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  1. I went to the park today with the intent to dig pull tabs in hopes of finding some gold jewelry. I’ve found a gold ring at this park before and felt I have already gridded this area pretty well for coin targets. So pull tabs and aluminum range it was. I chose to use Park 2 this time but I have all the settings setup exactly the same as Park 1. So I dug all the consistent signals above 6ish. Found a few nickels, a couple deep wheats that I think were on their side and deep, but I felt reassured I had been pretty thorough gridding off this area for other coins. No other pennies, dime
    9 points
  2. Several of us on this forum are former Marines or Marine "brats." Today marks the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the 17 day Battle of Chosin Reservoir. My dad, a sergeant in the First Marine Division at Chosin, later co-founded the Sea Angels scuba diving club with Mel Fisher. Their treasure hunting experience, along with that of the Depression Era "survival" gold prospecting experiences of my grandfather and great grandfather, influenced me greatly. Off topic, and reminiscing.
    9 points
  3. I had about an hour before we were going fishing for fish this morning, so what better to do than to dirt fish? I was trying out a new set of aptX LL BT earbuds that were ordered for when the other ones start to fail. They paired fine, but they certainly were not fast. If I'm running 7 recovery, I don't want them to sound like a 3 recovery. I disconnected them and continued to hunt. About 5 minutes into no earbuds, I got a strong 11 ID. Not knowing what it really sounds like, having taken the earbuds out, I decided to dig as it seemed like a robust signal. The Carrot was able to hit the object
    7 points
  4. Our ground requires Difficult 99% of the time. In Normal things are a bit different signal wise over Difficult, so HY will give more ground signal and more conductive signal but the difference on big gold deep is less profound, whereas in Difficult there is a distinct difference between the two with the cross over being around the 9 to 20 gram range if the nugget is solid and deep, this is most obvious when the depth gets past 14+ inches. As an example I always detect in HY Difficult and get the bulk of the gold in that mode, if the size is up there and there is depth I’ll go over t
    6 points
  5. Got a desert trip planned in a couple of weeks and was wondering if anyone (Steve especially) has had a chance to test out the AQ for nuggets? I got mine at the end of September and it has already paid for itself in beach finds, including my first platinum ring ever, a 25.2 gram monster. I know it's not designed for prospecting, but was thinking about taking along it to play around. I did air test a 2.0 gram gold/quartz nugget with Pulse Delay of 7, max sensitivity and minimum ATS and it was a solid hit at 5" and broke the threshold at 7". For each 1/2 increase of Pulse Delay, I lost a
    5 points
  6. This just shows all the Detectors’s that has been over the years.
    5 points
  7. Hitting the area that has been picked through by just about everyone with a detector and managed to find a v-nickel nicely hidden with a chunk of iron bar about 7" down. Got a fairly short signal in one direction and long iron signal in another, the short had a spot on nickel ID but thought it might have been a piece of aluminum. As you notice in my mix of trash there is a bunch of small aluminum. You can blame Chase for that as it forces me to look for gold $1 coins in the area :( Bunch of memorial nickels were in one hole with a penny about 4" away from a can on the surface. The brass bits l
    4 points
  8. Just got back from a 45 minute deposit tonight. Two peanut containers down, two to go! The manager had to come and open the machine a couple times to clear crusty pennies and bent coins. The two times she did that, it printed out receipts for cash with the fee deducted. At the end, she credited back the $24.68 in fees. So, I got $115 in Amazon and the rest in cash! Total was $322.53. It was a fun time with my son who has had the experience before.😀 The last two pics show the rejected pile, likely about $4 in pennies and other mutilated coins.
    4 points
  9. I had to add some jokes that was in the magazine.
    4 points
  10. We all have different styles of gold nugget shooting and across this globe are so many varying terrains to chase nuggets. Our skills and years at it vary and on this fine forum, it could just as easily be the eager beaver newer member who's grateful for their 1 and only nugget, as it could be a salty savvy veteran with a lifetime of Thankful gold finds. And yet many of us have a certain detector that meant so much to our pursuit of heavy metal. What model of gold detector are you most thankful for and why? For me, it's the Fisher Gold Bug-2 as it was the 1st gold detector we (detector
    3 points
  11. Simon: the glory days are only ever as far away as the next patch of new ground. You make your own glory days. The important thing is to keep looking for new ground. The safe old familiar flogged areas are, sadly, never going to be the stuff that dreams are made of. 😞
    3 points
  12. A 1985 Gem and Treasure Hunter (later Gold Gem and Treasure) from Australia. The magazine had just been purchased by a new Australian detector company called Minelab Electronic industries. The Goldseeker 15000 was being tested at the time by a young bearded bloke called Reg Wilson, yet not a single Minelab product appears anywhere. There is an advertorial for the new Whites GM6100D and others for Bounty Hunter, Tesoro and the Garrett A2B Groundhog. These were also the days when your first colour could well be too heavy to comfortably carry around 🙂
    3 points
  13. I think you may have sent me a few of those older magazines at one time Chuck. Just think how many boxes of magazines you have stashed away, as I seen your name on the shipping label going all the way back to 1971/2, so I suspect you have 40+ yrs, maybe 45 of being a dedicated TH'er and magazine reader. Heck, I imagine these are more rare than the Playboy of the time. Great post and pics.
