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  1. Here's mine that Pat did, attached to the coil lead, damn nice job !
  2. Hey Rick, if you want someone to do patch your lead for you, I can highly recommend Pat from SteelPhase. He did mine and I can not fault the service. Cost me $100 including return post of the GPZ14, and he also put a new plug on the GPZ14 so it can still be used. He apparently has done a few now. Cheers, Rick
  3. I was just sent the new Minelab Vanquish ad, what a total wank ! It tells you nothing about the machine, other than showing that it is a coin/ treasure machine ( as if we need another one of those ! ) I don't know who is doing Minelab's ads, but they need to be fired, IMHO ! https://www.minelab.com/vanquish Rick
  4. No worries Rick ! I cancelled my big coil order because 20 inch is not a big enough difference over 17 inch to justify the $$$$. Old mate in Russia wasn't happy with the performance of the 22x21 so has put them on the backburner. Cheers, Rick
  5. Here is a photo of the internals of a 17 inch super D X Coil. Two ferrites included in this coil. As you can see, vastly different to the Minelab coil ! Cheers, Rick
  6. My 22x21 must be leaving at the same time as yours, my 12" has hit Melbourne so will have it in a few days. Also bought 2 extra lower shafts from Lucky Strike in Geelong, ready to go when the Russian jobbies arrive. Cheers, Rick
  7. You nailed it Steve. We alter things every day, such as the diesel tuning chip and modified suspension that I have added to my Triton. We are not making fake copies of the GPZ, just altering it slightly to allow another brand of coil to run. The thing is, despite all the protestations, these Russian jobbies work, and they work well. I have already pulled numerous bits from my " dead " patches just with the 17 inch. I have had none of the " problems " that are supposed to plague these coils. We now have choices, and that is what makes us all happy ! ? Can't wait to see what the " big bertha " 22x21 can do, when it arrives " from Russia with love " !! ? Cheers, Rick
  8. Found another nice bit in one of my flogged spots today, beside a little patch in State forest. Went 3.6 grams. Also got an 0.2 gram crumb. Rough reef gold, as were all the bits from here. Only out for a couple of hours today, going to put a full day in tomorrow ! How well do these new Russian coils go ! Still had none of the problems that JP was talking about, and it balanced fine over the ferrite ! Ground here is bloody noisy in patches, but was still able to run Normal HY over most of it, which I could NEVER do with the GPZ14 or GPZ19. Rick
  9. Got to agree with you Norvic. I thought when the ZED first came out that the chip was in the coil, but learned later it was actually in the plug. If they had have put the chip in the coil, we would all be stuffed ! Probably a mistake on their behalf, because now there is nothing they can do to stop the flow of aftermarket coils. Rick
  10. Likewise Norvic, I have found I can use normal a lot more now. Stability is great, as is EMI resistance. In addition to my awesome 17 X coil, I have a 12 round and a 22 x 21 coming. Can't wait to see how well the big " Russian jobbie " goes on some deep ground ! The way these coils are performing, I can see Minelab taking a big hit to sales of their GPZ19. Cheers, Rick
  11. Fred, that's exactly what I and a few others did, but we were labelled " knockers " ( per jrbeatty above ), and far worse ! All we did was point out it's shortcomings in WA, and copped a whole lot of sh#t for our troubles ! Simon, I don't think you will have many problems at all in NZ with your crazily mild mineralisation, but I can assure you that that is not the " experience and observations " of a number of us who were trying to use it in WA, and at least one user from NSW ! Rick
  12. Anyone who pointed out anything negative about the QED was labelled a Minelab sycophant by the QED crew. As I said, they would rather attack the individuals than admit there was a problem. Most people were too afraid to publicly say anything negative, because of the public denigration they then received ! BTW, Howard has recently made an admission of sorts in regards to the problems I highlighted, by stating things he is trying to add to or fix on the QED. From AEGP forum : " 1: Better GB ie ability to handle higher intensity ground variability without constant re Ground Balancing. " " 2: Ground Tracking. " Rick
  13. And the bolded section was also my findings, and those of at least 4 others, in Western Australia, when I tried to use the QED for patch hunting in heavily mineralised and variable ground. It needed to be re-ground balanced every two feet or so, making it unusable for the job ! Hot rocks also gave it hell. Not that the QED sycophants will listen to these people about these problems, they would rather attack and denigrate the user, than admit that there is a problem ! Rick
  14. Gidday Jasong, Thanks. I finally have a good video camera, and it has a plug in microphone that I have covered with some sponge to dull the wind noise. The stock built in microphones are terrible when it comes to windy days ! Cheers, Rick
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