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Northeast last won the day on May 6 2019

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About Northeast

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  • Location:
    Victoria, Australia
  • Interests:
    Family, Fishing, Footy, chasing Gold.
  • Gear Used:
    Equinox 800 and a QED.
    The GPZ, SDC and Gold Monster have been sold.

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  1. The border controls are unfortunate for the 'Grey Nomads' that would generally spend the winters getting out of Victoria and heading to warmer climates. From a prospecting business perspective JP is quite vulnerable as Clermont is a huge destination for the travellers and it looks like things might not go ahead there this year and certainly no interstate visitors. Although JP might be looking forward to a winter of prospecting instead? Hopefully online sales will help. I'm sure Gerry, Rob and Doc will also have their struggles in the US. I hope you can all manage to stay ahead of the financial curve and would encourage all forum members to support them where possible. Thankfully my frequent goldfields are very close to home and I see heading into the bush by myself as keeping within the social distancing rules. Even if I drive 100 k's and camp in the bush by myself I really can't see an issue. I thought more about club claims Mitchel. I am unsure of the actual costs here in Vic but I believe to peg a mining lease it is quite expensive. I am not 100% sure but I think there is an environmental recovery 'bond' you have to provide upfront before any 'mining' can commence. Even that would be prohibitive for a club to claim an area. And then the actual cost of the claim, trying to keep others out of the area, etc. More headaches than it would be worth I think. Cheers, N.E.
  2. Each state has their own licences, own rules around type of land public can access, differing names for everything, different rules around claims, etc. Re: club claims. I didnโ€™t know exactly what they were but always just assumed club members fees paid for a/some parcel of land that then only members could prospect on. Nothing like that here in Victoria that I know of but then I am not a club member. Thankfully there is (currently) plenty of State Forest and some State/National Parks that provide many options for us. Stay safe Mitchel ๐Ÿ‘
  3. Except maybe the SDC 2300. I know it is not on your list and it is much pricier but it will also find tiny gold, hit at similar depths as a VLFs and way, way better at handling mineralisation and hot rocks. Your countrymen with more knowledge of the Mojave Desert will be able to better comment if mineralised ground capabilities are a detector requirement for that area. Whatever you decide, have fun and be sure to show some nugget pics ๐Ÿ‘
  4. Just out of interest - what are your Volume settings at and do you use a booster of any sort?
  5. Bitching - great term. No matter how much I noise cancel or attempt to apply audio smoothing I just canโ€™t seem to reduce the bitching at my house some days ๐Ÿคฃ Audio files are certainly different JP. Take away the visual of the coil swinging and it makes you listen a bit more intently.
  6. Blackberries are introduced - and just like rabbits, foxes, camels, goats, cane toads, sparrows, humans (๐Ÿ˜‰), etc, etc they love it here and have gone crazy. A pic was put up on PA forum a few weeks ago of a really thick spot that someone used to go panning. A post fire pic showed the same little bit of creek but really it was unrecognisable. Certainly no issues with access due to undergrowth!
  7. Yep, all out. We actually had 10.25 inches of rain on Mt Buffalo 2 weeks ago. Almost had floods! Unfortunately some parts of NSW actually did have floods which over bare ground is not great. Apart from a bit of easier access to some areas that may have previously had thick growth/blackberries I canโ€™t imagine there are too many silver linings.
  8. Thinking the same thing, very Gold Monsterish. Would be good. That little 7.5" X 4" coil would be a ripper ๐Ÿ‘
  9. Spot on JP. Many think the canning of โ€˜mass gatheringsโ€™ and reducing movement is overkill but slowing the spread is the aim. Stopping it is unrealistic, slowing it is somewhat achievable. Staying away from people and finding a valuable commodity - prospecting is a well chosen hobby ๐Ÿ‘
  10. I agree, there 'should' be less trash...but there often isn't. It amazes me how many patches I used to go over that were supposedly flogged but I'd still pull heaps of trash out. Any one of those items could have been a nugget but they generally aren't. I'm not doing that so much these days but when I only have the time for a quick, short hunt I still hit those spots and still find targets.
  11. Low mineralisation testing location. Small gold. But surprisingly deep. No photo or mention of detector used. What canโ€™t you tell us JP? ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿคซ
  12. Good to hear you are getting on top of things Doc. It isn't always about not making mistakes, it is about fixing the ones we do make. My laughy face reaction above was not to your troubles but to your humorous writing style. "Worst thing to come out of China", etc. Best of luck with your amendments ๐Ÿ˜‰
  13. Nice write-up about the boots and good price, but be good if they could put up a picture! ๐Ÿ˜œ
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