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  1. Me and a hunting buddy happened upon a CW firing range. We thought, great, we'll dig a few minies and move on. But when we swung it was immediate target after target. A rare unexploited hot spot. Limited only by how fast we could recover the targets. Another buddy made it over to the area coming from a different field and joined in with the Deus. But this was hot Culpeper dirt so I had the advantage with my GPX 4800 PI detector. My other buddy fanned out to look for the likely firing line holding drops and buttons, but no joy. Likely cleaned out by others who were there beforeMe and a hu
    16 points
  2. Purchased a 12", was sent the rest for free later on. My reports on them can all be found on this site. Have 2 concentrics that were sent to me as I was heading home from winter prospecting so I haven't had a chance to test them yet. From basically day 1 I've explained what I paid for and what was sent to me for free. In fact, I was the first person to ask the same from others, including other products too. I've gone out of my way to take as neutral of an approach as I humanly can and report on both the things I like and the things that need improvement. And while those reports can b
    11 points
  3. Jeff and Steve: As a former QED enthusiast, it has given me no joy to witness the disintegration of the relationship between my friend (and former QED agent) Reg Wilson and Howard Rocky, the QED creator. What has amazed me is how long the relationship actually lasted - given that both these strong personalities are in reality chalk and cheese. I'm not going into boring gory detail, but suffice it to say that the casualty list of former QED supporters is now both lengthy and distinguished. Despite this, The QED remains a popular entry level PI detector. I have never maintained
    10 points
  4. Steve a good post and a golden opportunity for everyone to put a line under the whole sorry mess and move on into sensible discussion. No one will truly know EXACTLY what happened behind the scenes because the main combatants have largely gone away for a myriad of reasons with the main incentive being marketing and sales. I for one am not proud of my involvement because of the harm to those who do not know the whole story, that’s the price others are having to pay because of my stupid stubborn sense of injustice. I’ll own my part in the drama in the hopes that those who know me well eno
    9 points
  5. Poking around one the older park areas here and came across this pin with wings and a stone in the middle. Not sure how old guessing turn of the century or maybe 1930's? May have been plated at one time. Left the clad in the shot so you can see the size.
    8 points
  6. Looks like everyone has had their say now so hopefully this X coil thread can continue on in a positive direction moving forward. πŸ˜‡ It seems to me two important things have happened in parallel, one was the major shake up with all the different entities and the other is the release of the Concentric coils. Both have had a profound effect on the situation and the many discussions around the subject. 🧐 The entities thing is less meaningful now than it was a month ago and will probably continue that way as all the friction points have been largely removed. My friction points were multi facet
    8 points
  7. Thank you for you feedback We are ready with the Mechanical Team to understand and solve the problem. A lower rod will be sent to you in exchange, and we are studying the phenomenon. Tests are already carried out internally with high lateral pressure, we will continue in this direction to understand. I contacted the whole team when I saw the message today.
    8 points
  8. Hi Guys, Here's a couple of finds from my last outings with my detecting buddies. The Barber half is one of the nicer ones I've found. The Trime ... Not so much. I resisted the urge to do much cleaning so the coins will remain in their natural state. It's encouraging to see that there's still a few goodies out there to find. You just have to work harder to get them.
    7 points
  9. While not a perfect match, its shape is very similar. Guessing it is safe to say it was a brooch. https://pbuy.ga/ProductDetail.aspx?iid=21392354&pr=66.99
    7 points
  10. Hi Steve, Love my 22" X-coil for the GPZ 7000. Made my own adapter, was easy to make, hardest part on it is probably burning off the red coating on the wires to get the solder to stick πŸ˜‰.. But so far love it... P.S. the adapter Minelab has on their coils looks like a double high speed switching diode, part # PMBD7000, in a SOT-23 package. The diode has an SMD code on it W5CAG. More than likely a crypto chip, as they make the Crypto chips in a SOT-23 format also. Dave
    7 points
  11. I spent a few hours yesterday with some Mano a Mano testing on the ML15 and the CT15. Disclaimer: This is what I observed in my testing, my ground, my occasional surmising, and feedback from the targets I marked. Your results will most definitely vary. I am not a scientist, nor an engineer... just a guy trying to find the best way to use the equipment I have. I am also not trying to speak poorly of either coil - as both have merits. I ran both coils with the exact setup - including noise cancel setting (it took me a few times to get the same setting though they were pretty clos
    6 points
  12. Have I run the machine in pure magnetite a foot deep? No, and I doubt it would function if I did. I have run in very hot magnetite laden serpentine based northern Sierra ground, the hottest I can find, and the detector runs like a detector in really hot ground. Exactly like my GPZ used to run, not perfect, but handles it.
