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  1. A new TV Series has just started, Americas Backyard Gold. It has Dave Turin from Gold Rush with the idea being teaching people how to find gold with sluices, pans, metal detectors and the like. "In recent years, new gold has been uncovered in California due to heavy storms and flooding. From picking nuggets out of rivers, to metal detecting rare gold worth millions, Dave Turin shows you how and where everyday miners can find it." I've seen the first episode so far and I guess the metal detector manufacturers and those selling prospecting equipment are going to love it, it's going to bring in new to prospecting people in big numbers to the USA just like Aussie Gold Hunters did in Australia. A little rundown video of it. They sure make it sound and look easy in the episode.
  2. One of the Meteorite Men, Geoff Notkin has a lot of things up for auction including two of his metal detectors! If you want to see a vast array of meteorites and possibly purchase one at auction go here: https://fineart.ha.com/c/ecatalog.zx?saleNo=8089&ic5=CatalogHome-AucType-PrintedCatalogViewer-071515 I have met Geoff on two or three trips to Tucson Gem and Mineral Show over the years and I've purchased a couple of his books. He is quite a character and quite a nice guy.
  3. From the producers of Aussie Gold Hunters: We are all very saddened to share the news that Neville Perry, who starred in Aussie Gold Hunters, died last Monday of complications from his ongoing battle with cancer. Neville was a lovable fan favourite of the series and also a treasured member of the wider Electric Pictures and Warner Bros. Discovery families. In accordance with Nev’s wishes, we prepared a video with him, that we would like to share now. Our condolences and love go out to Neville's family, friends and fans. xx https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1443269763210814
  4. So last week I'm watching Freddy Dodge's Gold Mining show and he calls his friend, a "nugget detecting Expert" to come check out a claim to see if there is any large gold to be found. She takes out her Garrett Apex and proceeds to find close to a 1/4 oz nugget. That's it, I'm selling all my other detectors and getting an Apex.?
  5. Over the years I've watched 100s of metal detecting videos. Always searching to learn something from other detectorists. I know I'm missing so other channels to subscribe to. Comment below your Favorites. And what things you liked or learned from them.
  6. For those hoping for another season it's unlikely, however there is a 75 minute special episode coming and that's good news! I liked that show, it was a bit of fun. Feature-length Detectorists special commissioned Wednesday 11th May 2022, 5:30pm Toby Jones and Mackenzie Crook are reuniting in a new Detectorists special The one-off programme will be feature-length at 75 minutes It promises to "bring viewers up to date with the lives of Andy, Lance, Becky and the Danebury Metal Detecting Club" BBC Four's acclaimed comedy Detectorists is coming back to screens for a new special. The feature-length, 75 minute episode is to air later this year, updating fans of the cult hit series on the lives of its characters, five years since the end of Series 3. Debuting in 2014, nineteen episodes of the sitcom-cum-comedy drama have aired to date, focusing on best friends and metal detecting enthusiasts Andy (Mackenzie Crook), Lance (Toby Jones), and their fellow local metal detecting club members in the small town of Danebury. The last episode concluded with Andy and Lance stumbling across a stash of gold coins, having very narrowly missed the hidden trove of ancient treasure for the previous two series. Written and directed by Crook, like his recent new television incarnation of Worzel Gummidge, the series is noted for its mix of light drama, whimsical humour, and beautiful rural setting and scenery. Production on the new special of the triple BAFTA-winner is understood to begin shortly, made by Treasure Trove Productions, Channel X North and Lola TV. Crook says: "It was 2017 when we were last in Danebury and I miss my old friends in the DMDC [Danebury Metal Detecting Club]. I've had a story percolating for a while and I thought it was worth getting Lance, Andy and the rest of the band back together for. The affection expressed for Detectorists over the years has been incredible and I hope fans of the show will enjoy this new, extended episode." Producer Gill Isles said: "It's absolutely thrilling to be spending the summer back in Danebury with Mackenzie and the team. There is so much love for the show that I can't wait for everyone to see what Mackenzie has in store in this next chapter." The news was announced by Jon Petrie, the BBC's new Director of Comedy, in a speech at the BBC Comedy Festival in which he revealed the corporation is set to invest extra £10 million into comedy over the next two years. A number of other commissions were announced today, including new series of Bad Education. Full story
