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Renewing my one ounce membership for 2013

April 12, 2013 02:20pm

Whenever I hear the term ‘’every man and his dog has been there” I am always up for the challenge as to see what they have left behind for me. On a recent trip to the Goldfields I decided to spend my time working some old diggings located in a gully that over the years has been well known to many prospectors. Including myself as a 12 year old where I found my very first nugget operating the XT 17000.

Every detector operator approaches an area in their own unique and individual way. Whether that be deciding to venture off in a certain direction because something in the distance catches your eye. Things like a certain type of tree or shrub, quartz and ironstone, rabbit warrens presenting the deeper ground mineralisation or even something as simple as a web containing a big spider in the centre of it. Resulting in the prospector detecting in another direction as to what they normally would. As long as you are out moving that coil around you are in with a chance of finding something that has been missed by others.

Posted by Angus James on April 12, 2013 02:20pm | 2 Comments

Those little ones add up

February 21, 2013 02:39pm

There’s been a real buzz around the world lately with the discovery of a monster gold nugget in Victoria’s Golden Triangle; it never ceases to amaze me the amount of large nugget finds that keep coming out from the richest, but also the most detected dirt on the planet!

Posted by Jonathan Porter on February 21, 2013 02:39pm | 3 Comments

Detecting in the Sixteen to One Mine - Part 2

January 22, 2013 09:20am

One might think that within not too long a period a person could run his metal detector over every inch of ground inside a mine. However because the Original Sixteen to One is a combination of a number of old mines and the property has been worked on a more or less continuous basis for well over 100 years, there are literally miles of old underground workings to explore and one could spend a lot of time going over every bit of the vein that was exposed in the walls of the old workings.

Posted by Chris Ralph on January 22, 2013 09:20am | 0 Comments

Detecting in the Sixteen to One Mine - Part 1

January 17, 2013 11:30am

Earlier this year I was given a very special opportunity to take my metal detector to one of the most famous underground gold mines in all of California, the original Sixteen to One Mine in the heart of the mother lode country at Allegheny. I was asked to give a little demonstration and talk about metal detecting technology, how it has changed and improved and to do some field testing of different types of detectors inside the mine.

Posted by Chris Ralph on January 17, 2013 11:30am | 0 Comments

Alaskan gold - Part 2

January 11, 2013 11:11am

The prospecting potential of the mining district where I visited included metal detecting for nuggets, but because there was plenty of water, the possibilities also included sluicing or high banking as well as suction dredging. The ground here was suitable for both pulse induction as well as VLF machines, most being fairly low mineralization, with some smaller areas strongly mineralized because of different underlying rocks. I brought both types of detector technology with me, as I wanted to be fully prepared. Although some larger nuggets have been found here, most of the gold is less than a half gram in weight. The gold deposits were well washed with nearly all the gold found within just the first few inches on top of bedrock. I spent considerable time detecting the bedrock on the bench areas above the creek that the miners had worked by hydraulic methods decades ago.

Posted by Chris Ralph on January 11, 2013 11:11am | 2 Comments

Alaskan gold - Part 1

January 08, 2013 12:22pm

Last year I received an invite to prospect a remote mining property in the interior part of Alaska during the summer of 2012. My companions for the journey were Steve Herschbach, who traveled with me to Australia last year, and George White. Now for those who aren't familiar with Alaska, access to the interior part of Alaska isn’t at all like it is in rest if the US. Alaska has far fewer roads and there are huge portions of the state that you simply can't get even close to by driving a normal automobile. Even the state's capital cannot be accessed by road - it can only be reached by boat or by plane. There are vast mountainous portions of the state with no roads for 100 miles or more. Unlike Western Australia where I visited last year, Alaska is not flat and gigantic mountain ranges block the way. So even if one wanted to drive cross country (as you could in Australia) that is simply not possible in Alaska, because the state is built upon a series of mountain ranges and swamps.

Posted by Chris Ralph on January 08, 2013 12:22pm | 2 Comments

I should have used the PRO-FIND 25

January 02, 2013 11:08am

The day looked like it was going to be hot and the humidity levels even at this time of the morning were already on the rise, I was loading my truck getting ready for an early bird assault on an old surfacing area that has been productive for me over the years and wanted to make sure I hit the ground running with everything ready to go before things got too uncomfortable.

Posted by Jonathan Porter on January 02, 2013 11:08am | 5 Comments

Back to the Golden Triangle

December 19, 2012 03:20pm

The time had finally arrived! I was on the plane flying back to the Victorian Gold Fields all the way from far North Queensland, meeting up with my old man to spend some time hunting down that elusive yellow metal. I had spent a lot of time gold prospecting around the triangle with my father over the years with both of us uncovering many great finds, so I was very excited to be going back to my old stomping grounds. To add to the excitement I would be swinging a brand new GPX 5000 as I recently traded in my GP 3500. I was also very keen to try out the new Fine Gold Timings on the GPX 5000 after hearing so many great things about this new Timing.

Posted by Angus James on December 19, 2012 03:20pm | 1 Comment

Chasing the little ones and letting the big ones look after themselves

November 23, 2012 11:40am

Gold is a funny thing but more importantly people are even funnier! This might all sound a little cryptic but please bear with me while I elaborate. I often talk with detector operators either in the field as I travel or when they call me on the phone here at our business ‘Aurum Australis’. The biggest common denominator is their burning desire to find some gold, particularly the big ones like I find in my videos, so the general drift of our conversations comes down to what it is I look for in my search for those trophy nuggets I seem to find so regularly.

Posted by Jonathan Porter on November 23, 2012 11:40am | 0 Comments

Adventures end

October 12, 2012 04:50pm

All good adventures have a beginning and an end, and ‘The West Australian Adventure’ was no exception. Personal reflections made when you’ve had time to sit down and go over your experiences all over again is what truly makes a great adventure and to that end they put this trip right up there with my all-time favourites. As I write this I’ve just received word from Chris Ralph who is waiting for an early flight at an Airport in the US, he’s on his way back home from a whole new adventure with Steve Herschbach poles apart from our trip last year. I’m amazed to find it’s been close on a year since we parted, so I suppose WA was truly a great adventure as it’s taken nearly a year to tell the story!

Posted by Jonathan Porter on October 12, 2012 04:50pm | 2 Comments
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