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Prospecting For GOLD, and detecting for Relics, Meteorites and Coins are ok toooo !
There is nothing more exhilarating than digging up a piece of gold that no one has ever touched since the dawn of time.
Hi, my name is Geoff and I have been prospecting for many years hmmmm since about the mid 70s I think. I use to go out prospecting with my Dad and Brother and sometimes with Mum. On this one particular occasion it was my Dad, Mum and myself, and we were out in an area many miles northeast of Coolgardie, W.A. It was an old prospecting area and had many diggings around, and it was late in the afternoon almost afternoon tea time as I remember. I was swinging my coil (early Whites model) in one of two holes that were joined by a small tunnel. Ping Ping went my headphones as I scanned the coil over one of the holes and a nice little nugget was recovered. I then quietly gestured to my Dad to come over. Then he detected a nugget in the adjacent hole. I then emersed my coil in the tunnel adjoining the 2 holes and you guessed it, 13 ozís later .. we were ecstatic. Seems like most of us prospector folk have exciting stories like these; I have others but this one is one of my treasured moments. I have also had many detectors over the years. Of these were the Bounty Hunter ( I nearly shot this one) , the Whites Gold Master, Coin Master , Minelab Eldorado and a few home brew jobs like the Transmit / Receive Detector (totally usless for prospecting), Induction Balance and a Pulse Induction unit which sucked my batteries dry although quite effective.
So I am thinking that I should share my experiences of prospecting with
others so that they can appreciate the many facets of Prospecting so I have
decided to write a book (on and off ) which I started
a year or 2 ago. I have detected in most states of
Prospecting in the Ideal months in the NT are July August and September ( unless
you have a chain saw to cut that dam grass in June ) and a decent 4WD to get
you through the boggy black soil and cross creeks when you have to - have a
decent winch you may need it.
Ideal months in the NT are July August and September ( unless you have a chain saw to cut that dam grass in June ) and a decent 4WD to get you through the boggy black soil and cross creeks when you have to - have a decent winch you may need it.
My main prospecting tools are Minelab units GP3500 Modded and the GPX5000. I also have Modded GP3000, SD2000 and QED in my arsenal. On all my machines I use Li-ion batteries for their high power and light weight. I have spent the last 25 years with R&D modifications and or construction on various P.I. units and some VLF machines.
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Food for Thought
When your are out there in NEVA NEVA country, just pause for a moment and think of the hardships our early pioneers experienced. They did not have all the conveniences that we have today like 4wd's , portable fridges, metal detectors, Gps, insect spray, sun cream, etc. A common meal for them was a can of bully beef, damper and billy tea. Their provisions were flour, salt, tin dog, tea (no milk) with a pick, gold pan, swag, a rifle if they were lucky enough and a horse, donkey, bicycle or barrow to carry the lot. If they were fortunate to prospect up here in the Northern Frontier during the wet season, they had to deal with the thick black swamp mud and the many creek crossings... try dragging your horse and dray through that lot whilst sweating your bag out and dealing with the flies and mozzies and watching out for the odd indigenous tribe around the next tree trying to nock you off and pinch your belongings. YES IT WAS ALL FUN ! Funny enough they preferred to prospect in the hot humid Wet Season, due to the fact of little water being available in the Dry Season. Out in the sun in the wet season can sap a lot of energy from your system , as you are always taking on fluids to replace what is sweating out of you. They needed the water for their livestock and for their own personal, use and for the panning of gold. Not to mention .. how can one light a fire with wet wood and then cook their meals? You have to hand it to them and give them a lot of respect after all the hardships that they had to endure. We have it so VERY EASY nowadays.
Remember Safety First and GOOD LUCK !
SOME FINDS FROM MY 2013 - 2 OZS FINDS FROM 2016 - HALF OZ - SOME OF THE FRIENDLY WILDLIFE AND A HARMLESS GREEN TREE SNAKE ......