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  1. Bipolar technology does not look like this at all. Mine is much more effective.
    8 points
  2. XP DEUS / XP ORX Search Coil Chart Low Frequency (LF) Search Coils 4, 8, 12, 18 kHz 9" round, 11" round, 13" x 11" (discontinued September 2018) XP DEUS Only X35 Search Coils 4, 8 ,12 ,18, 25 kHz 9" round, 11" round, 13" x 11" XP DEUS and XP ORX High Frequency (HF) Search Coils 9" round 15, 30, 50 kHz and 10" x 5" 15, 30, 80 kHz XP DEUS and XP ORX
    6 points
  3. Tim requested that I return the detector on 9 Jan. I did so the next day. In our conversation on the 9th, he mentioned the certification issues and gave me no great amount of detail. Even if he had, I doubt I would be allowed to publicly post it. Tom Walsh owns FTP, not me. I never made any pretense of considering myself qualified by either my inland location or my relatively limited beach hunting experience. I leave expert testing to those more favorably qualified and located. Should Tim have sold the machine to someone else - guess you have to ask him. My intention with havin
    5 points
  4. No point starting a whole new thread for 1 pic of some gold - hope it is alright to attach it to the end of this thread JP? Found with an Equinox 800 in Gold Mode 1 in amongst some trash next to a relatively large old timers hole. Essentially right on top and an easily found target but I honestly probably wouldn't have found it without a VLF. So much trash around I doubt that I would've persevered with a PI. Smack on 1 gram 🙂
    5 points
  5. Thanks Steve, I've got 15 from this beach since July. It was the type of ring that was popular for that time period. (And maybe that area) Most are not stamped with a fineness mark .....so it dates them to the late 1800's to early 1900's. You really have to look close to make out the initials ......Also took me a second to figure out how to shoot a photo, slanted them downward in the front. I love this beach for there are so many things that personalize the rings that I find here.
    4 points
  6. Me. Think CTX 3030 and Equinox. Was anyone interested in paying for a lighter housing and a little bit of new tech on a machine that's already essentially out there? I ditched my CTX 3030 the minute I got my hands on an Equinox. I also have an iPhone now instead of a rotary phone, but I am sure my iPhone is no better at making phone calls.
    4 points
  7. Back out again for 5 hours during a nice lowtide.
    4 points
  8. A decent video comparing targets on the Vanquish Vs the Equinox. The Vanquish really looks like the perfect first detector for someone, easy to use, built based on the Equinox so performance is pretty damn impressive.
    4 points
  9. This is the beauty of the forum. If someone builds it someones will buy it and test it and report back. All I have to do is be patient.
    4 points
  10. During the winter here in the Chesapeake bay my main goal is to watch for the best conditions, then try put and myself in the right location to find gold. I seen a Opp coming Monday mornings lowtide, No winds and calm water. Perfect conditions and I knew where to go, a spot that has been very good to me since July 2019. First target of the day a Nice 14k cigar band, 45 minutes later gold ring number two for the day. A Victorian ladies gold ring, no fineness mark. Ring was badly stained. Third and final gold came as water was starting to get rough. Cutting across in the water and headed in I
    3 points
  11. No problem Steve. Your inquiry and comments were totally legit and caused me to think clearly back on how I ended up where I am with this. I re-read my post and wish I had let a bit less annoyance creep in - thanks for the prod. After going on three years as gadfly and cheerleader, I am about to launch a new effort as a dealer - likely restricted to the Impulse line as it develops. My objective in the whole AQ thing at this point is to build my competence and knowledge of the device so that I can leverage my understanding of these things as well as my ability to “reach back” to FTP -
    3 points
  12. I'm back. I'm sure glad to know you are back at it around here. I had wondered about the mysterious man from down under. I saw some good gold from Norm and company at Tom Wells Road. Lu won a salt lamp with a token. I got Curtis out there picking up coins. Last year he just sat in his stroller. Next year he will probably find more than me! Mitchel
    3 points
  13. I'm going to make my prediction now. GPX 6000, mostly the same as the 5000, other than the chip system to prevent off brand coils 😀
