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  1. 11 points
    Seen a opening to get out today but just not the right spot for the "AQ' yet. Come winter I see the "AQ" getting a real good work out here. Today I took the excalibur for I was not sure what conditions I would be walking into. Working in close first nothing..... but Iron and trash..dug a few pieces and decided to go deep, still not a lot of targets. Slowly working my way deeper and parallel to the beach about 600 foot out...shoulder deep I got a couple nickels kind of shallow (2 scoops) then slowed to the snail's pace...Got another signal, broken but being I just got two nickels I'm going to dig all...3 scoops, maybe 12 inch's deep ..surprise...Gold.
  2. 8 points
    Most I found and a few were collected.
  3. 7 points
    As I like the Vanquish serie ( I already have a 540 ) ๐Ÿ™‚, I decided to buy a 340. Over here the 340 price is 240e , so quite cheap ,almost the price of a coil ... My plan was to do some tests with the 340 and resell it later .. A few days ago I did my usual static depth tests. See pics below. I could see that the 340 had the same depth than the 540 V10 , either on a big coin at 11inches or a small coin at 6inches, so very good news for the 340. I could also check that the 340 is as sensible as the 540 V10 on tiny targets lying on the surface like small hammered coins , good news again .. So today I went to an open field cultivated with wheat. Sandy low mineralized soil. Low to medium iron trash. Actually the conditions were not ideal because the field has not yet been ploughed and I had to sweep the coil 3 or 4 inches above the ground because of the cut wheat. I found many targets , mainly 1st WW rubbish... Among that stuff I could find 2 coins , a 16th century copper coin and a tiny roman bronze coin .. Very happy with these 2 coins ๐Ÿ™‚, the copper coin displayed 15 id and the roman coin 11 id . The 340 is very accurate and deep, the same as the 540 V10 actually , I did not see any difference in the field, the only thing there are only 3 tones for the 340 instead of 5 for the 540. Iron separation is the same between the 340 and the 540. The V10 coil is excellent for coin shooting , and very light .. The only limitation I see for the 340 , the same as the 540 and other multifreqs MLs , are high iron trash areas , so the 340 is a little too chatty and slow on these areas . And unfortunately there is no dedicated "FA" ( fast ) mode like on the Teknetics T2 ... On such iron trashed areas I prefer to use my Deus . So if you dont need wireless and backlight and you detect on low/medium iron trashed areas , the Vanquisg 340 offers a great performance for a very limited budget. Even experienced users will be happy with it ... I was thinking of reselling it but eventually I will keep my 340 for the moment .. ๐Ÿ™‚
  4. 7 points
    I got out once again today to try and build up my pain tolerance so when I get a deep machine. I hunted a few hours and managed about a dollar in clad plus two wheats and buffalo. I also found a silver ring and this moon brooch/earring. I donโ€™t know if itโ€™s plated or what since I have never seen these markings. Thanks for looking and happy hunting.
  5. 5 points
    Here are a few locals, Bob and Frank.......who hunted the same beach's I do now. Back then it was not uncommon for a hunter to find 7 or more gold rings a hunt. For me to find that many gold rings in a hunt is tough..my best was 8 this year, in one hunt..Rare for sure. I do have one more guy who hunted even before detectors, diving...and by sight. (Harry)...He would find 30 or more gold rings a hunt..more later on him. Hide....I guess I do in a way .......for Joe Beechnut is ... not my real name...As far as a legend, I don't see myself as...I'm just Blessed to be in the right spot at the right time...it's that simple.
  6. 5 points
    Thanks Compass!...Yes one of my Hot machines, stock coil for I love that I can run the numbers higher using it. My Skullie head phones, which are extremely loud..in compare the GGA, or Tony's head phones, those run around 91db................the skullies 105+db's, So I can hear things others can't. And I have a few other modifications to the PCB and having the push button on the grip to go to disc to check the target, then back to all metal hunting....But really the big factor is I have done the research over the year and I stay in contact with the beach's l hunt. So I know there history and ......I can't say I can predict them but I have a good feel for them? And let me add, I'm Very Blessed. :)
  7. 4 points
    Both silver. Was using the Equinox 800 with 6" coil. Using Park 2, 2 tone, recovery 4, iron bias 0, and sensitivity 24. I like Gold mode too. Not worth much, 2 earrings worth $0.50. Like finding 2 quarters lol. The stone is cz. They are real jewelry though.
  8. 3 points
    My plans are to hit this beach if I get it before it gets sanded back in. Only a couple of these green (and some undersized) coins in the picture below, actually hit my Equinox 800 (15 inch coil) as coins. Almost all hit as iron, foil or just a threshold blip. Most were in the 12 to 15 inch range (best guess with wet sand caving in on itself) in sand with a lot of black sand mixed in. There has to be gold in the next layer down under these. Anyway, that is where my first date will be when Miss Impulse comes knocking at my door.
