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  1. I wanted to give an update on the weather here in central Arizona. Yesterday the Prescott area and surrounding region got pounded with probably the biggest rain storm I have seen in the past five years. So much water was dumped that many of the roads here in town were blockaded, and I even heard the waters of Lynx Creek overflowed the dam at Fain Park/Lake. A friend of mine in the Walker area said it looked like a river of chocolate milk that filled the creek from bank to bank! Going off the forecast, it looks like we could see more showers this week...Those flash floods move a ton of dirt, so I am thinking that once those waters receded, there should be some new bedrock exposed and maybe some fresh gold that has not seen the light of day for many, many years. Happy hunting everyone!
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    Back from eastern Canada!

    I really appreciate all the info guys! I really liked how the city had left the old cannons & mortars in place. I was also impressed that no where did I see graffiti on any of them. Only thing better would have been if they left you fire one off into the lake for a small fee
  3. Hi Everyone, My family and I made it back home safe and sound. We had a wonderful time exploring eastern Canada, despite that awful heat wave. Our plan to escape the Arizona summer didn’t pan out quite as expected, and the region set new all-time highs during our visit. It was hot and humid, but we made the best of it and saw lots of amazing places as we passed through Toronto, Montreal and finally Quebec City. This was my first visit and I fell in love with all the historic sites and old “walled” cities. I day dreamed about the coins & relics that must have been hiding just beneath the soil around those old forts built by the French in the late 1600’s. I guess it gives an excuse to go back some day. Here are some really amazing minerals that we spotted in the Royal Ontario Museum. Also, these old cannons were posted around the perimeter of Quebec City. I was familiar with the longer barrel ones, but I had never seen the short, squat ones before. Does anyone know their purpose? I thought perhaps for close range defense, like a shotgun. For those that left messages and emails while I was away, I sure appreciate your patience. Your orders will ship out directly, and you will get replies by tomorrow, if you haven’t already. I hope you all are having a great summer season so far, I hope to have some nuggets to post as soon as it cools off a bit. Happy hunting!
  4. AZO Office Closed June 28th - July 10th, 2018 Hi Everyone, I wanted to let you all know that the AZO office will be closed from June 28th - July 10th. It has been an incredibly hectic year, so my family and I are taking a few days to go explore eastern Canada. I'm excited because it's an area I have never visited before, plus it will be nice to escape this desert heat for a while. I apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. All emails and phone calls will be promptly replied to upon my return. Until then, everyone stay safe out there & happy hunting!
  5. The family and I made it safe & sound to Canada and are having a blast! Mike you're right about this heat wave, its been really, really warm thus far. For us its not so much the heat, but rather the humidity thats getting us. Its a little rough, but we're making the best of it and its been a great excuse (at least for Maddie) to get ice cream 😊 We left Toronto this morning and took the train to Montreal. We will spend a few days here, them its off to Quebec...Here are a few pics that I snapped at the Royal Ontario Musuem. Their collections are wonderful, especially the minerals & fossils! I think I left a little bit of drool on the display cases, lol! Stay cool & safe out there everyone! P.S. That's a solid gold coin weighing 100 kilos!
  6. I forgot to post up this find I made last month. I was working a new spot that actually didn’t look very promising at all. None of the classical indicators were there, no red dirt, no quartz, no nothing really, other than plain gray dirt. However down below this hillside I could see where the old-timers had dug around and stacked a few rocks. I figured they had gotten a sniff of gold, so I decided to swing around for a while. I hit a few boot tacks on the surface, then I heard a low, mellow sound. I dug away about eight inches of dirt until I hit a hard caliche layer. The signal stayed in the hole, so I kept chipping away. It was slow going but eventually I found the source of the noise. It was a solid hunk of caliche that had no obvious signs of gold. I set it down on the ground and smacked it with a rock. The lump cracked open and revealed a beautiful yellow color inside! A few more hits with the rock and finally my prize was free. It ended up being a lovely nugget weighing 2.5 grams. This find was just a good reminder that even if you can’t see visible gold it doesn’t mean it’s not there. If something produces a solid ‘beep’ on the detector, it’s probably worth hanging onto for a closer look later…I was swinging the Minelab GPX 5000 fitted with the Nugget Finder 15” Evolution Coil. Happy hunting everyone!
  7. A customer & friend of mine over in California sent over these photos today. He wanted to show off his most recent find made with his GPX 5000 and new Nugget Finder 14x9” Evolution Coil. He said he measured out the hole as best he could, and it looked to be about 8” deep. Not too shabby of a dig for a nugget of this size…Congratulations to the finder; we sure appreciate you sharing with us. Bring that good luck down with you when you come see me this winter!
  8. I acquired this Scuba Tector in a trade and because I don’t live anywhere near the water, I don’t really need it. The unit is absolutely brand new. It sells for $169.99. I am offering it here on the forum for only $115 + freight. I only have one, so first-come-first-serve. Contact me at 928.777.0267, or info@arizonaoutback.com. Here is some more information: If you want to search both on land and in the water, the Quest XPointer Scuba Tector Metal Detector is likely the machine for you. Included with the Scuba Tector are a micro USB cable for charging the unit, a belt clip lanyard, and two extra rubber bands for the waterproof cap. Features: Lost Alarm LED Flashlight Target Locking Function Ribbed and Ergonomic Body LED / Buzzer / Vibration Alert Lanyard Attachment Loop Cap Li-Poly Battery Built Inside Shell Easy to Use Two Buttons Control For 200 ft (60m) Under Salt Water Operation
  9. I wanted to extend a special thank you to all the fellow dads out there. Raising a child is no easy task. The hours are long and the pay isn’t great, but it is by far the most important job on earth. Without your love, support and guidance the world would be a very different place. So on behalf of myself and all the other humans out there - thank you! Enjoy your day!
  10. Father's Day Contest – Win over $500! In celebration of Father’s Day, we have a great new competition to announce for all the wonderful Dads out there! To support our Minelab fathers, we want to hear about your family experiences detecting. You could win a USD $500 Minelab voucher and backpack filled with Minelab accessories! Customers may enter here: https://www.minelab.com/father-s-day-competition-2018 This competition is open to USA, Canada and UK residents and starts June 12th, 2018 and ends on June 26th, 2018. Terms and conditions apply. Good luck to all!
  11. Great job on your first video! That clear mountain stream looks refreshing, makes me want to pack up and escape AZ for the summer! Keep up the good work.
  12. Hi All, I just got in a small batch of a brand new book that is all about the Equinox. The title of the book is “The Minelab EQUINOX Series – From Beginner to Advanced.” It was written by Mr. Clynick who is a well-known detectorist that has authored 20 different how-to detector manuals over the years. The book is soft bound and over 100 pages. The price is $16.95. I don’t yet have them listed on the AZO website, but they are in stock. If you own one of the Equinox, or are thinking of buying, this book should be a must for your library. Please email me at info@arizonaoutback.com, or call me at 928.7770.0267 if you’d like to order one of my remaining copies – thanks!
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    Relics with the CTX and Nox

