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  1. Chris Gholson

    A Quick Trip Through Nevada

    The next day I added another 6 grams, with a nice 4 grammer. Nice gold, but still not what I was hoping for. I woke up on Memorial Day to another flat tire. At least this one was repairable. There I was in the middle of nowhere with no spare. With only one day left, I put all my faith into a can of Fix-A-Flat, packed up and headed to a spot where I had found a lonely ¼ ouncer back in 1992. The ground was so salty and noisy that it was a real nightmare to detect, even with the SDs. Imagine my surprise when I turned on the GP and found that I could put the 14” coil right on the ground with no problem. Got a 1-gram and a smaller piece right away. I walked a few hundred feet with no more beeps, and then the detector went nuts. This had to be a horseshoe, but even so I had to dig it because I hadn’t found any trash in the area. After digging down a whopping 1 inch something caught my eye. It was a golden, clay-covered beauty that weighed 5.4 ounces! That is exactly what I had been looking for. I spent another hour there to make sure I wasn’t leaving any big brothers or sisters, and headed for the nearest tire shop and then back to Prescott through the awful heat. It was a good trip and I can’t wait to return next fall. ” - Bob Dansie
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    Dollars for inches

    Hi Paratrooper, You bring up an interesting point. Trying to decide which metal detector to purchase can be one of the most difficult decisions a prospector can make (especially when large amounts of cash are involved). I have used a number of VLF detectors over the years, but I am nowhere near as versed in their history or operation as others on this forum (Jim Straight’s name comes to mind immediately). However, I am familiar with Minelab Electronics, their evolution and the impact their products have had on the goldfields starting in the mid 1990s. When Minelab released the original SD 2000 sometime back in 1995 it really shook the industry and triggered the second great detector rush. The PI technology enabled the machine to ignore a vast majority of the iron-bearing minerals that cause soils to become “noisy”, and it gave a considerable depth advantage over the previous VLFs. The 2000’s lead to the discovery of 1000’s of ounces, but as good as they were, they were not especially receptive on small gold. The SD 2100, which was released a year or so later, took care of this. The 2100 had heightened sensitivity and the goldfields yielded another huge crop of nuggets – most of it being small bits. Time passed and eventually a new machine was unveiled, the SD 2200D.This detector boasted automatic ground balancing and a discriminator. Again there was another spike in gold production, a big percentage of it being large nuggets at depth. The “punching” power of the 2200 was clear but once again, something had to give, and the sensitivity on small targets was slightly diminished. Then the GP Extreme with its’ DVT arrived on the scene. The amount of gold found was not as dramatic as the 2000 and 2100 days, but at last it appeared as if Minelab were able to bridge the gap between sensitivity and depth, producing a well-rounded machine good for deep lumps and for squeaking out the “bread & butter” sub-grammers. I am an avid Minelab user (if you couldn’t already tell ), but I’m not about to dismiss the capabilities of the Fisher Gold Bug (or any other VLF for that matter). The ol’ Bugs have found a ton of gold over the years both in Australia and the US. Just ask Bob Dansie or Alaskan Tom Barton and they will talk to you for hours about the many thousands of nuggets they have picked up with their Fishers. On exposed bedrock or in quiet ground, an experienced VLF operator will leave little behind for the PI guys. The Gold Bug is still, just as it was over 10 years ago, an excellent machine for chasing gold. However, it is when we start moving off into deeper ground or heavily mineralized soils when the differences between a VLF and PI become undeniably apparent. The ability to work in nasty soil, depth penetration beyond the 18” mark, elimination of continuous balancing and countless hot rocks are major perks of the PI that a perspective buyer should take into consideration. Is a PI better than a VLF? Is the SD2200D better than the GP Extreme? Is the GP3000 going to be better than the GP Extreme? I wish there was an obvious clear-cut answer. We must ask ourselves, “What is better?” Detector A may perform “better” than Detector B in one area, yet we drive 200 miles down the track and detector A may flounder in comparison to detector B. All machines have their advantages and disadvantages, be it a Gold Bug or an SD2200. The real trick is in knowing which one is best suited for your needs and your pocketbook. What the next few months have in store for the GP3000 is anyone’s guess, but one thing I do know for sure is that the times will change, as will the technology used in our metal detectors. Yes, Minelab can be frustrating, and I will be the first to admit that I don’t always understand or agree with the timing of their product releases and some of their marketing strategies. Spending a few grand on a machine only to have a newer model released a few months later is always tough to swallow. As upsetting as this may be, it must be kept in mind that products must always continue to improve or a company cannot grow. No one can jump out there and make the “best” product right from the start. If this were the case Henry Ford would have never messed around with the Model T, but rather jumped straight into production on the turbo diesel F-250. A year from now the GP3000 will be replaced, a year later that unit will be discontinued, and so on. It is product evolution and without it our industry runs the risk of becoming static. It’s funny, but 25 years down the road people will look back and wonder how in the world we ever found anything at all with the machines we are using today. So, do you spring for a big Minelab over a VLF? Or, do you sell off the trustee 2200 or GP Extreme for the new 3000? Tough call. Take time to do your research. Look around on the Internet, read the magazines, consider your budget, but most of all talk with other detectorists. When the time comes, just go for it! Sure it is somewhat of a gamble, but then again I think most of us gold seekers are gamblers at heart anyway. While writing this post I was reminded of a joke I heard in Australia. A guy calls up a gambling hotline from a telephone booth. A voice answers – “Hello”. “Is this Gambler’s Anonymous?” he asks. The voice replies, “I can’t give out that kind of information over the phone.” Then how in the hell do I know if this is the right number? The voice replies, “Well my friend, that’s just a chance you’re gonna have to take….” Thanks for the great post Paratrooper! Chris
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    They're here....

