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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. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  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. Go to approx 11 min 45 second mark here. I am not sure this video here actually reveals all that has been shared publicly. So I’ll post this link...https://www.findmall.com/threads/guy-with-first-texas-says-new-machines-coming-possibly-later-this-year.354573/
    2 points
  32. We out a couple of days ago and as usual found something strange. I believe it is a "replica" or "counterfeit" Draped Bust Silver Dollar. When it came out of the surf it was just a rusty disc. I was going to just toss it but my ole hunting buddy talked me into cleaning it up a bit out of curiosity. It is the same diameter as a silver dollar. It only weighs 12.6 grams. It does have a reeded edge. I could make out part of UNITED STATES but the font was larger than a regular silver dollar. It appeared to have a shield with eagle wings on the reverse. I could make out a lady facing to th
    2 points
  33. My buddy, and member of this forum FlySAR has been providing ring finding service for years in the Portland Metro Area. As I learned many ropes from him, I became the RingFinder rep for the Olympia WA area before my move to Houston. Below is the link to a video posted by the Oregonian On-line newspaper on one of his ring finds. I hope you enjoy the ending as much as I did... Congrats Del, I'm humbled and honored to call you my friend.
    2 points
  34. OMG your guys really DO cook shrimps on the barbe…I'll be right down.
    2 points
  35. 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
  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. 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
  39. 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
  40. 5 wires coming out of the plug is 1 more than the GPZ has (RX has both shielding and wire to the plug, hence 5 pins and 4 wires). An X Ray of the 6000 mono and DD's would be most excellent. As to the 12 pin connector - there could be other wires terminating on the circuit board before the choke and under the hot glue that we don't see. Or they might be doing something like reducing skin effect losses in the wire/pin connection by jumpering each wire to 2 pins to increase the effective surface area of each connection? That's the kind of farm engineering I'd do though, not really a corporat
    2 points
  41. 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
  42. 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
  43. Chase I understand from where you’re coming from and no I’m not going diving with it . I do know how salt water has a bad effect on anything over time. Some time back I drop a non water detector in freshwater. I picked it up and emptied the water then removed the battery pack. Went to my car and turned the heat on and within 20 minutes I was up running. I’ve never had trouble with that detector but if that was saltwater it would been history. The only stupid question is the one you don’t ask. Chuck
    2 points
  44. Chuck are you going diving with your Tarsacci - the "upgrades" really don't matter if you are not hunting in chest deep water and even then, the Tarsacci is still warrantied to work. Don't over think it. This is a small time operation, there are going to be slow incremental changes but basically you are going to get what you are going to get and will have to pay for upgrades. Hopefully Aaron can get on soon to let you know the status of these battery compartment upgrades and speaker mods, but unless you are going diving with it, it really doesn't matter. Nothing has changed as far as detec
    2 points
  45. Do you mean the GS 15000? GS 15000 Owners manual My first machine was the GT16000 which I bought in 1987 the year I turned 20. 😎 GT 16000 Owners manual
    2 points
  46. Out of the last 10,000 pieces of gold Ive dug, maybe 8,000 have been with a VLF. Lions share with the Gold Bug 2, then various Whites Gold masters including the 24K (which I absolutely love). Oh, and maybe 20 with the GM1000. Seriously thinking about a Nox 800 now and retiring my old T2 after seeing Gerry's post LOL
    2 points
  47. Hi and welcome from another new member! I started back in August of last year. Bought a mid-level detector just to find nails after a roof replacement. Tried it out in the backyard and started turning up history. I retired in October, and have been out every day possible in the large farm in from of my house after obtaining permission to hunt it in November. Like you I had a heart condition, I am now on a Pacemaker. I was extremely active (boating, hiking, playing in bands) prior to the incident. I now own a Minelab Equinox 600, and it is fabulous, but because of my newness I would d
    2 points
  48. Spring of '69 for me. It took us a while to try and figure out when it was, but lucky for me my cousin (actually my dad's cousin) was 10 years older than me and he introduced me to metal detecting. I was 7 years old in the spring of '69. He took me all over the place detecting, roughly once a week. During the winter we would refinish antiques or go post office hopping and get all the new commemorative stamps that had just been released. He figured out when I started because his girlfriend had bought a 1970 Nove SS and we were detecting a good while before that. I wish I would have kept a log o
    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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