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  1. Hi David, Trying to give you the exact number of ounces I find a year is difficult, as there are many variables involved. Some years are really good, and you can hit upon a new patch early in the season and snag a quick 10-15 ounces. Other times it can be rather poor, and you spend months looking over new ground for next to nothing. I spend a big majority of the winter season working in Arizona and southern California, then when the temp hits 100 F, my father and I shove off for Western Australia. If the goldfields weren't as kind to us here in USA as we would have liked, we can usually make up for the difference by spending a few months out bush. Generally speaking, if I spent around 3 days a week detecting, an average season in AZ and CA would produce anywhere from 10-25 ounces. Keeping in mind that in the southwest we only get approx. 6 months of really good hunting weather, from then on it's much too hot. The best my father and I have ever done in Australia was a hair over 2 pounds for a 6 week trip. Prescott is a beautiful place to both live and detect. If you move up there I'm sure you will have no trouble finding yourself a bit of Bradshaw gold Here is a photo of some of the gold I have found within the last 2-3 years with a detector. The nugget in the center of the scale weighs approx. 4.5 ounces. A big chunk of these nuggets were found with the GP. Chris Gholson
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    Selling Gold

    Hi Everyone, Here is another picture of the custom jewelry Jonathan makes from the nuggets he finds. Everything is done by hand at his home in Quensland, or in between detecting while out bush. He does beautiful work, actually I own a few of his pieces myself. If anyone is interested, I will be recieving a parcel within the next 2-3 weeks.
  3. Stan, That's some nice looking gold, I'd say you are doing well. Especially out of the San Domingo, that can be a challenging area for anyone. Well done, thanks for sharing your finds!!! Chris
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    Finally Leaving.

