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  1. 31 points
    This month in 1979 I bought my first metal detector a Bounty Hunter RB7, took me almost 3 years of pure frustration to get my first nugget,(pic below) after many 100s of hours, I know now I sure went over heaps of detectable gold, and still do, but not the heaps I went over then,...…...I hope...……... Below is some photos, I wish to share with DP members to celebrate, unfortunately I did not take many photos, straight into the crusher smelted down and off to the mint, have scanned what I could find from the old "shoe boxes". Plus a couple of recent ones, the specimen last is highly magnified, gold in limestone, and although no weight is probably the most valued by me, not just because it was my first piece (found with that RB7), but because of its uniqueness. Consider myself very privileged to live in this era, it has enriched my life not just in its monetary value, but given a challenge and still does that I suspect has no equal. MN I`ve gone and done it and not even close to the 30th of February.
  2. 25 points
    17 x 12 Spiral, pings tiny .1 gram bits no worries. Pain in the butt digging them but sometimes they lead to bigger and better chunks as was the case for me today. 76 grams at 18 inches, any detector would have heard it, same with the 6 gram bit. 14 gram bit was a different story, 20 inches down and very quite but definitely a dig me signal. With the X running so quiet it was no worries. A bloody pleasure to use, a complete contrast to my stock 14” which is so touch and knock sensitive, it’s had a hard life so maybe just worn out but it never ran as quite as the X.
  3. 23 points
    KiwiJW, Mrs JW and I went on a bit of an unusual mission over the weekend. The NZ Minelab dealer contacted me last week saying he has a mission should I choose to accept it, He knew someone who bought a nice house with a gold mine as it's backyard, she wanted to know if there was still gold to be found on it as she would buy a detector for a bit of fun. She wasn't overly serious about making anything out of it, just liked the idea of knowing if gold was there as it would be a novelty to send visitors out with a detector. She said we could keep anything we find if we managed to find anything, I was hoping for an old Chinese coin. JW had been to the area before although I don't think he had great success but with this being a private property gold mine that was quite well hidden perhaps nobody had hit it before. Not to mention it was completely covered in scrub, over the past two years since buying it she had been clearing it only leaving the good stuff, amazing job for one very determined woman. The Chinese miners planted out a range of plum trees, tobacco plants, briar rose for their tea and who knows what else. They also planted these cool little plants they used for toilet paper, it's a shame I didn't get a photo of one. Nice big soft thick cushy furry leaves, probably better than real toilet paper. It was tempting to test some out. John brought his Caravan along, all the comforts of home We were able to park it up right next to the Gold mine. Coffees ready to roll. The mine was huge, daunting to work out where to start so I relied more on JW as he has much more of an idea about this sort of thing, so we jumped on our VLF's, JW on his Monster and me on the Nox. I left the 11" coil on to give me more ground coverage in such a massive area. JW manned up and used the 5" GM coil, not daunted at all 🙂 It just keep going and going and going, imagine having that as your backyard. I'd love it. We tried and tried to find gold, but nothing.... JW found an old penny, but promptly lost it again It was old sluiced workings and there was still a lot of the old equipment laying around, pipes and bits of the sluice gun. The main part of the gun looked to be a feature in her town now. We went for dinner at the local pub that night with the lady that owns the mine and her neighbours who were very interested in trying to find gold. Mrs JW fired up the Jukebox, in turn JW shook his booty to the tunes which the entire pub couldn't help but notice much to my and Mr's JW's amusement. When it was time to leave we went up and paid the bill and the publican asked where we were from and turns out he lived near me for 30 or so years and moved up to that area to run a trommel and a couple of diggers. He did quite well but messed up with paperwork so had to end the mining so he bought the pub instead. He informed us the area only had tiny flour gold so our detectors were useless. JW already suspected this. I really thought we'd get something so armed with our new information JW decided it's time to go back to basics to avoid a skunk. She had a pond with a cool little hut in the gold mine too, turns out the hut also came from my town, she got it delivered. Very weird set of circumstances. JW tried a few pans, no luck, then he tried out some of the dirt rabbits left after digging their holes, and what do you know, he got gold! He got 1 tiny little flake 🙂 The water was near freezing! He tackled another pan of rabbit hole soil and got another couple of bits then handed over the pan to me, I got 5 bits on my first pan of rabbit dirt, then another few bits on my second pan, including a big one.......... for this location. We called it quits and did a tour of the local area and it's mining history and found this old mini bucket dredge. Then a snow storm started to kick in so we made our way home, weekend over.... an enjoyable experience and I learnt quite a bit.