    6 points
  13. I have 15 and a 20in spiral wound DOD coils. I ran them last year and im happy with their performance. I did not have any problem with following the instructions to make the addaptor. Edit add detail> I have not ran the stock coils since. Below is an example of Aussie lingo and how it can be missunderstood by foreighners
    6 points
  14. Had a couple hours while my wife was shopping today, so went to a sports field to hunt for jewelry. Glad I did, early in the hunt got a solid 15 on the Equinox at about 6". Texas turf is getting pretty hard packed by this time of year, so digging was tough, especially working to leave the field the way I found it. Out popped 14k class ring. I was happy to see a name on the inside, and with a little research located the owner. Unfortunately, since passed away, but I will try to reach out to the family to return it. My first gold of the year, and my first class ring. Separate sig
    5 points
  15. An extra bit of info into the mix: For context, Joe has been a detector prospector for about 40 years (same as me) and knows his stuff and has owned his 7000 since 2015. For the smaller gold, there doesn't seem to be much between the 2 'high end' ML units. I'm sure the bigger targets will validate the 7000 though, and the tiny stuff (under .1gm) will be the 6000's territory. A friend owns a 6000 and yesterday I cross-tested a few in-ground and undug targets (6 in total) against my modded 4500 with 9" elite coil. Only 1 target I couldn't hear which was a small bit of lead s
    5 points
  16. Kingswood, since I see you have other Minelab detectors, perhaps you'd do a little experiment for all of us using the new 6000 to scour your new patch and then hit it AFTER with other detectors. Most reports are of the exact opposite. People rush back to old patches with the newest technology like the 6000 and find what's missed. I'd be very interested to see what your 6000 missed if anything when you go back with the "old" technology.
    5 points
  17. Found 4g today in a new patch, just away from an old patch πŸ™‚ The EMI was bad at times. I did find that clicking the sensitivity down to 5 stopped it and it still pings gold...Including a 0.08g at about 3 inches that screamed. Love this machine πŸ™‚
    5 points
  18. That is exactly the way a good friend is acquainted here though. Much of our banter here would get a gun drawn on you in other parts of the world.
    5 points
  19. Dug a lot of silver and old coins over the years and enjoyed the hell outta it! It got kinda routine after so many years and I just got really tired of having to deal with any form of the public (asking permissions, people flipping you off, calling the cops, claiming they own curb strips, dogs barking, people interrupting asking questions, needles in the parks, etc. etc.). Needed to avoid the crowds so started after the gold. All I can say is finding something really rare, one-of-a-kind, that takes a lot more effort on your part is much more rewarding....to me anyways? Out in the brush all
    4 points
  20. Thank you JP for that very balanced report. Whatever Ilya and his team have done is certainly working. These coils have basically given the GPZ the super sensitivity of an SDC ( or dare I say it the GPX 6000 ) but with the raw power of ZVT ! Some of the little bits I have been getting at prodigious depths rechaining my old patches have left me scratching my head ! Rick
    3 points
  21. That is my buddy. We were about a half mile from Lake Ontario on it's south shore.It was a old foundation off a road on a narrow ridge with about a 20 yard by 40 yard area to hunt.They were both over 7''.The other guys found a 1847 Large cent and a 1902 Canadian large cent plus a merc and a heavy sterling pin.I only got a Indian on the day we hunted with the other guys but I got the most wheaties.One buddy calls me MR. wheatie because I find a lot with the Nox.He is the one who found the huge gold ring in the first 15 minutes with the Nox and yesterday in a different spot got h
    3 points
  22. Hey, sometimes a day of digging iron is what the ground gives you! (I have the rusty horseshoe and railroad spike from last week to prove it) πŸ˜„ I agree, the sample size is too small to use as empirical data. I hope I am wrong (most likely I am) as falsing on iron probably was well vetted by the CT team. I was thinking that throwing in a few deep iron signals on each "pass" could identify how each coil treats a deep non-ferrous item is a good suggestion you made, especially if one ID'd as ferrous and the other as non-ferrous or vice-versa. Of course there are always the variables
    3 points
  23. I actually wasn't suggesting you dig purely ferrous sounding targets (but it's your time ). If I understood your post, three targets that the Coiltek 15" round indicated having non-ferrous possibilities but that the Eqx 12"x15" showed ferrous only tones all turned out to be ferrous. If so, could that be either due to coil control or pinpointing accuracy (related properties)? And did the extra weight of the Coiltek contribute to those (in a negative way)? Three targets is a very small sample so I'm not suggesting we put much stock in these data. More testing (and not just by you) will hope
    3 points
  24. Thanks GBA. I only targeted non-ferrous on this test... but good comment, marking targets on the ferrous side of the scale is another telling test. I think that would be a good test running F2=0 as well.
