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  1. Hello All, Getting ready to pick up a large round Mono for my GPX5000. I have an 12 x 18 goldstalker mono that I'm very pleased with. Just found a .8 oz chunk in AK with it last week. That piece was an easy 2' deep, maybe 2 1/2'. Barely a whisper until I moved about 4" of dirt. Anyways...I was wondering if any of you have used the 22" mono goldstalker on your GPX5000. I'm in a toss up between the 18" and 22". I have an old patch that's produced some really nice chunks. It's been hammered to death, but I bet there are still some hiding way down deep. Is the 22" very stable or can it be finicky. The 12 x 18 is pretty sensitive to bumping and falsing. When I really have it cranked up I have to be really careful not too bump it on a rock. Would love to hear your experiences. Thanks,
  2. I have one of Bill's systems. Works perfect. I bought one of the Eureka Worx covers and asked him to sew a pouch into the bottom of it for Bill's battery. Great setup. The battery fits under the detector and the amp fits in the side pocket. If I wish, I can use an external speaker and be completely detached from the detector. The reason I went this route was due to a trip I took to a remote spot in AK this last summer. I needed a bunch of batteries for the 2 weeks spent out in BFE. Batteries are cheap and I can get about 9 hours out of one of the 5000 mah battery. I ended up buying 8 batteries and the system performed flawlessly. Bill was fantastic to do business with and very helpful. I have been using this since April, no problems and I have added just under 5 oz to the poke. Kenny
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    2.5 OZR

    That's a beaut for sure. Thanks for sharing. Kenny
  4. Cool finds Rob. That is fun when you strike off into the unknown and score some good stuff. I haven't found a copper nugget yet. I know there were a few mines around this area. Thanks for sharing. Kenny
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    Platypus gold

