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  1. The picture shows what I have available. These are VLF Gold Detectors. As far as I know they still sell at about a thousand dollars a piece. I tested this unit for Notka. This is a very good gold unit. It has been around for a while. I am hoping that this will be a good deal for a person that has FORS Gold equipment. There are lots of extras.

    Six coils, three units, one extra shaft, two headphones, waterproof bags for control boxes, Nokta suitcase, charging equipment, small group of accessories  (coil screws, shaft tips)

    This sale is "as is". All three units work fine. One unit is missing a battery cover. Far as I know that's it.

    Check the picture out and give me a call. 

    $400.00 You pay shipping from Redding, Ca. 96003



    Thanks, Trinityau/RayMills


  2. Hello all, here are some pictures from one of the earlier outings with the 7000. The first picture shows one of the clay seams that I often talk about. These range in size from large ones like this on down to some that are less than an inch wide. These clay seams generally run with the shale. It seems that the larger nuggets have come from areas where the seams are very thin.


    I'm not sure what the silver pin is...several ideas.


    Look close and you will see the buttons of a large rattlesnake hiding in the rocks.






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    Mike's guess on the weight of the gold was the closest, Mike wins the gold and an autographed copy of my book.


    Pete, Tad, Harry and Matt were the other four finalist's, they will all receive an autographed copy of my book.


    Winners please send me your complete mailing address so I can send the books and gold out. Send your information to trinityau@hotmail.com







    Hello everyone, I have been very busy with so many projects lately and I have not been visiting or posting on the forums much. I am finally finishing up on lots of stuff and look forward to posting again and getting back into the mainstream of gold detecting again.


    My hunting partner George has gone through a bout with throat cancer and just received a clean bill of health the other day, after a few months of radiation and chemo. I hope to be hunting together with him very soon.


    I have had many people wanting to know if I was going to plan an outing again this year in Northern Nevada. I have done this in the past with an open invitation to all. I am looking at possibly doing an outing sometime in June this year. Again, it will be an open invitation to all.


    Because I have been off the forums for a while I am hosting a free giveaway. The details are below and also can be found on TRINITYAU.COM




    Detecting for Gold, Adventures, Trips and Tips


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    Guess the weight of each of the five individual pieces of gold, then guess the weight of all five pieces of gold together. Your guess should be made in grains. Click on each picture to open that particular picture in a larger view. This contest will run until midnight 21 February 2016. The first five persons that get the correct weight or closest in both categories will win a free autographed copy of my book, this is to include free shipping anywhere in the United States. This contest is valid only in the United States.


    The very first person to get the correct or closest weight in both categories will win a copy of the book and get the gold. The weight has been determined by the scales in the pictures, which were calibrated to a zero balance just prior to weighing the five pieces of gold. All entries must be made on TRINITYAU.COM through the Comments page. Enter your guess on the Forum Entry.



    This gold was found with the New Makro Gold Racer



  4. Hello, haven't heard from you guys for a while. I thought maybe you found all the gold that was left up there and hung up the detectors.

    About your first question, no, it was not intentional however I will spill the beans. The VLF's in use before and after were Minelab's Eureka Gold, Garrett's AT Gold and the Fisher Gold Bug's

    A person that only gets out once in a while is going to realize that there is more of a learning curve to the Gold Racer than the GB Pro. I have been using the Racer the last month at many different sites and I am still learning lots of tricks and I expect that this pattern will continue for a while. The Gold Bug Pro is a unit that has a shorter learning curve, I think. Any person that gets out on a regular basis with a VLF should be fine with either unit. I do think the Gold Racer has an edge on tiny pieces at a tad more depth than the GB Pro.

    Many prospectors want a VLF as a clean- up machine and that is a great purpose for them. Some prospectors want a VLF because they are just breaking into gold detecting and the price is right. I use a VLF for detecting small dink's once I find a patch and I want to clean it out effectively. I have many “crumb” patches where a VLF is all you need.

    My primary reason for using a VLF is when I find a new location that looks really good to me, both in depth and the look of the soil. I can use either the Racer or the Bug with their reliable displays to detect between obvious iron signals and other trash. I like to see those numbers that pop right up on a solid target of some size. When all my ferrous bars go away, my larger ground number drops to a 3, 8 or 12, and the bar graph goes back and forth between 40 and 100 I can usually expect a piece of lead, old brass cartridge, foil or gold. I am basically just eliminating the iron, but that helps a lot at many locations. Many of the areas that I detect in are free of trash so I get excited when the display shows these readings as it is usually a nice nugget. I will bring in the Minelab detectors after this first sweep.


    LOL,I am very pleased with my newest VLF, the Minelab 7000. I have found so many tiny pieces of gold at surprising depth with this unit, it just amazes me.

    Thanks for comments on the book. TRINITYAU/RAYMILLS

  5. Hello all, here are some pictures of the Makro Gold Racer in the field. The Racer was used in areas previously detected with other VLF's. My detecting partner Chris was using the Racer and I as following up with another VLF going over the same targets. Many of the same targets could be heard easily by both units, however there were a bit less than a quarter of the targets that only the Racer heard very well.


