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  1. I wanted to clarify this, in case people are thinking x coil is not welcome here, due to some x coil related members leaving the forum. I support anyone or anything that legitimately extends our metal detecting capabilities. I applaud x coils efforts. What I did not like was the fact that you have to take a perfectly good coil, and use it to create an adapter. The process is not simple, and if done incorrectly can fry a GPZ 7000. The repair will cost thousands of dollars, and that is not an exaggeration. Further, there appears to be nobody who will make these for people, and warranty
    18 points
  2. I am sorry to report to all of you that I have been expecting this diagnosis for quite some time. All of my doctors gave me hope, they all concluded that because of my age it couldn't be ALS, had to be something else. My family has a long history with Familial ALS, I have lost five cousins, an uncle, my father, brother and sister to this disease. I have lived a long happy successful life and am ok with what is in store for me. As far as keeping my mind active, I have a group of friends that get together at my house for "Bridge" once a week. I try to live everyday to the fullest and not dwell
    12 points
  3. 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
    11 points
  4. 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
    9 points
  5. Went out Thursday for a beach hunt at the usual place. It was a very busy week, and I was looking forward to some stress release, hopefully digging for some remaining silver. Kind of a random in how I was going to run my day, but I new I wanted to dig some large iron to see if it hid anything great. Just a couple of silvers for the effort and the usual clad with a couple of exceptions. I did get a nice gold wedding band with the initials of both people in it and a 52 (I am assuming the year they got married). What was odd though was the only other inscription on the ring, which was P11. I am t
    8 points
  6. What the x coil saga taught me is this is my forum, for me, and my friends. There are competing narratives. My narrative is I had a great little place going here with the locals. Then war erupted on the Aussie forums. Various Aussies and Kiwis showed up here, and a couple decided they make the rules. The same Aussies and Kiwis that bicker and drag down the Aussie forums did it here also. Most of my locals went silent. As evidence I offer the posts by the banned parties on other forums since they left here. The drama continues, only the venue changes. So, my perspective as forum owner is I
    7 points
  7. This where I stand on X coil, Steve you have made a claim here I believe, no sorry to disagree, I know is incorrect I say know because I`ve made 2 and thus have experienced the DIY part of making the cable. If you are competent with a soldering iron and capable of following the instructions that came with your X coil it is a simple process that simply requires care and understanding of instructions. If you are not competent with a soldering iron and not capable of following DIY instructions don`t do it, tis simple as that. The patch cable to me was a simple DIY operation, but I love and have a
    6 points
  8. Went to another old patch today to try a different tactic; since there was larger gold found here in the past, I decided to run in Extra Deep Gold Mode. It had no problem punching 17” on a sweet, chunky 5 gram nugget, and it handles the noisy alkali soils very well, too.
    6 points
  9. Norm, even though I've never been as fortunate as others to meet you, reading your posts here gave me a good feeling about you -- one of those people I'd like to have for a neighbor and face-to-face friend. Although your detecting days are over there is still much we can learn from you. Please continue to share your wisdom with us. I look forward to it now as much as I ever did.
    6 points
  10. Thanks for the update Norm, You dont know how glad I am that I got to swing by and visit with you... i knew you were a little sick from the surgery but i had no idea about this ALS until I got to Quincy. I know you have family there and I am grateful for that, but you also have a big family out here that are all praying for you. Much love to you and Heather ,and i pray for strength that only comes from God as you face this. You are one of the good ones for sure!!!! If I can do anything that would be a help, give me a call or a message. Love you br
    6 points
  11. 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
    6 points
  12. Steve a good post and a golden opportunity for everyone to put a line under the whole sorry mess and move on into sensible discussion. No one will truly know EXACTLY what happened behind the scenes because the main combatants have largely gone away for a myriad of reasons with the main incentive being marketing and sales. I for one am not proud of my involvement because of the harm to those who do not know the whole story, that’s the price others are having to pay because of my stupid stubborn sense of injustice. I’ll own my part in the drama in the hopes that those who know me well eno
    5 points
  13. I posted this over 18 months ago re: the QED. I'd also previously posted about audio, Bluetooth & ground balancing issues elsewhere too but some of those issues had been or were reportedly being addressed. I was widely attacked & ridiculed by some QED users, some dealers + those close to the "project" (I call it a project because the build has a project type feel & it's still evolving by the reports?). Other QED users thanked me privately for saying what they wanted to but felt they couldn't for one reason or another. Funny how things turn out & the truth prevails in
    5 points
  14. Found in remote Alaska, near the site of a WW2 Sawmill. It would appear this is a global phenomenon.
    5 points
  15. Yup I think its a keeper!!! GB, your correct. The zincoln's do do break on some weird spots depending on corrosion and ground conditions. The IH's with the 1864 year and bronze make up produce a different tone, VDI wise they are only a couple of points off. Over all my equinox and yours will most definitely react in much different ways, depending on soil and coin or target corrosion. Testing and digging to your liking will always produce results that are much different from our fellow detectors. Basic set up's are a help but they do not guarantee the best performance for all of of our area's.
