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  1. We took a day off from detecting and went out rockhounding for a day and came across these old workings , the old timers dug some deep cuts across the toes off some of the hills that ran down into the wash and found a couple small drift holes. the holes are about 10 foot deep with a couple small drift holes in each and the longest cut was around 50 to 60 yards long. there were dry washing holes that were just as deep and some were over 12 foot wide, some serious digging going on out there .
    15 points
  2. I would like to thank the donner of this 583 earring for my first AU find of 2021. Beach find Jan 5. The AQ hit it hard!!!
    11 points
  3. Our good buddy Norman Mcquarrie Has been sidelined from spinal surgery. He said he is experiencing improvement this morning which is wonderful. A neck brace will be part of his wardrobe for the next 6 weeks. But I know this ol codger will be back on his A-game soon. Best wishes Norm to the speedy and full recovery our thoughts are with you !
    9 points
  4. Forget the rock hounding and get to swinging!
    6 points
  5. Did a quick hunt the other day and dug only coins. This has to do with the "training" that Canadian coins have given me. In a way they are a "median" target--part non-ferrous and part steel. What this means is that they have characteristics of both. So with a clean processing pulse like the AQ--you have a narrow signal (imagine a tube carrying the response up) with some wide or maybe irregular characteristics. Point being that they make good "trainers" teaching you to look for even poor examples of a narrow response. Then when you hear some clean gold...unmistakable. Foils and tabs will
    4 points
  6. Yep, I pretty much have free rein there. I've panned a couple of times with a cheap off brand plastic pan and a cone shaped stainless steel batea. I haven't found anything, but I'm pretty inexperienced with panning. I've spent lots of time researching, but don't have much experience. My lower back also starts acting up after leaning over a few slow/unskilled panning attempts. The creek is also fairly skinny, maybe 2-3ft across and runs straight without any inner bends to target. There's a few spots I tried to remove gravels to get to bedrock, but I only hit the top of buried boulders.
    4 points
  7. First out for the year, found a spot that has cuts that are over my head. I know how they got there but best I hold on that for now. One thing for sure targets are every where, on the top shelf, down the slope, and in the bottom. Just have to wait for a better tide so I can hunt the whole bottom and not worry about sliding down the slope. Most targets are shallow. First gold was maybe 12 inch's? Going to be interesting to see how long this spots stays intact-ed. I knew something was up and one reason I took the Excalibur for I had no clue on what I would be walking into. I am debating on takin
    3 points
  8. Every BT headphone does not support Low Latency BT transmission - it has to be supported on both ends - the detector transmitter and the phones themselves. APTX LL the low latency bluetooth standard transmission protocol Minelab has adopted for incorporation into its Equinox and Vanquish detector BT transmitters - is kind of a fading standard. Hasn't really caught on with the general marketplace and manufacturers of BT headphones seem to not be willing to play to licensing fees to incorporate the chipset and firmware in to their products as a result, unfortunately. APTX LL would at least b
    3 points
  9. We are wet, wet, wet here, the ground is sodden right the way through so everything is sticky, both the ground and the air, the atmosphere is all over the place because of all the unstable monsoon weather right across the State (just had our first cyclone for the season). Not a good time to be too serious about detecting but I’ve desperately been needing a gold fix. Enter the little NF Zsearch, its the perfect coil for these conditions, I was amazed how quiet it ran in the salty areas even the bad ones that I generally avoid after rain. EMI is also way down compared to other coils so this
    3 points
  10. Nuggets can be a type of rock specimens, and I am not selling them so it is not for financial gain.
    3 points
  11. Funny as I thought you were talking about the Donner party of something when I read the title...nice hunk of gold jewelry you got there and spelling is not one of my strong points but I'll bet the donor of that earring really misses it 😉 strick
    3 points
  12. Just saying the 6000 better have the latest low latency wireless bluetooth capability to any headphones...or i will be upset. Also a clever company would have a screen setting (similar to nox) that has bars /numbers to show signal strength/depth/broadness.. for all the hearing impaired detectorists. Should be a simple for minelab to engineer this. Just feel Minelab could spend more time workshopping/R & D time with some of the best long term gold detectorists
    3 points
  13. Was waiting for a buddy to show up so I hit a small area across from where I parked. Usual tons of trash being so close to the road and first real hit I had I pulled the poor beat up Merc Dime 193?. Not a bad way to start the year off, hope it wasn't the hightlight hahah. Happy new year!