  4. 21 points
    Just some stats for those who may wonder about such things. In the last year (July 2018 - July 2019) this website had just over 350,000 unique visitors (each person counted once, not every time they post). The top ten countries.... United States 55.5% Australia 13.93% United Kingdom 8.22% Canada 2.45% France 1.19% Germany 1.18% Italy 1.06% Netherlands 0.99% Turkey 0.92% Russia 0.71%
  5. 18 points
    Hello All, Out here in Arizona, USA, it's been very hot and now humid as the Monsoons are right around the corner. That being said, I have been poking around an old placer location loaded with iron rubbish in search for overlooked gold nuggets. I have made it a point to start very early, right at day break and hunt until the heat runs me out (typically 4-5 hours). I was using the Minelab GPZ 7000 and placering a wash bottom down to bedrock like the old-timers would. I'm lucky every so often to get a nugget here and there wedged in the bedrock cracks/crevices that the old-timers missed or overlooked. It's always a mystery to wonder what the old-timers really discovered in some of these really rich coarse gold placer areas. I'm not sure of the rules about Youtube videos, but I have attached two of them for your viewing. Hope some of you that are not able to get out right now can enjoy the adventure with me.
  6. 16 points
    Thank you everyone for the great responses! You have really helped me a lot. Please everyone understand this. I love metal detecting and prospecting. I spent most my life and especially online being an evangelist of sorts for the cause. I love helping people find their first nugget, and I know I have helped very many people do just that. This website and forum is a labor of love for me. It is never something that is being put on me or is a burden. My own gold prospecting heyday is probably more in the rear view mirror these days, but the website keeps me involved at some level no matter what, even if it just means playing host. I thank each and every one of you for being forum members and I doubly thank anyone that simply tries to help answer questions that others have. I want the forum to be friendly and welcoming. At the same time I have tried to attract some very knowledgeable people because it helps everyone when they are here. Such people can have strong opinions about things and can go overboard. I honestly found myself being a jerk on some Aussie forums back in the day. My excuse was that I was responding to somebody else, but it’s no excuse. My behavior was unacceptable. I am not proud of that part of myself and have worked hard the last ten years on simply trying to be a better person... but that’s another story. My hope always is to attract posts about stuff people are interested in and especially about new gear. The website is designed to be an information repository and at the end of the day I try to organize everything around sound information. As a rule I generally know what is what and will not allow misinformation to spread via the forum. I want people to trust what they see here. The bottom line is that none of this is a burden on me. I really try hard to ride that fine line as best I can with the goal of not banning people and not ever deleting stuff but at the same time having to do just a little of both on very rare occasions. My main concern was that I can’t really tell how everyone here was perceiving my efforts. Too heavy handed? Not enough? Being overly biased in some way? It’s hard to know sometimes. This feedback is extremely important as it appears most of you are satisfied with how I am doing. That’s mainly what I was hoping to hear, and it is important for a couple new forum members to hear it also. I was being told how people are all upset with me and the forum and it had me questioning a little bit. You have all put that concern to rest. I promise to continue to just forge ahead and do the best I can. In my view I serve at the pleasure of the general forum membership with the goal of being the best forum possible. I will never get it entirely right but I sincerely do appreciate the votes of confidence. I now return you to our regular programming. Thanks again... you all have a great day!
  7. 16 points
    Well we finally got thru obligatory rehab work, and we dryblowing work. Drove the backhoe to the next area and decided to scrape a little while we were there... Glory be!!! 10grams right off. Most were in the dirt above the cap. Did a repeat the second day with 16grams🤠 Got most of the gear ready to go... piddling today...enjoyed Sunday with a couple of mates. Getting my camper all ready to go bush... I repaired some tears and old loose seams yesterday with a Speedy Stitcher... handy tool to have if you ever have to sew canvas....works like a charm Built a new battery/propane housing frame on the tongue so I can boondock with 2 propane and 2 deep cycle batteries on hand. Also got a Yagi antenna from Trent that should give me Internet... that will be crazy out where I’m going... I already took the water trailer with 250 gallons down day before yesterday. Hopefully this area will keep producing well for us. Picture of me below shows how I love dryblowing.
  8. 15 points
    As to why no small coil from Minelab for the GPZ well it’s like why no 6 x 10 coil for the Equinox yet? Probably the most popular detector in the planet, and an obvious coil option. Coils simply are not a priority at Minelab for some reason. That being the case, if I were them I would help aftermarket people, not hinder them. Coiltek and Nugget Finder had a lot to do with the success of the Minelab PI machines by providing such a wide array of coils. Large coil selections help sell detectors, and that is obviously what Minelab would rather do. Car manufacturers count on tire companies to make tires so they can focus on cars for the same reason. But Minelab is like a car company that does not want anyone making tires for their cars.
