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  1. My favourite eyewitness account of the Eureka uprising was written by the multi lingual colourful Italian author, revolutionary, digger and musician Raffaello Carboni. Before the uprising he wrote this gem describing the constant persecution of diggers by colonial authorities: " - Are diggers dogs or savages, that they are to be hunted on the diggings, commanded, in Pellissier's African style, to come out of their holes, and summoned from their tents by these hounds of the executive? Is the garb of a digger a mark of inferiority? "In sudore vultus lue vesceris panem" is then an infamy nowadays! Give us facts, and spare us your bosh, says my good reader. β€” Very well. I, Carboni Raffaello, da Roma, and late of No. 4 Castle court, Cornhill, City of London, had my rattling "Jenny Lind" (the cradle) at a water hole down the Eureka Gully. Must stop my work to shew my license. "All right." I had then to go a quarter of a mile up the hill to my hole, and fetch the washing stuff. There again β€” "Got your license?" "All serene, governor." On crossing the holes, up to the knees in mullock, and loaded like a dromedary, "Got your licence?" was again the cheer-up from a third trooper or trap. Now, what answer would you have given, sir?-" :) https://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/carboni-raffaello-3163
  2. That's correct gotAU. The transmit (outer) coil is 26" in diameter. On my last outing, detecting mate "Broke in Bendigo" was able to work within 20 meters or so without much interference - once we had tuned each other out. The Bismarck in action at Rheola, Victoria. I designed and built the lightweight carry frame:
  3. GotAU: some confusion here. The image upthread is of Jim STEWART (late of Laanecoorie Victoria) and his 36" Bismarck bundle wound monoloop. He was a close friend and pioneering electronic prospector. I have not heard of Jim Straight. The 26" CC X Coil is mainly designed for deep gold. It is in effect a turbocharged 15" spiral monoloop so quite sensitive on smaller bits as well.
  4. Reg and I tested the Detech equivalent of this Nexus coil (Detech 32" Concentric) back in 2019: The Detech appears to have now been discontinued but (at the time) was almost half the price of the slightly smaller Nexus in $AU PS: It seems we have chosen the same thread name! 😊 https://www.detectorprospector.com/forums/topic/19472-now-thats-a-coil/
  5. My favourite bit would just have to be this 7 grammer, detected not 100 metres from the "Welcome Stranger" discovery monument at Moliagul, Victoria. The American "Liberty and Union" folding knife handle was detected that same day, deep in the clay just below the "Stranger" surfacing.
  6. I wouldn't normally but the principal purpose of this trip was to test the 26"CC in gold ground - and hopefully pull up a decent piece for the sake of myself, Ilya and the X Coils team πŸ˜‰ However, an unusually wet winter cut my detecting time back to less than two weeks from the planned month. The boggy track conditions further prevented access to my most promising deep ground so I resorted to scavenging and prospecting as an alternative. I also found some separate bits with the 17" spiral and the 22" CC. I plan to return in the Autumn if conditions are favourable.
  7. Aureous: Was down for a month but due to weather conditions probably only a couple of weeks actual detecting. Couldn't access my favourite big gold ground so spent some time prospecting new areas with Reg (until he went overseas) and then with "Broke in Bendigo" That's where most of that came from, promising new ground! πŸ‘
  8. Only a half oz in small bits, no deep big gold this time. I'll try again in autumn when Victoria finally surfaces from the floodwaters! 😁
  9. My dodgy phone camera added the aura Simon πŸ™‚ The 26" CC coil is only 25 grams or so heavier than the 22" CC so no big deal. Quite happy swinging it but no deep gold today, only deep steel so far-
  10. Gerry: Overlap essential with CC coils. For all its size it's in realty only a 13" coil. I'm only using it for hunting deep ground where big gold has previously been found.
  11. Jim Stewart and I found some good gold with the mighty "Bismarck" (pictured) including a 30 oz piece. Hopefully the big CC will hit on something big it couldn't hear-
  12. VL: The coil definitely stays on top of the ground! πŸ™‚ Any pinpointing required will be done with something else-
  13. Just fitted the test 26" CC X Coil. Let the fun begin!
  14. Geof: I'm going down the big coil path again (with the new 26"CC) as I usually do. Admittedly, It's all or nothing- and often nothing! OTOH, Financially, I only need to hear one faint broad signal-
  15. Same all over the bloody continent this winter. Freezing cold as well here in the SE! Have fun!
  16. Here's some fresh Aussie colours just to boost your enthusiasm Paul, not that it ever needs boosting! Not mine either, but found in Vic, deep down with the 22" CC X coil:
  17. Broke and Jeff: After going out of our way to assist the QED and its inventor to achieve market success as testers, Reg and I are now both persona non grata, banned from all official QED websites and FB pages. The level of public hatred and vindictiveness directed against Reg (in particular) by both individuals involved is something I have not previously experienced. Very sad!
  18. Already planning it Simon. Just have to remember all those deep spots over the last 40 odd years where I wished I had had a bigger coil! πŸ™‚
  19. Some more nice colours from (name withheld!) Must be bl00dy cold working at night lately though!! 😏
  20. Yep, Don't do it, far too risky- :) Understatement Jasong!!! Not mine but flogged ground: Mine, 8 oz. (also flogged ground:) Draw your own conclusions -
  21. NE: Saw a lovely 4.5 oz deep colour on the X Coils FB page today found with a 22"CC but not mine unfortunately 😒
  22. Hi GC: It certainly does. Bear in mind that those settings are applicable for the 22"CC. I have no idea how they would work with other coils. Volume setting about half way but also bear in mind I use a Sennheiser RS160 cordless headphone system (with two separate volume controls in addition to the Z internal volume control) and run with the built in "Z" WM12 transmitter turned off.
  23. Yep! That was the mantra when I started in the late 80's Yes. Beloved (but exhausted) patches are near impossible to ignore. Jim Stewart once described them as "gazing upon the familiar face of a dear old friend" Yes Indeed. Looks like my 7000 with X Coil CC's will be my companion for a while yet-
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