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  1. 32 points
    It’s a book on alcoholism and recovery, something I know too much about. I’m an ex-drunk coming up on eight years sober. It was the hardest thing ever did, with it taking lots of miserable years and two stints in rehab to get clean. I’m working towards a peer support specialist certificate at the University of Nevada, Reno. It’s a continuation of a new chapter in my life that I’m very excited about. Oddly enough I count my struggles with alcohol now as among the greatest blessings in my life as it set my feet on a path I don’t think I would have found otherwise. Thanks for asking. That was my official “coming out” statement. A real issue with addiction is the false dual life a person leads, and I’m enjoying finally just being whole in who I am. The good and the bad, no more energy devoted to presenting a false front. I’m just a flawed human doing the best I can. One of the reasons I am doing this is that as a so-called “successful person” I am in a position to speak out on issues surrounding the stigma attached to addiction and recovery issues. As an Alaskan I knew far too many people who are not with us now due to drugs and alcohol. It’s an issue that has touched too many lives in this country. My goal is to make some hard earned lemonade out of the lemons I grew and hopefully help some people the way I was helped myself. I am amazed every single day and eternally grateful for how fortunate I am. Thanks again for asking. This post is another big step forward in my ongoing recovery journey. But definitely off topic!
  2. 31 points
    Hi all, It’s been awhile since my last post, but I’ll be sharing some knowledge and anecdotes more often, now that my summer job is a thing of the past and I’m free to once again roam the desert southwest, wielding the power of the mighty Zed to unearth nature’s golden treasures. I was carefully gridding (or - in deference to Gerry in Idaho - crawling) an old nugget patch during a recent trip to the far flung reaches of Nevada’s golden triangle, when the hypnotic drone of the threshold was suddenly broken by a sharp, double “wee-ooh, wee-ooh”. This type of response typically heralds a small and shallow target, usually within six inches of the surface. “Most likely a boot tack or bird shot”, I thought to myself as I crouched down and scraped an inch or two of the dry and dusty desert soil away from the target zone with my pick. Another swing of the detector coil indicated that I had moved the target, and a quick sifting of the material with the hand scoop revealed a small yellow nugget...the first catch of the day! A few more of these shallow pickers were dug during the the next couple of hours, and then I heard a faint, single “wee-ooh”. Knowing that this meant a bit larger target at depth, I went to work hacking into the densely packed soil with my pick until...well, I’ll let this short video tell the rest of the story: https://www.dropbox.com/s/zzmm1pgdrpaswe7/Nugget dig.mov?dl=0 The actual weight of the nugget turned out to be 5.6 grams, bringing the total for the day to over a quarter of an ounce of the good stuff!
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 29 points
    New PB for me 35 grams, bit over a foot deep, very happy! ??
  6. 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.
  7. 28 points
    This is my efforts for the last 8 days. They're all dinks that I have found with my Monster. Hoping for a/some bigger ones. After 8 days of hitting it slow and hard I am happy with the results. 😁
  8. 27 points
    I recently detected an area close to some prospect holes, all of the usual finds, pieces of old tin cans, the broken end of a pick, shell casings, bullets, logging wire and finally a nugget. After finding the first nugget, I really slowed down and very carefully covered the area. The nuggets seemed to be in almost a straight line below a prospect hole. I thought I covered the line carefully, but returned for a second try and found one more piece, the one in the middle. Always detect around the rims of the holes and the adjacent areas.
  9. 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.
  10. 22 points
    I was running the 7000 hot as I could maxed no filters normal hi yield semi auto SP1 enhancer, this was a soft sweet signal that finally sounded like something other than surface trash down about 4” on a hillside just above a wash in what i latter learned is a heavily pounded old patch with little left to give. It came out in one piece looking rusty and worthy of tossing aside except it was not magnetic so I began scraping, chewing and bending. Yellow began to emerge and that’s when I should have slowed down except it looked more like pyrite to me so I kept working at it and I was surprised it only bent a little before breaking, looking at it now it appears spongy and that may be why it broke the way it did. I’m not actually 100% convinced yet that it’s gold seems like it could be perhaps mixed with something else? This would be the first piece in a new area for me and I’m unfamiliar with hmmm the gold there and host rock and well everything. I was finding a lot of lead and bullet fragments so it seems there should still be more although today only the one (now it’s 4) for me, if in fact it really is gold and not mostly pyrite or something. my scale is in Santa Clara so I don’t know the weight?
