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Reg Wilson

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    Walmer central Victoria Australia
  • Interests:
    Prospecting Geology History
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    QED. Minelab GPX 4000. Polaris 4x4 & tow coil.

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  1. Totally agree with Busho, about the idiots who wreck it for all, then go on to attack and rubbish so called 'greenies', for the negative public reaction to the mess they themselves have left. In Australia we have a certain number of 'prospectors' who believe they have the God given right to do as they please in the bush.
  2. JR Beatty and I copped ridicule by the ton when we showed pictures of gold found with our QEDs because of camera date. We were accused of falsifying our finds and it was suggested that the gold was actually found with other brand detectors. We have more than our share of nasty nutters in this country.
  3. Thanks to Dave (Davsgold) I got to test the 12" X coil for GPX, on a perfect Victorian early spring day. Besides testing it on Minelab's pulse induction detector, I also wanted to see how it would perform on QED. Firstly the X was air tested and compared with various makes and sizes of coils on GPX using very small gold and a 330 ml beer can, and then used on ground to see just how well it handled various soil and mineralization situations. I could fill a page with measurements and settings, but instead will just give general impressions and observations. On small gold it was surprisingly good both in air tests and in ground and gave a better response than smaller and similar sized coils both bundle, flat or spiral wound on the GPX. The beer can was only used in air tests, and it was marginally better than similar sized coils, but got blitzed by the 25" Nuggetfinder, as one would expect. When air tested on the QED the results were very good, with measured distances being a bare fraction less than the GPX on the beer can but on a par with tiny gold. The signal was very sharp and positive on a pinhead sized bit of gold, but a small ragged, reefy piece about a gram and a half that the GPX did not give a very good signal on sounded very positive with the QED at twice the distance of the GPX. It seems there are some types of gold that the GPX does not perform so well on, but the QED does. The same was noted with both detectors on ground. Testing was done on ground at my property, which is gold bearing, and fairly typical of central Victorian goldfields. The pleasant surprise is just how stable and yet sensitive this X coil is. For QED users the good news is that it can be run 'hotter' than anything else I have used on a QED so far. I had gain flat out at setting ten and mode down at position one, with the coil behaving beautifully. The weight is quite light when compared to other coils of a similar size. I think I might sell a couple of my other coils and buy one of these.
  4. Just got mine last week, but have not had a chance to test in the field yet. Air tests were impressive to say the least on GPX, but not good at all on QED. Will take the coil to Howard to see if he can work out why this is so, as the DD coils work well on QED since his last upgrade.
  5. When I instruct people in the use of metal detectors of all brands, I constantly have students that when getting a hint of a target slow down their swing to the point of the detector failing to register. I have to tell them that they are using a motion detector and that immobilizing the coil above the perceived target results in the detector failing to respond. They then look at me with incredulity and inform me that they have had the 'good' advice that the way to go is 'low and slow'. It is difficult getting the message across that slow does not mean practically immobile. Instructing requires a great deal of patience. I sometimes think I am not really suited to it.
  6. Low and slow!!!! It's a motion detector for Pete's sake. Too slow and you will hear nothing.
  7. Excellent report Simon. I think Howard should make you the Pacific agent for QED as you seem to really have a grip on this new detector. The latest updates are a real positive, especially the DSM, giving the QED great stability and basically doing away with the need for ground tracking. James Beatty and I have already enjoyed the benefits of DSM and will soon be able to report on the performance of the concentric coils as we have ordered the Detech 18" model, and await delivery. It is my intention to do some work with the DD on some highly mineralized ground to see just how well the QED DD combination really works, and will report here on results and impressions.
  8. Good point Simon. That QED probably needs to go back to Howard for the latest updates and to be adjusted for American power source. The good news is that these mods are free and that unit is now under a 5 year warranty from original date of purchase.
  9. Some aluminium cleaners will dissolve the ironstone but leave the quartz intact. If you wish to get rid of the quartz as well then hydrofluoric acid is the go, but it is very nasty stuff and needs to be treated with great care.
  10. madtuna, I shall ask Howard who the WA tester was. The tester may or may not wish to be identified, but I will message you if I can.
  11. Perhaps Howard should be aiming for the African market with the QED.
  12. madtuna, Howard has not disclosed to me the identity of the WA tester. You would need to ask him.
  13. Just to clarify a few points. Firstly QED was never sold by Coiltek, but was sold by Detech, who still provide components for one of the QED options. Maldon Gold Centre had problems with the premises they were renting in the town of Maldon, which has eventually led to the business winding up once stock is cleared. Before Howard announced the introduction of the DSM ground balance update it was tested here in Victoria by James Beatty and myself as well as another tester in Western Australia. The announcement was not made until positive results were forthcoming from testers. Detech DD and concentric coils were used to test the new coil compatibility modifications with positive results. No switch is required when changing from Mono to DD or CC coils as the QED adapts automatically, transmitting on one winding and receiving on the other, as with GPX. The new coil adaptability does not include discrimination or cancel. I hope this is informative. PS. I forgot to mention that Howard is considering gearing up production through having an Australian company manufacture here. He is adamant that there will be NO overseas production. QED will remain AUSTRALIAN made.
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