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  1. Always, ALWays, ALWAYS!!! after retrieving a gold target scan your dig out pile, the hole & rescan after back filling the hole. Many a piece of gold, & often more than one, I have got after retrieving the initial signal. Or what I thought was the initial signal. Often after digging down to a signal & getting it out it has taken you down in depth that brings other maybe smaller pieces into "view" that were out of reach from the surface. Or maybe you dug out smaller ones that end up in your dig out pile as you got down to a bigger deeper target. Hence scanning your dig out pile, maybe even flattening it out a bit to get the coil closer to any smaller bits that may be in it & also after back filling the hole. I have also found many bits of gold from a dig that was junk from the initial signal but after rescanning the hole before backfilling have got a sweet faint gold signal. Chasing the junk got me down deep enough to hit a faint gold signal. Lost count of how many times that has happened to me. Good luck out there JW 🀠
  2. Who are you kidding.....You won't even touch your 4500 again now that you have a Zed & X coils. JW 🀠
  3. Hi there Mitchel. I just got in from a quick afternoon detect with the Zed & 10" X coil. I matched your 12 in a day count. But I bet your 12 weighed more than my 12. My smallest there is .03 & biggest .29 of a gram. You are going to love your X coil. I just know it. I can't wait to see how you do. Best of luck out there with it JW 🀠
  4. Have there been some posts taken down from this thread?? JW 🀠
  5. Virgin patches exist on the fringes of old workings where gold has been found before that were missed. Here is an example. The area wouldn't have been any bigger than 5m x 5m Day one late in the afternoon with a 4500 & Coiltek 11" Elite coil Day two with the Zed & ML 14" as X coils didn't exist then. Day three was a combination of the Zed & GB2 to clean up the tinier bits left. When conditions have been favourable I have been back a couple of times since with the Zed & got the occasional bit but it has now dried up. MMMMmmm....haven't had an X coil in there but conditions are way from favourable at the moment. When first found the ground was dry & barren of any grass. So perfect for detecting. Lately, the last couple of years, it has been so lush with grass I have just given it a miss. But one day..... Good luck out there JW 🀠
  6. I think a lot of us that chase that yellow metal are Northeast. You have to be....forever the optimist. Best of luck out there JW 🀠
  7. Yes....ain't that the truth Norvic. Mums the word these days hey.... Best of luck out there JW 🀠
  8. Yes....missed with Minelab, Coiltek, Nugget Finder, Whites, Garrett & Fisher coils before the X coils came along. So I am smiling all over again. I think many X coil users are smiling all over again. I am of course talking on old flogged ground where they had found gold before & now are again. You will find out for yourself Mitchel. Nothing surer. The proof will be in the tasting of the pudding. JW 🀠
  9. Yes it will, well that is exactly what it seems like on all my old spots that just suddenly start to cough up more gold. Just like it has reappeared when the X coil 'magic wand' is waved over it. Yep....just got to be way more thorough than the last person was that waved a coil over that ground. Plus having the best equipment in detector & coil to do the job. First in....best dressed....early bird etc.... Like Norvic said, & I agree, that there will be no old workings that have not seen detectors. They are the most likely places for people to go no matter how remote you may think they are. Go where gold has been found before because no one gets it all....so they have been thrashed. Again....it just takes the early bird with the latest equipment to get the worm before others finally come along, & maybe they are too late. Good luck out there JW 🀠
  10. Agree, but tapping & bashing are two different things, as is using it like a shovel. JW 🀠
  11. He probably could πŸ˜‚ JW 🀠
  12. I am a ground scraper with the utmost care. You can't get any closer to the gold than scraping the ground. I don't go out of my way to bash my coils around & abuse them or my gear in general. I have always had control box covers. I am a slow coil sweeper & operator in general & practise precise coil control, always listening for that very faint whisper. It does seem to pay off for me. I do go through coil covers....but that is what they are for. JW 🀠