  9. 3 points
    Nice report... I think the Vanquish 340 is perhaps the best detecting value on the market right now, along with the Simplex for people who need waterproof. It would be fun to see a Simplex vs 340 shootout.
  10. 2 points
    I just picked up my Gold Monster 1000. The first one had a low volume issue and was replaced by the dealer. The second one appears to suffer from bump falsing. This may be due to lack of experience with the machine. I used it for the last 2 days and was able to find some really small gold which is awesome. It did a falsed badly with the small coil and some with the large coil during those 2 days. I tested it when I got home by holding starting it and ground balancing it in a clear location. Using the small coil. It falsed badly in 10 and 9 less in 7 and 8 and barely in 6. The issue is not as bad with the large coil. I then held the small coil up in the air and tested for falsing. The issue was still there but 10 was more like the setting of 7 when grounded. I moved the cable while in the air and there was no falsing. I used my scoop to tap the coil and cable so my hand wouldn't effect the result. I have generally concluded that the issue is due to high sensitivity setting more than coil or software issues. I would like to verify this by comparing my machine to another. Some other users could do the same test and see what your results are. This would give us a baseline for what a GM1000 should perform like. Test procedure Turn on and balance on clear ground at setting manual 10 or highest possible manual setting with small coil. tap coil lightly with scoop or something that wont be detectable. Reduce sensitivity until falsing is a non issue. Record this setting Then perform same test in the air and record that setting. Post results on this thread My results would be Grounded 6. In the air 9 or possibly 10. This will obviously vary due to the ground you have and how hard you tap the coil, so the more tests we have the more accurate the data will be. Thanks
  11. 2 points
    This gold prospecting and metal detecting story takes us all the way back to the beginning - my beginning that is. I was fortunate enough to be born in the Territory of Alaska in 1957. Alaska was still very much on the frontier back in those days. My father was a farm boy from the midwest who headed for Alaska in the early 50's with not much more than an old pickup truck. He worked as a longshoreman offloading ships in Seward, Alaska for a time. He decided to get some education and earned his way through college in Fairbanks, Alaska by driving steampipe for the fleet of gold dredges that were still working there. He spent some time in Seldovia, Alaska working the "slime line" in a fish cannery. He met my mom in Seldovia, the two got married, and finally settled in Anchorage, Alaska. I came along in 1957. My father had taken a job as a surveyor but money was tight in the early years. I was raised on wild game and garden grown vegetables, and as soon as I was old enough to handle it, I was walking a trapline every winter with my father. Dad was a hard worker however, and Alaska was having one of its many booms at the time - the construction of the oil and gas fields in Lower Cook Inlet. This was the Swanson River oilfield, discovered the year I was born. The state was prospering and my father along with it as a surveyor on the new Swanson Field. He got the bug for flying early on, and by the time I became a teenager he finally got his dream plane at the time - a Piper Super Cub, the classic Alaska Bush airplane. Super Cubs equipped with oversize "tundra tires" can land just about anywhere you can find about 300 - 400 feet of open ground. A great little airplane and the one I ended up flying to get my own pilot's license. Super Cub N1769P parked on knoll in Talkeetna Mountains, Alaska It was in this same timeframe that dad got me hooked on gold prospecting. In 1972 I saw an ad in a magazine "Find Lost Treasure" and had acquired my first metal detector, a White's Coinmaster 4. This must have got discussions going about gold, and my father did have some knowledge on the subject having worked around the gold mines in Fairbanks. He took me to a little creek south of Anchorage, Bertha Creek, and I found my very first flakes of gold! By the ripe old age of 14 gold fever was in the air, I had my first metal detector, and already wanted a gold dredge. My first dredge, a 3" Keene with no floatation, was on the way to me in 1973. Keep in mind that the price of gold had only recently been deregulated from the old fixed price of $35 per ounce. In 1972 it was around $60 per ounce, and in 1973 made it to just over $100 per ounce. The money was not my motivation at all. I already just loved finding gold, and the connection to the prospectors of old and the historical quest for gold were more compelling than any dream of striking it rich. I just wanted to find gold! My first metal detector and first gold dredge (my 3502 had the older aluminum header box & a power jet) A young man with a new detector, new gold dredge, gold fever, and a father willing to fly him anywhere in Alaska on adventure. How great is that? Now there was only one problem - where to go? There was no internet then, so it boiled down to libraries and research. In short order I discovered the United States Geological Survey (U.S.G.S.) bulletin series and the number one Alaska title of the series, Placer Deposits of Alaska, U.S.G.S. Bulletin 1374 by Edward H. Cobb. This one book and the references contained in it became my prospecting guide to Alaska. My desired target? Remote locations with large gold nuggets! I read the book and certain places just jumped out at me. One was the