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About Steve Herschbach

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    Reno, NV
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    Metal detecting, gold prospecting, building websites

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  1. I will be sitting this one out but will follow with great interest. Thanks David.
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    Twenty Years Of Steve’s Mining Journal

    Twenty years will do that to a guy!
  3. I was just updating links and realized I have been posting adventures to Steve’s Mining Journal for over twenty years now. The Journal started when the internet was new, and information about metal detecting and prospecting for gold was new and rare. Metal detecting was still an obscure activity and gold prospecting even more so. I started posting the stories on my old company website as a way to show people this stuff really works and to help promote the business. It was one of my better decisions, as documenting these adventures has turned out to be far more important to me than anyone else. Memories fade with age, and I can’t do this stuff forever, so it is great now to have all these adventures to look back on. Anyway, many people never leave the forums and explore the rest of this website, so I thought I would post this to celebrate the unofficial 20th anniversary of Steve’s Journal for those who have never wandered across it.
  4. “Technology: Mixed Domain (Patent Pending)” User Manual MDT 8000 page 23 Technical Specifications Technology : Mixed Domain (Patent Pending) Operating Frequency : 6.4kHz/9kHz/12kHz/18kHz Ground Balance : Manual / Fast Auto Tracking : Yes Black Sand Mode : Yes Salt Mode : Yes Salinity Balance : Manual Salinity Level : 0 to 50 Target Identification : Ferrous -30 to 0 / Non-ferrous 1 to 30 Sensitivity : 1 to 9 Threshold Level : -9 to 0 Target Volume : 1 to 15 Target Tones : 4 Tone Break : Ferrous and Non-ferrous with adjustable notch filter Audio Modes : All Metal / Discrimination / Mix Audio Output : Speaker / Headphones Display : 128X64 Graphic LCD LCD Backlight : Yes Battery : 26650 Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery (3.7V @ 5000mAh) Battery Life : Up to 18h@6.4kHz/24h@9kHz/30h@12kHz/36h@18kHz Operating Temperature :-10C to +50C (+14F to +122F) Search Coil : Tarsacci MDT 11X9 DD Shaft : Telescopic 3K carbon fiber with molded 3K carbon fiber “S” rod and armrest Length : 965 cm to 1346 cm (38” to 53”) Weight : 1280g (2.82lb) including the battery Waterproof : IP68 (Up to 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes in still water). Headphones (Included) : Wired 3.5mm non-waterproof Tarsacci reserves the right to change the design, equipment, and technical features at any time
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    Nokta/Makro AU Gold Finder

    The Nokta/Makro AU Gold Finder metal detector was introduced in 2016 and is still in production. The AU Gold Finder is a weatherproof 56 kHz induction balance metal detector aimed primarily at gold prospecting with accessory uses of coin, jewelry, and relic detecting. Note that the regular price for this detector includes two search coils; a 5.5" x 10" DD coil and a 5" round DD coil. Introducing the best new gold metal detector for 2016 – The AU Gold Finder Metal Detector. The AU Gold Finder Metal Detector is Nokta Makro's premiere gold detecting machine operating in 56kHz. The AU Gold Finder is guaranteed to find more gold! Nokta Makro is renowned for their deep seeking gold machines, and created the AU Gold Finder in response of serious gold hunters looking for small to large gold nuggets in all types of terrain. The AU Gold Finder utilizes automatic, tracking and manual ground balancing for maximum cancelation of highly mineralization soil. From the USA / Africa /South America / to Australia, many professional gold detectorists are reporting amazing performance with the AU Gold Finder. This ultimate gold package includes two waterproof DD search coils (10x5.5” and 5”), headphones, coil covers and a hip mount belt for alternative use. Simple to use switches and knobs leave users less guessing and more time digging. Three search modes will give you the ability to adjust discrimination as needed and tune out trashy areas. Source: Nokta/Makro website Nokta/Makro AU Gold Finder metal detector Nokta/Makro AU Gold Finder control panel Frequency : 56 kHz give you the ultimate in sensitivity and depth. Metal Discrimination : By Audio and LED. Filter out unwanted items when detectors. Construction : Rain & Dust Resistant (IP54). IP54 Protects your metal detector from dust and water spray from any direction Operating Principle : VLF Induction Balance Search Modes : 3 - ALL METAL, DISC.1, DISC.2 Ground Balance : Automatic, Manual, Tracking Threshold : Intelligent Self-Adjusting Threshold (iSAT) Coil Bundle Package - Comes with two waterproof DD Search Coils (10 x 5.5" and 5") including search coil covers. Warranty : 2 Year Limited Total Weight : 3.1 lbs (1.4 kgs) Official Nokta/Makro AU Gold Finder Product Page Nokta/Makro AU Gold Finder Owner's Manual Nokta/Makro AU Gold Finder - Steve's Review
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    Metal Detector Database With User Reviews

    With Bounty Hunter, Fisher, Garrett, Minelab, Nokta/Makro, Teknetics, Tesoro, White's, and XP plugged into the database I can now tell you that just between those few manufacturers (First Texas owns Bounty Hunter, Fisher, and Teknetics) there are just over 100 models of brand new detectors for sale. Yikes - no wonder people get confused!
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    Fisher F19 Ltd

