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  1. Early wet Weather in Northern Nevada, sure messed up a few of my hunts! But, this last Hunt was called Rain or Shine! Be there or miss out with the original hunting party. We had half the amount of coils on the ground during this hunt and managed to find a few sweet spots of dinks to add to our pokes. Rain on us with snow in the ground 200’ above us all 4-Days! 6000, Retune Button got a workout. I kept the 11” Mono on. Tried the DD for a few hours with no luck, don’t know if the ground and line I took was bad, but the guys behind me where finding nuggets…so back to the 11”. My truck is out in the drive way in the wet Weather still loaded up with me gear! Getting wet again to unload it, I can’t wait 🤨 Until the next Hunt! LuckyLundy
    18 points
  2. Ok ok I know, the last time I posted that I found a half cent, it turned out that it was a V NicKLE. But yesterday I found an 1852 half cent, except it is a Canadian coin. What's really interesting is that I got out of my car, walked 30 feet, put the coil to the ground, and bang, there it was. This is a rugged hilly and full of trees 1000 acre park. The odds huh!
    7 points
  3. One of my other Buddies is heading home soak & wet! Here’s is Poke
    6 points
  4. Seeing how you're 'listening' Trevor, I'll say one word: Concentric. As the 6000 is designed with DD AND Mono coils in mind, the DD mode will allow a concentric coil to function like all the previous GPX and earlier models. Some experimentation would be wise to trial various sizes of CC coils to determine depth increases on small gold in the 10"-15" coil size range. The DeTech ones have proven their worth for this already. I know there's a minor trade-off with susceptibility to mineralization noise but the increase in depth is very tangible and may provide the 6000 with even MORE performance in the 'small gold' focus which it excels at already. Food for thought....
    5 points
  5. Is this a look into the future for more countries. ....Gold is money....
    4 points
  6. These are available gold backs or foil notes and fractional Valcombie bars, the gold notes are some type of polymer with actual measured amounts of gold deposited onto them and the silver and gold bars are made to break off smaller individually marked pieces.
    4 points
  7. Ha, thanks 😀 yeah I thought the beach was bad. These are all shredded or crushed, found a couple intact but no wheels. Worst part is they all sound like coins, from pennies to quarters. 🤣
    4 points
  8. If FT and company persist in overstating the discrimination capabilities of the AQ no good will come of it, but that’s not my problem I guess. From a new article on the Kellyco website, no doubt timed in tandem with the new catalog: https://www.kellycodetectors.com/pages/new-tech-feature-fisher-impulse-aq/ "What makes the Impulse AQ different? Unlike all other pulse induction units, the Impulse AQ has actual target discrimination and target ID. The Impulse AQ uses ZTS (Zero Target Separation) technology to eliminate the need for recovery speed. Instead of separating good and bad targets, the Impulse AQ sees through iron and detects the good targets next to, in, and under the iron." Target ID? Really? Even overlooking that as an error, I've found the discrimination capabilities of this detector to be oversold since day one. In practice it is little different from previous ground balancing PI detectors like the TDI as far as discrimination capabilities go, and ultimately one is left to rely on the same old PI audio tells to deal with problematic items like hair pins. I really like the AQ as a powerful, very refined PI, but if they keep overselling the discrimination as a defining feature, it will result in blowback. Yeah, sure, it will snag some early sales, but it will cost them sales later. Anyone buying this as the long awaited discriminating PI so many have wanted will be pissed off, plain and simple, and quite likely to make a big deal about it. Typical short-sighted marketing move. Me, I prefer the undersell and overdeliver approach, letting machines prove themselves to new users. The current approach is a setup for failure. I seriously like the Impulse AQ I had as far as how it performed. If it had been the finished version, instead of a prototype, I would have kept it. As it is, I've decided that a version with an adjustable ground balance would serve me better, and that is in large part due to the fact that I found the so-called discrimination to be marginally helpful at best. I could discriminate by ear just as well with a model that has an adjustable ground balance, while getting a better ground balance on my soil, and certainly better hot rock handling. I'd rather have a gold prospecting PI I can use at a fresh water beach, than a beach detector that does not work at all for prospecting. People should note however, that a gold prospecting version will likely not work well if at all on saltwater beaches, as such a model will probably be tuned for tiny nuggets, and therefore salt sensitive. But who knows. The Impulse Gold may have a salt mode, and in fact really should, or they will have problems in Nevada alkali ground and Oz salt lakes. Long story short most of my water detecting is in fresh water, so not an issue for me in that regard.
