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  1. Go get em Mitchel. First in...best dressed. Ahhh.... night detecting. Love it. Best of luck out there JW
  2. Wow.... Condor.....there is a name I have not seen on here for a while. Good to hear you are still with us πŸ‘ Sorry to hear of the break down. Yes...it could have been a lot worse. Thanks for the journey. My thoughts too. Cheers & welcome back Good luck out there JW
  3. That's easy to Mitchel, Go where you have found gold before. But I would be going where you know there is small/tiny gold. Places where the GB2, Gold Monster & Whites GMT have done well. That is the kind of gold I would be targeting with the EQ's 6" coil. That's if the GB2, GM & GMT haven't already cleaned it all up....but only one way to find out. You may get lucky & find a bigger bit others have missed. Multi IQ will be your best bet & running it as hot has you can. But of course you will already know that. I don't know if you can get away with 25 sensitivity like we can here in NZ, or how much rattyness & chatter you can tolerate.πŸ‘ Good luck out there JW
  4. Hi Guys, Monday morning Simon arrived at my place at 9am after an hours drive from his place further south. We headed back to the area where Simon found his old cool 23 gram silver ring deep down in an old prospectors throw out pile. Not that exact spot but in the general area. I took my GB2 & the Zed. I thought Simon would have brought his Gold Monster to have a go at finding whatever signal it was that he got from a crevice scrape of mine that I got a bit of gold out of the last time we were here. Only he lost it with his 4500 & 14x9 nugget finder Evo coil & couldn't re-find it. But he didn't. So with my GB2 I went to the spot to have a go. I couldnt find it but I did get half a dozen shotgun pellets. Bugger that, so I moved on to where I had left off that last time we were here. I stuck with the GB2 scouring the flat sheet schist bedrock cracks & crevices & the lichen that was growing on the schist. Just in case there was a crack or crevice hidden from view. Scanning over the lichen, nothing really looked that inviting, I got a sweet Zip Zip. Flicked in to discriminate & still a Zip Zip. So not ferrous. Scrapped at the lichen & nothing of a crack or anything that trapped gold, but the signal had moved. Oh, here we go, just going to be a pellet. But it wasn't. Note the lichen all over the bedrock. That was it for the GB2, at this stage, so I fired up the Zed. I just scanned over the lines of grasses that were growing out of the cracks & fractures in this sheet schist bedrock. Was making hard work of it with nothing. Simon had disappeared somewhere, couldn't see him anywhere. Couldn't even hear his detector nutting off. So I just kept at my grass filled cracks when I thought I heard a faint little hit. Backed up on it, & wasn't too sure. So I just hacked out the grasses down to the level of the bedrock schist & exposed the dirt filled crevice. Re scanned & yes, definite signal. I scrapped out the dirt & exposed a crack in the bedrock that I hacked out & it opened up into a bit of a hole. A small but solid little ball of gold. That was it for ages. nothing more. Simon had made an appearance by this time & he was detecting further over from me & he was getting heaps of rubbish, but no shotgun pellets. Not even one. That has to be a first. But then he sung out that he just got a bit of gold. Ye Ha. We went for a bit longer & I then said shall we stop for a bite to eat then head off down & up the next gully, I know of a spot. So we did. After our lunch stop we headed off. On our way I showed Simon an old make shift rock hut shelter from an early day miner. Doorway & window & just big enough to lay down & sleep in & to sit & cook a meal & get out of bad weather. Looking in through the doorway entrance opening. That was pretty cool. We got up to the old workings & sluiced out little gully. Simon had a hard time of it getting no more gold. I had a hard time with the Zed due to wild thyme bush growth over the old throw out piles. I had known this though as I have had the Zed here before & it was the main reason I took the GB2. There was a bit of bedrock too so I targeted that. While Simon hit some bedrock & the throw out piles I headed away from him to some other bedrock with the GB2. Within 2 minutes I had a sweet Zip Zip & my first piece of gold for the GB2 on these workings. This was followed by 6 more all in the same little spot. Choice. I then followed in Simons footsteps covering the bedrock he had been over. I got a Zip Zip over a small crack in the bedrock. Smashed into it with the pick until the signal had moved. A not too bad size piece of gold. Maybe even the Zed would have got that. I was surprised that Simon didnt get it with his 4500 & 14x9 Evo coil. It wasn't deep at all. Ended the day getting 10 bits with the GB2 for the day & one for the Zed. All up 11 bits for .71 of a gram. Bit at the top was the Zed's. Gold Bug 2 saved the day. Cheers. Good luck out there JW
  5. Hi Mitchel, Yes, it is the golden rule when chasing gold with a detector. Dig everything.....Nothing is a given. The only given is getting that signal target in your hand. Then you know 100% πŸ‘ & will sleep easy. Have to agree. The high frequency VLF's on gold all seem very similar to each other in performance. Most of us do have two arms & so can swing two detectors at once. I have had the GB2 in one arm & the GM 1000 in the other doing comparisons. Trading signal for signal. I would have looked a right dork but they just both hit on all signals on that day. Was very small/tiny gold & shotgun pellets. I believe the EQ 800 might be a different beast. Some voodoo magic stuff seems to happen in Multi IQ, & that is with the 11" coil. The 6" will be very interesting, but won't know until I get one. Some of us are computer & IT nerds, I am a detector nerd....I guess...I just want the best I can get to find the gold, any gold. For me the only way I am going to find that out for myself is to try the ones that "turn me on". We have been very spoilt in the last few years. Especially with the VLF's. Maybe even saturation overload. The EQ 800 is exciting due to it very good at everything ability & its multi IQ technology.....for the price & performance...Awesome. Good luck out there JW
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    White's 24K & A Gold Specimen Find

