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  1. JR, sorry about the spelling, and you are correct about Holabird. I was just trusting to memory on the spelling of his name, but Sanders was known by two names, and it may have been Sanders Gill, although I thought it was Saunders Gill. A bit of 'googling' would probably sort the matter out. There are a couple more interesting and rather twisting tales that can be told in relation to the Orange Roughie, but I shall hold forth until I am sure the readers would be interested.
  2. I was made aware of the Washington nugget hoax when Murray phoned me and told me of a story in the Gold Gem and Treasure magazine. Upon purchasing the magazine, I read an article titled 'The one they missed'. There was a photo of the 'Orange Roughie', and a story of how this nugget was found near the town of Washington in Califonia. G G T magazine had done a story some years earlier on the Discovery of the Roughie, but obviously had failed to notice that the two nuggets were in fact the same one. I contacted a friend who was a well known and respected gold dealer to see if through his American connections we could find out how the Roughie had passed from Rattlesnake John to Saunders Gill who was claiming to be the finder. He was traced to a veterens hospital in Chigago, but due to his advanced years, had little memory of the events of that time. John was a returned soldier who had served in the Pacific in World War two. I had sold the Roughie to John after trying unsuccessfully for two years to find a buyer in Australia. Researching American news articles revealed that the nugget had been exhibited across the country, creating a great deal of interest, due to the fact that nuggets of that size were extremely rare in California, and amazing that the 'old timers' had missed that one. Saunders Gill had claimed he had found the big slug using new American detector technology which enabled him to find it at a depth of over two meters, where the signal had 'sceamed' at him. The dodgy company that made these detectors were getting exposure, and were widely advertising them, while Saunders Gill was attempting to sell shares in a company to remine his property. A geologist named Fred Hollibird had examined the nugget and declared it as a genuine example of Californian gold stating that pockets of cemented gravel in the nugget was proof positive that it came from the Blue Lead, as claimed by Saunders Gill. (why he didn't notice the obvious color difference between that lump and other Californian gold is beyond me.) Hollibird, who was in partnership with a man named Kagin, who owned the auction house that sold the nugget for US $460,000, issued a certificate of authenticity. Meanwhile, Murray had been in contact with George Warren, who had a TV show in America. George had always believed that there was something fishy about the Washington nugget story, but lacked proof until a phone call from Murray. This was manna from heaven for George.who wasted no time blowing the whistle on the whole scam. At first Kagin and Hollibird tried to bluff it out, claiming that we were a pair of Ozzie con men out to try to stooge money out of them.(how would that work?) The idiots had picked the wrong nugget for a scam, as the Roughie had received huge publicity due to the fact that I had found it with a Minelab GT16000 prototype, and the deal that I had with ML was that anything of significance that I found could be used for advertising and promotion.That exercise probably sold thousands of detectors for Minelab. Eventually Hollibird had to admit that the nugget was indeed Australian, and then claimed that he had been a victim. Kagin said that the money from the sale was refunded and the nugget resold. Saunders Gill went into hiding and the detector mob quickly withdrew all advertising. At the end of it all no one was charged with fraud, and the story just fizzled out, leaving history slightly rewritten as to the original finder and seller. I shall leave it to the reader to deduce who the liers and crooks were.
  3. In reply to your observations JR. Murray Cox and I detected the 'butcher's paddock' (owned by the late Lloyd Laidler) when we speculated that the run of gold could possibly run across the road into John and Marlene Carr's paddock. I aready knew John Carr from previous detecting on a seperate section of his property, and it was me who negotiated with John in regard to access and percentage to be paid. The percentage was to be paid in gold, which I said could be converted partially or wholly into cash through a reputable dealer if so desired. I suggested to Murray that we should let John 'cherry pick' his percentage, and that we divide the rest. He rejected that idea, saying we should pay our percentage to John individually. I had not worked on that basis on other projects with other prospectors in the past and I asked him why he wanted such an arrangement. To my amazement he explained that he considered himself to be a better prospector than I was and didn't wish to be limited by such an arrangement. I reluctantly agreed to his proposal. The first gold found in the 'Orange Roughie' patch (11ozs) was found by me, just inside the fence. I detected and dug the Orange Roughie, and two years later sold it to ( Rattlesnake) John Fickett in Dunolly. The price and conditions of sale were not as quoted by Murray Cox, as he wae not present, but Ian Jaques and John Hider-Smith were. These are not the only discrencies in this tale, but perhap some other truths can yet be revealed.
  4. mn, after going back to google the Washington Nugget to refresh my memory of that particular saga, I was reminded of the amount of misinformation, lies, greed, and just plain old bulldust that was involved. I am not sure quite how I can tell the true story without stirring up a hornets nest. There are some people who treated the truth carelessly, and made claims that for whatever reason were just untrue. I shall have to be careful how I compose this story, and some parts I will need to leave it to the reader to add up the evidence and come to their own conclusions as to where the truth lies. Hopefully I will be able to bring this story to you shortly.
  5. You are dead right Beatty. The old cocky (farmer) asked James, " how do you blokes know just where to look?" And guess what? 'Einstein' told him!!!!
  6. Sorry Mr Beatty, but Mekong whiskey is Thai, and I am in Nha Trang, Vietnam sampling the local beer. This is the wet season, but it is not too bad here. Nice nugget from Dunolly. Another one I missed.
  7. Hi all, and thanks James. My old Transit had a 3.3 ltr in it originally. The previous owner put a 5 Spd. Supra gearbox in it but it kept blowing 5th gear, so I put 4.1 cross flow alloy head, twin throat weber carb, extractors, and 5 Spd Ford box. Duel fuel as well. She goes all right.