  7. Looks like Parker from Gold Rush is really chasing the crumbs now. I can't remember who it was but someone told me they bumped into Parker here not too long ago. I love how they say NZ is the land of Big Gold ? Obviously his biggest mistake was not asking me for advice. All-New Season Of GOLD RUSH PARKER’S TRAIL Premieres June 17 On Discovery And Discovery+ May 27, 2022 by Thomas Miller On an adventure of a lifetime, 27-year-old Parker Schnabel is traveling further than ever before in search of gold. Parker and his friends head to New Zealand – land of sharks, hobbits, big gold and revolutionary mining gear. To gain an edge back home, the crew head deep into the wilderness to explore all that this unique land has to offer and take Parker’s mining to the next level. An all-new season of GOLD RUSH: PARKER’S TRAIL premieres Friday, June 17 at 8pm ET/PT on Discovery and streams on discovery+. In addition to watching GOLD RUSH: PARKER’S TRAIL on Discovery and discovery+, viewers can join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #GOLDRUSH and following Gold Rush on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. After closing out an epic $15 million Yukon season, Parker has rolled the dice yet again, putting down nearly $200,000 of his own gold on a Fairbanks property in his home state of Alaska. There’s a huge profit to be made on the ground, but he’ll need to find specialty equipment to process the clay-rich ground before he can obtain any of it. It’s a state-of-the-art wash plant that he’s in need of… and he’s going to travel around the globe to find it. Parker believes New Zealand is the only other place in the world with the engineering prowess to give him any real chance of a massive Alaskan payday. Home to some of the most forward-thinking miners, Parker and his crew quickly learn this remote island is chalk full of high-risks, tough environments, and secretive Kiwi mining communities who aren’t so quick to lend a helping hand to a fellow competitor. A journey that’s as epic as it is high-risk, Parker and his crew find adventure at every turn as they explore all that this land has to offer. Whether scaling the Franz Josef Glacier to find the source of New Zealand’s famous West Coast Gold or undertaking a hair-raising jet boat trip down the Kokatahi River, Parker’s biggest test of all will be facing his fears with a gold prospecting dive through shark infested waters. GOLD RUSH: PARKER’S TRAIL is produced for Discovery by Raw Television, where Sam Maynard, Craig Blackhurst and Peter Campion are Executive Producers, Adam Hayes is Head of Production, and Sophie Hales is Series Producer. For Discovery, Carter Figueroa is Executive Producer and Jessica Mollo is Coordinating Producer. Medium/close up of Parker laughing. Silhouette of Parker Schnabel at the beach. Wide shot of Devil’s Gate. Medium shot of Jeffrey Turnell driving and Parker Schnabel as passenger. Wide shot of Jeff and Matt Dove using little red. Parker using the excavator.
  8. Minelab has posted a link which shows that the GPX 6000 is being used in a Netflix series. It also states there are other amazing detectors. What could they be? Have you heard? Pirate Gold of Adak Island starts streaming on Netflix on June 29th. Will this expert team unearth legendary pirate treasure? Follow the hunt for buried gold amid the harsh Alaskan wilderness in this documentary series. Minelab is excited to see the GPX 6000 in action...along with some other amazing detectors. https://minelabmetaldetectors.cmail20.com/t/ViewEmail/j/CECC249E62AEC10B2540EF23F30FEDED/DB0BCE1DBD546B193FEC1D8A50AFD3BD?alternativeLink=False
  9. TV in the UK has, at last, released in full, their 2013 highly successful Metal Detecting series – Hoard Hunters. Metal detectorists Gary Brun and Gordon Heritage are joined by archaeologist Mike Webber as they revisit the sites of known treasure hoards to piece together history and perhaps find more artifacts. The series, from ITV Studios, combines history and humour to show what may have been left behind at the sites, with the boys having the advantage over previous diggers of state-of-the-art equipment, technical prowess, and a proven track record. For many viewers, Gary and Gordon’s passion for the hobby led to their own involvement in the hobby and both remain highly respected around the world. Many hobbyists have inquired about viewing the show outside of the UK. So. It is with great delight, and a helpful poke from Gary, that we introduce you to the full series of Hoard Hunters. Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 Episode 4 Episode 5 Episode 6 Episode 7
  10. I read about this movie and looked at the trailer. It seems to capture some of our 'problem!' haha
  11. First episode tonight -- Lost Gold of the Aztecs. Recognize this person? https://www.history.com/shows/lost-gold-of-the-aztecs/cast/dan-dillman-2-2-5
  12. . . . where two guys wandered around the USA detecting relics and coins? They used Garrett's AT detectors I think back. They would locate/research historical homes and other locations of interest, then ask for permission to hunt. There was a different story every week I think. I always thought that historic wagon train trails would cough-up great finds. I would assume one could travel the same pathway, either by road or off-round, with proper research and planning. I would like watch those shows again. Billy
  13. Does anyone out there watch the cable show Oak Island? If so, I am always fascinated by their metal detecting guy Gary Drayton. It's probably the only reason I still watch the show as he is the only one finding anything. I know nothing about detecting but what would you experts here have to say about him and his techniques? Is he as good as they make him out to be?
