month I had 2.33 ounces of Aussie gold. If I recall correctly, like one or at most two of those were found on my exploration trips. I would have bet, did bet, that I would have found some tiny patch or stringer of gold somewhere off the main patch locations. Instead I essentially wasted half my trip for basically no result. I can't say I regret that - go big or go home - and I do have to learn some things for myself. But in retrospect I could have easily have doubled my gold take just by staying on the patches. And frankly maybe got a whisper that proved to be the big nugget I was after. If I go back to Australia again, unless it is specifically a trip to find new ground, I would stay on the patches 100% of the time and give it my all. If I have done that last trip I would probably have found 5 ounces instead of 2.33 ounces. 2.33 ounces of Australian gold I do quite a bit of wandering in Nevada, and have found quite a few isolated nuggets, which apparently are far more common in Nevada than Australia, or at least where we were in Australia. Just one nugget, then hunt there for two more hours and nothing else. And I did find a little virgin mini patch once that gave me about an ounce of gold. But more normal was one week I spent in a gold bearing region but not on a known patch, just hunting dawn to dusk trying to find that fabled virgin patch I know is out there someplace still. A solid week, one nugget of a couple grams. Man I was excited when I found it, but once again it was a one off. It is very hard to patch hunt like that knowing you can drive a few miles and be on gold. But if you want to be that person who really, and I mean really scores, you have to give it a go every once in a while. But realistically, getting on known producing ground with the absolute best machine possible and hunting as slowly and methodically as is humanly possible is what puts gold in the poke these days. Unless you are in tailing piles in Alaska!
  40. 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
  41. 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
  42. 1 point
    I wanted a second opinion from White's so I went straight to the top! This was his reply: "Dear Walt Evens White’s TDI SL is designed to operate on 12 volts. All Pulse Induction models show some increased performance with added voltage. However, the price is lowered longevity of the electronic circuit, and voltages over 14.8 Volts can immediately damage the electronics. White’s doesn’t recommend overpowering the TDI SL electronics. Sincerely Steve Howard White’s USA" Thanks! Walt
  43. 1 point
    RobNC I’ve sold silver two times over the years when the price was up . I don’t have a lot of silver anymore but I have the memory of finding it. I may been detecting longer than you are old . That being over fifty years. I guess you could say I cheated being I didn’t wait on you. The year I started detecting was the first year they stopped the silver coins. The Indian Head penny I like and I’ve found a fair amount but here is some. The Flying cent I’ve yet to find.
  44. 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?
  45. 1 point
    That’s nice to hear. Jimmy and I were allies a few times battling White’s on stuff. Thanks for posting that.
  46. 1 point
    I'd like it as long as they didn't charge for earth for it, a fully automatic PI would be great and I'd like one. If the QED ever gets fully automatic ground tracking it's not far off what you're wanting and that likely being a software update if it does happen it'd be a free upgrade 🙂 It's such an easy detector to use already and already reminds me of the Gold Monster with the way it runs. At the moment it's turn it on, ground balance and go (I can skip the ground balance in most places) as it saves your threshold settings and unless you change coil you don't need to adjust them so I guess the auto ground tracking is the only thing missing to be like a PI like GM1000. The threshold settings are just if you want to bias towards small gold, large gold or a balance between the two in the middle and the threshold volume or silent search which is default. I'd like the built in GM1000 speaker in it through, that's a nice loud built in speaker
  47. 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
  48. 1 point
    Looks like that turned out to just be a rumor. I thought I would bring this review to the top since people are finally figuring out the 24K is a great little detector. This was my last detector review so I put a little more effort into it than most. I think it holds up well now a year later. White’s Goldmaster 24K Specifications & Data
  49. 1 point
    Looks to be based off the Fisher F4, very similar.
  50. 1 point
    In general with all detectors and pinpointers, start the pinpointer and sit close by. They do a frequency scan with detector. That should do the trick in most cases.
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