    3 points
  25. wow! thanks guys. there are a lot of old buildings around here in Brazil indiana and 3 parks as well as a 4h park and highway 40 cut's right through the center of town. which is also historic. i have been doing a lot of reading on detecting and learned creek beds can also be a good place to detect and ball parks and the like. oh and my detecter is a garret ace 300. thanks for the welcome and the advice i'll keep everybody updated
    3 points
  26. Did a reverse photo search and got the same thing. Victorian era pin. Could have been a hat decoration in the 1800s. Cool find!
    3 points
  27. 100% will πŸ™‚ I plan on chaining it with the 6000, then chaining back over it with the GPZ19" πŸ™‚ That will be next weekend πŸ™‚
    3 points
  28. I cannot afford a GPZ 7000 and I wouldn't enjoy swinging it either at my age. Cutting off the connector on an expensive stock coil in order to make an unsanctioned aftermarket coil work that costs more than most of my detectors is just beyond my comprehension unless I am working an area that will easily and quickly pay for all of that equipment, modifications and possible equipment failures due to the modifications which will not be covered by a warranty. As far as the QED, I have one. I paid for it. I did not pay much attention to what the now ex-dealer said before or after he became an
    3 points
  29. I wanted to clarify this, in case people are thinking x coil is not welcome here, due to some x coil related members leaving the forum. I support anyone or anything that legitimately extends our metal detecting capabilities. I applaud x coils efforts. What I did not like was the fact that you have to take a perfectly good coil, and use it to create an adapter. The process is not simple, and if done incorrectly can fry a GPZ 7000. The repair will cost thousands of dollars, and that is not an exaggeration. Further, there appears to be nobody who will make these for people, and warranty
    2 points
  30. What excites different detectorists is as varying as the targets that a detector can find. Part of this is opportunity. It's difficult to detect a saltwater beach if you live 1000 miles from the ocean. Natural gold that's large enough to sound off on a detector? Not much of the earth's surface has that. Civil War battle field relic detecting? Millenia old hammered coins? The list is as varied as the imagination allows. There is a common measure that doesn't account for the thrill/excitement component but still gives a rough comparison for some types of detecting -- bullion value.
    2 points
  31. Hopefully with a little prodding from JP, Minelab will take another look at concentric coil options for their next GPZ incarnation.
    2 points
  32. I would have been happy with "somewhere in Upstate New York" but now I'm packing my detectors to drive all night. See you tomorrow along the Lake Ontario shore! I'll bring you guys some (cold meat on Wonder Bread) lunch in appreciation.
    2 points
  33. Thanks El Nino! For future tests and hunts I will try to get more adept at running my GoPro. Interesting thought on larger items... I'll pay attention to that when I have them out again. ~Tim.
    2 points
  34. Excellent writeup, Tim. I like the disclaimer (which, IMO, applies to everyone who does detector and accessory comparisons of any kind.) When you flagged targets with each coil before following up to see what the other coil showed, did you only flag targets which showed (exclusively) non-ferrous tones? If so, did either coil find a non-ferrous target that the other 'thought' was clearly ferrous? I was curious about how the extra weight of the Coiltek Nox 15 would feel. Obviously the impact will vary from one detectorist to another, but sounds like you clearly noticed it. FWIW, I
    2 points
  35. Joined this forum and wanted to say hi. Started detecting in January when I purchased an Equinox. Have only been detecting on the beach areas around Fort Myers so far and love it.
    2 points
  36. Thanks GBA. Challenge indeed (I put a few pretty hefty gouges in some clad in the process). The ring is from 1985 - I was going to say not too old... but I guess that is still 36 years ago... though could have been dropped at any point since then. Thanks Dog. I think my wife is on to me... she gave me the "side-eye" as I asked her when she wanted to go shopping again... haha. Not yet VL, but I have a feeling if I repaired the clasp, she may be VERY interested in the chain.
    2 points
  37. And then there's the challenge of not hitting the target with your digging tools when the ground is so hard. Nice work, both the detecting and the researching! Looks like that ring is pretty old. When was it issued?
    2 points
  38. That's an amazingly close match F350! Same feather count on the wing edges! Unique find kac!πŸ‘πŸ‘
    2 points
  39. Multiple noise cancels....area is close to a telephone tower, so EMI inevitable... Havent tried to DD yet, I know it would work with the EMI, but wanted to see if you can tame the mono a bit and, yes, yes you can πŸ™‚ I think the DD would be last resort as the 11" is going to be deeper, even with sensitivity down a notch or 2....
