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  1. Bloody hell...there is a blast from the past. How you doing Steve? Hope all is well. Best of luck out there JW ?
  2. 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 ?
  3. 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 ?
  4. 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 ?
  5. 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 ?
  6. Nice find Rick. You are duplicating what I have discovered with my X coils, going back over old flogged ground & getting back on the gold again. Got to be very happy with that.? You sure you aren't on one of my patches here in NZ? Looks very familiar...even got sheep in the background. Good luck out there JW ?
  7. Hi Andyy. Here are a few pics for you.I won't show the schematic drawing as I was trusted not to, but if you get an X coil you will get all that. I will just let the pics tell the story. We cut the chip end off the 19" coil. The finished adapter plug The left end connects to what ever coil you "plug" into & the right end is the connection with the chip that goes to the detector control box, as per standard ML coil. Once you have the adapter plug you can use what ever coil you wish. Just a matter of soldering a female connector plug back on to what ever coil lead you cut the chip off & that coil is good to go again. So you aren't sacrificing a coil. There is a plastic "pipe" shield that slides over the connector once the coil is screwed into the adapter plug. Cheers Good luck out there JW ?
  8. That is a fact I am 100% behind. I still love my GB2. It's that little bulletproof concentric sniper coil & no nonsense flick switches & dials that give you instant adjustment & manual ground balancing to get it super "hot". It may not go quite as deep as the others, but that I believe is purely down to coil size & higher frequency & I now have the 10" coil for it. Unused as present. I generally are not into fly spec gold hunting with the high frequency VLF's & use them mostly as my pinpointer when getting down deep on a Zed dig. The GB2 is usually my go to for this as it is on straight away & doing the business. Easy flick of a switch for discrimination but I still dig all targets anyway. If I do go fly spec hunting with the high frequency VLF's it is more for the novelty & I am just as happy with any one of them to be honest. You will notice they all have the smallest coils on them. GB2, GM 1000, EQ 800 Whites MXT which I haven't used very much & the GMT with the only coil I have for it. Any gold outside of these detectors for depth & my main detector was the GPX 4500 with a multitude of coils. Now the GPZ 7000 with a growing stable of coils. The little 10" X coil is....WOW!! Good luck out there JW ?
  9. Bearing in mind that the damn weather you are having at present, I was hoping to get over the West Coast this weekend for some jet boating & to catch up with a mate but the weather will decide that, will most definitely wash & deposit more gold down your creeks. So not really a fair comparison unless you take & try all detectors on signals you should get from freshly deposited gold. The guy I got my Zed off, who lives on the West (wet) Coast, has his favourite creek spots where gold accumulates after every fresh. I am sure some of your spots will be the same. So no surprises if you wander down them with the 24k & get gold. Unless of course you are above flood level & no chance of new deposits. Good luck out there JW ?
  10. Very good info JP.? Thank you. Best of luck out there JW ?
  11. You will get a schematic break down with photos, instructions & precise measurements that show what wires go where & to put a connection back on the coil lead that you cut off the chip connection it is just mirror image. That's the easy part. It then comes down to your soldering skills & precise neatness. Not all soldering irons are equal & there are some pretty fine wires to deal with. Might sound intimidating & scary but it isn't really. If not confident, I was lucky I had Simon as that is his sort of thing, but you could take it to an electronics repair place & all should be good. If I didnt have Simon I would have done it myself anyway. My very first detector ever had I made from a Dick Smith kitset. That require soldering up everything. Even the circuit board & making a DD coil. All that came in the kit was the printed circuit board & all the diodes & components, that were seperate & had to be soldered on to the board, & the wire to make the coil. Had to wind the coil & totally make the base & coil cover & attachments & shaft etc. I was surprised it actually worked. Found me lots of sinkers down at the beach & a few coins. But it was never going to be a very good detector. It was just a very basic VLF. The 10" coil is a ripper. Love, love loving it. It does love shotgun pellets?. For the sensitivity it has on tiny gold at depth I just knew that was going to be the case. Good luck out there JW
  12. That was my thoughts too...compared to way smaller ones that I have found with EQ800, GM 1000 & GB2. Examples: EQ 800 & 6" coil 11" coil deadly on small gold too GM 1000 10" coil 5" coil GB2 All crazy small gold. Look forward to seeing the 24k with out in the field results. Cheers JW ?
