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  1. 32 points
    Hi Guys, I have been a bit slack in coughing up posts of my adventures & finds over the last couple of weekends. So I will go back a couple of weekends to my first mountain E-bike mission up into the hills chasing gold. The challenge was always going to be just how do I carry everything on me on the bike. My only choice was to put it all into my backpack. Pro swing harness with WM12 & B&Z booster & twin speakers clipped onto it. Pick, pick holder & belt. Smoko bag & coffee thermos. The Zed with coil & shaft sticking out the top of the pack. That was going to be the biggest obstacle negotiating through bush & past rocky outcrops without getting the detector caught up on something & getting thrown off the bike, hopefully not down a ravine, or worse...breaking the detector shaft. Oh well....we will find out. So I was all packed up ready to go. Bike on the bike rack & I was off. Simon has committed himself to skiing every weekend day until the end of the ski season. So no Simon. He was up there somewhere on Coronet Peak. I got to as far as I could drive & got the bike all set up ready to go. It was all uphill from here. Having the backpack on certainly didn't help too much with balance & poise on the bike. I need to centralise the detector & tie it tight so it doesn't flop about. Lesson one. While it certainly was a lot quicker getting up the hill than walking, it was still bloody hard work & I was pretty knackered when I got to as far as I could ride. I then had to ditch the bike & carry on with backpack on & climb higher. Tee shirt was soaking wet. Still had a fair way to go Still a bit of snow in the shadows. Note the high sluiced gully center top of pic & the material "flowing" into the creek. Heading on up. That horizontal line cutting across the browe of the hill is a water race that would have feed the sluicing of that gully in the above pic. Up & up & time for a breather. Absolutely stunning country. I love it. Looking back down to the gully floor & the whole floor of the gully has been turned over by the old timers. All done by hand. After having a look around & a bit of a reconoscience I started detecting. I chose some exposed schist bedrock. I got a sweet sounding signal. Bingo. On the same run of bedrock another signal. I am way up from the gully floor but in a bit of a natural run off. Another small bit of gold. I noticed some rotten crumbling looking schist bedrock on a steep slope that looked promising. Got another signal. looking down the gully. A nice slug it was. There were a few finds that I didn't bother taking any pics as it was pretty steep & I always turn my phone off as it interferes with the detector. So sometimes it is a bit of a pain turning it on to take photos, so on some I didn't bother. I had to start thinking about heading out so I started my walk back down. Detecting as I went. I got to some alluvial/glacial gravels that were just above some old workings. I got a nice sounding signal. Looking down on the same dig Another sassy bit of gold. On the same gravels I got another nice hit. This one went down to a bit of depth. My biggest bit of the day. Then on the edge of some bedrock & these gravels, another signal. Another small bit of the good stuff. That was my lot, I had to get a wriggle on to get out before dark. Still had a bit of a walk back to the bike & then a bit of an uphill grind to get up out of this gully for the big downhill back to my wagon. I had seen quite a few broken glass bottles & on my walk back to the bike I saw a bit of green glass only just visible in the dirt. I carefully scraped around it with my pick. Expecting it to be just another broken bottle. But it wasn't. Gosh...that is a first. They are always broken. That one came home. On my walk back to the bike I came across three of my mates, & the only other life I saw all day apart from a few rabbits, which sums up the type of country I was in. Mountain goats. Had a close call riding the bike back down. I got a bit over confident coming down a very narrow part of the track with some over hanging brush. Sort of forgot about the detector sticking up out as much as it was. It clipped a bush & very nearly threw me off & over a bluff. Don't tell Mrs JW, ok Simon.....It tore the skid plate off the coil & I was so thankful it didn't break the shaft. Whew....& the skid plate did not sail off over the bluff. Sure was fun coming down, apart from that close call. WAY quicker & easier than walking. End result on the gold front was 12 pieces for 3.54 grams & believe it or not. Not one piece of rubbish. Cheers. Good luck out there JW
  2. 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.
  3. 30 points
    Monday Simon & I went off on an E-Bike detecting mission. Simon used Mrs JW's bike. I took my modded 4500 & 14 x 9 Nugget Finder Advantage coil for a spin. I also threw in the sadie coil. While Simon took his 4500 with 14 x 9 Evo coil & the GM 1000. The bikes made for quicker access, even going up despite having to walk & push the bikes at a few dodgy bits. Especially with the back packs of gear we were carrying on our backs. They have a little thumb throttle so you just push that & walk beside the bike. So the bike is wheeling itself. No weight involved, just got to avoid kicking the pedals into your shins. I didn't get carried away with photos so nothing much to show in the biking department or the terrain we had to negotiate. On getting up & over the saddle & dropping down to the bottom of the turned over gully workings, we stached the bikes & rigged up for detecting. We still had a bit of a walk to get to an area that I wanted to target. The grass growth was just insane. Just shouldn't be like that this time of the year. It was hard walking thru it as you just didn't know what your footing was going to be. Weather you were going to step into a hole or in between rocks from the stackings from the old timers. It was going to be a hot day, thanks to that hot air blowing off from that large island to the west. Aussie I think it is. They can keep their hot air. There is not much bedrock in the gully but it is full of turned over ground & rock piles from the old boys. There are workings & piles everywhere, even up high on the sides of the hills but still very little bedrock. We came upon some bedrock on the side of a hill & I pointed out to Simon that it looked like the old timers had worked a bit of the hill side as there were water channels running down that had scoured out the hillside exposing some bedrock. The channels were dry now of course as it would have been from water they got there by races. I left Simon on what looked like some promising ground that also had stacked rocks higher up the hill & obviously some working just over the brow that we couldn't see from down below. I carried on to another little wash channel in a shallow gully. It was damn hard detecting with nothing showing up. At least there were no shotgun pellets. But no gold coming either. Simon got a signal on what he said was a rock. He mucked around with it for a while but I am not sure what the result was on that. I had forgotten about it until just now. Simon will have to fill us in on that one. A few hours must have passed & next thing I hear Simons detector nutting off a lot & saw that he had dropped down to the gully floor & was detecting in among the stacked rock piles. I didn't think that was a good move as it was just tones of turned over rocks & piles & would have its share of old timer rubbish. I think he was more keen on the cool water in the stream. ? I had finished my bottle of water & was keen for a refill. But I carried on where I was on the edge of an old dry water wash & some bedrock the old boys had exposed. I had got a couple of faint sweet sounding hits. Thinking they were gold but turned out to be tiny remains of rusted boot tacks right down on this bedrock. Damn. I then got a good loud hit. Thinking this is going to be rubbish for sure. MMMmm...itdidn'tt stick to the magnet. Wasnt that deep before it moved. Got be rubbish. But no. First piece of sassy gold. Ye Ha .58 of a gram Looking down over the detector & down to the turned over gully floor with its stacks of rock piles. Creek winding it way around. Simon was off to the left out of the picture. I moved a couple of feet & got another hit. Dug down on it & it turned out to be an old nail. Bugger. Slowly poking the coil into the grass & fern growth I got another nice hit. Scraped out some grass & ferns. This went a bit deeper than the first bit of gold & I was surprised at the small size for the signal. But gold it was. .15 of a gram. Then things dried up & I was dried out. So I headed on down to Simon who had soaked himself in the creek. Despite how hot it was the water was still freezing. We did have a bit of a snow fall high up in the hills last week. Not bad for the middle of summer. I got down to Simon & we headed off to another spot. Crossed the creek where I filled up my bottle & drank a couple of liters of water. We walked up an old wash out from a large spill of rocks from the old timers washing out a huge cut in the hill side. Got to the top of that & kept going up to some high sluiced ground sluicing s where the old boys had washed out a sizeable paddock & left neatly stacked rows of rocks. I didn't get a photo & I am not sure if Simon did. Wish I had of now. There were a couple of exit point where the water had flowed out of these workings from the water they had brought on by a long water race. Now dry of course. One of these exits the water was re used lower down & the other just spilled out & down a steep slope that just got steeper until it dropped off vertical into a side creek gully below. It was dry & I said to Simon, this could be worth detecting as it is cutting thru what looked like virgin ground & gravels. I sat down & let Simon get into it. Thinking he would head down the wash detecting up & down the banks. But he headed up into the workings end. He got a few signals that just seemed to spread out as he dug. Turned out to be piles of little bits of iron sand/stones. Round like shot gun pellets. Simon at first thought they were but they were all over his magnet. When he got to the top end by the workings I headed on down & cranked up my 4500 away from him so we wouldn't clash with each other. I got down to a bit of bedrock in the bottom of this wash. Got a signal next to what was an old detector hole. I had seen a few old digs so we were not the first to be in here. turned out to be a bit of rubbish. I then dragged the edge of the 14 x 9 coil backwards thru the crevice cracks in this bedrock. Again...no photos. Got a nice mellow hit & Simon came on down to investigate just as I saw the glint of gold. I popped it in my scoop to show him & then I looked down to the ground & it feel out back onto the ground. I couldn't see it & Simon gave it a go with his detector to see if he could get it. So I turned mine off & WHAM...he got it alright. So there is nothing wrong with his set up. He just doesn't seem to be able to walk over gold. We carried on for a few hours more but got nothing else. Despite covering a bit of ground. We were getting pretty hot & worn out so we started back towards the bikes. We came across on more bit of bedrock. The old timers had brought a small water race along the top of the ridge & had worked some ground at the end of this high little spur. I said to Simon, you go for it. I will have a sit down. You need to get a bit of gold. While he was detecting away I took a snap across the gully to the saddle we had ridden up to in the back ground & ridden down this side of it. The bikes were stashed directly below me out of site below the bottom of the picture. You will see more piles of stacked rocks & tell tale signs of ground sluicing with the higher lumps & bumps they didn't wash away. Unfortunately Simon came up gold less & I really thought we would have done a lot better in here. There was not much bedrock & what there was had seen detectors before. So now it was back to the bike & break down our gear & re pack the back packs for the bike ride up & out. We were poked. Simon has one of those apple watches that tells you your heart rate, how many steps you have taken & how far you have walked. He got his heart rate up to 150 at one stage when an alarm came on his watch warning him to take it easy. He said he had taken 12,000 steps & I think it was 10.5 kilometers of walking. A lot of that was up hill & around the hill sides. The ride back down was uneventful with no mishaps. Thank goodness. Simon making out in one piece. Look how crazy the grass is. And the smile happy to have done so. We still had a way to go to the wagon but that was the quick fun part. So all up just the three little bits for me for not even 1 gram. Better than poke in the eye with a blunt stick & avoided the skunk. Not bad considering I hadn't used a 4500 for nearly three years. Cheers. Good luck out there JW
  4. 29 points
    New PB for me 35 grams, bit over a foot deep, very happy! ??
  5. 29 points
    I’ve got my lads home this summer so I’ve been grabbing every chance I can get to drag them out detecting. For me finding some gold is always a good way to get some ready cash for incidental things like beer which both boys now seem to have discovered a taste for.? My attitude is the more I can get them out detecting with them the better because they will soon enough be pursuing their own life directions and if my life at that age is anything to go by no doubt it will be in another town a long way away. So in exchange for beer, a bed, air con, food and the odd bit of cash here and there, oh and don’t forget always running out of data on our internet plan,? I get to occasionally grab one or both lads and go do a bit of father son detecting. Yesterday was a lot of fun, the weather has returned to hot and muggy again (typical February weather in Central QLD) so an early start was necessary. This time we decided to target an area not far from a high voltage power line, not because we love the constant discordant threshold (The GPZ is heaps better than any of gold machine in this regard), but because the gold tends to be chunkier thanks to the area not having been detected as often due to the interference. The keys to detecting here are to find a clear frequency for the location, this is changed pretty regularly as the frequency of the line changes often too, I also find lowering the sensitivity helps a lot and also backing off the B&Z booster a bit to take the edge off the variation. There is also a fair amount of trash so we tend to just focus on signals that sound a bit buried. I was lucky and pinged a deep 1 gram bit only 30 minutes into the session, I held off letting Tim know because its better in a nasty area like this to keep things low key and not too competitive. Being hot and sweaty as well as listening to an annoying unstable threshold is bad enough without feeling pressured from Dad. Anyway this session was kinder to me and I managed to ping quite a few chunky bits poking my coil here and there amongst the old boys diggings on the edges of the drainage. Poor Tim was struggling he had pockets full of lead and trash but no gold, so I suggested he head on over to were I pinged the first bit. Right on knock off time I saw Tim grinning triumphantly and he then refusing to finish off for the day until he had covered the area more thoroughly. Long story short, Tim got the biggest nugget for the session sitting right at 1.6 grams with a grand total of 7.4 grams between us. Seeing how were are partners we spilt the gold with 3.7 grams each or $214 AU for a few hours work, no wonder he likes coming home for a visit.?? JP Some pics of yesterdays session and a few from another one last week. The gold is just a bonus, the true gold is the time spent with my boy.
  6. 29 points
    Hi folks, I got out with the GPZ for some gold hunting. It has been almost a year since I used it...glad to say it still works. Dick W and Mike G were kind to invite me to their claim...I found four little bits For point 89 of a Gram...about 1/2 a pennyweight
  7. 25 points
    So today I thought it was about time I took my 2.5 year old daughter out to my gold claim. The claim is in reasonably rugged country with steep slopes and dense vegetation. Most of the gold is found as small nuggets on or near bedrock. There was one spot I could think of that was within 100m of the road where a river bank had been washed out and bedrock was exposed. That said I knew I'd have to cut a bit of a track through the vegetation to get the little girl through. We got to our location after a bit of a scramble down a short but steep slope with the aid of a rope. Was a bit of a performance with a backpack on my back and carrying my daughter. I set her up on a grassy bank next to where I'd be digging and surrounded her with snacks with which to entertain herself. As luck would have it I managed to uncover three small nuggets by clearing the gravels off the bedrock and detecting it. After about an hour she'd had enough and we clamberd back to my car. Needless to say, I'm very proud that she's now big and patient enough to take gold hunting! Oh, we got 0.8g total. However in this case the memories (at least for me) are priceless.
  8. 25 points
    Indeed Simon, but I use a secret weapon in flogged areas: slow and careful gridding; most operators can’t even stand to do it for a half an hour, let alone all day for days on end. But in these kinds of areas, it’s the most effective way to maximize your gold recovery.
  9. 22 points
    Not getting much detecting time in lately.....but managed a few hours at the beach. Found these 5 rings and two silver dimes at the same beach. All the rings were found in the water. The rosie and merc were found around picnic tables. The gold ring is 14K and weighs in at 12.25 grams. The silver ring with the amethyst also has fire opal in it. The three other rings are all 925 silver.
