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About PG-Prospecting

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    Virginia
  • Interests:
    Gold Prospecting, metal detecting, geology, maps
  • Gear Used:
    4 inch gold dredge, GPX 4800, GM1000, Equinox 800, LiDAR maps, various sluices highbankers and pans.

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  1. I just activated a speed boost plugin. I am completely new to building website so right now the SEO stuff and speed stuff is all new to me. It will be a long learning curve lol. Thanks for the input.
  2. Hey everyone! I recently managed to get my website launched that is dealing primarily with providing LIDAR to prospectors and detectorists. I will say after taking almost a month to build i appreciated what Steve does here now even more!. The website is directed at LIDAR for prospectors and detectorists, but my eventual goal is for it to be the go to source for prospecting research as well, this is because i am slowly adding to the Document Library that i been building there, and over the coming months i will be adding all the various prospecting and mining related documents th
  3. Hey everyone! Its been a while since i posted last. Recently i did a comparison video of the Proline and Keene full size 4 inch dredges. It think it is a great resource for those looking to buy a dredge in the near future. I go through each component and talk about my reasoning and though process behind why one is preferred over the other. This is definitely not a video for fanboys of either brand lol. The main point of it is to get potential dredge buyers thinking about there intended use of the dredge and how various features on either one may be better for there intended use.
  4. Hey everyone, been awhile since i posted last. But here is a video i did that goes through and shows you how to make lidar maps from the available free lidar data, using free programs. Unfortunately the lidar data is not available everywhere and there are certain file types that the free programs cannot work with. But for areas that have good data available, lidar maps are amazing for scoping out an area before ever setting boots on the ground. I am by no means an expert and others on here like Clay Diggins are very knowledgeable on the subject. Here are some previous posts on
  5. My biggest one is 11.9 gram drum stick nugget, found back in 2015 in Virginia with my 4 inch proline dredge. It is the biggest piece out of section of stream that produced over 16 oz. All with dredges. Still looking for my ounce nugget.
  6. SJM - I will eventually throw on 5.5hp with proline p350 pump to see how much suction the powerjet can generate, but for the purposes of this dredge im hoping to mainly use the 4hp motor. I removed the air compressor just due to the fact of wanting this one to be as light as possible and will mainly be in creeks that i can snorkle in. If i hit deeper areas i just bring the proline 4 inch or my 5 inch. This one will also serve as a lightweight sampling rig. Joe D - Thanks for that info! Ill have to play around with those websites and see what i can learn! I also plan to incre
  7. Thanks guys! It adds another one to my arsenal which already consists of a 2.5 inch, a proline 4 inch and homemade/keene parts 5 inch. I like building things and still have enough parts to more or less build another 4 inch and another 5 inch. Steve - What are you thought on increasing the size of the intake line from 2 inches to 2.5 inches, as well as having a larger footvalve. The intake on the pump still constricts to 2 inches, but i wasnt sure if an increase in line and footvalve size would help or hinder the gpm. Thanks again! Next project is a 5 inch ultralight
  8. Been messing with this project on and off for a few years now. Finally got it where it was ready to be tested this past weekend. Was originally a keene 3 inch with 4 hp motor and p160 pump i believe. I sold off most of the 3 inch parts and started building the components need to turn it into a 4 inch. From the 3 inch all that remains is the frame, floats and motor and pump combo. I bought a 4 inch flare from keene, since i have no good way to fabricate a lightweight flare. Everything else i have been working on fabricating, primarily being the sluice (16x40), riffle trays, and the
  9. Garikfox - The min-trucks are actually pretty cheap you can find used ones with offroad tires already on them for around $4,000 to $6,000.
  10. Ive been looking at Japanese mini-trucks. They fit what i need better since they have a 6 foot bed, and are still about the same dimensions as most utvs. Just gotta buy one that is 4x4 with axle lock or dif lock and put offroad tires on it. They also have a full enclosed cab and can be found with AC and heat, and can be made road legal in certain states. I just havent been able to justify any type of UTV since they all have tiny tiny beds, and cant get them road legal.
  11. Hey Steve, any thoughts on starting another poll to see what people are now mainly running in 2019. Would be interesting to see some of the shifts, especially with all the new vlf gold machines on the market. Just a thought.
  12. So there is a used Whites TDI pulsescan detector in my area for sale for $675. It is not an SL so im guessing its an older version. Is there any benefits to owning this detector along with a GPX4800? The price seems good and its close by. Ive also thought i heard that the older TDI were more powerful. I also believe it can use most GPX coils correct? I dont really need it but it seems like a great price for a PI detector.
  13. Lacky - I did do that, but no pings. The bedrock is so decomposed in this spot that I can rip into it a few inches with just my fingers. So I generally remove the upper few inches of bedrock, but I still detect it after. afreakofnature - yep ive seen them and many others all around the hillsides. I haven't detected those ones yet but I plan to. Ive detected around other similar pits and came up with nothing. Including in areas that have produced lots of big nuggets with the dredge. Its a baffling area in that way.
  14. Haha, i doubt it would spit out a big nugget. Its already caught a gram nugget right up top where it should. And yes i try to document everything. It helps with the big picture of whats going on in the area. Below is some of my mapping, yellow squares are pickers, yellow circles are nuggets, and the triangles are colored based on the type of bedrock at each location. Is anyone else tis crazy when it comes to mapping and documenting the area that you primarily prospect?
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