Chris Coffee

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About Chris Coffee

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    10 Karat Gold Member
  • Birthday 05/14/1971

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    Barstow, California
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    Anything and everything outdoors.
  1. Thank you, Frank. That truly means a lot to me that you feel that way. You're a great man as well and I can't wait till our next meeting.
  2. First and foremost, thank you DolanDave. I owe you a lot. Looking forward to seeing you on the 28th or 29th. is painfully obvious that you have taken a disliking to me. Why? I don't know as I have never even met you let alone done anything to you personally. What I don't understand is why you feel it necessary to come on my posts and bash me? I have just as much right to come on this forum and "rant" as some may call it, as you or anyone else does. MY decisions of what I do with MY money is MY business and my RIGHT. But this is where you have the upper hand. You can do that to me with no repercussions (which has been proven with past posts), but if I was to come on one of your posts and start badmouthing you, I would be labeled a troublemaker and I'm pretty sure I would be reprimanded or have my account suspended. If you don't like me, no problem. It's not going to break my heart or change my world. But I ask that you be respectful, as I am to you, and not continuously come onto my posts and call me crazy or voice your obvious discontent with my life choices. Thank you. To all of the others....thank you for your input. Again, and I have said this numerous times, I HAVE NEVER, AND WILL NEVER, ASK ANYONE TO TAKE ME TO THEIR HOTSPOT/HONEY-HOLE/NUGGET PATCH, OR WHATEVER ELSE YOU WANT TO CALL IT. This thread was never about that. I agree wholeheartedly that putting in the time and the research is key to finding gold. I mentioned that several times in the post. Also, I want to make clear here that I said that YOU DO NOT have to have the newest and greatest machines to find gold. Some here have made comments about finding gold with $600 and $800 detectors. That was exactly the point I was making. Thank you for solidifying that point because I know at least a half dozen people right now that want to get into the hobby but can't afford to spend several thousand dollars on a machine, so those posts will help me get them into the hobby with a little more "financial comfort" so to speak. Bill Southern.....I want to thank you for giving me and the other members a place to gather and talk and learn. As for your comment about not meaning to sound like an ass, I know that your intentions were good and I never took your post in that way. I always respect your words and input and always try to take from them the most I can. Again, thank you to all that have taken the time out of their day to post in this thread. It is greatly appreciated.
  3. There are going to be those that do not agree with what I have to say, and there may be some that do! Regardless, I am going to give my honest opinion on this hobby to those who may be looking to get involved in it. Metal detecting for gold nuggets can be a fun and exciting hobby, IF you have what is needed to get the job done right. I am not talking about the newest $10k gold detector, or the newest $2k drywasher. What I am talking about is a very deep understanding of Geology, a (theoretically) endless amount of money, a very reliable off-road vehicle (Jeep, Quad, or Razr/Rhino), and THOUSANDS OF HOURS of free time. The lure of gold is very strong and very real, but finding it is very difficult without the things I mentioned previously. Sure, there are those who are lucky enough to live in an area where gold is found frequently. However, if you live in Southern California, prepare to spend 99.9% of your time digging trash, ammo, and virtually every kind of metal EXCEPT gold. Over the past decade or so I have become more anti-Government than I thought I ever would become. I used to despise the thought of the BLM coming in and closing off public land. But after spending the last 4 years metal detecting, I am finding myself becoming a little more open to these closures. The reason: A vast majority of prospectors (NOT ALL) are complete slobs and have no respect for the land. This seems to be a bigger issue in California than in other states, in my experience. It is absolutely disheartening to go to an area where gold is known to have been found and spend all day digging up nails, bullets, bottle caps, old wire, tin cans, staples, aluminum foil, birdshot, Capri Sun containers...and the list goes on and on and on. On top of that they throw their paper trash, glass bottles, leftover food and other items right there where they are working and leave. Don't get me wrong, you will ALWAYS have to dig a little trash when you are metal detecting, but to have it at the extent it is nowadays is ridiculous. So the only way you are really going to stand a chance is to go somewhere that no one else has been. This is where it gets difficult. There are plenty of areas out there that carry gold that have not been found yet. It is a fact! The problem is, if you do not know what to look for then you might as well be detecting in a Wal-Mart parking lot. The information for finding new areas is certainly out there, but unless you have a decent understanding of Geological terms and conditions, you will only find them with an amazing stroke of luck. I have run into numerous new hunters while out on my ventures. They ask how long I have been in the hobby, and I tell them going on 5 years. The next general question is: Where is the best place to go? That is a question that every detectorist has been asked by a newbie at some point in time. My response, sadly, is that I have no clue. Obviously they are curious as to why I have been in for so long and don't know much, so I tell them the truth....I don't know anything about Geology so I don't know what to look for while scouting for a new area. This, and knowing how to do proper research is key to finding gold. Unfortunately, if you are not already in the know on these subjects your chance of success plummets drastically. So if you want to be successful at gold detecting, find and take a college class on Geology. DO NOT rely on other prospectors to give you any "real" help. Gold is one of the most powerful things in existence. It can literally make an honest man cheat, make your best friend your worst enemy, and vice versa....turn your worst enemy into your best friend (temporarily, of course). Don't be fooled by those that tell you that they will "Share" info with you. If you are a newbie you will have no idea if what you are