Rod

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  1. The Golden Fox and I hit the LSD area yesterday. Sure were a lot of people out and about, prospectors, hunters, four wheelers, shooters, etc.. Love it...America! Finally broke the ferrite ring for the GPZ, knew it was just a matter of time We picked up the broken pieces and with a little super glue and duct tape we’ll see if it still works. Beautiful day! Time to get ready to for a multi day camp out and hunt next week after the holiday weekend is behind us.
  2. No idea. The last person I heard of doing repairs and mods on the older units was Ishmael from OZ @ http://www.minelabmods.com
  3. Sounds steep imho, especially for an older detector that is no longer serviced/repaired by Minelab ref: https://www.minelab.com/anz/customer-care/product-notices/discontinued-products
  4. A friend had a TDI, it certainly was a capable gold finding unit and a lightweight machine, tried it out on several occasions. Between the TDI and the 3000, the 3000 would be my choice and that's likely due to the fact that I've used Minelab PIs, etc. for a long time. Last year I sold my GP Extreme for $750 with 4 coils and the lightweight pocket rocket l-ion battery system so there are some dang good deals out there.
  5. I've used both a GMT and Eureka (both being vlfs) and side with the GMT, especially with a small coil. Just seems to have an edge with sensitivity, depth, and ground balance. I'm sure you'll hear a lot of different opinions. For the money, I'd go with a Gold Bug on the vlf side or a used SD 2100 or GP Extreme for nugget hunting on the PI side. I've heard a lot of good things about the Gold Monster too (price range note). The vlfs do best in talings piles and smaller, shallow gold on bedrock, the PIs will outshine with ground balance and depth. If you can get a used PI with an 8 inch round mono coil or a Joey coil, you'll also be in good shape for the small stuff. I've found pieces less than 1/10th of a gram with PI units using 8 and 14 inch mono coils. No matter what you decide the detector is only part of the success equation: Operator, experience, location, etc. All of the detectors you mentioned (V-SAT, GMT, and Eureka are proven gold finders). You're doing the right thing by asking questions, don't think you can make a wrong decision in buying any proven gold finder. Once you decide on a unit the fun begins Hope this helps.
  6. Thanks bro, glad you got some nice chunks out of that spot too We're not done there yet Yep, let's get together as soon as we can. I'm sure we won't have to twist Las's arm to join us
  7. Sharing some of my thoughts and observations on the GPZ after a few months. The pic is just a small portion of the gold that I’ve found with it so far. The GPZ is heavy compared to many of the other Minelab’s I’ve swung in the last 16 years or so and I’ve swung them all at one point or another. Recently, on a five day hunt with friends I swung the GPZ the usual 8-10 hours a day. On the sixth day my shoulder was getting stiff and sore, so much so that I was glad to have a day of rest from detecting. Did not want to even swing the lightweight gold bug at that point. Just to give some perspective here I’m no weakling but not Hercules either, just a very thin and fit guy. 6 foot 1 inch and 180 lbs. I’ll mention this next piece for everyone’s potential benefit...I highly recommend going paleo if you’ve struggled with weight gain that often comes with age. I began eating paleo a few years ago (am over 50 now) and am as thin as I was at 25. And have almost endless energy. Enough about crap like health and nutrition ...the good news is that the GPZ comes with a harness to reduce the weight on your shoulder, I just don’t like it (nor do I use it). In speaking with other prospectors, opinions on the harness are a mixed bag just like every other topic in life. Some swear by the harness, some swear at it. I’m in the latter crowd. A bungee on the old backpack seems to work well for my purposes, don’t try and convert me The shaft’s extended length is great for jolly green 6+ footers and if you’re more dwarfish, the fact that the shaft is telescopic will make you happier than a pint of grog Plus at the end of the day you can collapse the GPZ and load it up easily into your rig. Ergonomically, the GPZ is fairly balanced. Even after months of use the ergonomic design is still weird to me, just because I swung the older style Minelabs for so long. If a GPZ is your first unit, you’ll never know the difference. Performance wise, the GPZ is impressive. With a little experimentation and practice you can run it just about anywhere, even in basalt. The depth and sensitivity of the GPZ are beyond my expectations. It's so sensitive that I had to change my knee pads to a new brand just to avoid hearing the little rivets when swinging the coil. Have I broke any personal records with the GPZ? Nope. Still trying to break my 7 ounce nugget record. Maybe next summer in Alaska In taking the GPZ back to a few old patches I was surprised at the gold it recovered. Nothing big, just nuggets that made me scratch my head and wonder how multiple detectors missed them. It almost seemed like the gold gods put the nuggets in those old patches just to mess with me The GPZ has also proven to be a great new patch/area finder as well, the depth and sensitivity really make it a formidable all around unit. The stock coil cover is really like a donut tire. Made for temporary use only. If you buy one of the aftermarket coil covers put it on carefully. They are a bear to get off if you get them on right. If you get them on wrong, you’ll work in profanity the way other artists might work in oils or clay. When the job is done, profanity will be your true medium; you’ll be a master I highly recommend filing the little tabs/ears on them down a little and finding the balance between “bear to get off when put on right” and “reasonable to get off when put on right” so the fit is more practical. This way you can keep your coil clean and free from black sands and other little nasties “floating” between the coil and the coil cover. One day I might post more about settings, target response, and a dozen other things but it's time for dinner now. Be safe and keep on swinging.