    3 points
  14. Meet Shelby. As the newest member of our Customer Experience Team, Shelby has been with Kellyco for just over a year. She is a new detectorist that finds time to hunt in between raising a toddler and a new puppy. Shelby’s favorite find also comes from the Team’s participation in the annual Boy Scout hunt at Camp Lanoche in Paisley, Florida. As in Leilani’s Treasure Find story, the Kellyco team went out detecting to celebrate another successful year of helping the Scouts at their annual camp. Camp Lanoche was established in 1950 and has been used many times a year by a multitude of Boy Sc
    2 points
  15. My first suggestion is to stick with the stock 11" round for at least the first several months. It's quite good at separation and depth. The 6" round coil is good for very small targets (e.g. tiny gold nuggets) and helps in extreme iron trash locations and around fenceposts, etc. The 12"x15" gives better coverage (think 'wider lawn mower deck'). It's obviously heavier. Works well when coverage is a driver (e.g. dry and wet beach, but not in the water). But back to my first point -- IMO you should hold off getting the auxilliary coils until you've gotten a couple hundred hours
    2 points
  16. There is a lot of good books there. I would suggest that you spend a day or two at a known location and see what you be detecting and how your equipment reacts. This will enable you to know what the books are talking about and save you a lot of time learning how to find gold.
    2 points
  17. I have a GMX and that is the last machine i want for coin hunting.The target Id does not work like other machines when things get buried a few inches.You have to be in the mood to dig if you use this machine. Lot of wrap around on the Id.
    2 points
  18. Hi Michael.I will try to get hold of you soon.You can hunt with me and a few of my buddies.What town do you live in ? I live in the Greece/Charlotte area.Maybe we can meet in Durand soon.Look it up. It has a beach and a lot of woods to hunt.I have got 5 silver so far in this short year.Clad Hopper got a AU split band 1924 merc,a 1919-s merc plus a regular merc and a washington quarter.I went out 1 more time then him.I also got a 1940 bird band.All at durand.I use a Nox 800 and so does Clad hopper.
    2 points
  19. Not a book, but this will help you research and pull mining claim data fairly easily. http://www.mylandmatters.org/Maps/ClaimsCa/GetMap
    2 points
  20. Hey Peg Just on your few words you said got me more excited about receiving mine. I found out the book gets cheaper by the dozen but I found out you still get them at a great price at just 4 . I’m looking forward to giving one to three of my nugget hunting friends and one to my best friend with that being me .haha The service is sensational! You know when your order was received and when shipped with a phone number if you have a question or a problem. Looking forward to your next book. I’m a lover of lots of pictures and with that I’ll put my name in the pot for yo
    2 points
  21. April was just a rumor, nothing more. There is no official release date, and frankly I think April is optimistic to the point I’d be betting against it. For all we know Tom Walsh could still just pull the plug in the whole thing. I kind of hated selling my Ltd as it is possible I might not be able to get a “finished version” if one never goes to full production. I think I heard that something like 70 units have been produced so far, but could be wrong about that. I would rate the cooperative information sharing aspect of this “pay to prototype” as a fail. FT locked down the informati
    2 points
  22. This is true, and as you point out Multi vs Single is debatable at this time, depending on the ground. I think that is simply because Multi-IQ is both in its infancy, and that gold nugget prospecting was last on the list of features considered important on Equinox. In my milder ground Multi-IQ excels. It remains to be seen what Minelab could do with a Multi-IQ designed specifically for prospecting, but I do think it is in the future. As for a solid 6 x 10 coil for Equinox, Minelab can kiss my xxx for purposefully leaving us lacking on that one.
