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  2. Yo Rob.....How is it going with your dad? Tom H.
  3. Well, I received my GPX4500 last week and met up with DolanDave and his awesome dad here in Southern California for a hunt on Saturday morning. We were in the vicinity of Randsburg in what "looked" like very good gold-bearing ground. This is also an area where a lot of gold has been found in the past. Dave and his dad got there Friday and spent a lot of the day detecting the area before I met up with them. So, I get a text from Dave Friday evening that says the following: "Went out at randsburg today, really disappointed, couldn't walk 5 feet without hitting bullet, this place is a war zone" I felt bad for him because I know exactly how he felt. There are literally MILLIONS of bullets littering this desert out here. I mean, you can drive 7 miles off the paved road into the middle of nowhere on a mountaintop (like we did on Saturday) and dig. 22 shells/projectiles as much as a foot deep. I climbed to the top of a hill that had to be 100 foot tall, got a signal, dug down about 8", and found a staple (the kind for papers). I recall Dave telling me that in Arizona and Nevada it's not near as bad, and that this would be his last trip out here because of it. As if the ungodly amounts of bullets wasn't bad enough, we were digging up nuts, bolts, spark plugs, lead bird-shot, and lots of other garbage. As bad as I felt for what they were going through, and even myself on Saturday, it kind of gave me a little bit of validation for all of my frustration over the years. I know a lot of folks say that you have to just keep going and dig everything, but I wonder if those people have ever literally dug over 100+ bullets EVERY SINGLE TIME THEY GO OUT? It is definitely hard to keep the motivation there when you are running into bullets and other garbage literally every 3 to 5 feet. All in all, I had a great time and I'm looking forward to hunting with these two gentleman again in the future.
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  5. Hello All, Here is a great video from Coiltek Manufacturing on "How to mount the new Coiltek Gold Extreme Searchcoils to the Minelab SDC 2300 Metal Detector." We will have a few videos of our own coming soon as we are testing the new Coiltek Gold Extreme 11" Round Searchcoil. If you would like to pre-order any of the 3 sizes coming, please contact us ASAP as they will probably be a huge demand at first. Hope you enjoy the great video Coiltek presented to us.
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  7. Hey Doc, Great write up, Thanks for sharing with all of us here. The Equinox series has been amazing, even on small gold with the 6" coil that is in high demand right now. I can't believe some of the specimens with minimal gold and small nuggets this unit is picking up.
  8. Hello All, Just a quick FYI, we are now back in the office. We took a 4 day trip to Cali for Spring Vacation with the kiddo's. They had a great time at a couple of theme parks. California was very Green this time of year after all the rains. Drove through some great looking gold country. That being said, back to the grind of packing a ton of orders and calling customers back. If you tried to reach us, please contact us back, we are not available. If you ordered from us, all orders are being back over the weekend and will ship Monday morning. P.S. We have another shipment of the Equinox 6" coils, which have been on backorder for some time and are in huge demand right now. Call us ASAP or order online if you're still searching for one. Thanks for all your continued friendship and business! Let see some more gold posted.
  9. Great write-up, Doc; now you need to get people to read and follow the directions... thank you for your never ending efforts to assist newbies and not-so-newbies alike. fred
  10. Optimize your Equinox for peak "QUIET" performance. You old codgers already know this stuff but I am running into a lot of newbies that are a bit perplexed about the Equinox. This is for them. We have a lot of new detectorists as well as detectorists who have never used a Minelab machine before going through a learning curve with the Equinox. The most common problem seems to be that new Equinox owners feel the detector is noisy and they are not sure how to calm the machine down. Here are some tips: DETECTING TIPS: I know when you see detectors in pictures you always see the coil cable neatly wound around the lower and upper stem. The cable is usually secured with Velcro® wraps. Don't do it! Run the cable straight up the lower rod from the coil, securing it with Velcro® wraps. Once you get to the mid rod, then you can start to wrap the coil cable, and secure it with wraps until you plug it into the back of the machine. You want to be extremely careful about the wrap you put on the coil cable down by the coil. Make sure you leave enough slack so when you lay the machine down, with the coil flat on the ground, you have enough play in this coil cable that you are not stressing it. Why do you not want to wrap the coil cable around the lower rod? Have you ever seen one of those enormous electro-magnets used in a junk yard to lift cars? Well inside that big disk is nothing more than a bunch of wound wire. When electricity is ran through it, it creates a magnetic field. Well the same thing can happen with your coil cable when it is wound on the lower rod. You turn your detector on, it sends energy down the coil cable, and when it is wound around the lower rod, you have created a magnetic field right above your coil. This can desensitize your coil as your detector struggles to adjust itself to a magnetic field it can also cause erratic behavior. The other issue that can cause noisy operation is having the sensitivity too high and also not understanding all of the fundamental operations of the detector. So download and printout that manual. The manual is available for download on under Equinox. Cell phones are another big issue. Seriously! A major issue. Turn your phone off and get it as far away from your detector as possible. Put it in your backpack, up and away from the detector. Another issue is your Pin Pointer. If it is not a Minelab Pin Pointer, you can actually be getting interference from your non-Minelab Pinpointer EVEN WHEN IT IS OFF! Remember the wound wire, magnetic field problem mentioned