    My UPS deliveryman and I have a real love-hate relationship. We get along great and are always joking around, but he dreads the stop at Arizona Outback. Today when he pulled up with the new GPs I asked if it was hot enough for him. He just glanced up with sweat pouring off his face and I broke out laughing. He mumbled, “You can’t order anything small like normal people, its always got to be these damn jumbo sized boxes that weigh a hundred pounds!” He’s a good sport, and I guess I can’t blame him – it hit nearly 109 degrees today in Phoenix!
  4. Stan the Man detecting across a ridge (San Domingo, AZ)
  5. Hey Leigh, Just got home a few hours ago from Prescott, the weather up there was gorgeous - the traffic coming home on the I-17 was a differnt story. Once out of Prescott Valley were were cruising, but by the time we hit New River the ol' blacktop was at a standstill! There was a tiny accident a few miles ahead and everyone had to stop and look, this caused a chain reaction backing traffic up for miles. What a pain! <_< It was good seeing you and Stan again at LSD, sorry the visit couldn't have been longer. Did you manage to pull out any of the good stuff? Give me a call sometime this week, I should be around until Friday. Talk you soon.. Leigh working amongst the Cholla
  6. Hi Everyone, From all the emails I have received in the past few weeks, I know there are a bunch of prospectors out there just waiting to get hold of the new GP 3000. I have some good news. Minelab just rang to inform me that my shipment of machines would be leaving today! Even with the Memorial Day holiday, I am hopeful that the new detectors will be in my hands and available by Tuesday or Wednesday. YEEHAWW – the summer rush to the goldfields is on! If anyone is interested in securing themselves a unit, or have questions regarding this new detector, please feel free to contact me by phone or email. P.S. Hey Bill, are you ready???
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    Rattlesnake Canyon

    Van, Glad to see you got them to come through - great pictures! After talking to you so much over the phone, it is finally nice to be able to put a face to the voice. Thanks again for sharing... Chris
  8. Hi Stan, What time are heading out to LSD? If you will be there before nightfall, Alyssa and I may swing by on our way up to Prescott. We are going the back way through Wickenburg and up Yarnell, I have a feeling that the I-17 northbound is going to be an absolute nightmare this weekend! There are a billion & a half gnats out there just waiting to fly up your nostrils, in your ears, mouth and any other opening they can find. Earlier this week I wore my $1 mosquitoe net while detecting and it worked well. I'm not a big fan of bug repellant - never know what kind of stuff is seeping into your skin Best of luck with the trip, hope you snag a nice one! Chris
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    Attaching Photos