    Very nice find Gerry. Awesome πŸ‘. I guess the new GMT 24k will be replacing the "old" GMT, making it no longer produced? Again...beautiful speci.... Good luck out there JW
  7. Hi Stephen, Thanks but it is Bill you need to thank. I just had his clip come through to me as I have subscribed to his channel so I just copy & pasted it onto the forum. That 6" coil will be my go to coil on my EQ 800 chasing gold. (aye Simon ...when OURS come through ) Just wish the Zed had a 6" coil Our basement rock is schist too but in all honesty you can not rely totally on VDI & sound. That goes for any detector. While the very low positive number VDI's are very encouraging & can generally be small/tiny gold/lead signals. As the gold gets bigger...so too can the VDI....I do believe... Cheers. Good luck out there JW
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    Gb2 Saves The Day

    Thanks beatup, The old timers made use of any natural rock roof overhang. Just filling in the sides with stacked up schist slabs. Here are a few more. Note the doorway & to the left a small window opening. Inside Note the fireplace flue sticking out top right. inside Pretty cool aye. I have others I will find pics of & put them up but work beckons. Cheers Good luck out there JW
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    Gb2 Saves The Day

    Hi Mike, Thanks for dropping in & for your comment. Yes that is how I run all my VLF's. Just habit I guess. But I am of the believe that all metal mode has a bit more punch & sensitivity. So on getting a signal l then flick into discriminate. If it is ferrous then I still remove it by loosening & moving the signal & get it on my magnet. I have often done that & re-scanned & then got another faint little gold signal. I don't leave the ferrous in the ground either, or throw it away because as technology improves with new detectors I know I will be going back over the same grounds that have produced gold for me. This way I am eliminating all junk, making it so much more pleasurable for the next time. I am also so use to running a threshold when detecting. The discriminate mode is silent. Mind you the Gold Monster has no threshold & I have gotten use to that. But then I have no choice. I run it flat out & can't even get a bit of rattyness out of it in our insanely mild ground. Cheers Good luck out there JW
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    Abandoned Trails In Silver Country

    Hi Jim, Enjoyed it immenselyπŸ‘....again You are a master at putting pen to paper. Or should that be ...fingers to a keyboard? Thank you for the journey. Good luck out there JW
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    Adelaide Hills, Small Patch

