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  1. The weather may have turned for the better in Northern Nevada. It was time to get out and check how my GPZ 7000, would handle the moisture/salt from the Winter Storms. I pulled into the Burn Barrel to camp, but it was like pulling into a KOA. I unloaded my trusty RZR and hit the trail to find a nugget. I ran into several folks out trying their luck, all had smiles on their faces and enjoying our outdoor hobby. I was told that Gerry was having his training at the Burn Barrel which explained the crowd of RV’s. I did get time for a short visit with Gerry and Lunk, before heading out. The s
    14 points
  2. If you have technical information to tell me, do not hesitate to send it to my address Alexandre@frsttx.com (for research and developpement) I would take them into account. I have already taken into account many remarks for the Worlwide series. Of course do not send me messages concerning the after sales service or the commercial service, I could not do much except forward the mail to info@fisherlab.com - Pulse Delay modified, 7us, 7.5us, 8us, 8.5us, 9us, 10us, 12us, 15us, 20us, 25us - Standard clamp replaced by a quick clam - Coil connector modified, elimination of the capaci
    10 points
  3. FINALLY got out on first hunt of the season! Snow capped mountains, plenty of sun, and the temps were cool enough the bugs weren't out yet. The take isn't much (.980g) but FUN, FUN, FUN!!!!!!
    7 points
  4. Don't give up on the VLF's. Lunk & Gerry on this forum encouraged me on the vlf's and I've been trying for 3 years now and have approx 1.5 oz of tiny to medium sized gold pieces and am having fun with it although 70% of my days I'm skunked. I love the mountains and being out there - the bonus is the good days when I find a piece or two. One thing I've discovered is that extreme moisture content in our soils definitely limits the depth I've been able to find targets, especially the small and flat nuggets. I was going to go out this weekend, but decided it's still too wet (even some snow thi
    6 points
  5. Best production headphones I've ever used....., So much I recommended to Fisher they sell them as aftermarket headphones.. they are that good. Blows away every aftermarket and private set made for use at the beach and diving. Thank You Alexandre !! And for the details above...On the New World Version Impulse "AQ"
    5 points
  6. That’s a couple great posts Chase, we think much alike, and I have a similar attitude about getting too deep in the weeds. Despite all the tech, I will still lean on a good location, and getting my coil over the target. Sometimes we make it sound like metal detecting is rocket science, but my reality to this day still looks a lot like beep-dig! Lots of people really question and obsess over updates. But my training from prototype testing basically says “update good, load ASAP” and get on with it. The only question usually then is how to improve on that update... not on how to go backwards
    5 points
  7. Test garden and general usage. First of all, I am not really into science experiments and exhaustive testing. I still have a day job, so my swing time is precious and I would rather get to it and find targets rather than spend countless hours collecting exhaustive data in test gardens and plastic boxes full of hot dirt. I appreciate the folks who are willing to do that and share the information with us but the fact is that the variables are many and unless all possible combinations of conditions, targets, detectors, coils, settings are tested, then I take all test information with a grain o
    5 points
  8. "I did the mash....I did the M-O-N-S-T-E-R mash"...... (didn't even fire up the poor old SDC....YET). Raining today unfortunately.....
    5 points
  9. Northern Idaho has good gold to detect. Hit the creeks where bedrock is exposed, hit the hillsides in the vacinity of old workings. The monster will work very well in heavily wooded regions in Northern Idaho. Contact Idaho Geological survey and get as much publications from them as you can on the placer and hard rock production journals as you can. Also my book will talk alot about detecting in heavily wooded mountains. The gold is there and the monster is capable of finding it.
    5 points
  10. Reports of the Mineralogist for the state of California. It seems fake news has been around for a long time. https://books.google.com/books?output=text&id=13POAAAAMAAJ&q=217#v=onepage&q&f=false
    4 points
  11. QUOTE "Don't give up on the VLF's. Lunk & Gerry on this forum encouraged me on the vlf's and I've been trying for 3 years now and have approx 1.5 oz of tiny to medium sized gold pieces and am having fun with it although 70% of my days I'm skunked." Now that shows what can be done in 3 years, a gold monster paid for and 1½ times the detector price in your pocket. The first 2 years of the Aus. gold metal detecting rush when gold was so called laying everywhere, I had not paid for my detector. Now however I have had a few days where I could of paid for the top today's detector twice over
    4 points
  12. You did awesome “for the short dirt recon trip”, as per your usual lol 😄. I’ll be heading out there next month after I get back from Florida...can’t wait to get in the wide open spaces again!
