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  1. Reg Wilson

    Gpz Aftermarket Coils

    Steve, I merely made the point that honesty is not always the best policy if one wishes to avoid abuse, and we the prospecting public are sometimes just tools for profitability. To not speak out about products that are less than claimed only encourages companies to continue to take us for granted. I wish the company producing these coils all the best, but regret that this advance has had to come from Europe and not Australia. From what I can gather both Coiltek and Nuggetfinder wanted to produce aftermarket coils for the 7000 but for whatever reason were unable to do so. This has been a less than desirable situation, as there has certainly been demand for such products. Healthy competition is always beneficial for us the consumers, but has been lacking in this area.
  2. Reg Wilson

    Gpz Aftermarket Coils

    It is with great interest that I have been following the development of these coils on the Australian 4umer forum. Having had a good run with the GPZ7000, (found enough gold to pay for it in less than two weeks) I looked forward to the production of the 19" coil which promised much extra depth. (according to the advertising, one could expect at least 30% more than the standard 14" coil) After much delay, I was at my local ML dealer early on the day of release. When I picked up the box I wondered what else could be in there, as surely all that weight could not be just a coil. Wrong. Oh, well, never mind, if it gives me all that extra depth I can put up with the weight. The appalling design meant I had to make up a workable skid plate, as the one supplied had little rubber patches that gripped on any grass, and worked as a brake. After exhaustive testing I could not get the thing to perform any where near the claims of the manufacturer, and the settings suggested by ML's 'guru' were just unworkable in most Victorian ground. I did find gold with it, but there was little hope that it would "unlock all those big nuggets at greater depth". I then made the mistake of posting my findings on the 4umer forum, and stated that the 19" coil was over weight, over rated and over priced. I called it 'The Dog'. (a name that stuck) Having once been a tester for ML, finding hundreds of ounces with some of their prototypes, I mistakenly believed that I had some sort of credibility. Wrong again. I was abused, denigrated, and accused of being a sour old 'has been'. To compound the situation, I was involved in testing a new Australian built and designed detector, which then resulted in another Australian forum devoting eleven pages of some really disgusting and personal abuse. One member of management of 4umer then banned JR Beatty and myself from their forum for life. Reason given. Trouble making. I now read with great amusement: "I and a lot of others got burnt by the ML 19" coil" Slim Pickins - 4umer management. Exonerated, after all this time?????
  3. Reg Wilson

    2017 In Oz, A Short Story DD

    There's no doubt that there is something special about the wilds of Ozz, but the days of finding easy gold here are gone. Sure there is still good gold to be found, but unless you are prepared to outlay big money on a lease or claim, and have the know how to put the pegs in the right area, you may be in for a generous helping of disappointment. I have met a number of folk from the USA who have come here with the idea that they will pay for their holiday and take some gold home. Well, twenty years ago that may have been a possibility, but these days...... The detector shops and the manufacturers would have you believe that the gold is just everywhere, waiting for you to come along and pick it up. So do the gold tour operators. Metal detectors these days have evolved to find smaller and smaller gold. This may be great for the hobbyist who likes to go hope with a few specks, but those few specks don't cover your costs, if that is what you are hoping for. By all means come to Ozz for an unforgettable experience, but unless you have contacts to get you on good ground, or you hit a real long shot, the reality is that you will be very lucky to find much at all.
  4. Reg Wilson

