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  1. Thanks JP, I kill most of the iron hot rock signals with a mono coil + enhance timings. Sometimes, I use the stock DD coil when I am in a really bad basalt hot rock area. I lose sensitivity to small gold but at least I am not fooling around with all the rock signals. (except for some super rocks that are really loud) Best Regards, Don
  2. I think that the soil is extremely HOT in Australia but the ground is more uniform than what I have in Washington State. There isn't a way to ground balance out the thousands of large & small iron stones where I am. Sure the Washington soil would probably fall into the medium category compared to Australia but it is not the soil mineralization that is the problem. It is the iron hot rocks that ruin detecting on the X-terra 70 for me. Those rocks cannot be blocked except in discrimination mode. Also, this condition does not match the rest of Washington just my main focus area. There was a scene in Jonathan Porter's GPX Factor movie where he had a similar hot rock nightmare situation with the X-terra 70. He was showing how the GPX can ignore what the X-terra cannot. Everywhere you swing the coil is a hot rock signal and it would take forever to get anything accomplished. That is exactly what I have in Washington State. I don't know where that was in Australia but it was in JP's video. (it was in either the GPX Factor or Seta Project...can't remember exactly which one had it) -Don
  3. Hello Beer Beeper, I found the stock 11" Coil to work just ok on hot rocks in Mono mode. In DD mode it is great on ignoring hot rocks but then you lose the sensitivity to small gold that is about 1/2 gram or around there. My 1/2 gram test nugget doesn't produce a good signal when the stock coil is in DD mode but does sound off good when in mono mode. I usually use Enhance 90% of the time or Sensitive Extra timings in my area. (Sometimes I use Sensitive Smooth if necessary) I remember Jonathan Porter said to use Sensitive Extra with a faster motion setting if you are going to run in DD mode. That will brighten up the response on small gold. I haven't used those settings very much since I mostly use mono coils but it is good to know for DD. Thanks, Don
  4. Hello Beer Beeper, I have an X-terra 70 and a GPX-4500. I own the 6" HF DD coil. The problem with the X-terra is that it cannot handle the extreme mineralization in my area of prospecting. (Washington State) There are lots of hot rocks that the GPX-4500 can ignore (most of them) but the X-terra sees each one as an iron target. I can't even use the prospecting mode on the X-terra in this high mineralization and instead run it in coin/relic mode to discriminate out all the hot rocks. Try this experiment, take an ironstone hot rock and put a gold nugget underneath it. The GPX-4500 will ignore the hot rock (most of the time) and see the target but the X-terra sees a ferrous target because the hot rock is concealing the nugget from the detector. And unless I want to listen to hundreds of hot rock signals I would be discriminating out all those ferrous targets with nuggets under them. Also, depth on the VLF machine is terrible under these conditions while the GPX unit goes down deep. So, if you are in mild or maybe medium ground there shouldn't be a problem but if you get out where there is high mineralization then the GPX works much better than a VLF. If you are on plain shallow bedrock with not much mineralization and the gold is within 8-10" maximum then the X-terra should be fine. In addition, I have tried the 8" Mono Round Commander coil but found that it doesn't ignore hot rocks as well as a 14" Elliptical Mono coil or larger. (although it ignores mineralization/rocks far better than the X-70) If the 6" Round Goldstalker coil for some reason ignores hot rocks better then I would like to hear from somebody with that experience. I hate digging hot rocks! Best Regards, Don
  5. Here is a summary of a few of the problems in this super long & crazy mining bill. http://www.nwma.org/pdf/The%20Top%20Ten%20...%20HR%20699.pdf I read that Public Lands for the People are going to fight this along with other groups. http://www.plp2.org/ I believe they are asking for donations. Best Regards, Don
  6. Hello, I saw this posted on another forum and thought I would post it here. http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-699 Bill introduced January 27, 2009 This needs to be stopped. 8% royalty of gross income to the government, huge fines and fees, lawsuits from every direction, 10 year plans required, large bonds, and basically making it such a huge liability that no small miner will want to touch owning a claim. There are crazy permits required for everything. The text is long but there was mention of exploration permits and other crap. This will affect all prospecting activities. Let me know what you guys thing about this. Best Regards, Don
