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  1. Well I'm laying over in northern Nevada for some detecting before heading back to Idaho and my summer job, and decided to go revisit an old dink patch with the GPZ 7000 this afternoon. Since I've hit this place pretty hard, I figured I better use a higher sensitivity setting to see if it would light up some bits that were missed last time using a lower sensitivity that helped keep the alkali rich ground feedback under control. Needless to say, I had to move the coil painfully slow over the really noisy areas, but the extra sensitivity started working its magic right away, as I got a faint but
    24 points
  2. Hi, i wanted to include some finds in with yours. I just got back yesterday from a short trip out to WA goldfields to give you a comparison of what can happen between different years. Shows how easy it is to miss a target with different machines. The first photo is from mid 2017 of a find with my 5000. Top of the world and sent off photos to the family etc. as you do. Just below the bottle top I think was about 3.5 grams. Last week went back to the same location. You will note the ground is much dryer, a bad water season. I used my Z7000 this time and picked up
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  3. Well after a long frustrating wait for Nokta's multi frequency machine, I could no longer wait or hold out. I received my new equinox 800 on the 19th and did some air tests and made a list of the VDI's and played with flipping the tones for my liking. After thinking the machine was just OK with some of my basic testing, It was time to run across the street to give it a run. I will tell you all that I have hunted this area to death with my MK. ( or so I thought) I only had 90 minutes to give its first test. I decided to dig every target with an 18 or higher VDI. Just trying to decifer my new
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  4. Norm, I read it and I didn't know what to say. I've thought about it and still don't know what to say. I know you have lived with your family history but most of us were unaware. I've seen you over the years in several parts of the west. Each time you always greeted me/us with a warm smile and you were able to show me some nice nuggets. I'll miss seeing you in those places but I'll always think of you and Heather feeding the hummingbirds on Tom Wells Road. Your spirit lives with the hummingbirds for me. Please post up some of your favorite finds so we can share the memories
    9 points
  5. Your strength to be open about this is the kind of strength that marks you as a Special Person, one who inspires. May your lurking here be full of golden moments.
    9 points
  6. Very sad to hear that Norm. I do hope that any potential therapies that are available to you are helpful in managing symptoms and improving quality of life. I'm not sure what Palliative Care services are like in the US but here in Aus it is better to be linked-in well before you think you need them as they can provide lots of assistance, advice, equipment and support for the client and their families. A lot of people are shocked when we bring up Palliative Care so early because they think it means they must not have much time. We have to reassure them that PC isn't all about dea
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  7. For my favourite field this was the very last visit of this years season, the ploughing and seeding happening in the last few days I won't return until after whatever grows is harvested. On this last visit a few odd buttons, a couple small copper coins and a very healthy looking silver coin. Healthy being round, the older hammered silver coins when found normally a little bit clipped - and not quite round. I was nowhere near a colonial site, and for a UK find this was completely unexpected. I was suddenly taken to being on a quest to find some Discovery channel lost treasure. The pillars
    8 points
  8. Poked around my local park for a bit with the Multi Kruzer, 3 tone, and Superfly coil (too lazy to swap it out). First hit was a 19 in the foil range and turned out to be a thin 10k gold ring. Not long after that I hit another 19, dug it and it was a chocolate still in the foil wrapper score! 🙂 Rest was some clad and bits of can slaw and some junk I dug out of curiosity to finish the night out.
    7 points
  9. Hey Norm, sorry to hear the diagnosis. It's hard to do at first but keep your spirits high and thoughts positive, and don't give in because you probably still have a lot of life ahead of you. I have to believe that deciding to take control of our own fate by believing we will persist for as long as we can has real effect. I have somewhat similar issues as occurs in ALS so I can kinda relate, and my clock is ticking too, with sclerosis in my brain and c-spine that left me partially paralyzed and without muscle control in other areas, and blind in one eye, thankfully much of which I recove
    7 points
  10. Norm I have been in a lot of forum, and have seen a lot of good people some have now gone but you are still here, and are one of the top people that I have enjoyed following. Don't get too upset with the bad news there is always some hope to enjoy what time you have left. I had a good health record except some bad accidents that were considered very bad head injuries. That changed 6 years ago with AF that they could not control even with drugs, pacemaker, Catheter ablation and Cryoablation. That worked for awhile (1 year) three weeks after getting an A plus from the specialist I had a Ca
    7 points
  11. He goes by the name Holmes Shas, Regis Shona, Shona Regis, Shas Holmes, Shas Regis etc. I was given his name and email by another member to purchase a CZ 20 back plate and battery holder. He gave me his address in New Orleans and I sent him a Money order for $40.00 which he cashed. I have tried to email him 15 times with no response as I never received any parts from him nor a response. I have now contacted and filed a theft by mail report with my local PD as well as contacted a Detective Stone in New Orleans. I am going to press charges as well. I thought we would have had some upstanding mem
    6 points
  12. Good chance Jason and I may hook up before then so Jason can use my 6000 and compare to his gear. So if nobody answers, wait a month instead of eight. The GPX 6000 can hit sub grammers as good or better than a stock 7000. But I guess you need to see it with your eyes. Sure, you can put a Nugget Finder or X Coil on your GPZ to get it up to 6000 performance. If that's the question, then getting the Nugget Finder or X coil is the way to get there.