Iditarod area and places like Ganes Creek and Moore Creek - tales told elsewhere. This paragraph of page 114 caught my eye: "Placer mining in the Chisana district, first of creek gravels and later of bench and old channel deposits of Bonanza and Little Eldorado Creeks, has always been on a small scale with simple equipment. The remoteness of the area, shortages of water on some streams, and the small extent of the deposits all prevented the development of large operations. There has been little activity since World War II; the last reported mining was a two-man nonfloat operation in 1965." Wow, that alone sounds pretty good. Nothing really about the gold however. The secret to the Placer Deposits series is not so much the books themselves, though they are great for getting ideas, like I did. The key is to use the references listed and in this case the main one is The Chisana-White River District, Alaska, U.S.G.S. Bulletin 630 (1916) by Stephen Reid Capps. It turns out I had stumbled over the location of the last actual gold rush in Alaska in 1913. It was a small rush and did not last long, but it did mark the end of an era. The world was on the brink of war and the age of gold rushes was soon to be history. The history of the area is covered in the report starting on page 89. It is fascinating reading, but it was this note on page 105 that really sealed the deal: "The gold is bright, coarse, and smoothly worn. The largest nugget found has a value of over $130, and pieces weighing a quarter of an ounce or over make up about 5 per cent of the total gold recovered. The gold is said to assay $16.67 an ounce." Gold nuggets a quarter ounce or larger make up five percent of the gold? And that $130 nugget at $16.67 an ounce? Somewhere over seven ounces. That's all I needed to know. Very remote, worked by simple means, and large gold - I wanted to go to Chisana in general and Bonanza Creek in particular. Even the creek names scream gold - Bonanza Creek, Big Eldorado Creek, Little Eldorado Creek, Coarse Money Creek, and Gold Run. Now all we had to do was get there. But when I said remote, I meant remote. Chisana is practically in Canada 250 air miles from Anchorage. To be continued..... Chisana, Alaska location map
  12. 2 points
    Thanks for the clarification, Jeff. What surprises me is that the lowest cost and probably best for a newbie (whether s/he's the one making the purchase or borrowing from a seasoned vet) doesn't have a feature that seems like something that would make it easier for someone new to the game to get off on the right foot. I agree that more experienced detectorists (such as yourself) have developed multiple pinpoint methods which they quite possibly prefer. I did a little surfing and found the following comparisons: Garrett Ace Series (originals) 150, 250, 350 -- similar to the Vanquish, the 150 doesn't have a pinpoint feature but the others do. Garrett Ace Series (upgraded) 200, 300, 400 -- same thing -- pinpoint only on the two more expensive / higher end models. Minelab X-Terra (upgraded from 30, 50, 70) 305, 505, 705 -- all three have a pinpoint function. Fisher F11, F22, F44 -- all three have a pinpoint function. I don't know if the X-Terra line can be considered low cost when they were released (in the same ballpark as the other three above, that is). It's been argued that the Vanquish's target (competitor) detector is the Garrett Ace Series so maybe that was Minelab's thinking. Of course they want you to buy a more expensive model. (No need for me to go into that anymore, at least I'll save my typing on this subject.) Definitely understand where you're coming from there, Jeff -- lotta features and performance packed into a low cost product.
  13. 2 points
    That is correct. Think Tesoro Compadre or Silver Micro Max or even the Tek Minuteman (awesome detectors by the way) with simultaneous multi frequencies, 3 detect modes, 3 tones, a display, outstandingly reliable numerical target ID on shallow AND deep targets, volume control, depth meter and saltwater beach capabilities............. See why I don't miss the pinpoint function much on the Vanquish 340?
  14. 2 points
    From experience the 340 in jewelry mode with the V10 coil is remarkably good in most situations and has made many detectors from other brands that cost 2 to 3 times as much look simply inept as far as target ID at depths of 4" or more in both mineralized and mild dirt and sand....... I am not referring to the Equinox by the way. I had similar results with the 440 and 540 in jewelry mode. I do not miss the pinpoint function much on the 340 with the V10 coil except for separating adjacent targets which makes the 440 and 540 even more capable. I used my 340 in jewelry mode at a South Carolina beach recently in dry, wet and shallow surf. It performed very well and was easily hitting 10" coin and coin sized trash targets with the V10 coil. I agree with palzynski about the V10 coil and weight balance. It makes the 340 and 440 very balanced. The V12 coil feels nose heavy and does not offer much more depth. I actually preferred it in shallow (1 foot or less) surf to the Equinox since the 11" coil on the Nox feels somewhat like a boat anchor in the water. My admiration for folks who spend all of their time swinging the Nox in surf has definitely grown. I too toggle between "all metals accepted" and jewelry mode for target interrogation. Two quick button pushes and I'm back in jewelry mode. For whatever reason, coin mode is my least favorite mode on the 340 and 440. It just does not seem to be set up well for my conditions. The soon to be released US made simultaneous multi frequency detector will have to be very good to make me leave my 340 or 440 at home.