  7. Don71

    GEO Communicator

    My experience with Geocommunicator here in Washington State is that it is not accurate at all. Many claims are not shown and many are in the wrong location in Geocommunicator. The way to check claims up here is to go to the BLM office and pay them to print out all the ACTIVE claims in the section you are searching. You can then find the claim markers at the location you are hunting and check your printout to see if it is an active claim or not. If anybody has a better method then I would like to hear about it. Best Regards, Don
  8. Thanks Bob, For some reason I thought you had mentioned the Goldstalker 14" Elliptical in the past. I had that Goldstalker coil and it worked incredibly well but probably does lose a little depth over the round coil. Best Regards, Don
  9. Hello Bob, What do you think about the 14" Elliptical GoldStalker vs. the 14" Round SL Nugget Finder coil? I have been waiting for Coiltek to make a Goldstalker 14" Round Mono but if they don't I am seriously considering the 14" Round Nugget Finder instead. (I have tried the 14" Elliptical Goldstalker and loved it.) Best Regards, Don
  10. Hello, These coils are not waterproof. They are called "water resistant" in that they won't die when they get rained on but don't submerge them in water. If you want completely waterproof for detecting under water in rivers then you will need the Platypus coils or UFO coils by Coiltek. DD Pro is supposed to have better depth over the older DD coils. Best Regards, Don
  11. I have the following 2 coils for sale. ***SEE ATTACHED PICTURES*** 1.) Coiltek 24" Elliptical DD Pro "Big Red" Coil. This coil is brand new and has never been used out in the field. Price: $150 including UPS Ground Shipping. 2.) Coiltek 14" Round Orange DD Pro Coil. This coil has been used. (scratches on the skid plate but very few on the coil itself) Price: $199 including UPS Ground Shipping. If interested then please email or call. Donald Newell Cell Phone: 206-755-8927 email: donald@prioritycomponents.com (I am in Washington State)
  12. The Platypus 11.5" DD Pro coil has now been sold. Thanks, Don
  13. I have the following 2 coils for sale. ***SEE ATTACHED PICTURES*** 1.) Coiltek 24" Elliptical DD Pro "Big Red" Coil. This coil is brand new and has never been used out in the field. Price: $175 including UPS Ground Shipping. 2.) Coiltek 14" Round Orange DD Pro Coil. This coil has been used. (scratches on the skid plate but very few on the coil itself) Price: $220 including UPS Ground Shipping. If interested then please email or call. Donald Newell Cell Phone: 206-755-8927 email: donald@prioritycomponents.com (I am in Washington State)
  14. The 18" Round Mono Nugget Finder Coil has now been sold. (The other coils are still available.) Thanks, Don
  15. The UFO Mono has been sold but the 24" DD Pro is still available. -Don
  16. FOR SALE AT SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED PRICES: ***SEE ATTACHED PICTURES*** 1.) Coiltek 24" Elliptical UFO Waterproof Orange Mono Coil with Extra Skid Plate. Brand new but I have tested it to make sure it works. Price: $199 including UPS Ground shipping! 2.) Coiltek 24" Elliptical DD Pro "Big Red" Coil. (does not include extra shaft) Brand new but I have tested it to make sure it works. Price: $199 including UPS Ground shipping! I am selling these large coils because they are too big for most terrain I detect in Washington State. They would be better in areas with some wide open spaces like the desert. If interested then please email or call. Donald Newell Cell Phone: 206-755-8927 email: donald@prioritycomponents.com (I am in Washington State)
  17. Hello Marcel, I use a very quiet threshold as well....just barely audible. This seems to give me the best depth and a nice quiet detecting experience that doesn't cause hearing fatigue. I have always wondered why some people use a loud threshold. Maybe somebody can let us know. Best Regards, Don
  18. I have the following Coiltek coils for sale. 1.) Coiltek 24" Elliptical DD Pro Coil. "Big Red" Brand new and not used except for an air test. (This coil does not include any extra lower shaft.) Price: $230 Shipped 2.) Coiltek 24" UFO Mono Coil. Brand new condition and only used in an air test. This is the orange spoked coil. It includes an extra skid plate for free. This coil is waterproof. Price: $240 Shipped If interested then please email at donald@prioritycomponents.com (I am located in Washington State.) Thanks, Don
  19. Hello Bob, What did the weird signal from your test nugget sound like in Enhanced? Thanks, Don
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