  14. Feeling bored in the cold. Anyone know when Aussie Gold Hunters season 7 starts??
  15. This is for real so do not be afraid of tossing your hat in the ring. Raw TV has been involved in lots of stuff, including the original Gold Rush series. Pass it along to anyone who may be interested. Alan, you listening?
  16. I'm starting a new thread (for an obvious reason -- change of topic), triggered by the following post: My question is specifically about this spinoff/version of the show. It's evolved into two related, semi-cooperative crews dredging McKinley Creek near the Northern end of the Alaska Panhandle. If somebody wants to bring up Todd Hoffman (oops, I just did), etc., well that's not what I'm hoping to read about. But it's a free world. I'm hoping some experienced dredgers will objectively critique.
  17. Join three groups of treasure hunters, armed with modern technology and newly uncovered clues, as they set out to find the lost treasure of notorious Prohibition-era gangster Dutch Schultz and solve an 85-year-old mystery. https://www.kcet.org/shows/secrets-of-the-dead/episodes/gangsters-gold?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=kcet m, ,
  18. https://www.pbs.org/video/gangsters-gold-pa78zu/ As part of their ongoing series (18th season?!) titled "Secrets of the Dead", PBS just released an episode on the (supposed) Dutch Schultz treasure. You can watch online (link above). In a nutshell, Schultz was a Prohibition and early Great Depression Era mobster/gangster in New York (city and upstate) who met his demise in 1935 when he bucked the syndicate and set out to assassinate a powerful federal government prosecutor -- Thomas Dewey (same guy who 'defeated', well almost, Harry Truman in the 1948 presidential election). Supposedly Schultz had hidden (possibly buried) a steel strongbox with several million $ (1935 dollars...) in diamonds, gold coins, paper currency, and WWI US government bonds. As is typical with PBS, the historical components of the show are well done. As far as the treasure search (and searchers)..., well, at least they don't keep talking about a curse. I'll call them 'optimistic' and leave it at that. (As we all know, treasure hunting isn't the proper activity of pessimists. ) Basically three pairs of treasure hunters are featured along with a couple freelance researchers (one of whom joins one of the teams near the end of the show). All teams have metal detectors. Also used is Ground Penetrating Radar; fortunately no hocus pocus snake oil LRL's -- take that Gary Drayton. I was able to recognize some -- Minelab Equinox, Garrett Treasure Hound (2 box), Garrett AT (one of the VLF models), White's Coinmaster or Treasuremaster. Two of the teams (boyfriend-girlfriend and father-daughter) admit to being amateurs and one team (two guys ~mid 40's?) call themselves professionals. Those familiar with treasure hunters in the NE USA may recognize the so-called pros, or not. (Let's just say I wasn't super impressed with their professionalism, but they are a lot better than those two brothers -- supposed professional miners -- from Arizona who had a show last year on cable looking for a different major lost treasure every week.) Spoiler alert: a find is made which would excite most of us, but whether or not it has anything to do with Schultz is just wishful speculation at this point. Bottom line, IMO, is that this is more/less typical of these kinds of shows. If you like them you'll like this and if you're a disser, well here's more ammo for you. Oh, and sorry to disapoint Simon, but the find was made with a Garrett.