    2 points
  40. Kac, that is some great finds, what does the back of the wings look like. I have looked at many different wings and nothing comes close to it. It could be something from an airline to kids that fly with their parents form the 1950's. Just a thought on the airline pin, but I am looking st those now.
    2 points
  41. At about 1.1 oz per minie that translates into about 5.8 lbs. I had a day pack and a zip lock bag so I was collecting them in that once it started getting ridiculous.
    2 points
  42. You are seeing the same videos and reading the same reports as me Strick. I don't own a 6000, I wasn't a tester on it either, just watching the same vids as everyone else. What I've seen has lacked sufficient target/setting/ground info and variety to make a more specific statement. Especially since the gold I detect for tends to be much more spongy or crystalline, and the ground I work tends to be much more mild or salty than what I'm seeing in the Aussie vids. I also run way hotter settings than most Aussies seem to post, even in hot ground. What I have seen enough to conclude thoug
    2 points
  43. Great job on the saves!!!! You gotta love those kinda hunts!!! Wish you luck with the next shopping trip Ha Ha
    2 points
  44. Here is a YT video on the 12" Z Search coil vs 14" GPZ coil. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YHgCTdnQcU Some of the latest FB postings by Jen Walsh with her new GPX 6000 on Chicks with Picks Australia- From Wayne Barry : I walked over my 34 grammer a foot deep on at least 3 occasions with GPZ7000 and 12 inch nugget finder coil and didn't hear anything. But tonight checking out an old favourite spot .a boom beautiful sweat gold tone loud and clear .GPX6000. 30 gold targets since Saturday arvo I'm with Jen on this note .my new go too machine Wayne Barry Absol
    2 points
  45. Oh I agree with that, but we apparently disagree on who the "good guys" and the "bad guys" are. I Just Don't Care. History. Water under the Ffffffing Bridge. Yes, it was this and that and the other. A drama that will live in history. If you want to perpetuate the drama, leave, put a stop to it, stay. That's aimed at the air, at the internet, at everyone out there. Maybe it’s a Yank Aussie thing. It feels like there is a disconnect at some basic communication level that just makes stuff harder. I start a thread trying to clear the air, we end up arguing over how the air is being cleared. S
    2 points
  46. I would have no problem with the making of the patch cable. I spent many years sitting at a bench all day soldering board level parts before all of that got automated. Being dumb enough to become a professional musician I was also dumb enough to not realize that I wouldn't be able to support myself monetarily just through music. I just don't see the point in my world. In your world, you have an entirely different situation which I respect and understand. I have no problem with your decision to make the necessary mods for using X coils.
    2 points
  47. What the x coil saga taught me is this is my forum, for me, and my friends. There are competing narratives. My narrative is I had a great little place going here with the locals. Then war erupted on the Aussie forums. Various Aussies and Kiwis showed up here, and a couple decided they make the rules. The same Aussies and Kiwis that bicker and drag down the Aussie forums did it here also. Most of my locals went silent. As evidence I offer the posts by the banned parties on other forums since they left here. The drama continues, only the venue changes. So, my perspective as forum owner is I
    2 points
  48. Went to another old patch today to try a different tactic; since there was larger gold found here in the past, I decided to run in Extra Deep Gold Mode. It had no problem punching 17” on a sweet, chunky 5 gram nugget, and it handles the noisy alkali soils very well, too.
    2 points
  49. Went out Thursday for a beach hunt at the usual place. It was a very busy week, and I was looking forward to some stress release, hopefully digging for some remaining silver. Kind of a random in how I was going to run my day, but I new I wanted to dig some large iron to see if it hid anything great. Just a couple of silvers for the effort and the usual clad with a couple of exceptions. I did get a nice gold wedding band with the initials of both people in it and a 52 (I am assuming the year they got married). What was odd though was the only other inscription on the ring, which was P11. I am t
    2 points
  50. I monitor the classifieds, but anyone responding to offers via PM - not a good idea. If people get offers via PM that seem off, I have to be alerted, as I do not snoop in the PM system, and consider it off limits. Anyone can join the forum and lurk, never post, and only send PMs, and I'd never know anything about it. So this is truly a buyer beware situation that members must self police. I truly hate it when the forum is used as a tool to rip people off. I do the best I can, but the scams never end. Buyer beware, always. PayPal Buyer Protection Only - yet people toss that prote
    2 points
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