    2 points
  23. My advice would be to get a more versatile and affordable detector. Namely, an Equinox 800 and possibly the 6inch coil for max micro target sensitivity. If there is small gold near the surface, you will find it and that would clue you into whether it makes sense to drop serious coin on a PI. If you don’t find any natural gold, at least you have an excellent coin, relic, and beach machine too. That 10 acre site might not give up nuggets but it could give up relics or coins, perhaps even of the gold variety. GL
    2 points
  24. This picture is 3 weeks old, I 'm waiting for a today update. My grandson discovered metal detecting "for treasure" on tv. He's watched countless videos of how to and getting big finds and then my son told him I used to detect. Next step, using my old Whites spectrum in the back yard....he keeps finding stuff I've missed after 15 yrs of "cleaning it out". This Christmas his parents and I got him a basic set up with all the tools; pin pointer, shovel and belt with a trash bag. I gotta work on his making a smaller hole and leaving no trace But, damn I'm proud of him.
    1 point
  25. Hello all! First of all, I just wanted to publicly say thank you to Steve and the rest of the members on this site. Although this is my first post, I have been using the wealth of information gathered from everyone here for a while now. It's that time of year up here in Alaska where the days are dark and the memory of summer seems like a distant past. To cure my deep seated winter time blues and my sense for adventure, I decided to check out a spot I have been wanting to try for a while now, but let the myriad of summertime activities get in the way. But perhaps the real underlying
    1 point
  26. Aah yes I wondered whether it was latency they were talking about with 5.0 as being twice as fast. Audio sites still rated standard Bluetooth at ~100-300ms whereas aptx LL is ~32ms. Latency is unavoidable unfortunately - even wired headphones can have up to ~15ms.
    1 point
  27. Thanks for posting, dirtman. Norm, get well soon!
    1 point
  28. Thanks for the update, dirtman, and positive wishes to Norm for a quick recovery. Norm, we need your wisdom (and finds posts) here.
    1 point
  29. Get well Norman wishing you the best recovery.
    1 point
  30. Get well soon, Norm!
    1 point
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  32. Welcome!! Great advice has been posted by Chase and other members. Research, location, and of course having access to un-hunted grounds, are all key to finding silver, and everything else. MD'ing 101 Having stated that, I have just purchased a 800 and will soon return to sites that i believe were untouched before i began detecting on them years ago. The silver finds on those sites have declined over the years, naturally, but I'm hoping that the 800 will find what the other detectors (and primarily me) have missed. Good luck to all!!!
    1 point
  33. Thanks You! Really it's not bad at all, I hate being wet and cold, one thing for sure... either of those and I would not be out during the winter. Market on old class rings...Just the melt value. Most are not in the best condition.
    1 point
  34. Steven, you reside in Washington, and use a Goldmaster 24k. I would recommend 7b, 10a, and 14a. HH Jim
    1 point
  35. Nice one congrats on the 1st 2021 gold! So you got your AQ back, looks like its working good! 😁
    1 point
  36. Well done with the Gold price of Gold nowadays!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! RR
    1 point
  37. Hello to all and Happy New year it all started well as one the beach i hunt seems to have been cleaned of the loose sand by the recent storm,glad i could use my MDT after his minor repair .Did again some deep stuff ,the lamp bulb socket and the pyramidal lead where at 40/45 cm i tried to max out the machine and it was fun.As you can see lots of brass junk missed by others but i guess they did get the gold😃😃😆😆 Then the car gearbox decided it was time to die and the lockdown PART III started.... 😄😄😍🤣 Enjoy RR
    1 point
  38. This is an important point. One I forgot to make in my previous response. You apparently are doing well with whatever settings you are using so don’t mess with success by over tweaking things. If my recommended iron bias setting doesn’t help (with falsing) or makes things worse, dial back to your previous settings.