  8. I have a new SDC Adapter Headphone Lead for sale (SDC 2300 to 1/4 Jack). It might have been used once but I doubt it as it was still in my spare gear bag. I bought two of these when I bought my SDC and only used one of them a few times. The other lead went with the detector when I sold it. I no longer need this cord. They are $95.00 new. First $55.00 takes it and that includes shipping anywhere in the lower 48.
  9. After purchasing the GPZ I read the brochure and did the recent software update. Easy, awesome, thank you. Being a Linux user I opted to borrow my better half’s Windows PC to download and transfer the file via USB. Now, my Linux system could have accomplished that simple task no problem. The brochure simply states to facilitate the update via a “computer”. The term “computer” is ambiguous. The main reason (assumption) for using my better half’s Windows system was warranty. My understanding of the legal definition of computer is essentially the following: ”A computer is a device that computes, often a programmable machine, which can perform a programmed list of instructions and respond to new instructions given to it. An electronic computer accepts data, manipulates data, produces results, and stores results.” (U.S. Legal) Many legal eagles have weighed in that definition covers any of the following: Linux, Mac, Windows, Chromebooks (Linux). tablets, phones (Android (Linux) and iPhone (MAC), etc. Quoting the Minelab brochure steps: “Begin the download by clicking on the new GPZ 7000 software update in the ‘Software Updates (Detector Firmware)' section. It will automatically save to your computer.” “Connect the GPZ 7000 to your computer via the USB cable and turn on the detector.” “Once the software update file is transferred to your detector, disconnect it from the computer by ejecting the drive and then unplugging the USB cable.” These directions never specify using Windows, Mac, Linux or anything. Just “computer”. That said, downloading and transferring a file could be accomplished with all kinds of “computers”. Again, kudos to Minelab for not making the update required to use some special software, just a file transfer. My main question: Has anyone posed this type of question to Minelab? The question being: "Can you use any "computer" (Linux, Mac, Windows, etc.) to initiate file transfers for GPZ 7000 updates via USB and not void your warranty?" If no one has posed the question to Minelab, I am happy to do so. If yes, someone did pose the question to Minelab,, what did ML say?
  10. Maybe my original question should be worded: Does transferring files to the GPZ with anything other than a windows or mac computer void the gpz warranty?
  11. Recently I purchased a GPZ 7000 from Rob. While I’ve been finding gold with detectors for a long time, I am still very much a novice with the GPZ. Prior to the purchase I only had a few hours on a friend’s GPZ, but still managed to find a nugget with it. My expertise is not in the understanding of the technology of metal detectors, how the circuits are designed, etc. My strength is in the the use of the detector in the field. Detectors are a tool, just like a pan, sluice, dredge, dry washer, etc. I love to find gold and part of that enjoyment is the learning experience of new equipment. As far as realistic expectations and outcomes, my mindset is that when you buy a new detector, it’s not every piece of gold that you find with the new detector that should be credited to the new detector. You might ask “Who’s keeping score?” Well, I do. It’s part of self challenge. That mindset is certainly true if you travel and explore frequently. If I had to estimate, with each Minelab upgrade that I’ve done over the years, and speaking only for myself, each new unit found maybe 30 percent more gold than the other units (did) or would have missed. That’s not hard science, just personal belief based on observation and finds logging. I would say that 60-70 percent of all the nuggets I’ve found over the years could have been found with almost any capable detector in the right hands, using the right method of approach. The right method of approach means a lot, more than many people realize. Approach is another topic in itself. Then there are the 30-40 percent, the larger, deeper nuggets, the smallest pieces and, the unique pieces like tiny wire gold and, spongy specimens. Some of my finds in the 30-40 percent segment have been significant as far as size in concerned. To prepare for the first hunt with the GPZ I watched videos on Youtube about the GPZ and read many threads on various gold forums. Watching videos and reading was, for me, a prerequisite to the purchase. Preparation time invested helped ensure that through other user’s learnings and knowledge sharing, my experiences with the GPZ will be as productive as possible. Big kudos to all who have taken the time to share. The GPZ has some great features, like the wireless module and the swing arm. The digital screen is easy to use and very intuitive. I've read a comments from people saying that going digital can be confusing. That’s understandable. If you feel that way just think of each click to increase or decrease volume etc, as a slight turn of a knob. For the first hunt with the GPZ my approach was the