  13. Bugger Mitchel. And all the time I thought there was going to be a happy ending. I couldn't read your post & flick down your photos quick enough. Sorry for you mate. Bloody gold aye. As to the bb's, welcome to Simons & my world. Better "luck" on ounce day. JW ?
  14. Hi Gerry, Yer...that must be tough. Selling a detector, be it a Whites, Minelab or whatever is all going to be business for you & a dollar in you pocket, but I really appreciate your honesty & seen & heard enough from you over the years to take notice of you & what you have to say. You have used them all & If you like the 24K there are good reasons for that. I can just see Simon now rubbing his hands together..... Nice report nugget hunter nz & thanks for the time & effort.? Not that I hold much value on air tests. Be interesting to see results from out in the field. I know how good the GB2, GM 1000 & Nox 800 are on tiny gold. It is very hard to seperate them. IMHO. It just comes down to what features you like or think can help you a bit more. I dig every signal as VDI's mean nothing on those tiny tiny bits, & I am talking TINY. The VDI's can be all over the place or not register at all & only a slight crackle in the audio, only locking on better as the gold gets bigger. I know that if a 24k was a bit more easy to get here in NZ I would have one, I just can't help myself. Got 2 GMT's. 3 actually as I have the model before the GMT, the GM/4B Good luck out there JW ?
  15. That's a bugger. I guess when it is raining it is too wet to fix it, & when it is fine you don't need to. JW ?
  16. Hi Andyy, I am sorry but I am not too sure about what is under the hood of the individual coils. I do know that some are spiral & some are flat wound. Davesgold has mentioned a few times about this. I am in a hurry to head out the door for the weekend, taking the caravan. I am sure some detecting will be involved. I would go looking for his posts & put the links up but must get moving. If you do a search under his name I am sure you will find them. A small coil for the Zed was always going to be an advantage for tight spots that you just can't get the ML 14. What has blown me away is that I am getting a lot more smaller gold with the 15 x 14 X coil & the 10 x 9 on ground I have hammered with the ML 14 that had stopped producing. I was always blown away with the depth the ML 14 coil got small gold at, but these X coils are just another level. I wouldn't be saying this if I didn't believe it. The prove for me is in my results. Take a look too at what Simon go on his first outing with his X coil on his 4500. There is something in these coils that are making them do this. As to your comment on 20% is luck.MMMmmmm....I believe you make your own "luck". So it is usually well deserved. Cheers. Must fly. Good luck out there JW ?
  17. I have heard rumours Reg (Chinese whispers) I do hope so though as then he can put me on to some gold. It is all good fun. Cheers. Best of luck out there JW ?
  18. It all comes down to time out in the field waving a coil over the ground. A LOT of ground. There is a lot of big country out there Simon, as you know, & a lot of it is sheep paddocks up in the high country sheep stations. JW ?
  19. I do. Does that surprise you? JW ?
  20. Thank you all for your comments, kind words & feedback. That little pyramid shaped crystalline piece certainly caught my eye. I just wished it was a bit bigger. It is no bigger than 5mm x 5mm square at its base & about 5mm high. If it wasn't for the sun glistening on it when I took the photo I may not have recognised it for what it was. Just to expand a bit more on my prospecting methods. They are very simple. I use google earth a lot & do google earth fly overs in areas of known gold locations from the gold rush days. Searching for disturbed ground that they have worked & turned over. Hence finding the old workings. Some of these are very remote & up in the high country. Once you get your head around the fact that gold can just be anywhere due to land upheaval, faulting & folding, glaciation etc & up at over 5 thousand feet above sea level with no rivers or gullies in sight, then you start looking where you wouldn't expect gold to be. But there it is. These type areas are not all that easy to get to but they are generally the best ones to get to. After detecting in & around these old workings I just expand my search further out from where the old timers stopped. Stands to reason that there will still be gold outside of where they dug. All my patches that I have found have been in areas outside of the old timers workings. Sometimes well outside, but they put me on to the general location. Same old story...go where gold has been found before. Just go that bit further than the old timers. Sure....you can go for a few days & get nothing, but when you do.? I just love it. Cheers Good luck out there JW ?
