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Nenad Lonic

Nenad gold prospecting

Nenad Lonic has been a keen metal detecting enthusiast for over 20 yrs. For 12 of those years he worked for Minelab in various roles which included product testing, tech support, export sales, technical writing and product training. Since April 2014, Nenad has been working under his own Phase Technical banner providing metal detection & training services, and metal detecting accessory products.


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Putting the Minelab GPZ 7000 to the GOLD test

March 03, 2015 02:16am

By Nenad “Gone Beepin” Lonic

Well, the much anticipated GPZ 7000 has finally been released, and while some users put their name down for one before they really knew any info, others have been waiting patiently for more info to emerge, mainly performance reports from the field. In my opinion, a gold detector should be judged by its ability to find the gold that is still in the ground, so that’s what I did; just put my harness on, switched on the GPZ and went swinging in spots where I have found gold previously. Now, if you are hoping to hear about all the ounce plus pieces I found to date, well then you can stop reading now. It is still early days, and South Australia is generally gold poor, and the Adelaide Hills even more so. With only 3 public areas available to swing a gold detector, you can imagine they’ve copped a fair hammering, so in saying that, I wasn’t sure what to expect in terms of finds with the GPZ 7000. Fingers crossed that larger nugget with my name on it is waiting for me across the border. But before I get onto the field results, I just want to say a few words about the new Search Modes and the audio.

Posted by Nenad Lonic on March 03, 2015 02:16am | 0 Comments

Tracking, Motion, and Sweep Speed – Part 2

March 14, 2014 03:04pm

One of the hardest skills for a new detector operator to develop is a slow swing speed, now read how...

Posted by Nenad Lonic on March 14, 2014 03:04pm | 2 Comments

Tracking, Motion, and Sweep Speed – Part 1

February 14, 2014 10:27am

With the introduction of the Motion settings on the GPX series detectors, there has been a bit of confusion among some users as to what it actually does, and also how it differs from the Tracking speed selection. I’ll start with explaining Tracking speeds.

Posted by Nenad Lonic on February 14, 2014 10:27am | 2 Comments

X-TERRA 705 Gold Vs Eureka Gold

November 15, 2013 01:41pm

A question I am often asked is: “I’m looking to buy a detector, but unsure whether to get an X-TERRA 705 Gold or the Eureka Gold”. It’s actually a very good question, as it isn’t an easy one to answer as there are advantages to each machine. 
One of the main differences between these two units is that the Eureka Gold has three operating frequencies built in, 6.4, 20 & 60 kHz, whereas the X-TERRA 705 Gold operates on 18.75 kHz with its supplied 10x5” DD coil...

Posted by Nenad Lonic on November 15, 2013 01:41pm | 3 Comments

CTX 3030 - Auto vs. Manual Sensitivity

November 13, 2012 10:52am

Everyone knows how well FBS (and now FBS 2) technology works on the wet sand, and on saltwater beaches, but recently I have noticed a little bit of head scratching among CTX 3030 users in regards to Sensitivity options – Auto and Manual. Some operators swear by running in Auto Sensitivity on the beaches, only to be told by others that Minelab’s advice is to NOT use Auto on salty beaches. Well to set the record straight, yes it’s true that in general Minelab don’t recommend the use of Auto Sensitivity on saltwater beaches and I’ll get to the reason shortly, but before I go on I have to say, if you have tried it and you are happy with the way your CTX 3030 performs, then by all means continue to use Auto.

Posted by Nenad Lonic on November 13, 2012 10:52am | 2 Comments

CTX 3030 – The best treasure detector just got better!

October 31, 2012 03:11pm

Since its release, the CTX 3030 has quickly earned a reputation as being a true all-purpose treasure detector, but in an effort to enhance its performance further, Minelab’s engineering and field test team have done a lot of work behind the scenes to make “the best even better!” Sorry, but I couldn’t resist that, because as a CTX 3030 user I am quite excited about having some new features to play with! This is the first CTX 3030 software upgrade with some great new features, to give users better performance and more versatility. So what’s new?

Posted by Nenad Lonic on October 31, 2012 03:11pm | 12 Comments

PRO-FIND 25 pinpointer

July 16, 2012 12:45pm

I have been searching for coins/jewellery for nearly as long as I have been a keen gold prospector, but in my apprentice days, it was mainly beach detecting with my Sovereign. The parks were always so full of junk, and it seemed like such hard work digging those holes, and it wasn’t until the X-TERRA Series first came on the scene that I started enjoying park hunting.

Posted by Nenad Lonic on July 16, 2012 12:45pm | 1 Comment

Getting started with the CTX 3030

May 14, 2012 08:45pm

Well it’s no secret that the new CTX 3030 is packed with new features, which required significant input from Minelab’s talented team of engineers, designers and field testers during the development phase. Minelab’s team of mechanical engineers were also kept particularly busy. They had the task of building a detector that is robust, waterproof, ergonomic, and at the same time easy to assemble. 

Posted by Nenad Lonic on May 14, 2012 08:45pm | 6 Comments

A clean machine is a mean machine

April 03, 2012 01:34pm

Having worked closely with our service department now for nearly ten years, I’ve seen it all in terms of the condition of some detectors we get in. The broken and battered state of some of them is really mind boggling! I’m the first to say that a detector won’t instantly find you a wealth of treasures, as detectors are just a tool, but like any tradesman will tell you, you need to look after your tools.

Minelab metal detectors are built tough, and prototypes are put through some pretty rigorous tests, but they are not indestructible.

Posted by Nenad Lonic on April 03, 2012 01:34pm | 5 Comments

The GPX 5000 compared

January 23, 2012 10:30am

When the GPX 5000 metal detector was released, some existing GPX-4500 users questioned whether it was a GPX-4500 with a new Timing for very small gold, and a make-over in the colour department. While these were true, the GPX 5000 has a few extra tricks up its sleeve!

Posted by Nenad Lonic on January 23, 2012 10:30am | 2 Comments
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