  10. 21 points
    19-20 on the ole Nox stamped 14k
  11. 20 points
    Hi guys, After mowing the lawns & doing a bit of section tiding up & checking out the forum I went out for a late afternoon detect to a local spot. Being a bit cooler in the late afternoon/early evening. I took the E-bike to get in a bit quicker than it would have taken to walk. I wasn't really to sure where I was going to go as the grass growth is still crazy. There is crap growing in the exposed schist bedrock where I have never seen it before. Making detecting very hard to impossible. Hence the E-Bike so I could just keep riding, scoping out places where I could wave a coil. Ended up in just one spot, rigged up the Zed, & then realised I had left the bungy cord on the 4500. Bugger. Had to carry the full weight of the Zed. I targeted exposed bedrock & was getting my share of pellets when one signal lived on down a bit deeper into a crevice. I had to smash a bit of the schist out to get the target to move. This was looking promising. Bingo .26 of a gram Then a graveyard of pellets....one after the other after the other....I dropped the coil down the face of a bit of a drop off. Got a very faint signal. Probably another pellet. But the signal lived on deeper again than the pellets. I had to hack out a few bushes to get right in there. Ended up having to carefully hack out more schist in the face, careful so I didn't lose the target. I didn't lose it. .08 of a gram But no catch & release. That was it. Nothing more but rubbish so I packed it in & rode back to my wagon. That was a bit of fun for a couple of hours in the cool of the evening. Two for a total of .34 of a gram. Have I ever said how the Zed just Blows me away? ? Cheers. Good luck out there JW
  12. 19 points
    One Guy and myself went on the first detecting trip of the year this past Thursday and we were gone til Sunday. I got to the location and headed up the road only to find the road was snowed in for the last 2 miles and was unpassable. I turned around and drove back to the highway to wait for One Guy to show up. When he did, I told him we were out of luck and too early so we decided to go in thru the lower road. We got close to the placer working and knocked on a door of a house closeby to ask who owns the property the tailings were on and low and behold this was the lucky house. We got permission to hunt and camp on 130 acres of dry land dredged ground on a hillside and the next day the nice gentleman got us permission on another landowners property bordering his. So now we had 1030 acres of gold placer ground to hunt on. It was tuff ground to find any nuggets on as I believed it was too far down the drainage to find many nuggets but on Saturday at 1:00 I found the first one of the year and it was the second one with my new 5000. I was using the Sadie coil. I love that little coil. I got plenty of shots for the cover of my book. I did not find any more nuggets the rest of the trip and One Guy got skunked. We even had to detect thru a couple snow squalls and the night time temps got down to 19 and 20 degrees which made for cold sleeping conditions in the back of our trucks. All in all it was a good trip that started out bad but turned out good for the first trip of the year.
  13. 19 points
    Between work and projects I've managed to get out on a few hunts. I bought my buddy an equinox 800 since he has been kind enough to let me run all around his ranches as if I own them myself. He has showed some interest in detecting...he thinks he's going to find a 1 pound gold nugget . After spending some time showing him how it works...I'd mark a target and then have him go over it and then dig it...he started to get the hang of it. So on our second outing he goes and finds a 1855 seated quarter (like Deathrays) but not in nearly as good condition. He was stoked and I wish i had brought my camera with me so I could get a pic of him smiling and holding the coin. Been hitting some other locations near where I live. Old homesites and street tear outs. Day before yesterday was a quick but pleasant hunt. Dug the standing liberty and put it in my pocket so it would not get banged up in the pouch. I never look at items much in the field but wait till I get home. I was glad I put this coin in my pocket. I'm going to have to get it looked at just to make sure but I think it's the real deal. If anyone knows what the sun god thing was? kinda cool digging it and have that smiling back. HH to you all strick
  14. 19 points
    A couple of weeks ago during an extreme high tide, I put aside 2 days to hit two different beaches to see what I could get at low tide. Those visits are a good example of how not to plan your hunt rigidly. Both days I focused on the wrong thing and at the end of each hunt I found a patch that helped save the day. One of those days was an area that I re hit yesterday, some 2 weeks later. It produced 2 silver rings, silver earring an pendant all in the last hour of the hunt. Yesterday it was sanded in a bit more, so the targets were deeper, but focusing on a productive area rather than having a master plan, payed off. What I wasn't counting on was that every hole I dug was in an area that was packed with a sand and cobble stone mix! Solid as concrete. I use a pointed spade and the only way to dig was on your knees with raking the rocks out of the hole. I slept well that night I dug 134 holes trying to focus between the silver signals and possible gold signals. I abandoned the small gold which reads #1 on the Equinox because this beach has a lot of black rocks that also read a solid #1. Since digging was extremely hard, I opted to ignore most of them. So here are the results of an all day hunt. I remember a post about nickel ratios in parks vs gold, so I'm including my ratio. It is way off of what a park gets and what some other beaches get, but if you hit the right area, you can get these results. 20 nickels dug (including 1 silver war nickel) vs 3 pieces of gold. Most of those nickels dated early 60's and older. This is why beaches can not give you the expected ratio as this will not be repeatable every time out. It's beena little while since I hit gold and I was starting to give the equinox the old "stink eye" look. But it's back on my favorite list now The chain hit at #2, the ring at #8 and I think the stud at #3 or 4.
  15. 19 points
    Big Arm state park on Flathead lake with my mxt and the detech 10x5 coil. ran it in relic mode with the sens. hot and the disc pot set at 2. the prospectors pick worked great to get through the cobbles to recover the targets. Highlights were .65 gram silver bracelet, 54 s and 56 wheat's, and junk butterfly pendant. it sure was nice to be out swinging. just thought I'd share my first hunt this year. The best of luck to all !
  16. 18 points
  17. 18 points
    Extreme enjoyment. This might not seem like much but this small school (built in the late 30’s) has been hunted for over 10 years. With machines like the: Tesoro Tejon Garrett AT Pro White’s DFX, V3i Fisher F75 and LTD Minelab Etrac, and CTX 3030 And now the Equinox 800 Countless hours hunting from three guys including myself. Now I will say we’ve found some nice stuff from this site over the past 10 years and we all thought it was cleaned out but surprise, it’s not, yea I know they never are. But I was not expecting this many nickels and some over 6” deep. Then the silver nickel at maybe 5” and tilted to maybe a 45 degree angle. I will say this machine has a very good audio response but one has to listen and learn. I did the usual noise cancel and started off with park 1. I wasn’t really happy so I tried each of the park/field programs and ended back with park 1 with one change, I set the iron bias to 0. It didn’t take long and I knew this was the settings for the day. Numerous times I tried park 2 and the two field programs but it seemed like park 1 was the very best at both a good audio and stable ID on located buried targets. After a while I started wondering why these targets had been missed. Taking my time, I stared rotating around each target and I was quite amazed at how stable the audio/ID was. These were absolutely dig, dig signals, no doubts about it, with the exception of the silver nickel. If the silver had not given a double beep I might have walked away but I’m glad I didn’t. Well, toward the end of the hunt I purposely moved to the trashy area of the school and wow this machine, even with the 11” coil separates very well. I might add, the old Minelab wiggle I used with the Etac and explorer works with the Equinox too. Found a somewhat nice signal that I thought might be a nickel. Did the wiggle and marked the spot. Called my buddy over to check the spot. He gave no indication it could be a good target but at 5” comes another nickel (gave a solid ID of 13) and surrounded by heavy trash. Well, we had to leave and to be honest I felt sorry for him because he had not dug anything but trash. Now I’m beginning to wonder if I should buy the 6” coil and hit the trash again. Extremely satisfied user
  18. 18 points
    There’s been some sand movement in SoCal beaches and I got there just in time to get a few crumbs. There was another hunter there before me since I could see the opened holes and junk laying besides them. Luckily he left me a few keepers. I hunted 3 days for a total of $35+ in clad and 5 gold pieces. Good luck out there and happy hunting.
