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  1. When I was detecting winters in AZ I was going through 2 pairs of Keene mid top boots every season. I'll turn 68 on Fri, so I can probably make 1 pair last a full season these days, but the Keene's were very susceptible to Cholla cactus through the soles. Last year I picked up a pair of Salewa Approach boots in the mid top style. They're not completely metal free, the top 2 lacing posts are metal. These have been the best and most comfortable boots I've owned. Not cheap by any means, but they have served me well. They have a pretty stiff mid sole and take a little breaking in, but I'll be sticking to this brand from here on out. For light detecting I still use the Keene's, but when I need to cover some rough ground the Salewa's are my go to boot. I put them through full season with a lot of boot scrapes down in Baja and no sign of coming apart.
  2. I was back out there in the same spot last week. There are several spots with really bad ground noise, the 6k was moaning and groaning through them especially an old push down to red clay. I fired up the dinosaur 7000 with 15x10 Xcoil and ran it in Difficult to see if I could scare up something beyond detection depth of the 6k. Going through the red clay I got a pretty good target signal. I wasn't convinced it wasn't just hot ground as I dug up wet red clay. Down about 8 inches the target popped out of the ground. In retrospect I wish I had checked it with the 6k, but I was almost sure I was chasing hot ground. I'm pretty sure we all had detected that push the week before since it was about 20ft from where we parked. The 7k running in Difficult quieted the ground considerably and proved it can hold its own, if it wasn't so darn heavy. I'm spoiled by the 6k weight and maneuverability.
  3. A good time for all despite the ever present Nevada desert winds. Andy has the patience to hunt the trash zones and squeeze out the golden stuff. I lose my enthusiasm after a couple dozen pieces of wire and steel shards so I tend to hunt the more virgin spots. The difference shows, Andy pulled 13 nuggets and I pulled 3. Still a satisfying weekend, fresh air, lots of walking and good company.
  4. We met up with Andy and detected a place with lots of alkali salts. Pockets where standing water had been were particularly noisy even to the GPX 6000. I played with Andy's loaner Deus II with 9" coil for about an hour. The Goldfield program really suffered under those conditions becoming very bump sensitive to even grass stubble. The salt pockets were showing a TID in the 20's, 23 being the most common. I switched over to the pre-set Sensitive program which I think has a notch that covered the constant tones from the salts. I experimented with my .3 gram test nugget and it worked fine, no bump sensitivity and very little noise from the salts. I doubt depth would be beyond a couple inches, but it would be workable in a pinch. The closest I came to finding gold was a small sliver of lead that showed a TID of 31. I really didn't do the machine justice without experimenting with other programs and settings, perhaps even the Beach Sensitive program might have tamed the N NV salts. Andy was kicking my butt finding gold nuggets in the worst of trash, so I went back to the 6000 to try and catch up. I frankly like the D2 and will look forward to more testing once I can get a 9" coil to replace the stock 11" on my machine.
  5. Jasong, Thanks for the legal info, I will delve into that myself. I am a retired federal prison sentence salesman (federal investigator) so I am accustomed to the intricacies of law and legal precedent.
  6. I have debated writing this but some things need to be aired. I don't intend to trespass on our forum rules of ad hominem attacks, so I'll be vague (barely). Last week I did a solo run to Rye Patch, intending to stay 3 days. For 2 days I hadn't seen a soul except far off dust trails. On the 3rd morning I saw a dark colored truck due west of section 19 so I thought I would go and visit and see if it was anyone I know. I found 2 guys with bright colored LSU shirts and a truck bearing Louisiana plates. The were struggling to assemble a brand new XP Deus I with a High Frequency coil. We got to talking while I took over the assembly of the Deus, and they told me they had purchased 2 gold claims in the area. After I got the detector up and running we chatted awhile longer and it was clear they were out of their element. Very amiable fellows and we continued talking about detecting and the likelihood of finding gold. I told them while the Deus 1 is a capable detector, it would not be a first choice for detecting Rye Patch. It seems that in their haste they had gone to their local detector dealer in LA and told him they needed a gold detector. He had 1 detector left in his shop, that being a Deus 1. He demonstrated the detector in his front yard over a man's gold ring. The detector clearly detected a gold ring and they bought it full retail with a High Frequency round coil and a pinpointer. In all fairness, the dealer in a southern state knows little to nothing about detecting gold nuggets in the west. Plus, that's the only detector he had available and they were in a hurry. So, we talked awhile longer and after a little private consultation they offered me the opportunity to detect their claim with them. We agreed to a 50/50 split and off we went following GPS coordinates due west and straight uphill. After a time I asked them if this claim had produced any gold, not having seen any evidence of