  11. 21 points
    19-20 on the ole Nox stamped 14k
  12. 20 points
    Here are two photos of gold found over the last two trips. This gold was found by removing the gravel in the steam bed and exposing the bedrock. The bedrock was then detected. On both trips several of my gold hunting friends came along. The bigger nugget was 5g and very tricky to recover. Lodged deeply in a crevice under white water. The other pieces total 1.3g. I hope to have time for one more outing before I have to go back to work. I'll keep you posted. Merry Christmas!
  13. 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
  14. 19 points
    Back to the old hobo camps along the river with my whites mxt and 10x5 detech coil , got a solid nickel signal in relic mode. I knew it would be a coin but did not expect this nice 1906 v nickel. I have included photo of where the coin was found and one looking across the valley.
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. 18 points
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. 17 points
    I use my Nox 600 most of the time for coin and jewelry hunting in the super trashy parks in the Denver area. It takes a real beating in all kinds of weather and I must have put 1500 or more hours on it already. The Nox 600 needs more Love😘 in my opinion. It can definitely get the coin, jewelry and even relic job done in really bad soil conditions. I was mostly looking for deep silver today in some of the most trashy areas of the park so I was bouncing back between default Park 2 and a trashy park notched Park 1 depending on the tiny aluminum fragment chatter. Luckily I was in basic Park 2 when I got the coil over this target since it came up as a steady, beautiful, round, medium toned 18 at 7" (3 depth arrows), which I had notched out in Park 1. I had three targets under my 11" coil. Initially I thought it might be a coin spill. I had already dug a 6" 22,23 screw cap and a 3" 13,14 pull tab and moved over to the last target close by which sounded even more beautiful. I was expecting either a giant pull tab, beaver tail, a thick chunk of aluminum, brass shell casing or a large caliber modern bullet. I was super stoked to see that gold. Way to separate targets Nox 600!!!!!!!!!!! And, way to go me for being willing, able (I work out a lot!!!!) and happy to dig what some people think is trash. If I hit a target with tight numbers or even better, just one number with solid tone in the 6 to 23 range I patiently dig it. I get cut, scraped knuckles and frustrated occasionally but if it sounds good I dig it............ I have yet to dig a good quality jewelry target at 10" deep or less with the Nox 600 that didn't sound fantastic. Deeper than 10" anything can happen....... Jeff
  22. 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.
  23. 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!
  24. 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 ?
  25. 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! ?
  26. 17 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.
  27. 16 points
  28. 16 points
    Here's our biggest. My wife and I are detecting/prospecting partners. She found this one, her first, and our biggest so far at .66 grams. Found with a GPX 5000. This is one of only 3 detected "nuggets" that we have found after many trips and 1000+ trash digs but we're still determined. Still counting on persistence and determination. Super stoked that shes on the board and has our largest.
  29. 15 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!
  30. 14 points
    You may have noticed the lack of my finds postings lately. It's been a pretty lean second half of the year. I'll go into the perceived reasons in my year end wrapup in a couple weeks. In the meantime, here is a surprise find which I'm hoping is authentic. I was in my favorite local park which has grudgingly produced a few old coins (including Indian Head Pennies and Mercury dimes) and relics. When I hunt and pull out a coin I try to do a gross identification so as to know if I'm in an area producing old coins or not. If I get a bronze Lincoln penny I would like to distinguish Wheat (1909-1958) vs. Memorial (1959-1982). I don't carry a magnifier so even if my aging eyes would allow me to see a date, it is often obscurred by corrosion/scaling. As most of you know I am adverse to rubbing a coin in the wild. When I recovered the coin in the photo, I quickly noticed the Lincoln Memorial reverse and that was all I needed for the moment -- into the finds pocket and back to detecting. After I get home I soak my coins in water to get the dirt off. (Stinkin' Zincolns -- 1982 to date Lincolns are the exception. Even for the ones which haven't deteriorate beyond recognition I don't care about the dates and mintmarks. As far as I'm concerned Zincolns are equivalent to can slaw in value.) After getting the dirt soaked off I checked the date, and immediately noticed the imprint above the date -- part of the word LIBERTY spelled backward. My first question when I get an unusual find (coin, ring, relic, or even gold nugget) is "is this authentic or is it a reproduction/fake?" Certainly that was a thought that quickly went through my mind. I'm still not sure but (as you'll see below) there is at least one good sign that it's for real. Until I can get it looked at by a specialist in numismatic errors I'm going conservative(?) with 80-20 that it's the real deal. Error coin collecting is a special, uncommon branch of numismatics. I have some books on the subject and there are multiple websites. I did some digging and came to some conclusions, as always which may not be valid. One of my conclusions is that if this specimen is authentic then it is quite rare. Unfortunately 'rare' doesn't always translate to 'valuable' and that is the case with most error coins. If real, it's an oddity, a curiosity, and a collectible but the demand is small so the value (crossing point of supply and demand if you remember your high school ecconomics) is low. Time to look carefully at the photos. A friend took these pics with his Smartphone and they are better than I could have done, but I still plan on getting better pictures from another friend who has