  8. Paul, if you get the opportunity I would be happy to loan you my setup and show you the basics. It should be fine with any GPX. All you need is auto ground balance and a tow vehicle that won't interfere with the electronics. (diesel with alternator isolated)
  9. Paul, I've messed about with sledding (tow coils) since the GT16000 came on the market, which made the concept a possibility because the detector could ground balance as you progressed over varying soil conditions. With the introduction of the 2200d it was possible to step up to pulse induction which meant more mineralised ground could be sledded than with VLF. Experimentation led to the conclusion that mono was the way to go as target response with a dd was way too slow. The best detector so far has been the GPX4000 for this type of detection, although I am yet to try the QED. Trial and error has taught me that the best setup has been a coil on a section of rubber conveyor belt. It proves the old 'KISS' principle. Keep it simple stupid.
  10. I could write a book on the gold I've missed. Far more than I ever found . A mate and I detected not far from the old school house at Kingower. 2 years later the 'hand of faith' nugget was discovered about a hundred meters or less from our spot. [we only found small gold there]
  11. mn, in reply to your question, I found my first color at Wedderburn in central Victoria in 1979. It weight about 3 grams and was detected with a Whites Coinmaster under a tree at a spot called 'shicer' gully. I guess the guy who inspired me the most, and found a staggering amount of gold in Victoria, West Australia and Queensland was John Hider Smith. I was fortunate to work with John for some time, and was amazed at his ability. I currently work on the odd project with James Beatty, when he is not busy farming, and enjoy his company immensely. (he is pretty handy with a detector as well)
  12. A guy I know is having problems with his Monster. It starts off okay, but becomes unusable within half an hour. I offered to test it for him, but he has sent it back. I will try to borrow one to see how it performs.
  13. G'day to American (and other) prospectors. It's a buzz and a pleasure to work with JR, a damned good prospector, and all round good bloke who really knows how to read ground. We have had a lot of fun and quite reasonable success with our QEDs and I knew straight away when I first came across the QED that James was one guy who could make it sing. Thanks to JR you have seen the 'proof of the pudding'.
  14. My requirements in a detector 1 Light weight 2 Right or left handed 3 Good stability in all soil types 4 Effective with small or large coils (small and large gold) 5 Good charge life 6 Ease and speed of charging 7 Manually adjustable ground balance 8 Fast and definite target response 9 Low EMI 10 Well balanced (ergonomic) 11 Wireless (power and audio) 12 Reasonably priced 13 Ability to respond to deep targets 14 Reliable
  15. KiwiJW, I'm afraid I could not adapt to, nor feel comfortable using the hip stick. I don't feel we should be trussed up like a pack animal. That is not my idea of prospecting. This is the twenty first century. The age of ergonomics.
  16. Ùntil the end of 2016, my choice was the GPZ 7000, however, I was lucky enough to be approached to test a new Australian made detector, the QED. It only took a few days to adapt to the new machine, and I soon began finding gold with it. I found that my 7000 was being used less and less as I became more familiar with the QED. The QED weighs a fraction of the 7000, and has very comparable depth, with very sharp signal response. Any Minelab compatible mono coil can be used, my favourites being the 11" Coiltek Elite for smaller gold, and the 25"Nuggetfinder for greater coverage, and greater depth. The GPZ is a detector that has really great signal definition, and has good depth especially if the ground is mild enough to run it in 'normal' setting, but the weight was beginning to tell on me as I have had a broken wrist from a motorcycle accident some years ago. The Z had found me quite a lot of gold, including a 27.75 oz nugget last year, but it had to go as my wrist pain would keep me awake at night after a days detecting, even with the bungee cord I found that changing direction at the end of each swing was tiresome because of the inertia build up due to the weight. It felt like trying to turn a tug boat around, and the 19"coil was far worse. I would like like to see Minelab start to take ergonomics into consideration, and design detectors specifically for prospectors rather that modified military monsters, for which we are expected to be eternally grateful.
  17. My thanks to other QED owners for their input. In regard to various coils, changing the mode to suit the coil seems to iron out any GB problems except for the occasional extreme ground.
  18. Sorry if my post sounded like a sales pitch, but after adapting to this machine I've really got to like it. I wouldn't say it's the easiest detector I've ever used, as it has manual ground balance, and does play up a bit on very changeable ground, but so do my other detectors. (GPX and GPZ) My machine is a prototype, but is in every way identical to the production model, except in the internal layout. It is not a 'souped up' version in any way. On a recent patch of small colors it was more responsive and easier to use than my other machines, cleaning up faster and easier. Tiny pieces were recovered at depths that really surprised me. At the other end of the scale, a 25" Nuggetfinder ran as smooth as silk, and pulled up deep targets. (no big colors yet)
  19. Steve, I come here as a victim, not as a perpetrator. As one of the first testers for this machine, I was and still am uninterested in the childish politics involved. My only interest is that of a long term prospector, and one time tester for Minelab, in the advancement of metal detector technology, and in particular the ergonomics, as for me at my age a light and comfortable machine is more important than it used to be. I have no financial interest what so ever in the QED, I just wish to see a good product get a fair evaluation without being persecuted by others with agendas. There are an increasing number of QED users in Australia who have found it to be most impressive, as have I, Thanks, Reg.
  20. The new compact, super light PI from Ballarat, Australia. This machine uses any Minelab PI compatible mono coil and is dynamite on small as well as larger gold. It is almost totally unaffected by EMI enabling it to be used near or practically beneath power lines. All hand built, on a limited production scale, this little beauty is creating great interest in Australia, where it can handle the highly mineralized soils.
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