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  1. Hi Simon, Yes the X coils won't like the powerlines. I know that much. Especially that close. I really don't know how you couldn't find that spot I took you to. You remembered the creek & there are so many reference points & objects that just takes a mental note to take note of when first pulling up off the road to park & even walking to the location. You don't need a photographic type memory, but that would help. You don't have to remember too many features as reference points to guide you. You just need to be more observant of the surroundings & take those mental notes. Not just walking following me & not taking any notice of where you are actually walking & what you are passing & what direction you are traveling. Where you ended up is quite a way from where you were trying to get. Maybe get a map or print a copy of the area from google earth & from that you can see where we parked & what direction we went & where we detected & the creek etc etc. It really isn't rocket science. Just a bit of research & map work. You don't really find spots by accident if you do research. The research leads you to them. Takes a lot of the guesswork out of it. JW ๐Ÿค 
  2. Well....it is very close to home....& no gold ground is save when it is that handy to me. As you are finding out. I try to leave no stone unturned. The practised art of backfilling๐Ÿ‘. Either to plant more grapes, or a new house site. Be worth going over it. You can be the second digger to go through there Sorry. I left those for you. I know how much you love them I haven't had the X coils in there yet. There is a thought.๐Ÿค” Best of luck out there JW ๐Ÿค 
  3. Ha ha. I learnt quite early in the peace to take my glasses. I now wonder how many of our small/tiny bits I "threw" away thinking they were shot gun pellets or shards of lead. Targets that didn't stick to my magnet. I don't make that mistake any more. Good luck out there JW ๐Ÿค 
  4. Hi Steve, you wont regret it.๐Ÿ‘ Best of luck with it JW ๐Ÿค 
  5. Always a pleasure Lanny. Thank you for a good start to my morning. ๐Ÿ‘ Good luck out there JW ๐Ÿค 
  6. Ha ha. I thought you were pushing your boundaries & getting very dearing. There was gold there & I did ok with the 3000. Not so much so with the 4500 but the Zed & ML 14" coil got me a few more. Looks very promising ground aye. Did you cross the lower bridge? JW ๐Ÿค 
  7. Hi Rick, Please don't re-wind that spring & bring it over to Steve's forum. Keep the lid on the jack in the box shut.๐Ÿ‘ Lets just see what Simon reports to us from a non biased point of view in our mild ground conditions. Good luck out there JW ๐Ÿค 
  8. I guess that with a lot of us that are so use to running a threshold old habits die hard. The theory & concept of running a threshold as a comparison point on detector noise, ground noise, & signal noise are just too strong to run silent at the risk of missing something. It is all a fine balance to get that right tuning zen point. Again, we are so lucky with our insanely mild ground. At the end of the day it is what each individual is happy & confident & comfortable with. So for you if it is no threshold & that helps your mental ground balance then that has its own merits. I'm late for work now. JW ๐Ÿค 
  9. But like Northeast said, that could just be that you have it tuned to the point that those sounds aren't breaking through the threshold, & you are missing them because of running a "silent" threshold. I feel very uncomfortable running no threshold. The Gold Monster made me very uncomfortable, being so use to having a background hum to compare any variation in it that signaled a target response. As we know, any hiccup in that threshold has been caused for a reason & needs investigating. That is where the importance of getting a smooth even threshold within what you are comfortable with is so important. Some can handle a ratty threshold, caused by ground noise & having the detector running hot, & still recognise a target response in the background comotion. I am now one of those, but it didn't happen overnight. Depends on your head space & your own mental ground balance . Personally I think you need to run a threshold. It gives you a background canvas to work with in regards to any fluctuations. Does that make sense? Probably not Time out in the field "fiddling" will get you to the Zen point.๐Ÿค 
  10. That really is the point, & beauty of the GPX detectors, & coil combinations. In our ground it will find the bigger smaller bits (hope that makes sense as our gold is all small. Some just a bit bigger than others) at depth a VLF doesn't. IMHO & my experience swing them. I am excited for you with your QED. JW ๐Ÿค 