    3 points
  14. I am after some advice, I purchased a GPZ 7000 late yesterday and of course I am keen to take it out today for a test drive. I am pretty clueless with this machine, although I've watched JW use it many times I've not paid any attention to how he runs it or what he does with it as I never thought I'd be buying one. I think his settings may not be ideal for me yet anyway as he runs it crazy hot, being a beginner I'd probably need more tame stable settings 🙂 JW is unable to be contacted this weekend, Queenstown's big music festival of the year which JW always attends going on for the weeke
    2 points
  15. X-coils have shipping included in their price. The price you see on the X-coils website is the price you'll pay to have it delivered. The GPX/QED coils are $650 AUD with worldwide shipping included, there is no variance in price between sizes. Comparisons of coils is such a difficult thing to do unless you're doing it yourself as different ground gives different results. I have no problems burying a nugget or two and waving my QED or GPX over it and doing a video of the process with any coil you'd like to me to do it with out of my range of coils. I do have mild soils, so it shows
    2 points
  16. I have to be honest and say something seems odd about all this Rick. Given your original excited post about unboxing videos and such it sure fizzled out quick. I understand you were not well for a time, but it also seems there was no rush to return the detector to FT so quickly if it’s just going to sit there waiting to be updated. I know if I had had my hands on the detector it would have been like any other detector I’ve got my hands on. Closeup good photos of the machine from every angle possible, including coil, battery, and rod as separate items. Weights and lengths on all components, etc
    2 points
  17. Patients for new tech is a forced financial given for me, and many others! But those of you that can muster the cash, make great testers and reporters of products!! Oops, sorry Lacky, i just rephrased what you said above🤣 I was multitasking🤯 That only works for my wife!! Keep being you!! 👍👍
    2 points
  18. I would just be happy to see the stock machine released. Rick's production unit had to be sent back to meet regulatory certifcation upgrades. Looks like we are still several months away from release. So talking about aftermarket coils seems like next year's issue, at this point.
    2 points
  19. I tried multi and individual freqs, but it wouldn't settle down until I switched to the 6" coil. You have to understand this is in the heard of SF, next to an overhead electric Muni transit line, probably about the worst EMI you could imagine. Not only that, but there were about sixother hunters there, so there was definitely some serious crosstalk going on there.
    2 points
  20. I thought that is similar to what I had read somewhere. Perhaps from JP on here? Perhaps heard it on the GPZ Minelab vids? I can’t remember. I am having 2 guesses about the future announcement. 1) An updated 5000 simply in a better housing with built in battery and wireless audio, etc. 2) An updated 7000 in a lighter housing with a little bit of new tech involved. Not announcing either properly now so they don’t hurt current sales of their 2 flagship detectors.
    2 points
  21. I didn't get to do a proper prospecting trip today as my back was still sore from my days of sluicing so my wife decided I needed to rest rather than make my back worse. I don't know which was more painful... my back or not being allowed to go use my new toy. 🙂 I took the detector down to the river behind my house to have a swing over some little nuggets. First impression..... The screen is great, I love the modern design and easy to use interface, a vast improvement over the GPX with it's knobs and switches. Felt far more modern than the GPX. The screen is also bad, as it'
    2 points
  22. Hello everybody yesterday was the best beach handing day so far. Why? Because I chose the right place. What was the right place? The beach in front of a close for winter beach bar. The result was 38.40 euros and a silver cross. Think that I search only the half beach (I didn’t have enough time) looking only for coins and silver with discrimination -10 to +17. If I can make it, I will go soon at the same place and I will tell you the results.
    2 points
  23. Jerry is super knowledgeable and after reading a few of his posts back in the day I sought out and read all I could find. I’m glad to hear he is doing well. Thanks Mark.
