Finding Gold with a VLF Detector—Part II
May 2014 by Steve HerschbachIt is this ability to hear and respond to the faintest of audio signals that I believe separates the best nugget hunters from everyone else.
Watching for these areas is one of my primary targets during the winter. It doesn’t take but a few inches of the surface moving away to give a fantastic target response that you didn’t hear prior to the washing of the surface.
A treasure-seeking young man whose name will forever remain anonymous made the months-long journey either over land or by sailing ship to California after word spread about the gold strike in 1849.
I could see lots of quartz, both loose on the hillsides and in the numerous small prospect diggings. There was a small gold rush here more than a century ago.
My third sample location proved to be my last and most interesting. I needed to look no further.
This year was a test. We had never done anything like this before, yet we grossed $30,000 in the short time we had to mine.
It was time to prime the pump and start the engine! Dan’s priming method is to use a small, submersible, 12-volt pump. My priming method is to use a hand-operated diaphragm pump.
Breaking cemented gravels
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