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    Current: Goldmonster 1000, Equinox 800, SDC 2300, GPZ 7000

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  1. It would likely not be possible to use GPS to measure sweep speed. That could be done with an accelerometer. It would be more likely, and consistent with the picture, to use GPS to measure walking speed.
  2. GM 1000: For the teaching me how to listen for nuggets of decreasing size all the way down to under 0.1 grain in variable, mineralized soils. The ability to quickly flip into and out of auto sensitivity was a super helpful learning tool.
  3. To follow their own marketing terminology, what would the experienced user say are the best features for the SDC and the GPX 5000?
  4. This is my comment/question, exactly. I’ve liked my short time with the SDC, but am sure hopeful for some improvement. The ever warbling threshold masks some of the tiniest targets for me. Anyone with past experience have a guess on how long Minelab spends repurposing the military model into a consumer version?
  5. One of my biggest regrets is telling a couple of fellow club members about where I found a larger nugget. After all, one of the club’s mottos is “no secrets”! In trying to be careful, I gave the name of a small claim that was nearby and seldom visited. Later on, I decided the claim name I had given would be a desirable location to look into in more depth due to being closer to the source in the same drainage. Upon revisiting the “decoy” claim, the landscape had been totally changed. It had been intensely creviced and dredged to smithereens. Needless to say, I’m a lot more careful about sharing
  6. Sounds like they are pretty well hardened. The tip seems sharper than any other picks I've seen.
  7. Swegin, unfortunately, no other picks and she’s in the Phoenix valley. I’ll PM you details in case you’re still interested.
  8. I’m not sure! Yesterday, I met an elderly lady who had several storage bins full of prospecting tools to sell. They hadn’t been opened in years since her husband passed away. I really didn’t need anything, but the pick looked so pretty and pristine I bought it anyway. I had heard the name Hodan, but admit to not knowing anything about them. Without any for sale online (not even completed listings on eBay), I was curious if they had any inherent value. The metal head appears thicker than my Doc’s pick. The handle is hefty. But, it seems like the current trend in detecting picks is to have a bro
  9. I just came across a once-used 16” Hodan Pick. Any compelling reason to keep it vs. any value in selling it?
  10. A great story. I was having some of these same thoughts just several weeks ago! “How long I am willing look for this $80 pick?” is really hard not to ask yourself out loud when it’s that versus a long drive. Thankfully, I recovered mine, as well. What actually kept me searching was the thought of how someone else would soon be coming across my nice, fancy pick and think it was a successful trip even without finding gold. By the way, your story has just reminded me of my personal commitment to paint my wooden handle a lovely hazard yellow. It also reminded me of my somewhat related story of
  11. I've had a question about using the colors of the dirt as indicators for awhile. If an area has a both lighter/bleached dirt and rocks in the vicinity of red rocks and dirt, how do you typically interpret that? Of course, everyone loves to talk about rich mineralized, red dirt in gold bearing areas. However, I've also read that acidic compounds in mineralized ground can "bleach" the area as a useful indicator, as well. In your experience, do you typically find one sign more helpful than the other?
  12. In the watershed there is a big flat area of concentrated, undisturbed, coarse quartz with dark, black and red, vuggy inclusions. It looked so good, but there just wasn't much to find detecting up that way past a certain point in the wash. I did multiple test pans feeding from those areas and found some flour gold, but nothing bigger. Running right through the wash perpendicularly is a contact zone in the bedrock. The only way I know there is a contact zone is from the Macrostrat bedrock map. This seems to transect the area with more nuggets, but the contact zone isn't really obvious to m
  13. This may actually be occurring, which I hadn't considered. I found some of the water worn pieces at the higher point in the wash and some of the larger, rougher pieces in the mid portion. The other things you mentioned lay out a dizzying mystery of geologic layers. I suppose the one good thing here may be that the bedrock is superficial from the wash to the hilltops. I hope that bodes well for having less layers for less complication. Tied into your explanation may be an answer to one of my other questions. It sounds like hillside gold can truly be either deep or shallow without easy
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