workings, dig holes or old timers camps. They told me that according to the seller they could expect to find an ounce a week and that it was not uncommon to find an oz a day. I shook my head an told them I don't think so, since this was way outside the known gold producing zone. Nevertheless, I detected about a mile in a horseshoe loop back to our starting point. Not one single target, no trash, no bullets and no evidence of workings. I had a pretty good idea that they had been sold on a dream but they were such nice and decent guys I wanted to help. I called home in Fernley NV and had my girlfriend gather up my GPZ 7000 and Equinox 800 and meet me in Lovelock. The next day I met with my new Cajun friends and they still had not met with their seller so I told me let's go detect using my true gold detectors. I gave them some quick lessons and followed along while they detected and dug trash targets. I detected a few promising signals with the 6000 and had them come and listen with the other detectors. Unfortunately, none of my promising targets were gold, but they had a chance to learn about the whisper targets, and try understand the loud booming targets were likely trash. They offered to pay me for my time and use of detectors and I countered they could pay for my girlfriend's gas for delivering the detectors, but that I was happy to spend time with them detecting. Mind you, I'm no Albert Sweitzer, but I just felt bad that these guys had been abused trying to join and learn my favorite hobby. By day 6 of my 3 day trip I needed to get home for some appointments. They had finally met with their seller and learned that the area we explored was not in fact their claim. He showed them the claim (from the description worse) although he didn't show them where the gold was, but they enjoyed some sightseeing of Majuba. I remained dubious, but they had renewed faith and I had to leave. They detected their new claim (with my detectors) the next morning and found a bullet, and some aluminum targets. Nothing promising. I called Lucky Lundy and explained this dilemma of some nice guys getting some bad information. He was otherwise committed and couldn't help, but made some calls and found another fellow prospector who needed a good excuse to get out for a day of prospecting and agreed to meet my Cajun friends. He helped them as much as he could, no one found any gold. All I can say is we gave it a game effort, or an honest effort as it were. They are on their way back to Louisiana having learned the promise of riches in gold claims out west can be alluring but success is fleeting. $12k may not be a lot to most folks, but it sure is to me. I understand that in the business of selling used cars and gold claims a little puffery is to be tolerated. I think this went way beyond puffery, I saw the text exchanges. To add insult to injury, the seller offered to sell them a 3rd claim with a deposit due immediately. I am personally embarrassed and pissed that this still goes on. These guys were really nice people and honest to a fault. I know, they should have done more research and been more skeptical of the claims made. They never heard of this forum, but had they inquired here, our people could have cautioned them. All I can say is thank god they hadn't heard of Long Range Locators, or whatever they're called these days. Perhaps the seller came in and tell his version of events. Unlikely.
  7. As always, Rye Patch is tough sledding. I eked out enough with the 6000 to buy about half tank of diesel. Today's price at Rye Patch $5.19. I don't know why the photos are always inverted here and I'm not savy enough to fix them. Oh well turn your head sideways, enjoy.
  8. I took about a half hour with the D2 on visible schist bedrock that was loaded with trash and steel bits from the original blade that pushed this gully. I tested the D2 with a .3 gram nugget. It hit 33 to 36 TID in the Goldfield program. The machine ran quiet and separated the trash from nonferrous quite well with the 11" coil. It locked on 2 small lead fragments that ID'd at 40. Close enough that that I was pretty confident if any half grammars were present it would have sniffed them out. Naturally, it would not be my go to gold detector, especially in this configuration with the 11" coil. But, I was impressed with its ability to run in heavy ferrous trash and convincingly hit on the nonferrous lead.
  9. Used. I'm the 2nd owner, less than 30 hrs runtime. Great shape. I just never got around to beach or relic hunting. I've had it out twice in the year I've owned it.
  10. I know the area, find Bill Southern out there, he can help you with anything you need.
  11. If you are in the US, I wouldn't worry about it. I haven't used mine in years.
  12. Minelab can fix it, but it will cost you plenty. The original quote in Au dollars was $2800 from 3 years ago. Here in the US it was over $4k and a 1 year guarantee. You're going to need a few more of those big nuggets, I feel your pain, been there done that.
  13. This issue has been covered to death on this forum and others. It resulted in some hard feelings and personal insults. The problem is your patch lead. From experience it's a loose wire at the solder joint. The blue wire is very thin and too much heat crystallizes the wire and it breaks. The Minelab wires have a varnish coat that tends to repel the solder, you really have to work at removing the varnish before you solder. Contact Phrunt from this forum, he can put you in the right direction.
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