    Jonathan, I can tell you one thing for sure; you are going to be sorely missed around here I'm sure everyone will want to keep updated on your adventures through the Outback and any new gold discoveries, so I will do my very best to keep everyone up to speed. I plan on posting a map on the forum from time to time showing your current location in Australia and the direction in which you are heading. I will also share any correspondence that you are unable to post yourself from the bush. Maybe we'll call it AZO's "Tracking Jonathan Porter" program When the Arizona desert hits about 120 F and I am stuck beneath an air conditioner I'll be thinking of you in that beautiful weather with your pockets laden full of nuggets - humm, wonder how quickly I could book a ticket Have a safe and profitable trip; we will be eagerly awaiting your return... Your mate, Chris
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  6. Fred, Thanks a million for the wonderful comments, glad to hear you are enjoying and learning from the posts on this forum. This type of feedback means a lot to us Here is the winning "I Want that Damn Specie" entry submitted by Peter Smith of Australia. You can view the other entries, including Michael's, by clicking on page (1), then scroll down to about mid way on the page. "Hi Jonathan and folks, Well where the heck do I start? Enhance mode gives the GP user versatility plus. I mainly use DD coils on fairly moderate-noisy ground types which would be 80% plus of the ground I hunt. Using the GP coupled with my 19" all terrain DD I have been able to do away with half of my coil collection. I have found that the 19"dd in Enhance and Sensitive mode will blow away the standard 11"dd and 14"dd on small gold. In all but the very hottest ground it remains super stable! Time after time I could hit old patches with this combo and get 10g plus of small pieces for only an hour or 2's easy work. Using the same coil in variable but deeper ground I prefer the Normal settings for deep punching. The only reason I need switch to a small coil these days is when the vegetation is dense. Also when searching new ground with this combo I quite often use Enhance setting as the broader more distinct (mono like) signal enables me to sweep the coil nice and quick. The ability to cover ground fast together with the smoother threshold of the Enhance setting makes for far less mental faitigue on those long lonely walks! Enhance really flattens out the threshold which is one good reason you should try it with true mono coils as well. Now for a real good tip I found with Enhance, ps. don't tell anyone Using the 19" and 24"dd as I do in most cases, I am quite often stopping and checking small faint murmers in the threshold, especially in some ground types. I have been able to greatly reduce the amount of "scratching" I do on these faint noises by switching to Enhance. I am not saying it is 100% accurate in all ground types, but I tell you it has never failed me yet, as I have checked the results time after time. When getting a faint noise with the bigger DD's I then switch to Enhance. Rebalance the coil next to the noise but not over it. The swing accross the noise. Still there? All is good. Now balance the coil (still in Enhance) right over the noise. You will find the noise to the left side of the coil to a degree, depending on its depth if it is a nugget. Notice another thing at this stage. Ground balancing in Enhance is super accurate and easy. Once you have "balanced" onto the noise and fixed the ground balance, sweep back over the noise. If it dissappears altogether I have found in my testing it will be either a hot rock or a ground noise. Still there? Dig it! I have never been able to balance out a metal target using this method. You can also apply this method with the coil in Normal mode, however I found that I was able to get a better more accurate "balance" on the noise using Enhance mode. Also make sure when switching between all these modes with the GP that you remember to rebalance. In most cases the GP is pretty forgiving and you can easily overlook it but get into some bad ground and it will soon remind you! All the best out there, Peter." by Peter Smith
  7. Hi Stan, As for the GP's discrimination ability, I would agree with Jonathan. It really only works for larger-sized ferrous objects like cans, big chunks of scrap metal, rusty nails, etc. In Disc mode, as the coil approaches the target there is a quick rise in pitch, then as it passes directly over the object the threshold seems to drop out causing a "blanking" in sound, finally as the coil moves away from the target you get another quick rise and then it returns to the normal "thresh" tone. Not too bad for the larger rubbish, unfortunately it is of little use for the smaller junk like boot tacks and old dry-washer staples that seem to plague the AZ goldfields. And as JP pointed out, it can only be used effectively with the DD coils. Personally, about 99% of my hunting is done with the monoloop coils. I have only found a handful of spots here in AZ that are really suited for a DD, and even then, they can still usually be negotiated by a mono if the operator is patient and doesn't mind putting up with a bit more racket. I am using AZ as an example, but try using a mono in parts of Western Australia, Queensland and Victoria and you could easily go out of your mind, so the DD coils most definitely have there place. My GP Extreme is almost rusted in the All Metal position. I like to use my "mental discriminator" as opposed to the one on the machine. It seems to me that an experienced hunter can usually determine more accurately if a target is going to be trash by its' volume, tone, and location. For instance, if the signal of a target breaks up or "double-hits" as the coil is passed over, it is almost always rubbish, usually wire or a nail. On the other hand, if the signal is steady, solid and gives off the same sound in both directions of the coil sweep, it is usally gold or lead. Keep in mind there are always exceptions, this is just a general rule of thumb. The only time I will use the discriminator is on known gold-bearing soil that is trashed beyond belief. In this case it is better to run the ground in Disc than not at all. The GP is an incredible gold machine, but I believe it is even more incredible when ran in the All Metal mode Chris
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    Bradshaw Mountain Gold