    4 points
  9. Back out again yesterday, 3 hours. 2 gold bands and 3 silver coins. One of the gold bands is fairly old, guessing from the Hallmark/Fineness mark ... * X * (10k) late 1800's. I went back where I had found the gold Sunday when using the Excalibur but this trip I took the Fisher "AQ" PI. The "AQ" is a killer on deep gold rings. Both rings about 14 inches down, one I said.. this is trash.. signal had a Faint "Quick" ramp up, down, then quick back up.. semi broken signal. Like a short bobby pin?.. In all metal. Machine was super silent and smooth the full hunt.. Delay was 10.. Volume just short of full (9) .. sensitivity cranked up (9) ...ATS 4.5 and all metal ..dig all. Ring one is 14k 4.28grams, Second older gold is 1.6 grams 10k Also remember I have a audio cut off for the volume on the handle, that's the reason the audio can not be heard when I run the coil over the target in the sifter. I can hear it for it so loud it bleeds thru the switch faintly. I love this machine!!
    3 points
  10. Tell ya! That soil was changing every day and not for the better! It was still running mine Max’d out with Threshold on. It seemed the best on the wet soil, besides turning your sensitivity way down. We tried all settings as the soil was getting wetter each day and Max was the winner at our location. Some areas we couldn’t swing the machine from the noise of the ground, so avoided them for a later drier time. Slow steady swing, help calm the ground down as well. There’s nuggets at Gerry’s Training spot, keep swinging that entire area from top to bottom and you’ll find some nuggets. Good luck! Rick
    3 points
  11. We will get there too eventually, we are right on track. And then those sub gram GM/6000 nuggets will come in handy, unless you are willing to get worthless currency change back when paying. If nothing changes from the current course we will be back to the Wild West in no time, and then the old wisdom will come to life again: You can keep your gold and silver if you are willing to give away your lead. Get ready guys!
    3 points
  12. Something similar has already been done. The White's VX3 had the exact same hardware as the V3i but the features (all software) were considerably stripped back. However, all those features are still in there and can be progressively enabled with the right passwords. I think there were 4 levels: the VX3, 2 levels in-between, and the V3i. The thinking was that when a customer got good with the VX3 he could then "buy up" to the next level for, say, $99. It would have had the benefit for White's that a new customer would be less likely to overbuy and get frustrated with the V3i, and for the customer that they could buy only as much as they wanted. The "upgrade" was never implemented, mgmt didn't like the idea. Please don't ask me how to do it; it required running the unit's serial number through a passcode generator that only White's had, and I'm certain that even that has been lost.
    3 points
  13. Again something I questioned from the beginning. I was hunting sometimes 10 hours and the answer buy and carry another battery made no sense. Joe did it shortly after getting his. I chalked it up to …. This wasn’t the production model.
    3 points
  14. Wow, this really is a great thread of wisdom.....as someone who is still trying to save enuff $$ and gold to get myself a 6000, I am definitely going to fully test the detector as soon as I get it from the dealer for a couple hours prior to heading home now.... The experience of buying an expensive detector and using it for the 1st time with great anticipation of success....only to find its an unusable 'dud' is something akin to a horror movie to me! But, I've just clocked up 40 years as a detectorist and owned over 35 detectors without this ever happening..... and 12 of them have been ML machines with zero failures BTW. I just hope that my next new 'toy' wont be the first.