    3 points
  14. I also started a magnificent quest for a different kind of gold in Dayton NV at age 18...... namely the Kit Kat ranch, Starlight & Moonlight Ranch....lol😇
    3 points
  15. Yes this happened to me a few times in the early 70's. Mama found my porn stash under the bed and it was what set up my career. After all, I tell many I'm in the Adult Entertainment business selling high end toys. These early magazines had me squeamish in bed a many sleepless nights. A boy my age was quite naive, so seeing such raw and natural images sent my brain into overload. I had no clue what the future would hold, but I feel it came out quite right. View these 2 early magazines and you'll notice some of the articles and headlines. 1st is GOLD by True West, 1969 Vol. 1, #1
    2 points
  16. Who do you know that has ever considered mining in Korea or a 'Korean Gold Rush' of a sort? The thought had never occurred to me until I read this brief article and then did a bit of research to find more links. I doubt there are any articles on nugget shooting in Korea. http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/opinion/2020/11/721_300053.html https://nanopdf.com/download/a-glimpse-of-life-at-the-gold-mines-royal-asiatic-society_pdf https://steemit.com/korea1960/@coped/gold-mining-in-south-korea-koryo-mines-part-1
    2 points
  17. The Impulse AQ has the sensitivity to hit fairly small gold nuggets. Unfortunately the lack of ground balance controls means you are at the mercy of the ground and hot rocks. I found I could get the AQ to run in most any mode if I slowed to a crawl, as any coil speed at all introduced too many false signals. The only mode I could cover ground in effectively was volcanic mode. If the AQ was the only detector I had I would not discourage anyone from giving it a go gold prospecting, but I would not recommend anyone buy one thinking that will be a viable use of the machine. It really is highly opt
    2 points
  18. Yeah, that makes sense about the larger silver coins. I just always wonder if more experience detectorists or those that hunt by sound can really tell. Or certain detectors separate the two by VDI or tone better than others.... But I really do think I am finding the tough ones that were on side or signal was blended to a lower VDI by another nearby item. Lots of patience, lots of trash digging, but rewarding. I’m starting to find that a good strategy for working sites that I have repeat access to is to work them in buckets. 1. Cherry pick the obvious coins and higher ton
    2 points
  19. I use 8" Reebok Rapid Response boots, 100% no metal, got mine with composite toe. The side zipper model, which I own, has a metal zipper tab, which I remove. The boots last on average 2-3 years, but are used a lot. They are light weight, and in summer when its 115 degrees they do pretty good keeping feet cool... If you hunt in desert environment, waterproof, or snake proof boots I would not recommend, at least for me, as my feet would not breathe in them, sweat big time, get athletes feet, ect. I also put an impenetrable insert in them, as the cactus still come through bottoms someti
    2 points
  20. I and my wife started out with White's Goldmaster II and we've had every version ending with the GMT. For the area we hunt for gold specimens these detectors have worked really well. Unfortunately a PI detector will not detect some of the gold specimens. Here are the gold specimens we found first year detecting with the Goldmaster II:
    2 points
  21. Thanks, JP! Amazing gold and amazing operator! Every GPZ owner on this forum should be greatful for your detailed explanations and advice!
    2 points
  22. GB2. Reasons: My 1st nugget, most nuggets, analog tuning, few false signals and light weight. Still a viable afternoon machine on shallow ground when I am tired from swinging my GPZ and great for searching under bushes.
    2 points
  23. Good looking finds, and great looking quarter! I think there are few qualifying parks, if any, that haven't been cherry picked for their silver! But no matter how hard hit, there will always be those that were missed, or out of range to detect! That makes you appreciate the one's you do find, that much more! Keep at it!👍👍
    2 points
  24. One of the worst weather Wars of the time with 17,000+ American casualties. Just think what it would be like trying to fight outdoors with 1950 clothing in -35 degree weather. It is said that more casualties were from weather (non battle) than actual deaths fighting. From one Marine to the next...Semper Fidelis = Always Faithful.