  15. 2 points
    I took the 340 V10 coil and mounted it on the 540. So I have the experience of the 540 V10 and 340 V10 and I can compare them together. Both 340 and 540 perform very well with the V10. I prefer the V10 vs the V12 coil because it is lighter , more accurate , less iron masking with almost the same depth perfos .
  16. 2 points
    Thank You!.........12 years now, closing in on 800 gold rings.
  17. 2 points
    Good but not necessarily news in the sense that they are both the same detector under the hood just lack of a few features and only one pseudo performance based setting (iron bias level) and lack of relic and pinpoint modes (which you failed to mention but which I think would be a useful feature for the target demographic - beginning detectorists), so I am not surprised in the least by your findings. Depth and TID accuracy/repeatability should be identical. News would have been if you found a significant performance difference. Not a criticism at all, by the way. I am glad you took the time to verify the expected results. Very nice finds, BTW. Just goes to show that bells and whistles wow people and sell machines, but machines stripped down to minimalist essential features can be just as capable and fun under the right circumstances. Great value for the occasional detectorist. Depth obsessed detectorists need to realize that basically all modern, main stream vlf IB detectors have about the same relative depth capability - it really comes down to coil selection, target type, site conditions, and operator proficiency as the factors that make a difference. You don't have to pay a lot for adequate depth and reliable ID capability, the two basic must haves for any detector. There is something about challenging your skills with a less complex detector that makes the hunt a little more exciting (provided you DO find keepers) plus the turn it on and hunt simplicity is kind of liberating when you are not compelled to tweak your machine to the gnat's eyelash because you can't. I felt good about my essentially equivalent success using the ORX compared to the Deus at one of my favorite sites. Just turned it on, hunted, recovered target and moved on. No 30 to 60 second interrogations in multiple modes etc. I compare that with amateur radio operators who challenge themselves in trying to maximize distant radio contacts using as little transmit power as possible. The smaller, less powerful radio and minimalist antenna are portable so they seek out mountain tops and try to make distant contacts. Something like the Vanquish that is light, compact, and relatively cheap can be kept permanently in your vehicle so you can always have something to swing should the opportunity arise. PS - I remain confused regarding the depth and recovery level difference between the three primary 540 modes (jewelry, relic, and coin), so not sure whether lack of relic mode on the 340 presents a slight performance issue in comparison to the 540 What is your preferred mode selection on the type of hunt you documented above (I presume Jewelry mode based on the pic, but wanted to verify)?
  18. 2 points
    This guy does some really good GM videos His videos https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdas7vSePGkIT20cAOTd5Gw/videos
  19. 2 points
    Yep, I know what you mean. Heal up! I'll do the same.
  20. 2 points
    I found this in April of May of this year. I cleaned it, my brother put it on the grinder, and showed it to my dad. It looked shiny then, but since it darked and starting to chip. My dad looked at it and said it was probably my grandfather who had lost it in the 1980s doing yard work. He used to wear old jeans and maybe fell out of his pocket. My dad told me used to clean his pipe with this knife. My grandfather had passed in September of 2018, so I never got to show or ask him. It is a Trim pocket knife by Bassett. It was made a producer of beauty products I believe and my grandfather ran his own barber shop. I believe he got it through that business. It will never be like new, but it holds sentimental value. I only wish I could have showed him.
  21. 2 points
    Was out in the water. I modded my scoop to catch those. They hit really nice with the 6" coil. I put them with my collection of gold and silver jewelry I've found. I was happy finding them. Gold is next.
  22. 2 points
    Steve,thanks very much for that quote,it does mean alot for sure,as this was a Equinox thread/post i only basically mention how i use my Nox. But as it was also i guess covering small target/s like say small gold chains and other small gold items in general,i will also mention how i use my main everyday machine the Deus,how its setup with some of the settings and how i also use it.I use solely the HF elliptical coil running 80khz all the time on farmland,and as you have been over to the UK our main targets that we are after are the silver hammered coins both full and cut halves and quarters and you can relate to how small these are,celtic gold hammered coins are even more sort after.So this is why i run my HF elliptical coil in 80khz this is basically the territory of the ' It's a great coil as the old famous Gold Bug ran less than 80khz, and was revered for it's gold finding capabilities' and as most of our finds are in the top say 8'' of soil then i hardly miss much. My style of detecting over the last few years has become so slow and methodical that even snails have over taken my swing speed,i also go that slow that it looks like as if my shoe laces are tied together,but it works for me,methodical swing speeds and slow forward motion are the key as my finds rate has just exploded and just by doing a few simple changes in not only settings but also how i use the detector as aswell.In a previous post i mentioned that i basically run my sensitivity on my Nox down to say 14-15,i rarely mention how low i go with my Deus as folks often think i am joking but most folks run the Deus at 90+or- but on average mine is run down as low as 55-60 as the norm and even on bad ground down to 40-45,folks may disagree with me on this one but it works for me.
