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  1. 6 points
    I don't understand why people keep trying to compare it to the Equinox, it's not meant to be competing with the Equinox, it's an entry level detector at an entry level price, it's there to destroy the Ace series and the Bounter hunters and so on..... It's likely to be doing a good enough job to take out some of the more mid range and possibly higher detectors too I think. I am getting one, I expect it to be on par if not better than my T2. I couldn't care less if Multi IQ is 100 frequencies, it either works or it doesn't.... it's proven now it does. If any other manufacturer invented it they'd be patting themselves on the back.
  2. 3 points
    That's disgusting they leave all that rubbish behind, I can't believe anyone would do that. Our worst issue here is rabbits digging a zillion holes followed by rabbit shooters leaving their masses of shotgun pellets spread over the countryside, a real nightmare for me, I've become quite the skilled pellet recovery expert. It's a shame I have to spend all my time recovering pellets and very little time is left to recover any gold. Nuked a fake photo out of my post of people leaving rubbish behind after a protest.
  3. 3 points
    Totally agree Reg, and yep we keep an eye out on him each season. That Lanacoorie (sp?) gold bash thing coming up should not accept his sponsorship
  4. 2 points
    I logged the gems found on hundreds of anthills while prospecting for kimberlite pipes in Wyoming. Plotted it all out on Google Earth. Found pipe locations, but no diamonds. I also use anthills to prospect for gold. The red, stinging harvester ants have a genetic inclination to bring back to the mound the heaviest things they can carry. That includes gold, and gems. You can get a very good idea of the minerals in an area by checking the surface of the mounds. The ants range out as far as 150 yards from each mound. They use the gravel, gems, gold to cover, and protect the mound from the weather. The native Americans considered it bad karma to destroy a mound, so I rarely did it. It's not necessary for prospecting. Some of the mounds are as many as 50 years old. Jim
  5. 2 points
    Nah Reg, Ticking the post, not the rubbish bit. BTW, Worst rubbish I ever saw was at a Rolling Stones concert back in the 70's next morning while looking for my wallet. Naturally, never found it - but found some illegal substances - - -
  6. 2 points
    Thanks! Gerry, I and my wife started panning and high banking this area in 1985. When White's came out with the Goldmaster in 1990 and we started detecting the area it was amazing what the miners left in the tailing piles. Every year since 1990 we have gotten gold and have come away with some outstanding finds. We are working with some mineral dealers now and in the process of selling the gold specimens. As time permits I will post pictures of the past gold specimen we have found.
  7. 2 points
    If you are looking at the Garrett Ace series the Vanquish is clearly intended to compete directly with them. If you think in marketing terms it’s all about price points. Three Ace price points, three Vanquish price points. Comparisons to higher priced detectors, while interesting, miss the intended product goal and are in any case not an apple to apple comparison. Other competition of note would be the new Simplex and of course the appropriate First Texas models based, again, on price points. As far as frequency goes it’s just a number in a catalog and a marketing hook. Machines either perform or they don’t, regardless of claimed frequencies. Vanquish either outperforms the Ace series or it does not, and Minelab would look quite foolish if they did not. I would however bet on a clear advantage on the wet salt sand or wading in saltwater versus single frequency units. Despite not being waterproof this machine will no doubt please anyone looking for a non-submersible beach detector at a low price. Not my cup of tea however so that’s about all I have to say about Vanquish. When an Equinox alternative appears I will perk up, until then I have some detecting to do!
  8. 2 points
    Madtuna, I know who this person is. So do you. Obviously we cannot name him, and I received a threatening phone call from this grub when I called him out over comments he made on Facebook. He is still involved in his 'tours' to WA, so you best be on the lookout for him next season. He is not only an environmental vandal, but a racist and has left one person that I know of with huge debts over his financial fiascoes. Not at all good for the prospecting scene.
  9. 2 points
    Thanks everyone, prospectors and dealers alike. I got everything taken care of, if anyone hears anything at all, just let me or the sheriff know and that's the biggest help anyone could give. Any bit of information or eyewitness report helps. Regarding how to secure a Conex the best way, unfortunately just a $100 angle grinder can defeat basically any locks on the planet so I'm not sure there really is a good way to secure a Conex if a thief really wants in. Even if there was, they can just cut right through the walls fairly quickly. I guess the only solution is a solid 2ft thick concrete bunker buried in the ground, with a 2ft thick steel blast door.
