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  1. I got out today for about 4 hours. A couple of old locals told me of an area near a WW2 air field that had civilian housing when the base was in use. During the 50's the county rented the cottage bungalows out. Small wood structures that were built on pier blocks. They were sold off and taken down by the early 60's. Looks to me to be a 10-12 acre area that had maybe 60 small units. Lots of junk but the area has not been razed. Looks like I have a new area to fiddle around at.
    11 points
  2. Norvic asked why I was so proud of a VLF when I own and have posted much success with the other higher end detectors. It was my post on rating the higher end Minelabs....so here goes. There are many factors to my craze and style of detecting, but my finds are the facts and not many people can compare, unless they too use the tools (detector) and hunt the style I do. I consider myself a gold hawg or gold pig. I chase it all in terrains flat or tall. Terrain - I live in the Northwestern state of Idaho and much of my detecting in the surround state of ID., is Oregon, Nevada and occ
    9 points
  3. About 6 years ago I joined a well known prospecting club with a number of members who were/are very good detectorists. I didn't know anybody in the club and I was a complete detecting noobie. I felt like a fish out of water. At the first outing I was approached by Norm and he made me feel welcome and continued doing so every time we met at an outing or somewhere in the field where we crossed paths. Norm is one of the good guys. Thank you Norm. Best wishes for a complete recovery.
    7 points
  4. I got out 3 times and was able to snag some decent targets. This hunt was done at the rocky beach I frequent during winter. There were lots of targets, more than I could dig in one hunt. I got about $8 in clad. The first row is all the good jewelry, one small 14k (.73g), and the rest Silver. The second row of rings are all junkers. This second hunt netted about $12 in clad and a small/light broken 14k pendant. The last hunt wasn’t all that great but I somehow managed to get a gold tooth that weighs 3.6g. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Hunting.
    6 points
  5. Got 2 more Phoenix buttons yesterday. Brian ("cal cobra") and I got out to one of our "backpocket sites" . This site has given up reales, early seateds, and 2 gold coins over the years. It is now super pounded and stingy. But we went to ply our luck yet again , looking for more stragglers 🙂 Here's a small #30, and a large # 27. Also a pix of the other age indicators I got. Eg.: Green blacksmithed copper slag, etc... Hopefully Brian will chime in with his finds. How many phoenix buttons did you get Brian ? 🤔 🤣 We love finding these. They've sort of become a "sport un
    6 points
  6. Welcome Bob, Much great advice above, so i won't repeat that part! I will advise you to leave enough room in your budget for whatever accessories you may need for the type of hunting you decide on! I would leave at least a couple hundred out for those items! When you get the other stuff decided, we can also help you out with the accessories! If you have never detected before, your detector selection wil be of particular importance! In other words, don't overspend on too advanced a machine, equipment, etc... until you know how you are going to like the hobby! De
    6 points
  7. They need to start keeping up, for being a "breaking news" type site they are well behind. I posted the link to those pictures over a week ago here. The 14 chips they are asking about are probably to encode/decode various channels (these channels are discussed in the patent). Remember the old analog cable TV that had 120 channels going through one wire on one signal? Similar concept. The detector appears to be based around an FPGA, which are pretty cool scifi like devices to me even now. You can reconfigure hardware to become whatever you want it to be, via programming a chip. The M
    6 points
  8. Gerry, Your backyard and my backyard are pretty much the same terrain wise. Have the same experience with how a PI and the VLF respond to the type of gold specimens I find. Very interested on your reports on how the GPX-6000 responds to the different type of gold specimens you have. Those quartz cocoon gold specimens are outstanding! Working on some gold specimens now and will have a write up on how they were cleaned. Randy Smith of Treasure Electronics who was our distributor at the time: My wife on a steep tailing pile:
    6 points
  9. Thanks to James Beatty for mentioning this Russian site that shows pictures of the 6000"s internal circuit board. https://md-arena.com/razborka-minelab-gpx-6000-chto-vnutri-ochen-dorogoj-novinki/?fbclid=IwAR2q9Cll560LUXoC0arxPr8zDALHI-5LLDM0S5zCeLUJYs--_d9KraNCIq0 I was reading the comments (translated) and noticed that Steve and his comrads are held in high regards in Russia as well.🙂 Quote: The circuitry of this device and me, too, "amazed to the core"! Made "very good" (really good, no kidding!), BUT why done - absolutely incomprehensible! (SIXTEEN (!) IMPAD / Pirates "In one