    2 points
  25. So I went ahead to try the Coinstar for the first time in my life and also to see how the crusty pennies would fare... Some things I learned: 1. Walmart Machine had a very limited selection on gift card choices and no Amazon! Kroger (grocery store in midwest) machine however had a much better selection including Amazon, Lowes and Home Depot. 2. I decided to load the pennies first, in case the machine jammed up and wait on the other denominations. It did jam up... with the nickels. But it stopped short of $5, the minimum for the gift cards. So the lady came, printed out a rec
    2 points
  26. Always detect back to your vehicle or start point, I am often amazed by the amount of good nuggets I find within 50 feet of where I park my 4x4. This 26 gram chunk was a good solid broad hit in HY Difficult yet when I checked it in General the signal was more subdued suggesting it was going to be less than 1/2 ounce, got the shock of my life when I threw it on the scales. I’d say the rough exterior made it more of a Fast Time constant target than the weight implied. So a 14 gram morning bonus’d out on a lucky find because I kept the motor running after a long hot session. 😎 Always a
    2 points
  27. If you want the best that fit your hearing needs you have to make them yourself. These are wired, waterproof headphones for the Minelab Excalibur. Everyone knows how bad the ML waterproof headphones are....So after several years of experimenting and testing I was able to find a combo that allowed me to hear deep targets no one else could. I ended up using Unlimited audio 50mm piezo's that gave me the higher pitch, 2400HZ that fit my hearing then add a unique horn design to amplify the audio for all metal hunting only. Being they work great for me on the excalibur I tried them on the Fisher "A
    2 points
  28. I started with the A2B back in '83. That first chunk of auriferous quartz from an ore dump in Dayton NV began my own Magnificent Quest.
    2 points
  29. Alexander Enterprise was the guy I got my White’s 66 TR before I came a dealer myself. Has name was Jim Alexander . Later Jim moved out to Az. having something to do with mining and that’s the last I know. This all took place around 72 and it’s been a lot of water has run under the bridge. Chuck
    2 points
  30. For me, it used to be the X-terra 705. That detector continually impresses me. And at times it has frustrated me. But now it is the Gpx5000.It offers me so many settings and ways to mix and match how I want to set it up to hunt a particular area that it easily wins. My Gpx4000 was quiet but never quite like the Gpx5000. A detector that continually amazes me is a detector that I seek to unlock all it's capabilities. For me the 5000 paired with the Evo coils, covers most all of me needs. Versatility is what I need in Montana. The 5000 provides it.
    2 points
  31. You're really showing your age, Paul. My wife and I got lectured by our niece maybe 10 years ago using that old lingo, and that was after she put her eyes back in the socket. Those are 'flips' among younger generations. I'll let you Google Image 'thong' if you're not up on 21st Century terminology (and all the more reason to if you are 😏). OTOH, having read many of your posts, maybe this was part of your typical subtle, clever methods.... You've spent too much time hanging around with those feisty Meganesians.
    2 points
  32. Garret A2B without a doubt for me. Mainly small gold sub grammers in my backyard, Bounty Hunter RB7, Whites 6000D, Garret Deepseekers were OK but the Groundhog/A2B with its high frequency 15Khz (for that time). It was the " prelude" for the Fisher Gold Bug 1 & 2 and the Whites GM 1 & 2.
    2 points
  33. I finished my 2020 Field Training of customers a couple weeks ago at Rye Patch and was able to run the 7000 without interruption for 6 days. My best day was 12 nuggets but I also have to admit that on 2 days, I was skunked (the 2 days I was swinging new ground looking for a patch. ). Almost all the gold were whisper signals most folks are not good at and in a particular wash near the burn barrel, I pulled 7 in a day. I even called over some customers who were hanging around to let them listen, watch and learn. It just amazes me this detector can pick up nuggets at 14 to 18" deep and they a
    2 points
  34. Anyone who spends much time comparing targets with a Equinox and a Vanquish knows that a Vanquish will hit most targets an Equinox will hit. The performance is closer than people may want to imagine for most normal metal detecting, making Vanquish a genuine value. Vanquish came out with a different set of coils than the Equinox, to the chagrin of many Equinox owners, since they are not compatible. What is interesting is that the Vanquish coils are quite a bit less expensive, even in cases where they are physically larger than the Equinox coils. Part of this may be the windings and to
    1 point
  35. Right on Dave, looks like you are using a well tested boot. Think i will give them a try, thanks for sharing bro!🤠👍 ht
    1 point
  36. Ok Gerry, I'll bite :) Found gold with all my detectors over the years (starting in the late 80's with the ML GT 16000) with one exception: The Garrett Infinium. Couldn't find its own backside using both hands, I walked over a heap of good gold with it (as I later discovered using detectors more suitable for Australian conditions) The detectors that have found me the most ozs so far would have to be the SD 2200 and the QED, with the 5000 not far behind.
