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  1. That would dominate the forum outright. Way beyond gold & gold finds. Gold most always seems to be in the most beautiful scenic places, & I'm not just talking my back yard either. I am convinced that our insanely mild ground is the key to our success in finding this small/tiny gold with any number of detectors & coil combos. The bigger gold having been taken care of long ago by the masses that went before us. The bread crumbs are still present to the trained, well tuned ear & to a certain degree, later technologies in detector & coil. Good luck out there JW ?
  2. Hi Simon, There are three pieces less for you to find after I went out for a few hours late this arvo. I went back to that spot at the creek you couldn't find. Was a fun few hours. 10 x 9 X coil. Running the Zed on full max 20 sensitivity, high yield/normal. Ran as quiet as a church mouse. Forgot to take my phone for photos Good luck on your mission tomorrow. JW ?
  3. You hit the nail on the head there Norvic. Always striving to use the best of the best. Even if it means mixing & matching to get the best result possible with what we have available to us. In this case & point in time it is the GPZ & these X coils on the gold. This seems to be what ALL X coil users are reporting. Got to be very happy with that. Yes. If it wasn't me getting what I am by being the first out of the blocks then someone else would have been getting it. If I came along later....then I would have missed the boat. Good luck out there JW ?
  4. You shouldn't be throwing the bottle cap away in the first place but taking it home & disposing of it in the right manner. Naughty boy. Go to the corner. I reckon the postage would be more than the purchased item I can just picture coil cables now getting completely lined with these filters. Imagine the added weight. Good luck out there JW ?
  5. There are only two creeks in that area, so you had a 50/50 chance & chose took the wrong one. It is still a gold area though. Yes....she is a pretty mean gorge all right. You would not want to fall down there. I always wonder how much gold is down below all the big boulders & old timer sluicing tailings from their workings above. Did you see the old workings? The bloody briar rose has taken those over so impossible to get in there. I have tried. I even got down below where that gorge creek flows into the main river. Nasty country in there. Massive rocks & lots of them. Gave up on that straight away after a fight just to get down & in there. Too hard basket. The things you have to do in finding gold. Always a good adventure though & they all good fun & part of the journey. Gold or no gold. Good luck out there JW ?
  6. Observation & imagination are two very important key points in looking for gold & not getting lost when in the great outdoors. You could still carry a handheld GPS.?
  7. Hi Simon, Yes the X coils won't like the powerlines. I know that much. Especially that close. I really don't know how you couldn't find that spot I took you to. You remembered the creek & there are so many reference points & objects that just takes a mental note to take note of when first pulling up off the road to park & even walking to the location. You don't need a photographic type memory, but that would help. You don't have to remember too many features as reference points to guide you. You just need to be more observant of the surroundings & take those mental notes. Not just walking following me & not taking any notice of where you are actually walking & what you are passing & what direction you are traveling. Where you ended up is quite a way from where you were trying to get. Maybe get a map or print a copy of the area from google earth & from that you can see where we parked & what direction we went & where we detected & the creek etc etc. It really isn't rocket science. Just a bit of research & map work. You don't really find spots by accident if you do research. The research leads you to them. Takes a lot of the guesswork out of it. JW ?
  8. Well....it is very close to home....& no gold ground is save when it is that handy to me. As you are finding out. I try to leave no stone unturned. The practised art of backfilling?. Either to plant more grapes, or a new house site. Be worth going over it. You can be the second digger to go through there Sorry. I left those for you. I know how much you love them I haven't had the X coils in there yet. There is a thought.? Best of luck out there JW ?
  9. Ha ha. I learnt quite early in the peace to take my glasses. I now wonder how many of our small/tiny bits I "threw" away thinking they were shot gun pellets or shards of lead. Targets that didn't stick to my magnet. I don't make that mistake any more. Good luck out there JW ?
  10. Hi Steve, you wont regret it.? Best of luck with it JW ?
  11. Always a pleasure Lanny. Thank you for a good start to my morning. ? Good luck out there JW ?
  12. Ha ha. I thought you were pushing your boundaries & getting very dearing. There was gold there & I did ok with the 3000. Not so much so with the 4500 but the Zed & ML 14" coil got me a few more. Looks very promising ground aye. Did you cross the lower bridge? JW ?
  13. Hi Rick, Please don't re-wind that spring & bring it over to Steve's forum. Keep the lid on the jack in the box shut.? Lets just see what Simon reports to us from a non biased point of view in our mild ground conditions. Good luck out there JW ?