    5 points
  10. First time I’ve seen comparative market numbers. Edited Transcript of CDA.AX earnings conference call or presentation 18-Feb-21 12:01am GMT ”The star of the show again has been Minelab. Minelab has shown exceptional growth.” ”...we spend a significant amount of money each year developing new products to develop unique and protectable IP. That strategy has been absolutely sensational for us over the last 3 or 4 years and I think, marked by the performance in Minelab. Minelab, if we go back 3 years ago, was really heavily dependent on gold with 1 product into 3 African markets
    5 points
  11. Hey Jasong. If that is the same area you were detecting, I and my wife have been prospecting that area since 1985. I, my wife and father were fortunate to meet Walston (Tim) Queen who had been prospecting in that are since the 1940's and he found some very nice wire and leaf gold specimens over the years. Tim was very generous with his knowledge of the area and we have been very productive because of it. Unfortunately Tim passed away in 1988 and never saw what we were rewarded with the wire and leaf gold specimens that we found with detectors starting in 1990. Somehow maybe he is looking
    5 points
  12. I will be dropping mine tarsacci with both coils off at Calabash diggers house before long so hopefully he will do a video and maybe a hunt with it.
    5 points
  13. Heck I was all excited until I got to their page. Spent the better part of an hour to get through the 1st paragraph and still confused. Their spelling sucks...😆 Guess I'll stick with the finished product when it arrives. Interesting to see someone would take one apart already. Maybe I could trade some good Vodka for their unit?😉 Either way, it is nice to know some on here DP are worth listening to.
    5 points
  14. Detectors are tools, and in the same way you dont want a crescent wrench to tighten a Phillips head screw, if you are tightening a bolt you dont want a screwdriver. VLFs are better choices for hard rock mine dumps, no question about it. On the other hand if I am detecting highly mineralized ground with deep gold, I am going to want a PI or the GPZ. No matter the work, you want to be using the right tool for the job. Here is some Nevada hard rock gold I detected with a VLF...
    5 points
  15. On ya Gerry, so different our ways to get that weight, with your permission maybe we should call our styles "evolution style", you and as Jeff has shown have evolved to hunt in the environment you have in your respective backyards. My backyard is similar in terrain but I have learnt to hunt for virgin patches well away from old mining in country no wheeled vehicle can traverse, shanks's pony is the only transport. My backyard has some spread out reef/lode mining and very little alluvial, patches are usually on slopes very few in creeks or gullies although sometimes the initial pieces that lead
    5 points
  16. I started detecting in the late 70s. I had a Whites 5000D and then a Whites 6DB that I found first gold with. Then went to Garrett. Big mistake I did find gold but not as much as with the Whites. I have had Fishers, and many more but nothing compared to when I got my GP Extreme. I found gold left right and centre. It was finickity and noisy but it worked. I sent it for stability repairs once and then traded on a 3000 and later on a 4000. Lovely machines in their time. Sadly my back has let me down and after a couple of ops I'm not sure I will be able to hunt again. Sold my machines but
    4 points
  17. Ha ha. I remember that one. Yellow beanie cap dude talking about Michael Jordan with the steering wheel on the wrong side of the car (presuming it was targeted at a US audience - figured they could have sprung for an American variant of an F-150, at least that would have resonated more credibly with the target audience ). But I don't think they panicked as much as used their vast resources to go for the jugular as any ruthless market leader worth their salt would do. Take nothing for granted. Unlike the actors in the truck, Minelab is not fooling around. World domination of the detecto
    4 points
  18. Welcome Bob!!! I think we all can point you in the right direction. lots of good machines out there. Minelab, Nokta Makro, XP the list goes on. I'm a big fan of Nokta, and and run a multi Kruzer most of the time. Just give us the fine points of what you mainly want to hunt for. Your price point will cover a magnitude of great detectors to help you with your new found hobby. I wish you the best of luck with your decision. Bottom line is I'm just glad that you joined the DP team.