    3 points
  13. I forgot, adding clips to hold the searchcoil cable along the shaft. (new clips special Fisher)
    3 points
  14. Other tests for setting Iron bias F2 vs FE this time it's original Monte Performance Nailboard Test ..
    3 points
  15. Some People had talked about a house in the woods near one the lakes near me and no one could find it. they were looking for a traditional dug out cellar but I looked at the land and realized if it was near the water it couldn't have a basement or it would be flooded. Barb ware lead me to the area and near one the rock pile posts I found an old pocket knife and a ww2 zippo.
    3 points
  16. I agree, but electric fences are right out. 😀 The other thing to consider is the barbed wire indicates a desire to keep people or animals out, so it's protecting something. It would be a sign of traffic, but I would try to get inside where it was to start looking for foundations. Ridges, rises, and level areas. When you hit lots of iron you've found a barn or farmhouse! I mentioned it once before, find large old trees that are on field boundaries. Search where the shade would be after mid day, if there is any grass it will be greener than the other areas. I've found old coins and buttons
    3 points
  17. I like that the beaches have a lot of detectorists (as long as they are not PI detectorists) That leaves the deep stuff available without digging the shallow stuff. The sanding quickly part I do not want 😄 I do.... I wish sometimes they would come out like dirt silver does - Nice and shiny 🙂
    3 points
  18. mn90403, What are you specifically asking ? To see pictures of beaches in the old days, versus now ? I've taken a bunch of pictures in the last 10 to 15 yrs, whenever I've been hunting erosion events up here where I'm at (Monterey bay beaches). And sure, if you took a picture now, the "cut" (or scallop or slope, etc...) is now gone. I can show you pix of some erosion event lay-of-land, but unless I went and took the same vantage point now, you wouldn't really know what you were looking at (ie.: it wouldn't be a before and after pix, unless I went to the same spots today with camera).
    3 points
  19. Chase, I appreciate your thoughts on FE versus FE2 as I think we both hunt the same kind of soils with clay and hot rocks. I keep looking back to both Your and Steve's past threads on this. Steve you are right on the money with the thoughts on the software upgrades. We're long past the days of hardware being the main method of getting newer better capabilities. The 600/800 is a very capable hardware platform and I'm glad to see ML making adjustments to the software to enhance their capabilities. You wouldn't get these free enhancements in a hardware only environment. I suspect these a
    3 points
  20. Well kinda (but that's another story) 1 clad dime and 3 memorial pennies , a fishing sinker , an unfired 22 pellet rifle round . 2 1/2 pull tabs and a bunch of tinfoil balls one of which looked like it was turning back to aluminum ore! ( or maybe it was just BBQ sauce ?) and a few odd pieces of iron I haven't washed off yet????? About 3 hours in park1 sens 22 , f2=0 disc = off., the 6" coil on the fully updated 800 Swinging in an old campground (it was root city) I watched being built
    2 points
  21. We headed out Saturday morning to the camp. Wife has given up on the Vanquish because all she digs is square nails. So we swapped detectors later in the day. She then found an ax head and a big chisel. I scored the dime and other stuff with the Equinox before the switch. We bought a curio cabinet to house our growing collection of history so I will include a photo of it. Hope everyone is doing well out there.
    2 points
  22. Was getting my last digs in on some state property before they sell it off for housing development. The areas have been picked cleaned for quite a few years now so takes a bit of patients to squeeze anything out of them. Yesterday ran my batteries dry on the Multi Kruzer with external lithium pack and half way down on internals only to find a pewter figuring. Top and back are gone but was interesting anyways. Today I didn't spend as much time out because it looked like it was going to rain and I was using my Tejon with the 10x12. Hit a hill that I had picked up a reale on few years back
    2 points
  23. After following EQ's progression I decided to buy the 800 hoping for a "simpler" detector than the GPX5000 which I sold. Part of that decision was based on one of Gerry's posts along the lines of "I've found more with a sub $1000 machine than all the more expensive ones ". My 1st time out proved to substantiate the claims made that the EQ will find small gold and larger as I found what I classify when dry washing as a -20 and found a 4.29 gram nugget! This while not fully understanding how to operate the detector! Using the "quick start' and owners full manual I was able to succeed. I hope the
    2 points
  24. I’d say a lot of the Bismarck coil gold found back in the day could have been found with the later SD2100 with a standard 18” mono coil on it, with today’s grunt in the GPZ the standard GPZ14 would have easily pulled those big slugs at depth. As electronics have improved there’s been a converse reduction in available BIG targets, these available targets have correspondingly decreased with each model release. The other thing of note is when a target gets to that 3 foot mark (which all the PI’s from start to current day and now ZVT are quite capable of achieving) an inch is a massive difference
    2 points
  25. Alexandre’s details apply to the “Unlimited” production version I believe. The AQ Limited now being sold by Fisher is shown in Arturo’s email as “IMPULSE-AQ-NIMH” - I take that to mean that it is the AQ Limited.
