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  1. Art Good job. I was out yesterday too and got a small Gold Bug 2 piece and saw a bull snake. Here in Eastern Oregon the bull snakes precede the rattlesnakes by a few days, so anyone coming our way should now begin to look out for the rattlers and of course, the ticks. Lots of ticks already. A few years back I got Lyme's disease from one of our ticks. Gary
  2. Being hunkered down and housebound forces us to finally look at all that stuff we have collected and clean it up of get rid of it. As a kid here in Eastern Oregon I listened to radio and my special hero Straight Arrow. I collected and still have all of the Premiums he sold to us with a Nabisco box top. In 1987 I located 100 original Straight Arrow "Gold Nugget" Cave rings and re-create the offer to fellow Straight Arrow fans. So what am I going to do with all this stuff? Here's that offer and the "Gold Nugget."
  3. Gerry, Sorry I missed you. Had to help the neighbor with our community garden. My brother found a couple of those weights up there a couple of years back and I didn't know what they were then. Anyway good find. Gary
  4. I've seen it and the others all stacked together in the Bank. Just makes you want to get out in the hills like we did yesterday!
  5. Yes and both of you were just 50 feet from me when you found them. I'm jealous and my bucket list includes a coin just like yours and Steve's. Thanks for posting. Your friend Gary
  6. I can't match you for weight Gerry, but I did get a nice specimen a couple of months ago. Hoping for more next season and to meet up with you again!
  7. Those aren't hills, there're mountains. Makes me queasy thinking about you riding a bike on that narrow trail
  8. Kinda like our McDonald coffee group here in Ontario, Oregon, where a comment on the weather can end up in an hour long discussion about onions. Happy New Year to all you gold getters by the way.
  9. Merry Christmas from Eastern Oregon! Hoping you all have a great 2020, with lots of nuggets found. Gary
  10. Without getting into the "Global Warming" controversy, I can say with certainty that Eastern Oregon was wetter and cooler this year and especially this fall. Despite that though, three of us were out on Thursday and were able to get one nice picker and the seven small pickers/pieces on a placer we hadn't been able to detect in a few years. (Private land with permission) Next week though the weather man/lady predict nighttime temperatures down as low a 11 degrees. (Onion harvest that is way behind already will essentially stop, leaving many fields to be plowed under.) Hope we can still get a few more days out in the hills.
  11. As I'm struggling through the Equinox 800 learning curve, I'm beginning to realize it's potential for deeper gold. Both the two inch quartz specimen and the one gram piece were down about eight inches. The one gram nugget was pretty loud, but so was the specimen with only about a tenth or less of a gram. Unlike the Gold Bug 2's perfect signal, the noise and the numbers coming out of the 800 are really hard to interpret. I guess it is going to be practice, practice, practice. Rattlesnakes are still out in Oregon and I'm sure most other places as well-so be aware. Gary
  12. Nugglorious, I don't want to beat a dead horse, but I do want to conquer the Eq. 800. My brother and I and friend Mike were up in the hills yesterday and once again I encountered those pesky hot rocks. So I will take your advice and read all the "hot rock" tips in the Equinox page. I did see a YouTube video where a detectorist with a Minelab 4500 (I think), ground balance on a hot rock, thus clearing them and wondered if that would work for the Equinox. Might be worth a try. Anyway, my brother got a couple, but Mike and I got skunked. Thanks, Gary
  13. Nugglorius, Got two with my 800 yesterday using the 6 inch coil-so thanks. The Equinox does not handle the hot rocks at all and maybe because I don't know what to do yet. And it isn't as user friendly as the Gold Bug 2. Very sensitive to gold at depth though. Gary
  14. phrunt, Just received the 6 inch coil for my new Eq. 800 and am anxious to try it out. Here in Eastern Oregon the temperatures are finally dropping below 100 and we can get out more often. Your little nugget proves the Equinox will work and I hope for us too! Gary
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