  9. 15 points
    **** TRIP 2 **** The main purpose was actually to test ferrite balance in saturated ground, but I wasn't going to drive back to the first areas I spoke of. That is way too far for some simple testing. I have another area where I found my first gold patch. Strangely enough it was on a GPAA claim. Who would have thunk. Those claims are beaten down and squeezed dry, right? Me and a friend both laugh about this place. We very often go back to the general area to beat down the skunk. After getting out to the claim at midnight, I set up the detector. Surprisingly, ground balance was fine and so was the ferrite balance. So much for testing that. Next best goal for testing is to determine if the 10" coil gets gold missed by others. Well this place has been hit by every machine you can think of, including the VLF's. Well after checking the main hillside area, I had nothing. Only one boot tack I found that everyone missed. Then I headed down to the stream where I had found gold before. Lots of pieces had been found here. But the area had been worked hard by drywashers and detectors, too. My buddy with an SDC2300 basically cleaned this place out. Last time I was here, I got the skunk. It was starting to look the same this time. But then after hitting the sides of the wash, I got clear signal. And by the way my rule for this hunt was that I wasn't going to get down and dirty and make the gold appear by using the tricks of the trade like digging out areas and moving rocks. I wanted to see if got what other machines had missed, not what other techniques had missed. But nobody should have missed this signal. There actually seemed to be a couple signals. The first two signals were the biggest pieces. But I kept hearing more and more signals. I dug down another 4-5 inches through the schist and pulled out another 4pcs for a total of 6 (all of which in a 2'x2' area). I had hit this specific spot before and found gold about 10' away. But here I am with more. I am not really sure how the larger pieces were not heard with the GPX5000 I used previously down this wash. So I still have no conclusion on the ferrite ring other than I know I can use the other coil to lock in the ferrite balance, so I am not too concerned. Does this coil find what other machines cannot see, well that is hard to say. I know SDC,GPX and GPZ's have been over these areas. I think a lot of the gold on the hillside patch was gone over. I may have just been lucky on this spot. But it *is* strange that it was not far under the bush or hidden or difficult to reach. Anyways, not much to conclude with this test other than this coil operated smoothly at this location and still finds gold. I do really like the small pinpoint accuracy of this coil and how light it is. Not very big gold (total of 2 grams), but I am only showing it to give an idea of its capability in the states. It does seem to add an inch or two depth on the .1g pieces. This is what I would expect for a 10" coil.
  10. 13 points
    Condor and his trip/notes was the inspiration of my post. He too realized the easy gold is gone, but we go for the Adventure too. Thanks Condor for sparking my old memories. At least you can say.."I did it". Spring 2006 three buddies/I decided it was time to quit talking about it and just do "Australia" with a detector for gold. With many details left out, but a quick overview. Yes I made it home (America) and am alive. The venomous snakes, iguanas (4 foot poisonous lizard), attacking kangaroos, wild goats and monster sized spiders/centipedes could not stand up against the rancid ripe odor of an un-bathed light skinned Yankee running across the dehydrated desert flats with detector in hand. I just returned from an enjoyable 1st time trip to Western Australia and the richly red iron soils of the Outback areas of known golden fields Kalgoorlie/Leanora. Even though I caught some serious plane crud on the 16 hour flight from LAX to Sydney, AU. and it lasted hard the 1st week and a half before I got a little better...I still managed to have fun. The Outback is one of a beautiful and secluded primitive place this mother earth allows us to play with many sites, sounds and wonders to gather and ponder in the mind. I would love to return some day, but would do things a little more different and be set up for gold hunting more for the serious BUSH and not be seen for a week at a time. Most areas we detected had been hunted really hard (just like here in the US such as Rye Patch, NV.) and we would find the crumbs that others missed do to their lack of detector knowledge and skill. We did manage to find an occasional small site that was off the beaten path and get a few nuggets. The Minelab GP-3500 with a Commander 15” MONO elliptical coil ran flawlessly and found most of my nuggets. In fact all 4 of us were using GP-3500’s and were amazed at how well they ran in the much heard of highly mineralized Australian soil. I did manage to find 4 small patches that produced the majority of my gold.. In no way do I base the success of this trip on recovered gold, but as usual, I hoped for and expected more. Of the 4 detectorists (including myself), we found approx 110 nuggets and one 5 oz specimen. I managed 62 of those nuggets and the specimen. To give you a weight total, we had a combined wt of approx. 4 ounces and then the 5 ounce specimen. Of the 4 ounces of gold nuggets we all found, my total wt was just over 64 grams (2 ounces) for the 62 nuggets, so you get an idea of the size with an average of my nuggets being around 1 gram each. The largest nugget (not including the specimen) was 3.9 gram and there were 2 of those found. Yes I was hoping for a few larger nuggets and even expected that we each could find a 1/4 oz'er but that never happened. Does that mean the trip was a bust? Most certainly not and I assure you, it was an amazing trip that I'll fondly remember for the rest of my life. Moral of the story to add to Condors trip. Over 10+ years ago, 4 good American nugget hunters with the newest detector technologies did not find what we had expected and hoped for in the gold category. 4 of us Americans did something most dream about but never do and we'll remember the Australian Outback...and those girls wearing pasties, for the rest of our lives. I always wondered if there was a nugget under one of those pasties? Maybe go back some day to check. Thanks for caring. Gerry in Idaho Gerry's Detectors www.gerrysdetectors.com
  11. 12 points
    Mia, the prospecting Dog. To her detecting is just walkies all day long. Relegated to accompanying me here at home on our property since being tagged by a snake in 2017 then 2 weeks later getting smacked again! You wouldn’t know it because she’s so fit and active but age is now catching up so afternoon naps are now the norm, for me anyway if she’ll let me. 🙂 JP
  12. 12 points
    Most of my finds pale into insignificance compared to some of the great gold that is displayed on this forum, but it is what it is. I got out for a couple of hours yesterday and got this piece about 10 mins after I got there, then nothing. The good thing about this spot is there is not a great deal in the way of rubbish, so I`m going to spend a bit more time there and hope a few more pieces pop up. Dave
  13. 11 points
    Nice to get up this morning and see light-hearted banter about the weather. Thanks everyone. Every day we have a chance to rewrite life with a fresh start by simply letting the past go. It really only exists in our head anyway and “Let It Go” has worked miracles in my life. So good morning everyone from my part of the world. Let’s let this all go and just move forward to a brighter day. Thanks again everyone for the feedback and patience you all have with me. And by the way, beautiful sunny day here I strive these days to be more like my dogs... near perfect creatures in my opinion.
