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Horst

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  • Location:
    53804 Much, Germany
  • Interests:
    Detecting for nuggets, coins and artefacts
  • Gear Used:
    Equinox 800, SDC 2300, Tesoro Compadre Mini, Whites TRX, Gold Hog Stream Sluice,

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  1. maybe for old square nails there is a market in Europe???? I wish I could have stayed a little longer (1/2 a year or so). Next trip will take me to Quartzide,AZ in March 2020 visiting the Gold show in Phoenix and detecting. If anyone has good advice I'm more than happy to hear.
  2. Went to San Francisco and met my friend Joe. Next day we have been invited by Wes Dering to detect on one of his claims in the Iowa Hill area. On the way we stopped at Citrus Hills visiting Larry at Big Valley Metal detectors who let me try different headphones with my SDC2300. I settled for the Sunray Pro Gold which felt most comfortable and best sounding to me. Thank’s Larry it was a real pleasure to meet you! From there we went to meet Wes. He sold a very nice light and rugged pick to me before which he mailed to my friend’s house. Meeting him he showed us around the claim and off we went with lots of big dreams. I have to say that I come from Germany and have never found a square nail before. So I was wishing to find one square nail and lots of Gold. It seems like the Good Lord listened to just one part….I found a bunch of square nails but no Gold. I was lucky to assist Wes unearthing 3 nice nuggets from the same hole. He was using the GPZ7000 I was running my SDC2300. Putting 1 nugget (approx 2 grams) back in the hole and running the machines over there wasn’t any signal to be heard from the SDC but the 7000 sounded off real nice. Big difference between those 2 machines. Big difference in price also! Wes suggested to run the SDC in sensitivity 4 instead of 2 as the signals are more distinct. The machine kept stable so I ran it in 4. We had a great day and lots of fun. I was using my Equinox 800 as well. Gold 1 setting / Iron to 0 / swing speed 6-7 / sensitivity around 18-20 / nothing out -9-8-7 / ground tracking / small coil it was stable, ground balanced well but did not find gold either. Bits and pieces of lead and wire, 22 casings and square nails. With both machines I found some insane small stuff. Next day we went to a claim on the N Yuba and camped out for some days. Panning some nice flakes, snorkeling looking for crevices, using the vacuum cleaner on the bedrock and metal detector. My total take from panning is 1.2 grams. I finally found a good signal in bedrock. That had to be Gold – finally!!!!! Breaking the bedrock a small piece of very thin wire came to daylight…..grrrrrrr!!!!!! However it got in there???? Going to some other places finding many items including an old tobacco can (I was hoping for some gold coins or nuggets inside but there weren’t any) but no Gold. Second last day I finally got lucky. My SDC2300 rang up on two little pieces. They looked just like rock but weren’t magnetic. Checking them with my Equinox 800 in Gold 1 the smaller piece showed a clean +1 the bigger piece a +2. I did not believe it was Gold but took them home. Being at home now I checked them under the microscope and they are specimen containing Gold. Finally!!! yeah yeah yeah!!!! It is really sick how small of a gold these machines picked up. On my last day we went to Roaring Camp (if you haven’t been there you are missing something) where I panned a little bit of Gold from the day pile (just 10 pans or so) and found a .38 bullet which sounded off real nice with my SDC2300 – no nuggets (they are there for sure). I would like to thank my friend Joe who made all this possible, Larry from Big Valley Metal Detectors, Wes Dering for a very nice pick, a great day on his claim and some nice gold he gave to me as a present to take home, Gregg and Mike, Kim from Roaring Camp, Steve Herschbach for his advice how to run the Equinox on hot ground and some nice folks who’s names I forgot who made it possible to prospect on the N Yuba and Kanaka creek. One of the best pieces of Equipment I invested in is my 2 liter water bladder for my backpack (Camel bag) but for the next rip I will get me a 3 liter. 2 liters is just not enough fluid for a whole day in +100 F. Folks, don’t get dehydrated this is a very serious issue.
  3. Man this is just breathtaking......BIG, BIG congratulations!!!!!!!! I'm heading from Germany to San Francisco tomorrow for a 10 day Prospecting trip. What you found there I can't even dream of.....please wish me luck to find at least a small 1 gram nugget!
  4. my cure for EMI problems with my Nox 800 is lowering the sensitivity, lowering the recovery speed (had much impact - I use 4), Iron bias (I use 4), use descrimination -9 to 0 NOT all metal as EMI sometimes effects lower numbers more, use different programs....maybe Field 1 is quieter than Park 2 or .......???? Try and find out which program is acting the quietes? Sometimes EMI is bad when I hold the coil still but disappears when I start swinging the coil. Single frequency does do the trick but first I try the before mentioned. A 6" coil is waiting for me in CA. I'll bring it home when I return and give it a try. One more thing - perform noise cancel with coil flat of the ground. Manual ground balance (pumping the coil over a clean spot) All this helped me hunting some places I could not hunt before.
  5. dear all, many thanks for your suggestions and comments. The new cable fixed the problem instantly. Everything is back to "normal".............
  6. once I run it flat ( I will use it until it switches off) I will clean the contacts and use the other cable and let you know the outcome. Thank's for your replies!
  7. I recharged my Nox 800 as usual 3 days ago and it took about 12H. Before it took about 4 hours in average. I did not change any items nor did I use a different socket. What came to my attention for some while is that the magnets of the charger cable became weak not holding on to the unit as they used to. I have about 100 charging cycles done in the past 7 months since I got my machine going out about 5-6 times a week. I'm curious if anyone made the same experience? I will try the other cable which came with the machine after running it flat. I usually charge after 2-3 detecting sessions (usually about 2-3 hours each session). As I have a trip to CA coming up beginning of September I don't want to take a chance getting into trouble being there. Should I have the battery replaced?
  8. good to see how much help one will receive on this forum. I had EMI issues with my Nox 800 and they are history now due to the input I received from you guys right here on DP. Good to know there is a family................
  9. maybe not the best idea but it would help to get rid of bushes and heavy overgrown: AGENT ORANGE
  10. Hi Mark, many thanks for your very kind offer. I will definitly keep this in mind. Are there any legal issues to take a find back home? I heard so.... Best of luck Horst
  11. great finds, Gerry! I have 2 headless lead horsemen you've got the headless horse. If we breed those we'll get some intact ones :-)
  12. i have the european version of the Compadre "Mini" it is just over 1 foot long and has a 4" coil. Am just not sure what to exactly use it for as I run a Nox800 and a SDC2300 but had the opportunity to get one at a fair price and detectors that size are rare.
  13. until

    I wish I could go but this time I should not feel too sorry as I will be in North California in September 2019 detecting and panning for gold. I'll have to schedule my prospecting trip 2020 so I can take part....sounds just great!
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