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  1. Lightly used Minelab GPX4000. Purchased new by myself and treated with care during the few times I used it. This machine works like a charm and it still finds the gold! Comes complete with everything you see in the photos: the unit itself, battery and vest, after-market power cable, both the a/c and d/c chargers, Koss headphones, 3 extra coils including the 19" Deep Reader, "rubbish" bag, instruction booklet, quick-start guide, settings guide, and Johnathan Porter's 2 DVD GPX-4000 set. There is a small area of chipped paint on one side of the unit which does not effect its operation. Of course, the unit sold as-is, with no guarantee. But it has been powered up and functions like it were factory fresh. Price is $1750 cash or certified funds. Will deliver to anywhere with-in the Phoenix metroplex (limit, 75 miles from Ahwatukee area). Or can be professionally packaged and shipped directly to you and at your expense (guestimating around $50 or so). Please call/text 480-650-4309. I will return any messages promptly. Happy hunting.
  2. Made it back from Rich Hill none the worse for wear. Nearly got blown all the way back to Phoenix my first night out. I thought the travel trailer was about to roll over during some of those gusts. No gold to brag about, but I learned quite a bit about my detector and now know quite a bit more about the area. Decision Corner is a fine place to dry camp. The drive in is hard on equipment though - wouldn't care to do that too often. Met a couple friendly neighbors - one of whom was running a trommel down in Octave Wash. I was invited to join the bucket brigade part of his operation, but had to pass. He had a hole at least 8 feet deep down to bedrock that looked like it could fall in on itself at any moment. He said he was gettin' gold, but what he showed me wasn't real impressive - mostly fines that maybe paid for gas to drive all his equipment in. Met Elly up on the Devil's Nest. She seems like she's always good for a yarn or two. Certainly heard some good gold stories. Once I got the -4000 sort of figured out, I started finding stuff on the pushes - mostly metal shavings, unfortunately. On one hole, I wish I had a post-hole digger. The signal was there, but after 45 minutes of diggin, I was three feet down and plum tuckered out from prying out all the rocks. That target is still there for someone with a longer shovel than me. My cell phone worked just fine just about everywhere up there. That good because I had worked a deal with the family to check in each evening, or the sheriff gets a call. Just cheap insurance. All in all, a good excursion out into the desert. Time to re-tool now and start thinking about dredging this summer up on the Salmon River in California. Gotta pay for this habit somehow.......
  3. Chuck - it seems no matter who I'm with, I'm always the slowest of the bunch. That might have something to do with my being stocky and a hefty 250#. So, over the years, I have learned to cope - I know how to stand my ground, think on my feet, and if all else fails, can always call upon my friends, Mr. Smith & Mr. Wesson. I've also found that when prospecting solo, its a lot easier to keep a secret......and being able to do that can be important if you want to enjoy continued success. Cheers, Mark
  4. Thanks Chuck and Bob - On my first detecting/prospecting trip back in February I became cornered in a deep gully by a huge range bull. He must have followed me up the gully to spend the afternoon under his favorite shade tree. For nearly an hour I tried in vain to get that bad boy to leave so that I could hike back to my trail bike. Nothing would budge him, so I had to walk the long way to get out of the gully. Meanwhile - you guessed it - some dark thunderclouds moved in overhead and started pouring down. I was prepared with my poncho, but was pretty concerned about a flash flood. Well, thankfully, the flash flood didn't arrive and I made it back to my bike a couple hours later than planned but without any other problems. But I did learn a lesson on how quickly and easily things can change from good to bad out in the desert. So, I have made a promise to myself and my family to check in, by phone, every evening when detecting solo out in the goldfields. If they haven't heard from me by a certain time each evening its time to call the sheriff. See ya around the water tank...... Mark
  5. I'm heading up the Rich Hill for a few days with my new detector and plan to camp somewhere nearby. It will be my first trip to the area. I am wondering if anyone with Sprint service can tell me if they get a good cell signal in the area? Also, if anyone has any pointers on where to dry camp with a 25 foot travel trailer, I'd sure appreciate it. I'm a 24K, RR, and GPAA member and am planning on getting a Weaver membership on my way through Congress. So I'd like to camp on one of those claims, if possible. And of course, I'll be posting photos of my "haul" when I return......
  6. You might be able to access the area a few days of the year when the fly-boys are resting - but permission won't be easy. In any case, I was TDY'ed at Yuma MCAS for a while and was able to swing my detector out on some of the near-by ranges. I didn't last long - the problem was millions of small shreds of some sort of metal. The stuff was everywhere. It took a while to figure what the heck it was. Then the light came on: chaff, millions and millions of bits and pieces of it. Dropped from airplanes during their exercises. Made surface detecting impossible. Scraping off the top layer would help, but then you would only be faced with trying to discriminate between any valuable hit and the thousands of tons of weaponry that has been blown up around there over the decades.