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    The targets that were in some of the deeper and grittier soil gave a weaker response. Both VLF's read the target but the as I said the Racer sound was much more distinct and in fact heard some an inch or two deeper.


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    The ICMJ featured an article that I wrote titled "Piles of Gold'' just a few issues back. If you look very closely at the first picture you will see the Makro Gold Racer in action. That particular pay pile that we were working had been gone over with other VLF's and a few pieces were heard in the highly mineralized material of the heap. We assumed that was all we were going to get until we went back another day with the Gold Racer. Once we found other pieces we started taking the pile apart. We pulled a bit over an ounce of gold off that pile and have since found other piles. The video shows how many targets we were hearing sweeping the Gold Racer over the ground. As mentioned earlier, some of the targets could have been heard by other VLF's but the Gold Racer was ultimately what made us decide to tear into the pile.


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    Chris did have a bit of luck with the Racer one day along a creek where the alluvial gravels had been worked. That piece was 14.8 pennyweight.




    One thing that really impressed me about the Gold Racer was its ability to give a better target response to some nice pieces that were on edge in the bedrock.


    Most of you know that flatter pieces of gold, especially lying flat, will give a better target response than round, marble type gold targets. The Racer showed me no difference in discerning round to flat and I like that.


    The unit is very light and maneuverable and I like that. Anyone who has detected with me knows my favorite saying "what brush?" and "that's not thick". It can be short shafted or long shafted so it works in the brush for me very well.


    As mentioned in an earlier post, I will let Steve do the technical assessment as he is much better at that than I am. I know that the unit is well built and many changes were put into the final product. I will be using it quite a bit.


    A few videos can be seen on TRINITYAU.COM I will have them posted by end of day 11/23/2015




    Take it away Steve...



  6. Gold & Outdoor Festival on August 22 & 23



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    I will be doing a Gold Detecting Seminar each day. I will also be selling my book at the Gold & Outdoor Festival on August 22 & 23.


    This event will be held at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in beautiful Sonora, California and sponsored by the Delta Gold Diggers, GPAA.


    Adults $5 – Children 12 and under FREE, VET'S FREE



    - Hunt for all ages

    - Over $3,000 in buried treasure will be up for grabs

    - Detecting Education & Training provided by Rusty's Gold and Treasure Hunting Supply, an authorized Minelab dealer, and GPAA’s own Kevin Hoagland

    - Prizes! Minelab detectors and equipment (valued at over $4,000)


    TREASURE QUESTING – Sponsored by Minelab

    - Hunt for all ages

    - Non-competitive

    - Hands-on lesson designed to teach newcomers how to metal detect

    - Lots of prizes

    - Participate more than once, if you like



    - Metal detectors – Minelab, Garrett and Tesoro

    - Kicking Donkey – Cascade Recirculator & Black Magic

    - Gold Cube

    - Camel Mining Mountain Goat Trommel

    - Alaska Gold Expedition – (2) two week trips to Nome, Alaska (airfare included). One each day.

    - Much more



    - Dozens of Manufactures and Dealers conducting equipment and product demonstrations.



    - Learn from experienced miners how to pan for real gold.

    - Great fun for “kids” of all ages. Newbies to the elite!



    - Prospecting equipment.

    - Live demonstrations.

    - Jewelry.

    - Arts & Crafts.

    - Activities & Games for ALL!


    PROSPECTING SEMINARS (subject to change)

    - Local Prospecting – Basic Prospecting.

    - Follow the Old Timers – Advanced Prospecting.

    - Geology – Basic Understanding

    - Geology – Advanced

    - Metal Detecting / Electronic Prospecting


    Gold Prospectors Association of America & Lost Dutchman’s Mining Association members mining claims within a 15-30 minute drive of Sonora. Invite your family and friends, stop by our booth and learn how you can find more gold!

    Lots of hotels, RV and tent camping nearby. RV spaces are $30 per RV per night. Tent camping is $20 per tent per night. Showers and bathrooms available. Limited full hookups for RVs.


    Mother Lode Fairgrounds

    220 Southgate Drive

    Sonora, CA 95370





    Saturday 10 am - 6 pm & Sunday 10 am - 4 pm



    Come by and say hello.

  7. Hello all, I got out this morning to try and find a birthday nugget. I had to get up early to make the long ten minute drive to a secret place right next to the highway and then make the long two minute walk into the goldfields. The sun was shining brightly, there was a breeze blowing and I could hear the traffic behind me. After the long trek, I stopped at a likely looking spot right out in the open and turned the old 3000 on. I was using the Sadie coil, it finds gold on its own. I moved three feet to the left of a wet spot and with one sweep of the coil I had a real nice audio response. The signal was very shallow, didn't want to dig deep holes on my birthday anyway, so that was alright. The ground was wet so I made a small scrape with the pick about as big as my hand, getting the grass out of the way. I made another sweep and the target had moved. The target was in the small pile of mud. I reached down and poked my finger around, trying to stay clean, and I saw a flash of yellow. I wiped my hand off and put my glasses on and bent over again to pick up the nugget. It turned out to be a pretty little nugget, my birthday nugget. I dropped the gold into the vial and decided it was time to make the long trip back to the rig. After the brutal two minute walk I got into the Jeep and headed home. The nugget weight is 2.36 grams, for Shep that is 1.53 pennyweight.