    3 points
  15. Kinda an iffy day today, I was worried it would rain this morning but I drove just outside it to the farmhouse I've been hunting (and mowing). They tilled the field so all the cornstalks were knocked down! This made hunting outside the circle easy. Here are the finds, I dug so much trash, most of it was broken Matchbox cars, even a small helicopter. I have dug at least 10 or so cars in parts. Shame, I would much rather dig a coin collection than a matchbox collection. Even dug a Wonder Bread truck! They are everywhere. Got the usual clad, all 70's to 2012. 6 wheats from 1911 to 1947. 4 dimes, 3 memorials and 3 Zincolns. I was thrilled to find a piece of Civil War Calvary spur to put in my display box, dug a whole one just like it last time. The brass ring thing is some sort of tack as well. The 1911 wheat fooled me, at first I thought I had an IHP, it was so green. Best find of the day albeit in parts about 4" apart was the sterling leaf earring. It could be soldered back together, and the screw still works.
    3 points
  16. Hot Wheel junk yard? I must say I admire your persistence and hard work. Keep working on those fields. Your time is coming. I smell some old coins in your future. 👍🏻
    3 points
  17. The UK has a system that is mostly working for hunters with permission. It does not work for someone who finds treasure where they have no permission to be in the first place. A land owner shares with the finders ... fair. Nugget hunters on the Queen's land in the dead of night are not legal finders. If it is antiquities found the local museum curators give the illegals a chance to go clean but some have chosen to still lie and they are prosecuted.
    3 points
  18. I saw a NatGeo Channel TV show about this within the past couple weeks. For those not familiar you can (always 😏) get good info on Wikipedia as to what the TV news left off. This particular ship was found very close to Spain (taken from the linked Wikipedia page): and not from near the USA coast. Also, according the show (if I can trust my memory) the gold wasn't looted from South Americans but rather apparently was a payment intended for Napolean for 'protection' so that he wouldn't invade Spain(!). (Warning: I don't see that mentioned in the Wikipedia article so maybe this speculation is questionable, at best. The Wikipedia article says that Peru, in 1804 still a Spanish colony, disputed ownership but the courts rejected that.) None of this, IMO, gives Spain 100% ownership after a treasure salvage project found it. However, I do wonder (and didn't see it in the TV show) if the salvors knew they were breaking some law (specific to Spain or maybe international) when they found and then recovered it. To really get an idea of how treasure search and salvage missions get complicated (and dangerous!), read the captivating 1998 book Ship Full of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea by Gary Kinder, which covers in detail the research, search, and recovery of the SS Central America off the North Carolina coast. For example, taking time to contact a government to negotiate a deal which Mitchel wondered about might not have worked in that case. (Hint: they were competing with others who weren't bothered by 'principles' regarding tactics -- e.g. spying on the location of the salvage ship.)
    3 points
  19. I should have said that doing the things I mentioned are best done in All Metal, And Gold Modes. BTW, Gold Mode will By Far get you the best depth in nearly all situations, sadly it has only one tone, but the I.D readout works well in all but the worst ground. No detector will really give you the shape of targets like pull tabs and can slaw. But, the Nox with small coil is good at cherry picking in iron in gold mode with No Discrimination, IF you pay Close attention to the number readout, if at different angles of swing you get mostly Negative Numbers BUT one or more Consistent Positive Number popping up, there is a Good Chance there is a Non Ferris target in with that iron trash. The exception is if the plus and minus numbers wildly jump all over well into both positive and negative numbers, in those cases it is almost always an odd shaped iron target such as Can Slaw.
    3 points
  20. Earlier in this thread I mentioned that I had ordered an Avantree AS70 which is a small, low latency, blue tooth receiver that had a clip so it could be attached to your shirt/harness/whatever. This new version super-ceded the Clipper Pro which was no longer easily available but the AS70 hadn't been released yet - was supposed to be released within days of me ordering. Well Lily from Avantree sent me an email each month telling me release was delayed to the point I thought it was a scam. Then to my surprise I got an email to say it was ready, it has shipped and it arrived yesterday. A few pics.... As you can see it is nice and small. Put the DD coil on the GPX6 to test it at home as the DD is as quiet as a mouse inside the house. The 17" coil on the other hand is the opposite to quiet! The AS70 paired easily and got the Bluetooth Connected + signal on the GPX6 to advise it is connected with Low Latency and the AS70 showed as a solid blue light - also suggesting Low Latency. Hooked up the AS70 to both a waterproof speaker I already had and the Philips over ear, ear buds that I regularly use. The benefit of the AS70 over the Soundpeats unit (mentioned on page 3 of this thread) that I have been using is that this has a clip and has a volume control on the side so I can adjust the AS70 audio up without turning up the GPX6 audio. Connected to my ear phones. Neat, tidy and light. With the speaker on a Camel-Bak pack. With this set-up the speaker and the AS70 have volume control. This will probably be my preferred set-up heading into summer. Not yet used in the field but expecting the audio to be as good a quality or better than the Soundpeats just with the added benefit of the clip and the volume adjust.