  19. 18 points
    Hot off the press ? Dug this over the weekend, talk about digging history! I haven't been getting to hunt as much as I'd like to this year as my wife and I had a baby girl in May. She's a doll, but those of you with kids know the drill Anyhow, my wife asked me what I wanted for my birthday this month and I told her I wanted to go detecting for a few days at one of our old haunts, and to my amazement she said OK I was planning to go with TomCA, but he wasn't able to make it and I ended up going solo. This is a remote Spanish outpost site that we researched years ago. Tom's less crazy about it then I am, but I like the history around it and it's continued to produce interesting finds. It's a relaxing, beautiful place to detect, that just invokes early western frontier history, and almost every relic or coin you dig is dripping with age and history (for our neck of the woods that is). Anyhow, I had planned to use my Multi Kruzer with a new 7" concentric coil to work in the iron, but due to a headphone issue, I had to switch over to my Equinox 800. Boy am I glad I did, I made one of my best finds to date! A seated coin cache that I will never forget digging, and not just a seated coin cache, but a coin cache/spill with a hole mystery Was it Indian trade jewelry? Here's they are in all their glory: I dug several nice relics, and was able to capture the coin cache dug live: HH, Cal
  20. 17 points
    Well, after reading JP's review on the QED followed by Reg and Northeasts review and the occasional QED user popping up I decided it's time to get one. I didn't need the full package and was on a budget so bought a new one but without the 11" coil it comes with, also with the different shaft more like my Gold Bug Pro shaft. I'm quite used to that shaft style and like it. I'm yet to get my wireless audio kit for it, I ordered the Quest Wirefree mate kit from Phase Technicial yesterday. It's meant to be good for the QED but I'll use it for my other detectors too, it can make any detector wireless using 2.4Ghz, nice fast audio. Once that arrives I'll be completely wire free from my QED. The QED feels so light, super easy to swing. It's just using 2 x 18650 batteries so really there is just no weight to the detector at all, the only weight I notice is the coil. I was surprised how small the control box is, it's tiny! On the floor next to it is my little Sony speaker, it's powered by 2 x AA batteries and makes the audio nice and loud on the QED until I get my wirefree kit and then I'll start using my Steelphase SP01 booster with a SPK08 GME like I use on my GPX, only difference is I won't be tethered to my detector. It was raining when it arrived so I played around inside with it. I fired it up and was surprised, even inside my house it was hardly bothered by EMI at all, I adjusted the Threshold B to suit the coil, simple to do, move the numbers down until it makes noise, move it up until it makes noise, in my case down went to 48, up went to 58, here you can either favour smaller targets by going to say 49 or 50 or you can favour larger targets by going to 56 or 57, or you can leave it smack in the middle at 53 for an even balance between both. That's why understanding anyway, I'd hope some experienced QED user would correct me if I'm wrong. As our gold is mostly small and the only gold I have to test it with is small I settled on 50. I then moved my gain up to 10 (the maximum) and it was running nicely, even inside my house there was very little false signals. The QED has a mode as well, between 1 and 16, 1 for mild ground and is more sensitive to small gold, up to 15 for mineralised ground, and 16 for the beach. I of course wanted to be in 1. Still the QED was running pretty quiet inside my house, very little false signals at all, my house is full of EMI, a very powerful long range WIFI router and all the usuals, plus my house is only a short distance to high voltage power lines coming from some Windmills. To be able to run the QED maxed out inside with minimal issues shocked me. I tested my various coils on it including the 12x6" X-coil which ran like a dream, then the Coiltek Joey 10x5, and the same settings as the X-coil and worked just fine. Then the Nugget Finder EVO 14x9 was installed, I had to adjust my Threshold-B after installing this coil, so moving the numbers down till noise, then up till noise then picking the spot you want it... no big deal, takes about 20 seconds even for a first time user. The EVO had a bit more falsing inside due to it's size I guess, lowering the gain down to 7 from 10 fixed it up, tested with a shotgun pellet and the depth difference from gain of 10 to gain of 7 was hardly noticeable. The other thing i tried was moving off Mode 1 onto Mode 5 and then I was able to run at gain of 10 again with very minimal falsing. I was getting between 1 and around 2 inches on shotgun pellets with all coils I tested in an air test. The rain stopped so I headed away from home to a more remote location (3 minutes drive) away from the EMI of my house and put on the X-coil. Now it was completely silent, not a peep from the detector unless I went over a target. I ran on it on the default threshold which is silent, I turned the threshold up and found I had a nice smooth threshold but I was happy with it on silent, It was like using my Gold Monster, only noise if there is a target, On my basic tests it didn't seem to hinder it's performance running silently but I'll test further in the coming days. The QED has a default ground balance of 100, I didn't need to do a ground balance, I could raise and lower my coil all I wanted with no noise, Auto ground balance didn't do anything as it was already balanced, I ended up lowering my ground balance to 70 manually and it was still silent pumping my coil so I just left it there, I tried as low as 50 but noise started to come in then so 70 seemed a good spot. This is where I will differ from a lot of people so take into account my ground is VERY MILD so my results will likely be different to someone in higher mineralisation. I tested over various nugget sizes and was pretty amazed by the results, it felt like I was using the Gold Monster, very sensitive to small gold, I was detecting bits as small as 0.02 of a gram, 0.04 of a gram was giving me over an inch. A shotgun pellet was also over an inch, more likely 1.5 to 2 inches. I wasn't accurately measuring of course. The small gold ability of the X-coil on it to me seems far better than on my GPX 4500. I could move around the ground and never get any false signals, nothing caused me issues, if there was a noise it was a target. This was pretty good as I was running it in the settings I believe are maxing it out. I might be wrong but that's how I understand it being a first time user. To me it feels like a Pulse Induction Gold Monster 1000. The only negative I have is the audio without some form of amplification is too low for my liking, I like loud audio. With the SP01 booster it's brilliant, with my Koss UR30 headphones plugged in directly I found it was pretty quiet, although I'd never use them on it anyway as I want wireless. Once I get my Quest Wirefree kit I am sure it will be resolved as that's a powered unit, I think anything powered will work well on it but non-powered speakers/headphones will be too quiet for me. My little AA battery powered Sony speaker works great on it. Obviously I've got a lot more to learn and a lot more hours on it to be able to even consider leaving a review but these are my first impressions. All the outdoor testing was done with my 12x6" X-coil, I hope the weather is good to try my NF 14x9 EVO and Coiltek 10x5 Joey on it tomorrow. I hope this post makes sense... So far I'm very happy with my purchase.
  21. 17 points
    It's been a good week all around. Dennis really got on the gold today, 15 nuggets total including a 3.4 gram piece. I'm going to rest up tomorrow, our flight leaves out of PHX on Sunday afternoon. We'll arrive in Perth on Tue, then meet up with Paul and Trent on Friday. We're just hoping our good luck hasn't run out. Tally Ho!
  22. 17 points
    I`m sure some will remember when the 7000 first came out I was not a big fan of it, but here it is 4 and a bit years later it`s obvious to me the fault was with the operator, not the detector. Just lately I`ve lifted my game again with the 7000, I`ve cranked the gain a bit and cut target volume down to almost nothing and I now always work very slow, and it amazes me some of the pieces I am now getting at depth that I had previously missed. This is not a big piece by any stretch of the imagination, but for the most part, I am detecting ground that in the last 40 years has seen literally thousands of detectors. This one was the tiniest break in the threshold and down about 6 or 7" in very hard ground. Hopefully there is a big bit waiting for me ?
