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  1. I should add that I still haven't been able to put much time in with the 18" Detech CC, but impressed so far -
  2. Yes Keith, Iron reject works with these coils. More good news on the ($AUD) pricing from Detech Australia:
  3. Hi Mitch: On of my favourite places en route to the Victorian goldfields is Kiandra, Australia's highest goldfield. Located high in the Snowy Mountains of NSW, it was briefly "rushed" in the 1860's by 16000 miners before they were driven out by freezing alpine winter weather, never to return since the easy, fabulously rich nuggety shallow alluvials had been largely worked out. The area was later reworked in the early 1900's by Australia's first large bucket dredge "Enterprise" My winter Image is of one of its frozen dredge holes. Note the water channels originally feeding sluicing claims on the far hill:
  4. Yes IronDigger, but only for an hour or so. I put it head to head with my 18" flat wound Coiltek Elite on some gold targets sitting on ironstone conglomerate ground, (IE, air tests) using my 5000. Similar depth for both coils on an ounce piece, also similar for a half ounce piece. The CC won convincingly, however, on a 3 gram piece. HOWEVER: I ran both coils in "normal" timing. The 18" Elite is generally unusable in that setting on much Australian goldfield ground. The 18" CC, on the other hand , ran happily with no extraneous noise, just like its 32" big brother did for me some weeks ago. I was also able to run it in "Sharp" timing with no problems except occasionally sounding off on some shallow hot rocks. As most GPX users are aware, "Normal" and "Sharp" are, respectively, the deepest usable goldfield timings and any coil able to run them has a considerable depth advantage over all other settings. To say I'm pleased with the coil would be an understatement and now I can't wait to put it to work - - - but that will have to wait :<( Back to farming - - -
  5. Speaking of gold and civil war relics, I found these years ago on and near the "Welcome Stranger" surfacing at Moliagul, Victoria: Silver handle piece off a US "Liberty and Union" folding knife ca 1860's. Gold 7 grams. I've found quite a lot of American artefacts and currency from that era over the years.
  6. 18" coils have always been my favourites. Found a lot of deep gold with the old green "Dustbin Lid" and for many years, the red Coiltek 18" DD coupled to an SD2200, my current favourite is the Elite flat 18" and I'm certain next it will be the 18" Detech CC. 👌
  7. I'm out of it for awhile Simon. Life now revolves around feeding cattle and drenching sheep. Victoria already seems like months ago - but "I'll Be Back - - - " Hopefully picking up an 18" Detech co-planar in a couple of days, from Stinky Pete on his way back from Queensland 👍
  8. You could have filmed it as well, Mitch. Bloody hard working alone with just a phone -
  9. Back Home. I attempted a couple of videos but I'm certainly no Cecil B DeMille: At least the shadows caught the action I missed - Sorry! It turned out to be the biggest piece of the trip at .84 Troy:
  10. Gotta be honest Kiwi, if there's one thing I care about less than discrimination it's "thugby" 👎 Anyway, you Kiwi's always win!
  11. Fred and MN: Discrimination is not a feature I have much use for. Because I work on "new" ground I rarely encounter junk at depth. It's too easy to get locked into relying on discrimination. I've lost count of the number of times Jimmy, Reg or myself have dug good gold under an old bolt or such on previously detected ground. Moral of the story, don't rely heavily on discriminators when prospecting. All I can say in relation to the CC coils is that the iron reject function works, as to whether or not it is as good or better than a DD then you'll have to ask someone who cares!
  12. You set the "iron reject" level of your choice on the GPX's for the CC coils, just like you do with a DD. As I said, no discrimination available on the "Kwed".
  13. Fred: I've used the 32" Detech coil and it blanks out iron like a DD on the 5000. This feature isn't available with the QED as it doesn't have discrimination.
  14. Fred; These coils discriminate the same as DD's on the GPX's
  15. RRP: $A 850. Two orders now placed with Pete (Detech Australia) 😀 PS: Howard has made a simple modification to the internal electronics of the "Kwed" to enable it to run these coils.
