Xp deus shaft docs gold screamer and a few different wireless options! Finally got all the peices. Of course I got a bum connector peices for the aptx blue tooth so that will have to wait. I did test it but I had to keep my fingers on the connection while I used it. I must say sounded perfect, there was no lag as far as I could tell. Ready to stuff it in the pack and go find some gold!
Purchased a GPX- 4500 package and an additional 12" round NF Evolution coil from Chris at AZO and took it for it's maiden run today. It was toasty in Central AZ today but I just had to give the new set up a go for a few hours. Not a bad first run... scored three little nugs.
Totally HOT set up.
If you own a GPX I'm sure if you don't already have a battery back up you are probably wanting to get one. Well, that's where I am at. Problem is buying a 2nd battery is some 400 dollars or more. I know Doc's has the Screamer kit with the amp and a couple smaller batteries etc which don't sound bad but it's still over 400 dollars for the complete set up. There may be some other similar set ups as well, I don't know. I could see the option of buying the Screamer amp for 135, the little pouch that goes around the detector for 50 and another 50 for one battery cutting the cost a bit. But then you need a different charger for this battery so probably another 20 or so bucks. So with shipping your probably better than 250 for the set up.
Some say the screamer amp is plastic and can get cracks in it easily? I'm assuming too the screamer has a built in regulator but I don't know.
Anyone have experience with using the stock minelab set up VS the aftermarket one's?
Although no gold, I really enjoyed playing with my new GPX 5000 for a couple of hours. Not belonging to a club yet, I went to Lynx Creek just to get familiar with it in hot ground. Tried the Double D 11" coil to play with the discrimination feature. Set it at 3 and then 5 and still got a few rusty iron pieces but not many (Lynx creek is a very trashy area). I feel the discrimination worked really well for a PI. Had a great time, I am addicted to this machine and cant wait to join a club to go out in a more remote area. Here are a couple of photos of what I found. Many were just whispers when I began so I am sure the detector is working perfect just need to get it over some gold!
I know that most here don't go to the beach often to hunt but for those of you who do ... PLEASE FILL YOUR HOLES!
Today Lu and I went out to one of our local beaches and we saw a guy on the beach I spoke to on Tuesday. This guy has a hand scoop and he bends and kneels down to dig his targets in the sand. He makes a very 'sharp' hole without rounded edges and they go down about 6-8 inches in many cases. If his target is trash he throws it up higher on the beach. If he likes it I don't know what it is. When he is done he leaves the hole and finds another target. I don't know his machine but I can go behind him and find rings and other coins he has missed.
I went to him on Tuesday and told him to please fill his holes and then left. He is not one of the guys I can talk with about his finds. I explained to him that someone stepping in his holes would injure themselves. (A jogger had just run by because where he was digging was just above the waves.) He was not receptive to my scolding him or trying to reason with him. We left and hunted another area of the beach. When we returned he had left and we filled his holes (at least 60) as we found his misses.
Today I went to the same beach and he was already there. The open holes were everywhere. I went directly to him without turning on my detector and told him that he was still being dangerous and the lifeguards and city might stop us if someone stepped in his holes. He was not having any of it. "I don't have to fill my holes and you go f yourself!" I told him I had to fill his holes and he said 'GOOD' and I hope you fill more! I asked him if he thought his holes were safe for someone old (like me) or someone who could not see or someone jogging and he said "The beach is a dangerous place ... those people should not be here!"
What great logic. Someone fighting for their right to be dangerous and stupid.
He makes a hole. He is the logical one to fill it and be courteous to others and help prevent injury. The tide will not fill it for 3 hours or more. The only possible benefit for him in not filling a hole is that he would save time between finds. In the meantime everyone who comes by his patch has to avoid his diggings because he is selfish.
We had a number of other choice words with each other before I left the beach. (This was before the lifeguards had arrived or I would have gone to one of them who knows me and knows I fill my holes and given him an idea of what I was trying to do.) I want to Police Ourselves before someone else passes an ordinance requiring a permit or posting a sign making detecting off limits.
We did just fine at another beach about a mile away so that is not the point. Safety is the point. (Sometimes in the desert also.)
Please think a little bit about others and FILL YOUR HOLES.
P.S. I'm going to post this on a couple of forums to get the word out.