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  1. Some interesting points there. Strange how it floats like a cork for an under water detector. I noticed in the above video that they weren't using the under water head phones but just the standard ones, but keeping them out of the water. Another question. I have a brand new pair of water proof infinium head phones. Could I chop off the ends and put the 2300 end on to the infinium head phones, solder & heat shrink & water proof the joint. Any reason why that wouldnt work? Cheers. JW
  2. Naturally I dont know smokey or even know of him. But from what you guys have said above about him & shared with us he sounded a great person & a well liked guy. He seems to have had and lived as great life. Sorry to hear of his passing. My condolences to his friends & family. May he Rest In Peace. But he probably wont. He will probably meet up with my mate Allan who passed away 4 years ago friday just gone. They will together be raiding the goldfields of Pearly Gates. Good luck to them. JW
  3. Hi guys, One of the main reasons I got the 2300 was for its under water ability. All be it just 3 meters (9 feet) Ok for snorkeling around some of the smaller creeks & shallower rivers. I then found out that all the gold bearing creeks & rivers around here had gold dredging claims on them. So that ruled me out. I had many Aussie's inquiring as to how I got on with it under water. I dont think too many were too keen to stick a NZ$4k detector under water, despite warranty. I know I had reservations. In the end I never got to take it for a swim & I never got the water proof head phones to even do it, at an extra cost on top of buying the detector in the first place. Wouldnt you think they would be part of the purchase? I have not come across any post or posts on the 2300 being used under water. Is there any body out there who has done this, & if so, how did you do, what were your thoughts, what were your results?? Be very interesting. Cheers. Good luck out there JW
  4. Hi Chris, You seen that movie then? That goes back a few years. Pretty sick bloke aye. I think it was based on a true story. You better watch out for Madtuna then....especially if he hasn't got his pants on (just kidding Madtuna Steve) He is a good bloke. I am off out there & up into the hills for the weekend.(by myself) Cheers. Good luck out there guys JW
  5. Nicely said DDancer. Madtuna said, My hardest decision in the morning is will I put pants on or not today. You dont share camp with General Hercules do you? Also said, If I do happen to do myself a mischief, I have no doubt I'll be found sooner or later, just follow the smell. Yep....the dingo's will find you. Good luck out there JW
  6. That is absolutely disgraceful. Do you know who the paid organiser/operator or business name of the tour group was? If so, you should name & shame them. It pisses me off when people can carry in (for bloody miles) all this kind of stuff (food packages) when full & heavy, but cant be stuffed to it take out when empty, light weight & a lot more easily to be compressed down & so not take up as much room, put in to rubbish bags & taken back out with them for proper disposal. Scum bags. JW
  7. I too wish for a smaller coil for the Zed. More of an elliptical shape for tight places. Cheers. Good luck out there JW
  8. I disagree....USE BOTH. It has proved itself to me every time I go out detecting. Any aid that helps you to maintain absolute control & COMFORT in using your detector is going to help you get you more gold. Good luck out there JW
  9. Nice score Chris. Well done. Sure is a pretty little piece. Cleaned up real nice. Congrats. Good luck out there JW
  10. Hi Andyy. I dont have a problem with my zed picking up my pick, which I carry just back around from my left hip in its pick holder on a belt. I do extend the Zed's shaft out a bit though to get the coil further out front. If I have the pick on my hip or slightly forward then occasionally I will get a hit on it. My new picks handle is 4" longer than my old pick & I have a rear earth magnet embedded in to the end of the handle. So it is more than likely the magnet that the Zed is picking up. Until using the swing arm, which I do all the time now for that control & smooth steady swing, I too use to carry my pick over my shoulder. Cheers Good luck out there JW
  11. Yep....I am the same. Dont mind my own company I have always been a bit of a solitary type person so detecting out there by myself suits me. When it came to sports I was never much of a team player but preferred single individual sports & hobbies. Like singles tennis, squash, surfing, wind surfing, fishing off the rocks, spare fishing. I used to race one person sailing yachts. Your success or failure comes down to just you. No one else. It is almost a selfish type thing, not that I am a selfish person. But when you are out there detecting it is just you. Your results come down to your own skills, knowledge & abilities learnt over time out in the field &.along with help & info from great forums such as this & the bunch of like minded people who participate, contribute & share. You are in a world of your own when you are out there, your own thoughts, you go where you want to go, you go at your own speed & pace. You can make some cool discoveries & have some great adventures. Often the gold is just an excuse to get out there. Great food for the soul, great healing & a therapy all in its own. Then there are the marvels of nature out there with what the 4 different seasons individually put on show. I am prattling. Good luck out there JW