    4 points
  16. Oh I agree with that, but we apparently disagree on who the "good guys" and the "bad guys" are. I Just Don't Care. History. Water under the Ffffffing Bridge. Yes, it was this and that and the other. A drama that will live in history. If you want to perpetuate the drama, leave, put a stop to it, stay. That's aimed at the air, at the internet, at everyone out there. Maybe it’s a Yank Aussie thing. It feels like there is a disconnect at some basic communication level that just makes stuff harder. I start a thread trying to clear the air, we end up arguing over how the air is being cleared. S
    4 points
  17. I'm being as direct as I can be. I'm letting people decide for themselves if they are my friends or not, because I sure as heck can't tell the difference apparently. I've always been a sucker. I've hired hundreds of people, been ripped off by oh so many of them. Many I did like a lot, a few I thought were friends... before they slid the knife between my ribs. People I defended.... until I found out they were stealing from me. So who are my friends? Are you my friend Norvic? People think I'm hiding stuff... I'm the guy that comes out and tells the world he is an ex drunk! I'm old, I'm secu
    4 points
  18. I cannot afford a GPZ 7000 and I wouldn't enjoy swinging it either at my age. Cutting off the connector on an expensive stock coil in order to make an unsanctioned aftermarket coil work that costs more than most of my detectors is just beyond my comprehension unless I am working an area that will easily and quickly pay for all of that equipment, modifications and possible equipment failures due to the modifications which will not be covered by a warranty. As far as the QED, I have one. I paid for it. I did not pay much attention to what the now ex-dealer said before or after he became an
    4 points
  19. Better day today. Old patch that has been hammered and someone salted it with lead shot!! The EMI which I thought would be an issue actually was fine so managed to stay with the mono. Found my first 6000 bit...all 0.14g of it ha ha It was actually the most fun I have had detecting in ages. This thing is a pleasure to use. The small bit gave a loud signal...tested it in normal and difficult, no difference really at all. Had a play with threshold off, not really a fan, but it still picked up a lead shot in the 10 minutes I tried it.
    4 points
  20. I agree with what a lot of people have posted. I did some reading on it and I'm always a believer in using your mind to help heal. As others have said, Steven Hawking (and probably others we don't hear about) live a long time with it. I think you have already acknowledged and come to terms with it, and now can hopefully move past it and continue to gain strength and keep mentally active. No one knows how long anyone of us have, so every day is precious. Stay strong. Take the good days when they are there, rest on the bad days. Maybe there will be some new drug trials coming up soon. You have
    4 points
  21. Norm It has been my good fortune to meet you, spend time with you on club outings, and meet you occasionally by chance in the goldfields. I too got a warm smile and the feeling that you were truly glad to see me. You always treated me like an old friend--thank you. I am saddened to hear of your diagnosis. God bless you. Ken
    4 points
  22. 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.
    4 points
  23. Norm Our prayers and taught are with you and Heather. You are one of our prospecting Mentors. The box isn’t full of gold, but it is full of golden memories. Ps. I will always remember what you said to me “Don’t ask you where you found the gold, because there isn’t any more there.” (Gold Basin) Jeff & Poksu
    3 points
  24. With my audio settings, Audio Smoothing set to High gives the most crisp and distinct signal relative to the threshold hum. Running the smoothing off while the Volume is set high to amplify the faint targets results in a target response that blends into the threshold hum, and sounds washed out and weak.
    3 points
  25. https://garrett.com/apex-update-instructions
    3 points
  26. The X Coil Concentrics are seemingly unstoppable with their reopening of old patches in Aus 😄 https://www.facebook.com/groups/3553656301344280 Acting on Ilya's advice, I'm now expecting a 26" CC instead of a DOD. There's a considerable weight difference and the 26" will have a larger diameter centre winding than the 22". This should give much greater depth -
    3 points
  27. Just home from footy. With the 11” and when turned off in Normal and turned back on again it remains in Normal. Same if you turn it off in Difficult, it stays there when turned back on.
    3 points
  28. All I can say about my insane settings, is that Steve’s General Theory of Detecting says that if you do not light the nugget up in the first place, then you can’t hear/detect it. My settings were predicated on found targets that respond to those settings, and no others. Change the settings, that insane class of nuggets goes away with it. Here. On my ground, and my targets, and my style of hunting. What can I say, I like them hot!