    6 points
  13. Norm, I am so sad to hear this news and will keep praying for you to get better. My grandfather had a friend that passed from ALS several years ago and I know how he felt about that. We all here will greatly miss your input and knowledge, and wish you luck on this battle against your sickness. I believe that there is always hope when people pray, so I want you to know that we will be praying for you. Caleb
    6 points
  14. It could be all the difference in the world. You could save years of wasted time, and for a lot of people, if success does not come soon, they quit. Training helps stop that from happening. No mater how much you study, no matter how many videos you watch, nothing beats having an experienced person show you real live gold digs in the field. Most people are passing nuggets every trip, and simply not hearing them. It's a very subtle business, and easily one of the hardest types of detecting you can undertake. Finding that first nugget without help can be quite daunting. Yet I find gold every trip
    6 points
  15. The cable gland is in front because it is the technology inside that imposes it. (coil specifications) There will be less variation due to salt water during a swing.
    5 points
  16. Norm, Your a Champion, a Man Among Men and one of my Favorite Prospectors! Take advantage, Be positive and Keep on Keeping on! Rick & Robin
    5 points
  17. Hi Norm. That’s a terrible diagnosis, and my heart goes out to you and your family. Truth is all our days are numbered, and the best any of us can do is take it a day at a time. Nobody really knows what tomorrow may bring. In that spirit I hope you find a reason to smile today, and hope you have a better day tomorrow.
    5 points
  18. I monitor the classifieds, but anyone responding to offers via PM - not a good idea. If people get offers via PM that seem off, I have to be alerted, as I do not snoop in the PM system, and consider it off limits. Anyone can join the forum and lurk, never post, and only send PMs, and I'd never know anything about it. So this is truly a buyer beware situation that members must self police. I truly hate it when the forum is used as a tool to rip people off. I do the best I can, but the scams never end. Buyer beware, always. PayPal Buyer Protection Only - yet people toss that prote
    5 points
  19. It’s so good to know I’m not the only one on here that their mama drop them on their head several times when they were a baby. Chuck
    5 points
  20. Had a couple hours while my wife was shopping today, so went to a sports field to hunt for jewelry. Glad I did, early in the hunt got a solid 15 on the Equinox at about 6". Texas turf is getting pretty hard packed by this time of year, so digging was tough, especially working to leave the field the way I found it. Out popped 14k class ring. I was happy to see a name on the inside, and with a little research located the owner. Unfortunately, since passed away, but I will try to reach out to the family to return it. My first gold of the year, and my first class ring. Separate sig
    4 points
  21. I’ve been detecting for gold for a VERY long time and have seen a lot of crazy things happen over the years but this recent experience takes the cake. On the same day but prior to when I filmed my son Joshua digging some gold with the GPX 6000 I heard Josh calling out to me to come take a look at what he was holding. I was perplexed to say the least because it looked like a big dead stick, so I just assumed he had some sort of interesting critter sitting on the stick and wanted to show me. When he got closer I couldn’t see anything that might have attracted his attention but he was looking at
    4 points
  22. I see some fusion crust on that thing, is this a...
    4 points
  23. Great post Jason, said it better than I could myself. The body is a complex thing, and medicine still only half understands it. While life persists there is always hope.
    4 points
  24. Scientifically what you have found is called "urbanite". It's a rare instance where geology and archaelogy blur together. This may or may not be sarcasm.
    4 points
  25. Norm - My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Keep on truckin my forum friend. Even though you might not get to post finds anymore, please keep on posting your thoughts, knowledge and experience. That alone is still a great asset and much better than gold pics! Still wishing for the best for you Norm!
    4 points
  26. Nenad got a deep target signal, so decided to test the various sensitivity settings. Also see how targets sound with and without an audible Threshold in the Auto options. And maybe a late "surprise" as well.
    4 points
  27. Just in from Australia, GPX 6000 11" coil found 25 gram nugget at 600 mm (23.6") deep. Looks like it can go deep! https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au/forum/viewtopic.php?id=34961&p=25 Bill
    4 points
  28. Heya Norm Never give up ! Doctors are people too and they aren't always right . People amaze doctors every day . (Probably more than we know with those HIPA laws..) How many people do you know that the doctors didn't get their meds right the first time? Almost everybody I know including me ! The body is one hell of a complicated piece of engineering . I agree with the others here saying stick around and participate not just lurking . Keep sharing your experiences past with us less clued in . Post those old finds , tell us again how you found them . Fo
    3 points
  29. It’s been my pleasure to know you through this forum Norm. I pray you and your families days together are pleasant and warm. Mike
    3 points
  30. All my best wishes Norm. Never give up! I work in healthcare and I can tell you that nothing can be predicted with absolute certainty. Many times patients with a terminal disease live way longer and reasonably well than what was forecasted. It is actually not rare at all. I wish you strength for the days ahead!
