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    Detecting for gold, catching fish, searching for edible mushrooms, spending time with my wife.

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  1. The first nugget is ALWAYS the hardest. As Flak says, you seem to be doing everything right. MY first nugget was found back in 1981. The first words out of my mouth were "Well, it's ABOUT TIME!" Hang in their, eventually success WILL be yours. HH Jim
  2. I once found a 1903 Half Eagle, two Dale Saloon tokens, and two E. L. Smith & Co. (Amboy) tokens (Kappen's discovery piece) only inches apart. Way cool. My detecting buddy's terse comment was "Looks like you're buying lunch."
  3. Surface quartz may suggest a likely area to detect, however, in almost all cases the detector finds the AU, buried by subsequent soil build up. Yes, in rare cases one might visually spot nuggets or pieces of obviously auriferous quartz, however your detector's "beep" is ususally what first heralds the presence of gold. Although "sunbakers" (surface nuggets big enough to readily spot from a distance) are really thrilling, they are uncommon occurances. And, yes, that 85 nugget patch was indeed a thrill. Prior to that my previous record patch was 54. I prefer hunting working uphill on steep hills
  4. Jim, a residual placer deposit can take several forms. One of the primary forms, which especially appeals to nugget hunters, is where a piece of auriferous quartz decomposes, leaving the gold behind, in situ, with little or no subsequent gold movement, which would be due to erosion. We often refer to these as "patches." Patches may contain free nuggets, or "high grade" specimens still encased in quartz. Patches may be at, or near, the original source, or, due to erosion, a patch may develop well away from the original lode source. Personally, I have found numerous small patches (a few nuggets
  5. Interesting that this five year old topic has surfaced. I just dropped 33 grams of ugly placer into aqua regia, and after disolving there WAS bits of sand AND magnetite left over. Some AR, too. Dale is one of my main haunts, and yes, I have found AU with iron, with some small nuggets definately posessing enough Fe to be magnetic.
  6. Gary, at this point in your gold-finding career, don't worry whether a signal is a zip or a zap, dig them all. Depending on how trashy the site is, especially where bird hunting with shotguns has taken place, you may recover MANY trash targets for each nugget. Don't worry about it, each trash item found puts you closer to gold, Hope this helps; HH Jim
  7. Optimally tuned, with the stock 10x6 DD coil, the GMT can find surface gold flakes as small as 1/10th grain. Using the 6x4, maybe 1/20th of a grain. The real virtue of the 6x4 is being able to get into places too small for the 10x6. I use, and like them both. For flat, open spaces, stick with the 10x6. HH Jim
  8. The most probable reason why you are getting the same signal from thoSe glass vials, regardless of the content, AND, likewise, are unable to ground balance out those vials, is that the cap of MOST little gold vials has a LAYER OF METAL FOIL IN IT. Remove the cap, and try again. HH Jim. If that works, let us know, and I'll post some secrets on the tuning the VSAT.
  9. First thing to do is remember the advice: "If there is no gold there, you won't find any." The electronic prospector absolutely MUST be hunting in a locale which produces detectable-sized bits of gold. If the area you are in DOES NOT have a record of producing nuggets, then go to one which does. Next, make sure that you have mastered the tuning and operation of your machine, and be sure that it is ALWAYS properly tuned when hunting. Now, go slow, swing low, and concentrate on listening for those FAINT signals, which indicate small, or deep nuggets. Certainly, big nuggets are more desirable, bu
  10. Race, of the two machimes mentioned, the GMT significantly outshines the Eureka. So, if gold is all you desire, then get the GMT. But if you want to "do it all," give serious consideration to the MXT. In really bad ground (such as AZ) the MXT works a bit better then the GMT. But, the GMT finds smaller nuggets. Personally, I use a chest-mounted MXT, and a chest-mounted TDI. Both provide awesome performance. Hope this helps; HH Jim
  11. In a heavily-hunted area, you will have to detect where others have not. Yeah, obvious, but the point is this: if drywash piles are still standing, then that means that they have not been properly hunted. Rake them down, layer by layer, and detect each layer. Also: hunt under bushes, thoroughly. Hunt in heavy brush (watching out for buzztails). These areas seldom get worked. Move, and detect under, rocks. Hunt the sides of washes, which often get little attention, compared to the bottom of washes. Many areas have camping areas, used in times past, until now. Usually very trashy, most detectr
  12. I can just see the ads now: "Scruffy old miner, infrequent bather, residing in an old dugout in downtown Nowheresville, seeks marriage with affluent young beautiful female who is a gourmet cook and owns a new 4x4 Chevy pickup...."
  13. Here are some facts to ponder. Why are there so many MXT's for sale? It's largely a numbers game. The MXT has been the best selling detector in the world since it's introduction. In a usual year, White's makes MORE MXT's then some other manufacturers ENTIRE LINEUP. Check out the local newspaper's car sales ads: you will find more used Ford F-150's for sale than Masserti's. More made means more to sell. As far as finding small gold is concerned: in MILD ground, the GB2 can find flakes as small as 1/20th grain. In BAD ground, which would totally defeat the GB2, the GMT will find flakes as small
  14. Micro, do you know where Bob will be recuperating? Home, or in the hospital? If the latter, which one? Please advise. HH Jim (Yucca Valley)
  15. Chuck, it seems that the guys who have the TDI prototypes are "hogging" them , so I haven't gotten to use them yet. But initial reports are pretty impressive; extreme sensitivity on very small nuggets (rare for PI's), remarkable depth on bigget nuggets, very smooth operation, light weight, and 1/3 the cost of the less sensitive and heavier competitor. Will let you know more when I personally hit a lot of "worked out" sites with it. HH Jim
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