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  1. Sure wish Colorado had good gold fields as you do in California. Most, if not all, of the gold is in the rivers. But that's just my :twocents: on the matter
  2. Bunk, I don't know anything about the Hermit Pick. I have an Apex Talon and I find the darn thing heavy. I get tire after several swings in a hole. Of course being 64 has a bearing, but that's my :twocents: on the subject. Like Bunk, I would too would like likes and dislikes on the Apex pick. Bunk, I didn't mean to steal your thunder, just thought I'd add to the equation. h20prospector PS: The dry washer continues to get good use. Thanks.
  3. Garimpo, Windows Internet version 8 is so slow I gave up on it. I downloaded Google Chrome and Firefox. Both run circles around Windows browser. But that's just my two cents on the subject. h20prospector
  4. AU Seeker Great video!!! I remember coming home in 68 though San Francisco Airport being spit on and called baby killer. Things sure have changed! h20prospector
  5. goldnewbie, Most of us on this forum were green at some time. Asking questions such as yours is just about the only way your going to learn, short of having an experienced prospector with you each time you venture out. What part of the country are you prospecting? 40, 5 gallon buckets equals a yard of material. Typically I will run around 10 classified buckets of material through, then do a clean up and see how good or bad I'm doing. At 63, I have only processed about 1/2 yard of material in a day. I run a small Keene, battery operated puffer. There have been several posts concerning just where to go, and how much material one needs to process; spend some time and read these posts. Before I go to all that's necessary to set up an operation, I will try to visit the site I'm considering a week or so before I start the big process. I'll bring home several buckets of material, marking where I got the material on the side of the bucket, and pan them out to determine the best spot I want to go back to. Each person who dry washes has their own individual way to sample, then set up an operation. You have to determine what's best for you. That's just my :twocents: on the subject. h20prospector
  6. Bill, I understand your comment about hurt feelings and grown men acting like children. I myself have fallen victim to hurt feelings and making retaliating remarks sometimes, so in that sense, good move, and I agree this forum should be a place where one can escape the reality of not finding gold, view pictures of those who have, drool over those pictures, share concepts and ideas of how and where to find the elusive yellow stuff, learning something in the process, and not argue about things we don't have control over, but that's just my :twocents: on the subject. Anyone with thoughts and comments on how to successfully use a GB2 in and around Stanton? Oh the aches and pains that come with not being in our youth anymore, but the wisdom that comes with age is priceless. h20prospector
  7. Allen, I'm sorry to hear of your loss, and understand your pain. Remember Zia in your heart. She's hoping you get through your pain and sorrow, and want's you to get another companion as soon as you're able. She can never be replaced, but she'll guide it in all the right directions, and your right; there is no shame to cry. You did the humane thing. h20prospector
  8. Bob, I agree with you 100% about Wally. Best darn dog I've come across in a long time, and I'm a cat person. He's 20 years and a couple of months, and I'm wrestling about whether to put him down or not, so I understand Allen's pain when he had put down his longtime companion down (very hard to do, but sometimes necessary). Cat shows no sign of pain at all, he's just super slow at whatever he does, but does everything a cat is supposed to do. It's the old saying (lights on and nobody home". He will look out into space for 20-30 minutes, then finally decide to move or lay down; cat's version of Alzheimer's if you will. Still get's up and down 4 flights of stairs almost better than me and I'm only 63 years young. h20prospector
  9. Allen, Looking at those pictures and what your doing makes me down right jealous, even though one is not supposed to be jealous of another person's possessions. To my knowledge, Colorado doesn't have anything in the way of the size of gold your recovering. Keep it up, and show pictures of your finds there. Make us all jealous and drool. h20prospector
  10. Dean, On the bottom of page 15 and top of page 16 in the book titled "The Complete, Unabridged Zip Zip" by Larry Sallee, it shows and talks about Managing the Coil Wire. Specifically, "Run the wire down the rod right to the end at the nylon nut and bolt that holds the coil on. Then use a small nylon wire routing clip attached to the nut and bolt to hold the wire near the coil as it runs from the rod to the attachment point of the coil." This was the place that I did not have secured properly, and is the point that I was getting the static and false signal from. How you secure the coil wire from there is a matter of preference. Bedrock Bob has some good suggestions about wrapping the coil wire with several wraps of electric tape at the point where it comes out of the coil, and at the point where the coil wire connects to the control box. This is extra protection as these are two weak points. I saw how he does this just after this past Easter when I joined him to nugget hunt on one of his claims in New Mexico. It was pretty neat looking. Again, I think it's a matter of preference how you wrap the coil wire between the control box and the coil. I don't think there is a right or wrong way to do it. If you don't have that book I mentioned at the beginning of my post, you might be able to see it online, but I'm not sure. h2o
  11. Just got a call from Fisher Labs. All checks out fine and they will send the units back on Monday. Total cost for diagnostic checks came to a total of $50.00. I feel this is money well spent as I now know for sure that both units and coils all communicate properly with each other. I look forward to spring of next year here in Colorado as it's too cold to beep! h20