    4 points
  19. This is our "theme" indeed!...Right comrades? 😁
    4 points
  20. The photos are from the “internal photos” document posted here. Since every page of that document is clearly marked “this document shall not be reproduced, except in full,” I’ve been linking to the source, rather than copying the photos, as was done on the Russian website.
    4 points
  21. I should also mention that Steve Herschbach... the owner of this site, has an amazing detector review area on this site... check it out, all the specs and technical info you will ever need, and his honest opinion on most detectors. https://www.detectorprospector.com/metal-detector-database/
    4 points
  22. Great advice from previous posters. Great hobby for you to pursue from what you described as your background because it allows you to get outdoors, get some exercise, meet new and interesting people, and find some cool stuff. Here's my advice and things you should consider: Equipment: As mentioned previously - decide what aspect of the hobby you want to pursue. It is a multifaceted hobby with a myriad of pursuits and your choice will determine the equipment you will need to acquire and where you can actually pursue the hobby. For example - dry beach hunting you just need a b
    3 points
  23. THGT said something similar two years ago when I got booted from his original forum just for bringing up Quest detectors in a topic. Quest has continued to produce several models of new and improved detectors. What has First Texas given us since that time and promising four new detectors each year which by now should be more like 8 new detectors=a rebadged F19 with a nice new blue label and an old name.......Time Ranger Pro along with promises for a PI that appears to be way overpriced. I continue to hope and continue to be disappointed.
    3 points
  24. Do you care about these things? How good is your detector? How do I become a better detectorist? How do I become more successful at finding the old stuff?
    3 points
  25. I imagine that would be my focus as well if I lived near gold bearing ground. However, that is not the case for me. Your argument is interesting however. I spent a lot of time working some lots and gridding an area of a park to find silver coins and found a few. And in the process, about $40-45 worth of clad. If I had put the time in to finding clad, it would certainly have added up to way more than the value of those silver coins I found. Heck, the $40-45 worth of clad were worth more. I also spent hours digging pull tabs and aluminum hoping to find more gold rings. I found one 10k
    3 points
  26. This just posted by NASA-Tom. I will post link to reference thread. Ref: http://www.dankowskidetectors.com/discussions/read.php?2,152652,page=84 NASA-Tom Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > I just received this from Dimitar....... and was given the 'go-ahead' to post it: > > > Here is the MSRP price list for all Tarsacci products: MDT8000 with standard 11X9 coil $1495 MDT8000 with 12"coil $1585 MDT8000 with 11X9 and 12" coils $1760 MDT-11X9 coil $270 MDT-12 coil $360 Coil cover for MDT-11X9 coil $12 Tarsacci headp
    3 points
  27. We can all see that the various critical components are now code and software driven, negating any need for white masking paint. I would hope that ML has far better cyber security than it was several years ago when the Chinese hacked them so easily. Coz the codes are now the crucial factor, not the hardware. Currently published info doesn't mention MPS as being part of the operating system which is ML's multi channel PI patent. But, it simply HAS to be part and parcel of the Geo-sense system, otherwise it cannot be able to simultaneously detect both small and large targets. Previo
    3 points
  28. https://www.icmj.com/magazine/article/detectors-past-present-and-future-3466/ https://www.detectorprospector.com/magazine/steves-reviews/metal-detector-technical-specification-notes/ https://www.detectorprospector.com/forums/topic/1424-vlf-detectors-and-depth/ https://www.detectorprospector.com/forums/topic/3193-selectable-frequency-and-multiple-frequency/ https://www.treasurelinx.com/home1.html https://www.detectorprospector.com/magazine/steves-guides/steves-guides/ More here: https://www.detectorprospector.com/magazine/steves-guides/metal-detecting-and-pr
    3 points
  29. I’ve owned a lot of detectors over the years, Whites Vsat, Garret Infinium, Gold Bug II, Nokta etc etc and have used a lot of the others. But in Australia I can make a good living with ML machines and every machine that has come out has easily paid for itself as well as paid me to use it. The ML machines I did not like over the years was the GPX 4000 because it lacked SETA, its only saving grace was the Sensitive Smoothing timings in noisy ground, the GP extreme and GP 3000 because of their too fast ground tracking (in homogeneous soils they could track out a deep target before you even