  16. My dream coil is coming soon: No price yet but putting my order in ASAP - - -
  17. Good to hear from you Mitch. It's impossible in this day and age to keep a new gold area quiet for long. The trick is to leave as little as possible, but nobody or nothing gets it all - - - At least Reg and I can legitimately claim to have discovered an entirely new Victorian detectable gold field three years ago - one that not even the "Old Boys" picked up on, despite a few desultory test holes - and has now resulted in many ozs in our kitty, plus an unknown amount to the newcomers, with the final extent of it still to be prospected up.
  18. Tally so far: With rain forecast for my last few days that may well be our blooming lot - - ?
  19. Update: while gridding out an area this morning, I heard a faint dipping signal in an area which only yielded small flyshite in the past. Hit large rounded quartz gravels a foot down and dug through into red clay: Personal best so far this trip. Sorry about the shitty image. Should read .842 ozt. Apart from 3 small flyshite that's all to report - - -
  20. Currently camped on the job in central Vic where comms are difficult, but here's a progress report. Been at it for a couple of weeks (I think ) but there are some results to report. I've been working solo a lot of the time but also with Reg when he's not too busy. We started off testing the new Detech 32" coplanar concentric which Stinky Pete kindly loaned us for a few days. What a coil! Although we didn't manage to put it over any deep gold, it's easily the deepest seeking coil we have ever used, yet sensitive to small targets as well. I'm ordering an 18" to 20" model as soon as they become available. Howard is busy planning mods to the QED so it can run them as well. I'm pretty excited about these coils. My friend Tony has been winding and using them for years with great prospecting success. Needless to say, he isn't interested in owning a "Z" Hang onto your GPX's folks, they're about to penetrate previously unreached depths! Some of the properties we've been prospecting are familiar and some are new. Always a buzz to finally get onto new ground after meeting with the "Cocky" and negotiating a deal. In some cases the ground has been detected before by others, but with careful gridding we always manage more. On one property we worked yesterday a previously detected patch yielded an additional ounce and a half in chunky colours (young blokes we were told) Perhaps they were ignoring screamers, but we're not complaining First up, my solo tally so far. largest piece (front) over half an oz. All found with QED PL2: - and our shared tally to be eventually split 50/50 . Again, largest piece (front) over half an oz detected by Reg: All gold located in patches on eroded Tertiary leads. Some pieces still have traces of the cement matrix they eroded out from. A general view of one of the Tertiary patches with Reg's young foxy "Boo" photobombing. Reg in the distance: Posted elsewhere on this forum, my two largest pieces, found under 500kv powerlines: A 400mm dig for a 5 grammer. I love that 18" Elite, it even centered shallow flyshite that doesn't register on my scales: That's all for now. To be continued - - -
  21. Currently camped on the job in central Vic where comms are difficult, but here's a progress report. Been at it for a couple of weeks (I think ) but there are some results to report. I've been working solo a lot of the time but also with Reg when he's not too busy. We started off testing the new Detech 32" coplanar concentric which Stinky Pete kindly loaned us for a few days. What a coil! Although we didn't manage to put it over any deep gold, it's easily the deepest seeking coil we have ever used, yet sensitive to small targets as well. I'm ordering an 18" to 20" model as soon as they become available. Howard is busy planning mods to the QED so it can run them as well. I'm pretty excited about these coils. My friend Tony has been winding and using them for years with great prospecting success. Needless to say, he isn't interested in owning a "Z" Hang onto your GPX's folks, they're about to penetrate previously unreached depths! Some of the properties we've been prospecting are familiar and some are new. Always a buzz to finally get onto new ground after meeting with the "Cocky" and negotiating a deal. In some cases the ground has been detected before by others, but with careful gridding we always manage more. On one property we worked yesterday a previously detected patch yielded an additional ounce and a half in chunky colours (young blokes we were told) Perhaps they were ignoring screamers, but we're not complaining First up, my solo tally so far. largest piece (front) over half an oz: - and our shared tally to be eventually split 50/50 . Again, largest piece (front) over half an oz detected by Reg: All gold located in patches on eroded Tertiary leads. Some pieces still have traces of the cement matrix they eroded out from. A general view of one of the Tertiary patches with Reg's young foxy "Boo" photobombing. Reg in the distance: Posted elsewhere on this forum, my two largest pieces, found under 500kv powerlines: A 400mm dig for a 5 grammer. I love that 18" Elite, it even centered shallow flyshite that doesn't register on my scales: That's all for now. To be continued - - -
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