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  1. Is the one mounted on the skate board an electric crack sucker? What a great idea! How well does that one perform? Can you fill us in on the details of that little machine... what size pump, hose, and a basic how to? Many thanks! Dean
  2. Happy birthday Bunk! Dean
  3. Hi All, (I posted these finds on another forum as well so, no, you are not going crazy if you've already seen them!) Crownking Steve and I were able to get out and do some nugget hunting on Thursday. As usual, Steve beat the skunk with a nice flat nugget :wubu: I, on the other hand, was not as fortunate on the gold. On the way out of the patch, Steve pointed out an area that he had detected some copper nuggets a few years ago so we decided to give it a go. We both did well on the copper nuggets. Here are a few shots of some of my finds. These were given a bath in a muriatic acid solution to remove the host rock from around the nuggets. Some of the nuggets detected were free of the host rock. Even though I got skunked on the gold, it was a great day detecting. Thanks Steve! Dean
  4. Hey Herb! The big "62"!! Congrats my friend. Hope it's a great one! Hope to see you in Gold Basin. Dean
  5. When to move on? Good question. I would imagine it varies from person to person. As for me... when I get bored. If I'm bored or just not "feelin it" in that area I move. Mainly because if I'm bored or lost confidence in the area I don't hunt as carefully as I should. I go too fast, don't listen or concentrate as I should...I get lazy. A move brings a sense of new confidence and encourages me to hunt more carefully. Another time is when the ground is just too hot for a VLF. Sometimes it's just too hot in a very localized area and a move over the hill to the next gully will be an improvement. The group of guys I hunt with usually tend to spread out. Sometimes in visual contact sometimes not. The fact that there is "trash" in the area you are hunting is a good indicator that the area hasn't been hunted too hard by other detectorists. This is another spot where a good VLF like your GMT shines. Digging trash gets very tiresome. Most P.I. units do not discriminate, therefore, these trashy areas are usually abandoned pretty quickly. If you are willing to dig a lot of trash and you learn the discrimination feature of your machine (so you don't have to dig as much) you can be productive. Be careful though. Even though the graph on the GMT is usually pretty accurate and most gold will give a reading of 25 or less, some gold will give a reading of 50. I have a test nugget that reads 50 on the GMT. I guess it really means that it's a 50% chance of being gold. Good Luck! Dean
  6. Unfortunately, hot rocks are a problem. Especially for VLF units... even for P.I. units. Most do make a different sound than gold does but some of those hot rocks sound too good and you just have to dig them. Seems like a lot of hot rock signals can be eliminated with a boot scrape across the top of the ground as they seem to be on the surface. Scrape, locate, identify(remember what it looks like as they tend to be the same make up in a given area then ignore them when they sound off). The test nugget suggestion in the previous post is a must do. I throw my test nugget down every time the ground changes and I have to rebalance. I do this because everything just changed... which will change the way the signal sounds on gold. Hot rocks are just a part of the game and a much bigger factor if you play the game with a VLF. Be persistant you will get better at dealing with them. They can drive you nuts to the point that you just can't hunt certain areas because of them. The soultion is to find a gold bearing area with less of them and frequent that area. Then call me and let me know where that is . Seriously, LSD is known for its hot rocks. There are quieter areas. Hunt shallow bedrock areas!!!! VLF units do not penetrate the ground very deep in the first place and as the ground becomes more mineralized the less they penetrate (as you found out). Seek out areas of exposed,craggy, cracked up bedrock...washes, hill sides, and benches where the bedrock is exposed in areas (so you know its close). VLFs shine in the tailing piles! Bring a rake and rake them down a couple of inches at a time and detect as you go down. Herb and I were recently detecting an area that had huge amounts of tailing piles. We used P.I. units (thanks, Herb!) and hit the area pretty good for an entire day and got skunked. The next day a guy shows up with a GMT and a rake. He proceeds to rake down an area that we had covered pretty thoroughly and ends up finding a couple of small nuggets (bird shot sized). Of course, Herb and I, being the gentlemen that we are, purposely left those for him as they were a bit small for us to bother with :bang: . Anyway, the point is that VLFs can really shine in certain situations and you really have to stack the odds in your favor to be successful on a consistant basis... Think shallow. Look for tailing piles. Look for quiet ground. Another thought... use a small coil (6") in hot ground. A smaller coil "sees" less ground and is more stable in hotter ground. Hope this helps some. Dean
  7. Allen, I have a Garmin and a Lowrance handheld gps. The Garmin has much better map detail but is not very user friendly. The graphics and map detail on the Lowrance leave much to be desired but it is very easy to use and is waterproof/floats. Both are accurate to within a few feet. The Lowrance also came with a number of topo map c.d.s (the entire U.S.)that can be down loaded to a memory card(s) and then used in the unit. These cards/maps can be added to or personalized and then stored for later use. I have some cards that are fishing spots, some for hunting, MDing, etc. all that I made myself using the software that came with the unit. I use the Lowrance much more than the Garmin. Nothing against Garmin mind you. I've owned a number of Garmin units over the years. The Lowrance is just easier to use. Hope this helps some. Dean
  8. Hi Denny, Yes, the AZ boys played like a bunch of high school girls last night, jeez that was embarassing! 7 turn overs!!! My son's Pop Warner team would have put up a better fight. The Cards always seem to fall apart on away games. :*&$*(: Dean
  9. Very nice, Del! Keep em coming! Dean
  10. Hi Jim! Nice to see you up and running and posting on here. Many thanks for all of your help with my "antique" 16000. Still no gold with it...just a matter of time! Dean
  11. WTG, Jason! That specie goes great with my Sunday morning coffee! Thanks for sharing. Dean
  12. h20prospector, Great post! Thanks for the info. Glad to hear everything checked out O.K.. Your post did bring up an interesting point, though. What is the proper method for wrapping a coil wire? I've seen other posts mentioning this but they don't go in to any great detail. I start by going straight up the "coil shaft" with the wire and, like Bob, secure with electrical tape about 4" up from the coil. I then keep it straight (no wraps) until I hit the main shaft and then wrap TIGHTLY (coils right on top of each other) until 2"-3" from the box then bind again with tape. Is this correct? Doesn't seem to give me any problems. My concern is whether or not the coils should be wrapped right on top of each other with no space between them up the main shaft? Dean
  13. Rest In Piece, Jim. Thank you for your contributions to this forum and helping us all become better at prospecting! My condolences to Jim's family. Dean
  14. Very nice nugget! Not the usual purplish quartz. Hope your new gully turns in to a nice patch for you. Dean
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