  11. World war 3, as I said. Don't even bother trying to find out why. It is totally irrelevant & best you dont know as your fresh unbiased approach is what is needed. What you said above is on the money as is what Steve said.๐Ÿ‘ Any competition in detectors is good for end consumers. Considering the price of some verses ability out in the field. I have always followed with great interest, as have many, the development over the years of the QED. It has had its moments but good things take time & its time may have come. May be the world's best kept secret, except for those in the know.๐Ÿ˜‰ Look forward to your reports on it out it in the field. Best of luck out there JW ๐Ÿค 
  12. Something I keep banging on about Northeast & why we are able to run our detectors pretty much flat out. I am now in the habit of running the Zed in full max sensitivity of 20 with the X coils. Yes, I gather we are very spoilt having that "problem" I would be a fish out of water if I was suddenly dumped in some of your high mineral rich locations, being so use to running things flat out. But I am sure I would be able to adapt with a bit of "fiddling" of controls & then learn what they are all there for.๐Ÿค”. When it comes to the QED I seem to remember that fiddling word causing world war 3. I do look forward to see how things pan out for Simon with his QED. No Simon....you are busy skiing now in the weekends & I work during the week.๐Ÿ˜‰ Good luck out there JW ๐Ÿค 
  13. Yep, the standard Minelab DD coil that came with the purchase of a new GP series detector, & GPX. Well it did with my GP 3000. I used it bugger all, preferring mono's. This being the mono version before the commander series of coils. That nugget being the biggest I have ever found to date. Just shy of 19 grams. Nice looking ground you are looking at. The piles may just be mullock. But good luck. You just need to get your detector in there. Any signs of detector activity? Good luck out there JW ๐Ÿ‘
  14. Bloody hell...there is a blast from the past. How you doing Steve? Hope all is well. Best of luck out there JW ๐Ÿค 
  15. I have a photo of a 28 ounce nugget sitting in my hand, along with a 15 ounce nugget. Found by the guy I purchased my Zed from. I cant put the photos up as he has requested that I don't, & I respect that. So the answer to your first question is....yes. Best of luck out there JW ๐Ÿค 
  16. Very well said Steve. Couldn't agree more. I have to dash off to work, but your last sentence says it all as far as I am concerned.๐Ÿ‘ I just love being out there. The gold is just the excuse. Best of luck out there JW ๐Ÿ‘
  17. My father did nothing with me in regards to the great outdoors & all it has to offer either. That might have something to do with the fact that he & mum where in their mid 40's when they adopted me at the age of two & a half years old. They both smoked, dad until the day he passed away at 74. Guess that might be why I so love all things outdoors as I never had it as a kid. And I do love it. Guess that is why I became a builder too. I could not work in an office environment or in doors. I need the open spaces & the sky above me. Be it working or "playing." Pot of gold at the ends of the rainbow Ok. One more And there's gold out there Cheers JW ๐Ÿค 
  18. That is the truth right there. I had four sons & while they showed interest in detecting back in my early days when I was coin & jewellery shooting on beaches, parks etc, none of them have taken to it. Or gold detecting. Only one has shown a true interest in the outdoors, which I find odd as I took them all out fishing hiking & camping often, & he is passionate about deer hunting. Lately it has been bow hunting. Which I find a bit cruel as it wouldn't be a quick death. He likes the fact that you need to be a lot more stealth & it gives the deer a bit more of a chance over a rifle. That makes it a lot more challenging & more rewarding when you get one. So his strike rate has dropped. Yep, the youth of today are into different things. A lot of those aren't for the best either. Good luck out there JW ๐Ÿค 
  19. Nice find Rick. You are duplicating what I have discovered with my X coils, going back over old flogged ground & getting back on the gold again. Got to be very happy with that.๐Ÿ‘ You sure you aren't on one of my patches here in NZ? Looks very familiar...even got sheep in the background. Good luck out there JW ๐Ÿค 