    3 points
  21. The Fisher Gold Bug 2 has been around for decades and is well known as one of the most sensitive metal detectors on the market. It has been the gold nugget detector of choice for many over the years. There really has never been a Gold Bug 3 - though some have asked for it. Fisher has now updated the user interface of the GB2. However the features and the guts of the detector remain the same but the user will now have an easier time of operating the machine. It is still a manual ground balance machine, but I think its a good step forward toward making it easier to use. Don't ask me why all Fisher gold oriented detectors are called the Gold Bug. I have no idea. These new versions of the GB 2 are supposed to be available to dealers now. If you have any questions on it, I'll try and answer as best as I can. Anyway, I recently had one in the field and got to try it out. I did a video on it if you are interested in learning more. You can see the video at:
    2 points
  22. It's not gold related, nor is it coin and relic but a lot of us also search for space rocks... talk about pennies from heaven... Jen It's
    2 points
  23. I ran the DD for the first time yesterday just to try it out. We had some pretty saturated ground from getting up to a foot of snow last week but it was just saturated not salty. I was detecting basically in mud lol. I did pull out a .03 dink, but not deep. Just FYI.
    2 points
  24. Wow! If that thing had hit me in the head it would have busted up a good meteorite.
    2 points
  25. Jeff does a good job here explaining what is really in a mine!
    2 points
  26. Thanks for that tip. I hadn't noticed that before, but saw it happen in a sand volleyball court this week. The 10x5 picked out a tiny target in the sand that I couldn't find with my handheld pinponter. So while trying to re-pinpoint the target with the Nox, I inadvertently found it with the tip of the coil. It was a little push-on earring back for a stud earring. I tested it on my pinpointer and could only detect it if it was touching the side of the tip, and only if the flat part was touching it. The 10x5 picked it up with no problem regardless of the earring back's orientation.
    2 points
  27. Both my wild gold and my bullion gold make me feel secure as far as inflation and any financial woes on the horizon, that warm fuzzy feeling. With that said tho.... if the financial shit really hits the fan then food and ammo, fishing poles, firewood, etc. will be more important? Love my gold but in a total meltdown if I can't eat it, drink it, or smoke it....what's it really worth? Gold makes a very pretty paperweight...... jmo
    2 points
  28. Careful flashing those gold teeth!
    2 points
  29. I said that from the start as a beach hunter. Many PIs had an 8” coil. I talked to Bill Crabtree several years back his preferred coil size was 9 or 10”. Having swung the Xcal I just like that side.
    2 points
  30. Ah Yes, Krissy always has a smile on her face, and I suspect Jennifer does as well. Why don't I ever meet women who truly enjoy this sport as they and I do..! ? I suppose the answer is -- they are as rare as the gold we seek.
    2 points
  31. I think the perception that the pinpoint function does not work well on the Nox is both Right and Wrong. As I understand it the De-Sensitizing or Re-Zeroing during pinpointing is suppose to be automatic at least to a degree, However that Automatic Resetting works slowly and poorly. But Re-Pushing the pinpoint button as needed manually works just fine. Just remember to move towards the target slow as you repeat the Zero Point, AND be careful to kept the same height, the system essentially does not know the difference between being closer to the target side to side and up and down. Overall manually Re-Zeroing is much like most separate pinpointers, you re-zero as you get closer to the target. As a side note. -- that new 5x10 Coiltek coil has unusually sensitive pointed ends, by that I mean it will detect even small targets with the tips of the small ends ( just not as far away as being in the center of the coil ). SO you can often turn your coil 90 degs and use the very end of the coil as a pinpointer.! Just keep in mind doing that will have limited depth. But that can also tell you that the target is not very deep.
