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  1. Hi Steve, I didn't even realise there was some crazy history of it until very recently, but that's none of my business, I'm just a consumer buying a detector to look for gold 🙂 I know people seem to have arguments over the QED all the time, I haven't looked into why and frankly I don't care, if it works for me that's all I care about. I don't have any history at all with detecting or prospecting in any form, I'm only on my second year detecting. I hope people don't attack me over my views, they're just honest assessments of how it works for me in our mild soil which again I try point out as often as I can (so does JW) so people don't think they will get the same results in hotter soils. In the past people have said detectors can't do things or couldn't possibly find this size at that depth and so on, but that's in their soil, everyone's soil is different so you can't take those reviews as a definite guideline to results. I went to another forum about a week or two ago when I was deciding if I should get a QED and just saw a bunch of adults behaving like children calling each other names as they disagreed with things about the QED, some were wanting to meet up to punch each others lights out I didn't read the mess long before I closed that window. I didn't go there to read that, I wanted info on the QED which it lacked. I'm probably super brave, like Hero type stuff along the lines of Superman as I run the QED with an X-coil, now that's pushing the limits! People didn't agree with X-coils either as they had some beliefs there was intellectual property rights issues with the coils. I bought my QED, I'm in no way obligated to say nice things about it. What attracted me to it is it's ability to handle EMI as a lot of the gold places around here have big giant power lines in them, which is why I've asked lots of EMI questions and also queried about the Anti interference coils. This EMI ability has been proven to me already and it's ability to find small gold well and it sure sees small gold better than my GPX in air testing.. I also like having no wires joining me to my detector as I get tangled up all the time 🙂 and it's weight is impressive. I can't buy a ZED as my wife would leave me if I did 🙂 and I would struggle to justify that sort of money on a detector unless I lived in a place with lots of gold to be able to find with it to at least try justify the cost, I have just as much fun on my less expensive detectors. The QED is very reasonably priced and a great way for someone to get into the world of high performance PI's without having to sell a kidney. I'm looking forward to giving it a good workout.
  2. The NF EVO 14x9 was the only coil that didn't run on gain 10 easily (this was inside my house), it required a bit more fiddling with the THS B and SMR to get rid of the EMI, the 12x6" X-coil and Coiltek Joey ran on 10 just fine. I only took the X-Coil out of the house and used it property but yes, Gain of 10 ran perfectly with no falsing or EMI issues. I never ran my bias at null, I ran 4 below all the time, I'm a tiny gold hunter by nature 🙂 It's almost all I ever find so that's what I'll be trying to find. I'll play a bit more with ground balance tomorrow but in that big range I couldn't get any ground noise lowering the coil. I did however notice the lower end of the ground balance range gave me the best sensitivity to small gold. I'll probably take the QED out for a spin tomorrow so I'll grab a video or two if I do. (weather dependent) I'll test it Vs my GPX at some point soon and against the Equinox, JW's pretty busy at the moment so I doubt a test Vs GPZ + X-coil is likely in the very near future. The Nox does pretty damn well in our mild soil.