  14. 11 points
    4 Sundays ago Simon & I headed off to an old haunt. Simon with his QED & me with the Zed & 10 x 9 X coil. I had been here once previously with the same set up & had got 8 bits of gold. This time the ground was quite moist from frost conditions & thawing out. So I liked my chances of getting some more as I always maintain that these moist conditions improve sensitivity & depth. I was running High Yield/Normal. Full max sensitivity of 20. Going extra slow, rubbing the ground & over areas I had got gold off before. It took a while to get a faint little hit on an old timers throw out pile. Down about 4 inches the signal had moved so I was convinced it wasn't going to be a pellet . Gosh...wasn't much bigger than one. Got another signal in the same throw out pile just above the first. I had flattened some grasses that were quite weak & folded down easily. Bang. Got a good hit. you will see the first dig to the lower left. Out popped this. Then above that dig I got another hit. Crazy. So three bit in very short succession off this one pile. For no reason I flipped over this flat schist slab & bugger me, I got a signal A beautiful sweet mellow gold signal. And gold it was. Then on another old throw out pile I get another sweet little hit. Wasn't too deep but for the size of the gold I was stunned. Thats Gold Monster size gold. It didn't end there. On the same pile. A couple of scrapes. Another tiny bit On top of some schist bed rock another faint but positive signal. Another small bit of gold. Prior to this Simon's QED batteries had died. Bugger. Then I remembered that I had the GB2 & the Gold Monster back in my wagon, which wasn't too far away. So off Simon went & came back with the GM 1000. We then had a coffee & lunch break. My last bit for the day was down a bit of a gut. Notice Simon at the top waving the GM 1000. He didn't fair too well this day on the gold. I was surprised at the depth of this dig & the very good signal. Thinking it was going to be a reasonable piece. Wrong. But still gold. no catch & release. All up 11 pieces for 1.08 grams. Another successful X coil day out there on ground that had given up producing with the standard 14" Zed ML coil. Loving these coils Cheers. Best of luck out there JW 🤠
  15. 11 points
    I was a dealer for 35 years and consider dealers to be people I try to attract to the forum since many are very knowledgeable. Most forums run them off unless they are sponsors. Nobody has to sponsor this forum to post here. It therefore did not really occur to me that saying that could be taken as implying dealers are deceitful and I apologize if it came across that way. I do think dealers need to be identified however and that’s all there is to that. Like walking a damn minefield! The good news is if everybody gets irate and quits the forum I will have more time for detecting. In the end I’m just doing the best I can and I know it, so will sleep good tonight. Sweet dreams of gold!
  16. 10 points
    Latest 12" X mission over, was staying out 2 nights but the frost sent me home to the warm bed, plus I lost my pick, walked couple of ks blew a couple of hours and could not find it. Yeah, yeah I know how can one lose a 3ft long pick, done it before will no doubt do it again. I am convinced there is a pick stealing triantiwontigong that exists on all gold fields I have visited. Lot of talk about settings and ground balancing methods lately, as we have often discussed before, these are individual settings and no one has the correct settings for anyone but themselves. Very simply my current, and I say current because I will go with what gets the gold whether settings or hardware. Settings are semi auto, general, no audio or ground smoothing, volume 7, threshold 24-27 depending on wind noise (WM12 no booster or h/phones) normal mostly but difficult when patch hunting usually, sensitivity between 8-20. Ground balance is.... no use of Quick track button, no ferrite simply let the Z do it`s thing, it is next to the SDC the easiest gold detector I`ve ever used. KISS (Keep It Simple Sir) occasionally as I`ve said years back I`ll go into manual but very rarely as it requires having to fool the Z into doing a Quick Track. ML if you listening give us firmware that has an option allowing us to avoid this forcing of QT. I am very sure I am not the Lone Ranger in this request. Crikey another photo posted, I am going soft no...……... I
  17. 10 points
    Hi Rob, I split this off from the other thread since it was more about poor forum behavior and how I am addressing it. As far as the X Coil goes I agree with you. I am disappointed Minelab did not deliver on a small coil that was indeed all but promised. That said I am personally not needing any coil bad enough to do what is needed to make an X Coil work. I guess my view is simple - wait a year and let it all sort out, and no doubt something will. Until then these should be viewed as experimental “use at your own risk” coils. Lest anyone want to start stirring the pot again, my finger is now on the ban button. I am done coddling people over these coil threads. Either act like civil adults when posting or don’t post.
