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  1. Nice going! That one gram piece at that depth is pretty impressive. I found an old Levi's button at a measured 16" with my 4500 and the NF 17x13, but signal was juuust barely there. Was the deep one fairly obvious with the 19? Keep at it! Regards, Kyle
  2. Hi Craig, Full time rv'er here, for the last three years. I agree 100% with hardtime on this one. We are in Nevada right now, and changed our plans completely, to stay in place until July. That includes not seeing our kids and my Father in law. Expect massive disruptions in services, shelter in place. If I had a house right now, I'd feel more secure, I can tell you that. Interstate border closures are a very real possibilty. Just my .02 cents. The idea of leaving the relative safety I have right now is off the table for us. I know my neighbors. I know who I can trust if SHTF. Once rolling down the road, ALL bets are off. Rv parks in AZ are being closed, with some turned into quarantine camps for homeless. Stay put, hang in there!! Regards, Kyle Ps: I have even stopped detecting for awhile. A trip to the hospital right now for snakebite, or a broken leg, could well turn fatal... *Edit on the rv parks closing, I saw that on a reputable site yesterday, but I can't find it today, possible "fake news", but not beyond the scope of our current reality.
  3. Saw the video you guys put up. Man, that would be one exciting day. Congrats! Regards, Kyle
  4. Went out to heavily placered wash that I had previously hunted with the GPX and the 13x17 coil. The area is at the upper 200 yards of a wash, before it fades out into a hillside. I had found a decent amount of trash, but no gold with the large coil. This time, with the 8x12, I finally managed to sneak a little piece out of a tailing pile, about 3-4" deep. No complaints here, I'd been striking out for a couple months. I'll be hitting all the piles again, but with the Equinox and a rake! Thanks for looking! Kyle
  5. Nice! The last piece of gold I found had a similar story. Heavily placer mined wash, that everybody and his brother has hit in the last 100 years, and one nice piece left for me! Been back over that wash at least ten times, without finding another speck. Keep up the good work. Regards, Kyle
  6. Man, that is a piece to be proud of! Congrats! Regards, Kyle
  7. Nice job. I recently started doing exactly what you are describing, raking likely looking areas with the blade of my pick. I haven't found anything as nice as your nuggets, but I have pulled a couple tiny pieces that way, and will keep doing it! Regards, Kyle
  8. Thats motivating! Congrats on finding such a spot! Regards, Kyle
  9. No worries, I'll keep the secret in my trunk, right next to the spare tires and bodies.... Regards, Kyle
  10. Nice job! What machine are you running, Gary? Regards, Kyle
  11. Those are tasty! Well done. Regards, Kyle
  12. Thanks for the advice, Tom. I do try to branch out, and hunt different areas, with different rock formations. I'll keep pounding away, and learning as I go. Regards, Kyle
  13. Thanks guys. It's been a fun trip so far. I enjoy a challenge, and this fits the bill, for sure! My goal for this year is to learn more about WHY I am hunting a particular spot. Right now I freely admit, there is more head scratching and hiking, than prospecting. I pick a wash from Google Earth, hope it's not full of too many tin cans, and dive in. Even a broken clock is right twice a day, and sometimes I find a piece of gold. Now, I just need more, and bigger, and more often... Sound familiar? Regards, Kyle
  14. Love it. I've probably put another 50 hours or so on it since I started this thread. I do get more falsing from hot rocks than I did with the 11" Commander, but I believe that is due to being able to run the gain consistently higher than I could with the ML coil. I'm able to use slow motion, instead of very slow. Sensitive Extra runs much quieter, and if I back off the gain a couple notches, Deep Audio. Higher stabilizer numbers as well. I liked it so well, I ponied up for the 17x13. It also runs like a champ, though I don't use it as much. That 12x8 really pokes and prods between/under rocks so we'll, it's the one that stays on 80% of the time. Regards, Kyle