  3. Thanks Al, I was doing the pumping to see if it needed balanced, when it needs balanced it makes a noise going to or away from the ground. I haven't been able to do an Auto Ground Balance yet to test that as it's already balanced when I turn it on on default settings. I guess I could throw it way out of balance and try it. It seems here in the soil I tried it's balanced anywhere between 65 and 110, outside of that it starts making noise, I found having the balance number at 70 was giving me the best depth on tiny targets in my very unscientific testing 🙂
  4. Well, after reading JP's review on the QED followed by Reg and Northeasts review and the occasional QED user popping up I decided it's time to get one. I didn't need the full package and was on a budget so bought a new one but without the 11" coil it comes with, also with the different shaft more like my Gold Bug Pro shaft. I'm quite used to that shaft style and like it. I'm yet to get my wireless audio kit for it, I ordered the Quest Wirefree mate kit from Phase Technicial yesterday. It's meant to be good for the QED but I'll use it for my other detectors too, it can make any detector wireless using 2.4Ghz, nice fast audio. Once that arrives I'll be completely wire free from my QED. The QED feels so light, super easy to swing. It's just using 2 x 18650 batteries so really there is just no weight to the detector at all, the only weight I notice is the coil. I was surprised how small the control box is, it's tiny! On the floor next to it is my little Sony speaker, it's powered by 2 x AA batteries and makes the audio nice and loud on the QED until I get my wirefree kit and then I'll start using my Steelphase SP01 booster with a SPK08 GME like I use on my GPX, only difference is I won't be tethered to my detector. It was raining when it arrived so I played around inside with it. I fired it up and was surprised, even inside my house it was hardly bothered by EMI at all, I adjusted the Threshold B to suit the coil, simple to do, move the numbers down until it makes noise, move it up until it makes noise, in my case down went to 48, up went to 58, here you can either favour smaller targets by going to say 49 or 50 or you can favour larger targets by going to 56 or 57, or you can leave it smack in the middle at 53 for an even balance between both. That's why understanding anyway, I'd hope some experienced QED user would correct me if I'm wrong. As our gold is mostly small and the only gold I have to test it with is small I settled on 50. I then moved my gain up to 10 (the maximum) and it was running nicely, even inside my house there was very little false signals. The QED has a mode as well, between 1 and 16, 1 for mild ground and is more sensitive to small gold, up to 15 for mineralised ground, and 16 for the beach. I of course wanted to be in 1. Still the QED was running pretty quiet inside my house, very little false signals at all, my house is full of EMI, a very powerful long range WIFI router and all the usuals, plus my house is only a short distance to high voltage power lines coming from some Windmills. To be able to run the QED maxed out inside with minimal issues shocked me. I tested my various coils on it including the 12x6" X-coil which ran like a dream, then the Coiltek Joey 10x5, and the same settings as the X-coil and worked just fine. Then the Nugget Finder EVO 14x9 was installed, I had to adjust my Threshold-B after installing this coil, so moving the numbers down till noise, then up till noise then picking the spot you want it... no big deal, takes about 20 seconds even for a first time user. The EVO had a bit more falsing inside due to it's size I guess, lowering the gain down to 7 from 10 fixed it up, tested with a shotgun pellet and the depth difference from gain of 10 to gain of 7 was hardly noticeable. The other thing i tried was moving off Mode 1 onto Mode 5 and then I was able to run at gain of 10 again with very minimal falsing. I was getting between 1 and around 2 inches on shotgun pellets with all coils I tested in an air test. The rain stopped so I headed away from home to a more remote location (3 minutes drive) away from the EMI of my house and put on the X-coil. Now it was completely silent, not a peep from the detector unless I went over a target. I ran on it on the default threshold which is silent, I turned the threshold up and found I had a nice smooth threshold but I was happy with it on silent, It was like using my Gold Monster, only noise if there is a target, On my basic tests it didn't seem to hinder it's performance running silently but I'll test further in the coming days. The QED has a default ground balance of 100, I didn't need to do a ground balance, I could raise and lower my coil all I wanted with no noise, Auto ground balance didn't do anything as it was already balanced, I ended up lowering my ground balance to 70 manually and it was still silent pumping my coil so I just left it there, I tried as low as 50 but noise started to come in then so 70 seemed a good spot. This is where I will differ from a lot of people so take into account my ground is VERY MILD so my results will likely be different to someone in higher mineralisation. I tested over various nugget sizes and was pretty amazed by the results, it felt like I was using the Gold Monster, very sensitive to small gold, I was detecting bits as small as 0.02 of a gram, 0.04 of a gram was giving me over an inch. A shotgun pellet was also over an inch, more likely 1.5 to 2 inches. I wasn't accurately measuring of course. The small gold ability of the X-coil on it to me seems far better than on my GPX 4500. I could move around the ground and never get any false signals, nothing caused me issues, if there was a noise it was a target. This was pretty good as I was running it in the settings I believe are maxing it out. I might be wrong but that's how I understand it being a first time user. To me it feels like a Pulse Induction Gold Monster 1000. The only negative I have is the audio without some form of amplification is too low for my liking, I like loud audio. With the SP01 booster it's brilliant, with my Koss UR30 headphones plugged in directly I found it was pretty quiet, although I'd never use them on it anyway as I want wireless. Once I get my Quest Wirefree kit I am sure it will be resolved as that's a powered unit, I think anything powered will work well on it but non-powered speakers/headphones will be too quiet for me. My little AA battery powered Sony speaker works great on it. Obviously I've got a lot more to learn and a lot more hours on it to be able to even consider leaving a review but these are my first impressions. All the outdoor testing was done with my 12x6" X-coil, I hope the weather is good to try my NF 14x9 EVO and Coiltek 10x5 Joey on it tomorrow. I hope this post makes sense... So far I'm very happy with my purchase.