  10. 2 points
    I and my wife have the Jimmy Sierra GMT's and our backup Goldmaster 4 is a body mount. Here's a picture of me detecting with the GMT and I'm using a body harness that also holds my Falcon Gold probe that I use for pinpointing. Here also a link to Steve H. GMT custom body mount: https://www.detectorprospector.com/magazine/steves-guides/whites-goldmaster-gmt-rebuild/
  11. 1 point
    Has anyone heard of using tree leaves to find gold, it seems to be a technique being used in South Australia at the moment https://7news.com.au/business/markets/tree-leaves-used-to-find-gold-in-sa-c-375943 Tree leaves used to find gold in SA A pair of Marmota geologists used tree leaves to prospect for gold in South Australia.Image: AAP Plenty of people have claimed to read tea leaves, but reading tree leaves has a less storied history. Nonetheless, a tiny gold miner has done just that to discover gold in South Australia. Marmota senior geologist Aaron Brown believes it's the first time biogeochemical sampling has been used to successfully prospect for gold in the southern hemisphere, although the technique has been used in Canada. Scientists have known for decades that tree roots can effectively act as a hydraulic pump, sucking up tiny specs of gold along with water from deep underneath the earth. But Australia's landscape is so varied that it can be hard to find consistent vegetation to measure, Mr Brown said. "You can't go across a landscape and assume everything's the same," he said. "One euclid can look like another." But Mr Brown - who abandoned his PhD research in 2002 to go hunt for precious minerals with junior miners - was able to devise a sampling program involving leaves from mulga wattle and senna trees. They initially sampled trees in a 200 metre by 200 metre grid in their tenements 50km from the historic and now depleted Challenger gold mine 740km northwest of Adelaide. They used a fresh pair of latex gloves while gathering 200 to 400 grams of leaves from each tree for laboratory analysis by Perth's LabWest, which works with the minerals industry. They first held a "proof of concept" trial last year to see if testing the leaves worked to detect gold near an area of known mineralisation at Aurora Tank. It did, giving the $16 million ASX-listed company the confidence to conduct reconnaissance drilling in June based on entirely on leaves from a senna tree. After six weeks of analysis, Marmota announced the results of that drilling on Wednesday, saying they had found a new zone of "potentially economic mineralisation" about 450 metres north of an existing gold field. "It's really quite remarkable," Marmota chairman Colin Rose said. The gold is 44 metres below the surface, with mineralisation of 3.4 grams tonne, Dr Rose said. "I don't think there's any way we would have found this without the tree sampling," he said. "It doesn't show up on anything else." Mr Brown said it would not have been a priority to drill the area without the results. "We all thought this area was dead," Mr Brown said. Marmota said it is "without delay" proceeding back to the drill site to collect more samples to be assayed, and plans to conduct more drilling in September to determine the extent of the mineralisation. The company is exploring options to bring the area into production using open-pit mining.
  12. 1 point
    CSIRO looked into this back in 2013. https://blog.csiro.au/gum-leaves-rich-in-lil-gold-nuggets/
  13. 1 point
  14. 1 point
    The Quest Scoopall works pretty well for little targets like splitshot weights and stud earrings. It’s around $90 if memory serves.
  15. 1 point
    I would give that some more though mate. The modern ones too much junk but old ones that have been closed since the sixties can be a real bonanza and have a high count of silver coins if not previously detected correctly. If the pennies and half pennies are gone (easy found), most of the early detector users just used high discrimination to avoid the junk and fortunately the good silver coins. As for gold coins the wife is one ahead of you, and it looks like you are one in front of me.😭 If I ever get time I will post some of my coins (Gold Field Tokens) that I have found over the years on the prospecting site.
  16. 1 point
    I went out today for a couple hours to a school not visited previously. The old wood chip tot lot was the target area. All I ended up finding were 4 quarters, 2 nickels, 7 pennies, a small button off something, a rivet off some clothing or a shoe, and a strange metal piece that showed up in the foil range. There were indeed some junk items today but not in the picture (can slaw, a zipper, foil, a few pencil tops). I had the feeling someone else had been at this spot before because it was really quiet. Well they didn't get these! It's getting more and more difficult in these places and the finds are more difficult to pull. All the other counties around us where there are probably good things located within school grounds have a strict "KEEP OUT" policy and don't allow any kind of public activity on school grounds.
  17. 1 point
    If they didn't take your books, they must not be prospectors. It sounds like now you're making good use of your gold investigation and applying it to criminal investigation. More power to you! I really hope you find them. Sorry to hear you had to go through this. Glad they didn't get your GPZ stuff, at least.
