Treasure Talk

Treasure Talk

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

Peter Cragg - Introduction to Treasure Talk

November 26, 2010 09:12am

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...

Posted by Brenton O'Brien on November 26, 2010 09:12am | 2 Comments

Why Pulse Induction metal detectors work so well for gold detecting

November 22, 2010 11:51am

So as not to make this article enormous, if you see apparently strange new terms or acronyms, please consult our Terminology reference. (
By now, I would imagine that many metal detector operators have come up against the problem of mineralised ground when looking for gold. This is ground that produces noise from a conventional detector. Many gold fields around the world contain mineralised ground to varying degrees. In Australia, the gold fields contain exceptional levels of mineralisation.

Posted by Phil Beck on November 22, 2010 11:51am | 3 Comments

Hot rocks - Part 1

November 18, 2010 02:57pm

Persons new to the hobby of metal detecting will probably realize fairly quickly that it isn't just the ground that can cause false signals. There are other things lurking in the goldfields that can be just as noisy; namely the dreaded hot rocks!

A hot rock can loosely be defined as: any rock or stone not containing a valuable mineral (gold, silver, or copper) which generates an audible signal response on a metal detector. The exact cause of this phenomenon has been debated among detectorists for some time.

Posted by Chris Gholson on November 18, 2010 02:57pm | 0 Comments

Why do coins sink?

November 15, 2010 02:08pm

Several months ago while conducting a routine field test of a Minelab detector, I got a signal from just underneath a fallen log – I moved the log and found a coin target which as it turned out was on the surface hidden from view by just a few leaves – the date was 1946. A few feet away another signal produced a 1986 coin from around the six inch level.

At the time I didn’t think much about it as it was a routine test and many targets were located that day and that’s what I wanted, as many targets as possible to assess the detector.

Posted by Des Dunne on November 15, 2010 02:08pm | 2 Comments

Chris Gholson - Introduction to Treasure Talk

November 12, 2010 05:15pm

Chris Gholson’s introduction to gold prospecting started as a young boy when his grandfather began taking him along on his many excursions into the Arizona desert to search for Indian artifacts, relics, and of course gold.

In 1998, Chris wrote his first book, Metal Detecting for Placer Gold. In 2002, he authored another book about gold mining with his colleagues from the University of Arizona and California State University. He is a columnist for Lost Treasure Magazine, and is contributing author for several other magazines including: The Gold Prospector, and the International California Mining Journal. 

Posted by Brenton O'Brien on November 12, 2010 05:15pm | 0 Comments

The power of positive thought

November 08, 2010 02:11pm

Do you know your mind is a far more important part of a successful electronic prospecting equation than even the technology in your detector? Well it’s true, and for a very good reason! Without positive thought there is very little reason to get out of bed in the morning, becoming confident in what your detector can do by learning what it has to offer is a very big part of the equation which then leads you to becoming more confident in succeeding.

A lesson I learned very early on in my career was to always look at the glass as being half full rather than half empty, so in the field I will always leave something in reserve as a positive motivator. A good example of this is...

Posted by Jonathan Porter on November 08, 2010 02:11pm | 2 Comments

Getting the best out of the Eureka Gold

October 29, 2010 05:00pm

The Eureka Gold is Minelab’s flagship VLF gold detector, which has been overshadowed somewhat by the GPX series, but it has quietly gone about its business for years now, and has built up an excellent reputation. It is a popular model for a number of reasons: lightweight, economical, hip-mount capability, high sensitivity, good iron reject, long life NiMH pack included, fast Auto ground balance, 3 switchable frequencies, but most of all, it just works!
For users that already have a Eureka Gold, or those in the process of buying one, here are a few tips to help you get the best out of this little gold machine:

Posted by Nenad Lonic on October 29, 2010 05:00pm | 0 Comments

Corfe rally report

October 26, 2010 02:58pm

Hi every one, this is my first blog and I’ve decided to report on this years annual Minelab Owners (MLO) rally. This year we returned to Corfe Dorset England where all our fields seem to overlook the very historic Corfe Castle.

Corfe castle sits on a prominent hill at a natural pass through the Purbeck hills. This pass has always had strategic importance, and castles have been built here to guard it since Saxon times (if not earlier). The ruins you see today are the result of the 17th Century civil war, when it systematically destroyed in 1646 by the parliamentary Roundheads.

Posted by Gordon Heritage on October 26, 2010 02:58pm | 2 Comments

'Recovery Deep' in depth

October 22, 2010 02:23pm

The Recovery Deep setting on the E-TRAC, Explorer and Explorer SE detectors is designed to enhance the detection and identification of deep targets. This article will explain the way in which deep recovery mode enhances the operation of the detector and points out those situations when you may not choose to use this setting.

When Recovery Deep is turned on, it only has an effect on weak signals, stronger signals remain completely unaffected. When Recovery Deep is turned on and a weak signal is detected, the identification signals undergo stronger filtering to smooth out the data

Posted by Phil Beck on October 22, 2010 02:23pm | 0 Comments
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