  23. 2 points
  24. 2 points
    They are just covering their posteriors. The issue is not the detector, itโ€™s the power cable. Frankly Iโ€™m doing the same thing, calling it a wader unit, but the machine itself is good to much deeper than three feet. Great reporting Joe! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ
  25. 2 points
    Iโ€™ve been involved in a number of group claim situations created by myself and others. Rather than a club thing, itโ€™s an association claim ownership as defined under the mining laws in the U.S. You need like minded people to pool money and resources in order to own and work a set of claims. There are things that can go wrong with any group, but there are significant upsides. Lower cost for all involved, ability to buy claims one person canโ€™t afford, limited number of owners compared to clubs, and make your own rules. https://www.detectorprospector.com/magazine/steves-mining-journal/mills-creek-gold-cooperative/ https://www.detectorprospector.com/magazine/steves-mining-journal/gold-mining-at-mills-creek-alaska/ https://www.detectorprospector.com/magazine/steves-mining-journal/gold-dredging-mills-creek-alaska/
  26. 2 points
    Here's Dilek talking about 'em for those needing their Dilek fix.
  27. 2 points
    Last week I was training customers at Rye Patch so I missed out on the White's closing and all the comments, but I did make a little contribution (well deserved) in the White's Forum on DP. When I returned I was overwhelmed with many emails, texts and pics of my customers recent finds. One thing about the CV-19 is it allows you to get outside and away from others. Also, what was interesting to me is the different kinds of gold and the states they came from. Here are some pictures of my customers Success, the detectors they used and the states they recently found their gold. Hats off to you all for allowing me to share your success. This very interesting and highly collectible specimen piece was found in Idaho with an Equinox 800 (dang, how did I miss that one?) Notice that is the stock 11" coil. The next 2 pics were found in NV with the NOX and stock 11" coil 2 pics below of the same gold and were found in MT with EQ-800 and small 6" coil. Nice solid pieces. Then there is my customer in AZ with his GPZ-7000. He has been doing really well this year with over a half pound. The 3 pics are from 3 half day hunts in a row. He ended up with about a half oz of gold. He has a buddy come to visit and says I found some right here, why don't you head over there. The 3+ ouncer below was found by his buddy who came to visit. Ouch, that must be one heck of a friend. Notice all those nuggets are pretty rough and have not traveled that far. AZ still has good gold, just need to get a little farther away from the trails. Last is gold from a state most of us to not get to see. Wyoming is not known for gold nuggets, but I do have a few customers who do pretty well. These pieces of gold are very solid and look to be hammered almost. I'm no geologist but think maybe from glacial? I also noticed the dirt coloration is different than most places I hunt and find gold , but I don't hunt WY, yet anyway. Part of the reason I enjoy gold is the natural and unique characters each piece and area provide. Heck, there is a really ornate specimen, some nice jeweler nuggets and some really cool collector rocks with gold. Even the big 3 ounce chunk is quite interesting as the source must be pretty close.
  28. 2 points
    I have to agree with Reg on the QED, it's like swinging a VLF for it's size/weight, at first I thought this thing must be a toy as I was used to swinging my bulky GPX when I got my QED, but it's no toy. I intend to keep using the QED especially around power lines and when I have to hike along distance or for multi day detecting missions where my arm and back just won't allow the GPZ to keep being used. As for my favourite, I'm very torn on this, I'm so comfortable on my Equinox and it's served me well, found more gold with it than any other detector. My Gold Monster had a short active life, I used it a lot until I got the Equinox then I retired it to a display position in my detector cupboard as once I was comfortable on the Nox I found it better than the Monster, mainly due to it's target ID's and notching for hot rocks without losing depth like using the discrimination mode on the Gold Monster. The Gold Bug Pro was instantly retired as a gold detector when I got the Gold Monster and become one of my better coin detectors and oddly the only coin detector my wife will use, she rarely detects but when she does it's the GBP with Detech Ultimate. I have trouble picking a total favourite as I like different detectors for different reasons. The Equinox for it's results on tiny gold, and up until last weekend it had found me my biggest nugget. The QED for it's outstanding ability to handle EMI and sensitivity to small gold which is important to me, I quite liked the GPX but it's inability to handle any EMI just really frustrated me with it however used away from EMI it was good, I did hate all the cords everywhere. The QED did it's job while handling EMI and not needing any cords, and then we get to the GPZ which I'm very new on, it's now taken over as the detector to find me my biggest nugget and I've quickly realised the depth it can get on the smaller nuggets exceeds the other detectors, however this isn't just the detector it's also the coils and Minelab have been so stubborn on coils and made it so difficult for aftermarket manufacturers to provide them it's a point of frustration for me and I'm sure many others, it loses points for this and if I only had the stock coil for it I would not be near as impressed with it, in fact I wouldn't have bought it. I've used the GPZ as a turn on and go detector too, I don't do anything, just switch it on and go and I like that and with no cords! So, overall the GPZ is the best by a significant margin for ease of use, power, sensitivity, lack of cords and paired with one of the smaller X-coils is unbeatable in performance on small gold and no doubt big gold too if we had some to find ๐Ÿ™‚ , the Equinox and QED come in a tie for second followed by the GPX.