  18. 1 point
    For the history buffs out there the 1866 coin I found is quite a remarkable find. An article appeared in the paper today saying the first European settler first moored a boat in the area (70 miles) from where I found the coin in 1856, so obviously it was a long time after that the real settlement took place and also the coin was over 70 miles from where they created the settlement in the area so to find a coin from 1866 is a pretty stunning find. https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/books/115851029/tempestuous-tale-of-invercargills-first-settler-now-a-factbased-novel To me it's my best find at this site so far and possibly a coin one of the first settlers dropped. A couple of days off for skiing now, but I'll be back at it Monday.
  19. 1 point
    My old headphones got all beat up over the summer plowing through the woods so I snagged a pair of Garrett Stow Aways for my Tejon. I was really surprised how good the audio really is on them. They do fit a little tight and are smaller but have a really great range of sound. Now I need to re-learn my sounds. Anyways I didn't spend much time out, maybe half hour or so and left the 10x12 coil which kills me in trashy areas but I did get a nice smooth hit on this little 18k rose gold ear ring with a few diamond chips 0.7g. Was only inch or so deep nothing to brag about.
  20. 1 point
    may they rot in hell nothing lower than a thief we will all be on the watch
  21. 1 point
    If Mr. Bronson was still around, he's the kind of guy I would be inclined to let handle the situation, for sure. Hate them thieves.
  22. 1 point
    It was the standard 11 in. coil.
  23. 1 point
    Like GB_Amateur and others here, I find detector comparison videos to generally be a waste of time because there is typically an agenda involved and carefully manipulated settings, contrived target setups, missing critical information, and creative editing are commonly used to make the case for whatever point the producer is trying to get across. Even carefully crafted test garden/comparison videos that attempt to take great pains at being objective, careful, or thorough in their production, such as those by Calabash and others invariably leave more questions than answers so are always subject to debate. I like videos that teach you about detector features or techniques you didn't know about or actual hunt videos. You really seldom learn anything of substance from the comparison videos and I have yet to hear of them changing anyone's opinion of a particular detector.
  24. 1 point
    I looked at the Vid. My thought: By having the sensitivity turned all the way up to 25 AND keeping the coil right on top of the targets, he is overdriving the electronics. I have never heard of anyone being able to hunt at "25" in ground or water [but there is most likely someone who can] . It would of been nice to see results held 6" above those targets, or at 22 sensitivity. Dave
  25. 1 point
    Well, Day 11 had it's ups and downs, first, I arrived at 9 and left at 11 so a shorter than usual day, I still didn't have much stream left after yesterdays dig it all effort and I have lawn mowing to do all afternoon. It started off like every other, coins in short order although on this occasion mostly worthless semi modern coins, maybe they're finally starting to run out. Undeterred I kept at it. And stumbled across a silver, 1933 sixpence. It was stupidly deep, deeper than my carrot, the VDI number was bang on too but very faint Next decent find was a bit of a heart stopper, I couldn't believe my eyes! At first I thought it was a NZ $1 coin as it looks about the same size, same colour and same feel to it, although as I cleaned it off it clearly wasn't a $1 coin. A 1910 Gold Sovereign...... doesn't look that great in the photo as the dirt and sun on it made it look rather bland. Next up a 1965 One Shilling, unfortunately not of the silver age group. Then a nice penny, in good condition too. I don't understand why some go bad and get green growths on them and others stay quite good. It was pretty deep too and lucky last as I was walking back to my car to leave, another old penny.... I now made the drive to JW's house to show him my sovereign. We examined it and I was starting to question it's authenticity as it just seemed to good to be true, it also didn't feel as heavy as I expected it would. Mr's JW pointed out the colour didn't look like that of a gold nugget, not as dark yellowish and more pale, I tended to agree. JW said I should weigh it and compare it to the weight on the internet, he had no scales as he was just at his rental so I took off home to weigh it, unless my scales are out it weighs a little bit less than it should, you would think it's weight would be exact.... so I think it's a fake, I just don't understand why a fake would be there..... The usual semi modern stuff, still fun to find but of no real value. The good stuff and possible fake sovereign. I also realized just how crap I am at walking a straight line, first up in the morning there was dew on the grass, when I got to the end and turned around to go back I saw my walk line...... embarrassing 🙂
  26. 1 point
    Which of those frequencies are used for the Nox's MF modes?