    2 points
  32. They say the fun is in the finding (unless it is worth $500,000,000 then greed comes in) The finders should be able to be compensated for time, effort and knowledge put in to finding the treasure plus a reward at least..
    2 points
  33. Agree! I thought I'd be OK with two of the stock batteries until I was consistently running out of both. I thought five hours would be enough, until I actually ran one of Joe's big batteries out from a full charge. Completely lost track of time; wife was ready to call in a search party and I was sore as heck from the digging the old body did. Love the AQ LTD but it does need a lot of battery to keep it going. Joe has made it very usable where it was not entirely what was needed as it came from the factory.
    2 points
  34. I’m still interested in the Impulse Gold version, as for my purposes the lack of adjustable ground balance in the AQ model was a fail. Long story short my GPX 6000 can’t handle certain hot rocks, and I’d rather find some alternative other than the ATX or GPX 5000 to deal with that issue. It’s a minor problem for me, so I can afford to wait for something new. This would be the first official mention of an AQ Relic model, as no such model has made it to this page yet….. https://fisher-impulse.com/products/ AQ Relic would be an odd name, as Impulse AQ is for Impulse AQua, and we have the Impulse Gold, so Impulse Relic makes more sense. So I'd take it all with a grain of salt.
    2 points
  35. I feel like I've had a similar experience. I know some do the factory reset fairly often. Once I get my detector set the way I like it I tend to go forever without changing anything but Noise Cancel channel, Ground Balance setting, and gain, and I only change those when I notice they need to be adjusted. (BTW, I'm talking about local hunting of parks and schools. Special situations like private permissions, ghost towns, and native gold detecting are different beasts and then I tune accordingly.) I don't hunt in factory preset modes. It takes me quite a while (maybe as much as an hour) to adjust to my favorite settings after I do a reset. But I've stayed with those custom settings long enough that I no longer have to go through and record everything before I do the reset, so at least that part doesn't take up my time. Thanks for the reminder -- I'm going to do a factory reset this weekend as it's been a few months since my last.
    2 points
  36. I would also try a factory reset, I was not able to hear my tester target one day after using the same settings for a few weeks. Did a factory reset and put the same settings back in and everything was working normal again.
    2 points
  37. Great coin! They only minted 1.5 million of them, it's not very rare but cool to find. Interesting stuff about them here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coinage_of_Upper_Canada If it is struck in medallic alignment it was Royal mint, if in coin alignment it was Heaton mint. Which do you have?
    2 points
  38. The finds are all in the 2-8" range. First day I found a few things right on top. They are usually in the plug or just under it. I'm using a Predator Barracuda shovel which digs about that deep. Settings are Park 1, 23 sensitivity. I always use the horseshoe button to hear everything. I used F2=0 Iron Balance, and ground balance varied in spots from 4 to around 30. When using F2=0 Iron falses so I dig a lot of it.
    2 points
  39. No matter what machine you use, in high trash areas the smaller coils will be much better. No matter what machine you choose by nature detectors sense targets on top. Higher recovery speeds and more sensitive machines may pick up on targets next to trash better but again coil size is a bigger factor. Knowing your trash can be helpful. As an example on the AT series and even the Apex a typcial square tab will be 53-55 and often higher and a nickel will be below that. Cut nails often fall around 33-36 range. Investigating targets that are not those particular numbers or sound different is important. Lastly iron + a target nearby will give you 2 different signals depending which way you swing over the area. One direction may only have an iron response while another you may get a double target or even just a spike in the numbers. Iron next to a dime you may get a number in the aluminum range in one direction and iron only in another. Using a smaller coil will help separate the targets and help isolate them. When I hunt iron riddled areas I take a swing in couple different directions over each target.
