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About SteelPhase

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    Ocean Grove, Australia
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    Prospecting, Electronics
  • Gear Used:
    GPZ7000, GPX4500, Equinox 800, SteelPhase Enhancer, Eureka Gold, Numerous Experimental Detectors

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  1. Used to. Had to sell it to pay the greedy govt buggers. Toys have to go first unfortunately. Want to get another one soon though.
  2. I do warranty all my work in so much as the soldering etc will be spot on. As to guaranteeing they will work on the machine... well I can't test the coils before or after the mods so no. Although if someone want to donate a 7000 to me....😁 As they say, here are no guarantees in life (although we are guaranteed to turn up our toes one day). Although it is guaranteed the govt will try to screw you every way they can and that women are ALWAYS right (even if they are wrong), and that detector prices will increase in price.... so may be there are some guarantees.....
  3. Unfortunately Minelab will not sell that assembly. regards Pat
  4. When I make the adapter, as I've mentioned previously, I use dual wall heatshrink. I cut the heatshrink so one length covers the complete adapter. It fits over the back half of the molded plug as well and goes through to over the back half of the new plug. The glue in the heatshrink sticks it to the plugs so the length of heatshrink will provide additional strain support. In fact there will be less strain on the molded plug on the new adapter lead than the original unmodified version.
  5. Instead of tape, I always use dual wall heatshrink. It has a glue inside which not only makes it waterproof but also stiffens the whole patch lead. Hate to say it but his soldering looks as dodgy as hell ?
  6. There is a big difference between inside the case and a flexible adapter cable. Inside the case the wires have no movement from the other end. There is no pulling or flexing. This isn't the case with the adapter cables. There can be stresses and movement on the adapter cable every time the coil is changed. Any added material to stop the stresses on the joints can only prolong the life of the connection.
  7. I use the hot glue gun because it dries solid and fills the inner part of the socket between the wires so they can not move at all. It gives a similar effect as a molded plug. I think the liquid tape will still allow for movement of the wires within the socket.
  8. If he had done a noise cancel it probably would have achieved exactly the same thing. I haven't tested one myself but I am a little dubious. I dont like the idea of adding a passive device to the input of the detector as it will also be reducing the signal slightly which will mean those faint signals will no longer be available.
  9. I'm sorry but unless this 'shield' is connected electrically to the ground of the detector, its useless (in fact it may actually act as an antenna for EMI) and you will get ground loops. The inside of the GPX is already shielded although I have seen a few that have been opened by others and they have not re-fitted the shielding wire correctly. As for some of the statements in that write up especially well the reason they have that case and not a plastic one is so they can be shielded by connecting the case to ground. AND Magnets are NOT EMI. The effect of the earths magnetic field are handled with part of the circuitry that does EF rejection. I gather they are trying to make it look like a Faraday shield - this cant work in this scenario as there are cables coming out both ends. For a Faraday shield to work, it has to be totally enclosed. Sorry its snake oil.
  10. I have the 17x11 and it was my go to coil for quite a while. Punches deep, easy to pin point and is sensitive on small bits. That being said, the 14 will punch a little deeper but isnt as easy to pinpoint and maneuver in between grasses/bushes/rocks. There isnt one coil that will do everything so you have to decide what feature gives the most advantage and go for that coil. I also have the 14x9 Evo (as mentioned by Nenad) and its great for smaller prickly bits.
  11. When I make the patch leads I also put another plug on to the original coil. That way it can still be used. Have you tried the original coil with the patch lead? If it works then the fault is with the x coil. If not then either the patch lead is wired incorrectly or the ic in the plug has been damaged. regards Pat
  12. Most are aware of the goldfields of Western Australia and Victoria but there are more throughout Australia. NSW and QLD also have their fair share of gold and I was lucky enough to be able to spend a few days up in NSW with some friends. We only managed a few days detecting ( I still had to squeeze in some business commitments as well as some well needed down time) but I still came away with just under 1/2 an oz. It's beautiful country and well worth a visit if you get a chance.
  13. Sorry I missed your adventure Mitchel as I was out of phone reception for most of the time. It's a shame you didn't get more gold but I really hope you enjoyed your time here regardless. regards Pat
  14. Well done Mitchel. I knew you'd get something. Sorry I haven't been able to catch up with you but this week has been so busy with work and next week I am away. Good luck and I look forward to seeing more of the yellow from you. regards Pat
  15. Its a bit hard to say without looking at the circuit. Some audio has a floating outputs where none are grounded. You'll really need to look at the board and see if you can spot some sort of ground. It will probably be a wider track, connected to some of the negative pins on electros, go to the ground pin on some of the ic's etc.
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