  27. 1 point
    You are not alone in your common misconception regarding the frequency components of Multi IQ. Those are the single frequency selections for the Equinox 800. No more, no less and do not necessarily have anything to do with Multi IQ. It has been shown through spectrum analysis of the coil transmitted output, that those frequencies likely do not correspond to the frequencies that are transmitted during Multi IQ operation. It looks like probably only two frequencies are transmitted simultaneously during Multi IQ operation, and neither of those appear to correspond to any of the above frequencies. See this thread for more info and links to other related threads. The issue is complex and ML has not been transparent about the nature of Multi IQ likely to protect their intellectual property (which conveniently enables them to be vague about the specifics). They have also caused confusion and propagated the 5-frequency Multi IQ mythos through pseudo technical jargon and diagrams that appear to conflate the above single frequency settings with their Multi IQ spectrum cartoon diagrams. As a result, the issue of frequencies that comprise Multi IQ is pure conjecture. IOW - no one but ML knows the answer and ML is not saying.
  28. 1 point
    I hunt almost every day year round for 2 to 3 hours when the weather isn't below 25F or above 100F. It's good exercise, my dog gets to go too, and I get to detect!!!! I change up the pattern sometimes but 90% of the time I am hunting for coins and jewelry with my Equinox 600 with 11" coil or my Fisher F19 with Detech Ultimate 13" coil. Usually my Nox is in Park 1 or Park 2 discriminating -9 to +4 and my F19 is in disc mode, iron volume 11, tone break at 55, discrimination 35. Today, like most days I was concentrating on the pull tab, ring tab/beaver tail, zinc penny range looking for gold jewelry. That's roughly +6 to +23 on the Nox and 50 to 80 on the F19. If I am feeling pretty good I will dig anything in that range. I live in suburban Denver so no shovels, only screwdriver coin popping. It is really hot and dry here at the moment too, so I was only willing to dig shallow surface to 4" targets today so I wouldn't destroy the turf in the park I was going to. I was planning to dig lots of pull tabs, ring tabs, beaver tails and zinc pennies. If I dug a nickel, copper penny, dime or quarter in the mean time: Great! That definitely happened. I skipped over a few pull tabs/ring tabs and dug 41. Dug 11 pennies. So roughly 50 possible gold targets in 1 hour and 30 minutes. Amazingly enough before I recovered the 8 gram 14K gold ring ($240 melt value ?) the first thing in the hole was a beaver tail. It was actually on my screw driver - perfect bull's eye. I was NOT thinking "#$%%^^ another tab! I did what I usually do and rechecked the hole with my handheld pinpointer. The original target ID on my F19 with the Ultimate coil (thank you phrunt for constantly recommending it!) was a really steady 70 to 72 at 2 inches, so I was a little surprised with the beaver tail ring tab. Usually the numbers jump a little more just because of all the varying surfaces on the target when the beaver tail is still attached to the pull ring. So, I wasn't surprised that there was a second target (I was thinking maybe a zinc penny) but I was really happy that my remembering and practicing three important things payed off with a great ring. I don't find gold rings every time I hunt. I do find rings (junk and bling) at least 3 times a week along with earrings, chains, pendants etc. Some are gold or silver, most are bling. I would say that the ratio I experience between trash and jewelry is about 50 to 1. This hunt was right in line with that ratio. DIG PULL TABS/BEAVER TAILS DIG ZINC PENNIES RECHECK THE HOLE FOR OTHER TARGETS Jeff
  29. 1 point
    Beautiful natural gold Glenn. Love your story and stunning photography too. As you know I have told many folks and even teach it in our 3 day field classes, there are certain types of gold some machines do not respond. The density and characteristics of some gold is not ideal for PI technologies. Glad you were swinging a VLF and having some Success. Those are some high dollar finds and well earned too. Thanks for sharing.
  30. 1 point
    😄 This is the crankshaft for a Wärtsilä-Sulzer RTA96-C engine, the largest reciprocating engine in the world, used in large container ships. It's a 1810-liter engine that generates 108,920 horsepower at 102 RPM, and it idles at 22 RPM... almost 3 seconds per rotation. This crankshaft weighs 300 tons (660,000 pounds) and each piston weighs 12,000 pounds and has a stroke length is 8.2 feet.