    Hi Van, Congrats on the new Rattlesnake Nuglet (I like that! ), we will have to plan something next season. Posting Pictures: Once you have the image on your computer, left click on it and select Properties to check its' size. If the image is larger than 100 KBs you will probably need to resize it using some sort of photo editing program (many now come included with digital cameras). Resizing will keep the image from taking up the entire screen and really speed up load time. Once that is done, go to the AZO forum and Log-In. You then select either New Topic or Add Reply. Enter your text in the message box, then scroll down towards the bottom of the page. You will see something that says File Attachments with a little button reading Browse. Click Browse. This will allow you to select the location on your computer from which you want to retrieve the photo (i.e., Desktop, File, etc.). Once you locate the picture click Open. You should then return to the forum and see some text written in the box next to the browse button. Now you are ready to Post Topic or Add Reply, and the image will be included in your post. Super easy once you do it a couple of times! Keep in mind that if you Preview Post after attaching an image it will not be shown in the preview screen, but it is still there. Good luck, can't wait to see some photos from the trip! Chris
  10. Hi All, The mercury may be rising here in the southwest (nearly 104 degrees today! ), but that doesn’t stop some of the “die-hard” prospectors from getting out there and beating those hills with a detector. Arizona nugget hunter Jay A. shows that despite the summer heat, rattlesnakes and swarms of unbelievably annoying gnats, he’s not about to call it quits just yet. Even with a 40-pound kid strapped to his back, Jay still manages to pull out a nugget or two each trip to the goldfields. Here’s a peek at some of the San Domingo goodies he has picked up within the last week with his Minelab. Way to go!!! Two nice nuggets found within the vicinity of San Domingo Wash, Arizona
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    Detecting in me Undies

    Hi Southside, Your "Detecting in me Undies" story and Bob's post about his girlfriend hunting in the nude made me think of a picture I had seen in one of D. Stone's books. The woman shown below worked in a hotel in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. On her time off she would go out detecting; apparently with good success. The caption says that at the time the photo was taken she had already found over 60 ounces - the biggest of which weighed 3 ounces! How come when we are down there detecting for 8 weeks in the bush all we ever see is a bunch of emu and kangaroos!!!
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    Summertime Gold

    Dry-blowing patch at San Domingo, AZ
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    Summertime Gold

    Jay and his son Jason on the move...
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    Gold Nugget Pendant Give-Away

    Hi Glen, Last time I spoke with the publisher in Australia they had a website in the works, but I don't think it is completed yet. I will inquire about it next time I talk with them. I have some information about the magazine listed on arizonaoutback.com. Scroll to the bottom of the homepage and click on the GG&T logo. I passed through Kotzebue about 7 years ago on the way to Nome. Boy, you guys grow some big mosquitoes up that way! I dropped about 10 pounds that trip, I would guess half of that was blood loss! Let me know if you have any other questions about the magazine...
  15. Hi Everyone, For those interested in the Australian Gold, Gem & Treasure Magazine, we just finished getting the pages built and uploaded to the website yesterday. A one-year (12 issue) subscription can now be purchased directly from the AZO site by scrolling towards the bottom of the homepage, or by entering into the Products area. I still have a number of the May 2003 issues available featuring Jonathan Porter’s newest article. Also, as JP mentioned a day or so back, the first 200 subscribers will automatically be entered into our Great GG&T Give-Away Contest. The lucky winner will take home a gorgeous, hand crafted gold nugget pendant created by Jonathan himself. Total weight of the piece is 2.7 grams. Good luck to all!!!
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    Gold Gem & Treasure