    The Fisher F19 Ltd metal detector was introduced in 2014 and is still in production. The F19 Ltd models are camouflage paint versions while the standard F19 has Fisher's standard black and gold colors. There is no difference between the units electronically. The F19 Ltd is a 19 khz VLF metal detector aimed primarily at coin, jewelry, and relic detecting. The F19 Ltd is a variant of the 19 kHz Fisher Gold Bug Pro and so it also is very good at gold prospecting. The F19 is the best relic hunting machine ever! Fe-Tone® adjustable iron audio allows you to set the volume of ferrous targets lower than the volume of non-ferrous targets for increased clarity on desirable targets. GROUND-GRAB® Computerized Ground Balancing and Manual Ground Balance making it easy to tune the F19 to the soil you are hunting in. Get your F19 and find what everyone else has left behind! Source: Fisher 2016 catalog Fisher F19 Ltd metal detectors Fisher F19 Ltd control panel FeTone, Adjustable Iron Audio Enhanced V-Break, Tone Discrimination System Notch Window with Adjustable Notch Width Backlit Display (Backlight) Computerized GROUND GRAB, One Touch Ground Balance with Manual Override Unmatched Target Separation in Iron & Trash Continuous Ground Condition Readout: Ground Phase value indicates type of mineralization / Fe304 graphic indicates amount of mineralization Ground balance all the way to salt Static All Metal Pinpoint with Depth Indicator 19 kHz Operating Frequency 10-Inch Waterproof DD Searchcoil Ultra-Lightweight, only 2.5 lbs. (1.1 kg.) Official Fisher F19 Ltd Product Page Fisher F19 Ltd Owner's Manual Fisher F19 - Steve's Review
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    Minelab GP 3000

    The Minelab GP 3000 detector was released in April 2003 and it was discontinued in 2005, replaced by the Minelab GP 3500. The GP 3000 is a pulse induction (PI) metal detector aimed primarily at the gold prospecting market. The Minelab GP 3000 had initially had a manufacturer suggested retail price of $3495 which was later raised to $3650. The machine would commonly be discounted to about $3000 new. The GP 3000 incorporates new technological advances and control functions which have resulted in a detector that combines stable and effective ground balancing with depth and sensitivity. Like its predecessor, the GP extreme, the GP 3000 can handle heavily mineralised and salty ground conditions with greater ease than previous detectors, which effectively opens up NEW detecting areas. The new Low-Noise circuitry found in the GP 3000 results in a smoother threshold, enhancing your ability to hear faint signals caused by small and deep targets. This allows you to revisit old “worked-out” areas, and find the gold others have missed. Source: GP 3000 Owner's Manual Minelab GP 3000 metal detector Minelab GP 3000 control panel Utilises “Dual Voltage Technology” (DVT), which is based upon the Bi-polar technology used in our military range. NEW Low-Noise circuitry NEW battery harness NEW “Smart Point” diagnostic port DVT technology for optimum depth and sensitivity in all soil types Long-life 12A/hr Gel Cell battery Selectable Tx (transmit) modes (Soil Switch) for optimum performance in different soil conditions Selectable Rx (receive) modes (Coil Switch) for greater sensitivity and less susceptibility to interference Heavy Duty Bungy Strap Official Minelab GP 3000 Product Page Minelab GP 3000 Owner's Manual Minelab GP 3000 - Steve's Review
  9. I really like your entire post Cipher and I do agree with you. How to fight manufacturers confusing and misleading? It takes educating the masses, and good luck with that, since we have a tiny voice and the manufacturers a HUGE voice. And it never ends. Latest Garrett catalog, hot off the press, bottom of page 29: "Pulse induction metal detectors are also commonly referred to as multiple frequency detectors." That is Garrett, an old line respected manufacturer, saying pulse induction detectors are commonly referred to as multiple frequency detectors. What utter nonsense. This is only being said to confuse, and to give the impression that yes, Garrett does multifrequency. Except they don't. Manufacturers all need to be careful casting stones when it come to making confusing and misleading claims.
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    CTX Battery Contacts Fix Sought

    I honestly loved my CTX but a major reason for my owning it was water hunting. While there are some things CTX does better than the Equinox one reason I ditched my CTX immediately on getting the Equinox was this kind of uncertainty. Basically, every time I got in the water with the CTX I would worry about it leaking. Not a fun feeling with a $2500 detector. It remains to be seen how the Equinox holds up in the water long term, but the bottom line is I worry less about flooding an $800 detector than I do a $2500 detector. The issue is a real one and does affect people’s decisions on what to keep and what to let go.
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    XP Orx

    Details will be posted here soon. In the meantime if you own this detector feel free to leave a review!
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    Teknetics Eurotek Pro

    Details will be posted here soon. In the meantime if you own this detector feel free to leave a review!
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    Teknetics Eurotek

    Details will be posted here soon. In the meantime if you own this detector feel free to leave a review!
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    Teknetics Digitek

    Details will be posted here soon. In the meantime if you own this detector feel free to leave a review!
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    Teknetics Gamma 6000

    Details will be posted here soon. In the meantime if you own this detector feel free to leave a review!