  31. 1 point
    I forced myself to lean and only use 50 tones, because I figured if one focused on the audio, they would learn nuances and clues. Still plenty to learn, but I mainly hunt by tones, although there are certainly patterns I enjoy seeing on the TID display as well. I've seen, and recorded silver dimes ringing up anywhere from 23 - 32, that's a big spread, but they were all depths, angles, orientations, some holed, some holed multiple times, etc., and they all had one thing in common, a tinkly dig me audio characteristic. So while the TID# may not always be the same, the audio is usually telling. Certain sites seem to bring the TID#'s up or down, mineralization, depth, types of dimes (thin seateds vs meaty barbers and mercs?), tough sites with heavy alkali or other mineralization can skew the numbers in any number of ways.
  32. 1 point
    Great points and questions Harry. There is a tremendous amount of gold all along the Klamath River. Within these large and small gravel bars, both deep and shallow, are numerous flood layers along with the layers from the original dredging and hydraulic operations. With close observation and experience they become quite apparent and predictable. Each or all can be surfaces for migrating gold to come to rest. Sample, sample, sample. The year before last I met my sons over in Trinity County for some deer hunting. They hiked into the high country wilderness while I stayed in the lower elevations. One of them killed a nice buck and left for home the following day. As I had taken a week off from work, I stayed camping and hunting. Naturally the day after they left I killed a modest buck which required a difficult drag back to the closest road. This, with hanging it and skinning it that evening left this old guy pretty darn tired. With about 5 more days to my vacation I decided to drive to Happy Camp and hang the buck in the Kingfisher Markets cooler until I headed for home. Actually I had them cut, wrap and freeze the venison so I could stay longer. Any way, getting back on track, I set up camp in a local Forest Service campground, right along the Klamath River, not far from Happy Camp, for a little R & R. Next morning, with a cup of coffee in hand, I took a walk along the river. As I walked along a large gravel bar I noticed a cut bank about 3 feet high on the land side of the bar. Within this cut bank were 3 distinct layers of material deposited by past events. The bottom layer was ancient compacted stream bed cobble which I believe had never been worked. This layer is a rather pale yellowish, brown with black coated cobble. On top of this is a very distinct layer of coarse red sand which most likely was washed downstream from old timers dredging or hydrolic operations. The top layer was a grey mixed size cobble, from suitcase size rocks right on down to sand. I think this top layer was created by the 1964 flood. Truly a 100 year flood. Opps, time to go to work. About a 45 minute drive up the Smith River canyon here in Nortthern California.
  33. 1 point
    Does anyone know if the Minelab Gold Monster running at 45 kHz can see this wire gold? I did a search on the internet without any positive results. Steve H. mentioned it might, Kiwijw showed us some very small gold targets that the GM found and we know that the GMT at 48 kHz and GB2 at 71 kHz can see the crystalline and porous gold. I'm thinking about targeting some of this CO. gold with a VLF detector and need some input before purchasing a unit. Maybe Gerry McMullen can answer this question with his wire gold specimens. Bill
  34. 1 point
    Dragged a buddy mine to an area where I found a 2 cent. Had my Tejon with larger coil this time around and got a small but nice hit near a pine tree, told him to dig it might be good. I looked back after a few minutes and saw a huge mound of dirt so i went back and relocated it. Turned out to be a 4 leaf clover charm gold plated over zinc so I said want it? Might bring you some luck... he said no all pissed off. Continuing on i found 5 Indian heads with dates from late 1800's to 1908, pocket knife and a barber dime to top it off. The Charm is now hot glued to the Tejon 🙂 What was odd is the Indian heads showed up as a 60 on his Garrett. Really strange as they usually show up 74-76 on those machines. Even on my Tejon they were pretty much on the pull ring if not on the fringe. Usually skip those signals but for some reason they just sounded a bit better than a pull ring. Too bad the pine trees beat them up. Think a bit more baking soda and toothbrush will clean them up a bit more.
  35. 1 point
    I also found a Lord of the Rings One Ring that's 15 grams and 14k Gold that rang up as a 21/22 on the Nox You miss the big heavy ones if you don't dig that range 🙂
  36. 1 point
    Definitely do dig them Phrunt!! My last two gold rings were a pull tab signal and a zinc penny signal. Both were in places I’ve detected before and can almost guarantee that I passed them because it was hot and I’d already dug my share of similar ID junk targets.
  37. 1 point
    Steve - I'd like an autographed copy of your website please. Thanks. ?