    Nicely done Nenad.πŸ‘ Just goes to show....never judge a book by its cover. Good luck out there JW
  12. Hi guys, We had a beautiful fairly mild winters day today. A stunner. Phrunt, Simon, got conned into going skiing again today. Poor bugger skied all day yesterday & then did a night ski session as well. Said his legs were like jelly. I think he will end up doing the night ski session again tonight. He won't be much good for a detect tomorrow..... I went out for an afternoon detect to a local spot. Left home at 1pm & was home again by 4.30. It was a magic day. Conditions were just perfect. Not a breath of wind, not too cold, clear blue skies & a bit of dampness in the ground. I just took the Zed as I am getting a bit over this flyspeck size gold I have been getting with the GM & the GB2. I went to an area of old workings that I haven't been to for quite a while. I didn't think I would ever be going back again as I had done my dash on it. So I thought. I did well back with my GP 3000 & little 10 x 5 Coiltek joey Mono Coil combing the exposed schist bedrock. Then stepping it up with the 8" & 11" Commander Mono's to get a bit more depth. That paid off back then as well. On getting the 4500 it breathed a bit of new life back into the old workings for me. Especially when I got the 12 x 7 Nugget Finder Advantage coil. Man that was deadly. But of course all good things come to an end & the 4500 stopped getting gold there for me. The GB2 & Whites GMT snagged a few tiny bits for me. MMMM.....havnt had the Gold Monster in there. I had been in there with the Zed on a few occasions but only managed one bit. So due to the great conditions & despite those powerlines you can see in the above pic, the Zed was just purring. High Yield/Normal. Sensitivity on 18. Detecting very slowly & scrapping the ground I thought I heard a slight hiccup in the threshold. Wasn't 100% sure but had nothing to lose, so I scrapped a bit off the top. That improved things & it was a definite faint signal. Scrapped into the schist bedrock until I had moved the signal. Waved my magnet over the spot where the signal now was. Nothing leapt on to the magnet but it could have been a shotgun pellet. But it wasnt. Look how tiny that is for that 14" coil. Unbelievable.... Moving on slowly over the exposed schist bedrock I again imagined a very faint kick in the threshold. Only one way to make sure. So I scrapped a bit off the top. Yep....that sounds like a faint little signal so I got stuck into it until I had moved the signal. Note the schist bedrock up on edge. Just the perfect gold trap. Another tiny bit of gold Not long after I got another imagined signal but I dug down on it & it improved. The material seemed a bit of a mixed bag & not very encouraging to say the least. Wasn't really getting into schist bedrock but just top soil type loam & rocks mixed in with it. I wasn't holding my breath. But nothing was jumping up on the magnet. I ended up getting down in between a couple of crevices that seemed to be bedrock. The signal was still in there but screaming at me. Here is why. Just over half a gram. That is big for me these days. But it was down at quite a bit of depth. Then things dried up for me for a wee while. I had at this point got no rubbish but 3 bits of gold. Gosh...that was good averages. But I do know that I had cleaned up all the rubbish in here a while back. Obviously no one had been shooting in here as I hadn't even got one pellet. I eventually got another very faint signal. Scraped down to the bedrock until it had moved. Bingo. Ye Ha. I decided to go home after getting a 5th bit. That is if I got a 5th bit. On & on I went. Got a couple of bits of rubbish & I was heading back in the direction of my truck when I got a faint signal near the cliff edge above the river. Digging down on it, again it was just loamy topsoil. But then I got into the bedrock & a crevice. Signal still in there. Then it was out.Ye Ha...Just shy of one gram That was my fifth....so I was out of there. Home by 4.30. Five for 1.62 grams. What a fun afternoon, & I thought I had cleaned it out. I should know better. No one gets all the gold. Least of all me. Each & every time I believe I have given 110% but can go back on a different day, different conditions & conditions were just perfect today & bingo....more gold into the poke. Cheers. Good luck out there JW
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    My Finds So Far.....

    Wow...they are big coins. Congrats. Good luck out there JW
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    Chinese Opium Tins, What Do They Say?

    I wonder if this one contained viagra. πŸ˜‚ Sorry...couldn't help myself. I will run for cover now. Simon, Today might be your day. See you at 9. JW
  15. Ha..awesome. Cute little girl. Yep....they will never be the same now. You have done it..... Good luck out there JW
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    Steve Herschbach

    Hi Mac, I am sure I would have spoken for many of the great guys & gals from this forum in regards to your words on Steve H. We all think the same. No need to be hesitant in expressing yourself here. You are among friends here. They are a great bunch of people on here. Best of luck out there JW
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    A Fun Afternoon With The Zed

    I know all too well the drama snowboarders can cause. Being a surfer....Ex-surfer...one would think that I would have got into snowboarding. It never existed when I got into skiing but a mate & I made our own types of "snowboards" before snowboarding was even a concept on the world stage. Had our dramas, shits & giggles. But I put it in the too hard basket with gear failure & disappointment & time wasting & just went back to my skiing that I knew. When snowboarding became a world wide finonimun & I saw the carnage they were causing on the slopes, I thought...stuff that. Things have not changed. Just got worse as the numbers of snowboarders increased. They just don't think of anybody else on the slopes. I saw it all the time. Sorry...I am not generalising here. Not all snowboarders are like that but I just think it reflects the attitude of a lot of our younger citizens that are the ones who seem to get into snowboarding more so than skiing. I will duck for cover now that I have said that. Kids have no fear. When my eldest boy was 5, he was already a good skier at that age, he went for a run with his mum up to the top lift on Coronet. She said she would just follow behind him. So off he went. He stopped at a drop off from the main trail that dived off into black marker territory, that being off trail & for expert skiers. He just said real quick, follow me down here dad & I went down here last time, it was cool.....& he was gone...off over the edge. She just shat herself but had no choice. He was gone & she had to follow. It ended well, except for when she caught up with me & chewed my ear. I think I came off the worst. Still nursing that ear. JW
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    A Fun Afternoon With The Zed

