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Everything posted by mn90403

  1. You are right. https://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/article/Discovery-Channel-to-Premiere-New-Season-of-BERING-SEA-GOLD-20190828
  2. You did good by yourself and him. The 11 inch/800 finds gold pretty easily even with mistakes. You found gold on another trip he may find it and you will not. Try it again this weekend! (or tomorrow) haha
  3. I once knew a guy who travelled the West (I did a couple of trips with him) and whenever he travelled he would stop to get coffee about every hour. It was not about the coffee however. It was about the chat in the coffee shops. He was an old tool collector and that is where he would do his research. He would chat up the owner and customers kinda like Frank and Mike on American Pickers. We could probably do the same on our trips to gold and find some local knowledge if we would just stop more often! Mitchel
  4. I've driven the entire Appalachian Trail in the early 70s. There are some cool road signs (twists, turns, Us) that I took pictures of back then and I remember several nice mountain views. A swamp or battlefield would be ok also ... haha
  5. I'm also reminded of a trip going from Anchorage to the Kenai Peninsula that had several glaciers and I later found out went past some gold bearing areas. I don't have the pictures on that just now.
  6. I grew up in North Florida and I know what chiggers (red bugs) are. I was picking blackberries one year without protection and I had so many of them it was impossible to count. There wasn't much I could do back then in the 70s to make them feel better other than sit with a spray of hot water. Those feelings from the hot water on the chigger bites was unbelievable in intensity. There are few things I have done that are that intense but prevention would be much better than contracting them. Mitchel
  7. That trip looks like a good adventure with friends. Were there any mosquitos? Mitchel
  8. All of us travel to and fro to find gold. Sometimes we find it and sometimes we don't. If we are 'lucky' and look around us on the way to the goldfields we are surrounded by beautiful nature and geology. One of my most surprising trips was taking Hwy 93 north out of Las Vegas, Nevada towards Ely, Nevada. I was headed to the total eclipse in Wyoming. There was quite a lot of water and wetlands around the Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge which was a great surprise. I'm wondering what are the great drives that other prospectors feel are their favorites. This could become a long thread or possibly a separate forum because it could include the drive, campsites, side trips and the like. I'm always reminded of JW's posting of his gold sites in New Zealand (makes me want to go) which are so scenic and I saw many vistas in Australia that still pop into my mind. We all have 'hidden' off road trips and areas all over the world. Let's see how the editor lets this one go. Mitchel
  9. I've been to that area for a half of a day. There is still some larger placer mining going on there. Much of it is claimed up but if someone did some research I'm sure you could find some open area away from the mountain there. I continued on from that area on to Salt Lake City (I started the day in Las Vegas) and it was one long and interesting road after Osceola but I highly recommend going from Las Vegas up 93 on a trip. Make several days of it as there are some old stopovers, wildlife watering areas and such that was a great surprise to me. We could all add interesting drives on the way too and from gold. Mitchel
  10. Rob, All of us get lucky. Let that be your mantra in this business. There are more ways to be lucky than unlucky because you can only find what is left! (You can't say you were unlucky because someone found a ring at your park 5 years ago.) The research you do gets you out of the house and to a certain location ... even if it is just stopping the car and swinging on open ground. You have a chance to get lucky. Now if you process a few clues then it is educated luck. If you are working on a spill or you have already found a producing area then you are using methodical principles to clean up a location. This has the least amount of luck. It was suggested you dig it all. That can reduce luck also so that you don't say to yourself "It sounded bad but I got lucky and dug it anyway!" My best trainers have shown me how to be positive and results will follow. Mitchel
  11. Just remember that your chances of giving the spot away on the weekend are much greater than during the week! It can't be helped. Everyone is available. Just tell people you are collecting metal trash so it doesn't hurt people's feet! Good hunting to all ... JW needs to go with you ...
  12. At my friends bank he rolls all the 'bad' pennies and hands them to a cashier. They do count them somehow and give him credit. I know we have many coins that will not go through Coinstar but they also get many coins that can't be put into circulation also and they get credit for them from the fed. Ask your bank their policy on unspendable money. Most banks you don't have an account with don't want to talk to you. It does have value ... if not from your bank then from another place
  13. Just a note about the rant on pennies here. Don't throw away a big bag of them like I did a few years back. You can cash them in! Just last week I was telling a friend if you got enough old sandwich pennies you could cash them in at a federal reserve bank and they would pay you by the pound. He said to me his bank takes his. What? He puts them in a roll of bad pennies and hands them to a teller at his bank and they credit him full value. They then recycle them. It seems they have to do this with all unuseable money and they must also take counterfeit money out of circulation also. Mitchel
  14. These were my finds of the day. One ring is tungsten (11.6g) and the other stainless I think because it has no mark and is light (5.6g). The two rings were about 10 feet apart. The 3 one dollar coins were only about 8 feet apart in a much different part of the beach. If I hadn't found the first one I probably would not have found the other two. The nail is aluminum and that is part of a Disney pin. Mitchel
  15. Strick said it ... go back in time on that park. Get pictures if you can and see where the consession stands were and/or the configuration of carnivals and it may give you more ideas rather than random hunting. You know how to research better than most of us. Mitchel
  16. I went back today where I found the 'B' and dug a test hole. It did go negative/positive in the open hole as I swung over it. I guess I had the hole at 15 inches and it went from negative 2 to positive. It was kinda hard to make it sound digable as I had steep sides to the hole. When I put the coil on edge with the target it would register 15-16 and a bit higher. Out of the hole on the sand the 'B' is a 26-27. Who knows why it sounded better when I found it.