    3 points
  30. Hello, I was in search for a hobby That takes me outside. I was a rock climber, kayaker, backpacker, Ect...... Bu know at 50 I had a heart attack, and a bad back so a lot of the extreme sports are done. Living near The great Lakes and spending a lot of time in/on/ and near them might be a good place to spend a day metal detecting. I was wondering if anyone has the time to share what is a good detector for around 1000.00-1500.00, All the reviews I have seen so far are trying to sell me something. So un-biased reviews and thoughts would be great. I would like to buy something that I would not ha
    2 points
  31. Today I went out to the farm instead of the steamboat landing. It was cold, never got above 35, but the ground here still hasn't frozen. Never really does on average. Ground balanced the Equinox for the first time, it was acting kind of squirrelly today for some reason. Highest Id goes to the strange round fitting, it was a 32! Tapered screw threads on the inside, I'm thinking compression fitting of some sort. I think I broke the old dog tag but found all the pieces. I've been pretty lucky not breaking stuff, don't know what happened. The large piece at the top ID'd at 25, the copper nai
    2 points
  32. OMG your guys really DO cook shrimps on the barbe…I'll be right down.
    2 points
  33. Minelab was the underdog. The once “industry leaders” who are now the underdogs, have been more concerned with pocketing profits than investing in the future of the industry. It is hard for me to support people who do not bother to support themselves, when Minelab has been an obvious slow moving train coming at them for over a decade.
    2 points
  34. We've seen that kind of thing before, in other areas. Not exactly a comforting thought.... I've always been for the underdog. Boston Celtics, New York Yankees, Green Bay Packers (note to non-North Americans -- all are professional USA sports teams which dominated at some time or other during the 20th Century); I pulled for their opponents every time. 50+ years later and I haven't changed that aspect of my character. (I was going to say a bit more but like everyone I need to respect Steve's rules about negative comments in sub-forums which are specifically meant for detector brands
    2 points
  35. Today it's 35, with wind around 20 with gusts to 30. May go to a sheltered area to poke around a bit. Pretty brutal, but I've done it before. My headphones can be turned up loud. Here we have a lot of military aircraft flying around, from A-10s to Ospreys to F-15s. They are so loud I usually have to wait for them to go away. I wavered on #2 for a while but decided on #3. Edit: Yeah, went out today, and could only stand a couple hours even in the sheltered area, because the wind was blowing up in there. 😧 Tomorrow will be 37 with a light south wind, may go out in the field, and then hit th
    2 points
  36. There isn't just one company profile, let's look at the jewelry world. You can find companies that make a lot of low cost gold rings, but you can also find companies that make high quality and expensive jewelry in weak quantity. But for all that, the turnover is higher at CARTIER in Paris than in the WALMART jewelry stores. Here Cartier USD 45 000
    2 points
  37. Your best off liking the wind, if you want to detect in northern Nevada. 👍 ht
    2 points
  38. I cut these three sentences as they narrow some things down. You have at least a couple months before you can realistically do more than just fiddle around in the back yard. You've set a budget. And most importantly you want to spend your time detecting rather than shopping/buying/selling/trading detectors. Excellent point and one that seems to get ignored by a lot of advisers. (Of course not everyone sticks to a budget or even has one....) Here are some price ranges on those: good hand-held pinpointer -- $100-$130. Good set of headphones -- up to $150 (really wide range
    2 points
  39. But how about 95% copper pennies? Got any of those lying around? 145 (new) pennies weighs 1 lb. 0.95 times $4.06/lb divided by 145 pennies/lb equals $0.0266 per penny. (I think it's still illegal to melt them, so don't get caught. 🙄) Meanwhile zinc is just under $1.30/lb and it takes more new Stinkin Zincolns to weigh a pound. And as every park/school detectorist knows, you have to really emphasize the word 'new'. Save your calculator battery....
