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Travelling through gold country (video contains only one swear word).. 😬

 

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It's pretty daunting using a 6" coil in big open country like that looking for gold, so you really need to know ideally the best locations to look, here it's a bit different, we have obvious bedrock all over the place so finding a first nugget can be a bit easier as you just zero in on bedrock.  I'd be lost in open country like that with a 6" coil and it's where PI detectors help a lot as you can use a much bigger coil to cover ground better and go exploring.

If there is still lots of junk around those old gold mines you're finding perhaps they haven't been overly detected, remember the GPZ doesn't discriminate, they're dig everything machines and the GPX's people mostly use Mono coils for the performance and then they too are dig it all machines.  If there is a lot of junk it could possibly be a good sign.

QED's are extremely difficult to buy at the moment it seems as they were using White's shafts and White's went belly up so they've had to search for alternatives so there are no new QED's on the market after the stock ran out, not easy at the moment with world shipping messed up.  Second hand ones are selling about the price new ones were and are as rare as hens teeth, snapped up as soon as someone mentions they've got one they're selling, people are asking all the time if anyone's wanting to sell one.

You could ask about just buying the control box portion of one new and use your fake Gold Bug Pro shaft for it, and pick up a second hand GPX coil from Gumtree or something and you're off.  I don't see why that's not possible?  Cheaper way to buy one too.  That same junk that's bothering you with the Equinox is going to bother you more with a PI as you won't know if it's junk or not 🙂  Golden rule of gold prospecting, dig it all or you'll miss a lot of gold.

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2 hours ago, phrunt said:

You could ask about just buying the control box portion of one new

Thanks for the advice Phrunt, it has indeed been a bit of a battle getting a hold of one.. am still hoping the GPX 4500 and 500 will drop in price a bit as they're still unaffordable at the moment..

Who could i ask about just buying the control box? does the manufacturer sell them separately? is there any truth to the rumour that there's a P4 in the works? it'd be the bee's bollocks if it was..    

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10 minutes ago, Erik Oostra said:

Thanks for the advice Phrunt, it has indeed been a bit of a battle getting a hold of one.. am still hoping the GPX 4500 and 500 will drop in price a bit as they're still unaffordable at the moment..

Who could i ask about just buying the control box? does the manufacturer sell them separately? is there any truth to the rumour that there's a P4 in the works? it'd be the bee's bollocks if it was..    

Minelab's hold their value like crazy, so do QED's I guess so second hand prices are usually still pretty high, Gumtree in Australia usually has a few GPX's for sale second hand, I wouldn't go one of the older GP series just purely for buying old electronics that they no longer repair.

The PL3 is the current QED and even people who bought a PL1 can have their PL1 run as a PL3 for free as all the software updates are free for 5 years from purchase, I'm sure they'll not cost much if anything after the 5 years as the guy that makes the QED seems a really nice guy.  A Pl4 If comes out at some point is really a PL3 with the new software installed, and obviously on a new shaft now the White's shafts are being changed to something else.  There are cosmetic changes between early and late models but that's settled down now and it's mostly only software changes.

Seeing you're in OZ anyway sending a PL3 down to get the free upgrade when it comes out won't be too much of a hassle, you only send the little box down not the whole detector.  I sent my PL2 in from NZ and it was quick and easy and came back as a PL3.

You could ask any of the dealers about buying the box, maybe Reg can help as he uses the forum, here is the dealers list

https://www.qedmetaldetectors.com.au/qed-dealers

 

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I especially want to thank Geof-junk for his Queensland Historical Gold Mines kmz files.. they have been invaluable together with Google Earth (especially its 3D function).. it makes the whole adventure a fair bit less daunting if you can 'see' how and where these old gold mine sites are located.. Thanks again..  

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2 minutes ago, phrunt said:

maybe Reg can help as he uses the forum

I've been in contact with Reg and he's been very helpful.. unfortunately he's out of stock at the moment.. (he also told me about the upcoming PL4..  

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1 minute ago, Erik Oostra said:

I've been in contact with Reg and he's been very helpful.. unfortunately he's out of stock at the moment.. (he also told me about the upcoming PL4..  

yup, that's the next software, it's been talked about coming for a bit, and a new battery method with USB.  Same performance as a PL3 updated to PL4 though when it comes out.

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Erik have an elliptical coil in your collection with a 12 to 14" range, as it allows coverage, in hand with a high sensitivity for smaller nuggets ( there is more small nuggets than large ones in open ground.) 

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