  17. Does anyone know if an 800 will connect to a phone or any other Bluetooth app or device that records video or audio? It sure would be interesting to record directly from the detector. I guess the best way is the old way of just putting the sound on the detector speaker and then capture the event that way. Mitchel
  18. Simon, This will give you a good workout on the detectors you have! There are more things for you to discover about them rather than getting a new toy or turning a new one on. You'll hardly be able to sleep now wondering what is still ahead. There is also that ugly thought that pops up about someone else now detecting your spot so you have to get to those coins first. This would be an ideal family hunt. Your wife will be hooked and she will start doing your research. Mitchel
  19. Good video and congratulations. The cat and the dog add a lot of character to the video also. Good luck on finding more gold and have a wonderful time in your marriage. Mitchel
  20. Today I had a chance to get up at dawn and get in a quick hunt before other events of the day. I decided to go to a familiar beach since I had read the surf report and it said there could have been a 3 hour period of 3.5 ft waves at high tide from the WNW! Ok, that is not much energy but better than the 1 ft surf at 16 second intervals all week. Off I went before the mid tides would take my beach. It was a great morning with just a bit of coolness and a partial marine layer but it didn't block the sunrise. Off in the distance you could see the planes going in and out of LAX. My plan was for a quick walk to my location before someone else would get there and then work my way back. As it turns out there were no other detectorists on the beach this morning due to the lack of major energy in the surf. Even the surfers only had small shore break to try and catch. This was the same area where I found my fantastic David Yurman piece a couple of weeks ago. When I walked fast I didn't locate much. I was following the black sand line and would stop on a target and circle and see if there was more but I kept up my plan for about 1.5 miles to my beach. Once there I was walking up and down the slope. This presents the biggest challenge to the Equinox because at the bottom there is lots of black sand and water and at the top it has been 4-5 hours since wet. The ground changes more. I had just a few pennies with all metal and sensitivity at 23 and iron volume up to 10 and everything else stock in Beach 1. (The other day I did a factory reset for the first time in over a year.) I put the iron volume (0-minus 9)up to 10 because I have learned as Simon has also that fringe targets (very deep targets too) often times read negative and when they do that they get the iron tone and it is preset at about 4. I give it a louder response. When I made my turn I found some rocks that had been washed up by the waves and I got some strong hits. Those are the can pieces that were just at the edge of the water. They were not that deep, perhaps 10 inches but they are big so just normal trash. As I worked my way back in the direction I came I worked up a bit higher than when I came in and I got my first quarter. It was deep but there wasn't much around so this is when I decided to go to 25 on the sensitivity. I rarely do this but it sounded ok so I stuck with it for this section of beach. A pattern began to develop in the finds. There was a rather narrow 'streak' or line running parallel to the waves but 5-6 feet above the black sand line. My holes were in a narrowed zone. I was gridding now down this line and also crossing it. Targets would murmur and then you would have to interrogate them and see what number it would stick on or jump around. I got some of the wires this way. Then I got a deep signal that was negative 5-6 and I took off 6 inches and it turned positive. I went down and down and could now fit the entire coil in the hole but it was still there. I lost it a couple of times because I couldn't hear it without sticking the coil on edge into the bottom of the to hear it again. I had to put down the detector and dig with my hand/arm scoop to get deep enough but the sand was not packed. I was over half the length of the scoop into the hole when it came out. I measured and the 11 inch coil can be fit in the hole on top of itself with just a couple of inches above the sand line so I say it is a 20" deep target. It is some kind of 'pot' metal in the shape of a B. The weight is 14.4 grams. Soon after I found a couple of other quarters and then returned the sensitivity to my normal 23 and worked my way back out the beach. I learn something all the time. The last picture is a picture of my finds for last month. It includes the David Yurman piece.
  21. This dovetails into a thought I had this morning while on the beach. I was increasing the sensitivity on my 800 to the max. It was a little noisy but very good anyway. Was I giving more power to the transmit or receive? What actually happens when you give it maximum power? (I found a brass pendant for my deepest object ever at 20 inches!) Next thought came to me of JW using the Xcoil at maximum power with the Z. What happens there? (transmit or receive power) He says it still stays smooth so why not 'over amp' the power or 'modify' like the GB2 or some version of that to get more out of the same unit? I know it is more than just pure 'power' being added but can a normal unit be amped or do you just make an amplifier circuit louder and don't change the electronics of transmit/response. Mitchel
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