  29. 2 points
    I and my wife favorite gold detector currently is the White's GMT, both detectors are body mounts and very welcome feature as most of our hunting is detecting almost vertical tailing piles. We have had every Goldmaster model since they introduced in 1990. We would welcome a PI detector which would probably give us additional depth and help with random hot rocks, but some of this type of crystalline gold specimens we find becomes invisible when using a PI detector.
  30. 1 point
    Thanks for the vid Simon, First time I've watched Bill! He's great! Even though i don't have a GM, i still got some very good information! I'm going to have to subscribe to his vids!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
  31. 1 point
    Goldhound, OMG!!!! Gerry, those look like Equinox headphones in your photo at the beginning of the thread. I wear mine a lot too. To say the Equinox 800 is my absolute favorite detector for just about everything including gold jewelry and gold nugget prospecting would be an understatement. I have used most of the "gold specific" VLFs and the Nox and its many available outstanding features for gold nugget prospecting are hard to beat. Swung a Tesoro Lobo for many years successfully. I just started using the SDC 2300 so I can't comment too much about it except to say that I really like it so far. I have used TDIs and Minelab's SD, GP and GPXs too. Never swung a 7000 and probably never will since I could barely afford the 2300!!!! thanks for the topic Gerry Jeff
  32. 1 point
    Nice.... Fine gold is about all I deal with. Make yourself a fine gold sluice and it will speed up that recovery time.... And you may find it improves your recovery... No way I sit and pan even 1 gallon of material when dealing with fine gold which is all I work with since I beach mine.
  33. 1 point
    I don't quite get your terminology but I get your results! Well done. If this is #56 for this year how many is it for your career? Mitchel
  34. 1 point
    Nice hunt to find that and hope things get better for you.
  35. 1 point
    Great find Joe, I hope you have your shark deterrent on! That's a long way out to get any help!๐Ÿ˜ฌ I don't know if they really work! The detector may overpower any wearable deterrent!! Or if detectors attract, or repel them! There is some evidence that PI's can attract sharks from up to a nautical mile away, and cause them to be aggressive! But there is info going both ways!๐Ÿฆˆ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
  36. 1 point
    They are only using M8 (8mm) connectors and the cable itself is thinner yet. Way smaller and daintier than what you seem to be imagining. That's the whole problem with the power cable in general - too small and dainty, not thick and robust. I have all the required parts on order and will probably have something to post and look at in a week.
  37. 1 point
    They are civil war minnies of various types. I've dug several thousand of all types starting in 79.
  38. 1 point
    I took the 11inch coil off because it was on backwards and I finally noticed it. I did good with it on backwards.I put on the 6" coil and tested my tough targets.I tested the 5'' deep 18k yellow gold chain first in pk2 and it was great.In multi freq. It hit the chain solid with a great id of 1-2.Same mode but in 20kz.I get a good hit with mostly up average numbers where I would dig if I was chain hunting.I put it in 40kz. and it hit better with better sounding up average numbers.I then put it in gold 2 mode and could run multi freq. up to 23 and it slammed it with great id numbers .I put it then in 20kz. and it hit it good with nice up average numbers.I put it in 40kz. and it slammed it with great up average sounding numbers.The 6inch coil is a winner on this target in many different settings.I will do a write up on the small deep white gold ring next.The 6inch coil has it's place for small gold.
  39. 1 point
    Iโ€™m sorry to hear that. It sucks when the mind is willing but the body does not wanting cooperate.
  40. 1 point
    Fred and I had many conversations over the years. He was very interested in PI detectors. I am very sad to hear this news. My condolences to his many friends and family.
  41. 1 point
    I ran down to the beach with my 6" coil when I got it and found 4 rings that session! I was stoked. I've use it quite often in the desert and for whatever reason I haven't found any gold nuggets with it. I did find lots of tiny bird shot which means if gold was there I should have detected it but not so far. It is quite a treat to walk a beach with such a tiny coil and get some good hits. Mitchel
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    A bluetooth module is not that easy to integrate because the detector is so sensitive and stable, that a bluetooth module on the card brings additional noise quite easily. Sometimes you have to make the right choices increased sensitivity or wireless headphone. I preferred keep the maximum sensitivity on this model.