    Stan, Sounds good - email me the cell number and maybe we can get out to the hills before this ol' desert starts heating up too much. Here's a picture taken near Bob's Find. No GPS coordinates I'm afraid, but if you are familiar with the Bradshaws you can probably figure it out.
  9. Hi All, For some reason or another the "gold bug" has really got into my blood and I can't seem to shake it. These past few days it is all I have been thinking about. I have plenty of work to do around here at the office, but I find myself absolutely powerless against the relentless calling of those shiny, yellow nuggets. Monday morning found me starring at the computer screen daydreaming of the backcountry. I could visualize myself walking through the desert, hearing the sounds of the birds, the rustling of the breeze through Palo Verde branches, and the gentle trickling of a distant stream. I was just about to hike up a juicy looking gully when something broke the silence - the ringing of my phone. It was my good friend Montana Bob Dansie. He had just returned from a 4-day outing at the Gold Basin placers and was rearing for more – this guy’s level of energy is amazing. “You want to go out to the Bradshaw’s?” he asked. This was the excuse I had been waiting for, “You bet, see you shortly!” We met near the town of Black Canyon City, chatted for a moment about his recent trip, then departed for the goldfields. The area we targeted wasn’t extremely remote, but was far enough off the beaten path to escape the attention of the masses. The schist bedrock protruding from the bottoms of the gullies looked promising and we wasted no time getting started. The first one we ran was a dud; not a speck of gold in it, so we moved on. I started up another much smaller gully, but was disappointed to find it littered with bullets. By now I was out of water on my way back to the vehicle for refueling when I heard Bob holler out, “I got a couple over here!” Crossing over the top of the ridge I spotted him in a nasty catclaw-filled gully, you know the kind that will rip the clothes right off your back. Bob was grinning, “I snagged a couple right here, all around a gram. There’s got to be more.” I jumped in up above him and quickly nailed a few smaller bits, Bob continued down the gully banging out nuggets along its’ entire length. The narrow little piddler (which I’m calling Bob’s Find) didn’t yield anything really large, but we had ourselves one hell of a time! Chris Below is a photo of the nuggets we took from Bob’s Find. The bigger ones in the center were all hit by Montana.
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    Broke the Record

    Jonathan, You're spoiling me mate! I am going to be ready for some serious OZ trivia questions when you come over to the states next winter By the way, is that picture on the front cover of Queensland? Chris
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    Broke the Record

    Jonathan, Nice work - that is a lovely specie you got there, seems like it was a good day for detecting in both hemispheres! I am sure Steve will be able to whip you up something based on your calculations. He has spent the last year or two experimenting and analyzing every angle of specific gravity and its' application in determining the gold content in both quartz/gold & ironstone/gold specimens. Actually, he will be publishing a book on the subject sometime next year... Chris
  12. What's this? Could it be? No way. Wait a minute, yes it is. A little younger maybe, but definitely him! Hey Jonathan, Was just sitting here thumbing through my back issues of Australian Gold, Gem & Treasure magazine when I came across a copy of the July 1994 issue. Something about it caught my attention. The guy on the front cover looked familar, but I couldn't quite place the face. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks - that's Jonathan! Pretty cool... Unfortunately the 9 year old had seen a lot of action in the field, so most of the pages inside were torn out and I wasn't able to read your article in it's entirety. Do you happen to have a copy of it handy? I thought some of the guys on the forum might get a kick outta seeing you in your younger gold hunting years! Chris
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    We Have A Winner

    Peter & Michael, Congrats to the both of you for your winning "I Want that Damn Specie" entries, and a big thanks to Jonathan Porter for his very generous donation. Enjoy your new golden prizes! By the way Mike, I have given Bob Dansie your new snakes chaps for your upcoming trip to AZ. I think you made a very wise investment. I was out in the hills today, this warmer weather has all the desert critters stirring. As a matter of fact, Joe told me he crossed paths with a 3-4' Diamondback just the other day. I wear mine year round, not so much for the snakes, but for protection against the cactus. Nothing worse than trying to detect with a legful of Cholla - ouchh! Maybe I'll bump into you guys on the goldfields Chris
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    Today's finds

    Cactus, Nice looking nuggets - I'd definitely say you covered the cost of gas. Even at only $13/ gram that's about $65 bucks in your pocket. Not bad for a few hours worth of work! Good shooting... Chris
  15. Gang, With all the pictures of Australia floating around on the forum I thought it might be nice to see something a little closer to home. A few weeks back, Bob Dansie and I heard the call of the gold bug and couldn't resist. We loaded up the camper and high tailed it to one of my favorite goldfields; the Bradshaw Mountains. If you've never had the pleasure of detecting there, make sure you pay this range a visit before summer sets in. In my opinion, it is some of the most spectacular country in AZ. Towering peaks, winding bedrock filled gullies, colorful wildflowers and magestic saguaro cactus - absolutely gorgeous! Unlike places like Rich Hill, it's not known for really large gold, but there has been thousands upon thousands of smaller sized nuggets picked up here over the years. The Bradshaw's are a fun, and almost always a rewarding place to hunt. Here's a few pics from our trip (I am going to try and post 2 in a single message - hope it works!) Chris
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    Arizona's Central Goldfields