  19. Hello all, The crew is off to a good start! Alot of new people and tech! Gary Drayton has a new and expensive toy to play with! I hope they find "it" this season!??
  20. I watch a lot of adventure shows on cable TV and this past Sunday evening Discovery Channel had a 2 hour long one titled "Everest's Greatest Mystery". To set the background for this post, in 1924 two British climbers (one quite experienced -- George Mallory, and a novice climber -- Andrew Irvine) disappeared from the view of others (below) within a few hundred meters of the summit, never to be heard from again. It took 29 years until Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay accomplished and documented the supposed first human conquest of the summit, but questions remained. Did Mallory and Irvine actually reach the summit and succumb in their descent? In 1999 an expedition went to find Irvine, who carried the camera for the 1924 attempt, to hopefully determine if his photos would show that they reached the top. That expedition ironically failed to find Irvine's body, but Mallory's instead. Four experienced (each with multiple Everest trips) climbers from the USA were filmed in a spring 2019 expedition for this program. Their goal once again was to find Irvine and his camera. The weather in 2019 was particularly bad (12 climbers perished) and they spent over a month at base camp (17,000 ft = 5200 m) or above. Their ultimate trip lasted 3 consecutive days above 27,000 ft (8200 m), apparently shattering a record for most time consecutively at or above that altitude on Everest. Although they carried supplemental oxygen, for most of that time they had to conserve it and breathe the 33% (relative to sea level) dense air. At night the temperatures dipped to -20 F (-29 C) and although I don't recall the daytime temps I doubt they were much above 0 F (-18 C). Those are air temps, not windchills. (BTW, their high camps were set up by local guides who departed as soon as their task was complete.) I noticed a metal detector in the backpack of one of the expedition members, and he carried it all three days they searched near the summit. That's pretty amazing when you consider the conditions: 1) With so little oxygen, weight is critical. Even carrying an extra pound matters a lot; 2) At these temperatures I'm surprised a metal detector will even function; 3) The setup and operation had to be simple and any searching looking for just metal signal or not. The brain doesn't work well with low oxygen. As it turns out I never saw the detector being used, and I doubt it was. The climbers wore ice crampons but much of the terrain was windblown and thus rocky, not icy. Movement had to be delicate and anything held/carried in hand made it that much more dangerous. Also, without snow/ice cover there was nowhere for metal to hide. But that didn't stop the climber with the detector to bring it along every one of the three days they searched. He had to have considered it quite important. Oh, you may be wondering which detector he had with him: Garrett AT/Pro.
  21. Here is a good article in the Bendigo Advisor about two of the Aussie Gold Hunters on the show. https://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/6879688/bendigo-prospectors-unearth-two-gold-nuggets-on-television-show/ The Poseidon Crew joined the main cast of Aussie Gold Hunters this year. "It took a bit of convincing to be part of the show," Mr Shannon said. "Most prospectors don't generally like to divulge their finds freely, for obvious reasons. "What convinced me was to try help raise profile of prospecting in Victoria. We're in a bit of a struggle with regulations and in the industry is gradually being reduced. Hopefully being a part of show, showcases Victoria and what we can produce in terms of gold finds."
  22. I noticed last Night`s episode of Aussie Gold Hunters, are using the new Z search Coil on the GPZ 7000. Looks like it works well, if you can believe what you see, cheers sturt
  23. Friday night I stayed up until 11 PM to watch the second episode of Aussie Gold Hunters. I had to watch it with mostly volume off because of others sleeping but I'm glad I saw it. I had seen an ad during Parker's show that it was going to be on but I didn't see the first episode. It has been a rather hard show to track down but now I've found a link. https://www.discovery.com/shows/aussie-gold-hunters-2015 When I put this link up it says 2015! I thought it looked old. Here is a teaser for the new show: I guess I'll need to have Netflix, YouTube premium to see the new show.
  24. The famous Meteorite Men are together again! A new short film series starring Steve Arnold and produced by Geoffrey Notkin. Meet expert meteorite hunter Steve Arnold, one of the stars of TV's multi-award-winning Discovery Science series "Meteorite Men." In this exclusive YouTube series, Steve teaches you how to find fallen space rocks, and what equipment you will need out there in the field. Learn more by visiting Steve's official website: https://www.fireballsteve.com
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