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  1. You will earn more as a council worker for the year than detecting except for short bonuses with a good nugget. It takes a lot of skunk days finding a patch, than even with a dozen nuggets at 0.4 grams (not 0.04) each day, you just beat the ounce a week and how long does the the patch last. Let face it, it's a far more enjoyable than working for a boss those. 

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  2. 3 hours ago, Bishop said:

    thanks. that Honda is a goat. will go up almost anything. the engine braking going down steep inclines is amazing.
     only bad thing i can say about it is its a little spooky on uneven ground, haven't put it on its side yet.
    it was that or a quad, and this has lots of cargo room. can pack 2 beepers, cooler, dry washer and gas crack vac easy.

    I see you have included the most important COOLER but what is the GAS CRACK VAC more details wanted.😁

  3. 10 hours ago, Erik Oostra said:

    Maybe not.. For a $12.90 adapter the shipping costs from the US to Australia are unbelievable! This is through metaldetector.com.. I can't find this adapter in Australia.. Maybe a DIY project? 

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    I found the same with USA postage charges. A small drive band 3/8 " and 10 " long that would fit in a matchbox cost more than 6 times the price of the tiny belt.

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  4. Thanks NorthEast for your detailed report it nice to see some real prospecting going on. I liked your photos and your Apple Maps showing the gold spread of your finds. The concentrations of nuggets are fairly close together, most of my GPS nugget spreads have a distance of more than 20 meters apart, as you can see in a post (This forum ) I did before COV-19 reared it ugly face ............LINK.........  

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  5. 8 hours ago, Erik Oostra said:

    A bit of a weird one this morning.. a 1949 3-pence made into a pin.. maybe a hat pin or earing.. it's my first find with the Deus II at a place I call the 'silver mine'.. this spot continues to surprise me with not just it's old silver coins but also gold jewellery.. I like this little pin, someone did a good job soldering the post to it..  


    I wonder if that was the owner birth year, if so it would be sterling silver coin / pin if owner was was born prior to 1946 instead of 50% silver. Great and unusual find. 🤩  

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  6. From an old news paper.


    A very brief inspection of old workings will toon enable the "new-chum" to recognise the bedrock of a river when he reaches it in sinking a shaft. It Is usually soft and decomposed just where the alluvial deposits rest on it, and in that condition is often known as "pipeclay" on account of its whiteness. A few feet further down, however, the slaty structure become visible, the rock gets harder, and the colour changes to yellow, grey, and other darker tints.
    Down to this bottom the prospector sinks and takes up the stuff immediately resting on it with a few inches of the bottom Itself, as gold often lodges down in the crevices. In very shallow ground open trenches in various directions, or a number of holes at short intervals, are sufficient to enable the ground to be tested, but in deeper ground it is necessary to open drives from the bottom of the prospecting hole so as to try the stuff along the bottom in any direction desired. The object is to test the gravel resting on bedrock, as that is the most likely to contain gold. In some ground not a foot should be passed over without panning it, as it is not at all uncommon for gold to occur in certain narrow "runs," while promising looking stuff on either side is valueless.
    While the Importance of working the gravel on the river bottom is greatly stressed, It is always advisable to pan any layer of gravel passed through In sinking a hole.

    Old, abandoned ground, If it has not been too often reworked, will frequently be found to afford a living, or an occasional patch or nugget, if again carefully worked.

    The Sydney Morning Herald
    Saturday 28 February 1931

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  7. 20 hours ago, Reg Wilson said:

    What's all this rubbish I read about young Steve thinking he's getting old? Still wet behind the ears!

    When I was a young bloke I used to be able to pee over a six foot fence. Now I have trouble avoiding my boots, but, I can still swing a coil. An all terrain mobility scooter to tow a coil might be on the drawing board for the future. It could be a project for Beatty and me. All we need then is some young buck to dig the signals.

    Let's not hear any more of this getting old crap. Remember, you are only as old as what you're feeling. (think about it)

    So long as it is not your DOG coil Reg. 🤣

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  8. 55 minutes ago, Andyy said:

    Maybe you have already found your first nugget.  But I remember when I was looking for that first elusive nugget.  Pictures of grandeur would enter my mind as I walked miles through gullies over cactus and rattlesnakes.  I would dig down 2 feet and repeatedly find nails.  And then the old bullets so marred up you would swear it had to be gold or some other precious metal.  But it wasn't.  But the funny thing is, after I found that first nugget I never asked that question again.  I forever knew the feel and look of gold.  And I never questioned again, whether unicorns existed.

    Ok.. too much time at the book store.. google prospecting.  And Waaaay too much coffee.  Good luck out there!!


    How true for most  people, but you can be fooled till it gets in your hand.       I remember during the early VLF days I got a signal in a contour channel that was done to stop erosion. At this stage of detecting I had found over 50 ounces of gold. That day I was using my wife's Whites Detector when I got the target. I looked down and saw what look like an inch sized rusty nut. I decided to see how well her detector discriminated. It did not reject it like my Garretts would of done (if Iron), so decided to take it back to the Van and show her. It was a real surprise when I got it in my hand it felt heavier than if it was made out of lead, then I knew it was a good nugget.  The nugget was a 2 ounce bit once soaked in full strength HCl acid. Before I cleaned it I asked a couple of full time prospectors what they though it was. They all said junk till I dropped in their hand. By the way, in it original form/state I could drag it along the table top with a super magnet much to everybody's surprize.   

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  9. klunker You bring up a good point, here in Australia and some other countries the rules are so tight to get one legally it is a real effort that most of us find it is better to forget it and do without a gun. Outside the USA the public owning or wanting a military multi/auto shot gun is a laughing matter. If you need a gun, a single shot should be more than required and would ensure that the owner learns how to uses it with one shot to get his target (not multiple innocent public.) Klunker post is in my opinion very appropriate at the moment.👏 

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  10. It does show NZ 💯Parker Schnabel, his early episodes are great with his Grand Father helping him find gold. It must be hard to do the shows which helps build the interest in prospection, when he is the drawcard and still try to be true to real prospecting and not media demands.  

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