    The Reg Wilson Gold Album

    https://open.abc.net.au/explore/69517 I spoke to a few friends in Wedderburn about the Buttericks find, but being 70 odd years ago only a few of the older folks knew much about it. Wedderburn was where I found my first small color with a Whites 6000D at a spot called Schicer gully. In later years I found some better colors, and a 60oz patch. At one time I found two 14oz bits in the one gully. Ian Jaques (one time publican and owner of the Logan hotel) and I worked together for a few years, and found some really good gold in the Wedderburn area. My best piece being 23oz. The buttericks gold was associated with an indicator which ran from behind the ANZ bank southward towards the state school across the road. Various attempts were made to locate more gold in the close vicinity, but were mostly unsuccessful. Norm Fitzpatrick, a magistrate from Warnambool somehow got permission to sink a hole in Wilson street outside Buttericks house. The 20ft. shaft from all reports was a 'duffer'. Max Knight tried sinking his hole behind his property. (the old bank building) but it also proved a disappointment. Some suspected the run of gold went across the road under the Anglican church, and it was said that the Vicar would get down on all fours, and put his ear to the stone steps to hear any tunneling below. Neighbors were tunneling in all directions trying to pick up the run, and suspicion was rife as to who was tunneling where. Butterick's indicator runs roughly north south under the town of Wedderburn, and how much gold is still down there will probably remain a mystery.
  5. Reg Wilson

    Nurse Paul In Oz

    Paul, watch out for drop bears and crocodiles.
  6. Reg Wilson

    Okay Time Travelers Back To The Early70’s

    If bulldust was gold, all you blokes would be millionaires.
  7. Reg Wilson

    How To Ignore Users On The Forum

    Holy crap, did I read that right? I distill liqueur at about 90% discarding the first 150 mils that first comes off as 'heads' and then dilute it by half with filtered spring water . I can make it that strong, but you need to know what you are dealing with. "Danger, danger".
  8. Reg Wilson

    GPZ 7000 Auto, Semi Auto, Manual ???

    Fred, despite my unfortunate reputation as a bit of a stirrer and even troublemaker, I have enormous respect for Steve for the way he runs this as one of the few serious remaining gold and prospecting forums.
  9. Reg Wilson

    Rare Oregon Pocket Gold

    beatup, nice mate, nothing wrong with that. I'd be happy pulling gold as pretty as that. Lovely color.
  10. Reg Wilson

    Rare Oregon Pocket Gold

    Any idea of purity? American gold can vary quite a bit in this regard. Looks good .
  11. Reg Wilson

    How To Ignore Users On The Forum

    geof, that beer is half strength. Girly beer. Suitable for Halfarse.
  12. Reg Wilson

    GPZ 7000 Auto, Semi Auto, Manual ???

    Steve, I have no bone to pick with Minelab, as a matter of fact I have a Minelab detector, and purchased a 7000 when they first came out. I was one of the lucky ones who got a good machine which found me a lot of gold including a 27oz bit. A couple of mates were not so lucky and had constant problems with their detectors. These detectors were sent to Minelab for remedial work, but were no better upon return. My friends were told that there was nothing wrong with the machines, and it was suggested that they just didn't know how to operate them. These guys were not novices and had been successful prospectors for years. With the introduction of the ring one of the detectors improved and became usable, however the other showed no improvement even after the software update. I never noticed any difference in my 7000 after using the ring or the software update. It performed quite well. I mentioned the fact that Minelab manufacture in Asia as I believe that quality control would possibly be better if the detectors were built in Australia, not to mention the employment situation. I know full well that my friends problem is not an isolated case. The 7000 is a very expensive machine and the last thing a buyer expects is to have purchased a less than perfect detector.
  13. Reg Wilson

    GPZ 7000 Auto, Semi Auto, Manual ???

    Yeah, thanks Norvic, but the question remains unanswered, and our Aussie company manufactures in Asia. Do Whites and Garret manufacture in Mexico?
  14. Reg Wilson

    GPZ 7000 Auto, Semi Auto, Manual ???

    Thanks Geof. That better? Would still like to know why the ring came on the scene some time after the 7000 was introduced, and then treated like it was always a part of the plan. Was this a 'patch up' tactic to rectify some initial shortcoming?
  15. Reg Wilson

    GPZ 7000 Auto, Semi Auto, Manual ???

    Dolan Dave, good question mate, I'd like an answer to that one as well. Why was the ferrite ring produced as an afterthought?
  16. Lanny, there is a super light weight PI built here in Australia, at a good price. I use one and love it. Unfortunately it is not yet available in the USA. It is called the QED. It is being constantly improved by the dedicated inventor. Hope one day you will be able to get one.
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    Latest News On The QED ?