    Hi Simon, Bummer mate....sorry to hear of the injury. Not good. Hope that doesn't rock her confidence. She must have progressed from the learners slopes & gone up the chair, hence the "pretty big speed". People cutting in front are the biggest cause of incidences. Snowboarders being the worst offenders. Hope she is ok. Don't suppose you are up for a detect then? Thanks Peg, yer....lately I have been on the fly poop myself with the GB2 & Gold monster & not even taking the Zed to this general location. But I thought ...bugger it...I will just take the Zed today & go to a different spot. Mind you...a few of those bits are getting down to fly poop statis. The Zed just blows me away with its power & depth on those tiny bits. Considering that I have had the GP 3000, GPX 4000, 4500 with all the small coils & slightly bigger coils. The GB2 & GMT & even the Zed a couple of times at this exact spot & was in the end getting nothing more. Different & perfect conditions...& bingo. That is why I go back over & over old ground. You just get those days when conditions are perfect. Winter is good because plant & bush growth is really retarded & you can get the coil into places that you normally can't. The ground is damp giving better conductivity....well so I tell myself as I know others believe wet damp ground can just bring ground minerals to life & play havoc. Maybe that is so but I swear it improves depth & sensitivity too. I can get a bit of extra chatter, just got to focus more on the "noises", but a true signal has that different sound/chatter. I have just proved it to myself too many times. This result just backing that up more to me. Cheers. Thanks beatup. Best of luck out there JW
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    Hand Held GPS

    Ha ha....Me too Fred. I am a techo retard. Just ask Simon (Phrunt) JW
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    Summer Fun

    Very nice finds πŸ‘....Just goes to show.....dig EVERYTHING. Not a truer word spoken. Got to love the Zed. Well done you. good luck out there JW
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    Equinox 6" Coil

    Thats from Nenad....have to be some truth in that then.πŸ‘ JW
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    Steve Herschbach

    Hi Mac, Couldnt agree with you more, re your comments on Steve H. πŸ‘ I have "stalked" Steve, in a nice way, since his AKMD's forum days. Nice to see you on here & welcome. Good luck out there JW
  23. Hi guys, I am going to start off with going back a few weekends when Mrs JW & I headed over to the West Coast to catch up with my mate. The weather was looking like being absolutely mint, which for the West Coast is a bit of a rarity. We took the jet boat of course as the rivers & scenery are stunning when the weather gods are smiling. I finished work at lunch time to get the boat sorted & to give us time to get there before dark. We encountered a bit of snow on the road heading over the pass from Otago to Westland but on getting to the coast it was just stunning. The next morning my mates mate wanted me to give him a hand with going out in his boat to pull up his crayfish (lobster) pots & to rebait them & chuck them back. I was there mostly just to make another person on board so he could legally take more crays. We did quite well. Yum. After that it was off to the river. Above pic looking up river & below, looking down back to the coast. Deer prints on the beach Grounded...Bummer. But how stunning is the scenery? And we were the only souls there. Sorry guys, Something has popped up & I have to bail. Will continue.......stay tuned. JW
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    A Bit Of A Mixed Bag. Hope You Enjoy.

    Hi Mac, Thanks for dropping by & for your comments. I see one of your interests is writing. You should write on here more often Be good to hear/see some of your adventures. Jet boating sure is fun & can get you into some amazing country. The Geography/geology of the south island in NZ is very similar to that of Alaska's. Glacial. All be that NZ is on a much smaller scale & many of the hundreds of glaciers are but just a tiny remnant of their once, I know many were more than just once, former selves & now restricted to way up in the heads of the mountain valleys. In there death throws, but when you get up among them still an awesome sight. Getting back to the jet boating & the river in the above boating pics. Being a hunters & fishermans paradise. They commercially shoot deer from helicopters & cart them out by the truck load. Still can't get rid of them. Here are a couple of red deer that a couple of guys got from jet boating up the river in my pics. Sorry if it is a bit graphic for some of you. But just stunning scenery. Sorry there is no gold content but when I first started the thread I had every intention of putting some in there. I got interrupted when I first started the post & when I got back to it to carry on & add some gold content my train of thought of that had gone. My main reason for boating this river is looking for gold. Many many side feeder creeks coming into it. In my above pics my mate & I dropped Mrs JW off on a nice sheltered from the wind beach while we went further up to a creek to explore. We left her there with my little boat & she had her camp chair, book, magazine to do her crossword puzzle & the thermas & lunch. So she was sweet while we buggered off & did our thing. We were gone a few hours, found buggered all. Came back for a late lunch & a coffee. Couldn't see Mrs JW in her camp chair or on the beach. Oh no. WTF. Hope she hasnt wandered off into the bush. As we got closer & were pulling up by my little red boat, there she was sitting in it. What are you doing I said. She told us that she was sitting in her chair just on the beach/bush line when she thought she heard something in the bush behind her. She couldnt see anything but then a stag let out a roar right behind her. She screamed, the stag bolted & she bolted to the boat. What a crack up. OOpps, got a bit carried away again. Good luck out there JW