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« on: November 27, 2008, 10:06:09 am »
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      There are many uses for GPS receivers in  treasure hunting.  I consider my GPS receivers almost as important as a good metal detector.  In relation to map use they open up amazing possibilities. 
      If you find a good lead in reading a journal, diary, etc. with a description of were a particular event occurred you may be able to find this very spot on Geocommunicator or Google Earth, enter the coordinates into your receiver, and you are on your way. Before using the good maps that indicate the coordinates I tried to determine spots by using a UTM system with the map.  That was so cumbersome I never was very able to determine locations very well. 
      Have you ever tried locating a spot by only using a map?  I have, and out in the forest or mountains it is possible but extremely difficult. Now with map, compass, and GPS receiver it is much easier and fun.
      Several years ago I found German topos on the internet that also listed coordinates.  I could read about a battlefield or interesting spot,  locate the spot via the net and maps, enter the location on my old Garmin 12, and go to nearly the very spot I read about.  We did go too.  I was able to do the reference work sitting in my home in California.  I can no longer locate that German map source.  I think it went commercial. 
     

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« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2009, 05:48:38 pm »
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very interesting. i have been wondering about getting a gps for a while now but havent been able to get myself to dish out the extra bucks needed to buy one. To be honest I dont fully understand the whole gps treasure hunting thing anyways but am willing to learn. thanx for the post i may need to go out and get one to play around with.

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« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2009, 07:58:08 pm »
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The GPS can be a very handy item to have as part of your gear.  They are easy to use once you get the hang of them.  Very handy for tracking down old sites that long ago disappeared or for keeping track of sites that are producing well for you.

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« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2009, 12:14:14 pm »
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years back, and for some stoopid reason I traded it off, now wish I had another, probly be tryin to pick one up for springtime hits us  Wise

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« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2009, 09:51:45 pm »
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 I use a bare bones Garmin Etrex which are under 100.00 new, or you can find great deals on Ebay, Craigslist, etc...
The Etrex is lightweight, easy to use, and indispensable for finding those forgotten out of the way spots.

 Couple that with Google Earth, historicaerials.com or old plat map coordinate info, punch it into your GPS, and walk right up to the spot.

 I have looked at a newer unit that gives the ability to create folders to store all of your waypoints and notes which will really come in handy if you use it a lot.

 Years ago I searched in the woods behind my house for a year (not everyday of course) for an old homestead shown on an 1887 township plat map. If I had one back then I would have been detecting the site the same day.

 I say "Go For It"
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« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2009, 02:47:32 pm »
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Gps helps also if you are out detecting ang get good hits and say the weather goes bad. You can get your coordinates and go back to the same spot later when the weather is better.

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« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2009, 07:46:17 am »
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In addition to the above mentioned uses,I use mine (Etrex H) to spot my jewelry finds on the wet sand.

That gave me an excellent idea of how the sea deposits the objects after high tide or storms, so I'm a bit more efficient now...

I also pick up the coordinates of the places I detect carrier pigeons rings, in order to transmit the datas to carrier pigeons federations. They appreciate the information.

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« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2009, 03:51:10 am »
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Try these co-ords
                            Southern Hemosphere S32.41.7 E149.17.6   this is the place where they found one of the biggest gold nuggets in the world
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« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2009, 09:13:48 pm »
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Which one was that aussie?

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« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2009, 09:34:20 pm »
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Youll have to come to Australia  to find that one Oro

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