  13. Yep...looks good. I would wrap it way more with insulation tape as added support & strength. On a personal note....I will never be putting my Zed coils in water, but the areas where I mostly detect there is no water up in the hills any way. I even hate using my detector out in the rain, of which the other day out with Simon it was raining most of the time. I shouldn't have gone. I wouldn't have normally but knew that Simon was eager to try his "new" set up. After a few hours & 4 bits of recovered gold & two lost ones I had had enough & called it quits as I reckoned the detector was starting to act a bit weird. I didn't know at the time that Simon had text me to say his back was giving him grief & he had had enough to. I didn't take my phone with me but must have timed it right when I caught up with him. I put it down to the coil getting drowned as I have a good cover on the actual detector control box & the handle pod. I honestly don't know how the coil can be waterproof with that pressure vent valve. The guy I got my Zed off is from the West (wet) Coast & he killed his ML 14" coil detecting in West Coast creeks. It was warranted as being waterproof so Minelab replaced it under warranty. The West Coast & its weather is not very detector friendly. I am not prepared to risk it. My thoughts always were that the ML or any 14" size coil of that type construction & design ( foam filled) is a beast of a coil to try to subject to using underwater with fighting the buoyancy & water flow. The 11" ML coils were bad enough on my PI's. The coiltek little 6" round wasn't too bad though & handled it well. Was good for getting into tight spots in among the bedrock & fighting the current. I had two of those so that if I stuffed one by using it under water I still had a good one, but it has survived. Good luck out there JW 🀠
  14. Hi Mitchel, Yes we put a connection back on my 19" coil & it gave issues, of which I am sure I have PM'd you about back then. I had never used the 19" coil prior to using it for the donor chip & never will so the issue with the 19" ML coil & its female connection didn't bother me in the slightest. I got the 19" coil from some body in Aussie who hated it & was glad to be rid of it. So the price was good for me, even including postage. They said if they hadn't sold it they would have used it for a boat anchor πŸ˜‚ That was there precise words to me. Heck....I have never even used the ML 14" coil since plugging into X coils. I hope you have good success & experiences with your adapter & X coil. I am sure we will hear all about it 😁 Best of luck out there JW 🀠
  15. I am with Simon. If he followed the instructions & the measurements where to cut he shouldn't have had that problem. Like I said to you in a PM. Depending on how he finishes the adapter you may want to wrap it tightly with insulation tape to give it a lot more strength & support & eliminate any cable/wire pulling. My one below I can't even flex it which I am really happy about. Good luck with it JW 🀠
  16. My ferrite ring lives in the zipper side pocket of my control box protection cover. So no chance of losing it. It is also still in its original little plastic bag that it came in. I just put the ferrite ring on the ground still in its original plastic bag. Side pocket is also good that if you forget your gold bottle any gold can be put in there. Unless it is too big to fit in there, or too small & you will never find it again, which is more likely our case πŸ˜‚ My experience with the ferrite balance on the Zed & the 'new' 10" X coil was that on the first sweep there was a noise & on the 2nd sweep it had gone quiet & I have never had a noise again no matter where I have been detecting & trying the ferrite balance before setting out for a detecting mission. I don't even bother with it any more. Just love our insanely mild ground. Just got home from seeing Elton John live in concert on his Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Farewell Tour. 72 years of age, played & sang non stop for nearly 3 hours. Was brilliant. So glad we went. Managed to get through border line flooded areas to Dunedin City 3.5 hours drive away. Rained no stop but woke this morning to a cloudless blue sky day. Unbelievable. Got closer to home & there was snow on the hill tops. That will explain why the temperature dropped while at the concert last night. Got the same trip & venue on Monday to see Alan Lambert & Queen. Also just booked another gig in Vegas for when we are there. The night before Lady Gaga. The Who, with original members Pete Townshend & Roger Daltrey. Ye Ha....party on.... Good luck out there. JW 🀠
