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Phil Beck

Phil metal detecting

Phil has been with Minelab for over twelve years and is based in Adelaide, Australia. Phil is part of the Minelab Engineering team and has been heavily involved with incorporating technologies such as MPS, DVT and SETA into the GP range of detectors.

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Please welcome ‘Westcoast Mark’ to Treasure Talk

July 16, 2014 05:45pm

‘Hot on the heels’ of Steve Herschbach, we are very pleased to have Mark Gerlach joining Treasure Talk to share his detecting knowledge and experiences.

Mark first got hooked on metal detecting when he was about 12 years old, after meeting a treasure hunter on the beach with a machine that could find old coins!

In 1985 he bought his first detector, a Minelab Goldseekers 15000, with this he found his first gold nuggets and numerous old coins and relics. His current machines are the Minelab Excalibur II and Minelab CTX 3030.

Posted by Phil Beck on July 16, 2014 05:45pm | 0 Comments

Say hello to the newest member of our expert Treasure Talk Team!

May 30, 2014 07:50pm

Minelab is delighted to welcome Steve Herschbach as the newest member of our expert Treasure Talk team!

Steve got his first metal detector in 1972 and has been metal detecting ever since. Steve and a friend started a mining supply business while in high school that turned into one of the largest in the country. 

Posted by Phil Beck on May 30, 2014 07:50pm | 0 Comments

CTX 3030 Integrated GPS and Mapping

May 24, 2012 10:37am

You can now see why I haven’t been posting for a while. The team creating the CTX 3030 have put in a big effort to pull together all the features and technologies that make up this detector.

With the exception of my fridge, there is almost nothing that can’t be enhanced by adding GPS. The CTX 3030 has an integrated GPS that can...

Posted by Phil Beck on May 24, 2012 10:37am | 2 Comments

CTX 3030 Discrimination Advantages

May 16, 2012 09:37am

We are pleased to bring you the new CTX 3030 metal detector. We have been working on this for quite a while now and it is great to finally be able to talk about it. The detector has a heap of great features, some of which haven’t been seen in a metal detector before. From Engineering, we think that you can do great things with this detector. In this post, I’ll introduce some of the discrimination features that you haven’t seen.

Posted by Phil Beck on May 16, 2012 09:37am | 8 Comments

Why Pulse Induction metal detectors work so well for gold detecting

November 22, 2010 11:51am

So as not to make this article enormous, if you see apparently strange new terms or acronyms, please consult our Terminology reference. (http://www.minelab.com/aus/consumer/knowledge-base/terminology)
By now, I would imagine that many metal detector operators have come up against the problem of mineralised ground when looking for gold. This is ground that produces noise from a conventional detector. Many gold fields around the world contain mineralised ground to varying degrees. In Australia, the gold fields contain exceptional levels of mineralisation.

Posted by Phil Beck on November 22, 2010 11:51am | 3 Comments

'Recovery Deep' in depth

October 22, 2010 02:23pm

The Recovery Deep setting on the E-TRAC, Explorer and Explorer SE detectors is designed to enhance the detection and identification of deep targets. This article will explain the way in which deep recovery mode enhances the operation of the detector and points out those situations when you may not choose to use this setting.

When Recovery Deep is turned on, it only has an effect on weak signals, stronger signals remain completely unaffected. When Recovery Deep is turned on and a weak signal is detected, the identification signals undergo stronger filtering to smooth out the data

Posted by Phil Beck on October 22, 2010 02:23pm | 0 Comments

Specific Ground Balance on the GPX detectors

October 13, 2010 01:58pm

The GPX-4000 metal detector first introduced a special ground balance mode called Specific Ground Balance which is still used in newer GPX detectors. This ground balance mode may allow the detector to ground balance in areas that otherwise would have too much ground noise. The Specific mode uses a special second-order ground balance algorithm that can deal with more complicated ground responses than the normal first order ground model.

If you ground balance in the normal way and the detector still displays ground noise then this may be a situation for Specific ground balance mode.

Posted by Phil Beck on October 13, 2010 01:58pm | 1 Comment

Don't forget Factory Preset!

September 20, 2010 01:50pm

I have heard from some users that have tied themselves into knots when trying to find the best settings for their detector. This can happen because there are some combinations of settings that don’t work well together and there are some lesser used settings that you may have set and then forgotten to check.

In these cases please remember to perform a Factory Preset. This will return your detector to the settings that it contained from the factory.

Posted by Phil Beck on September 20, 2010 01:50pm | 7 Comments

GPX 5000 Electronics Changes

September 08, 2010 10:30am

By now you have probably seen the GPX 4800 and GPX 5000 brochures and seen the term ‘Improved electronics’. This post will enlarge on this feature a little and demonstrate an effect of the changes that will enhance performance in the field.

Posted by Phil Beck on September 08, 2010 10:30am | 2 Comments

GPX Audio Controls

August 16, 2010 10:16am

In this post I will try to explain the GPX audio controls in a different way to that described in the user manual. There are tools available on a web page that can't be used in a printed manual. I'd like to try and visualize the way that the audio controls affect the sound that the operator hears

Posted by Phil Beck on August 16, 2010 10:16am | 10 Comments
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