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  1. Not sure if this will work but this is about the Gold Police in Western Australia... Warning for prospectors as detectives seize $50,000 worth of illegally mined gold near Kalgoorlie
  2. OK, I am an Alaskan and so no stranger to foul language. This video is great just because it is real and yes, you do not want to watch if cuss words bother you. Me, I have to admit I just smile watching it. You have been warned!
  3. In the news this morning I see that a Crocodile has gobbled up a lady out for a swim and a Kangaroo beat up a bicyclist. Damn- I gotta go see that country!
  4. First day out and 6 pieces so far.... JP is a good teacher and has only thrown his pick in the brush 3 times! And I can't understand some of that Australian yelling, But i am sure it means I'm doing a great job.... One thing he especially loves is when I bump the coil on the ground to make it sound like a nugget..lolol...that really gets him singing... .then when I do my patented "high and wide"... sweep around the right side of my body.... he starts sounding like kinda like a bear growling and chomping his teeth... It's.kind of a rumbling noise that gets louder as he almost explodes...lol I worry he may have gotten too much sun today because his face was quite red at times...usually when I happened to repeat a move he just told me not to... So far I think we are doing great together and having a lot of fun....( But does anyone know, did JP always talk to himself.....?) Really enjoying it here.....If you are planning on coming down, now is the time...Just getting cooler and the dollar is strong!!!! So quiet and peaceful.... .I could stay awhile.... But don't tell JP that....I think He was already asking Frieda to get him some nerve pills.... Life is good! God is great!
  5. We have a meet every year with approximately 25 prospectors from all over Australia.
  6. It has been almost 7 years since my last trip...dang, I miss Australia-land of my dreams. so, I thought I would post a couple of pics from yesteryear.
  7. This TV show sounds interesting. Wonder if they got an Aussie Todd Hoffman for us all to take the piss out of? https://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/find-a-film/detail.aspx?tid=34231& "They’re the hard-core gold prospectors of Outback Australia and they’re on a mission to strike it rich! Whether it’s back-breaking work, extreme weather, mechanical breakdowns or cutthroat competition, prospecting is not for the faint-hearted. But our cast of gold hunters is tough, resourceful and ready for the challenge. Among them is husband and wife team Chris and Greg, the ‘Gold Gypsies’. 2 years ago they walked away from their Brisbane home and construction careers to chase their dream of striking it big, 4000km away. Having spent their life savings to set up their mining operation, the self-taught prospectors’ future rests on gold, for better or for worse… Meanwhile, best mates Vern and Leon, aka the Dirt Dogs, are running a gold operation in which they’ve sunk a million bucks into building what they claim is the ‘biggest dry blower in the universe’ affectionately known as ‘Goldzilla’. Having ploughed a fortune into their season plan, the Dogs are under massive pressure to unearth another, just to break even… Meanwhile, remote prospectors Henri and Kellie are going it alone. Armed with their high tech detectors, the best friends seek their fortune out in the farthest depths of the wild outback – where rival prospectors fear to tread. Follow their journeys and those of people they mingle with in the outback towns of the region, as we capture the daily drama, challenges and the sheer exhilaration of the hunt for AUSSIE GOLD! "
  8. Found these couple of keepers with the zed DEEP 72g and 94g(au after melting)
  9. Re: Norm Tyers big nuggett ozgold 041 on Fri Jan 01, 2016 11:39 am mark garrett wrote:if you new Norm he was and still is a good man My two boys and me visited him just weeks before he pasted away im so glad he let me talk about his find and video it for his family . this video is a a bit long but it is history . Nancy has a dvd I gave them . Here is a video of great interest for those looking for large gold nuggets! (Dingo Qld)
  10. Hi Steve Guy's The first vid of season 2015 is now on youtube. I hope you guys enjoy.
  11. In my idle time I often read posts that I may have passed on when they were fresh. I don't recall seeing this mentioned on this forum. It is quite a long trip to shop but hey....just to visit with Jonathan and family would be worth the cost. Congratulations JP and Frieda; may your cash-drawer always be full! http://golddetecting.4umer.net/t22950-new-minelab-dealer best wishes fred
  12. https://www.prospectingaustralia.com.au/forum/ This forum sure is a good one too if Steve doesn't mind my posting it? I see they don't allow gold dredging at all in Australia so they have to get somewhat creative. I am checking the DIY threads myself. Have also been checking Youtube videos for Wal and Liz from Australia for Minelab detecting videos and homemade highbankers and these folks find some amazing sapphires and opals, etc...and show how they found them, equipment they built to get the crystals,etc...hard to find this info anyplace else on the internet...
  13. Been fascinated on how Aussie prospectors stay for extended periods in the bush? What do you do for? Water storage Solar/ 12v batteries, inverters, Charging Refridgerator Freezers Food Keeping cool Truck setup Clothing Shelter Keeping BEER COLD! Protection from animals and bugs Bathing and toilet I love the fact that automobile makers offer you rigs that are setup to handle your enviroment .
  14. Just posted to YouTube, 1 hour 22 minutes video shot by independent operators (no Minelab ties) in Australia. I am speaking at the local club meeting in an hour so am just going to post this without viewing and run. You guys have to watch and offer your thoughts for me when I get back in three hours!