high end photography equipment. When I do that I'll post them here. In the meantime look at the obverse (Lincoln's head side). BTW, I've looked at these by hand with a magnifier and I can get better resolution, so I'll emphasize what I see that way and compare/contrast what you can see in the attached images. Note that not the entire word LIBERTY is shown backward. The 'L' missed the coin, being off the edge when struck. The 'B' is vertically doubled. In fact I think the rest of word is doubled, too, but not as clearly distinguished. Another feature occurs at 8 O'clock where the letters 'RUST' are apparent, but also backward. Now here's a clue worth noting: the location of the 'RUST' (from the word 'TRUST' in the motto 'IN GOD WE TRUST' is not consistent with the location of the backward 'LIBERTY'. Another feature which is only barely visible in the photo is a ghost rim between 9 O'clock and 11 O'clock. Finally there is a hollow 'shadow' in front of Lincoln's face (not apparent in the photo) which is consistent with the backward impression of Lincoln's head on the planchet, and consistently located with the 'IBERTY'. So how was this coin made? This is where the 'unusual' comes in -- however that is typical for error rarities. Multiple unexpected happenings conspire, and that's what makes them rare. (Further, they must get past mint inspection, although that isn't neccessarily difficult since hundreds of coins are struck per minute and there's no way the mint can afford to look at each one carefully. Rather a scan of the many coins in a bin picks up only the extreme, obvious irregularities, and not always even those.) I introduce the word 'brockage' which has been created by error specialists to describe the following: a coin is struck but when being cleared into the collection bin, either sticks in one of the two dies or jumps from one press to a neighbor press, landing on the lower die (which might or might not already contain a 'planchet' = blank, ready for the next cycle). The typical brockage strike has the *same* image on both sides, but one reversed. The coin I have doesn't fit this description but is instead even more unusual. A second rare occurrence (always present with brockage but sometimes without brockage) is a multiple strike. 'Multiple' could mean double, triple, quadruple,... and there are examples of error coins which were struck even more than that! One result of multiple (strike) brockage -- which I contend is seen here, is that each subsequent strike shows less resolution. Dies are hardened steel, made to last thousands or even 10's of thousands of strikes. A brockage coin is effectively a die, but rather than hardened steel it is a softer metal meant to be imprinted only once. So here is the scenario I came up with, which isn't the only explanation but it is a possibilty. Coin A is struck normally but its ejection causes it to land on a neighbor press where a planchet has already been placed for striking (we'll call this 2nd planchet 'coin B). In the process of ejection, coin A (already normally struck) flips over(!). The second machine's dies come together with the two coins in between, leading to the first brockage strike. The only(?) remnant of this first brockage strike is the backward lettering 'RUST' at 8 O'Clock. After the dies separate, the lower coin B fails to be ejected, nor does coin A, but there is a relative rotation between the two. (It's not clear which coin, if either, maintained its orientation in the die. However, the fact that the reverse shows no doubling makes me think that coin B did not shift in the lower die.) A second brockage strike occurs, now producing the 'IBERTY' shown at 3 O'clock. Lincoln's head, among other things is imprinted backward in the coin. Now the upper coin (coin A) is ejected but the lower coin B remains in the lower die and a third, this time 'normal' strike occurs with just one planchet/coin between the dies. This third strike obliterates most of the details from strike #2 (just as strike #2 obliterated most of strike #1 details). Finally coin B is ejected. I don't know what happened to coin A, but my contention is that the coin in the photo is coin B. The reason I contend that the first strike resulted in the backward 'RUST' and the second the backward 'IBERTY' is the clarity of the lettering. (Recall above where I mention that each subsequent brockage strike loses clarity due to the soft material of the 'false die' = coin causing the brockage strike.) In particular the 'U' in 'RUST' is quite clean and pronounced. All of the 'IBERTY' letters are smeered and in some cases what appears to be doubled. So, why do I think this isn't a fake? How would someone produce a fake? I can think of a simple example: put two coins together (facing each other) and wack them with a hammer! But if that were the case here, the final strike's forward 'LIBERTY' would show an overprint of the first 'T' in the backward '(T)RUST' and that is not present. Further, there should be other remants of the fake overstrike elsewhere on the high parts of the obverse which I can't find. The backward images that actually remain on my coin are on the low parts of the coin's field, not the high parts. So, what's it worth? A look at my (now) 45 year old copy of Modern Mint Mistakes (authors Phillip Steiner and Michael Zimpfer) which provided most of the above knowledge and details of speculation, indicates (standard) brockage pennies (recall -- both sides with same image, but one backward) were in 1974 worth in the 10's to low 3 figures of dollars, and that multiply struck coins can be in the similar range. My coin, if authentic, has both but I coudn't find this particular oddity in the book, on Ebay, nor in a quick online search of error websites. As detectorists are all too aware, though, coins with a high copper content don't tend to fare well after decades in acidic or basic soils. These flaws (damage) can drastically reduce a coin's value. And as always, it's only worth what someone is willing to pay. As of now I'll just rest on and be happy with my 80-20 hunch that I've found a true error rarity. I'll keep you informed after I get some better photos and subseqent expert opinions.