  38. 1 point
    Extending the range from just above foil to just above top line of nickel mark on my Tejon which hits on square tabs I dug this up in the park I hit all the time. I didn't pass up the usual coin sounds (pennies, dimes and quarters). I would have passed over this nice white gold charm with an opal in the middle. The large stone is a cz in plated metal setting, other looks like a zipper pull maybe? Thought I would have hit a lot more tabs than I actually did. Usually just coin shoot there and gloss over that range. Thanks!
  39. 1 point
    Congrats on the ring, Jeff! I know Denver parks get hit pretty hard so I'm surprised you're finding so many ring&beavertail pull tabs from the 1965-75 era. Is that because nearly everyone is using strong discrimination?
  40. 1 point
    I'm pleased you like your Ultimate coil, It's one of my favourite coils of all time. I wish I was able to achieve a 50 to 1 ratio, maybe I need to not be so lazy with the pull tab digging. You've got me motivated to go back to my "spot" to dig them all up. ? Your hunt without the ring more resembles a normal hunt for me except replace the ring pulls with bottle caps ?
  41. 1 point
    I’m definitely guilty of not doing as much testing as I should have with both iron bias which I run at 0 all the time and Recovery Speed which I didn’t give the extreme ends of the range 1-3 and 7,8 any chance at all. Hopefully I don’t make myself look too stupid here, but I think what surprised me the most about Tom D’s Recover Speed explanation that hit me between the eyes was that the settings don’t actually change the actual recovery speed of the detector at all.. just the audio which either gets clipped or elongated.. I knew the audio is different at each setting but maybe I was thinking the detector was actually working differently. Now I know it’s more about understanding the audio at these different settings and probably the swing speeds that go with them. Sometimes you just think you know something until it gets explained to you differently and then it clicks.. Now I can revisit this Mode and look at it differently.. I would have never thought to try ultra low speed in a heavy target situation. Bryan
  42. 1 point
    I've been a longtime fan of the White's Goldmaster series, but I was really annoyed when White's put the machine into the XLT packaging. I like to keep weight off my arm, but more importantly I work some very steep hills where putting a machine down can be a problem. The unit will simply roll to the bottom of the hill. I also work in muddy conditions a lot and so I do not want to set my detector down in the soup. A little history. Prior to 1990 the White's Goldmaster was a simple T/R detector housed in a blue aluminum box. Those old obsolete models should be avoided by all but collectors because they could not ground balance. Around 1990 White's introduced the Goldmaster II, which featured a new black paint scheme. These black box models since 1990 are all quite capable 50 kHz nugget hunting detectors. The Goldmaster II used a S rod design that allowed the control box to be mounted in several locations on the rod, plus removed completely and either chest or hip mounted. This design was popular with prospectors. I still remember clearly the huge fuss when White's introduced the Goldmaster 4/B around 1998 and put it in the same one piece control box as was used in White's coin detecting models. This was no doubt partly a cost saving measure but also to accommodate a much larger circuit board as the Goldmaster series made the move from analog to digital. The Goldmaster 4/B was an hybrid analog/digital design that preceded the microprocessor based White's Goldmaster GMT. The dealer network raised a fuss and Jimmy Sierra in particular was incensed by the design change. He prevailed on White's to make a run of "chest mount only" models that basically took the handle and pod assembly and stuck it in the middle of the control box. A cumbersome design if there ever was one. It was also basically kept secret from anyone but Jimmy's dealers and so the chest mount only model is a rare Goldmaster indeed. This move coincided with Fisher introducing the Gold Bug 2, which at 71 kHz was hotter than the 50 kHz Goldmasters, plus had the hip and chest mount options with an even more compact design than the Goldmasters. Goldmaster sales plummeted and the Gold Bug 2 took over. The very unpopular Goldmaster 4/B was replaced by the 48 kHz GMT, a totally new microprocessor design. White's Goldmaster 3 (GM3) - last analog model, last with removeable control box Starting about 1990 the sequence was: White's Goldmaster II (1990) - new 50 kHz model, on S rod with removeable control box. White's Goldmaster V/SAT (1996) - added Variable Self Adjusting Threshold (V/SAT) control, on S rod with removeable control box. White's Goldmaster 3 (1997) - Added frequency offset, boost options, three piece rod standard (optional in previous two piece models), on S rod with removeable control box. Widely considered the best analog Goldmaster. White's Goldmaster 4/B (1998) - Added meter on a pod for iron discrimination, non-removable coin detecting type box design. White's GMT (2000) - Completely new 48 kHz microprocessor model, non-removable coin detecting type box design. White's Goldmaster 4/B with