  23. 17 points
    Impressive posts, and it’s obvious you know your stuff Jeff. Do to the unique nature of the Equinox and how different it is than any other machines used for nugget detecting.... let’s just say I have not been anxious to have lots of people piling on thinking it’s an easy nugget detector. However, if you are the sort of person who is at your level I think you will find out why I use the Equinox now as my go to VLF nugget hunter. It’s something I think users need to grow into organically and not get forced onto them. That’s about all I want to say about that though... probably should have kept my mouth shut. You did just what I do. Dig everything for awhile, observe, adjust. That in effect is my entire gig in one line. Anyway, love the posts. It’s nice to see the Equinox from other perspectives without me polluting the atmosphere in advance with my own opinions on this particular subject. The Equinox is deceptively simple but after a couple years use I am still growing into it. The machine has a lot a depth from a learning point of view that people will never capture just giving the machine a spin. It’s another reason along with lack of time that explains why I have ditched everything else to concentrate on Equinox. I don’t need anything else because I still have not really discovered the true limits and possibilities of this technology. And just a reminder... this is first gen. All the effort I pour into learning the machine and it’s unique operating properties (there really is nothing just like it) will be rewarded in spades whenever we see the next gen. Historically Minelabs v2 versions are very refined versions of v1. Equinox has not hit the limits yet of where we can go with Multi-IQ. Great posts, again, thanks! Edit for a tip... when the going gets rough don’t forget the other modes. I have been able to get Equinox to do anything I want by ignoring mode names. Park is not just for parks, Beach is not just for beaches, etc. As you can tell I am still pretty infatuated with the Equinox. Thanks Minelab! ?
  24. 17 points
    There are just a few aerial photos of what a person sees from the air flying in and out of Chisana. The next photo is immediately after takeoff from the Devil's Mountain Lodge airstrip. The mountain you see behind the lodge is actually White Mountain - Devil's Mountain is seen from the lodge and is not visible in this photo. Nestled under the left side / end of White Mountain is the Nabesna Mine. This hardrock mine produced over 50,000 ounces of gold in the 1930's. White Mountain and Devil's Mountain Lodge at Nabesna, Alaska View from the backseat of the "Hulk" Floodplain of the glacial fed Nabesna River (glacier in distance) Typical mountain scenery Massive outwash floodplain from Chisana Glacier / Chisana River Chisana Glacier The Chisana River starts at Chisana Glacier and initially flows through the wide open valley where the town of Chisana is situated. The river is geologically older than the nearby Nutzotin Mountains. As the mountains built up over time the river maintained a channel that now appears to cut right through the Nutzotin Mountains. The river is actually flowing north until it eventually meets the Nabesna River and they both become the Tanana River. If we followed this river about 300 miles it would bring us to Fairbanks, Alaska. The Tanana River eventually meets the Yukon, and about 600 miles from this photo eventually flows into the Bering Sea. Chisana River where it flows through Nutzotin Mountains Finally we arrive at Gold Hill. There is another gold bearing stream called Big Eldorado Creek over the hill from us - this is an aerial view of Big Eldorado Creek. There is a gold source at Big Eldorado Creek that is situated in massive pyrite and so the gold there is of local source, bright and shiny. Only a few thousand feet of Big El were ever mined. I hiked over there years ago and still have a fist-sized chunk of pyrite from the location. Big Eldorado Creek flowing off Gold Hill The turning approach is made into the mountainside airstrip. The Hulk landing uphill comes to an almost immediate stop, and so even though this is a very short airstrip less than half gets used while landing. When departing the plane is often empty and can take off in just a couple hundred feet. The Hulk parked on Gold Hill To be continued....
  25. 16 points
    Hi Rods, Disclosure Time. You joined the forum on Jan 22 and have made exactly 10 posts, just sufficient for placing this ad. Interesting use of words, and an IP address originating in Africa. I just had a longer term forum member from the U.S. burn a few folks so I am hyper vigilance mode and you just tripped my triggers. No offense, but I am advising long time forum members to be extra cautious on this one.
  26. 16 points
    Lunk and I were in Nevada last week training customers on their gold machines and when the class was over, I invited him to an old site I like to swing by...before heading home. This Buick plate is really cool and I still can't believe he did not hit it with his shovel. If anyone knows the history or or the approx date of the plate, please let me know. The porcelain one I dug a few years ago has the exact same script design, but I think Lunk's is older? Please share you knowledge of these finds with your friends, car nuts and or clubs to help us. If you have found anything like it, please post pics as I enjoy seeing old brass plates. BTW, Lunk is so cool he handed the plate to me and said "Thanks for the invite".
  27. 14 points
    I figured requiring ten posts before you even get to post an ad would make too much work. This clown apparently copied stuff from other forums and posted here as his, that made him look real when it was just copy/paste other people’s content. I just want people to be able to get access to some free advertising to swap gear but these idiots try to horn in. Luckily the volume in the classifieds is low enough I can watch each new add for signs of trouble. There are good protections people should always use. I always use PayPal and even then only to confirmed addresses, etc. the fees are trivial to getting ripped off just once. I like eBay for similar reasons. I lean into the protections while most people seem fixated on avoiding fees. The bottom line is I try but it really is a “buyer beware” thing and people have to be cautious in this day and age online. And I have no way to block a longtime member suddenly going off the rails on us as recently happened. Still no idea what was up with that but in the end it was another “family and friends” thing between people who were neither family nor friends. May as well just mail cash and cross your fingers!
  28. 14 points
    12th Century St Mary the Virgin's Church, Little Bromley open to the public Amazing stained glass interior More stained glass And one more Early vintage Mini Cooper I did not find it but I got to hold Mindy's stater fresh out of the ground - wow!! English sunset at end of long day hunting English garden - do make time to stop and smell the flowers!
  29. 14 points
    Hi Folks I had a great hunt at the beginning of September with the Equinox. At this site I discovered a nice handful of Native American Kettle Points, Jesuit missionary rings and a tinkler cone or two along with some later 1700's artifacts. One of the rings was an L Heart ring which was worn by the missionary, while the other ring was one that they gave to the Native Americans. Overall a great hunt that will be hard for me to top. I can't wait to get back and try for more. HH
  30. 13 points
    All of us travel to and fro to find gold. Sometimes we find it and sometimes we don't. If we are 'lucky' and look around us on the way to the goldfields we are surrounded by beautiful nature and geology. One of my most surprising trips was taking Hwy 93 north out of Las Vegas, Nevada towards Ely, Nevada. I was headed to the total eclipse in Wyoming. There was quite a lot of water and wetlands around the Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge which was a great surprise. I'm wondering what are the great drives that other prospectors feel are their favorites. This could become a long thread or possibly a separate forum because it could include the drive, campsites, side trips and the like. I'm always reminded of JW's posting of his gold sites in New Zealand (makes me want to go) which are so scenic and I saw many vistas in Australia that still pop into my mind. We all have 'hidden' off road trips and areas all over the world. Let's see how the editor lets this one go. Mitchel
  31. 13 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.
