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jrbeatty last won the day on September 28 2018

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About jrbeatty

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    Burragate NSW Australia
  • Interests:
    Geology, history, Electronics, Prospecting.
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    QED detector with GPX 5000 in reserve.

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  1. Hell Simon! don't read me wrong. I've been hoping for ages you pair of hard working Kiwi's would finally turn up something decent. Multi ounce pieces are definitely hiding somewhere there over the ditch. Now John's found a reasonable colour after a gap of many years, perhaps you can take it to the next level. Maybe try prospecting up a previously unsluiced gutter somewhere - surely there must be virgin ground somewhere over there well away from the historically worked and detected areas? Just like here, the old buggers sometimes missed a few clues - didn't always locate it all.
  2. Good result Norvic. Reinforces everything positive already stated about X Coils versus standard 👍
  3. Here in Australia we get paid for gold in $AU, so a record high for us.
  4. Call that a gold coin? This is a gold coin. :) On display at the Perth Mint:
  5. New record again. Nothing like a weak $AU. Woo Hoo! Chug a lug!!! :)
  6. Broke one drought anyway Steve. The other bastard will break eventually -
  7. I gave it one of mine for you 2Valens :) Nice to see the odd decent US colour.
  8. Gerry: All gold is good! Never had any luck finding gold coins. On the bucket list though -
  9. Sorry about the fumes guys. We couldn't think of anywhere else to send them 😉
  10. Been using lipo cordless setups for years on GPX and QED. Only way to fly. Lightweight and very rapid vehicle recharge (10 minutes) with a balance charger. All available cheaply from Hobbyking or any RC shop. Prefer headphones (I work mainly in winter) so use Sennheiser RS160 or TDK setup but (as Dale says) works with most speaker transmitter systems. Go lightweight cordless, never look back.
  11. With good rainfall currently underway over all the fire zones in SE Australia, and much more forecast, it's now safe to unofficially declare the emergency over. The transformation much of the country has undergone following the collapse of the catastrophically high IOD last month is truly breathtaking. Today's national radar image with progressive 24 hour rainfall totals (MM) in colour: As is usually the case, in some places we have exchanged a catastrophe for a problem, as flood rains wash huge quantities of charcoal, acidic ash and soil now rapidly eroding off burnt mountain ranges into river systems and water storage reservoirs. That's just the way it is after bushfires. Thank you Steve for tolerating this extremely off topic thread for so long. It acted as a much needed mental life raft when things got hot (Yep, intended!) likewise everybody else who lent their much needed moral support. I remain forever in your debt! With a lot more rain (hopefully) coming and the grass growing for hungry stock, I think I can see a chance to get back on the gold soon. For me that's always the greatest therapy of all. PS Madtuna: Hope that cyclone over there dumped some much needed wet stuff on your station -
  12. I'm still here NE and so is the fire, burning much closer but slowly now against prevailing winds. The spot fire across the Towamba River is my main concern at this stage as a southerly could push it very close indeed. My house is circled blue: Overall, the fires in my district are much calmer this week and have lost momentum considerably. This is due to higher humidity, lower wind velocity and much lower temperatures. We have now received considerable backup from volunteer fire brigades from elsewhere, including some from Queensland and Tasmania. These act as a mobile strike force to reinforce local brigades where needed. There is a definite feeling of optimism in the air now, with rain forecast, but the actual arrival date is constantly being moved forward by the Bureau of Meteorology, with Sunday now the expected date for heavy rain to arrive. Yesterday they were forecasting Saturday. This moving of the goal posts has been going on for over a week, so I'm a bit skeptical now. I'll believe it when I see it: MN: Yes, the previous wet summers were a contributing factor to the fires. Bushfires require fuel, oxygen and hot dry conditions to thrive. The only factor we can directly control is the fuel load. Much more work needs to be done there to limit future disasters of this scale. Yes, even areas which had been reduction burnt can be over-run by fire, but almost nothing can stop a crown fire driven by hot winds, burning on an immense front. I didn't take many images during the last month, more important things to do and conditions generally were impossible - but on the afternoon the fire actually roared over the mountain at the back of my property ,I took one. You can just make out the puffs of smoke from spot fires igniting down the mountain in front of the main fire, as burning bark and leaves shower down from the ash cloud: All that forest where those spot fires started was fuel reduction burnt three years ago and they never really got momentum. They are still quietly burning in that area as I type. Bring on the rain! or, as we say in Oz "Send 'er down Huey!!!"
  13. Thought I was a goner yesterday. Spurred on by temperatures in the 40's and strong hot northwesterly winds the Border fire woke up and finally reached the back of my property. As it came over the mountain it sounded like Ragnar Lothbrok and a million angry Vikings all beating their shields together. It rained burning debris down in front of it, which immediately started spotfires on the timbered hills surrounding my valley. Some small fires started in the paddocks but my brother quickly jumped them with the ute mounted fire fighting unit. Once again a minor miracle occurred. The wind suddenly swung to the east which prevented the fire burning downwards from the mountain onto the farmland, and swung the hot debris raining pyrocumulus ash cloud back to where the fire had come from. By evening we had all the hills behind us just quietly burning along, punctuated by the occasional enormous crash of falling timber. Today, by contrast, was cool with little wind. Consequently, the fire has made hardly any progress. That's expected to change tomorrow with afternoon strong cold SW winds blowing till midnight, just the direction we don't need. If we survive that, cool calm days follow until forecast very heavy rains finally arriving over the weekend. Heres hoping! Hotspot plus fire map showing Burragate and Rocky Hall sandwiched between the Border fire to the south of the Towamba valley and the Big Jack Mountain fire to the north. Tomorrows wind will probably combine these two fires: And a closer view of the property with approximate fire edge tonight:
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