same one that I’ve used with every new detector over the years. Its an approach that many other detectorists use on a first trip out with a new detector. The first trip was to a small wash that has been heavily worked with detectors and drywashers. This area was chosen because it has been worked so heavily. If the GPZ could impress me, this would be the place. My friends, Laszlo, Dennis, and I have taken a significant amount of gold out of this small wash over the years and a lot trash. Finding a target here is next to impossible, we’ve placered (dug) this wash out top to bottom. We all found nuggets in this wash over an ounce so that was my long shot hope, find another lunker that we missed. Maybe, another big one was lodged the higher, deeper benches we have not yet dug out. For the last year I’ve almost exclusively used my SDC, so much so that I sold my GP Extreme a few months ago. The 8 inch coil on the SDC is amazing in tight areas and the SDC has impressive punch on deeper targets. The SDC was also great last year in Alaska, easy to hike with and to use with the benefit of being waterproof. I was however, missing my good old 14 inch coil on the Extreme so the GPZ felt great right out of the gate with coil size. The SDC still has a home in my detector arsenal. I began using the GPZ in Auto Track and soon I was finding trash that we had all missed. I had to ask myself “How the heck did we miss this trash?” Just to add some context to that statement we’ve hit this wash with GP Extremes, SDCs, Gold Bugs and a 4500. Maybe even another unit I’ve forgotten about too. I hunted in Auto Track ground balance for about 2.5 hours. Preferring manual ground balance on previous units (that had the manual option) I decided to switch to Manual balancing and adjusted a few other options like ground type, volume level, threshold, etc. The change worked well and I went back over the areas detected with Auto ground balance and began finding more trash that we’d missed on previous hunts with the other units. The trash was very deep for its size, nearly 14 inches on one boot tack and about a foot on one of the staples. My Apex pick has marks on it every inch starting from the bottom of the handle so the depth measurement is fairly accurate. Some of the trash was well within reach of the other units and again, I had to wonder how we all missed these targets multiple times with a handful of detectors. My friend Dennis and I just finished a steak dinner tonight and I think he nailed the why, it' not only the GPZ's technology but also the GPZ coil and how it works compared to a traditional monoloop or DD coil. The ZVT technology was working as advertised. The rest of the first day out with the GPZ day was much of the same and continued learning. Near the end of the day I was finally able to find a little piece of gold with the GPZ on a high bench of the wash, lodged in a crack. The temperature was well over 100 degrees by the time I called it a day. I have no idea how much the little nugget weighs as my scale only weighs down to 1/10th of a gram. So the piece of gold is less than a 10th of a gram. It was about 2 inches deep in the crack. Off to a good start with the GPZ, I have several hunts in with it already an am looking forward to hitting more of the southwest U.S. and Alaska this summer with it. Now I just need a control box cover for the GPZ :-) Time to hit Tandy Leather! Thanks Rob for nearly 20 years to service and friendship. Your honesty and fairness is always appreciated.
  12. New Boots

    Reebok also makes the Reebok Duty Men's Rapid Response RB RB8894 8" Tactical Boot in desert tan (composite toe). No metal anywhere and the composite toe is not metal. I hardly every notice the composite toe is even there. No zippers on mine. Great detecting and hiking boots. I've worn them all over the SW USA and in Alaska. There is also a similar Reebok model without the composite toe which is also 100% metal free. I have a pair of these too but they are harder to find. Both are shown below.
  13. Carried Benadryl for years in my backpack, only used it once after a few wasps got mad at me. I became so drowsy that it was comical, kinda ended my day of detecting. The drowsiness was worse than the stings. Got stung again a few weeks later and did not take it, just kept hunting.
  14. I'm glad you made it out safely Rob.
  15. Not knowing much about Japanese culture or marketing they get points for originality but I have no plans to consume any McDonald's food.
  16. Just based on the video and my experience in owning both a 140, 151 and running a small scale placer operation with a backhoe and trommel (wet), this looks to be a machine designed for much higher production and even small scale operations (kind of stating the obvious). Ideal to use this in an area with good pay in the overburden, equipment access and an approved POO. Run the overburned and scrape the bedrock up clean. Know a few spots this would be great for and have seen other large units like this used in AZ (Mojave) and CA (Duisenberg) just to name two. This unit is certainly not designed with portability via backpack in mind. Keene is a great company with great customer service and it's good that they continue to raise the bar for themselves (and others).