  18. 10 points
    Time for my 2 cents because I’ve proabably been the most vociferous here and to be honest am in the thick of a lot of the malcontent. Firstly I thank everyone on the forum for not actually naming me in some of the criticism, that is very polite of you and I truly appreciate it (friend and foe alike). I do however want to say I am aware of were I go wrong and for that I apologise, having limited time for an hour in the morning before the sun comes up is no excuse, I really should proof read what I write seeing things through another’s eyes. I should also credit forum readers with a little more intelligence and let them make their own minds up about contentious subjects rather than being so aggressive in the way I word things. What’s the saying in soccer? “Attack the ball not the player”. Sometimes the other player doesn’t mean to ankle tap you or the umpire just doesn’t see it, either way its often best to just get on with the game for the games sake. I think a lot of the misfires are based around bait being dangled in the water and my having an extremely heightened and impassioned sense of injustice through long years of exposure to online aggression, this tends to harden you with cynicism with the envelope then being pushed further and further away from acceptable behaviour, which of course then shocks others not used to such behaviour or not in the full picture.Trying to find that fine line between decency and pointedly getting your message across is not an easy task and I tend to fail miserably at times. I always try to remain factual and I always try to provide information that is useful to others which hopefully justifies the need for posting in the first place, using words to combat inaccuracies in fact-based discussions often leads to prides being pricked, my knowledge base on subjects I’m strong on often gets me into situations were others can become easily offended by what and how I respond. I would like to thank Steve for his judicious use of the moderation pen and also his patience, he too has to tread a fine line between the combatants and decorum on the forum and I feel he has done that well considering the pressure he gets from both sides of the many discussions. He has been very lenient with me and I thank him for his friendship and support especially his ability to read between the lines and see the bigger picture. Sometimes our lives and concerns and preoccupations leak through into our daily behaviours, colouring our judgment, we are human after all. So enough of the I’s and lets talk instead about the motivators that create good discourse and free flowing of ideas on a public forum, which BTW is becoming rarer by the day when once they thrived. In my case my main motivator is factual based, empowering people with the correct information or correcting mis-information is the key driving force that provides me with the incentive to make the effort to post up words in my ‘Coffee’ time first thing in the morning. As such that information can get me into hot water because too much information that is readily imparted can make others feel threatened which then tends to cause people to faction up into like minded groups. In the passing on of that information I have to be doubly careful because of confidentiality, so my wording is being pressed from many angles but at the end of the day the way I choose words is the thing that often creates the outcome, some of it I am aware of (pride based) others come as a complete surprise from quarters not considered previously. So Steve, keep the discourse going its what makes your forum valuable and I in return will start paying attention to the words I don’t really need to write to be involved in discussions with people who have differing views. JP
  19. 9 points
    My assistant Jaffa 🤗 He doesn’t wander away at all, always by my side trying to get me to throw a stick. He drops it on my coil while detecting to force me to stop and throw it .
  20. 9 points
    It’s very nice that X Coil is getting a ton of free advertising via this forum but it appears I am the one getting the headache. I have been doing the best I can to keep a lid on the dumpster fire, but now I am getting messages accusing me of somehow being biased simply for hosting the discussion. I was approached by the Russians early on but declined as it was easy for me to see it was going to be a can of worms. So I have no pony in this race. I think forum members deserve to hear all the pros and cons and I am not in a position to say who is right or who is wrong. My view is that I just try and keep it moderated as best I can and let forum members decide who and what they want to believe. davgold as a dealer obviously has an interest in the coils looking good. JP has brought up some issues but it seems some have problems with him doing that or the way he is doing it. I have a personal friend who has a bricked GPZ due to his attempt to use an X Coil. It’s not the first I have heard of either. You could perhaps say that his fault but really he knows his stuff so I am more inclined to say that there are risks that are real here. I can see pros and cons and am very loathe to shut down any one side. I am willing to keep trying my best to keep the ship on an even keel as long as the general forum members are learning anything of value. I am also just as willing to lock all the X Coil threads and ban new ones if people have had enough of it. Lest anyone think I am upset that’s not the case. Typical tempest in a teapot with people thinking metal detecting is some kind of life and death thing. But new members joining to pick sides and send me messages trying to shut one or the other side down will not work so give that up. I am only interested in what the longer term members think on this particular issue. I would like to here from longer term forum members that are involved in the threads to either give me some direction via this thread or PM me with their thoughts if that seems better. It may be that most people are fine and that would be good to know also. By most forum standards it’s pretty tame stuff but I am protective of the general forum membership and don’t want to assume I know what you all think. Thanks in advance for your help.
