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Reg Wilson

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Reg Wilson last won the day on April 22 2020

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    Walmer central Victoria Australia
  • Interests:
    Prospecting Geology History
  • Gear Used:
    GPX6000. GPX 4000. Polaris 4x4 & tow coil. (QED prototype)

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  1. Firstly my thanks to the guys at Coiltek. After dreadful weather here in central Victoria, and recovering from surgery, this morning dawned clear and sunny. Nice hot coffee and before the dew was off the ground I had the 6000 cranked up. Rudimentary reading of the manual the previous day saw the new detector humming sweetly after a short warm up. JP had been most helpful with a few tips on the local Finders forum, so it was quite easy to feel a certain amount of confidence as I ground balanced and paired up the headphones, which are surprisingly good compared to some of Minelab's previous
  2. I have to agree with Norvic and jasong in regard to the future. For me though things don't look too bad. I have been in this game for so long that I have accumulated so many prospects that I will not live long enough to sniff out more than just a few. I have access to many private properties that the average detector operator does not, due to my working in that field for so many years and playing a straight game with these people. I have also sorted the 'chaff from the straw' and will never work with dodgy people, and believe me I know who the dodgy people are. The dodgy people talk big and 'b
  3. These days I am very reluctant to show off finds. Some years back a mate of mine showed some serious gold to a female he was trying to impress. (I purposely avoided calling her a lady) This woman had some nasty acquaintances who paid my friend a visit at his secluded farm house armed with shotguns. To prove they were serious, they blew a hole in the wall above his head. Gold gone. Now I only ever show photos after the gold has been sold, as I too was robbed of about six ounces a couple of years ago.
  4. Got a collection of broken ends in the shed. I even have a couple that I have repaired using epoxy and Kevlar. Split shafts bound with Nylon thread and soaked in epoxy. DetectEd lower shafts fit GPX and QED coils just fine. Minelab locknuts are rubbish. Most of the breakages occurred using Minelab prototypes with huge heavy coils. So heavy they used to bow the stems. Hence damaged shoulders, elbows and wrists.
  5. Sandy Shafts and Detect Ed are two companies that produce after market upper and lower shafts with stronger coil fittings. I have used both and had no breakage, where as the original ends had a tendency to break when large coils were used.
  6. In Australia there are at least two aftermarket parts manufacturers that produce end pieces that don't break so easily.
  7. Rick Kempf, I take on board your remarks about 'the job to be done'. Quite right. I guess my 'job to be done' differs from yours. I reflect on the remarks of John Hider-Smith, the best detector operator that I ever met. "Oh, that's the sort of gold you want to find?"
  8. If consumers just happily gobble up poorly designed machinery without complaint, then that is what will proliferate. Sure the detectors in question have some desirable features, but that does not excuse the lazy aspect of much of the design. If a company has little or no competition it will tend to produce a product that is convenient for themselves rather than being ideal for the consumer, who, if they tend to fawn all over such offerings, simply encourage the manufacturer to continue a less than desirable practice. If the automobile industry behaved in the same way the Ford Edsell would
  9. I thought that Bi-polar was an unfortunate mental condition. Why use such a dodgy design in the first place? I saw some time back where a clever bloke stripped down an SDC and made a sensible ergonomic machine with much less weight. James Beatty and I contemplated doing a similar thing to my GPZ, but decided against it in case we did something wrong and fried an expensive detector. Sold it instead. What is interesting is that when I changed detectors my gold recovery did not suffer but remained static, due partly to the fact that a machine with much better ergonomics, faster signal
  10. I sold the GPZ because is was overweight and overpriced, and just a bit over hyped. The electronics were pretty good after the bugs were sorted out, but just lazy design. Instead of a light weight prospectors tool, we copped a converted military monster with not much more than a colour change. Then to add insult to injury we were informed that to operate it properly it was advised that one had to use both hands (cripple stick) like a line trimmer, and go 'low and slow' ( due to very slow target response). Not my idea of a user friendly detector. The SDC2300 was another example of lazy des
  11. I guess a 'turn on and go' detector suits some that can't manage a more sophisticated machine. A poor operator will always blame the tools.
  12. Probably the most unimpressive detector I have ever used.
  13. Through curiosity I have been trying some Bluetooth transmitters and headphones lately. Earlier Tx had lag problems, but you can get low latency units now. If Tx and phones are advertised for TV use then they can be okay for detector use. Price was not much of an indicator of quality, as some of the cheaper units were pretty good, even having active noise cancelling and volume control. One combination provided more volume than needed and good clarity. Summing up I would say that for very few dollars a very effective match can be achieved, but some units were disappointing and it is d
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