  12. Never met the man, but learned a lot from reading his posts and replies. Words can't express his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones. RIP. h20prospector
  13. Hey all Gold Bug 2 users, Since it's winter here in Colorado , I sent both my GB2 control boxes and 3 coils to Fisher Labs in El Paso, TX to have them checked out. Shipped USPS priority (insure contents packed secure and tightly), and insured for $2000.00. It cost almost $36.00, but worth it should the PO damage or loose the pkg. Insurance is peace of mind! Just got a call from one of the service techs (Daniel) and was told all checks out . He opened the control box, checked the circuity, cleaned, straightened the pins where the coil wire attaches to control box, etc - all is good and like new (one is circa 94, the other 2004). The noise (static) I was hearing was due to the not having enough slack in the coil wire coming out of the coil. Fisher coils are notorious for making a crackling static noise if they don't have enough slack. His recommendation was to use electricians tape to secure the coil wire rather than the Velcro strips that come with the units; tape secures better. If any of you GB2 beepers think you might have a problem with your unit, call Felix Calvillo at Fisher Labs, - 1-800-685-5050 ext 118, and explain what you think the problem is. More than likely, he will let you talk to one of the service techs, they will listen and give some GOOD advice, but it's difficult to diagnose without having the unit to check out. Once I get the bill for the check-up, I'll post that information too. h20prospector
  14. Thanks Allen, I wonder if today's prospector could endure what those old timers did. We may have modern methods to prospect, but those of the past were full of ingenuity that far exceed what we have today. Just my :twocents: h20prospector
  15. Bunk, I'm sorry to hear of the break in and loss. The feeling of being violated is one that's hard to shake. I got rid of my pop-up for that very reason. It was too easy to break into. The only reason for locks in the first place is to keep honest people out. Locks don't mean diddly squat to thieves as you're well aware of. Be safe. h20prospector PS: The dry washer is still working.
  16. Rex I have two GB2's and I think they are great. I haven't used the original GB, or other VLF detectors, so I'm unable to compare it against others, but I feel the GB2 is the best choice for where I live. I will say it is very sensitive, & I have both the 6 1/2 and 10 inch coil, though I only hunt with the small one. I've only found small gold (usually surface & down to 5 or 6 inches). I've heard, but not tried, the larger coil is pretty good for a little larger & deeper gold 6-8 inches) but here in Colorado, I mainly hunt tailing and cobble piles. I also have a Minelab SD2200V2, but haven't used it yet. Was hoping to go down to Stanton as my GB2 doesn't seem to do that good in Arizona's mineralized ground. h20prospector
  17. Bill, I also thought I had the wrong link, and it took a few moments to realize I was mistaken. Just want to say the new look is quite nice. h20prospector
  18. From what I've experienced first hand and heard of is the GB2 with the small coil is great at locating and finding small gold, especially in tailings and cobbles the prospectors from the 1800's created. They weren't interested in the small stuff or specimens, just the big stuff. I've not found anything down deeper than 6 inches, but have not put in the time with the stock 10" coil. From now own, that coil is going in the back pack!
  19. I sometimes engage the mouth, or fingers in this case, before I fully engage my thoughts :grrr01: . When I was to RP this past June, I did okay with the GB2 and the small coil. I did bring the larger coil, but didn't use it and all I found was small stuff. It rained most of the weekend, and was told the ground got too wet for my Minelab to work properly :hmmmmmm: . Next time I'm out I'll try the 10" coil, then switch to the small coil and redo the ground I covered to see what difference it makes :icon_mrgreen: . Thanks for the tip as this is what this forum is for, the exchange of methods and ideas that work. h20prospector
  20. I was referring to finding that size of nugget down deep, at least that's what I meant to say. It's a great machine finding gold near the surface, so I'm positive it would find a larger nugget a couple of inches down. Has anyone with a GB2 found good size gold deeper than 6 inches? The loud ZIP ZIP get the blood boiling and even more so when I flip to iron disc and hear an equally loud ZAP ZAP the old pumper is racing like a train, hoping it's not a small piece of trash. I'm just using the sensitive 6 1/2 " coil. I normally don't take my 10" with me. It's possible I'm not doing something right. Help me correct it if I'm goofing up, please.
  21. Bob, I too prefer the GB2, but I had difficulty keeping it ground balanced when I was down in Stanton AZ at Rich Hill a couple of years ago. I haven't had many problems with it here in Colorado. I got a Minelab SD2200V2 earlier this year figuring I would have the best of both worlds. My GB2 does great at finding gold in cobble and tailing piles, especially when I rake them out and down to a reasonable size, but not that great finding something big like a quarter oz or larger . It's also great checking my dry washing piles. Hopefully the Minelab will punch down in depth in mineralized ground where my GB2 won't, and that each can be a backup when the situation is right, but that's just my 2 cents on the subject. h20prospector
  22. Paul, On the Nuggethunting forum the is a person - LuckyLundy, who does quite a bit of detecting in California and does sell nuggets. He will, I'm sure, send you pictures and you can go from there. Tell him h20prospector - the retired AF guy - said to give you a holler. I don't get any commission, just wanted him to know I referred you. h20prospector
  23. Max, Thanks! - just updated my welcome screen to include what you mentioned. :whoopie: h20prospector
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