    1 point
  39. Welcome, Michael! Dick Stout's webpage has clubs listed by state. These may be outdated but a good place to start: https://stoutstandards.wordpress.com/club-websites/
    1 point
  40. Simultaneous Multi Freq just isn't as effective in bad ground as Pulse Induction is. I have used the Equinox in a few bad ground spots where other single frequency gold units struggle to work, and in all cases the Nox in multi was very impressive on the test targets, but start moving around and it is a different story. In most cases the Equinox ran better in 40 kHz and even more so in 20 kHz. But no harm having the Multi option there, because there would be many places it would (does) work very well. So yes, a Multi Monster would be awesome. Or should it be called the Equinox Gold?? I ac
    1 point
  41. Was out today at a local park for a couple hours. We just had quite a bit of rain yesterday, so beware of fire ants! After making two trips to the park, having left my earbuds on the workbench the first time, the grass had a chance to dry off a bit. The True Love ring was first, about 4 inches down with a sold 9. I'm thinking it may be stainless, as there are no markings. The 14K gold came about 10 minutes later with a solid 11 down about an inch...maybe. This is the same park I found the gold turtle at a few months back. To cut down on penny retrievals, I tried ignoring the 19-21 numbers unle
    1 point
  42. I just came back from a night hunt. I went back to a beach where I had been with my son in the morning and found one of his lost toys. That was a good sign. I walked a couple of miles patch hunting with the 15" coil on my 800. I found penny patches and an ear lobe ring but it was pretty slow. On my return trip I got a few quarters and one earring. I had still enjoyed my 3 hours. I got back to the area where we had been in the morning and took a little break. When I resumed I walked about 10 feet in the damp sand and got a target. It was shallow so I carefully scooped and I got a glimm
    1 point
  43. This is my latest "Nugget Detector Guide", now published for over fifteen years, updated January 2021 with some of the latest model information. Each model has a short description, followed by a very PERSONAL OPINION. Copyright 2002-2021 Herschbach Enterprises - Please do not reuse or repost without my express permission. This is offered as a simple guide for those wanting a comparison of the various nugget detectors available new with warranty, along with some kind of real opinion about them. That's all it is, folks, so take it or leave it for what it is worth. It's just that listing spe
    1 point
  44. Tony - welcome to the hobby and to the forum. I wouldn't say your lack of silver finds is coincidental - more like expected. You did manage a merc and copper and all the other targets (which are much harder to detect) suggest your machine is working fine. Silver does not just pop out of the ground at old home sites, especially nowadays. You see posters here with their 100+ silvers for the year etc. Usually, they are prolific hunters with probably 25 to 50 sites (schools, house sites, old ball fields, parks, etc.) and a lot of swing hours and they are the exception rather than the ru
    1 point
  45. That’s awesome, beautiful photo of the sunset and the local resident also! I think your son is going to remember the trip, it’s one of those types of lifetime memories that will mean a lot to him as an adult. Those early trips my family took us on when I was a kid sure got me hooked, and I’m sure he’ll pass it on and share similar adventures with his family as well.
    1 point
  46. Here’s a great site map of the Wiley Well collection area with the Hauser geode beds, and the old Colorado River Pebble Terrace in the book Desert Gem Trails by Mary Frances Strong. The 2nd edition of this book was published in 1971. If you can find it, get it. This is an excellent reference for many mineral collection sites in CA, NV and AZ. A lot of the field and road conditions have changed since this book was published, but it’s still a good research tool.
    1 point
  47. Well we were there for three days and returned with a nice collection of small geodes and thundereggs I have yet to cut open. It is a really interesting area with numerous extinct volcanic plugs and basalt flows. We also went closer to Blythe north of Palo Verde, where a deposit of rounded and polished river cobbles were left by a once untamed and ancient Colorado River as it meandered through the area. The river formed miles of benches and desert pavement terraces with these pebbles, of which were from many different sources along the river’s course. We found colorful jasper and q
    1 point
  48. And some thought my release date on my book was long. Minelab has me beat by a mile, on every detector. I'm glad I'm not in the market for a new pulse induction detector. Though it would be nice to see what they come up with to top the 5000 & 7000.
    1 point
  49. Love the Monster and have learned to adjust to most of it's short comings. With that said....the improvement I'd really enjoy is a two tone machine so I don't have to spend as much time watching the screen. jmo
    1 point
  50. Perhaps when Randy said "a more powerful battery" he was wanting a higher capacity battery, with longer run-time ? While the battery life on the EQX is fine for most folks, there are definitely some who would want twice the existing run-time.
    1 point
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