  15. Some photo's and a couple of Video's Just thought I'd show a few 2014 - 2015, finds a mate, Gully Hunter and I have detected in the Golden Triangle Victoria, Australia. We both run GPX 4500's. The terrain is fairly rugged scrub.The first 2 photo's were from the last quarter of 2014 basically from near impossible scrub, one step forwards 2 steps backwards, more time spent fighting the scrub than detecting. This one was 19.5 inches deep and was 14 grams found by Gully Hunter. 15 grammer before and after a clean 16 grammer. A nice 6 grammer Guardian of the gold and a 4.8 grammer Took an old mate Bill out a he shows us how it's done. 24 grammer GPX 4000 Earlier 4 grammer video The Terrain
  16. Here is a nice little interview of electronic prospector Jonathan Porter of Australia. It was my good fortune to have JP as my host for over a month in Australia looking for gold in the Australian outback. I could not have asked for a better guide and host. JP is not only a superb prospector but a true gentleman. Check it out at http://www.abc.net.au/local/videos/2014/03/10/3960406.htm
  17. G'day Steve, I could not locate the booklet about the finding of the Hand of Faith by Kevin Hillier. Anyway I think its now been reasonably established what detector model The Hand was found with. After thinking about it while looking for the booklet, I am fairly sure that at the time the Hand of Faith was found in 1980, the Groundhog was not yet being sold in Australia. In 1980 the Garrett Deepseeker must have been the most commonly used detector by the serious electronic prospectors in Victoria. It was certainly the most expensive detector and thus the top of the range ... like the latest Minelab PIs are today. It was however a detector I never managed to master as it was extremely noisy in Australian soil. I used mine in the Nth Queensland goldfields of Georgetown and Ebagoola where there was quite a few other electronic prospectors at the same time using this model of Garrett detector. A couple of the other prospectors tried to school me in getting the best out of it, but I could not persist long enough. I was too young and impatient in those days to learn how to pick the noise of a good target out from all the ground noise. I sold it to another prospector in Ebagoola who had more patience than me and who had successfully used one before. He told me it was by far the best detector available ... but I was just happy to get rid of the noisy beast of a machine, and he got a bargain. I got to thinking about Garrett detectors yesterday while looking for the booklet, and I was reminded about the famous story of how the Garrett Groundhog became popular on the Australian goldfields in the 1980s. There were a lot of guys detecting back then who had their wives with them in the bush, and many of the wives wanted a detector for themselves. Because the Deepseeker was so expensive, the husbands were reluctant to spend so much money on a detector that they thought would probably get little use. So a number bought their wives a Garret model which was the cheapest of the then Garrett range ... and that was the Groundhog. What they then found was that the wives were getting more gold than they were! Then the Deepseekers were put aside and the Groundhog became the detector of choice for a time. I was told at the time it was something to do with different frequencies of the two detectors, with the frequencies of the Groundhog better suited to the ground in Australia. But - maybe - it could have been because the Groundhog ran quieter. Then when Garrett started selling so many Groundhogs in Australia they rebadged the Groundhog and sold it as a detector specifically made for Australian conditions. I think it was called something like the A2B. I had even less success with the detector I had prior to the Deepseeker, which was my first ever detector. In the late 1970s there was a guy based in Newcastle who imported Compass detectors and he was all over the media promoting them as the detector driving the then gold rush. So, as I knew nothing about detectors, I believed the hype and bought a Compass detector from a mining supply shop in Sydney (where I was then living). But, rather than starting off cautiously in a new field of endeavour and trying detecting in a gold field close to home, I decided to go all in. I bought a Toyota Land Cruiser and headed to the Queensland goldfields with my brand new shiny Compass detector. I drove straight through for two days from Sydney to the Nth Queensland goldfield of Georgetown. And on getting to Georgetown I headed to the caravan park. Then, the very first person I spoke to when I got out of my Landcruiser said straight away ... "That detector is useless here!" And I soon found out he was right. I was the only one there with a Compass detector, which I was ridiculed for. Everyone else was using Garrett's and it was galling to see them leave the caravan park each morning and come back in the evening with smiles on their faces. It must have been a bit later when I bought the Deepseeker. And when I bought the Deepseeker I thought I could not go wrong this time as it was the top of the line detector that everyone else was using, and I must have made a good buy. Luckily I found that there were other means of gold getting to do in Nth Queensland other than using a detector. And a bit later I got into tin mining with a dredge, which I was successful at until the tin price crashed virtually overnight. Regards, Rob (RKC) . Detecting in Georgetown, North Queensland, in the mid 1980's. My Garrett Deepseeker MD in Nth Queensland ( I also had a much bigger coil!). My mining camp at Ebagoola goldfield. Another of my mining camps at Ebagoola. A woman friend detecting with a Garrett MD on the Georgetown goldfield in the mid 1980's. Abandoned miners hut, Ebagoola, North Queensland. https://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/502x734q50/835/koe0.jpg Ebagoola, North Queensland https://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/730x484q50/835/16q8r.jpg Georgetown goldfield.
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