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Reg Wilson

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  1. 18" Elite Delivers !!

    The 18'' Elte is a great coil, and performs well on both my GPX and QED.No doubt that it punches deeper.
  2. Back in 1990 when when we were testing the Protos, Bruce Candy brought just such a cable setup to where we were living out of Maryborough. Unfortunately the system was full of bugs, and did not perform. I don't know if Bruce ever perservered with it.
  3. Questions For Reg Wilson

    David, a sensible post, and I thank you for it. More than happy to spend some time to show you how you and the QED can be a successfull and harmonious team. Look me up and I would be more than happy to give you a few pointers for no charge.
  4. I've probably stated this before, but the prototype PI seemed to have the most 'boogy' of any detector I've used.
  5. Well jin, no takers on this subject. I have a few clues, but not sure I should post them, as it could stir up a hornets nest.
  6. Questions For Reg Wilson

    DDs how do you know that 1000s of square miles are not gold bearing? There are easily 1000s of square miles of Ordovician country that has not proven to be auriferous, or non auriferous. Just reading geo maps of Victoria reveals possibilities everywhere. Earlier this year JR Beatty and myself proved up over a thousand acres of previously unproven, virgin ground. Quite a bit of very nice gold that your SD 2000 would have no trouble picking up, and we are a long way from finding the extent of that run. I find it a bit presumptive on your part to state percentages of gold found to gold that is as yet unfound, and I am mystified as to where you have accrued such knowledge. I could give you a few tips on how to improve the performance of your 2000, but you probably know already.
  7. Newest Big Nugget Found..........

    Clay Diggins, I feel there must be some mistake regarding a 300 oz nugget at Kingower on that date. Captain John G. Meschock, who also discovered the Maldon goldfield was awarded the sum of 1000 pounds for the discovery of the Kingower field in August 1853. 1801 was way too early for a discovery of that size at Kingower. The earliest reward of 476 pounds and 4 shillings, for a major gold discovery was made to William Campell in March 1850 for the finding of the Clunes goldfield. Whether a nugget (over 20 ozs) was found there is not recorded, but in 1851 the Ballarat and Castlemaine (Mt. Alexander and Forrest Creek) gold fields were discovered, and yielded huge nuggets. My guess would be that the first nuggets of any size would have come from Ballarat. Maybe Canadian Gully or Black Hill. Small finds of gold were reported before 1850 in many places, but the major rushes took place after that date.
  8. Questions For Reg Wilson

    DDs, you ask me if there is anywhere on public land that has not had a coil on it. For goodness sake , there are thousands of square miles here in Victoria that have never seen a detector. You need to learn how to prospect and not just fossick. Hovering over ground that some self proclaimed expert has produced a map of is not necessarily a recipe for success. On a number of occasions I have detected gold within ten minutes drive of where I live, and some pretty impressive gold at that. But it is not on old diggings, and is not on any map. Research. Learn how to read geo maps and understand them. Learn how to prospect.
  9. QED Review

    goldenoldie, since Howard increased the mode range, there are few nasty ground situations that the QED cannot handle, and very little in sensitivity has been sacrificed to achieve that. Howard thought it best that I should have the latest production model, so that anyone wanting to try the QED should have the available one to test rather than my old prototype. My prototype looks perhaps a little rough the way I have set it up, but I like it that way, and I guess I am used to it, and have become fond of it the way it is.
  10. QED Review

    The QED has had a few changes since I first tested a prototype back at the beginning of this year. The collaboration of Howard as inventor and designer and Pete now providing the Detech coils and the super light weight handle and collapsing stem arrangement, it is a much more professional looking piece of equipment. Gone are the much criticized wing nuts and Whites 'goose neck' stem. I am not sure if one still has the option of just purchasing the control box and custom building the machine to suit ones self, but I kind of liked that idea. I have a feeling my good prospecting buddy JR Beatty, being the inventive 'wizz' that he is, would possibly feel the same way. For them that like a machine already set up, the new configuration is definitely well balanced with the control box further back, and just a readout on the top of the handle. Running an 8" Commander coil with this setup is a super small gold sniper, and in my opinion equal or better than any small gold specialist detector on the market. The target response is fast, sharp, and unmissable. When using larger coils, with perhaps the exception of the three spoke Nuggetfinder Litz coil ( the four spoke coil is quite a bit heavier) the Detech setup is a bit too flexible for my liking. In this situation I prefer the X Terra handle and stem, as it is a little more rigid. I now have a production model as well as my prototype which has had an extended mode, and auto ground balance added, but still runs the model airplane style lipo battery and X Terra handle and stem. Howard offered to update it to current specs, but "over my dead body". I like it just fine the way it is. I should add, that contrary to speculation, I have no vested interest, financial or otherwise in the QED.
  11. Newest Big Nugget Found..........