  31. 13 points
    I detect for gold alot and have paid off my detectors since the 2100 many times over. My best was the 4500...paid off 40 something times over. Its my backup detector after the Zed which is catching up to the 4500 in times paid off. While spending time wandering deserts other income opportunities come along, meteorites, gems, ornamental stone deposits. Detectors also lead to taking out leases and paid detecting from mining companies. But whether your obsessed like me and many others on this forum or just a hobbyist its great just to get out in the bush/desert with friends or family.
  32. 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
  33. 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.
  34. 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."
  35. 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.
  36. 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 ?
  37. 13 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 !
  38. 12 points
    Been detecting heaps ever since the 2100. Reading about rumours of new ML gold detectors have wasted about a year of my life and given me brain damage. (Not as bad as following QED threads though). I will buy any new high priced ML high end gold detector because i will pay it off in the field. I just want ML to fix their ongoing design faults and actually talk to testers before they finalise the hardware rather then just getting the testers to check software. Next model and coils must be lighter weight. ML, After all these years please increase shaft length for tall people. Please give use a robust charger and use wiring for charger leads that is thick and not the lowest spec useable.(all our cigi lead wires shorted out after minimal use on Zed). For the price you charge for your gold detectors, a padded control box cover should be supplied so your loyal customers can protect their large investment. This would really show your commitment to quality and customers. cheers RDD
  39. 12 points
    I and my wife have found different types of crystalline wire gold specimens and here are a couple unique ones: Notice the diamond shape crystal with gold wire coming out each end.
  40. 12 points
    Me as well. Sort of related: When I first started detecting I Thought I'd be a smart*rse and sneaked into a well known rich paddock (Slip Up Lead at Tarnagulla) under the cover of an early morning fog. I latched onto a nice sub oz piece just as the fog lifted alarmingly quickly, leaving me exposed and stranded. The owner (Hedley Price) spotted me while feeding livestock nearby and quickly drove up beside me in his old ww2 "blitz" truck. In a panic (and not knowing what else to do) I put my hands up in mock surrender. Hedley (fortunately) saw the humorous side of it all and chuckled! I showed him the piece I'd just found, he wished me further luck and drove off. Having learned my lesson, I've always asked permission from that day forward and rarely ever been refused.
  41. 12 points
    PI - it will come... it is just that some projects took over priority.
  42. 12 points
    All I can say is I have no use for or any interest in canned programs or other peoples settings. I learn my controls and set my machine as seems appropriate for my location and personal preferences. If one combination of settings worked for everyone, we would not need the controls. Minelab could just dial in the appropriate settings and just have an on/off switch and maybe a sensitivity control. In trying to do this Minelab came up with 8 separate programs or presets showing that one size can't fit all. The Equinox presets however in my opinion are among the very best designed for any detector, and the farther you get from the preset adjustments the less happy you are likely to be.
  43. 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
  44. 12 points
    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 ☺️
  45. 12 points
    My best friend Hank, they always leave to soon.....
  46. 12 points
    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.