  32. 13 points
    I had an idea some time ago to add a switch to my Gold Bug Pro for easy changing between Disc mode and All Metal mode without having to adjust my threshold every time, I got the idea from seeing KiwiJW flicking between All metal and Disc on his GB2 to check targets when we were creek detecting, I thought that's a good idea, it's a shame it's annoying to do that on the Gold Bug Pro.. I also wanted an easy way to be in Disc mode and do a ground balance without again having to switch to All metal to do it so I thought a 3 way switch with on / off / momentary on would be perfect for the task.. I mentioned it here and EL NINO77 pointed out it's been done already but just with an on/off switch on this thread here Anyway, I had myself some spare time today so I ripped it open and started modding. You'll see on the photo I indicated what needs cut to add the switch No, that's not a short and curly ? This seemed the best location for the switch, it was a tight fit but it's by far the most comfortable position for the switch to be once it's all assembed again All done, now lets assemble it again and test it out And there we have it, I can now use the switch to change between Disc and All metal modes so you don't have to keep messing with your threshold, Disc is in the middle, All Metal pushed forward where it locks in position and if I pull back on the switch it goes to All metal and as soon as I let go the switch reverts back to Disc mode by itself, this is very handy for a ground balance as you pull the trigger switch backwards and hold down the GG button and do your ground grab and then just let go of both the switch and GG button and you're back in Disc mode balanced. Quite a nice simple mod to do but resolves one thing that annoyed me about my Gold Bug Pro. I think my next project will be to backlight the screen. I'm not claiming this to be my idea as it looks like it's been done before using an On/Off switch as someone else has had the same idea, I just modified the idea to have my momentary All Metal mode for quicker ground balancing in Disc Mode. My switch type is an On/Off/Momentary On switch. The switch has an optional water resistant cover which I don't know if I'll put on it, as the detector isn't waterproof anyway and it makes the switch feel weird as then it's all rubbery. Keep in mind this will void your warranty, I didn't care about that as I bought my GBP's in Australia and I would never bother to send one back for repair as postage would be a killer, if it developed a fault. I'd try fix it myself.
  33. 13 points
    Finally got to hunt an old home site yesterday evening. The elderly gentleman had given me permission to hunt all his property and he had kindly given me a little history of the different home site that were on the property. I listen intently to every word to obtain as much information as possible of each locations. One of the sites was a home assembled using wooden pegs. He proceeded to explain that he tore the home down and burned the balance then proceeded to get a dozer to grade the property and fill in with dirt. He did explain that anything there would be over a foot deep and he was correct, I couldn’t find anything that would date the property to the early 1800’s. The second site I hit yesterday and even though I didn’t find any nice relics I had a lot of fun just hunting. Moving around in the area I noticed a section where the Equinox would give many false high tones. Knowing this usually meant iron I opened up the screen and every sweep revealed multiply low tone iron signals. After a while I decided to start digging these low tones that gave an ID of -3 and found my answer, cut nails. Wow, that means I’m on an old site, yes, excitement overwhelmed me for a few minutes. Noticed the Ole man walking up the field to where I was I waited for his arrival. Knowing he would have more to say and the very first thing out of his mouth was, “have you dug any cut nails yet?” My answer, yes sir and handed him one and the story unfolds more detail of the site. He said when he was a child there was only a few foundation rocks left of this house, no wood but only the rock foundation. That was 80 years ago and he estimated the site may have been 200 years old. At that point I got extremely excited at what might be here until the very next statement from the gentleman. “Mark, I had the site leveled many years ago.” “But I pushed all the dirt to level the lot in one direction and I would guess your best bet of finding anything would be along the banks of the hill.” Well, yet another let down, a site dozed, that destroys the originality of where and what could have been found. But I’ll continue to hunt while I can and digging cuts nails is still fun. "Nails provide one of the best clues to help determine the age of historic buildings, especially those constructed during the nineteenth century, when nail-making technology advanced rapidly. Until the last decade of the 1700s and the early 1800s, hand-wrought nails typically fastened the sheathing and roof boards on building frames. These nails were made one by one by a blacksmith or nailor from square iron rod. After heating the rod in a forge, the nailor would hammer all four sides of the softened end to form a point. The pointed nail rod was reheated and cut off. Then the nail maker would insert the hot nail into a hole in a nail header or anvil and form a head with several glancing blows of the hammer. The most common shape was the rosehead; however, broad "butterfly" heads and narrow L-heads also were crafted. L-head nails were popular for finish work, trim boards, and flooring. Between the 1790s and the early 1800s, various machines were invented in the United States for making nails from bars of iron. The earliest machines sheared nails off the iron bar like a guillotine. The taper of the shank was produced by wiggling the bar from side to side with every stroke. These are known as type A cut nails. At first, the heads were typically made by hand as before, but soon separate mechanical nail heading machines were developed that pounded a head on the end of each nail. This type of nail was made until the 1820s. By the 1810s, however, a more effective design for a nail making machine was developed; it flipped the iron bar over after each stroke. With the cutter set at an angle, every nail was sheared off to a taper. With the resulting nails thus all oriented in the same direction, it became possible for the same machine to automatically grip each nail and form a head in a continuous mechanical operation. Nails made by this method are known as type B nails. Cutting the nails leaves a small burr along the edge as the metal is sheared. By carefully examining the edges for evidence of these burrs, it is possible to distinguish between the earlier type A nails and the later type B nails. Type A nails have burrs on the diagonally opposite edges, while the type B nails have both burrs on the same side because the metal was flipped for each stroke. This kind of evidence can be used to establish the approximate period of construction or alteration of a building. Type B cut nails continued to be the most common through most of the greater part of the nineteenth century. With the rapid development of the Bessemer process for producing inexpensive soft steel during the 1880s, however, the popularity of using iron for nail making quickly waned. By 1886, 10 percent of the nails produced in the United States were made of soft steel wire. Within six years, more steel-wire nails were being produced than iron-cut nails. By 1913, 90 percent were wire nails. Cut nails are still made today, however, with the type B method. These are commonly used for fastening hardwood flooring and for various other specialty uses."
  34. 13 points
    I briefly mentioned my problem with the GPZ 7000 14" stock coil. The problem was I dragged it behind the Rokon completely unaware of doing so and wore through the plastic cover exposing the copper windings inside. I contacted Friendly Minelab Dealer "Rege in PA" about getting a replacement. He put in the order but as time was drawing near for the OZ trip, there was no sign of a replacement coil in the pipeline. Rege was able do some gently encouragement and the Minelab Repair Center stepped up and found me a coil. I got it last week and have been using it all this week for my practice sessions for the Summer of OZ trip departing this Sunday. It seems they sent me the "super" coil because I'm having some incredible good luck this week on the local Yuma gold. Minelab, you have saved me from my self-inflicted misadventure. Gold photos of the last 2 mornings of detecting. I've been detecting some heavily hunted areas and finding gold around old dig holes. I'm using pretty standard settings, HY, Normal with Sens 15. I've gone back to the high dollar Etymotic in-ear monitors (earbuds). The Ety 4S model has much higher inpedance compared to typical earbuds.
  35. 13 points
    Hi again everyone, I've had a few weeks off the goldfields and just spent another 7 hours recently, so 42 hours use, 84 bits of gold and 760+ pieces of junk (mostly lead shot). Loving it ?
  36. 13 points
    I’ve used the 6” coil several times now and it’s proving to be effective in my most iron-laden sites. I found the reale about 4” deep using field 2, sens 22, iron on. Threshold, 50 tones, GB 0, recovery 6, Iron bias 2. It was hitting a solid 22. The button was found at about 6” and rang up 18-19. I am using the updated software and have no plans to go back to the original version as the new has been working well for me
  37. 13 points
    I'm trying not to brag guys honestly, but the Nox and myself did it again. Unfortunately I took my Spinks coin bible back to the library last week, so I cant I.D the little butey, Soooo......can any kind person here tell me what it is please..... pretty please....with a cherry on top ? ? YaaaaaHoooooooo Andy.
