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  1. Thanks guys! I do have plans for next weekend! If all goes well.
  2. If by "digital" you mean with the large display on the handle as the GM4B and GMT. I use the GM3 which is just before the GM4B without the large display. I like it for a number of reasons, 1. Can turn detector upside down to get scoop right against the coil for those tiny bits of gold. 2. Can change the frequency to eliminate interference from other detectors on the same frequency. 3. Can chest mount the control box to lighten load on swinging arm, especially when using the larger 14" coil. Further, If by not digital you mean the BIG Blue box with the big red meter, I don't think those would work as well as the VSAT, GM II (vsat?), GM3 on sensitivity and depth. If luck holds, you might find a GM4B in your price range, too.
  3. Just curious, do you have cable or satellite TV? Their internet is more expensive than dialup or DSL. But they would spoil you quick with the speed. My apology if this has already been discussed. :twocents: P.S. If memory serves, the DSL was a nice step up from dialup.
  4. I second what Digger Bob said regarding gold masters.
  5. "A Brother Like That" Garimpo, brought tears to my eyes. B) So, I copied it and emailed it to 25 people. I said I got it from an Oklahoman in Brasil. Hope that's OK with you. Should have asked first, probably. It's that good!
  6. Happy birthday to all of you!! And I thought my family had lots of birthdays.
  7. Another 2 cents :twocents: I just moved back to Concord, but for the last 10 years I was in Sacramento area, (North Highlands, Citrus heights, Antelope) and the pit I've been talking about was 50 minutes away. The two gravel pile areas you have been working, I did try, with no luck on gold, I only tried about 3 days total on them. Back in 2000 I worked over on Folsom Blvd and there were road crews dredging the bottom of American river and the banks to build the bridge over Negro Bar Park. The road crew were dumping the stuff from the bottom of the river along Folsom Blvd across from the tailing piles along the railroad tracks. I had high hopes of finding something of value, but again only old car parts, wires, some aluminum car parts. And I was checking that stuff as they were bringing it, just had to be sure to be out of the way when the truck loads came to dump. Now that the sludge has weathered some you could try there, (and anybody else reading this). Who knows? I'd suggest the side away from the road, don't want to see any car crashes from rubber neckers.
  8. wjbell, you got my PM's? Give a try at the hydraulic pit I was telling you about, found my first gold there and have yet to find a better place (still looking and hoping). Clay is easier to detect on, than river gravels and have literally gone days there without having to so much as re ground balance. There are gravel piles too, but nice uniform quartz with no ground balance to concern yourself with. Warn ya, there is alot of steel trash in them too. I've found flakes of gold within 20 to 30 feet of the paved road even, 2 were a quarter inch across. Just don't cross the wire fence or up the private drive. I've talked with locals a number of times over the last 11 years and they never gave me any trouble. If my directions in the PM's was not clear enough, just send me another PM.
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  10. With my crs, I'll try to write something that hopefully hasn't already been mentioned in these great threads of yours. I was reading just yesterday about a guy that used to dredge and would use an underwater detector to locate hot reading spots to dredge and did well with the technique. Being the detector would locate the concentrations of black sands and other heavies I would think, like your reading hot on the boilhole on bedrock. In both clay and bedrock in hydraulic pits that I detect, I'll find areas or spots that sound hot running 2,3 or more feet in length, my trick for these is to turn myself and the coil sideways (90 degrees) to the hot reading spot and shuffle left and right, this direction is much quieter and when I hear a signal this way, then dig. I've found alot of nuggets and targets this way. Also, when I began nuggetshooting the mineralisation in clays really tested my perserverance. I'd get a really hot spot thinking it a good target and end up digging a 2x2x2 foot crater then no more signal! Was very frustrating. I still run into higher mineralised spots, probably partly cause I'm lazy to try tuning them out. As i sift through the dug dirt each scoopful sounds off but at a lower volume than the whole hot reading spot.
  11. The hot rocks I get most often have a bit of what I call a fuzzy sound, but I still check every repeatable target. You will get familiar with the different hot rocks in different areas you detect, and start recognising them on sight, kicking them away. Detecting river rocks is some of the most difficult I've done, with the variety of mineralisation and all. Hydraulic pits are in ancient rivers and I've read the reason there is so much quartz rocks is the other rocks have decomposed back into clay! The quartz rocks taking much longer to decompose. When you get a signal on a rock, turn it around to see if it sounds off louder on one side than the other sides, might be worth more examination, ie gold. most of my gold is embedded in rocks from bedrock or the bedrock itself. Also, when you get a broken signal sound or multiple target sound you may be onto a small pocket of gold. Took near 5 years to learn that one. I thought they all were bits of steel or clusters of buckshot! More than a few times I've dug 1 1/2 feet to bring up a nail and been rewarded for my trouble with 2 or 3 small bits of gold in the dirt pile, just because my coil was closer to it after digging.
  12. Thanks, Bedrock! I am going to do the rice thing, been hearing it elsewhere, too. Oh and loved your comments on the DD's.
  13. Right down on the ground gently, a 1/4" height can be the difference between that bit of gold or missing it. Or not so gently with the coil cover, lol. Since my coil did leak, I'd recommend trying to keep it dry. I did detect numerous times in light rain with the control box chest mounted under my jacket, and I think that's when I got water in my coil, dripping down the wire into the coil. A couple more nice things about the GM3 is the option of chest mount, detector can be turned upside down to get the scoop right against the center of the coil, and you can change the frequency to avoid interference when someone nearby is on same frequency, they may be 50 feet or more away and your threshold will start wavering or going louder and quieter (unsteady). Also, I mentioned about using the Sierra Gold Max earlier, that was the old model, a monocoil, now whites only makes DD for the 10" and 14" coils.
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