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    Gold Hound - What the hell am I supposed to say? My jaw just fell to the ground and I am in total Awe and Amazed. You Sir have set my new standard of a true "Gold Hound" Very few of us are actually true successful multi task detectorists for a variety of treasures as it takes different locations, detectors and knowledge. The 146 oz patch with those monster 20 and 30 ouncers is stunning to say the least. Then to top that off, the collection of museum quality silver and jewelry and that gold ear/nose ring artifact is literally "once in a lifetime" finds for most MD'erists. Yes the GP/GPX are very capable detectors as you have proven. Yes I agree the 7000 is even better for most gold, easier to operate and less struggle with the power cord and headphone wires. The CTX 3030 used to be one of my favorite Coin/Relic detectors and you have proven is capabilities as well. Thanks for allowing us to see some of your hard earned efforts as the pics are very impressive and encouraging.
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    I was talking nostalgic all time favorite, not what I have now or you should be pushing. My Gold Bug 2 got replaced by a Gold Monster which got replaced by a Goldmaster 24K. And if forced to pick between the 24K and Equinox for gold... Iโ€™d keep my Equinox. Why? I can do magical things with it I canโ€™t do with other gold nugget detectors. ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    At my age the QED fills all my needs due to its light weight and ergonomics. There's not much point in expanding on the other reasons why it is my favourite, as unfortunately it is not readily available in the USA, although there are a few there. Sad situation really as you Americans are missing out on a great detector.
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    Favorite now or favorite ever? Favorite now for finding gold would be a GPZ 7000. Why? It produces the gold. If I had to pay the bills with gold, Iโ€™d have to be using the GPZ or a GPX 5000. It's not about liking, it is about what works. Favorite as in like it warm and fuzzy feelings? Probably have to be the Gold Bug 2. Amazing machine when it came out, and still debatably the best at what it does 25 years later. I found many thousands of nuggets large and small with the GB2, and got along real well with it in many ways. Itโ€™s still impossible to beat the feel of a GB2 rod with 6โ€ coil on your arm while the control box is hip mounted - light as a feather, and will sniff out the tiniest bits. Not a slouch on large gold either though that's its weak area. So the nostalgia win goes to the Gold Bug 2. My hip mounted GB2 with 14โ€ coil found this 5 ounce nugget below, one of many great memories and finds.
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    The rest of the trip was nice though clouds kept threatening to move in. They would clear out however and the sun would appear again. With time running out I got back to detecting with the GPZ 7000 plus a little bit here and there with the Equinox. All in all I was only averaging about eight nuggets a lazy day of detecting, getting about 1/4 ounce a day average. Hand stacked rocks and bedrock - nugget detecting heaven! I have mentioned I have never found a nugget weighing even a half ounce at Gold Hill, though they are mentioned in the old records, and I know of some found more recently by others. I really thought I had one this trip however. I was in a bedrock gut leading into a mined pit that was producing nuggets. I got a deep signal in a bedrock pocket right in the bottom of the little gully. Whatever it was was wedged down in deep and tight, and when I first laid hands on it I thought "Aha!" but it was not to be. I found the largest copper nugget I ever found though there is very little copper exposed on the surface. I will treat it with acid later and post a photo someday, but for now here is what it looked like fresh out of the ground. Large copper nugget - should have been gold! The last couple days of this great trip were dedicated to some serious camp cleanup and so this adventure finally came to a close. My detecting had exceeded expectations. I am certain I could have found more gold had I worked more single-mindedly at the task, but the fact is this trip was a near perfect balance of relaxation and finding gold. I finished up with just a hair over 3 ounces of nice chunky gold. Three ounces chunky gold found by Steve with GPZ 7000 The Equinox 800 had proven itself to be an excellent tiny gold sniper on this trip. It was the GPZ 7000 that made the day however, literally making it feel like cheating compared to what the other guys were able to do. Dudley and George both got gold but it was the GPZ that impressed us all. I have long known how powerful the machine is, but this is the first time I have run it on ground I know very well. It was amazing at how easy it was for me to do well just one more time at Chisana and Bonanza Creek. Dudley had been hoping to find a couple nice pendant nugget for his daughters but the dredge kept finding smaller gold. I gave Dudley what I considered to be the best pendant nugget I found at 5 grams and traded a second 3.5 gram nugget for some fine gold he got dredging. Pendant nuggets 5 grams and 3.5 grams Again, just a fabulous trip. Thank you George and Dudley for the invite and a great time. I have learned never to say never, so I don't know if I will ever return to Chisana and Gold Hill again or not. I am grateful I got this last trip in however as it ended my decades of visits to the hill on a somewhat brighter note than the last time. I hope you all enjoyed this trip down memory lane and a rare look at places and times in Alaska that few will ever see or experience. I am very lucky to have been born where and when I was. I have seen Alaska transition from true frontier to modern civilization in my lifetime and this is just a small part of what I have experienced. There are many people in this tale who have not been mentioned at all out of respect for privacy issues. My thanks to all of them. Thanks again for riding along on this long thread! One last look at Gold Hill below.... Steve Herschbach 2018 Herschbach Enterprises Gold Hill at Chisana, Alaska
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    At this point I was feeling a little funny. I am the sort of person that wants everyone to find gold. If I start getting too far ahead I get this weird guilty feeling, like I am cheating or something. When this happens I tend to back off a bit and maybe lend a helping hand to somebody else. In this case just like on my last trip Dudley was finding that the gold dredging was not a get rich scheme. I thought he was actually doing pretty good as he was getting close to a quarter ounce a day with the 4" dredge. He would not be satisfied with that however and would move to a new location looking for something better. It did not get better, more of the same, but then time lost moving around. I decided to be his assistant for a couple days and help set up a second dredge at a new location while he worked the main site. Then he could sample the new site to see if it was any better while I looked for yet another spot and moved gear there. 2.5" dredge sample location And another sample location Dudley working test dredge at second sample site Try as I might I could not find anything better than what Dudley was already working. And truth be told after a couple days I was quite happy to get away from the water and get back to metal detecting. Dudley kept plugging away but as I slowly pulled ahead of him in gold production he was starting to see that maybe metal detecting is not so boring after all! Dudley working along rock wall with 4" dredge The gold being found gold dredging To be continued....
