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  1. I have an assault pack like this one and some romeo boots. But some good hiking shoes work well and might keep your feet more comfortable. And my bright orange WalMart backpack lasted about five years, it doesn't have to be anything special. I normally have about 40 lbs in my backpack so I hang it on a tree or put it on some high ground with a bright colored hankie to help me locate it. A GPS marker works too if I will be far from it. I would recommend not detecting with your backpack on for long periods. Even if it's lightweight you will sweat more since it'll be right on your back... doubly so if it's also clipped into your harness. I like to hike in and then really focus on a small area, then move to the next.
  2. That's why buying cheap rigs for cash is a good idea. More money for fuel! I never understood the mindset of buying a $50k vehicle that gets better MPG than a $5k one. Even at 10mpg I am money ahead.
  3. I put mine on the bottom of the handle. Tried bolts, JB Weld, etc on the metal head or blade of the pick and no matter what it eventually slides off since I am often hacking through tree roots or broken rock. The dirt I'm digging is extremely magnetic and coats a magnet in minutes, so I only want it to get dirty when I really need it. On the pick head would negate its use as a magnet quickly as it gets coated with serpentine dust. One nice thing about it being on the bottom of the wood handle is I can stick it in a very small hole to ping any small bits of iron. For fluffy dirt like you will be in it maybe doesn't matter too much.
  4. No lengthy work of fiction, truth-stretching, or tall tales. Just dirty fingernails and a pan full of hard work.
  5. No contest, the 6000. I spend most of my time chasing pocket gold in the PNW woods. No harness, just a backpack and GPX in hand. Try swinging a GPZ with the harness, bungee, and swing arm for a few hours in the brush. Or even just bushwhacking to that mine a mile up the mountain. I did for a year and then got a GPX6000 when it came out. That and the fact that you are chasing small gold makes it an easy choice to me. Keep in mind if the areas you are detecting have been worked, you will have days where you dig hundreds of pieces of iron, lead, and tin. I just got off one of those trips and it can be frustrating. But the days where you find some nice gold make it worth it!
  6. Interesting! So it’s likely very old geologically, right? An old, weathered river channel similar to some of the high channel mines around Galice, OR.
  7. Chris I was wondering what your approach is when detecting a new area that has been worked by old timers. I've had better success detecting shallow bedrock with unwashed material that was either just out of reach of the monitors or maybe skipped for some other reason. But I've found gold in exposed bedrock that has worked its way down into cracks, and also tailing piles. I have your book and it goes over this some, but I'm curious if your approach has changed at all in the past few years.
  8. After a quick copyright refresher I think this journal would technically be public domain. It’s been in a fixed medium for long enough that Jed’s copyright would be expired (death +70 years is the safe measurement). You can’t re-copyright an existing work, that’s like claim jumping. Copying it to a forum or book is not changing it enough to be considered a new work. It’s been a great read and I’m sure some physical copies would be appreciated by a few people. But the rights exist with the author just like the gold belongs to the claim owner. As a publisher sure! But anyone else could do the same unless you bought the rights. Still worth talking to a lawyer if you are planning to try and make a few bucks off the story. I’m not a lawyer and don’t play one on TV. I just deal with this stuff a lot in my job.
  9. As someone who works in the entertainment industry, copyright law fights can be as brutal as mining disputes. Before this made into anything that makes money best to contact a copyright attorney to make sure everything is above board.
  10. I think the biggest change would be the coil. White's used artisanal manufacturing methods with hand winding, epoxy pours, and manual tuning. I spent weeks and killed over 150 coils trying to get them up to snuff with different tuning methods only to be told "that's not the way we do things at White's." Even adding a simple tuning pot was too much, had to be done by bending wire by hand (and maybe saying a few Hail Marys). You can't John Henry your way to success, automation is the way to go for consistency. Even calibrating the PCB's was done with hand-made fixtures. It worked, but was labor-intensive with the workers pushing buttons and waving sticks over the coils. I joked with one of the former CEO's about the "Flintstones-era manufacturing" processes. I know Garrett has a modern (at least twentieth century) facility that has more automation and robust standards. So the coils being more stable, especially over temperature, would be a huge improvement. As would tolerances on plastic parts. But the coil is the most variance-sensitive part of the detector. Having standardized, repeatable processes with the right type of epoxy, wire, and tuning setup would improve the 24k and lower COGs. I hope that's one thing Garrett has done.