    2 points
  24. From the same doc referenced by Dave above "Another disadvantage of PI is its capability at detecting very large nuggets compared to CW metal detectors, such as ZVT. CW means Continuous Wave and includes all technologies that do not have zero transmit periods (almost all technologies other than PI). Zero Voltage Transmission (ZVT) – ZVT has the same major advantage as PI for ground balancing in not detecting the major soil component X, but has the same advantage of CW metal detector technologies compared to PI for detecting very large nuggets because ZVT is CW (unlike PI that is not CW ),
    2 points
  25. Regards Rick, I hope better soon !!!! I heard unofficially that Fisher informed the distributors of Europe that in May it will be on sale !!!
    2 points
  26. Thank you LE.JAG for bothering to put the subtitles in Spanish. Great find
    2 points
  27. You are probably wondering why I haven’t been sharing experiences of using the AQ here in Gold Canyon. Good question. After New Years, it became clear that some relatively minor modifications to the production configuration of the AQ were going to be made in order for it to meet all the certification tests required to meet the requirements of each of the required agencies. In conversation with Tim Mallory, I agreed that the best course of action was for my AQ to be retuned to El Paso and returned to me when it was identical to the final production configuration. Add to that, the
    2 points
  28. Did you ask Minelab if ZVT is just another "acronym" for an evolution of PI technology? https://www.minelab.com/__files/f/254716/KBA 24-1 Basics of the GPZ 7000 Technology Zero Voltage Transmission (ZVT).pdf "It should be noted that the PI receive period is half that of the ZVT period, because the PI system shown in figure 2 transmits for half the time and receives for the other half of the time, unlike ZVT that transmits and receives simultaneously just about all of the time."
    2 points
  29. It's the new generation of coils that far exceed stock coils in my opinion, the change from bundle wound to flat wound on coils is a real stand out to me when it comes to performance, especially sensitivity to smaller targets which as you know is vital for me with our giant NZ gold 🙂 and you're completely right, I love new toys and innovation.
    2 points
  30. I've never been disappointed with an aftermarket coil purchase yet, I rarely run an OEM coil on any of my detectors that have aftermarket options as I've ALWAYS found aftermarket coils are better. The Minelab GPX is a prime example of aftermarket coils far exceeding that of OEM coils, a lot of people never even use their stock coil, some leave it behind at the dealer for a discount on an aftermarket coil at the time of detector purchase while others just keep it as a decoration like I did 🙂 These Equinox coils are very new and obviously have their limitations with the adapter taking
    2 points
  31. Hit a demo park scrape in San Francisco, reales, gold rush era buckles, seated liberty coins, large cents, you name it, it was coming out of this park. Largest problem at this inner city spot was EMI. I couldn't get the EQ800 to calm down with the stock 11" coil, but it worked like a charm with the 6" coil. I dug 9 silver coins that hunt, more than my buddy with his Exp2 (he only dug a couple), matter of fact it was more than anyone else on that hunt (there were several of us detecting). It never lacked depth, I had no issues working the iron, it definitely didn't have any issues brin
    2 points
  32. JP did get those small bits at depth in Australian soil. That was me just tweaking a friend! Everyone says they hate hype so I have been underselling the capability of the Equinox in nearly all regards. Part of the fun of the intro has been sitting back and letting people discover this machine for themselves. I think Equinox will end up displacing most single frequency gold nugget detectors eventually but it may take a model make specifically for prospecting for that to really happen, or at least some coils made specifically for the purpose. The power is there for sure, Multi-IQ is really
    2 points
  33. ok, indeed I did not understand when i see the ring appear we just see the slice I call the guy who was with me and to show him, I kick water on the ring which comes out better from the sand Terry, I'm starting on video I'm already having a hard time doing them, if in addition I had to fake them I think I would be too bad to get there 😂
    1 point
  34. Translation problems. I see what Terry means. In the video it appears you are lifting your leg up as if you have somehow picked the ring up with your toes. You do not appear to bend over at all, so in the video it looks like your are using your leg and your booted foot to somehow pick the ring up and put it in your hand.