  5. Hi Lacky, It's great you've enjoyed reading the forum and have learnt a lot about your new Equinox! You'll have a great time when it arrives, it's a joy to swing. Thanks for your post and welcome to the forum.
  6. Where did you get the handle? Bunnings? I could only find wooden ones at Mitre 10. I like the extra handle you have on the pole too? I should try find one of them somewhere. The wooden handle I have is 28mm thick. All I can find in Fibreglass is ones that look like this and they say they're 40mm, my hole is 30mm, unless they mean the pole itself is thicker than the bit that goes into the shovel, it's kinda weird looking 🙂
  7. I'm chasing some advice. I've not been much of a beach hunter but do it occasionally, I started with a terrible little plastic scoop and quickly upgraded to a galvanized metal scoop as the plastic one felt like it would break every time I dug a hole in compacted sand. The Galvanized one wasn't too bad, quick and easy to dig with. I quickly got sick of getting on my knees to dig every hole when I encountered a beach with lots of bottle tops so I've just bought myself a stainless steel scoop that has the option of adding a long handle to. So I went down to the hardware store and purchased a hardwood handle for it, the problem now is, how long to I make my handle, this handle seems way too long as it goes up to my neck, I guess it's for a broom. What length is a good length for a sand scoop? I hope to use it in the water on a beach I did very well on in the sand. I'm 5'11" tall if that helps. Thanks for any advice.
  8. It looks like a DD to me, the exact same as my 11" DD coil that came with my GPX4500... I believe the Mono's say mono on them. The newer Commander DD's say if they're DD or mono but the GP Extreme coils never had DD written on them if they were a DD, but they did have Mono written on them if they were a Mono. If you have access to someone nearby with a GPX 4500 or 5000 get them to put it on their detector and try detect a target in cancel mode, if it picks up a coin or anything in Cancel mode it's a DD. If it picks up nothing at all it's a mono. You could also contact service@minelab.com.au with an email and give them the serial number and they'll be able to tell you. On your QED only half the coil would work if it was a DD, you should get a sense of that waving it over a target. It's odd as the seller told you it was a new mono coil on the add. If it is a DD you could just sell it and buy a mono 🙂
  9. It's handy to have, you can clean all your coil connectors and everything else with it, even battery terminals.
  10. You have to be a bit careful with WD40, it can attract dirt and dust over time so can make things worse, at the moment the benefit will be it washed the dirt off by being a liquid rinsing it. A good electronics component cleaner will wash the residual WD40 off when you can get your hands on some. You might be able to get this in the outback somewhere, the version of WD40 for the job http://www.wd40.com.au/products/wd-40-specialist/fast-drying-contact-cleaner-290g/
  11. JP was right then, you'll be able to solve it, this stuff is brilliant for that. Jaycar have a similar product, not quite as good but does the job not much help to you in WA's outback though I guess. 🙂 http://www.rustxsprays.com/index.php/electrical-electronic-contact-cleaner/ It has a small nozzle attachment to spray it right into headphone sockets to flush them out and dissolves dirt and grime and won't effect any electronics. It drys very quickly.