    2 points
  26. Well it turned out to be a bigger project than I thought!!
    2 points
  27. I've detected three different former fencelines with nothing to show for it. In one case some of the fence wire had been left afterward and buried, driving my detector crazy. If people sat on the fence (or boundary wall) then maybe things fell from their pockets. I didn't find those, though. I agree that anywhere humans have been there is a chance they left something behind for us. And three instances, all busts in my case isn't much of a sample size. I'll try again, but you better be right, kac. And if I find a post-hole bank I'll give you a royalty.
    2 points
  28. WTG! I'd take any multiple nugget hunt right now too.
    2 points
  29. I agree you sure have the ability as Flakmagnet said " Nice work! If you're finding pieces like that, you won't miss the big one." Big ones are a different game and are missed because they gave a large JUNK signal or a mild GROUND NOISE by most beginners.
    2 points
  30. Another machine to consider is the Garrett Ace Apex. It has much better audio than the older Ace machines and it is very light and has a slew of coil choices.
    2 points
  31. Really? I thought just some old minor lode mines, but nothing to speak of. Funny, I look at Mt. Diabolo every day from my house but I never prospected there. It's about 10 min away. Any placer gold?
    2 points
  32. Barbed wire is usually used along property lines. Like stone walls people go along them and may dump their yard clean up etc. Basically like a higher traffic area than just open fields.
    2 points
  33. The door is open as far as I know for the Limited version, I would contact them ASAP. I know of three who ordered/purchased last week. Arturo Barrientos.................... service-fisherlab@fisherlab.com We have more of the Fisher Impulse now available. If interested to purchase please let me know. The pricing is below. IMPULSE-AQ-NIMH $1,499 PI-BATPK-NIMH $199.00 *Only if you want more than 1 battery pack 8COILPI-AQ-PK $299 Regards, ARTURO BARRIENTOS Sales Support First Texas Pr
    2 points
  34. I never get tired of beach black toast silver 😍
    2 points
  35. The metal box design is actually great from a practical perspective. Certainly easier to make. But they were also very well balanced, easy control access, and did not roll over when set down. New is not always better, and the risk with plastic is you end up with toys. But I am a forward thinking marketing type, and it is obvious to anyone that electronics get smaller and more powerful. Whites was trying to hold back a tide that is unstoppable. Yeah, that 20 something with the cell phone wants a detector that looks like a mailbox. Not. Apex is really sweet, just a tight little detector pac
    2 points
  36. Nice gold How deep was the dime
    2 points
  37. BTW - I consider the link below to be the definitive iron bias thread. Some of it slightly contradicts my conclusions regarding whether IB can exacerbate masking non-ferrous in the presence of ferrous but it was the thread that opened my eyes on the usefulness of IB F2. I am still trying not to over think it and just keep IB at 6 to simply balance the indisputable upside of IB against the debateable downside of using the feature. IB 6 for me all the way. As Steve said above, the best adjustment you can make when detecting is simply cranking up your ability to get yourself onto a primo site
    2 points
  38. I have now done 2 short tests separation tests, namely 3D separation test and Monte performance nailboard test to compare the Iron bias FE and F2 settings. In the first test-in the deep separation test, the nail is at a distance of 20 cm from the coin .. and Equinox is set in Program Park 2 at recovery speed 7. The first test / 3D test / shows that equinox did quite well with the separation also on the setting of Iron Bias F2 -9 max .... which is a really good result .... while in my opinion the setting of Iron Bias FE is a safe setting somewhere at the level FE1-2 m
    2 points
  39. What White's produced was a reflection of what the owners wanted, not necessarily what the market wanted. The Whites loved the metal boxes and, to be fair, White's could build 'em like nobody's business, and all done in-house. I jokingly called it "metal box technology" and pushed hard for modern plastic designs that were smaller. At the time I was not envisioning something as small as the Equinox or Simplex but something more like the Apex. Just before I left they were developing the MX-Sport package. Again, large and heavy, and I opposed it strongly. But they also loved 8-AA batteries and in
    2 points
  40. Goldseeker has a great book about detecting in areas like yours, it is a very good reference. Also, Steve and several others recommend raking leaves away from areas you suspect have a good potential for gold targets. Here’s a good article he wrote about using a VLF in a forested area: Be sure to fill the holes and recover your bare raked areas with leaves and duff when you are finished to hide them and also to help prevent erosion. Good luck!