    Hey Dean, It's always a blast getting out in the hills with you. The spoon I found was stamped PMSS Co., which appears to stand for the Pacific Mail SteamShip Company. It was founded in 1848 and operated some of the earliest steamships in California. I'm guessing this person may have been a passenger and decided to keep a souvenir. I don't know if there's any value, but it's a neat piece for the display case. Looking forward to getting out there with you again soon!
  14. Memorial Day is a time to honor, reflect, and remember those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice for the country. We thank those brave men and women who gave their lives while serving in the US armed forces – we will never forget you… Interesting Fact: Memorial Day and its traditions may have ancient roots. While the first commemorative Memorial Day events weren’t held in the United States until the late 19th century, the practice of honoring those who have fallen in battle dates back thousands of years. The ancient Greeks and Romans held annual days of remembrance for loved ones (including soldiers) each year, festooning their graves with flowers and holding public festivals and feasts in their honor. In Athens, public funerals for fallen soldiers were held after each battle, with the remains of the dead on display for public mourning before a funeral procession took them to their internment in the Kerameikos, one of the city’s most prestigious cemeteries. One of the first known public tributes to war dead was in 431 B.C., when the Athenian general and statesman Pericles delivered a funeral oration praising the sacrifice and valor of those killed in the Peloponnesian War—a speech that some have compared in tone to Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
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    Chris Gholson