  11. Most detector beeps are simple waveforms between 100-1000hz. What affect are you trying to achieve with this filter?
  12. DD coil, increase SAT and lower sensitivity. You can also dig a few up, put them on top of the ground, and GB to the combination of dirt and hot rocks. The XGB should take care of the rest. As previously mentioned in some ground a PI is the only option.
  13. Only once! Mostly I made good friends and ate great food. And got challenged to drink a very strong spirit made from fermented peppers.
  14. Through faulting or erosion the dirt is exposed to air and water and rusts. It rusts due to high amounts of iron/pyrite (mineralization). If you dig deep enough in many of my spots you hit "real" bedrock. Where I found these two pieces the bedrock is serpentine. I've found that clay can be decomposing bedrock in some areas, and holds gold. Other places there is nothing in or below the clay layer.
  15. Been there, seen it first hand... but from the miner's perspective. In a short amount of time they can move an entire mountain. It's complete chaos. Some garimpeiros are solo or operate in small teams with detectors. But most work for bigger outfits. Claims are protected with lethal force. I think it's possible foreign countries could be driving some of this illegal mining since the gold reserves in Brazil rival some in certain African countries. And once you get away from the cities the country is much less policed. I remember a few times on my trip down there where I felt "on my own" and in a foreign country that is not a good feeling!
  16. I am curious to see if anyone has gotten the “I can’t use my built-in (“in-built” for you Bruces and Sheilas) speaker with this $6000 detector” fixed by sending it in for repair. As a former industry pro it would be extremely satisfying to be able to flip the tables and become the squeaky wheel customer. But my guess is it’s a design flaw with the circuit.
  17. What I noticed was that it would start out solid, then after about 1 minute the threshold would start wobbling and spitting. Sometimes it would calm down for a stretch and then start up again. An hour is a lot of missed targets for me. For now I am stone-aging it with wired headphones. I would like to know if people have gotten this issue fixed by sending it in for repair but that is a different thread.
  18. Yes I owned a GPZ for about a year. I sold it to a good friend. I miss the wireless speaker, and harness/stick setup. But the GPX is light enough most of the time to not need it. I lucked out when I got the GPZ and got into some bigger gold that helped pay it off faster! Its frustrating not being able to use the speaker on the GPX. I wish Minelab had tested it more but for now I’ll just use headphones.
  19. Edited to fix, sorry! .8g (grams) I didn't weight the other one since I gave it to my buddy before I got home.
  20. I took a quick day trip to an old hydraulic mine since the itch needed scratching. It was 22f (-5c) when I put my backpack on and started up the gut. Definitely a long Johns and layers day! First signal was a little .8g nugget about 5 inches down. I was focusing on little islands of red dirt the old timers missed. This nugget was sitting right on bedrock. The steep ground was frozen solid so it made climbing very hazardous. I had to cut steps into the hillside to make progress in some areas. And when it got above freezing in the afternoon the ice turned to slick mud. I ended up on my ass several times which I’m sure the animals enjoyed. Second nugget was shallow and encased in a sheet of frozen red dirt! I had to use my pick to break it into pieces to find the nugget like a piece of conglomerate. First time finding an ice nugget! This one was smaller and rougher. Found with the GPX6000 in Josephine County, Oregon.
  21. Finally cleaned and weighed my nuggets from last year. A little over 1/4 ounce, not too bad for only going out a few times. GPX 6000 and EQ800.
  22. Yes. Had plans for that along with some other things but I couldn’t convince White’s to pursue them. Hopefully someone will take up the reigns at Garrett! Or Minelab. Since it’s not patented it should be open for more development.
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