  15. Well, Jan 9th makes one year of nugget hunting for me. I've had a blast, learned a lot, and gotten myself in decent shape. If I live another 30 years, I just might be able to absorb something from my pile of geology books. I spend summers in Wa. State, but spend half my time up there wishing I was down south. Here's my haul for my first year. Wifey has claimed the largest specimen as her own. I have been informed it will be a pendant hanging around her neck. Makes up for all the flowers I never get her, I suppose! Thanks for all the good advice and entertaining stories you guys post. I've learned a lot, with a helluva lot more to go! Regards, Kyle
  16. Haven't used this item, but I do appreciate the honesty. Second try is a charm! I just installed your carbon fiber rod kit on my GPX 4500. Very happy with that so far. Regards, Kyle
  17. I bought this for my Wife less than a year ago, but that didn't pan out like I had hoped. She just doesn't like detecting. We went out three times, probably for a total of ten hours or so, and she bagged on the idea. I used it a couple of times after that, but found I prefer my Equinox 800, that I am very familiar with. Condition is 98%, with just a couple small marks on the shaft, from setting the machine down to dig targets. Still has factory plastic over the screen. All factory accessories included, except the arm cuff strap, which is a useless piece of gear on this lightweight machine. I don't remember if there was a printed manual or not, but the PDF version is on Minelab's website. Bill's videos, and a few trips out hunting should do the rest. Just over 1 year left on Minelab warranty. Zero issues with the detector, but it needs to help someone else find gold! $550, and I will pay shipping. USA sales only! Thanks for looking! Regards, Kyle
  18. No complaints from me, no matter how small the piece! I may get a chance to try a Gold But 2 next week. Interested to see how they compare. If the GB coil has more edge sensitivity, that would be a big benefit. Learning a new machine never hurts either! Regards, Kyle
  19. No kidding. Just like the Gold Monster, it will drive me nuts with tiny bits of junk. But every once in a while, it turns out to be gold, and not another #8 birdshot... Regards, Kyle
  20. True enough, Luke. This is the second time the Equinox has batted cleanup for the 4500. Last time was a .7 gram piece with the GPX, went back with the Equinox the next day, and pulled out 3 little pickers about 6" away. The two machines pair nicely. Regards, Kyle
  21. Went back to a wash with a small stretch of ragged bedrock today, where I had found a .3 gram picked with the GPX last week. I scraped and scuffed, and got just a hint of a break in the threshold. I fiddled around with a screwdriver, broke out a couple little chunks of bedrock, and found this tiny little speck. Once I got it in the scoop, it was nice and loud. For anyone wondering if the Equinox can keep up with the Gold monster, on this target, I'd say yes. Back at it tomorrow! Regards, Kyle
  22. Glad you stuck it out, and found some gold! Hopefully this breaks the spell for you, and you can find a few more. Best of luck! Kyle
  23. Very true, Adam. I was starting to think you had taken a weekend trip to Nevada, and snapped up the last couple nuggets in the state! Merry Christmas to all! Regards, Kyle
  24. Man, that is gorgeous! Are you below old workings, or in an undisturbed area? I have a similar situation with my last few times. Started out in a large wash, found one piece. Worked that to death, nothing else. Worked each little tributary above wash, no dice, until the last one :). Found two rough pieces on a bedrock dyke. Continued up that wash to the top, where an old addit was dug. Found the roughest specimen in the washed out tailings from that. I will be reworking the entire route many times. The distance from the first piece to the last is about 600 feet. It's a detective story, really. This is my first time chasing gold up a hill, and I am thrilled that I was able to find where it came from. Now, if there are no previously worked areas above you, THAT would get my pulse up a whole lot more! When I get tired or frustrated and think about walking away from a target, I force myself to dig it up, and then I pack it in for the day. The last piece I dug is the nicest I have found yet, in a sea of iron flakes and .22 casings. Last target of the day, right on the trail. My back was killing me, the brain wanted to quit..... Never walk away! Regards, Kyle
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