    Hey Ben, I really appreciate that. I'm glad I was able to help out and move the gear for you. Thank you again for your friendship and business over the years, you made my day with this post
  16. Hi Everyone, Here’s a fun new competition that’s super easy to enter. Simply tell us in 30 words or less: What got you into metal detecting? Submit your answer and contact information and you could be the lucky winner of one MINELAB X-TERRA 505 and a backpack filled with accessories! This competition ends on the 25th of April, 2018. Click here to Enter
  17. I agree 100%, you're a great writer! Thanks for sharing your finds with us and the good info.
  18. I wanted to say thank you again to Acorn Montessori Schools here in Arizona for inviting me over yesterday to speak with their students about metal detecting and gold prospecting. The kids were an absolute pleasure and I really enjoyed the excitement in their eyes when they got to handle real gold nuggets. I was about their age when I first got exposed, so I am hoping this was just the first step in their journey to becoming future detectorists! Thank you again everyone – I’ll see you and your families out in the goldfields!
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    Equinox Relic Hunt

    Great stuff Dean! I love all the ornate trinkets that those older properties have. The token is very cool. I'm wondering if those numbers represent an address, or perhaps some sort of serial number.
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    WSPA??

    Hi Ron, I believe they had an outing not too long ago. As Dean mentioned, Chris P. is a good contact, or I know there are several members from Nevada that frequent the forum, maybe they can add to the thread.
  21. Hi All, if you happen to be around the Radersburg, Montana area (SE of Helena) this weekend, be sure to check out the 15th Annual Rick Radke Memorial Metal Detector Hunt. It is hosted by the Headwaters GPAA Chapter who are really a great group of folks. The outing should be a lot of fun and a good chance to win some prizes. For those that didn’t know Rick, he was a well-known prospector and shop owner in Helena for many years. His passing was totally unexpected and a shock for us all. The photo below is of us detecting outside Helena and was the last time I got to see him alive. He was way too young, and is truly missed. Thank you Headwaters for honoring his memory with this hunt!
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    Chris Gohlson

    Hi Frank, no I never got the messages, but I'm sure I have covers for both those coils. Give me a buzz this week and I'll let you know what options I have in stock. Best way to reach me is 928.777.0267 or: info@arizonaoutback.com.
  23. Yes, fortunately the spam is slowing fading away. I would agree that most of those users registered some time ago and only managed to sneak through when the new upgrade took effect. I've been banning and deleting them like crazy, so with any luck they will be a thing of the past by the end of the month. Thanks again to everyone for your help and support.
  24. A customer of mine over in California just sent me these photos of an incredible discovery he just made using the new Minelab Equinox 800. According to him, he was working a heavy trashed site. He said the place was covered with iron, tin, and just about everything else imaginable. Despite the junk, the machine locked onto a nice high tone and when he dug down, out comes this beautiful black powder flask from the early 1800’s! What’s even more amazing is that this was only the second time he had ever swung the detector! This great find Alan; I really thank you for sharing it. Hopefully there are still more treasures waiting for you beneath that junk, keep up the good work my friend!...The first photo shows it right out of the ground, and the second is after a cleaning and being straightened out.
  25. Hi Everyone, All this spam has me pulling out my hair. Ever since the upgrade we have seen a whole lot more of it. I am trying to figure this out, but to be honest, I'm a whole lot better with a detector than I am a computer! I have messed with some of the filters, so hopefully that will slow things down. I do apologize for the hassle. Hang in there, I can see some light at the end of the spam tunnel...
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