  20. Hi Andyy. Here are a few pics for you.I won't show the schematic drawing as I was trusted not to, but if you get an X coil you will get all that. I will just let the pics tell the story. We cut the chip end off the 19" coil. The finished adapter plug The left end connects to what ever coil you "plug" into & the right end is the connection with the chip that goes to the detector control box, as per standard ML coil. Once you have the adapter plug you can use what ever coil you wish. Just a matter of soldering a female connector plug back on to what ever coil lead you cut the chip off & that coil is good to go again. So you aren't sacrificing a coil. There is a plastic "pipe" shield that slides over the connector once the coil is screwed into the adapter plug. Cheers Good luck out there JW ๐Ÿค 
  21. That is a fact I am 100% behind. I still love my GB2. It's that little bulletproof concentric sniper coil & no nonsense flick switches & dials that give you instant adjustment & manual ground balancing to get it super "hot". It may not go quite as deep as the others, but that I believe is purely down to coil size & higher frequency & I now have the 10" coil for it. Unused as present. I generally are not into fly spec gold hunting with the high frequency VLF's & use them mostly as my pinpointer when getting down deep on a Zed dig. The GB2 is usually my go to for this as it is on straight away & doing the business. Easy flick of a switch for discrimination but I still dig all targets anyway. If I do go fly spec hunting with the high frequency VLF's it is more for the novelty & I am just as happy with any one of them to be honest. You will notice they all have the smallest coils on them. GB2, GM 1000, EQ 800 Whites MXT which I haven't used very much & the GMT with the only coil I have for it. Any gold outside of these detectors for depth & my main detector was the GPX 4500 with a multitude of coils. Now the GPZ 7000 with a growing stable of coils. The little 10" X coil is....WOW!! Good luck out there JW ๐Ÿค 
  22. Bearing in mind that the damn weather you are having at present, I was hoping to get over the West Coast this weekend for some jet boating & to catch up with a mate but the weather will decide that, will most definitely wash & deposit more gold down your creeks. So not really a fair comparison unless you take & try all detectors on signals you should get from freshly deposited gold. The guy I got my Zed off, who lives on the West (wet) Coast, has his favourite creek spots where gold accumulates after every fresh. I am sure some of your spots will be the same. So no surprises if you wander down them with the 24k & get gold. Unless of course you are above flood level & no chance of new deposits. Good luck out there JW ๐Ÿค 
  23. Very good info JP.๐Ÿ‘ Thank you. Best of luck out there JW ๐Ÿค 
  24. You will get a schematic break down with photos, instructions & precise measurements that show what wires go where & to put a connection back on the coil lead that you cut off the chip connection it is just mirror image. That's the easy part. It then comes down to your soldering skills & precise neatness. Not all soldering irons are equal & there are some pretty fine wires to deal with. Might sound intimidating & scary but it isn't really. If not confident, I was lucky I had Simon as that is his sort of thing, but you could take it to an electronics repair place & all should be good. If I didnt have Simon I would have done it myself anyway. My very first detector ever had I made from a Dick Smith kitset. That require soldering up everything. Even the circuit board & making a DD coil. All that came in the kit was the printed circuit board & all the diodes & components, that were seperate & had to be soldered on to the board, & the wire to make the coil. Had to wind the coil & totally make the base & coil cover & attachments & shaft etc. I was surprised it actually worked. Found me lots of sinkers down at the beach & a few coins. But it was never going to be a very good detector. It was just a very basic VLF. The 10" coil is a ripper. Love, love loving it. It does love shotgun pellets๐Ÿคฌ. For the sensitivity it has on tiny gold at depth I just knew that was going to be the case. Good luck out there JW
  25. That was my thoughts too...compared to way smaller ones that I have found with EQ800, GM 1000 & GB2. Examples: EQ 800 & 6" coil 11" coil deadly on small gold too GM 1000 10" coil 5" coil GB2 All crazy small gold. Look forward to seeing the 24k with out in the field results. Cheers JW ๐Ÿค 
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