above? Well most pinpointers have windings. These windings can actually pick up the energy from your detector and cause a magnetic field and drive your detector crazy. Especially if it is too close to the detector. Minelab actually identified this issue long ago. To that end they developed their DIF Technology: Minelab’s Detector Interference Free (DIF) technology significantly reduces interference with an operating metal detector, when the pinpointer is switched off, by disengaging the pinpointer coil’s magnetic field. UNDERSTANDING THE NOISE CANCEL FEATURE: Noise Cancel is a very important and critical feature of all Minelab Detectors. What Noise Cancel does is it searches for interference or lack there of. When it finds an interference free channel it locks onto it and uses it to provide you with a relatively noise free channel of operation. Nothing is perfect, and neither is NOISE CANCEL, but you can help Fine Tune the Noise Cancel feature. #1. Is there a known source of interference nearby? Another Detectorist. High Power Lines. Cell Towers or Antennas on the tops of mountains? If so, do this: Aim your coil at the suspected source of interference. Press the settings button, (It's the GEAR looking icon in the middle under the screen.) Keep pressing it until in the lower left corner of your screen a circle with a hash mark through an up and down depiction of noise appears. That is your NOISE CANCEL mode. Now hold your detector steady, while aiming the coil at the suspected interference source and push the CHECK MARK / "X" button on the right side of the control pad just to the right of the "+" plus button (You can also push the "+" button) This starts the Noise Cancel procedure. The detector cycles through channels looking for a clean channel. It will stop on what it thinks is a quiet channel. It will display a number from -9 to 9. These represent the channels. Is the detector still a little noisy? No worries. We are going to manually look for a clean channel. With your detector still aimed at the suspected source of interference. Push the "+" plus, or "-" button and you will go up or down the channel setting changing the channel. So let's say that your detector ends up during auto-noise cancel on channel 7. When you push the "-" MINUS button it will go to channel 6, then 5, then 4, etc. When you press the "+" PLUS button it will increase the channel. Often you will find during AUTO-NOISE cancel that the number ultimately displayed let's say -3, may not be perfectly quiet, but the channel right next to it is. So manually adjust it to -2 or -4 and see if you can find a quiet channel. #2. You don't know where the interference is coming from or there is relatively no interference. If so, do this: Put your coil on the ground. Now leaving the back of the coil on the ground, tip the front of the coil up at about a 45 degree angle, So from the side your coil it should look something like this __\--- That's a bit more than 45 degrees but you get the idea. Now slowly turn around 360 degrees, make a mental note of where the most interference is coming from. When you find that noisy spot, stop right there. Hold your coil still and go through the AUTO-Noise cancel outlined above, and the MANUAL NOISE Fine tuning using the PLUS or MINUS button I described above. Doing a Noise Cancel on the ground, is important. If you don't know where the interference is coming from, chances are good it is micro-wave interference or EMI. These sources bounce around. You want to cancel them at ground level because that is where your coil is going to be doing the detecting. After deciding on best channel, hit the DETECT button which is the BLACK button with the icon of a coil on the left side of your control button panel, to the left of the MINUS button. AFTER NOISE CANCEL: Now Balance your machine. Once again click on the GEAR ICON until you cycle through to the ICON of a coil with an up and down arrow. This should be to the right of the NOISE CANCEL icon that showed up in the lower left hand side of your screen. At first hold the PLUS "+" button down and pump the coil up and down against the ground about 6 inches. Listen to the sound. The coil will sound different either going away from the ground or going towards the ground. That is because your detector is not properly balanced. If you are getting a louder sound going away from the ground that means your detector is NEGATIVELY ground balanced. THIS IS VERY BAD! You will lose a lot of depth and it will be noisy. If you get a louder sound going away from the ground hold down the PLUS button, because the way to get the detector out of a NEGATIVE BALANCE is to ADD POSITIVE ground balance, this is done with the POSITIVE "+" button. Likewise, if you are getting a louder sound when the coil goes towards the ground you are out of balance on the POSITIVE side. The way to get the detector back in balance is to hold the negative button down "-" as this brings the POSITIVE balance down and gets the detector back in balance. You want to use the POSITIVE and NEGATIVE button while pumping the coil up and down until you are either getting no sound, or the sound is the same both going towards the ground and away from the ground with your coil. I know it may be a bit confusing, but let me try to simplify. LOUDER SOUND GOING AWAY FROM GROUND = NEGATIVE BALANCE - PRESS POSITIVE BUTTON To Bring the detector into balance. LOUDER SOUND GOING TOWARDS THE GROUND = POSITIVE BALANCE - PRESS NEGATIVE BUTTON to bring the detector into balance. SAME SOUND GOING TOWARDS OR AWAY FROM GROUND = PERFECTLY BALANCED DETECTOR. When the detector is balanced, push the TARGET / DETECT button in the middle at the bottom of the Button Control Panel. ADVANCED SECRET: Running your detector slightly out of balance on the POSITIVELY balanced side will give you extra depth, BUT it is quite noisy and prone to falsing. I hope these tips and tricks will help new comers to get their Equinox to purr like a kitten while detecting, and roar like a lion when it finds a target. Doc - Certified Minelab Gold Machine Trainer 26 years a Certified Dealer with Minelab. © 2019 G.M. "Doc" Lousignont Ph.D.
  11. california. 7.7 grams there. got 8.25 the outing prior at the same location. little under a half ounce in 2 outings. cant wait to get back out there and see if there is more
  12. Nice ...What area? CA, AZ or ? WTG...Cheers, Unc
  13. BrownNugget