    2 points
  40. Theres a saying about lawyers that I better not be sayin...just saying strick
    2 points
  41. No Video But it not complicated -- The pinpointing on the Nox just basically has a Zero point set when you push the pinpoint button, SO, put the coil a few inches away from where you think the target is, move slowly in whatever directing it takes to increase the signal, as you get closer hit the button again to Re-Zero it at that point, repeat as you get closer until you are centered over the target, at this point you have De-Sensitized to a point where the signal is only heard directly over the target. BE SURE to keep the same height as you are pinpointing. As for Size -- I often just lift the coil to see how high up the signal can be detected with the same settings, the bigger target the greater depth from the coil it can be detected, this gives you a general idea of size, widening a swing around the target will give you an idea of shape, especially if it's long and narrow, such as a buried pipe. You can also use the pinpoint to trace edges of larger targets using same basic techniques as pinpointing, just pay attention to when you get a signal near the edges of the target, De-sensitize as needed if too jumpy.
    2 points
  42. I don't have a 6000 but reading threads like this one are priceless to me just for the education included in the commentary... some of which also applies to my Nox. Having both Steve and JP 's thoughts on any prospecting subject is eye opening and throw in Trevor with an inside view into Coiltec's thinking.....which reminds me of conversations I used to have with pro audio mfg's engineers which propelled my career like I hope DP will (and is) doing for my MD hobby (OK addiction). Now throw in all the experienced comments by the rest of our group ! It's all "gold" to me ! This DP forum is the best find I've made since I started detecting back in ,,,well my younger years ! 😉 Thanks to all and one more thing.... My friends all call me popeye and I'm a Detectaholic. Possibly a crazy one too !!!! Skuh kuh kuh kuh kuh
    2 points
  43. nice work, sir. i mowed a spot in the middle of a field with push mower once. I pronounce you addicted as well 🙂
    2 points
  44. This case is still a thorn in my backside!!🌵 And obviously, more so to Odyssey Marine, to this day!! I had bought a large; (to me) amount of shares of Odyssey Marine for my kids, long before they found this huge amount of treasure! Than the carpet was pulled out from under them, and us investors, by our own courts!! Unbelievable!! That would have been a huge help for my daughters college fund! Thanks!! 🤬US Courts!!! This, and other more recent discoveries; being awarded to the "country of origin", are the reason why many salvagers have stopped looking for ships in US waters!! Other than Mel Fishers hard won case, and his "secured" leases, the vast amount of other's are out of luck! And those potential discoveries will be left to rot away on the ocean floor, where no one will ever see them!! Including ironically, the archeologists that fight salvage operations, but don't have the funding, resources, or knowledge, to find them in the first place!!👎👎
    2 points
  45. Thanks.. my vote is for all the women AND men out there who never show their gold on the forums... they're the ones who are cleaning up...... 🙂
    2 points
  46. Then watch piracy kick in at full force, dumps of the software upgrades all over the place people installing for free. They'd need some sort of license key situation that a key can only be used once and on one detector, they could have an algorithm that when you purchase the upgrade it uses the serial number of your machine to generate the upgrade code which then only works on your machine and is checked online. Sure there are always ways to get around all sorts of protection but I just don't see metal detectors as something that anyone serious would bother trying to break the protection, especially if it's very difficult with online verification and serial number matching for machines. It'd be best done like some software where features are unlocked by the license key you enter rather than requiring customers to firmware update machines and just have the license key "activate" to the detector online so it can't be used on another detector. It'd be funny to see key generators for metal detectors 😛 It all sounds good and would be nice and convenient for customers to be able to upgrade at home with a few simple clicks.
    1 point
  47. I was finally able to get to one of my favorite prospecting sites today since the torn ligaments in my left foot are well enough to do some mountain goat walking. I had the chance to use my Garrett 24K on the same ground that completely choked my former Whites 24K. The Whites version would overload on a sensitivity setting of 2 in this area using the stock 10X6” coil. It was hyper sensitive with tons of coil knock. It also had similar behavior at some other sites……… The new Garrett 24K ran smooth as glass and I had it cranked up to 7 sensitivity with just the faintest coil knock. Sensitivity 6 was very quiet and 8 was doable but with some occasional instability. Obviously, there was something wrong with my original Whites 24K………..or Garrett really did go over the original Whites design tolerances carefully and tweaked them, especially the stock coil. Very impressive detector. Thanks Garrett.
    1 point
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