    1 point
  37. Temp was 83° today in Florida. The fish were trying to hide in the shade to avoid the heat! It may have been the 10 ft. alligator that was limiting the number of fish.😳
    1 point
  38. 2 machines standing out head and shoulders for me regarding finding gold,its in a different format as basically here in the UK nuggets are almost non existent,but we do have gold in coin and artefact format and these 2 stand out machine for me are my 'original' T2 that i have had since 2006/7 and the DFX one of the 1st batch that came here back in 2003. Not sure exactly what the magic is with these 2 are but they have found me celtic hammered gold coins,and George 111 ful guineas an Viccy Sovereigns and also some small gold artefacts,i also have all the modern machines ie TDI Pro,Deus HF
    1 point
  39. If all they were doing was joking then I'm fine with it. But often a joke or 'kid' has some truth to or intent to it. A friend of mine thought she was doing me a favor by tossing pennies in the park where I detect. Honest mistake by someone who doesn't understand where the fun (for me) comes from. I let her know..., in a nice way, of course. Someone here (I think it was Tnsharpshooter -- where's he been lately, BTW? -- excellent poster) told about a person who didn't like people metal detecting an historic (but public) site so that person strewed nails everwhere. Real nice...
    1 point
  40. Update: This is not fake gold news! I touched up the photo to show the striations of the nuggets. They are very unique. Especially for this location.
    1 point
  41. Geo Sense - PI and GPX 6000 trademarks have yet to be accepted and registered. So I'm guessing they would not start production till they are registered - final acceptance is most likely in the next week or so. Then you have to ramp up production - couple months at least takes us to the end of January 2021 - shipping from Malaysia to Australia then local distribution add another month so end of February (longer for US and Europe)- launch March or April 2021 which was my original estimate when we first learnt about the GPX 6000. Gives Minelab a quarter of sales up to 30th June and the end of th
    1 point
  42. I've found the Fisher AQ weak on silver so I'm not sure how the Terra version would do on land on silver. I have spots (in the water) there are some old coins...... it seems every time I take the AQ I may get a piece of silver, but does good on the Nickels..Then I go thru with the excalibur and it cleans up on all silver (several pieces) and nickels....same spot. The bad about the AQ not hitting hard on the coins ..old deep coins are a sure sign there is deeper gold near. So I need to find the correct area first with the excalibur then come back with the "AQ"..
    1 point
  43. The real shame of this kind of thing is that it further erodes trust in the people around you and that is not fixed easily. I used to love gold basin but stopped going there many years ago for exactly the reasons being talked about now. I just can't bring myself to pack a weapon when the reason is because of other people. I would rather find somewhere else to go.
    1 point
  44. I added a Fisher Arm Cuff. They are inexpensive, tough, and have legs or feet to keep the detector upright. I added Sheep skin (wool). (The real thing, not fake sheep skin). It's cool in the summer and warm in winter. I use 3M aerosol adhesive.
    1 point
  45. I’d done this post sooner but I’m really under the weather. Anyway, me and Cliff hit the beach Sunday at 4am... why because I forgot to set my clock back. Cliff had his AQ and we wanted to do some testing... but we forgot the targets. So we did do some found target comparison. It reminded me why I don’t do a lot of wet sand hunting. Deep hole and a lot of them wit us concentrating on whisper/weak targets. Cliff did his 5 hours and had one of those days.... he broke his SunSpot scoop. After he left I did another 3 hours. There hasn’t been a lot of targets out there but I managed the
    1 point
  46. Welcome. If you haven't picked up machine yet there are plenty of recommendations here to get you swinging.
    1 point
  47. I posted My Minelab Vanquish 540 pro review on another forum last week but have added quite a bit since then. Video link is at the bottom as well with some of the tests I performed for those that are interested. Ergonomics are good compared to most detectors out there, it’s light weight and I like the layout of the menus and screen. I can tell it’s aimed at the Garrett Ace series of detectors. The 540 pro pack is a good value for the money. But if a person is on the fence between a vanquish 540 Pro or the Equinox 600, I would pay the extra $150 and get an Equinox 600. Performance wis
    1 point
  48. I was detecting a steep narrow gulch with a vertical wall on one side and thick viscous thorn bushes on the other when a red eyed golden fanged rattle snake slithered out from a crevasse right at the level of my jugular vein. As the snake coiled back to deliver my slow painful death, I leaped straight up about 5', did a 360 degree pirouette, an delivered a stunning, precise, back hand blow with my GPZ7000 light saber and bonked the ol' snake right on the noggin. The snake crawled back into his hole in humiliated defeat and I continued detecting. I then found one of golden fangs that I had disl
    1 point
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