    flogging the hills

    Nice pile!!!! That should clink a bit in a vial.
  14. I’m looking for a used 5000, I’v been off the forum for about 4 year. Just got back on Robs.and the other detectting forum. I spotted this scam right off. Hope he didn’t get any one here for $. May all your targets be gold. CH
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  16. nuggethunting

    Is this reasonable?

    Hey Chris, The Ellipticals so make pinpointing a bit easier, but the small rounds do a great job also. Once you get to the 14" round and larger the pinpointing is not as accurate as a smaller Elliptical or Mono. There are times I struggle pinpointing a small nugget in the bedrock with my GPZ's 14x13" Super DD. I also struggled on that last 2+ pound copper nugget I found down deep. It was so loud, I couldn't use the old "Cancel" trick on the GPX series, nor did I have a poinpointer with me. That all being said, the Minelab 11" Round Commander is a deadly coil. I personally found a lot of gold with this coil alone. I always ended up with a larger 14x9, but the Minelab stock coils run very smooth on the unit they come with. I tend to believe they are more calibrated to that unit than aftermarket coils (this is just a personal thought and experience).
  17. nuggethunting

    Gold Monster is Killing It!!!

    Hey Ace, Great to see some new finds from the Gold Monster 1000. No question, it's a great metal detector and super sensitive to small gold. I really love my Minelab GM 1000.
  18. Hey Guys, There has been a lot of debate about the new coils. I'm hoping I can post some more information in the next couple of days that will help clear up some of these questions. For the time being, Coiltek has always been a top notch company, so we know they wouldn't have developed these coils without the Research and Development behind it. The new coils are doing very well in Australia so far on some field tests. I will have a coil here soon, so I will also be testing it and let you know how complicated it is to actually switch the coil out.
  19. before the first rains the falsing wasnt that bad. it still isnt enough to drive me crazy. you can clearly see the outline the machine will hit on. i detected a burn thats about 3-5 years old around weaverville and the charcoal was much more of a problem. i still inspect the really loud ones, and got a 1.5 gram out of a charcoal manzanita outline. youre right, a lot of the roots are still alive, so those will grow back fast.
  20. hi all i have Coiltek 17 x 11 inch mini ufo mono coil fs $125 shipped conus or you can pick it up in kingman az or the basin for less $ its a older one in good shape with coil cover if your interested feel free to give me a ring 928-715-5324 thanks walt
  21. fishing8046


    G S Looks like you are in the burned areas that mess with your detector falsing on every piece of charcoal even when you tune them out. The bad thing is as fast as that fire cleared that ground the plant growth will retake it in a matter of a few months. Enjoy hunting ground that a detector has never touched for the next few months. Thanks for sharing can't wait to see what's next!
  22. fishing8046

    Gold Monster is Killing It!!!

    Very nice Theace115. What settings are you running the machine on?
  23. Went out yesterday with my Gold Monster and Managed to pull out a .15 Gram nugget from the Mezozoic Red Shale. Was definitely a fun Time. Thanks ROB! Great Detector!!
  24. does it void the warranty?
  25. Don't forget about the accessory kit you have to buy to use the coils.
  26. Very nice chunks !!
  27. I am interested In your unbiased opinion Rob. I have only seen minimal info on these new coils so far, but it looks like you have to remove a side plate in order to use these new coils. Access to the coil wire attachment I believe. I wonder if this compromises the waterproof capabilities of this unit. Dennis
  28. adam

    Is this reasonable?

    Hey Chris, how much gold have you pin-pointed with Mono round coils? ..Are you going to the nuggetshooter outing? Maybe we can chat a bit
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