the new "coin detecting" control box design I really wanted a new White's GMT. The automatic ground balance and LCD iron readout are very good. So I thought about what I might do to get what I wanted. A GMT to chest or hip mount. White's makes a chest mount version, but it has the darn handle/pod sticking out the front where it blocks vision and is prone to getting hit while digging. And for hip mounting it bumps into things. White's Jimmy Sierra GMT chest mount I went ahead and bought the chest mount version, but the following conversion can be applied to the standard model as well. I went with the Jimmy Sierra special chest mount model as a starting place since the rod assembly is already a separate item. 2011 Update: White's does not make their chest mount version any longer. First step... take it apart! Here is the unit in parts, with a close up of the main board: White's GMT components disassembled White's GMT circuit board White's GMT pod contents The main board is clearly marked with what plugs where. Nice for reassembly. I took the pod apart, and ground the touchpad mounting down to just the pad itself as it was glued on too well to pry off. The LCD plugs into a mini circuit board in the pod, along with the trigger switch. Then a long cable runs through the handle and to a plug in the center of the main board. I wanted to chest mount the unit with the coil cable and headphones running out the right side. This meant the LCD would have to be mounted on one side. That particular side does not have enough room to flush mount the LCD into the case, so I decided to cut a hole in that side and mount the LCD on the outside of the case. This meant the mini circuit board would have to be mounted inside the case lid where the speaker resides. I am a headphones guy anyway, so out came the speaker. You could flush mount the LCD on the other side and retain the speaker, but then the coil cable will exit on the left. Good for lefties, however! You might even be able to do it the way I did and keep the speaker, but my fingers are not the most adept, and I figured I could use the extra work room. Mounting the pod circuit board The picture above shows the positioning of the mini circuit board inside the lid. The white ribbon cable runs out to the LCD. The green ribbon cable runs out through a hole I cut in the lid to the touchpad. I glued the touchpad on the outside of the case. More on that in a minute. The wires run to the new trigger switch location. I mounted the board on short spacer posts. Mounting the touchpad and LCD display The picture above shows you where we are heading. The LCD is mounted outside the case. The LCD was mounted using the hardware that originally mounted it to the mini circuit board. A D-Ring has been repositioned to the left. The touchpad is glued down partially covering the speaker holes. The rectangular hole in the case was left after removing the handle. You can see the new trigger switch location. I'm going to replace this switch with one of the rubber capped types. The touchpad covered the battery check/audio boost switch, so it was relocated to a position below the trigger switch. I had to lengthen the wires to do this, the only soldering involved. As I look down at the LCD, I can easily operate the switches and pad with my left hand. The switches are set so I can push down on them to activate the battery check or iron id accumulate mode. Relocated touchpad I cut an aluminum faceplate to cover all the leftover holes and glued it in place. Painted it all black so it would look halfway ok. If I had it to do over again, I would make the faceplate at the same time as I was mounting the touchpad. It was hard to make the faceplate after the fact, and I had to dismount and remount the mini circuit board to drill the bolts mounting it through the faceplate. Better to glue down the faceplate and pad as a unit, THEN drill the holes for mounting the mini circuit board. Relocated LCD display This turned out to be the hardest part. I originally figured I would be able to find some kind of clear plastic box to glue over the LCD to protect it. I cruised aisles in Lowes, Kmart, and Fred Meyer for hours looking for any kind of little box I could cut down and use. Finally I decided to make one. I got a piece of oak trim about 3/8" thick and made a bezel. I found a piece of thin plastic and made a window for it, and glued the window onto the bezel. I cut the original LCD stick-on window (the one that says "% probability of iron") down and glued it in place over my window. Finally, I glued the whole assembly over the LCD. Imagine my surprise when I tested it out after the glue had set up and the LCD was missing half its pixels! I was bummed. I took the case apart and wiggled everything. The unit was working fine, just the LCD was acting funny. Finally I pried my carefully placed cover off and looked the LCD over. No obvious problems. It was still just barely readable, however, so I figured the heck with it, and glued the cover back on. After it set up, I tried it again, and now the LCD was almost totally blank! I was using a glue called E6000 that bonds most anything. I decided that somehow the fumes from the glue had somehow "poisoned" the LCD. So I put a lamp on the unit and blew air in it periodically. And behold, the LCD slowly came back