    Nice bit of gold. Wish I would have had one of those coils in AK this summer. My buddy was finding some pieces in the creek with his GMT. I had nothing to put in the water, bummer. Sure is sad to see the snow coming. What a drag when that white stuff covers up our play ground. Keep up the good work. Kenny
  6. Check out the Joey coil. Pretty handy for getting in tight spaces and really sensitive. It will find some really small bits. I just saw one on sale for $218. Kenny
  7. That hot water trick works too! Been doing that for years, nice to know I was doing something right :-) Kenny
  8. Thanks Flak. Don't get me wrong....I'm very happy for the gold for 2 days. I think I would have had the same results with the 12 x 18 though. I have some more experimenting to do before I can know for sure. The 22 surprised me by picking up the .6 gram piece for sure. I'm sure it will just take some playing around to figure it out. Take care, Kenny
  9. Put in another 10 hours with the 22" yesterday. The gold you see below is the total for 2 days. So far nothing has been deeper than 8" Tried using different timings and working the same areas multiple times. The timing I end up defaulting to is the fine gold timing. It seems to be the most stable and reach the deepest. I can not ground balance with the normal timing, even with the gain below 8. Ground is just too much for it. As I'm sure you guys know, this coil is really sensitive to lifting the edge when swinging. It really likes to be parallel with the ground. Takes a good deal of concentration and coil control to make it happy. It's not very easy to work with and I'm not sure there are any benefits for the location I chose it for. There is quite a bit of brush and tree limbs in the area. Maybe for an area like Rye Patch or in Arizona it would be a little easier to use. Kenny
  10. Wes is right...toxic as hell. At least the poison oak went away before your liver failed! I use a combination of Tea Tree oil and witch hazel. Seems to stop the itch for a while and help dry it up. The good news..those shots should start to work their magic soon. Kenny
  11. Thanks Rob, I actually spent about 10 hours with this coil today. I dug some more slots in my test area and set the 1 oz piece in a slot where I could just barely get a threshold break with the 12 x 18. Then I switched to the 22", I tried many combinations of timings. The normal timing seemed to hot for the ground I was in. I finally settled on fine gold timing. I could get a definite signal using fine gold with the gain at 11, audio deep, stabilizer 8, basically the same settings I run the 12 x 18 at. There was a definite improvement in the signal when switching from the 12 x 18 to the 22". Not as big a difference as I had imagined, but it is a difference. I was able to pull out a couple small pieces from a well beaten patch as well. One is .6 grams pretty much on the surface, more quartz than gold I think. That impressed me that I was able to hear that one. The other one is 2.8 grams from about 6 to 8", very faint signal as well. Your right on the money about move real slow. Anything else and it would give to many false signals. And of course, listening for the faintest changes in the threshold. As I said this is a well worked patch, so there really aren't any good clear signals. I'm sure after I get to use this coil more, I will find some settings to get a little more performance from it. Heck I just bought my first minelab in April, so I'm still learning the ropes. Any advice on settings are always welcome. Thanks, Kenny
  12. Nice work Rob. Thanks for sharing the pic's. Kenny
  13. Sweet trailer. That's goin to be a nice addition to the wheeling adventures. Nice job. Kenny
  14. Well...I went out and played with the CT 22" round mono. I guess I need to spend some more time with it. I took it to a test area I have set up in moderately hot ground. I started off in fine gold. Had to turn the gain down to 8 so the EMI would settle out. Then tried normal timings. Deep etc., etc. I just played around with the settings until I got the best response I could from a 1 oz. nugget. My initial response would be disappointed. I can't seem to get any more depth from the 22" round than I can with the 12 x 18 goldstalker. I'm sure it will take me a bit to figure this out, but so far I'm not sure it was money well spent. Kenny
  15. http://www.gettysburgflag.com/LapelPins.php Took about 30 seconds. Hope this helps. It was cool to find the patriotic goodies in the order, until I saw the made in China. Kind of ruined the whole thing. It is definitely getting very difficult to find goods made is the USA, sometimes impossible. Do I have things not made in the USA? Yes. But I make conscious effort with every purchase. If I can't afford it, I will wait until I can. That's better than paying for something twice when you have to replace Chinese junk. I do not shop at Walmart. Main reason is because I don't agree with their labor practices. They make billions and you and I pay for their employees benefits. They have very few employees that actually get enough hours to qualify for benefits. They do this on purpose. So we end up paying through our taxes. Pretty sweet deal for them, not so sweet for us. The second reason is its all almost all if not 100% imported crap. Enough of this. I'm going prospecting. Kenny
  16. I think you should have stuck with the Flag and God. My work ethic, like yours Doc, has never been questioned. While I can not condone corruptness in unions I can not condemn the purpose. You can blame the people for the corruptness, and many other things, but you can not blame the Union itself. If the unions did not exist, I'm pretty sure whether a person works union, or non union, none of us would be making the wage or other benefits we are today. I also feel that if unions were to disappear, things would revert back to some unfavorable conditions. So, if you are for or against unions doesn't really matter, if you think it's tough to make a pay check stretch now, see what happens when they are gone. Every person who works for a paycheck has benefited due to unions. If you have such a strong distaste for union money Doc, I will refrain from sending any more of it your way. Just promise that you won't send me anymore US flag lapel pins and wrist bands while they are still in the package that says MADE IN CHINA. Kenny
  17. Who did you talk to in Quincy DMV? I have the same trailer from the same place and registered it no problem? Doug didn't bat an eye. Kenny
  18. Sweet find Rob. Picture came up fine. I had trouble the other day though. After I posted a pic I got an error message saying I didn't have permission to view it...LOL Seems to be an intermittent thing. Thanks for sharing your find. Kenny
  19. Thanks again Rob. I was really surprised to find the larger nugget at 2+ feet. In fact I almost dismissed it as ground noise, glad I did a little digging. But the ground at that location is really quiet. You can't even find black sand when you pan. The other patch I want to have a go at with the larger round is a lot more mineralized, probably wouldn't have been so lucky there. I'm pretty sure it has not been worked with a newer machine and a large coil though. I know it's been hit with a GP and a UFO. I think the 5000 will have an edge though. Worth a shot. I just don't want to go so big with the coil that I'm fighting ground noise. That may be all I have to tell me something is there :-) Kenny
  20. Thanks for the reply Rob. I'm very interested in your results. I want to buy either the 18" or the 22" within the next week and 1/2 so it will be there when I get home. I figure if the 12 x 18 will find the chunk in the pic at 2+ feet, the bigger round should be really impressive! I just don't want to end up with an unruly coil that I'm fighting all the time to quiet down. The 12 x 18 is outstanding in fine gold timing. Especially at the AK location. Ground is not hot at all. Please let me know how it goes. Thanks, Kenny
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    Lower Shaft question

    I recently bought the package deal from Doc. I will say the lower rods Doc sells appear to be much beefier than the stock minelab lowers. They look like they will be better at handling those little mishaps. Just a heads up though. The "head" that attaches to the coil has come loose on the 2 lowers that I have used so far. The pin holding it on works loose and the glue breaks free. Not a big deal, just need to catch it before you lose the pin. I took mine apart and used some gorilla glue on the shaft and the pin. Pretty sure it's not going to come loose now :-) I emailed Doc about it and he said they are aware of the problem. They are switching to a better glue to fix the problem. Not a big deal to fix and I think his package is still a good deal. Just keep an eye on it and get it glued before the pin falls out and gets lost. Kenny
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    GPS info needed

    I just bought a new Etrex. My old one (probably 12 to 15 years old) finally gave up the ghost. I bought the Vista HCX. I didn't know they were coming out with new models until after I purchased of course. So far I am really pleased with the performance. With the addition of a couple free file converters you can transfer google earth data right to the GPS. Works great. Here is the converter I used My link If you search around a it you will find directions on how to make it happen. Good luck
  23. Sweet chunk Rob, thanks for sharing. I couldn't see the first pic's either. Post up another shot with it cleaned up. How far did you have to dig for that one?? Kenny
  24. X3 for the GMT. I have found some very small pieces with the standard 6 x 9 DD coil. I have the 6 " but it takes so much longer to cover ground with the small coil. I find I use the 6 x 9 as my go to coil. I have never used the GB 2 but I bet they are pretty close in comparison.