  12. time to strap your detector on the back of the bike and break it in 🙂
  13. yes, the amount of times I've accidently gone into cancel mode, you do notice the threshold noise goes smooth as anything when you do though.
  14. I think it would be a ripper of a coil in OZ, the way it handles the hot rocks here makes me wonder if it means it will handle the hotter mineralised soils well that Australia has. The thing I like the best here though is a smaller coils sensitivity with the great ground coverage of the 12" length. There is no knock sensitivity even at maximum gain of 15 in the hottest sensitive extra mode so that seems like it won't be of concern. It's built like a tank too.
  15. Contact Davsgold on the forum, he's the distributor for them in Oz. https://www.detectorprospector.com/profile/600-davsgold/
  16. Here is his TV news story that aired tonight on prime time TV.
  17. Strange thing to die, it's just wires in there, nothing but wire. Are you sure your dog isn't chewing them or something 🐶
  18. Now Nugget Hunter NZ is going to be on Seven Sharp, prime time TV in NZ with his nugget find It airs tonight! funny.
  19. I do love my fried chicken but this is a bit much 🙂 Source : https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-ideas/weird-and-wacky/worlds-most-expensive-chicken-wings-as-bizarre-gold-food-craze-hits-the-us/news-story/55dee79bce3486d047f310e64b1c996b World’s most expensive chicken wings as bizarre gold food craze hits the US A New York restaurant sells the world’s most expensive chicken wings — dipped in real molten gold for that Insta-worthy look. The New York bar serving up 24k chicken wings If there was ever a chicken wing that could make the Versace mansion look understated, it can be found at The Ainsworth restaurants in the US. The upscale venue — which triples as a lounge and sports bar — has locations in New York, New Jersey, Kansas City, and Nashville and is famed for its 24-karat gold-coated chicken wings. According to The Ainsworth, each order of 50 chicken wings is covered with $A286 worth of gold dust. The wings cost $A65 for a plate of 10, $A129 for 20, or $A1437 for 50 with a bottle of Armand de Brignac champagne. They’re the most expensive chicken wings in the world, according to publicist turned food influencer Jonathan Cheban — best known as Kim Kardashian’s best friend — who goes by his Instagram handle, Foodgod. Cheban collaborated with Brian Mazza, the president of the company that owns The Ainsworth, to create the gilt chicken. Mr Mazza told CNN: “We wanted to create something over the top that’s never been done before, and you’ve never seen or tasted anything like it before.” The Ainsworth executive chef Justine Verzo told news.com.au her first reaction to the idea of making gold-dusted chicken wings was: “how?” “(I was thinking:) Like, what are we going to do with gold?” she said. But the team soon worked it out. To make the glittering Insta-worthy buffalo wings, the meat is brined in a coconut butter for 12 hours and coated with a chipotle and honey batter, baked, flash-fried, smothered in a gold marinade with extra honey barbecue sauce and dusted with 24-karat gold flakes. The final coating resembles molten gold. It comes with a side of gourmet blue cheese dip. “You want to make sure it looks good but tastes good at the same time,” Ms Verzo said. “It actually has a flavour to it, chipotle honey. “We took our time perfecting the taste of it so you don’t taste the gold.” Gold-coated chicken wings served at The Ainsworth.Source:news.com.au Gold needs to be in its purest 24 karat form to be safe to eat. The US Food and Drug Administration hasn’t rigorously studied the effects of the consumption of gold, but the European Food Safety Authority classifies it as harmless. According to Ms Verzo, the gold wings are a novelty. “A lot of socialites order this food because they want to take pictures of it,” Ms Verzo said. “It’s such a spectacular crowd-pleaser.” The wings first came to worldwide attention when a video showcasing them went viral last year. In the clip, the gold wings are served to Cheban who is sitting with a reporter. He giddily bites into one, emerging with a foiled mouth, like a Prada runway model. “It’s starting,” he says solemnly. “The gold lipstick is starting.” Gold food isn’t new — in 2016 in Manila, a dozen Golden Cristal Ube doughnuts sell for $A1700; in Abu Dhabi, a 24-karat gold-flaked cappuccino costs $A27.