    Oops... I guess we can only post 1 picture per message. Here is the other one with Bob Dansie and the gold we found with our GP Extremes.
  17. Hi Gang, Just trying out the new picture posting capabilities of the AZO Forum, hope this works! Coming back from a long day of detecting outside of Meekatharra, Western Australia. (Left - Right: Steve G., Ardie J., Erik M., Chris G., Charlie C., Bob)
  18. JP, I almost just split my gut with laughter! Alyssa was looking at the picture of Frieda's nugget with absolute amazement. "What's up?" I asked her. She turned to me and said as serious as a heart attack, "I can't believe she found that nugget at McDonald's, do you think someone dropped it in the parking lot?" I almost fell out of my chair! I explained to her that you probably meant McDonald's Flat, not the fast food chain. What a riot! Who would have thought detecting the drive thru lane could be so lucrative Chris
  19. Hi Guys, I was just going through all my boxes of photos when I stumbbled across this little hummer. It was taken during the 1998 season when my father and I were working about 2 hours outside of Leonora, Western Australia. We were new to that part of the country and really had no clue what to expect. An ironstone covered flat caught my attention and I figured it was as good a place as any. I had heard about OZ's big deep nuggets, so I was really concentrating hard on listening for those faint whispers. Then whamoo, I hit this ripper of a signal that nearly blew off the headphones! I jumped back and glanced down expecting full well to see a big rusty can. No can, but a beautiful lump of yellow gold staring me in the face! I couldn't believe it, I didn't even dig it out until I ran back to the Troopie to grab the camera. After snapping off a few frames I reluctantly pried it from the soil. She tipped the scales at just a bit over a half ounce! Chris
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    Golden Surface Surprises!

    Hi Jim, When the new AZO banner went up it deleted the reistration area. This is only temporary, and we should have this restored sometime next week. In the meantime, you can still register yourself by following these steps: 1) Go to the opening AZO forum page, 2) Look towards the right in the middle of the screen where it says Quick Log In . Do you see all those little black dots? Delete them, then click Go, 3) Look under Useful Links and click "Register a new account", 4) Fill out the form, then hit Submit my registration. This should get you going, if not, let me know. Been out doing any detecting lately? Chris G.
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    Golden Surface Surprises!

    Hi Bob, The little bits of gold you see sticking out of the dirt on the right hand side are all part of the nugget. Finding nuggets right on top of the surface like this is rare, but it happens often enough to have its' own term called "specking". I did not actually speck this nugget because I hit it with a detector first, but there are still people in Western Australia (mostly Aboriginal women) that find a decent amount of gold each year using only their eyes. Imagine the level of patience that must be involved! Chris G.
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    Guess where this is!

    Jonathan, Tricky one, heh. Tiny rolling hills & spinifex, sure looks like the Pilbara, WA to me. My best guess is somewhere around Marble Bar That's quite a hole Mad Dog has got there. Speaking of holes, most of the deep targets I have dug over there have almost always turned out to be specimens. Have you ever noticed this? Any thoughts on why this happens? Chris G.
  23. Jonathan, Allright, you have already guessed the location of one of the WA pictures I've posted let's see if you can get this one! Feeling lucky? I believe I snapped the photo sometime back in 2000. I took about 55 nuggets from a little slope to the right, Mad Dog came back a week or two later and snagged a couple more with the 18" mono. Any guesses? Chris
  24. Jonathan, WOW! - isn't that pretty! The one in the center is a real beauty, almost looks as if the indentations from the quartz crystals are still visible. That's the kind of stuff that makes all those hours of walking well worth it. Okay, here's a clue about the picture. This gold-bearing area was named after a sedimentary rock, I betcha got it now Chris
  25. Jonathan, That's almost scary - you are way too good! You must have been a tracker in a former life. Remind me not to post any pictures of the really secret spots Chris