    Since the QED does not come with headphones I have been experimenting with audio systems. Some headphones seem to lack volume while certain cordless systems suffer from problems such as signal lag and interference. Early Bluetooth cordless suffered from lag, but the newer ones seem to have overcome this problem. Some cause interference with the electronics, and some have a background cycling noise, causing rising and falling in the threshold. Experimentation has eliminated a number of products that are just not good enough to be useful on a detector. Rather than list the failures, I shall give a report on those that get the 'thumbs up'. The Seinheisser R-160 Kleer TX and headphones are great, with volume control on both the transmitter and phones with clean sound and volume. Rechargeable and replaceable batteries in TX and phones. Garret Z-Link TX and RX (volume control) paired with Bose noise cancelling ear buds. (expensive combination but great) This setup is better for the hot weather as a wide brimmed hat can be worn. This combo is dirt cheap, but surprisingly good. Generic (tiny) Chinese Bluetooth TX (unit can be TX or RX) paired to Bauhn (Aldi) Bluetooth headphones (with volume control). The TX needs to be mounted on the shaft as interference does occur if mounted on control box. This combo is crisp, clear, and has no cycling or background hum. Great value as this setup cost less than aus$60. Thats around us$40. Will be experimenting shortly with noise cancelling Bluetooth headphones, and Bluetooth speakers.
  18. Jin, I have puzzled over the position of large pieces for years and have come to the conclusion that there is no rule. I have found large pieces both close to a reef and some where no proven reef existed in the area. Gold that is traveling from a reef from where it was expected to have shed is known as colluvial gold. It can be shown that gold can reach a point of rest (gully, creek, river) only to be moved again and again. A large nugget that I found many years ago had three different ages of cement or conglomerate locked in the hollows. This suggested that at least three times this nugget had reached a point of rest, become conglomerated, and by erosion had been moved on. Over how many millions of years this had taken place is beyond speculation. Just how far this nugget had traveled is just as big a mystery. Locked in a boulder of conglomerate one could speculate that it could have moved a great distance down a stream before the conglomerate broke down, leaving that slug some way from other gold. In many cases the reef that produced big gold has been depleted and eroded away, and there are no visible signs of its existence. It once may have shed gold from a position several hundred (or more) feet above where you stand, scratching your head over a geological puzzle. The amount of erosion that has taken place is hard to get your mind around, especially in an old and worn down continent like Australia.
  19. Reg Wilson

    Need Help Guys Asap

    Donnie, buy a gold pan if you want small gold. It's a lot cheaper.
  20. Reg Wilson

    Latest News On The QED ?

    Matt, totally agree. My prototype balances much higher than my production model, but rarely can I balance my production model much lower than 100. 89 also seems a bit low to me.
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    Latest News On The QED ?

    Whitbey, the outlet for QED in Australia is Detech Australia. Your search engine will soon turn that up for you, and the price in Australian dollars is $1,850. The exchange rate at the moment I think is probably around one Australian dollar equals 75 US cents, so that would mean a QED would cost less than US$1,400. You will find Pete at Detech a very helpful guy who knows his stuff. If I can be of any further help please let me know.
  22. Reg Wilson

    Latest News On The QED ?

    goldenoldie, like Matt I am not into making videos. Got better things to do with my time, and there are always people who just like to pick holes in such videos. As to the 'spurious' sounds you refer to, I thought the QED in the comparison video was quieter than the other machines. If you are referring to the demonstration video, then it was stated that it was hot ground and any detector will be noisy on hot ground unless it is detuned to the point of being almost useless.
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    Latest News On The QED ?

    AussieMatt, a very good appraisal. I use a plus or minus 5 and like your experience, have found that this procedure works well. I used to use this system with the SD, as the ground balance could be manually reset up or down from the ideal GB. Any obvious difference in a slight change in GB told you to walk away.
  24. Notice it says 'made in Australia'. You won't see that on Minelab products any more.
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