  14. I guess that with a lot of us that are so use to running a threshold old habits die hard. The theory & concept of running a threshold as a comparison point on detector noise, ground noise, & signal noise are just too strong to run silent at the risk of missing something. It is all a fine balance to get that right tuning zen point. Again, we are so lucky with our insanely mild ground. At the end of the day it is what each individual is happy & confident & comfortable with. So for you if it is no threshold & that helps your mental ground balance then that has its own merits. I'm late for work now. JW ?
  15. But like Northeast said, that could just be that you have it tuned to the point that those sounds aren't breaking through the threshold, & you are missing them because of running a "silent" threshold. I feel very uncomfortable running no threshold. The Gold Monster made me very uncomfortable, being so use to having a background hum to compare any variation in it that signaled a target response. As we know, any hiccup in that threshold has been caused for a reason & needs investigating. That is where the importance of getting a smooth even threshold within what you are comfortable with is so important. Some can handle a ratty threshold, caused by ground noise & having the detector running hot, & still recognise a target response in the background comotion. I am now one of those, but it didn't happen overnight. Depends on your head space & your own mental ground balance . Personally I think you need to run a threshold. It gives you a background canvas to work with in regards to any fluctuations. Does that make sense? Probably not Time out in the field "fiddling" will get you to the Zen point.?
  16. That really is the point, & beauty of the GPX detectors, & coil combinations. In our ground it will find the bigger smaller bits (hope that makes sense as our gold is all small. Some just a bit bigger than others) at depth a VLF doesn't. IMHO & my experience swing them. I am excited for you with your QED. JW ?
  17. World war 3, as I said. Don't even bother trying to find out why. It is totally irrelevant & best you dont know as your fresh unbiased approach is what is needed. What you said above is on the money as is what Steve said.? Any competition in detectors is good for end consumers. Considering the price of some verses ability out in the field. I have always followed with great interest, as have many, the development over the years of the QED. It has had its moments but good things take time & its time may have come. May be the world's best kept secret, except for those in the know.? Look forward to your reports on it out it in the field. Best of luck out there JW ?
  18. Something I keep banging on about Northeast & why we are able to run our detectors pretty much flat out. I am now in the habit of running the Zed in full max sensitivity of 20 with the X coils. Yes, I gather we are very spoilt having that "problem" I would be a fish out of water if I was suddenly dumped in some of your high mineral rich locations, being so use to running things flat out. But I am sure I would be able to adapt with a bit of "fiddling" of controls & then learn what they are all there for.?. When it comes to the QED I seem to remember that fiddling word causing world war 3. I do look forward to see how things pan out for Simon with his QED. No Simon....you are busy skiing now in the weekends & I work during the week.? Good luck out there JW ?
  19. Yep, the standard Minelab DD coil that came with the purchase of a new GP series detector, & GPX. Well it did with my GP 3000. I used it bugger all, preferring mono's. This being the mono version before the commander series of coils. That nugget being the biggest I have ever found to date. Just shy of 19 grams. Nice looking ground you are looking at. The piles may just be mullock. But good luck. You just need to get your detector in there. Any signs of detector activity? Good luck out there JW ?
  20. Bloody hell...there is a blast from the past. How you doing Steve? Hope all is well. Best of luck out there JW ?
  21. I have a photo of a 28 ounce nugget sitting in my hand, along with a 15 ounce nugget. Found by the guy I purchased my Zed from. I cant put the photos up as he has requested that I don't, & I respect that. So the answer to your first question is....yes. Best of luck out there JW ?
  22. Very well said Steve. Couldn't agree more. I have to dash off to work, but your last sentence says it all as far as I am concerned.? I just love being out there. The gold is just the excuse. Best of luck out there JW ?
  23. My father did nothing with me in regards to the great outdoors & all it has to offer either. That might have something to do with the fact that he & mum where in their mid 40's when they adopted me at the age of two & a half years old. They both smoked, dad until the day he passed away at 74. Guess that might be why I so love all things outdoors as I never had it as a kid. And I do love it. Guess that is why I became a builder too. I could not work in an office environment or in doors. I need the open spaces & the sky above me. Be it working or "playing." Pot of gold at the ends of the rainbow Ok. One more And there's gold out there Cheers JW ?
  24. That is the truth right there. I had four sons & while they showed interest in detecting back in my early days when I was coin & jewellery shooting on beaches, parks etc, none of them have taken to it. Or gold detecting. Only one has shown a true interest in the outdoors, which I find odd as I took them all out fishing hiking & camping often, & he is passionate about deer hunting. Lately it has been bow hunting. Which I find a bit cruel as it wouldn't be a quick death. He likes the fact that you need to be a lot more stealth & it gives the deer a bit more of a chance over a rifle. That makes it a lot more challenging & more rewarding when you get one. So his strike rate has dropped. Yep, the youth of today are into different things. A lot of those aren't for the best either. Good luck out there JW ?
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