    1 point
  35. Man Joe, you are killing it - good for you! What is your theory of the similarity of the insignia rings? It's like an entire ring set in different sizes. What are the letters? They are so stylized I can't really make them out. Very interesting.
    1 point
  36. Hi ! Greaaat neeews here !! A friend come at home today, we worked on the GPX. The Ribbon cable cleaning have not resolve the problem... After made some test with each elements from his GPX on mine, we find the problem comes from a bad contact in the disc. A simple solder should resolve the problem for sure ! Thank's to everybody for your help. Best regards from France. Luis.
    1 point
  37. when i put the disc in the water she just moved / I can't hear her anymore until then, the sound does not vary / it is still in place my gamate, from the tip to the yellow handle is 45 cm = 17.71 ' it's hard to say how much she was and that’s not the purpose of the video .. but it was pretty deep also note, that the ring is a small diameter it does not pass to my little finger larger diameter / good weather condition see a lower carat (18k this one) = easier to detect we can largely hope 20 '
    1 point
  38. Phrunt I’ve seen this video before and it is a simple test between the two detectors. I do believe it shows that in the Vanquish you getting a lot for your money. Thanks for posting the video here for all to view if they so desire. Chuck
    1 point
  39. Dave, that is a cracking offer and thanks. However, the ‘what would I compare it to’ is the issue. A Sadie, a Detech 11” Ultra Sensing and a NF 20” Advantage are my 3 coils and really they cover everything I need at present. And I don’t even know anyone locally with comparable coils to the x-coil 15x10. It would be comparing apples with oranges so no real point unfortunately. Getting it back to you wouldn’t be an issue. I will make some enquires and if things change I’ll let you know 👍
    1 point
  40. If someone sends me an x-coil I would gladly test it on the QED 😁 I promise I'll send it back! If you were to go with the 15" X 10" x-coil you could possibly forego the 14" Coiltek and replace it with a 20" spoked Nugget Finder? Being an older style bundle wound coil it should handle the ground better whilst also giving you a big foot print for patch finding, good depth and it runs nicely on a QED. It is also surprisingly light and well weighted on the QED for its size. Between your 11" Detech and a 15" x 10" x-coil I'm not sure that the Coiltek would be filling much of a gap
    1 point
  41. I thought it was a direct sunlight viewable display - maybe I am thinking of the Equinox? I thought if you actually directed it straight at the sun it was easier to see? Yep, very straight forward 👍 Makes a massive difference to weight control and coil control. Loved the audio. So much better than the QED. 😊 That's all that matters.
    1 point
  42. Ι hope so, but i have to reduce the discrimination and i estimate to find 1 ton of aluminum before i find the gold ring.😂
    1 point
  43. Haha, Minelab have the reputation of building detectors that perform and improve technology. A 5000 without coil options will sell like a dinner plate wired to a cardboard box....on a stick of course... 😉
    1 point
  44. There is a lesson in this for all of us. "What if it isn't another ring pull?" JW 🤠
    1 point
  45. Start with High Yield/Normal/ Audio smoothing:off / Ground smoothing: off. My sensitivity starting point is usually 6-8, then I slowly increase until the machine becomes too unstable. In my experience, running the machine very hot (Sensitivity >13) is catching more shallow gold assuming your brain can process all the chatter, whereas you will miss deep faint targets with sensitivity set too high. Another advice, use the ferrite with GB set to semi-auto (so it keeps the iron track constant). The 14 in coil works best with strict coil control keeping both sides at level, and slow swing speed
    1 point
  46. Detectorists are time travellers. JW 🤠
    1 point
  47. Thanks, for comments on my video for AQ, I don't have the final product Rick stole it from me :)) I have the last pcb of series but in a ventral case / and not the last sticker it's not very good for videos .... 3 days ago I found a big gold ring really very deep I'm still going to make a short video of this hunt the depth of the ring is clearly visible on the film, and should surprise many of you :)
    1 point
  48. I might have been out and about having a play in "Field" mode chasing some relics.
    1 point
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