  38. 13 points
    I knew the ground had seen a lot of detecting, and so I was not sure how the GPZ 7000 would work out. I was sure lots of tiny gold bits remained however, and I knew the new 6" coil for the Minelab Equinox 800 was super hot on tiny gold. I therefore initially was going to use this detector a lot during the trip. I figured it was a perfect opportunity to show off the new 6" coil and what it can do by finding a large pile of tiny gold. In particular it gave me an opportunity to fine tune my Gold Mode settings for the Equinox 800 that I wrote up into an article later on. Minelab Equinox 800 on patch of decomposed bedrock Tiny gold nugget in scoop found with Equinox The photos above are great because it shows detail of the little patch of sand the Equinox is sitting on..... Minelab Equinox sitting on "patch of sand" It would be easy to walk right by a little patch of sand like this in the middle of a flat stream bottom. However, you are looking at exposed bedrock. The volcanic basalt rock here decomposes on the surface into coarse sand. The clue is the particles are sharp edged, not rounded. As you dig deeper the material turns to rounded pebbles in sand, and then crumbly rock, and eventually solid rock. See the GPZ photo in the last post for another look. The gold however starts right at the sand layer, which is where the original solid rock surface was when the gold was deposited. The rock then weathered over millenia with gold both at the sand layer and also deeper down where it had settled into the more solid material. Spotting a location like this can make all the difference - I found a half dozen tiny gold nuggets here on my arrival and added a few more later. Half gram of Minelab Equinox gold nuggets The problem with this is the tiny bits do not add up as fast as the larger nuggets. After my initial success with the GPZ 7000 I suddenly lost interest in using the Equinox as much, though I regret now that I did not make more use of it than I did. The weather on our arrival had a few days of colder weather with freezing temps overnight, but then cleared up into the sunny interior weather I have often experienced at the mine. A day of rain slowed things up a bit but I got another 4.5 grams in seven nuggets. The next cool day it was five more nuggets at 4.1 grams. The following day saw the weather lift and warmer temperatures prevailing. What I was finding with the GPZ is that we had done an excellent job over the years depleting the shallower gold. There were however lots of gram type nuggets just a little out of reach of the VLF and older PI detectors that the GPZ 7000 with my Insane Settings were lighting up at depth. In general though there was no one hot spot - it was just scattered gold everywhere I went. There would be a little deeper pocket of crevice in the bedrock, and out would pop a nice nugget with a decent signal.Then a half hour might go by, with another nugget found. Nugget excavated from pocket in bedrock We settled into a pattern of lazy mornings around camp. I would generally wander down the creek with George for a half day of detecting. Then back to camp for early supper. Then back out in the long evening for a little more exploring or prospecting. That being the case I was more of less working half days with the GPZ 7000, but I was finding 6 - 10 nuggets a day often getting 1/4 oz in a day. That first bright, sunny day I found nothing all morning, but then hit a better area in the later part of the day and got eight nuggets for 6.9 grams of gold. 6.9 grams found with GPZ 7000 I was feeling quite confident with the GPZ 7000 now. I was cherry picking, as the solid nuggets made nice, sweet clean tones. The hot rocks tended to warble. In material over a foot deep I did switch the General/Difficult to shut up the larger hot rocks that might be found at depth and was still getting good performance on the larger gold nuggets. By and large I tried to stay with my hot settings however. They really did allow me to run the coil over a few inches of compacted brush to punch through and find nuggets in the bedrock below. It was great fun, with the hardest work being the digging/hacking of the nuggets out of bedrock crevices. I purposefully went after a area of large broken bedrock and brush that had foiled me before but where I swore gold had to be lurking. I almost immediately banged out a 5.9 gram nugget, my largest of the trip. 5.9 gram gold nugget found with GPZ 7000 I honestly had no expectations at all for this trip, and had set no goals with the idea of just taking it easy a day at a time. Yet here I was early in the trip kind of surprised at how well things were going. I was motivated to hunt later than normal that day, and ended up with almost a half ounce of gold in eleven nuggets at 15.2 grams total. My total for the trip was at 1.21 ounces, and I already felt pretty happy with the gold. This in turn takes a little performance pressure off, making things even more enjoyable! GPZ 7000 working hillside area To be continued....
  39. 13 points
    I had my eye on a spot just below a particularly tight little spot in the canyon where all the water goes through a "notch" in the bedrock. This notch forms a natural stopping point for any hikes downstream since you can barely pass through it. There is a little ledge in the rock a skinny person can edge along but the smallest slip will send you into the chasm below. I have done it but very scary! You can also ford down into the notch until you get to a rock on a pool - and leap. If you are lucky you can hit the gravel bar on the other side without going over chest waders. The water shoots through this narrow passage, then opens into a boulder strewn pool and the creek makes a hard right hand turn. I had sniped gold nuggets in the boulder patch years before, and figured that right hand turn below the notch would be a good place for gold to settle. View down into "notch" in upper right of photo However, discussions with the prior owner gave me a tip to a location just above this notch where I might do well without having to get the gear down and through that narrow spot. I decided to haul the dredge down to that location, and if it did not work out I could still drop down and hit the lower location. It was a solid day of packing to get the dredge down to the site and set up. The program would be to suit up in my drysuit each morning at camp, then carry a 5 gallon jug of gasoline down to the dredge. I get an hour and a half running time per gallon and with other work I considered burning that entire jug of gas each day a long days work. The need to haul fuel to the site made it as efficient to stay in camp as trying to camp on site, and far more comfortable. It was only about a half hour hike each way. This dredge site is on an inside bend, but due to low water I had to place the dredge farther out, then work to the bank to find bedrock. In the photo below the dredge has just been set up and the plan is to dredge towards the boulder patch where the red gas jug is placed in the photo. First 4" dredge location Looking upstream Channel cut to inside bend Hard, blocky granitic bedrock exposed Chris and George were finding some gold metal detecting but I wanted to try and place them in a decent highbanker location. I was tired from hiking, packing gear, and getting the dredge set up, so I took a day to go metal detecting myself to try and find them a place. Chris Ralph gets ready to prospect George goes detecting Steve's Fisher Gold Bug 2, ready for action I wandered the bench workings, and found a place below a hydraulic pit where gold bearing material appears to have been blasted over the edge. It was shallow greenish basalt bedrock with a foot of two of material on top. I got a small nugget with the Gold Bug 2. Then another and then another. I ended up just sitting in one spot, carefully raking though the material with the little 6" coil. This may seem odd but sitting and picking little bits one at a time can get a little tedious. Finally I decided I had gone far beyond proving this was a good spot and called it a day. I wish now I had gone a little longer because I had 91 little gold nuggets and it would have been cool to find 100 nuggets in a day. The little bits do add up, and my 91 little gold nuggets ended up weighing 3.6 dwt (5.6 grams) which is not bad considering how little work was involved. The guys liked my gold and decided that my spot would indeed make a good place for a joint highbanking operation. 91 little gold nuggets add up To be continued....