    Mike, mate, you have set me a bit of a task, as the list starts with the biggest nugget, and works it way down. 'Found in alluvial. Gross weight 2,520 ozs Net weight 2,284 ozs 16 dwt 22 grains. Found at Black lead Moliagul at a depth of 1". "The Welcome Stranger'. 5.2.1869 By john Deason and Richard Oates, witnessed by F. Knox Orme, Warden, Nugget Book. The site of discovery is marked by a stone obelisk. The gold in this nugget was associated with 68 lbs of quartz. Down to Alluvial 20 ozs from Back Creek diggings, Talbot, Amherst. No name or finder recorded, Feb. 1859 authenticated by W. E. Adcock. Somewhere in between will be the earliest nugget recorded. I will find it for you. PS there is a list of 31 nuggets found after the turn of the century, (1900) and some of these are interesting as they were found in odd cases by accident. eg. Being turned up by a plow.
  12. Newest Big Nugget Found..........

    You are right Steve, not everything in life is a scam, but the gold business has more than its share, and as I stated, this mob has form. They threatened me and called me a con man, until it was proven beyond dispute that they were the con men, and then they blamed each other. No one was ever charged over that fraud. You can't blame me for being suspicious. mn, information as follows. 1912 Victoria Department of mines Memoirs of the Geological Survey of Victoria ( E. J. Dunn, F.G.S., Director ): No. 12. List of nuggets found in Victoria Issued By W. Dickson, Secretary for Mines, under the authority of the Hon. Peter McBride, M.P., Minister of Mines Reprinted 1979 with the permission of the Department of Minerals and Energy, Vitoria. By Hisperian Press P.O. Box 317, Victoria Park Western Australia. For Garret Metal Detectors of Victoria 40 Albert St. Kilmore, Victoria, 3601. Tel (057) 821166. This 67 page list describes 1327 nuggets ( pieces over 20 troy ounces ) listing weight, depth, name of nugget, date found, finders, where recorded and by whom, and finally remarks, which includes description of nugget, and situation of finding. This is one of my most prized references, and has proved invaluable over the years. Mind you, a great number of nuggets obtained by the Chinese were never documented. To the best of my knowledge, nowhere in the world has produced more nuggets than Victoria.
  13. Newest Big Nugget Found..........

    Well, I have to accept your word Steve, but you have to admit that in the past there have been more than one attempt to pass off Australian gold as Californian. The list of Californian nuggets is paled into insignificance by the number found in Victoria Australia. It runs into many pages. I know as I have a copy.
  14. Questions For Reg Wilson

    DDs the SD 2000 was a mighty machine, and in my opinion is as good as any on big gold. I was never a fan of the 2100, but liked the 2200 a great deal. After the SD series the later machines were more suited to smaller and smaller gold. There will still be big pieces to be had, but sometimes you need to use a bit of lateral thinking, and actually prospect some of the less famous areas, as there are big slugs still hiding in places as yet undetected. This is especially true of many places in Australia. I recommend research. Get off the beaten track. Last year I picked up a 27 oz in an area that had seen practically no detecting.
  15. Newest Big Nugget Found..........

    This reminds me of a previous large 'Californian' nugget that Mr Kagin was involved with. Authenticated, and sold for us $460,000, it was found to have come from Australia. I wonder where this one came from? One can't help but be sceptical. Nuggets of that size were very rare in California in the old days, and the chance of finding one today would be a real long shot. These people have form, so my guess is that they are up to their old tricks.
  16. Newest Big Nugget Found..........