  12. Hi there IDdesertman, When you say constant threshold. Are you referring to just the threshold buzz/hum, or other sounds within the threshold like the Zed warble or ground murmurs & other slight interference's that continually fluctuate? Do you use the swing arm? That helps tremendously in maintaining a steady smooth coil swing & control. I find the zed doesnt like to have its coil lifted very much or moved erratically but needs to be kept at a smooth steady sweep & a consistent height to the ground. I take it that you are using head phones? I find that when I have that smooth steady threshold hum I can handle it all day, but I do use JP's B&Z booster with twin external speakers.I haven't used head phones for years now. I just realised that I am assuming you are using a zed. Sorry if you arent. Cheers. Good luck out there JW
  13. Hi Steve, Thank you for saying that & sharing it with me/us. Coming from you that puts my mind at ease. When I first showed my concerns with my 2300 on the Aussie forum after I first got it & gave it its maiden run & got the shock results that I got. Some did say that it may be due to our very mild ground. My first trial with it was in small specimen country, where it is supposed to shine, & why I elected to try it there. The 4500/sadie really did out do it. I have also since been back to that area with my Gold Bug 2 & found more little specimen bits. The 2300 did find some & I have found gold else where to with the 2300, but not as trustworthy for me as the 4500/sadie. The Zed has found even more at that better depth that it seems to do for me on small/tiny gold. As you would have seen I run the Zed & GB2 as a combo. And what a great combination they are. Cheers JW
  14. I dont know why but I couldnt get any sound. Cheers JW
  15. I hunt alone....unless Mrs JW tags along. Cheers. Good luck out there JW
  16. Happy Birthday Whitebutler, What an awesome way to spend it & with a great result like that. The best birthday present you could wish for. Well done. Thanks for sharing. Good luck out there JW
  17. Hi Nenad, I totally agree. I call it Mentally Ground Balanced & Being In The Zone. If I arent, then I come up goldless. Usually on stinking hot days when I just get too frazzled to focus. Like I have said before...I dont know how you buggers across the ditch do it the temps that you guys get. You deserve all you get plus more. Good luck out there JW
  18. Nice wee finds there GoldEn. Sure is clean. Have you done any thing to scrub them up? I dont know why....but I struggle to like the 2300. I dont know if it is just our really mild ground but I can run my 4500/sadie flat out & it is all over the 2300. I have proved it to myself time & time again. It isnt through lack of trying the 2300 that is for sure. But I have lost all confidence in it. Sent it back to Minelab for a service under warranty & it came back with a clean bill of health with no problems detected (excuse the pun) They put it down to User Misunderstanding?? I may not be the sharpest tool in the shed but the 2300 is a pretty simple detector to use. More so when you have a few years under your belt with using numerous other Minelab PI detectors. Almost a turn on & go machine. So buggered if I know Good luck out there JW
  19. Nice finds mad fish. (Steve) Wish I could trip over some that size for a couple of hours swing in the afternoon. Sounds like a nice patch. 5oz & climbing.....Awesome. Good luck out there JW
  20. Hi there GB Amateur, I would say that their motivation was all about making a living & dreams of striking it rich & being their own boss. Great motivation for any one. Bloodgold2 (Dave), You & the Goldhounds are true prospectors in every sense of the word. Modern day prospectors using a combination of science, geology, geography with the aid of computers & map over laying, sussing out fault lines that have never been mapped before or even known about & metal detectors to find gold in areas that have possibly never been considered as gold bearing. It is a credit to the three of you. I wish you guys the best of luck in you next endevour. Tell Dale to behave himself on his bloody motor bikes before he kills himself. Hope Tremains hand is on the mend. How is the video coming along? Time on the ground is how you find gold in unknown areas. There is a lot of ground out there so it helps to know what ground is going to give you the best chances but you still have to swing a coil over the gold. Good luck out there JW
  21. Hi guys, Thank you all for your comments & kind words. Appreciated. I really thought that one slipping on down in to that schist abyss was not going to end well. Fred, there are many rocks/boulders that I have had to move to see if there was gold under them. Some there was & some there wasnt. But you just have to move them dont you. Some look like they have never been moved, but I bet they have. Probably more than once. I would call it stubborn & good sense. Gold likes hiding under big rocks. If you haven't been beaten to it all ready. Strick. The bonus of going back over old well flogged ground is that there isnt much rubbish left. But when I do get rubbish with the zed going over my old haunts I look at it as the zed getting signals the other detectors & coil combinations missed. So it gives me high hopes that there is going to be gold missed as well. Usually there is. Swampstomper Al & Squizz & Strick. Due to the nature of the gold I find being mostly small I think over the years I have developed a very keen ear to hearing those faint faint little hits. Plus our ground being very mild I can run my detectors pretty hot. That helps too. I do like a very smooth steady threshold to hear those faintest hiccups in the threshold. Also a very slow, low & controlled coil sweep. Cheers guys. Good luck out there JW
  22. Hi there AuWanderer, When you say California's vast tailings piles. Are you referring to the hand stacked sluicing rock tailings or the monstrous bucket dredge tailings piles? If it is the bucket dredge tailings piles then I have a post to do on those, but not just yet. Cheers. Good luck out there JW
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