  17. Hi Reg, Point taken. I guess I am lucky in that I dont have to drive too far from home 10-20 minutes in numerous directions & then it is walking or the E bike which then costs nothing except energy. At the most I would drive 2 hours one way in which case I usually take the caravan & make it a weekend away trip & Mrs JW tags along to get away from her 4 walls as she works from home & enjoys the change of scenery. Going away for the weekends always ends up in going to the local pub for a few drinks & a meal & hanging out & talk with the locals on the Saturday night. Watch any rugby or sport that may be on sky TV. Always a good bit of fun & banter with the locals. It all adds to the enjoyment package of getting out there detecting. Any gold just a bonus, but usually cover diesel cost & even occasionally the cost of the night in the pub. A few grams usually does it. If not I have had a good time either way. Thanks Reg. I am 60 now so that mountain goat country is getting less attractive, I must admit. The E biking isn't so bad.....it is just carrying that bloody backpack on it with all the gear. Shorter trips aren't too bad but give it a bit of distance & it gives my back a bit of grief for a few days after. Builders back. So I sympathise with Simon. I know what it is like. 🀠 I am the same Fred. Sluice boxing kills me & my back so I haven't done that for ages. The rewards too were just not worth it either. Wasn't so bad with a motor & pump, mask & snorkel & you could lay out flat sucking up gravels & cleaning out bedrock crevices. I do miss that but all those type places around here are claimed now as you need a permit to do that kind of thing these days. Good luck out there JW 🀠
  18. 100% agree with that Dave. I always use the swing arm. Coil control is paramount, no matter what size coil. Four little suckers I got when out with Simon. Zed & 10" X coil. JW 🀠
  19. Couldn't agree more Jin. I am ruthless on my digs. No pussy footing about scraping fractions of an inch or millimeters at a time, wasting time. I just smash into it until I have moved the signal. Then recover it.πŸ‘ How long is life? When the pick breaks then its life is over.....& so is the guarantee.πŸ˜‚ Bet that chick in your avatar photo made your pants drop pretty quick. πŸ˜‚πŸ€£ Just waiting on Simon to turn up for his very first maiden voyage with his Zed & 10" X coil. This will be very interesting. We are now both on a level playing field, equipment wise, not so much a level playing field where we are going detecting. Good luck out there JW 🀠
  20. Probably a Freemasons ring. Although it would then have the Freemasons symbol on it. The builders square & compass(diffiders) https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&q=freemasons+symbol And the Knights Templar symbols https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-d&biw=1920&bih=966&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=bh0zXofCG8zhz7sPgKKFoAY&q=knights+Templar+symbol&oq=knights+Templar+symbol&gs_l=img.3..0i67j0l6.10365.19157..19629...1.0..1.373.4901.0j19j1j3......0....1..gws-wiz-img.......0i131j0i10.G4sv9rpbnqs&ved=0ahUKEwiHsdqe96vnAhXM8HMBHQBRAWQQ4dUDCAY&uact=5 There is your cross. JW 🀠
  21. I actually really like that program. Not so much the way Discovery Channel drag it out & continually repeat stuff but the actual history & searches over the years. I knew very little to nothing about the Knights Templars & their history prior to the supposed find of the little lead cross on Oak Island & the research done trying to find out its origin. The connection with the Freemasons/Templars through to the present. I found it fascinating. If nothing else comes out of Oak Island then I learnt something that intrigues me with the Knights Templars & what they did & what they started. How they were screwed over by Kings/Queens & even the Pope. Nothing has changed when it comes to power, greed & control of people when it comes to religion & Governments. I will say no more on that. No but they found that lead cross, supposedly, & numerous other features, not just on Oak Island but throughout Nova Scotia, that mostly were related to the Templar Cross symbol. There is a connection too that the native people were affected & influenced by the presents of a people from a foreign land. All this way before Christopher Columbus "discovered" The New Land. I think the Legena's are onto something & I wish them well. Any way.....I enjoy it, despite how Discovery drag it out. I just fast forward all the repeats. JW 🀠
  22. Thats pretty cool Mitchel. Do you watch The Curse Of Oak Island? Knights Templar....treasure.... JW 🀠
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