I thank you for your response and also want to encourage you to stay on your path too.
as a follow up on your article and my compliments I got up early yesterday with boot on the ground around 7am at the GPAA claims in Hesperia with my Gold Monster and drywash gear. I put my gold monster in auto set #1 and detected about a 12 x 12 area on a hillside. relatively quiet ground like i said prior, I then did the test you suggested and lowered my SPG like you said and all of a sudden AGAIN, I had many targets to choose from.
although the other GPAA member (Dan) was successful on his machine in that setting while I was not and my machine needed tuning to the ground i was on.
So lesson #2 I have learned is no 2 detectors are the same. Each needs to be tuned like you have instructed to be able to hear what is there and not pass over targets. when I say I found the smallest targets of all time I mean it!! NEVER have I found a eyelash sized wire I could barely see, or a half of the smallest bird shot i have ever seen. OMG! I am still blown away. that just says when the gold is there, I WILL hear it.
I did not find any nuggets but only the fine stuff I drywashed but, i am more confident than ever now that I have tuned and know HOW TO TUNE my machine....WOW! Great lesson and after trying in the field I now know I will NOT be passing over gold as my Gold Monster 1000 is NOW tuned with a more experienced user swinging it. AND when I change ground I will do the test all over again to tune my machine.
being a good leader, you may never hear what the people you lead feel about you till something goes wrong, right?....lol that is a shame. it is for that reason I wanted you to know your articles helped me. I have spend my life in a Leadership role - most recently at a major insurance company, one of the top 4 largest in the USA. But with that said only now and then will anyone say anything nice to let me know the PULSE of how what I say is received by others and IF it was helpful. Feedback is encouraging and helpful to all of us.
Believe it or not, you are an ICON in the Gold world and here at GPAA. you have a wealth of experience and the perfect platform to share with us members your instructions of success. what a great organization. Great people too which you are a Leader of.
thanks again Kevin
see you one day out in the field I hope - Don Greeno
if you ever need any help in Southern Cal prospecting or sampling new claims or prospects please reach out to me anytime - I am sure you have your go to team of guys but my offer stands if needed. I dowse, detect, drywash, used to be a dredger till 2009, sluice, pan and an expert sampler/prospector. I am in my mid 50's and it would be my pleasure to help others not to mention Gold is my Love and Passion too. I am safe, knowledgeable, helpful, have all the gear needed and then some, and a great "Get er done!" attitude with a helpful hand to those who need it. my stories are truthful and accurate so no tall tales here...lol anyway,
God bless you