    3 points
  31. It's part of a Window Demolition kit. I believe it's in the 1900 Sears catalog. Your photo isn't blurry enough.
    3 points
  32. Hope this thread seems like a good idea. One thing I noticed yesterday using the 14" DD. I put it on and set it to Conductive Ground Cancel. At some point I turned off the GPX, had a break and turned it on again. After ?? mins/hours I noticed the GPX was in EMI Cancel mode. I tested this a couple of times. When the GPX 6000 is turned off in Conductive Ground Cancel mode and then back on again it does not remember that it was in CGC mode - it returns to the Default of EMI Cancel mode. Hot tip - check what mode it is in when turning on with the 14" DD attached and set it
    2 points
  33. I have been absent from posting any finds since before my neck surgery and probably won't be making any more. Before my surgery I was loosing strength and dexterity in my arms, legs and hands. After being submitted to every test, x ray and MRI everything pointed to my spinal column being compromised in my cervical spine, given that information, the decision was made to operate. After six weeks of recovery and two months of physical therapy and only getting worse, one more test. They had me do a Genetic test, the results came back positive for having the SOD 1 gene that causes ALS. That is the
    2 points
  34. Well where to start...I started about 9 years ago with a X-terra 705 because after research it seemed like a great machine for coins and relics as well as gold. I live by about 5 miles from the beaches of Southern California so off I went. First day out, found a diamond ring! Woooo I'm hooked! Since then I spend many hours on the sand finding hundreds of coins and only a few more pay rings. Still having a great time. I soon moved on to the gold fields of the El Paso mountains. It took about 10 trips out before I found my fist nugget. It was a nice 1 gram chunk of pay! I was elated to say
    2 points
  35. Sorry Steve, after your brilliant reaction to a similar post I just couldn't resist.. I fully agree with what you told the other punter.. This unusual specimen was once part of an ancient rock formation.. Any ideas what it could be? I'm guessing a meteorite.. 😬
    2 points
  36. Hey Norm sorry to hear the news, will keep you in my prayers buddy. Take care Patrick S.
    2 points
  37. I am so sorry you got that diagnosis. My prayers are with you and your family. You never know what God might do for you.
    2 points
  38. Thanks for that. I think I was so caught up thinking it was a quarter that I hadn't looked hard enough at the half reale sizing. That's now sparked the memory that different arrangement of local currency valuation - so the 8reale was valued at near enough 5 shillings UK - continued long after in history to be the foundation of difference between the $ (US) and the £sterling. This one was pretty well in the middle of the field, but those shady areas are always looked at, and the areas where the shade used to be. Any ploughed out hedges, or any holly bushes in live hedges - which are somet
    2 points
  39. Seems like some great finds when you know your detectors, and I am going to be learning mine. Thanks for the stories and pictures, and as always good luck on your next hunt.
    2 points
  40. Very quick and very effective 👍
    2 points
  41. Looking forward to see your review on the GPX 6000.
    2 points
  42. Hope demand is not overriding quality control. I find myself in a holding pattern for one myself. Chuck
    2 points
  43. That is quite a haul for a hammered place across the road! I wonder what you will find when you get used to the detector! haha (You may want to dig lower numbers because I've found that deep targets come up when you get them close or out of the hole.) Mitchel
    2 points
  44. Same here. Padded plastic bag. No issues with mine.
    2 points
  45. Welcome EH, Glad you joined up nice to have you here.
    2 points
  46. If you TRULY want to be a AU GETTER, and not merely a "nuggetshooting wannabe", get training from a qualified trainer, as well as from the better nuggetshooting "how to" books and YouTube videos. There are NO shortcuts to success in the goldfields.
    2 points
  47. Brutal day today, but the farmers came early to disc. 20 mph constant with gusts to 35, never got much above 50. Felt like March. Hunted along the other side of that road today, I have never found so many bullets but I dug them all because they ID'd at 21-32. 😵 I stayed on one side of the road while they disced the field on the other where I was last time. Got about halfway up the road and hit a solid 18. Dug my first 1980 memorial. Swung around where I found it and to my surprise found 9 more, and what appears to be a rifle or shotgun takedown pin. Also found a piece of broken glass
    2 points
  48. If you haven't read Steve's 'Novel' then do yourself a favour - thanks Steve for taking the time 😉 Spent the day with the 6000. Coil on the ground from about 9.30 until 5 p.m. with a half hour break. Over 2 small areas at different locations that we have totally flogged with GPZ's, a QED, a 5000, an Equinox 800 and a Gold Monster. Areas are probably 5 metres X 15 metres each. Quite a few targets today that just shouldn't be there!! 11 of them lead shot too 🤔 At some stage this morning I had a fleeting thought of disappointment that what I had spent 8K on was not big
    2 points
  49. I did notice the 6000 finding birdshot or snake shot in areas I know other detectors flat out missed. Is that a good thing? I think so, but it’s a be careful what you wish for result, more sensitivity = more bird shot?
    2 points
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