  21. No...it was 9. One shy. But I have been back since & did go over the single digits. That post yet to come. ?
  22. Hi Simon, It all starts with a LOT of research & then a LOT of time getting out there in the field walking the miles upon miles up & over, literally, mountains.....through countless gullies.....Camping rough on overnighters due to distances having to be traveled. No gold is really easy gold. You have been VERY lucky that I have taken you to quite a few of these areas I have "found" & put you onto gold locations with little to no effort on your part, apart from walking there. In a way that is not teaching you how to find your own spots & potentially bigger gold in new areas. You are going over ground I have thrashed over the years. You need to get over your fear of getting lost. You have a greater knowledge than me with the use of GPS so with the wide open spaces of Otago you shouldn't have a problem. The journey of discovery has to start with that first single step. I do enjoy your company on our missions as we do get on famously, don't get me wrong, but I feel I might have to be cruel to be kind. If that makes sense, so you can make your own discoveries & the elation you will feel when you do so. It just takes a lot of time but that is all part of the journey. I do have other places, like in this post, that I am not willing to share to any one. That reef or rich little stringer is there somewhere. Good luck out there JW ?
  23. Ha ha....mine too.....Happy hunting JW ?
  24. Thanks Jin, I haven't even tried the 12 inch yet. As to loaming.....I am trying electronic loaming But the damn gold is just randomly all over the place. It is like a meteor exploded above the ground, scattering gold every where. ? MMmm, there is a thought Cheers Good luck out there JW ?
  25. Monday two weeks back I headed to the spot where I had done well with the 15 x 14 X coil getting 12 bits off an old flogged patch first time going over it with the 15 x 14 coil. Over Easter Weekend I went back & searched a bit wider with the 15 x 14 X coil. Getting 17 pieces. Monday two weeks back I decide to try the 10 x 9 coil over the first area I used the 15 x 14 coil. Mrs JW came along for the day. I parked up in the same spot as the first time & went straight to the spot where I got 4 bits all in a 2 foot square area. High Yield/Normal. Sensitivity on 19. I had hardly put the coil on the ground when I got a signal. Of course I was thinking shotgun pellet. You will see a hole above the coil from my last dig here that the rabbits have dug back out & top left disturbed ground from the previous digs. This signal was to the left of the coil. Small gold it was Not two feet away another very faint signal right up against a tuft of tussock grass. I pushed the grass over with my boot as best I could to get the coil in closer & confirm a signal. Definitely a signal but I hacked the grass out to pin point it better & to get the coil over the top of it & right down on to the ground. Signal improved. Down a good 6 inches, maybe a tad more. The tufts of grass are dying off but still pretty stiff for the coil to flatten down. With the 15 x 14 coil I couldn't get the coil down on to the ground among this grass. The 10 x 9 I was able to negotiate a lot better. I ended up getting 7 bits in this very small area. It was just crazy. Some quite deep for their small size I then moved on to another little area & managed a couple more. A total of 9 before calling it quits & the long drive home. The piece top right intrigued me. You will notice the sun glistening off one face. It was almost a perfect crystalline pyramid shape. With equal square four sided base terminating four faces at the top pyramid apex point. 9 for just over 2 grams. Fairly rough reef gold, but damned if I can find the source. I have been trying for 7 years. Cheers Good luck out there JW ?
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