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About SteveJJ

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    Minneapolis, MN
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    Metal detecting, UAV videography, pistol league, researching sites to detect, readying for retirement.
  • Gear Used:
    Equinox 800, Fisher F75, Fisher Gold Bug 2, White TDI SL, Garrett Carrot. Growing assortment of tools.

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  1. SteveJJ

    It's Almost Like Cheating!

    We used Google maps to find the piles, pretty obvious in satellite images. Some we took a chance on to see if it was posted no trespassing or not. If not, we hiked in (most were gated or marked no vehicles) and detected the piles. Yes, we were only expecting copper but some mines also had silver so we dug many hot rocks. Mostly the copper is in sheets, but there is also float copper chunks or nuggets left by glaciation. Some float gets an inch or two thick. Most sheets are a quarter inch or much less in thickness. Sometimes the copper has crystallized and creates rare beauty. Ill try and take some photos of my chunks as they were found, then again after soaking in vinegar to remove the rock. This was from hard rock mining, blasted and hauled out of the mine. If the ore wasn't high grade enough it was discarded. We searched the discard piles. We both found deep targets in areas it was obvious others had detected in. Both Eq800. We both found bits of chiseled copper where miners would chisel off chunks of large sheets to haul out. Likely from 1800's. pretty uncommon to find those. I reworked an area I'd first set tight discrimination on, others came along behind us and hit the crushed pile thoroughly. I found some deeper copper all had missed by running plain park 2, and lots of low grade copper oxides (I'm sure there are many mineral names I could learn and identify, but haven't, so I just call it low grade oxides). I was paying attention to fainter signals and slowing down to sift and sort through them. Much to my pleasure I was understanding what it was telling me. I removed rock slowly and rescanned frequently and found the lower grade near and above the deeper purer copper. I'm just learning this machine, but already,liking what I'm learning. I hope these notes help others both learn and enjoy!
  2. SteveJJ

    It's Almost Like Cheating!

    Not that I can with current bandwidth limitations. Once I return, then gladly. I found today that copper that was freshly crushed out of embedding rock isn't as oxidized as some released long ago. It appears either the mixture of metals differs from site to site, or the level of oxidation as well as size can give it quite differing numbers. So, it's prudent to start digging everything to learn what you want to avoid then adjust accordingly. I learned today that one's site's settings don't pan out for other sites! Still learning, but liking this detector all the more as I do! Curious about the ground balance numbers being as high as mid 70's! Wasn't just my detector, my friend's was too! Going to turn on the auto tracking and see how that works tomorrow. What a great machine!
  3. Ok, back on the Keweenaw Peninsula detecting on copper mine tailings. I quickly knocked off all signals below 18 and learned to not dig anything below 20 (in Park 2, sensitivity 18, speed 6) Not sure the number of tones, 5 maybe. It's like cheating! 20 and up, except some 30's (big iron, go figure) were all sizable copper metal. No hot rocks, no ores, just copper metal. Seems the larger the piece or vein, the higher the number. I dug more copper in the first hour than I'd get in a day with my F75 or Vaquero. It ran silent until something worth digging was there. I may have missed small bits but I am not disappointed in the quantity and quality of the metal found this way. I will dig the higher numbers as there is sometimes silver mixed in with the copper, and I do not yet know what that would read, but suspect above 18. If you get a chance to come up this way and don't care to dig nails or hot rocks, try the numbers above. I got to them by example, the hot rocks I'd dug were 16 or lower on plain ole Park 2 so saw that flakes of metal were 20 and up so knocked off all below 18. It did not take long to do. I worked a pile that was recently crushed, destined to be laid down on logging roads Bet they won't miss the copper I left with. The Equinox 800 is such a versatile tool, it is almost cheating!
  4. SteveJJ

    Trouble Turning My Equinox Off & On

    My 800 is the same. Have to hit it just right to turn on, and haven't found a consistent way to do so. Might try the warranty swap if it really helps.
  5. SteveJJ

    6"x10" Coil For Minelab Equinox

    I think a third party solid coil cover would sell extremely well, for any Equinox coil!
  6. I am curious if F-Pulse reacts to hot rocks or not. Anyone tested that?
  7. SteveJJ

    Can I Be Critical Of The Equinox Here?

    That says a lot. I was about to push the button on a CTX 3030 purchase when I shifted gears and chose the 800 instead. I've had my vendor hold my 15% military discount as a down payment on a 6" coil. Yet another wait, but the ground is ice just few inches down where it isn't covered in snow, so I can be patient. I hope!
  8. SteveJJ

    Equinox Acting Crazy

    Spaceweather.com is an excellent site for what's happening in our solar system. Emailed alerts too. I track this because my Mavic Pro drone might be affected by a CME, so I don't take chances knowing what could come about. I've had high overhead aircraft affect other detectors so believe that solar flares could be an influence as well. Like the scouts urge, Be Prepaired!
  9. SteveJJ

    My Folded Equinox Modification

    If I bent the aluminum upper shaft, I'd very likely use carbon fiber as a replacement just for the strength/resilience of it. I'm guessing it's tougher than aluminum. Sexier looking too!
  10. SteveJJ

    Free Target ID Cards

    When you run out of cards, can you share a PDF version? Very kind of you to take this on. Appreciated.
  11. SteveJJ

    Regarding The 6" Coil

    I've had my vendor hold my 15% military discount as a down payment for the 6" coil. I hope it isn't a long wait!
  12. SteveJJ

    Yet Another Snow Storm

    Sorry for your snow Mark. My area was blessed this time. By some gift, a major storm didn't occur in the Twin Cities last night. Observing the radar video was very interesting. It appeared there was resistance from the metro area that held it at bay until it dissipated. Really weird, almost as if it were some psychic force keeping it back. It was too far off to be the 'thermal island' effect often mentioned. However it happened, I'm grateful I'm not out shoveling 5-9 inches of the heavy wet snow we get in the spring. I did some detecting yesterday in a cleared bulldozed (was oak-forested) lot and found some clear targets, but 2-4" down it was ice. They'll have to wait a while. It was strange not having a constant tone in my ears, but I did notice I was aware of noises nearby through the headphones. Wish I could have dug what the Eq8 was telling me about though so I'd learn its language.
  13. SteveJJ

    My Folded Equinox Modification

    Rockwestcomposites dot com has them too. Also carbon fiber shafts. HTH
  14. What materials did you use? Where does one find carbon fiber shafts?
  15. SteveJJ

    How Well Do You Know Your Gold Detector?

    Approaching retirement and the end of paychecks, I'm 'gearing up' for what I hope will be my retirement plan, boondocking in gold country. Until I'm living the concept, I won't be getting a GPZ, and it may be a GPZ7500 when I do. Short of that, I have an Eq8 I have everything to learn about and intend to get smaller and larger coils for it, and a couple gold machines purchased from members here that have moved up. A GB2 and a TDI SL. Those 3 have cost me a couple grand and should stand me well for starters. If it all "pans out" (I have pans too) and I get to live my dream, then I'll look to the major cost of a GPZ, for what it too can bring to the table. Who knows, maybe there's an EQZ in the future?