    I wish it was this easy every day... Thanks, TRINITYAU/RAYMILLS


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  8. Hello all, I got out today with one of my friends and we went exploring. We were moving up a wide draw that had water running in it and came up on an inside turn where we found evidence that someone had been playing around recently. There was a black plastic gold pan lying near the creek by some cleaned out cracks. We had not found any gold yet so we decided to stop for a bit and see what was in the area. Chris used his small pick and scraped out a few shallow cracks that had moss covering them. He then panned the material out to see several pin point bits of gold. The area was worked all around by the old timers but I am pretty sure the fine gold is what they were recovering. I continued to detect near the water's edge and finally got a soft signal on the bedrock, but It turned out to be a tiny piece of lead.


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    While on my knees and looking at the bedrock in front of me I saw what I thought was a boot track in the bedrock. In the split second that my mind was telling me one thing I was thinking another. This is pretty hard bedrock and there should be no print. Looking again I realized that was looking at fossilized ground. Checking closer I could see lots of prints embedded in the rock. I don't know what many of them are but it sure was neat seeing them like that. After playing around and taking some pictures we decided to move on and see if we could find a piece of gold a bit larger than what was in the pan.


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    As we were going up the public side of the draw I spied a digging up the hill on the private side. We checked out our location on the phone and have it earmarked for a possible trip in the future if we can gain permission from the owner. We were real close, however without permission it was a no go for me.


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    I would appreciate any information that anyone can offer as to what the names are for some of these creatures we found in the rock.




  9. Hello all, I finally got a chance to get out for a day of detecting and met up with a few friends. We had a large area to detect so we all split up and went our own ways. One of the guys told me about a digging that followed the large gully we were hunting on. He mentioned that the digging was up the hill and paralleled the gully.


    I found the area and it was what I had hoped for, a pocket digging. The old timers had opened up a seam of rotten shale that was about fifty yards long, ten feet across and about eight feet deep. I detected the digging itself first and did not get any gold. The guys had told me that they detected some gold out of it earlier. It still looked too good so I went over the berm to the hillside between the digging and the gully. You could see where material had been thrown over and down and I figured that I might get a small scrap somewhere along that zone to at least keep the skunk away.


    As I moved across the face of the hill I came to an area that had more brush and less dig holes. I went into my regular routine and dropped to my knees and started detecting into the brush. About ten feet in I got a really nice mellow signal and scraped the leaves out of the way. The target was still there. I moved the topsoil off my small clearing down to the red and orange clay that was mixed in with the rotten shale. The shale began to get hard and about six inches deeper as I was pulling the soil out of the v-groove when I thought I saw something yellow glint in the late afternoon sun. I reached down and grabbed a hand full of dirt. As I switched the dirt from hand to hand I felt the weight of something as it dropped onto my palm. I pulled my hand out into the sunlight and right away I could see my nugget peeking out of the clay and dirt. Wow, I said to myself, that's a nice one.


    When the nugget was put on the scales it came out to 14.88 pennyweights. After washing the loose dirt off of it I put it on the scales again and it came in at 14.83 pennyweight. I was using the 3000 with the Sadie coil.


    I have been very busy the last month or so getting my book "Detecting for Gold, Adventures, Trips and Tips" off to the printer. I have also been working on my website "TRINITYAU.COM". The book will be available at the end of January. Thanks all, TRINITYAU/RAYMILLS




  10. I thank Chris for allowing me to post this information.



    Hello all, I would like to invite everyone to visit my new website "TRINITYAU.COM". I started this website to advertise and sell my book

    "Detecting for Gold, Adventures,Trips and Tips". The website has turned into quite a bit more and I am looking forward to adding all my weekly trips to the "My Trips..." page. Of course any of my longer trips that carry me off to locations away from the Redding, CA area will also be posted as well.


    I will continue to add new content and pictures that are educational to all as time goes along. If anyone has any ideas as to subject matter that could be added, please let me know. I am open to comments and hope to have a site that will offer information to both the beginner electronic prospector as well as the seasoned gold prospector. There are many subjects that I plan on going into more detail about with a common sense approach.


    I will continue to post on the different forums where I have posted in the past.


    Again, thanks for looking, and leave a comment on the Blog. TRINITYAU/RAYMILLS




  11. Hello all, I got out with Chris today and hunted an area that we have been eyeballing for while. It is a long walk in and a longer walk out. The area is an old hand diggings and there was hardly any trash. I got my larger piece in the first few minutes and the next few came during the rest of the day. I was using my 3000/Sadie. Chris took a few hours to find his first piece, after that he did ok also. Chris was using his GB Pro/Ten inch coil. It was beautiful day with the high around sixty eight degrees. The hunting days are getting short already. Thanks, TRINITYAU/RAYMILLS


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