  20. Your Pro-Find 15 isn't really for prospecting, it will help you locate coins in a dig hole if you're coin hunting. It will be of little use to you prospecting unless of course you have really big nuggets there. I use my pin pointer prospecting sometimes when I'm digging big targets to locate them quickly, a very large majority of them are junk and it helps speed up my junk recovery, I get more excited when the pin pointer can't locate the target at all 🙂
  21. Looks like you're famous now Nugget Finder NZ https://www.odt.co.nz/regions/west-coast/casual-prospectors-luck-suddenly-turns-gold Friday, 7 June 2019 Casual prospector's luck suddenly turns to gold Craig Douglas with his 6.25oz gold nugget.PHOTO: HOKITIKA GUARDIAN A Hokitika man is suddenly richer after finding the biggest gold nugget seen by local commercial gold buyers for about 40 years. Craig Douglas said he almost fell over when he prised out what seemed to be an odd piece of rock from a creek bed in an undisclosed location in the Hokitika backblocks, on Monday. The "rock" turned out to be a nicely formed gold nugget weighing 6.25 ounces (177g). Mr Douglas, who has been recovering from a broken foot, grabbed the opportunity of a perfect day on Queen's Birthday to take a jaunt with his metal detector. He was walking through a creek bed known to have been mined in the past when the metal detector suddenly sparked into life. "It just about blew my ear drums off, so I thought I better check that." Bending over, he noted a gap in the creek bed, suggesting a ready trap for something heavy, and stretching down and lifting off two large rocks, "I noticed a yellow outline". "I almost walked straight past where it was. I thought it was more a spot where old coins or bottles would get stuck. It [the nugget] was literally just sitting in bedrock up a creek. I wasn't expecting to find anything like that. It just happened," Mr Douglas said. "I nearly had a heart attack when it came out of the ground. I fell over against the bank and it took a little bit for my brain to catch up with what I was seeing." Mr Douglas said he could hardly believe his luck. "I had cellphone reception, so I rang my mother and said, `You'll never guess what I just found.' I was shaking. I was lost for words." He had since been advised by two gold buyers in Westland that it was the biggest they had seen since a 14oz nugget from the Paparoa Range area turned up about 1979. Mr Douglas' windfall was valued at $12,500 in weight value and $25,000 as a display piece. He has been using his metal detector for nearly a decade, collecting old goldfields relics, pick heads, coins, bullets, the remnants of a rifle, and the odd bit of gold. By late Wednesday, an anonymous gold buyer from Canterbury had snapped up the nugget, which was destined to be displayed in a private collection. The price he paid, like the discovery site, was undisclosed. - Brendon McMahon, Hokitika Guardian
  22. It made the front page of the paper! https://www.odt.co.nz/regions/west-coast/casual-prospectors-luck-suddenly-turns-gold Sold for a good price.
  23. That's some really cool stuff strick! Champion effort. They sure cleaned up good. As much as I'm addicted to gold hunting I do love finding old coins and relics. Thanks for the post!
  24. Isn't it a nice looking rock
  25. That's the opposite to me, my Dad never took me camping or hiking, and had no interest in the outdoors and now I'm wanting to get involved in that stuff 🙂 As I'm finding out now being a relatively new Dad, kids always want to do the opposite of what you want them to do
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