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Peter Cragg

Peter Cragg from Gold City Detecting

Peter or as he is known on detecting forums as ‘Qld Sandy’ was first introduced to gold prospecting by a new neighbour in 1983. In that year he purchased his first VLF metal detector. His first gold find was a 0.1 gram piece and the sizes grew as his experience did. In those early years he spent as much time as possible detecting for nuggets and sometimes coins for a different challenge. He has through the years graduated to nearly every new Minelab SD, GP and GPX metal detector.

Because of Peter’s interest in detecting and his desires to assist others learn and become proficient in this hobby he recently opened ‘Gold City Detecting’ in April 2010.

He enjoys all aspects gold prospecting including all the phone calls and visits from customers and lookers. Peter says “One of the best calls I received was recently when a guy told me that I actually influenced him into the detecting fraternity with my stories”.

His largest gold find was a 1.5kg specimen using a GP3000 from 22” deep that allowed him into the “Kilo Club”. His best number of nuggets for a days outing so far has been 27 using a GPX-4000 and ‘Smooth Timings’ and he enjoys the challenges detecting offers as well as the peace and quiet of the Australian bush.

As a Minelab dealer he aims to help out anyone who asks for advice or assistance. You can read many forum topics posted by Peter on the ‘Australian Gold & Coin Detecting Forum’ 


Essential items to take detecting

September 10, 2012 05:00pm

  1. Some form of communication
  2. GPS
  3. First aid kit, body protection
  4. Spare water, food and fuel
  5. Matches or lighter

Let’s investigate this list in more detail.

Communication is an essential item and top of my list of “needs”. The very first requirement is a need to tell someone where you are going and roughly when you expect to be back. I know that we, as detectorists like to be secretive about our spots, but an early alert might just be the difference between coming home with assistance and not coming home at all. We occasionally see some poor blighters perish for whatever reason and no-one is sure of where to start looking for them.

Posted by Peter Cragg on September 10, 2012 05:00pm | 0 Comments

Utilising the Search Mode Switch on the GPX 5000

August 05, 2011 02:37pm

The GPX 5000 metal detector has a Search Mode switch that is located on the front control panel at the top, just below the Threshold adjusting knob. The markings are: Deep, General and Custom. These are the names that Minelab decided to label them. The Search Modes could have been called 1,2 and 3, or any other sequence, but the function these Modes have are the important part. The factory presets for these are set so that Deep Mode can be utilised for...

Posted by Peter Cragg on August 05, 2011 02:37pm | 1 Comment

Finding the crystal gold patch

February 18, 2011 04:38pm

I thought that maybe you all might be interested in how my prospecting mate and I hit upon the “Crystal Gold” patch. We had been detecting an area that we found a few decent nuggets in, including a very nice pendant quality nugget that we christened the “dog t#rd” because of its long and thin shape, and my mate (he found it) wouldn’t let me near it for a long while because I kept saying it would disappear into my collection. This particular day we were detecting the same area and the only nugget was a 15 grammer that I scored from the gully that ran through this spot below where “doggy” was found. I suggested that we should go and look at a spot that I found plotted on a map, as it gathered my interest because I’d never seen it listed on any other map I’d ever looked at for this area...

Posted by Peter Cragg on February 18, 2011 04:38pm | 0 Comments

How I got into electronic gold prospecting

December 01, 2010 09:35am

Around 1983 I was introduced to “Gold Prospecting” by a neighbour who moved in beside us. I remember spending many weekends dry-blowing gullies and being pleased with the few grams of gold got. I bought a VLF machine and spent time learning how to fly it before I was rewarded with a “massive” first nugget weighing 0.1 grams.

The nuggets rose in weight as I learned more about this strange machine until I got to a stage that I thought I was proficient in its use. In those early days...

Posted by Peter Cragg on December 01, 2010 09:35am | 0 Comments
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