    3 points
  29. True! I had a solution for that, I never took my headphones off, and acted fidgety so they would let me move on. 😀
    3 points
  30. I don't mind talking to some people, but it's the ones that you can't get rid of that get to me 😄 I can't detect if you keep talking to me and I have to remove my headphones every 2 seconds. Mini rant over 😶
    3 points
  31. On the east coast I am running about the same 50/50 for pre 1850 silver (Capped Bust / Seated) vs Reales. What is really hard is Draped Bust silver in my area. On the lower coast they find them occasionally, but interior wise I haven't found one yet. The most common Spanish I have found is in the 1770's - 1790's Carlous varieties. Occasionally the 1800's stuff comes up. What we drool over from the western part of the country is the "S" mintage coins, the gold coins, gold nuggets and the meteorites.
    3 points
  32. Little update, I got to looking at 2 of the large cents, because they looked a little small. Well after a little cleaning, One turned out to be a Connecticut copper and the other is a draped bust. Sadly they are in really bad shape.
    3 points
  33. 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.
    3 points
  34. 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.
    3 points
  35. 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
    3 points
  36. 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
    3 points
  37. It's one of those days that I had to go to Plan B. Last minute plans for some detecting with a friend at an old ghost town fell thru. So, I decided to play catch up on some shallow water ring hunting I missed out on last year due to moving. The last several years, I've been scouting places to hunt for lost Jewelry, specifically, rings. Taking a page out of Mike Hillis' post on Inland Jewelry Hunting Tips here on detector prospector, I've been making changes. Some great info there. The last few years it has been paying off for me. Compared to previous years, my ring count is way up.Arriving
    2 points
  38. Tis in the past and well and truly under the f.....n bridge truly, thank you, I`ll go outside and try and undo my rain dance that succeeded so well 2 months ago, I`ve a 17 Xcoil Concentric and a 6000 that want to find gold.😁
    2 points
  39. I know this also. I speak in generalities. People then zoom in on some portion and assume it's about them. "Oh, Steve thinks I'm being middle school" and then get all pissed off. No, I'm just protesting middle school behavior. If you own it, if you take that on yourself, that's on you. I'm not sitting here thinking names and various petty BS that people must ascribe to me. If I'm addressing you personally, you will have ZERO doubt about it. Otherwise it's just me talking generalities, because that is my normal mode of expression. Don't take it personally! If you do, then own that. It's on you.
    2 points
  40. And to clarify Jeff... a good running QED works, and your reporting is not in question. Yet reading the stuff popping up now, lots of others did or are having problems now. And this is like version 4, but only now we are hearing this stuff? I'm not casting stones, just seeing again why I test stuff for myself.
    2 points
  41. 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
    2 points
  42. Zincolns' dTID broadening and variation (from one specimen to another) is understandable due to the galvanic corrosion changing the shape (through loss) and possibly the same cause affecting other conductive properties. I don't know if that is the case with IHP's, though. There has been speculation of variation in composition but AFAIK that hasn't been verified. Best way I know of to do the following is to air test coins that have never been in the ground.
    2 points
  43. I'm pretty sure I find them either deep or on edge. Indian heads are the noisiest coins I dig, with Zincolns a close second.
    2 points
  44. Check with Norcal6er because it appears he has or had the very same buttons! I have been doing some more research and I found a button almost identical as the big button and it says it is a Boston City Guard button...it the second one down at this link, the back mark is different but it very likely around the same date line of late 1850s to 1860s. http://relicman.com/buttons/Button4811-Massachusetts-BostonCityGuard-000.html The small button is a Navy eagle button, there are many of them on eBay, pretty sure it a CW button as well but haven't found any site that confirms that.
    2 points
  45. 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.
    2 points
  46. That's what I found in my shorts last season when I found a 3.55ozt nuggie.......
    2 points
  47. Quite the pile of finds ! Looks like the kids approve ! (translated for Joe)😉
    2 points
  48. 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
    2 points
  49. 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
    2 points
  50. That was quite an amazing hunt. I hate to say it, but I am not surprised. The Equinox 600 and 800 can really detect some deep targets and they don’t just detect them. Lots of VLFs can do that. The Equinox 600 and 800 can actually give the user enough information to accurately identify the conductivity of those deep targets and they can definitely give enough information to encourage digging them. I have owned and used all of the current major intermediate level VLF detectors except for the Anfibio and have tested them in the field against the Equinox on wild targets and in my test bed. Sure, a
    2 points
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