  21. 9 points
    Billy The Kid, my current prospecting dog, where it is safe to take him.
  22. 9 points
    Rick, you are a gem as are the vast majority of Australians. It’s just a cultural thing apparently. The last thing I want to do is have anyone leave as I love Australians! Everyone I met was extremely kind to me while I was there. But everyone who has paid attention over the years has seen a lot of once great Aussie forums die over this sort of bickering and it can’t spread here. Rather than annoy reporting over the line posts really does help me. I am very busy right now and getting busier so I really need to put a stop to this so I can go on about my own business without worrying the forum is going to catch fire the moment I go to sleep. It should not matter where we are from. We are all supposed to be here to help each other no matter where we are. The gold does not care what country it’s in and neither should we. We should be fellow prospectors wanting to learn and lend a helping hand. I just wish people could understand this is metal detecting. It’s supposed to be fun. Quit taking it so bloody serious. Please! thanks Rick.
  23. 9 points
    Norvic, this advice might help you. When you go from Semi-Auto to Manual and back again direct from the Ground Balance menu of the GPZ it always suggest the need for Ferrite balancing by playing the Quick-Trak Guide on your screen, to avoid this you can do three things, Turn Guides off in the Guides Menu Use the BACK ARROW button twice to cancel the Guide Preprogram the USER button to Ground Balance Mode If you use the USER button to access the Ground Balance menu the Quick-Trak guide video is not played, there is never any need to use Quick-Trak when going from Manual to Semi-Auto mode, just pump the coil and keep walking. Hope this helps JP
  24. 9 points
    I only go online in the detector realm for two primary purposes: to keep track of what's new for technology and products that I might need, and to discuss and learn tips and techniques among experienced detectorists. I go where that discussion occurs, and that place is here. I don't really care what people say to each other as long as it's not stuff like threats or racism, and I don't get affected by it personally, I just ignore what I don't feel like reading and move on if I don't want to get involved in something. At the same time though I appreciate Steve's dedication to order and keeping things on topic because it makes information very easy to find here compared to other places. I personally find the X Coils threads useful, but I'm biased since I have coils on order and it's in my best interest to learn as much as I can.
  25. 9 points
    I just want the personal attacks to stop. Stop being a tuff guy on a keyboard type crap. I enjoy seeing people doing good with them. I like hearing what people say against them. Vice versa. Them being the object itself not attacking the person posting it. If you do good thats great! If you destroyed your machine please tell us that too. This is a homemade brand coil, there are no guarantees. Buyer should be aware, but informed as well based on other opinions and facts of use.
  26. 9 points
    Another ounce and a half today with the X
  27. 9 points
    The population of the United States is 327 million vs 25 million for Australia. The percentage of visitors vs the population is: .06 of US population .2 of Australia population
  28. 8 points
    Lila B. McNaughty loves to hang at the claim....protects me from all the chipmunks and squirrels 😄
  29. 8 points
    Also recently we got another dog, so he is now in training. He is a king shepard border collie mix and is only 5 months old and 50 lbs, full grown he i will be around 110 to 120 lbs. So needless to say he is going to get a pack and carry stuff for me and ward off bears and other wild animals lol.
  30. 8 points
    Yep Jax the gold dog, he is my overwatch when my head is in the water.