    2 points
  41. Well, surely not all. (Even today with instant communication not everything gets sent in on a recall.) Today in the USA coins don't last all that long in circulation. (An extreme case is the Jefferson nickel. It's not unusual to find an 1940 or 1941 -- 80 years of age, in circulation. More typical has been 25-40 years due to image changes leading to intentional removal, such as Wheat pennies last minted in 1958.) Back even as late as right before the USA Civil War when traveling, shipping, etc. took much longer as well as communication, coins weren't so readily available and just about a
    2 points
  42. Thanks. It's really getting harder to sneak out any silver there. It just involves slowing down and digging more. As for the trashed beach, I'll hit it again when there is a really low tide. This is an old beach, older than my good beach. It's regularly hit by a lot of detectorists and I'm sure they just dig the absolute good signals. I know a lot of Excal's and EQ's have hit it. Not sure about any other brands, but they definitely cherry pick it. Makes it hard to search for the deep targets there. I'm definitely happy for the silvers I found at the good beach, just a bit disappointed that I c
    2 points
  43. Quote...."How can the limited depth of VLF's deal with this heavy mulch layer in these placer/load mine dumps in the forest?" VLF detectors are good for depth in low to medium mineral soil/rock so the mulch will not effect or depth but if it is 50 mm deep then you will be that much further away from your target. Note PI have a loss of sensitivity on small or pin head size gold bits but high frequency VLF are very good. Read what is on this forum about the gold monster 1000 and put multiple size lead bits at a lot different depths to get to know what the size and depth the gold monster 1000
    2 points
  44. Hi All, I found one of these 4 years ago in my backyard on Long Island, NY, in my town Rocky Point. Long Island was not settled by Europeans until the mid1600's. My town wasn't inhabited until the early 1700's and not even near where I live. Its missing the counter stamp that devalued it from 4 down to 2 Maravedis. The coins were all recalled later in the 1500's to be counter stamped. The coin is also in great shape. I doubt It was in circulation for long. You have no idea how bad I wish I could know when it was dropped and what was going on at that time.
    2 points
  45. Hi there mr popeye,i appreciate the friendly greetings from you all. This site is a Treasure and i sincerely mean that,its so well laid out and expansive coverage of things i could just not know of,beforehand but,are facinating. Lmbo its cutting into my choices decision time as i go gold prospecting or on far off huntin trip with someone else lol even then im learning something. Im amazed at mr steve h,s ability to compile all this into such an tidy format and still be able to accomplish anything else,bless him surely. I couldve only dreamed of this kinda knowledge bein so easily accessible on
    2 points
  46. Thnx Dog,i like both of youre mentioned choices. Kinda leanin towards simplex as waterproof but,may yet go with nox600. Thnx for reply an encouragement. Im good with constructive criticism also. Lol 1 time long ago i had an ol capn that was in fact an old an really good experienced capn but as i was new aboard id heard stories of how many were intimidated by his cussin an hollerin 🤣 well even back then i knew for a fact that cussin an hollerin do have their usefulness. So me being the direct straight forward kinda guy i am and to remove any unnecessary confusion in height of battle on weather
    2 points
  47. Im comfy round pirates,the dainty kinda concern me😁
    2 points
  48. Yes sir,if i couldve wouldve and lastly,Shouldve found this site 6 months ago or detectin 30yrs ago,i can only imagine the money i spent on other things bein spent on upgrades of detectors 😁 im narrowing it down slightly,actually the nox 600 was my 2nd choice after AT Max. I like quite a few of lessor priced an diff brands,models. I keep comin back to waterproof and all around versatility as with the multi frequency and ease of use digital displays. I "think" something like 3-5 tones would be a lot better than the 2 im hearing now. Ive figured diff way to play with this one but,its kinda clums
    2 points
  49. It’s great you want to take your Dad out. My adult son and I are planning some times like that together, but I am the one who is going to show him how as its a more recent thing for me and he’s never been. Northern Az has some good areas 3 hours from St. George like Gold Basin, but not knowing the area will require a lot of walking to be successful I would think. If you want to really be able to find some, why not set up a tour with one of the pro’s in the area? Lunk and Rob’s, and some other pros here offer gold prospecting classes in Az. Just a thought.
    1 point
  50. Great tale, RVPopeye! I can almost smell yer pipe. The Maine coast is a beautiful place, even when yer timbers be shiverin'. Fair winds an' following seas on your next hunt.
    1 point
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