    Hi Brent, Glad to hear it arrived so quickly. I try to ship the same day, or at least the following day when an order is placed. If a guy is into detecting and seeing big lumps of gold, GG&T is a tough act to beat. I used to stuff my backpack to the brim with issues each time we went to Australia, just because it was virtually impossible to get in the states. I am expecting the next shipment of issues to arrive sometime around the second week of June... Chris
  17. Stan, No kidding! Last time I went through Apache Junction on my way to Globe I was absolutely amazed at the amount of growth. New developments and shopping complexes are springing out of the ground everywhere. The desert seems to be getting sucked up every day By the way, when are you heading out to the Bradshaws? I'm going up towards Prescott this weekend to meet with the contractor. If there is enough time I'll try to swing by your camp... Chris
  18. Hey Jim, Great hearing you enjoyed the article, sounds like you & Gloria are happier than ever with the new addition to the family. So many children grow up without ever knowing their grandparents, what a blessing that you two are able to spend so much time together. I have been doing some late spring cleaning around here, going through countless notebooks and flipping through the mounting piles of photo albums. I came across a picture of you. It appears that the machine you are using is an early model Minelab (15000, or 16000?) possibly somewhere in Nevada. Also looks like you just pulled out a nice slug. Do you happen to remember which type of machine this was?
  19. Hi Bob, Your post is so very true, it is amazing how much the experiences we have as a child can influence the person we grow up to be. Not only the way we interact with others and our outlook on life, but our interests - the types of things we enjoy doing most. I always loved the buried treasure stories as a kid, but I'm not so sure I would have gotten involved with gold prospecting had it not been for my grandfather. I remember him taking me along on many of his excursions into the central deserts of Arizona to hunt for gold and the occasional Indian relic. We never found much, but looking back on it now, the time I got to spend with him is far more valuable to me than any amount of gold. He was a self-taught gold prospector, that moved the family out west in hopes of making a decent living on the goldfields. He managed to find some gold, but his real passion was the legend of the Lost Dutchman's Mine. He made trip after trip into those Superstition Mtns. looking for clues, and although he never struck it rich, it never stopped him from trying to find the motherlode. He passed away and many years went by before the thought of prospecting even crossed my mind. Then one day something clicked, as you said "the seeds of interest had been sown" and I returned to prospecting. Heck, now it is about all I think about, even my dreams are spent out walking the hills! Gold Fever - what a wonderful disease!!! P.S. I'd enjoy hearing more about those specimens from the Camp Bird...
  20. Hi Mike, The picture of the guy standing next to the trailer was sent to me by a friend that works with heavy machinery. He was in the process of loading a backhoe when the pic was snapped. It had been raining hard that day and everything was turned into a big muddy pool. As he was driving the tractor onto the trailer something went wrong and the whole thing slid off the side tipping it straight over! What a scary ride! Luckily he was not hurt, but he said it was a major pain in the rear getting the thing flipped back over. I'm looking forward to GP 4000 - Episode 2 (Blondes on the Goldfields)
  21. Hi Mike, Well, I got good news and I got bad news. First the good news. After months of anticipation my new batch of GP 4000's finally arrived today. Now for the bad. They still retain all the great features you mentioned before, including the standard 96" search coil, only problem is the control box. Apparently some wires got crossed along the way and I was accidentially shipped the upgraded Industrial Size versions. They look great, have a 2-car garage and can sleep a family of four. Actually, not bad once you get used to them, but don't plan on putting in any big days without a bungee. You crack me up - loved the post! With everything going on the last few days I haven't been able to get near a computer. Tonight things slowed down and I finally got to read it through, what a riot! Where do I sign up? Hell, right now I'd settle for the climate control feature alone. Thanks for taking the time to put together a few laughs for us. I'm dropping you a complimenatry copy of Australian G,G,&T magazine in the mail for the creativity. Keep em' coming! Retail Price: $24,000.00 (bungee included)
  22. Hi Gang, Thanks a million for the Happy Birthday wishes. Had a great time yesterday celebrating with the family. No GP 3000's to open I'm afraid (those come next week), but I did get some clothes and plenty of stuff for the office. We were going through some old photo albums last night and I came across this. This picture was taken in 1977. The bald headed kid is me at 3 months old, the guy holding me is my Dad. He is going to love me for this one - check out that shirt and hair! Guess I shouldn't make fun, my head will probably be bald again in another few years!!! Thanks again....
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    The Rear Control Panel
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    So many combinations to choose from, and so little time! Thanks for taking the time to work out the math. I thought the following pictures of the GP's control panels would help when looking over the calaculations.
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    Rattlesnake Canyon

    Hi Van, If R. Canyon was a little closer, I'm sure Bob and I would have loaded up the gear and met you for a day of detecting. With triple digit days creeping up on us in AZ, some of that beautiful CA weather would be a welcome change right about now. Best of luck Chris