    DODGY!!!!! I smell a rat.
  17. Value Of Used GPX 4000?

    I have one and like it. Weren't these the last Australian made Minelab detector?
  18. Ground Balancing The 7000

    Good grief. Not exactly an easy exercise.
  19. The Gold I've Missed

    I started missing gold as soon as I started detecting, and this is the sad saga of just how much. Wedderburn in the north of the central Victorian goldfields is where I found my first color, and Schicer gully was where I lost my detecting virginity. A little piece of a few grams beneath a tree. After finding no more there, my mate at the time (who first introduced me to prospecting with a detector) and I moved to Beggary hill, just to the north of Wedderburn, where we found a patch of small colors on the side of the hill. I was trying to learn as much as I could about this detecting game by making friends with some of the guys who knew a bit about alluvial gold and where it could be found with a detector. I had learned about 'surfacing', and the importance of detecting around these areas, so a patch of shallow surfacing nearby captured my attention, but there where so many old tin cans that I gave up on it after a few hours. A local chap that I had become friends with lived in the town and had a mate who made his own rum. On a regular basis I would drop in to his place with a couple of bottles of Coke, and we would talk about gold. On my arrival one night he brought out a pillow case in which was wrapped a very large nugget. It contained a little ironstone, and was a magnificent piece that weighed 84 ozs. His son and two of his mates had found it using an early Whites detector that my friend Luke had loaned to the kids for a school project on gold prospecting. He then bought out a local map to show me where the kids had found it. Well, you guessed it. Down by the fence among the tin cans where I had given up on Beggary hill.
  20. The Gold I've Missed

    Time for another painful confession. After once again being the 'bridesmaid' at Smythesdale I decided to give Wedderburn another try. I had enjoyed prospecting that country ( actually I was fossicking at that stage, and had a lot to learn about prospecting ). I detected Sugarloaf, Blacksmiths gully, Garibaldi, and Mosquito, finding bits at all spots, but nothing over an ounce. Other detector operators seemed to be having better luck than me. Poring over a map of the area, I found myself looking at that same Beggary hill area, even though I knew that by now it had been well looked at. The next day found me back at Beggary hill and it certainly had been looked at. There were people camped there and still looking, so I continued along the track to an area called Silverdale. The old timers had surfaced and shallow shafted this area, and although the signs were that they had found gold in this area, there were no 'tourists' to be seen, so I set up camp near a big century plant. ( a variety of succulent) I liked the look of this spot, despite the amount of ironstone. Bright and early the next morning I stated swinging the Garret Deepseeker that I was now using. I was picking up a few pieces despite the noisy ground, finally cracking my first bit over an ounce.The detector was moaning and groaning over the ironstone making for very fatiguing progress, and after a day my ears were ringing. The next day yielded nothing so I upped camp and moved on. A few weeks later I learned that 'The Pride of Australia', an eight kilo nugget was found by an old guy using a Whites detector. It was found at Silverdale near the century plant. It was sold to the State Bank of Victoria and was on display in the Victorian Museum from where it was stolen and never recovered in 1991.
  21. Big Coils -- Do You Still Use Them?

    Sorry mn, but I've no idea what I may or may not be missing. How can anyone know such things unless they try several different options, and then scrape with machinery to see what they've missed, and at what depth. Even that may not be totally accurate.
  22. Big Coils -- Do You Still Use Them?

    I find that the 25'' Nuggetfinder runs very smooth on my QED, and has lots of depth as well as good coverage. It is extremely light for a large coil. The coils we ran on the PI protos were 20" DD and were real 'wrist breakers',
  23. The Gold I've Missed

    Don't worry Jin, I'm not angry at JR. I just promied that I wouldn't let him forget. It's only a little joke between us.
  24. The Gold I've Missed

    jin, very helpful is JR. Get him to tell you the story of how he advised an old farmer on just how we knew where to find gold , and how successful that farmer became. And he might just tell you how much gold that cost us.
  25. Great New Profile Picture On Your Facebook Page JP !

    Getting a few white whiskers.