  47. 12 points
    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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  49. 11 points
    Right. Ok, let’s see the video now that explains why we need different modes with frequency “weighting”. Modes with frequencies weighted to do better on larger items while being less sensitive to tiny undesired items. Modes weighted with high sensitivity to tiny stuff. If the video reflected reality we would have just one mode that found everything, right? But that’s not what we want, it’s not practical. We choose either single frequencies or weighted modes in advance to better focus on certain target ranges. So given what the video just told me, why do we have Park Mode, Field Mode, Beach Mode, and Gold Mode? All pretty useless I would think if there is one magic Multi-IQ mode for finding everything. In theory that might be Gold Mode, but Gold Mode won’t work at all in saltwater. The only mode that is functional in ALL environments is Beach Mode, but it does give up small target sensitivity. Sorry, typical marketing nonsense disproven by Minelab’s own products. For me the benefit to Multi-IQ is exactly that ability to have different targeted frequencies or frequency mixes in a single detector as opposed to being locked into just one frequency selection or one multifrequency mode. When it comes to multi, the main benefit from a practical perspective is not more depth, it’s more accurate target id at max depth, which lets me squeak out an accurate target id on a deep dime or nickel just out of reach of my previous machines. My previous machines hit the coins but they would id as ferrous. Multifrequency has long been proven to be advantageous for saltwater detecting. The improved target separation is also a big deal. This is aimed more at explaining to the Ace crowd why they want a Vanquish so ok there I guess. Cartoons for the kids. But not really as the main benefit there again is better target id at depth and saltwater handling as compared to a single frequency detector. The closest I could get to this in theory would be a machine running in Field Mode that can be switched to Beach Mode for saltwater. Field Mode is good for just about everything, including nugget detecting. Yet the fact is Park Mode is by far my most used mode on Equinox, so.......
  50. 11 points
    Well, I arrived this morning and to my surprise the sheep had been moved out just as the farm owner promised. I didn't expect it so soon, she said they'd be there another few weeks last time we spoke. I now had a whole lot of new ground to hit. The Equinox 800 was my weapon of choice this time. The sheep did a pretty good job, it's now got shorter grass than the football field, she needs to put the sheep in there for a while. Along the electric fence the grass is really long, I guess it wasn't worth a zap for a tasty bit of long grass. This area is about as big as the football field, I hope it's as productive. I started walking my lines getting plenty of semi modern 1 and 2 cent coins, Field 2 seems to work better on them than Park 1. It wasn't long and I had a decent coin The ground is quite shallow in spots here, very rocky so this half penny wasn't even deep for a 1917. Next up was a British silver from 1925, the depth of my Carrot, a good ID of course. It's been bent. Next was a bucket lister for me, my find of the day and something I never expected to find, a real solid 33 ID, it was a screamer A 1918 UK Half Crown, 925 silver and 14.138 grams! It's a biggie! I took this photo at home once I cleaned it up. This one got me angry, a big rusty bit of metal, rang up a solid 13, same as a Florin. This one was a Carrot depth penny, too corroded to tell what it is... PimentoUK was correct with the more corroded they are the lower they ID, this one was a 17, normally they're over 20 Can you spot it? Oh yea, a 1945 silver threepence. A good old cupro nickel shilling This ten cent had a protected area, not sure how as it just had soil attached. I thought it looked weird. Time to head home for lunch. The mornings junk, minus the big bit of rusty metal I left in the car. There was a weird thing I thought I'd have to ask PimentoUK what it was but a google search revealed its off an old British motorbike carburetor. The other unusual things, the marble was in a hole with a pull tab 🙂 The nothing specials And the pennys, florin and shillings. The silvers! So lunch break done I went back for more, all charged up from my Half Crown! First good find starting to reveal itself, I found it in the hole with my Carrot and started rubbing at it to reveal the green. Looks like a penny to me And it was, a 1901 too, in pretty good condition. The next target had me going, from one angle it was a solid 13 and the other angle it was a 16/17... two targets in one hole is all I could put it down to and that's exactly what it was. The Florin at 16/17 and the wire at 13. I could of easily missed the coin by only checking the target from one angle. The coin was very deep too, I always dig the depth of my shovel, that's where most good targets are situated more often than not, in this case I had to take more soil out as you can see on the shovel to get down to the coin. Another silver, and my last decent find for the afternoon, I had to get home by 3 to pick my daughter up from school. 1937 Sixpence, a year I don't often find. The afternoons junk The regulars and someones key, I always feel bad when I find a key, someone got locked out of their car or couldn't get into their house. And the good stuff, not so much in the afternoon, although I was only there about an hour. 42 coins for the day in the new area, pretty close to average for the football field.
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