    2 points
  40. I rarely hunt anywhere but IN the salt water. like a timeX .... mines taken a licken and is still ticken. I told Tom when i first got mine we just didnt need a speaker. Not only do we not use them, it uses more battery, cant hear it as well.... especially on a beach and they likely will leak. Ive always used a nylon sticker over my speaker area.... even my dirt machines. Id say there is only one place the machine might leak without this speaker.... where the wires come in at the front of the box where they go back to the battery box. HOWEVER.... im certain Dimitar seals that very wel
    2 points
  41. Hi , From my standpoint I find the Equinox a little too complex for a beginner. I would personally go for a simpler machine Then you need to define your detecting conditions : - do you detect in the water ? --> then you need a waterproof machine - do you detect on high mineralized soil ? --> then you need a ground balance setting - do you need a light machine or has it no importance for you ? etc .... And yes take your time before buying ... HH
    2 points
  42. Since I only use the 800, I will say the 800. I have many good finds with it and am happy with what it will do.
    2 points
  43. I’m yet to take it camping, but this is one that I made out of 4 car rims stacked on top of one another. Can be cooked on and glows red when stacked up with decent hard firewood. Also good for getting the smoke up and out of eyes. Other than that, I love me a traditional campfire on the ground.
    2 points
  44. Cremation temperature 1,400 to 1,800 degrees F. Gold melting point 1,948 degrees F. Gold crowns, fillings and the like can survive cremation.
    2 points
  45. Honestly, I feel the same, I just walked past the GPZ which had escaped its travel bag and it yelled at me for not picking it up, so I did and it started swinging around on its own. Bloody thing thinks it runs the show 🤦🏼‍♂️
    2 points
  46. I have never owned a detector. I do remember walking past a GPX 4000 that was standing in the corner of my workshop when my foot became mysteriously tangled in the power cord. The only way to escape was to take it detecting. So I did. And just the other day when I moved my GPZ7000 my hand became locked onto the handle. I knew it wouldn't release me until I took it out detecting. So I did. I have had things like this happen with numerous models of Minelab detectors. My detectors own me.
    2 points
  47. I think I recognize that. I took a 4500 up one of those slopes towards the top of the hill about 10 years ago and within a couple hours of turning the machine on I started tumbling down a slope and dislocated my shoulder/tore my rotator cuff. Drove home with 1 arm. No gold, just a handful of square nails that were like 10" into shaley bedrock somehow. Tried again some years later with a Fors Core, and it broke down within 15 minutes of turning it on, and I had no backup with me stupidly. If I ever go back it's going to be something light and with discrim for sure. I was wondering i
    2 points
  48. So they go on sale on March 3rd, and you will get delivery whenever.
    2 points
  49. I was 41 and looking for a new path after quitting alcoholic lifestyle that was most certainly going to kill me. Contractor i worked for bought a 5000 gpx and found a guy out of gold hill that would train us, so we went down and stayed over night on one of his claims. None of us had any experience with a detector so i was hooked the next morning when we found a 1 gram nugget in the wash. After that day the other guys were over it seeing we did not find an ounce, but i knew enough to know just to find a nugget first time out was impressive. Well then i found out you could find meteorites too, i
    2 points
  50. I thought I would give an update on my recovery. It was six weeks ago today that I had surgery, I was sure hoping for a much faster return to some normal activities, just not happening. Still very dependent on my walker, no pain in my left leg, but not much strength ether. I have been limited to just a small amount of physical therapy due to having to wear a neck brace. Tomorrow is the last day for the brace and looking forward to a more strenuous regimen of therapy. One positive thing, I have a great place to check my Pin Pointer
    2 points
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