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Jonathan Porter
Jonathan Porter is a professional prospector based in Australia who is well known for his long and continued success finding gold with metal detectors.  He has produced four instructional DVDs on the use of Minelab PI metal detectors drawing from his 15+ years prospecting around the Australian Goldfields.

website: www.autumaustralis.com

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Articles by Jonathan Porter
Take a Kid Detecting

I thought things started off okay until I realized I had forgotten some of my gear and had to return to the house. My troubled start was not helped when my boy came up to me a few minutes after my return to show me his first nugget of the day.

January 2014 (Vol. 83, No. 5)
The Life of an Independent Prospector

“JP, is it possible to make a living looking for gold with a metal detector?” I get asked this question a lot...

July 2012 (Vol. 81, No. 11)
The Golden Surprise

The thing about large coil, deep ground, big nugget detecting is the mind set you have to implement, which is completely different to the assuredness of a nugget or two if you chase the smaller but more prolific weights.

January 2010 (Vol. 79, No. 5)
Detecting for Gold in Australia—The Kimberley Trip

The hair stood up on the back of my neck when I saw this, especially the nice patches of wash in the bottoms of the gullies, a sure sign of an auriferous source being nearby.

December 2010 (Vol. 80, No. 4)
Growing Pains of the Learning Curve

A seven-ounce nugget recovered by the author with a metal detector.Interestingly enough, when I first started to think about writing this article I was listening in on a conversation my wife was having with our nine-year-old twin boys. Just to add some clarification to the subject, I spend a large proportion of my time out in the...

January 2009 (Vol. 78, No. 5)
The Forgotten Specimen—Part I

In these types of cases I tend to listen to what my metal detector is telling me. The machine was very quiet, suggesting my initial impressions were right about the ground make up.

June 2009 (Vol. 78, No. 10)
The Forgotten Specimen—Part II

The walk back to the car and subsequent search for Frieda took a lot longer than I would have liked. I had wandered much further than I thought.

July 2009 (Vol. 78, No. 11)
A Modern Day Prospector’s Story

My first encounter with rocks and minerals started as a young child in the company of my siblings investigating the rocky mounds placed around the Australian coastline to help prevent erosion just north of Brisbane...

March 2008 (Vol.77, No. 7)
Success With A Detector

I’m often asked, "What is the single most important skill to be successful at metal detecting?"

May 2008 (Vol. 77, No. 9)