  40. 12 points
    This thread starts out slow but gets into some good tips later about hunting “carpet of nails” situations. Tom does not mention until late in the thread that the tips are for low mineral soil - not applicable to medium and higher mineralized ground. I just want to highlight that because his tips about using low recovery speeds don’t work well in most ground I hunt. Some of the comments about higher frequency attenuation in bad soil obviously don’t apply in nugget hunting situations either. We both agree about Park 1 though for a lot of hunting. Sort of a mixed bag from my perspective so be cautious always about taking online tips as applying to everyone everywhere. That includes mine!! The real secret is knowing how your machine works not by reading posts but by using it enough to truly understand the detector and adjust it yourself for different situations. But do check it out as food for thought is always good and may help certain people in ground similar to what Tom has. http://www.dankowskidetectors.com/discussions/read.php?2,166825
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    I went out detecting this morning at a couple of local beaches I had not been at for a few months. I ended up with just a few coins and a couple of silver rings which I have not pictured yet. It was an enjoyable hunt for 3 hours or so. It was a leisurely hunt and not an aerobic one for several reasons. One reason was lack of targets. You can hunt fast and cover lots of area to a shallow depth or you can slow down and let the coil speed catch some deeper targets. During the swinging I was remembering my research for the day about the high tide and the low tide and the wave size and the time of these waves relative to the tides. I also looked at the black sand line and tried to imagine what stage of the tide/time had produced that and the thought occurred to me that my metal detector was going back in time a few hours. When you start to think about a few hours then you have to think back longer. (Maybe even to the last time I hunted that beach.) On a beach maybe you can think back to the last big energy event, let's say a storm or big surfing conditions. When you are a relic hunter on a beach then you look at old pictures to see where there may have been an old bath house. If you live in that town you start to look for old stores and gathering places like parks and you do research (look back in time) at what may have been lost or deposited there. When and how something got there becomes the story. Sometimes you can slow down and look farther back in time on these sites or locations and that will produce more. Other times on the beach you have to walk quickly to capture a time before it is washed away. Stick with me here ... haha When it comes to gold detecting time is still a key factor. An active wash will have recent gold. All placers are affected by the recent and distant past. A placer that has been worked or pushed 100 years ago will have other 'time of deposit' factors involved. Research and finds will determine how far back and which geological occurrences need to be targeted. Glacial deposits and all other types of gold deposits are related to time and energy. You get the idea. How far back we look in time depends on how slow we go as one great factor. It is not the only one but in many places a greater depth can mean a more distant time. Slowing down may also make smaller targets visible if that is what you want. (As Jasong has pointed out, small gold and going slow is not always beneficial in paying the bills.) Looking back at this it all seems rather 'obvious' and I feel like deleting all of it but maybe this will trigger something in someone out there and allow you to relate to the 'time machine' concept of metal detecting. Now it is time to take my son to the beach. I can see time when I look at him. Mitchel
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    About 100 yards from the piece I got yesterday I came across a raked area about 30x30 ft and just about every raked area in Victoria tells you somebody got gold there. This piece was about 10 ft from the raked area. Still not a great deal of weight but it looks nice and about twice the size of yesterdays piece ☺️
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    A couple of pictures from the drone (Mavic Air) just out of town, Leinster Western Australia, Veronica has only just got the drone and still a big learning curve, but it's fun. cheers dave
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    My best friend Hank, they always leave to soon.....
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    Tough sledding out here in WA. We've put in a lot of miles exploring along the "line of strike" gold producing zone. We generally start from old Drill Site roads or old pushes and do a 1/4 mile up and back grid along the likely areas. The few we're finding are where weathering has exposed deeper ground on the old pushes, plus the Z 7000 can find tiny gold the original detectors missed. They didn't miss much based on our return so far. Our hearts were thumping yesterday when I got a deep low tone way down in the caprock. Luckily Nurse Paul was nearby and brought over the jackhammer. Paul put in a yeoman's effort on the hammer, Dennis and I traded off digging out the hole. We waved over the hole with everything we had, GPX, GPZ and 2300, and with the exception of the 2300 it all sounded good, but it just never improved even after we were down over a foot. Finally even the 2300 was giving us a signal and we gave up for the evening. Paul went back this morning and finally pulled out some kind of hot rock, the story is much more detailed, but that's the jist. No doubt Paul has his version of events. The weather has turned nasty, threatening rain and gusty winds. Camp Yank took some damage from the wind, turned over the prep table for cooking. Pots, pans, plates and everything associated got dumped into the dirt. Paul cleaned it up considerably, but I think he left some soap on my dinner plate, cuz I'm feeling a bit puny this morning. We have the gazebo anchored on each end with an ATV to keep it from blowing away. Dennis gold photo is his cumulative, mine shows this weeks finds only. It's just a matter of time till we hit a big one. Flies continue to be a menace, they just don't quit. They're having a tough time today with these gusty winds, but they'll find a way.
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    Hi all! I just returned from a short vacation back home in western PA, and squeezed in a couple of hunts at a few old sites -- an 1872 farmhouse, an 1885 house, an early to mid 1800s foundation, and a 19th century cellar hole...plus a short time at an old church or school house estimated to be late 1800s. I managed a nice variety of finds; here are some of the better ones. The large cent is 1818, the pinkish-looking Indian is an 1863 fattie. There is writing on most of the flat buttons, but the only ones I can make out are the gold-gilded one that says "TREBLE GILT STANDARD COLOR," and one other that says "SUPERFINE STRONG LONDON." Does anyone know any ages on those? The round crotal bell says "OCT 24 76 & MAY 14 78" -- and has a maker's mark that has a small circle, then a diamond with a plus inside, and then another small circle. The other, acorn-shaped bell has no markings... Steve
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    Reg W, Phrunt and Steve; I am certainly very real.
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    Just thought id share the wireless system I've been using successfully for a while now on my gpx4500. My previous wireless system suffered from broken wires and finally one of the units gave up the ghost. I didn't want the Garrett Z-Lynk or the Pro Sonic so did research into other units. I wasn't sure they would work but fortunately, they did. Was looking for something robust and small that could handle the beating my equipment gets from detecting hilly thick scrub. Did a lot of research and found the "Xvive U2 Guitar Wireless System" They are robust and the connectors swivel which is really handy when fitting the receiver to the steelphase booster as it hugs the unit nicely. The lag time is not noticeable at only 6 ms. I seem to get a good day of detecting out of them and recharge time is pretty quick, although I rarely let them go flat. I'm using a light lipo battery as the power source for the detector which I tuck under the detectors cover. So much easier being wireless than getting snagged on bushes and branches. Also easier to dig targets not being attached to the detector. Xvive U2 Guitar Wireless System Comprising of two simple and small 1/4 jack connectors that act as transmitter and receiver, the U2 is ideal for stage, home and studio use and can also connect via Bluetooth to your favourite devices, using 24 bit resolution to capture every detail in real time - uncompressed, natural, clean tone with no delay at a range of up to 100ft/30m. It uses 2.4 GHz frequency and uses WI-FI spectrum. It is digital and the sound would be as though you are using a cable. You can use up to 4 units at a time. To eliminate any possibility of interference from other devices using the 2.4 GHz frequency, we recommend the Xvive U2 wireless system not be placed within 1m of another U2 Wireless system, and more than 3m away from any WI-FI devices such as Internet Routers, Portable Hot Spots etc. Featuring a rechargeable lithium battery with approximately 5 hour life at full charge. Includes a transmitter and a receiver. Charging cable is included. The Tech Specs Brand: Xvive Model: U2 Suitable For: Electric guitar, Bass guitar and Electric Acoustic instruments with an EQ with Pickup. Range: Up to 100ft/30 metre line-of-sight transmission range Delay time: 6 ms Frequency Response: 10Hz-20kHz Channels: 6 compatible (Legal for use in Australia and New Zealand) Resolution: 24-bit Delta Sigma, 2.4GHz broadcast A/D conversion: 24-bit low-noise system Dynamic Range: 105dB Play Time: Approximately 5 hours with rechargeable lithium battery Recharge Time: Approximately 2 hours when flat Input/Output: Side-mounted 1/4-inch Jack connector ins and outs on receiver/transmitter
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    Buddy mine found these turtles last Dec frozen in a farm field. They were smaller than a quarter. They were hibernating but the farm is active and they would have turned it over before they could make it out of there. Don't know what number they showed up as ? Will be releasing them in june.
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    Holy cow, I helped someone!! Great that your new settings are working Phrunt. Some really nice gold for your part of the world. Now, if I can just help out another 3,482 people I will have repaid my debt to Steve and the rest of the contributors on here ?
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