  31. 8 points
    The dirty secret for a long time in metal detector land is the variance in coil performance. I visited the Whites factory once. Basically all their coils and other manufacturer coils were hand built and most still are. Machines set up most of the components, but somebody has to lay the windings into the slots as seen in the photos above. There usually is a large amount of tuning via a few components in the coil to offset the inevitable variances in positioning, wire resistance... whatever. The coil can be perfect before the epoxy gets poured, then the epoxy hardens and shifts the winding slightly... coil out of tune again. The coil is assembled and tested multiple times and then one final check. If if falls within an acceptable range the coil ships. If the coil fails for some reason, it simply goes in a discard bin. The discard bin at Whites at that time had a lot of coils. Assembling them is as much art as science and the failure rate is/was pretty high though I have no statistics. And no way to fix economically after the fact, so rather than do that it was better to just make another one. The problem then is the ones that ship. They do vary, and nobody knows by how much since no manufacturer wants to say. I do know that nearly all the out of box failures I saw as a dealer were new coils that were dead on arrival, so that means some do slip though that are completely dead. That also means many must slip though that work but are substandard. To make it worse on a lot of older machines in particular each machine and coil are tuned to work as a matched set. How many people know that a Gold Bug 2 is tuned for the coil it ships with, and every time you change the coil you probably now have a slight mismatch? I have sent GB2 detectors back to Fisher just to have them tuned for a new coil. Fisher probably would prefer I did not post that! I have always wondered how many people out there think Machine XYZ that everyone else likes sucks simply because they got a substandard coil on theirs. I would think a major company like Minelab tries to make coils 100% by machine with almost no variance, but I honestly have no idea if that’s possible. Can a factory production line pop out coils with no human involved? I would love to know but I doubt it. Looking at the X Coil I would say that each one is an individual work of art, with no two exactly the same. I’m not saying that in a bad way... it’s been like that more than people realize since day one with coils. Right now though probably more so with the X coil than most. Each one is basically a custom made coil. Variance is inevitable. How much? Well if you ever get a bad coil that’s the answer. A lot of variance between good and dead on arrival. Check out this video around the 4:00 minute mark and notice how many times one coil gets tuned. All you need is a worker bee with a hangover or a fight with their spouse on their mind and.... And here is another, also start at 4:00 mark...
  32. 8 points
    Hey Steve, No problem on moving the thread. Another point I had was - The money to justify another coil to find smaller gold, smaller than what the stock 14x13 can find, in my opinion is not worth it. I have seen several threads of guys with a smaller X-coil that are now finding dinks. My overall mentality is, do I want to go back to old spots and find 1-2 grams of dinks hunting all day, or just concentrate my effort going forward exploring new ground in hopes for more sizable gold. I guess it comes down to time, as mine is very limited so the risk/reward for me is to concentrate on new spots and potential of larger gold with the stock GPZ 14x13. I have played this game, chasing smaller gold with smaller coils for over 20 years now, going back to the SD series, GP series, GPX series, and should I do it again with the GPZ ...... Rob Allison
  33. 8 points
    Here is a photo of the internals of a 17 inch super D X Coil. Two ferrites included in this coil. As you can see, vastly different to the Minelab coil ! Cheers, Rick
  34. 8 points
    Out last night and got a nice 1892 S barber dime. Pk1, 5 tone, recovery 7, iron bias 3.
  35. 7 points
    I have strong opinions on many subjects and that makes my life difficult sometimes because I am always correct. But if I get rude to those who are silly enough to disagree with me I would expect and deserve to be thumped by an Australian or shot by a Texan or worse be booted from this forum. So, dangit, there are a hundred ways to get your point across respectfully and politely. There is too much detecting to be done within close range to Reno for Steve to have to sit and babysit a forum so If locking a thread more often adds to Steve's detecting time I'm all for it.....Unless I started the thread.
  36. 7 points
    A clean and tidy house welcomes all polite guests. As soon as I heard Steve was starting a new forum I signed up. I was pretty sure it would be the kind of place I could go to speak my tiny mind and get the benefit of a wide range of insight and opinion - and that trolls would be as swiftly dispatched as my Norwegian wife’s 11 times great grandfather Eric Bloodaxe would have done (Ok, I don’t really know if Eric B was in her lineage, but I have had “hints”) All kidding aside. The thin line between “forum Fuhrer” and forum anarchy is hard to thread, but my opinion is that Steve is better at it than anybody in “Detectordom”. A willingness to let debate proceed while discouraging or suppressing personal attacks and outright slander is a form of moral and intellectual bravery. thanks
  37. 7 points
    X still producing on the little run. Didn’t want to take the 17x12 off the Zed and use the 19. Coiltek 18” pinged a fair percentage of these, punches deep.