to life! Whew!! I cruised the net looking for info on this weird problem, but never did find anything. GMT conversion chest or hip mount So here is the final product. Actually, as you can see, I took these before I did the trim work. The chest mount is just for show. I need to rig up a full harness. But I'll tell you what... I really liked it. Everything right there where I need it, but well out of harms way. The alternative hip mount setup is better than the original by far, but I liked the chest mount so much I will only use it like this where there is no trash to deal with. I'm still looking for that spot! So there you go. This is not for the faint of heart. It was the first time I had done a mod this extensive, and it was a somewhat scary feeling to be tearing a brand new detector apart. Kiss that warranty goodbye! But now I have a unit I really like that will work well on steep slopes and other odd spots. Not to mention give my arm a break. The GMT is very well balanced, but every ounce counts when you are at it for 10 or 12 hours at a time. A final note. You could leave the pod on the handle and route a longer cable from it up the coil cable and to the control box. But I wanted the pod off the handle entirely, and adding more cables seems like a way to ask for more problems down the road. I know another guy that has now done this mod after seeing mine, and a third is at work on his. Maybe some people going to all this effort will tell White's that their old box design was better. Postscript: After the above post was made I took my new White's GMT chest mount to Ganes Creek, Alaska for a real world nugget hunt. The unit worked as I hoped and then some. Here is a picture of it and the 1.89 ounce gold nugget it found for me! 1.89 Oz nugget found with White's GMT chest mount conversion ~ Steve Herschbach Copyright © 2002 Herschbach Enterprises
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    I like mine. A few posts on this forum, newest first.... Switching Between 6” And 11” Coil 6" Vs. 11" Coil Air Testing Results... Bad 2 Directional Falses After Upgrade With 6" Coil In Iron Nox And The 6" Coil... First Hunts 6 Inch Coil Hunts And Results (6 Inch Coil) Beginner's Luck? 6" Coil On The Way! 6 Inch Tid Numbers Compared To The 11 Inch Numbers Dithering On 6" Coil Equinox 6" Coil First Hunt With The 6" Coil First Time Out With The 6 Inch Coil Eqx 06 Coil Review For Gold Prospecting 6" Coil Making Me Happy First Day Success With Eq 800 & 6" Coil 6” Coil Test On Freshwater Beach - Gold Ring First Gold With 6" Equinox Coil Equinox 800 6 Inch Coil Gold Hunting Early Air Test On Nox 6 Inch Coil Compared To 11 Inch Coil Depth Meter Testing With 6” Coil First Relic Hunt With 6 Inch Coil 6 Inch Coil Test Nox 6” Coil Hunt 3 Rings On The Beach With 6 Inch Coil!
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    Phrunt, you are the victim of false news. The above photo was taken weeks before the climate change march and has been fraudulently posted in many areas in an effort to disparage the people involved in the march. Looks like you have been taken in too Beatty. Thought you would have been smarter than that.
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    This is the mess left behind here in WA by a well known Eastern states tour company. Crap "reality" shows like Aussie Gold Hunters sure don't help and in fact have caused our station and others no end of problems. That show is so far removed from reality. It seems to attract people who usually don't have two cents to rub together, who think they can get rich quick by picking up nuggets just laying around everywhere. No clue, no grasp of reality, no research, no preparation, no brains and no care taken.
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    Was a loyal Whites guy for a long time and finally had it. Loved the TDI SL but they refused to make the factory modifications to the unit that eventually I (with an electrician friend of mine) found a way to "scab in" myself. Talked with Tom about it for over a year and he said just be patient; "improvements to the SL are coming soon"...........nada. Most every time I would call up there wanting to just talk, I would get nothing but attitude. One particular lady in customer service was exceptionally aloof and abrasive . I'd had about enough of these people. Then earlier this year an event took place that made it easy for me to say good by to Sweet Home forever. New coils came out for the Minlab SDC 2300, a unit I'd been wanting to buy for a long time but kept putting it off in my long patient wait for the Whites "promised" TDI upgrades. Thats it.......I'm out! Bought the SDC and loving it, spent the last 6 months selling off all my Whites detectors. Done all I could do to stay with this American detector company but eventually felt abandon by it, suppose I'm a Minlab guy now. Decided to keep my Sierra Gold Trac though in honor of Jimmy Sierra. He and I had many conversations.......great guy and another loss to this company. My hunch is Tom B began to feel the ship he was sailing on is headed for the reef. Time to get the hell off and move on. Innovate or evaporate the old saying goes, Tesoro may have some company soon. Hope I'm wrong but I think I hear the death rattle.
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