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    Just shy of 5000 feet. I was determined this trip to concentrate on just enjoying myself and having a good time. Anyone who followed this forum this spring knows I was burning the candle at both ends doing website upgrades. Nobody knew at the time but I was on fire trying to get that all done before this trip. The effort had me a little burned out but that is ok because this trip was a reward for all that effort. That being the case job one for me was just to decompress and relax. I wanted to be sure and hike around to get lots of photos. In particular I wanted to get a good photo of a ptarmigan and a ground squirrel. I had no plans to do anything but metal detect for gold (no dredging), and had both my Minelab GPZ 7000 and Equinox 800 along. The ground as anyone following this thread knows has been heavily metal detected in the past. I knew there was plenty of tiny gold to find and figured I would do well with the Equinox 800 and new 6" coil. And in fact on my day of arrival I did a little detecting at the end of the day and got six little nuggets totaling 0.5 gram - gold on the first evening! Steve happy to be back up on Gold Hill - July 2018 The next day I grabbed the GPZ 7000 and headed for a once reliable location in the bench area. There is decomposed basalt bedrock that looks more like sand than bedrock that held a lot of nuggets. Everyone and their brother had been over this patch with many detectors including the GPX 5000. If there was a place that might show what the GPZ was capable of on this ground that spot was it. The ground is fairly mild and I was able to use Steve's Insanely Hot Settings. These settings are basically just every control on the GPZ maxed out to be as sensitive as possible. In lots of places the mineralization will not allow the GPZ to be run this hot and the settings make hot rocks if present really sing out. Yet I find I run these settings almost everyplace I go in Nevada and California because they do work to find gold for me. I fired up the GPZ, got tuned up, made a couple passes over the ground with the coil - nice sweet signal! Not more than a few minutes detecting with the GPZ and a nice 2.1 gram nugget popped out of the ground. And the best part - it was not a whisper signal. The GPZ lit this nugget right up and all the sudden I had a real good feeling about how this was going to work out. First GPZ nugget ever found on Gold Hill - 2.1 grams I did not see any point in looking for the tiniest gold with the GPZ 7000. I know this ground like the back of my hand, and where most all the gold had been found over decades of time. That made it very easy for me to target locations where I knew there was gold in the past, but where there might be more nuggets lurking in deeper ground. Deeper could mean more gravel depth, or maybe just deeper pockets of crevices in bedrock. There is also a lot of low lying alpine bushes and other ground cover that work to keep a coil away from the gold. With a VLF I might try and work under this stuff pushing it aside bit by bit. The GPZ has so much excess power I just ran the coil over the stuff while pushing it down. My first day detecting did not find a lot of nuggets but they were all fat ones that added up.... seven nuggets for 7.1 grams plus a little copper nugget. Steve's first GPZ nuggets from Bonanza Creek George goes detecting with Minelab SDC 2300 George and I were there to relax and metal detect. Dudley on the other hand has always found metal detecting boring and so he was gung-ho to go dredging. Years of validity exam work and piles of paperwork finally resulted in all the remaining claims being fully permitted. This meant that Little Eldorado now had permits for suction dredging which previously had only applied to Bonanza Creek. Dudley was convinced, just like I had been previously, that ounce a day dredging awaited if he could find the right spot. Dudley working 4" Keene dredge on Little Eldorado Creek And like I said, I was on the lookout for photo opportunities. Here is another Arctic Ground Squirrel photo and a view of the Wrangell Mountains looking down Bonanza Creek. "Parka Squirrel" watching from rock wall View of Wrangell Mountains from Bonanza Creek To be continued....
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