being told is the truth or otherwise. Gold is the "Seed of Greed". I have fell for that move a few times because I am one of those people that believe that most people are good and honest folk. Not in the gold business. I have taken people to a location where I have found meteorites and shown them where to look. In most cases, they found a meteorite or two. A couple of them found their very first meteorite ever because I showed them where to look and what to look for to improve their chances. I was promised trips to their spots where they find gold, or their meteorite sweet spots in return (which they offered, I never asked) but of course once they found what they wanted they disappeared. Don't fall for it!! If you are lucky enough to find a spot that produces for you...KEEP IT TO YOURSELF!!!!!! Do not let anybody convince you that you need to have the latest and greatest machines to find the gold. That is simply a lie. Do they help? Of course they do...IF you know where to go to use them, and you know how to use them correctly. I have spent well over $15,000 on prospecting gear over the last 4+ years and it has been a colossal waste of money! Why? Because again, knowing where to go and what to look for is the key. Some will tell you that you just need to learn how to use your machine, and they are correct. learning your equipment is vital to using it successfully. But when you are like me and you have got to where you can find paperclips two feet deep, and pieces of wire brush (guessing, but that size) at the same depth, I'd say I am using the machine quite well. LOL. Sure, buying the best and most expensive is always a good thing in my opinion. You're buying a good product, it does slightly increase your chance of success, and it certainly keeps the dealers and manufacturers happy. But refrain from doing that until you are ready both financially and knowledgeably. Don't do like I did and just start throwing cash at dealers for the top of the line stuff with absolutely no clue of how and where to use it. Now there ARE some really good people in this hobby. You will find quite a few of them on this and Bill Southern's forums. And there is some really useful books and educational materials out there as well that can point you in the right direction. Chris Ralph's: Fists Full of Gold is a great informational item. Anything written by Jim Straight is a MUST HAVE as well. Just remember that if you get Jim's books to pick up a very good dictionary, or Glossary of Geological terms to go with them. Jim is old school and uses a lot of big, but important, words in his writings. It can be hard to understand at first, but the man is a genius when it comes to this stuff so learn what he has to say and put it to use. Good luck out there and don't give up. It can be extremely frustrating to go out time after time after time and come home empty handed. One day you WONT come home empty handed and you will be hooked forever!!!!!
  4. Thank you all. I will do as Mike suggested and silicon the joint where the cable goes in, and then let it dry after draining the water out.
  5. Actually, I haven't, Adam. But with your "expression" I would certainly like to hear your experience.
  6. Hello all, I have the NF Sadie coil and am looking to go to a nearby river to do some detecting. I know they say the coil is "water resistant", but I am wondering about the possibilty of water getting into the lower shaft. I know this would normally not be an issue because the coil is at the ground so the water would settle above the coil in the shaft. But I am worried about if I have to pick the coil up above my head for any reason (to get around a bush or tree, etc.) that the water could run down the shaft and somehow find its way into the control box. Is this a real possibility? If it is, what is the best way to prevent it? Thanks.
  7. Thank you, gentlemen. I just wanted to make sure there was nothing else wrong.
  8. I was wondering if someone could shed some light for me on this subject? When I am out detecting in the middle of nowhere and it is calm, my 5000 runs very stable and quiet. However, if the wind starts blowing the machine gets very noisy. The only thing I could think of is that the wind is creating static electricity causing interference. But is static electricity the same as EMI?
  9. Thanks guys. This will be my first outing in Arizona, so I wasn't sure how it worked. Do I have to be a member of whatever club's claim we are on in order to detect there? Or does me being a "guest" allow me the use of the claims for the outing only? Heybeerman, I have a Minecache subscription already, and yes, it is a great program indeed. I am looking to join a couple of Az clubs, but don't want to spend $1,500 on one considering I wont use it enough to justify the cost with me living in California. Had an "invitation" to join WSPA a few years ago. Should have done it but money was a lot tighter then than now. Hoping I can now get in with them.
  10. How much of the area surrounding the camping spot is going to be open to detecting/prospecting? I have never been to the location before and I am trying to plan where to detect via Google Earth before leaving. Thanks in advance.
  11. Gentlemen, I'm only asking because I am looking to get an elliptical coil. I have been using the stock coils but I'm kind of tired of digging 3' wide holes just to pinpoint a target with the 11" round coils. I was contemplating a pinpointer but would want something that I can use without having to turn my 5000 off every time I use it.
  12. I have been browsing around at could for my GPX 5000 and have seen these coils on ebay. Has anyone had any experience with them? How are they compared to the Coiltek and Nugget Finder coils? Thanks.
  13. Hahaha, what a diverse range of Thank you all for the responses. Looks like Dave and I are going to be tenting it for the weekend. I will have the 11" Commander Mono and the 15"x12" Commander Mono coils. Will they be acceptable for the area?
  14. If all goes as planned I will be attending this outing with DolanDave. This will be my very first outing, and also my very first visit to LSD. I do not have a tent or a camper so I was wondering where the closest motel is that I can stay at? Also, is there a particular coil that seems to perform the best in the LSD soil for the GPX 5000? Thanks in advance.
  15. if anyone here on the forum knows Frank Muller (AKA Sourdough) can you please tell him to contact me.I just bought a new phone but for some reason not all of my contacts transferred over, and I lost his number. He has not been active on the boards since June of last year, so I'm hoping that someone else here knows him personally and can get in touch with him for me. Thank you in advance.