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RONS DETECTORS MINELAB

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    Eastern Oregon near Nevada/Idaho border & Northern California
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    Studying mining history and visiting historical places. Minelab dealer performing one on one training on most brands of prospecting detectors. Cell 208-739-8079
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    Currently using a Minelab GPX 6000, a Fisher Gold Bug 2, and an Equinox 800.

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  1. I usually try to run the GPX 6000 as sensitive as I can even putting up with some localized ground noise. I then go to difficult when the ground noise starts to create enough excess sound to mask small targets. Everyone's ground conditions vary, so I recommend experimenting with what's working best in your conditions with a small test target. When running in difficult or normal timings and I get a signal, I switch the timings button to check if there is a significant change in target volume. If so, then I usually suspect it's a hot rock or just excessive ground noise. I really like how the GPX 6000 can give a repeatable and recognizable sound on boot tacks and most whole square nails, these sounds differ from good non-ferrous targets. So, In old 1800's hydraulic pits where the majority of the rubbish you find is nails and boot tacks, I now can patch hunt more effectively and avoid digging all these non desirable targets until I find a productive area and need to dig this kind of rubbish in order to unmask good targets. I also like the Coiltek 9" coil and it's smaller size, it seems to handle the hot ground fairly well in my serpentine areas.
  2. Part 1 My first attempt of a video, please excuse the sound on part 2, not sure why its cutting out. These examples are for the hottest ground. The Equinox works great at target separation in low mineralized ground.
  3. Gerry, I'm not sure the weight on this one a friend found, but people were willing to pay multiple times spot for it's rarity. Northern Nevada Gold Bug 2 find.
  4. Jennifer, Thank You for all the purchases! They are in the mail, I'll PM the tracking information to you Ron.
  5. Yes, the tape is on the bottom of the coil too. Seems to quite the rock scrapes quite a bit.
  6. Jasong, This chart has a good comparison chart and has weights! I've found it to be pretty accurate in testing the coils. Have not got the NF coils yet though. To clarify, small gold represents more sensitivity to shallow small targets and big gold is for larger targets at depth
  7. SD/GP series 12 volt car charger 4 pin Two to choose from $45 each with shipping. Power supply curly cord 4 pin Two to choose from Minelab $25 and new Coiltek heavy duty $45 ---SOLD or older heavy duty straight cord $25 with shipping. Complete GP shaft, armrest & neoprene covers & extra lower shaft $65 with shipping. GPX series Doc's gold screamer power pack 5 pin includes box covers, charger, sound enhancer, & one battery that holds full charge. $220 with shipping. SD/GP/GPX Minelab 11" DD $80 with shipping. Coiltek Joey DD Coil $110 with shipping. Coiltek Anti-interference DD $170.00 with shipping. ----SOLD Coiltek 470 x 300mm Mono $150.00 with shipping. Coiltek 3" Mono handheld snipper coil $160 with shipping. ----SOLD Coiltek 6" Mono $90 with shipping. Minelab Harness $45 with shipping. ----SOLD Koss UR 30 headphones new $45 with shipping Fisher Gold Bug 2 6.5" ellip. new $80 shipped or used epoxy resin $70 with shipping. Thanks for looking. Ron 208-739-8079 or PM
  8. Wow, the video sure does a good job showing the smooth enjoyable stable threshold sound of this detector. Reminds me of the smooth GPX 5000 threshold but with gold sizes more like the SDC's capabilities. If the Axiom is also able to handle the hottest ground, then this is also a super bonus to open up a lot of new areas that had to be ignored before. Great job Garrett, looking forward to getting these in stock even more now. Thanks also Steve and Gerry for all your hard work helping Garrett make this happen.
  9. I have over a thousand hours detecting with the GPX 6000 using UPC 2 inch 10mil pipe wrap on the still original skid plate. I removed some of the tape to show in the picture that the coil is barely even scratched. This tape suppresses the scratching noises quite well and adds very little weight to the coil. This tape is extremely scratch resistant and has great stretch ability without leaving much sticky tape residue. Patching edges does occur but is Infrequent as I only need to add tape to the skid plate edges after a lot of coil bumping. I can also remove the skid plate for stream detecting by removing the outer tape wrap and skid plate since I have also taped the coil itself and use it this way in the water to avoid the cork effect... The second and third picture illustrates how pulling lightly to the pipe wrap allows it to mold itself to uneven 90 degree coil angles without any creases or wrinkles to the tape.
  10. I have been able to work somewhat successfully in heavy mineralized stream beds here with the mono coil using the difficult timing. There are certain serpentine and granite type bedrock types here that are not workable at all with the stock 11" coil. Fortunately these hotter bedrock areas are only about 25% of the areas I detect so I just bypass them. I have not had any issues detecting with the mono on the sandbars here, but the stream sandbars here are not heavily enriched with black sands. I have not tried this GPX 6000 on the Oregon coast yet where the gold bearing black sands are in thick layers such as Gold Beach.
  11. I have been detecting with the GPX 6000 and other model detectors in creeks and rivers during the hotter summer months. The air pocket under the GPX 6000 skid plate is quite large and makes the coil act like a floating cork. The best solution I found was removing the skid plate and using UPC 2 inch 10mil. pipe wrap on the actual coil thus removing the air pocket when under water. Please see pictures! This tape is extremely scratch resistant and has great stretch ability without leaving much sticky tape residue. I have over a thousand hours detecting with the GPX 6000 using this tape without any damage to the coil. I infrequently only need to add tape to the bottom edges after a lot of coil bumping. The skid plate also fits back over the taped coil edge for when you go back to dry land detecting. I have also used a small amount of this tape to the inside of the battery compartment to tighten the loose seating of the battery. This also has prevented the exclamation warning screen from occurring when the detector is bumped hard enough or dropped. If the exclamation warning is frequent then please send it in to the repair center to be fixed correctly. Also note the accessory armrest covers in the picture. These are item # 3011-0144 Armrest Wear Kit, GPX/Sov/Eureka.-- very comfortable on the GPX 6000. Take a kid detecting. Ron
  12. Chris Ralph does a good job explaining this topic well. Remember: The Fisher F19 is a Gold Bug Pro including some added options for even a lesser price and can come stock with the smaller 6 x 10 inch coil.
  13. For those of you who plan on retiring and moving to your dream nugget detecting areas can start the research on where to go when you get there. Some of the best resources for this is the USGS Bulletins and Professional Papers from the early 1900's to present. For many years I would spend the winter days at BSU's library in Boise, Idaho. They have a complete run of the USGS reports describing the majority of the US mining districts in great detail. UNR in Reno, also host a great research library. This information I learned was so intriguing that I later became a rare book dealer for mining and geology book. Raymond Rossiter published some books in the 1870's called Mineral Resources West of the Rocky Mountains. His description of the mining conditions out west is very informative. Also my favorite writer Waldemar Lindgren wrote many mining district reports that are extremely detailed. This is a great hobby, so please enjoy the adventures and take a kid detecting.
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