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Reg Wilson

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Reg Wilson last won the day on April 22

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About Reg Wilson

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

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  1. Simon, check with JR Beatty who has done this and will put you on the right track.
  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. Now that is pretty impressive for such a tiny colour. It just shows what a combination X coils and QED are.
  4. I totally agree with principedeon as far as a detector needing to be robust. There is a trade off between weight and comfortable usability. Military detectors by their very nature need to be tough, and this of course means added weight. Prospecting detectors are a different ball game altogether, as they are not just used by big tough soldier types but by people of varied stature and age. Having a detector that is light but not fragile is of course the ideal situation, even for military machines, and in this day and age should be achievable. Modern VLF detectors seem to be showing th
  5. Howard is a genius, but as a one man band the load needs to shared in design development. I only wish that he would realize that his forte is electronics. R&D is where his time should be spent, as his experience as a hands on prospector naturally is limited. He is not the only one with whom I have worked as a tester who has had exceptional ability in electronics but negligible experience as a prospector. The latest design concepts have much merit in the fact that the 'fold up version' will appeal to some, although not imperative to many including myself. Having an option in design
  6. X coils. 'the proof of the pudding'.
  7. I have not noticed that larger coils make much difference to the balance, but then again going back a number of years when hip mounting was an option, the larger coils did not cause a problem as long as the arm rest was a snug comfortable fit.
  8. Since the announcement of the new PL4 my phone has been running hot. The prototype that I have been testing has been back and forth from Howard's for design tweaking and is now at the stage where minor bugs have been sorted. Poor Howard has needed a great deal of patience to put up with what at times seemed like me being pedantic about the finished product, but that is the way I have always been. Years ago I possibly drove some folks at Minelab crazy because I would not give any of the detectors I tested the okay until I was entirely happy with the quality of the product. Howard can
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. In Australia there are at least two aftermarket parts manufacturers that produce end pieces that don't break so easily.
  13. 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?"
  14. 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
  15. 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
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