  38. 7 points
    That speci I got a couple of weeks ago, I dropped it in Ali Brite about 5 days ago and it came up pretty good. After it was cleaned the SG came down a fraction, it now sg`s at 2.082 grams gold 🙂
  39. 7 points
    Brilliant Coota! So looking forward to butchering my 14"s lead and joining the ranks of the Xmen. Just have to think up a new super hero name
  40. 7 points
    About 3 or 4 years ago I ran a post about a specimen I got at Tarnagulla at about 6" with pretty well no visible gold, and the sg for quartz said there was maybe 1½ ozs of gold in it, but because there was rock other than quartz, I really don`t know how much gold there actually is. At the time, I dropped it in acid and then promptly forgot about it till I came across it today. 😲 The main body of it is about half the size it started and there is now gold and gravel in the bottom of the jar. I`ve taken this photo of the biggest bit remaining, renewed the acid and dropped it back in. I wont forget it again (I hope). Sorry Mitchel, back to the dime 🙂
  41. 7 points
    I tripped over that same one and when I was cussing and kicking it out of the way I almost broke my ankle when I hit another one that was stuck deeper in the ground...,. It must have been a 2 pounder... but I didn’t want to take time to dig it when the big ones are the ones really worth digging🤓
  42. 6 points
    Hey Steve, You and I have known each other for a long time, even had some great times metal detecting together. That being said, the X-coils at this point scare me off. I had an opportunity a month or so ago to test several different sizes from someone that is affiliated with the manufacture. I was a bit excited at first, then found out I would have to cut/modify an adapter/chip from another GPZ coil to use one of the X-coils. To me, the trade off to damage or destroy a $600 - $1500 coil to just get an adapter to work on an X-coil is not my cup of tea. I don't need a smaller coil that bad to do this. That being said, other guys like to modify/fix/tinkle or whatever might enjoy this. I find the GPZ 7000 stock coil plenty sensitive enough to find gold down to a grain in size. However, a smaller coil like an 11" or so would be nice for tighter areas or areas with more vegetation. We were kind of promised a smaller coil originally from Minelab and that never happened. I think one more smaller coil from Minelab would have eliminated most of this stuff about smaller coils. Keep in mind, at one point I sold more Coiltek searchcoils across the US than any other dealer. I could probably sell a ton of the X-coils, but not at the cost of sacrificing a detectors warranty. For the benefit of all GPZ owners, I hope someone like Coiltek, Nuggetfinder, Minelab, X-coils or whoever can find a better way to make a coil that will just plug right into the GPZ and work. Just my thoughts, Rob Allison
  43. 6 points
    Sheesh, while I was focused on X Coil the other aftermarket GPZ coil went south, adding to some confusion on my part about what was going on around here. That has been cleaned up now, with one forum member requesting his account be deleted as a result of action here and there. Honestly, you Aussies are getting to be a handful. If you blokes can’t clean it up please go to one of the Aussie forums and have your fights. I don’t need people bringing their issues here. It’s no wonder so few locals are posting now. If anyone sees any more insults there is a report button... please use it or send me a PM. I simply do not have time to monitor threads every single minute of the day looking for flare ups and am counting on forum members to let me know when things are going astray. Thanks in advance for your help. I am serious folks - I am done being the schoolyard monitor. I am just going to ban people that get out of line until this stops. People that have issues and concerns need to let me know what they are in an understandable civil fashion. Taking swings at me or the forum.... I’m the guy trying to help you so that’s a bad approach.
  44. 6 points
    I was so busy on the x coil threads I did not notice this one was fully off the rails also. Guys, there is a report button... please use it or send me a PM. I don’t read every post every day anymore so please let me know when the insults start flying. Anyway my apologies as this one really went south, with one member requesting his account be deleted as a result of action here and elsewhere. This stops now. I don’t care if you are a five year member with 1000 posts, you better think real hard before hitting that post button. I am just going to ban offenders until this stops.
  45. 6 points
    Jonathan, I know for a fact you have a huge heart and are a stand up bloke - that post really proves that as it takes a big man to say what you have. I appreciate your friendship and that you have not taken offense at my editing. Thank you. Simon, that is my little Lilly, one of my three small furry girls that bring me joy and smiles every day. Trust me, no grief in my life... everyone should be so fortunate as I in this moment in time. Life is good.
  46. 6 points
    Posted part of this a while ago on another forum.... Have been following with interest a bloke here with an SDC and the new 14" x 9". I took him to a recently scraped patch where you can always rake up beer money. Using my standard SDC I located 6 targets for him, 5 turned out to be gold and 1 was a tiny chip off a loader bucket. With his SDC fitted with the Coiltek 14X9 we could not hear 4 of the gold targets. The 1 gold target we did hear, we only heard it because we knew it was there. The bucket chip was clearly heard. No way would the nugget we did hear have pulled us up had it not been located first. On this same spot I found 12 more small pieces that day while he found none. The bigger coil certainly loses the sensitivity of the standard coil and he's pretty confident he's not getting bigger bits at depth either that he's getting with his 5000. This probably doesn't mean much and was in no way a definitive test. It's just what we found on the day and no doubt others experiences will differ.
  47. 6 points
    MLs got their finger on the pulse no doubt, X coil & Coiltek SDC coils are probably just an annoyance to them. No massive $s to be made for a big company, but down here at the customer coal face some of us are having a ball. Buh...…... if X coil or whatever coils increases some of our yields, that`s the go for us. Off today for some more Xn………..
  48. 6 points
    New Zealand ranks at #13. Keep in mind these are total website viewer statistics, not forum statistics. The forum obviously has far fewer members and of those an even smaller number of active posters. Thanks for the civility comments. It is the cornerstone of the forum. There are no doubt some who avoid the forum due to what they would call "censorship" but I have found almost without fail that those are the very same people who enjoy disrupting forums so no loss in my opinion.
  49. 6 points
    Geez, we Kiwi's don't even get a mention, lucky we punch above our weight in posts 🙂
  50. 6 points
    That`s because we`ve got so much gold over here Mitchel. I was walking to the shops the other day and tripped over a 5 ouncer 🙂
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