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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

Grid hunting and why so many miss targets

August 30, 2010 03:26pm

Most successful detectorists are fanatical about hunting in grids as there are so many variables that can mask a signal. Mostly this is due to the orientation of the target in the ground, however there are a number of other reasons such as momentary interference from another detector or other noise source, swinging the coil too fast or not overlapping your swings.

Gridding an area is quite simple and can make the difference between finding or missing a few targets per trip.

Posted by on August 30, 2010 03:26pm | 1 Comment

Testing the GPX 5000

August 24, 2010 01:40pm

I love testing new detectors, but having had so much success with the GPX-4500, I wondered, could we improve on it?

Well after many hours of product development, lots of fine tuning, countless hours of testing by internal and external testers, at locations all over the world, the GPX 5000 was perfected. I started testing simply by carefully burying a range of gold nuggets of different sizes at varying depths, and comparing the signal response of the GPX 5000 to the GPX-4500. So far so good, the GPX 5000 got everything the GPX-4500 did, and certain targets gave a much clearer signal in the new Fine Gold timing compared to Enhance on the GPX-4500.

Posted by Nenad Lonic on August 24, 2010 01:40pm | 4 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

Excalibur II - a waterproof detector

August 09, 2010 11:25am

Would you ever dream of taking your expensive top of the line metal detector into the water with you? Probably not…it would be a crazy thing to do. But, it wouldn’t be at all out of place if you owned an Excalibur II waterproof underwater metal detector.

I do it frequently…take my Excalibur into the water and enjoy a few hours water hunting and reach areas and things I can’t access on land or the beach for that matter! It’s an absolute great feeling to don the headphones and wade into water with an Excalibur ‘buzzing’ at your side, and best of all is drop the entire thing…yes, even the headphones into the water

Posted by Des Dunne on August 09, 2010 11:25am | 0 Comments

The Prospectors Journal

August 04, 2010 09:05am

It is true what they say, your very first nugget is the hardest. But what can help you find your 2nd piece, and 3rd piece and so on?? If you want to become a successful prospector, and keep finding gold nuggets for years, the most valuable tool to have in your arsenal is actually the cheapest – a Journal. So what is it?

The Prospectors Journal is basically a record of your gold trips, whether successful or not, as well as any information that may be of use to plan your next trip...

Posted by Nenad Lonic on August 04, 2010 09:05am | 1 Comment

Are you hearing everything you swing over?

July 26, 2010 10:22am

Are you hearing everything you swing over? You wouldn’t know if you weren’t would you? Do you know that it is not just volume that assures you are hearing signals?

A very strong but simple reminder is that you cannot find what you cannot hear!

One of the most unexploited features of Minelab gold detectors is the tone adjustment.
Proper use of the tone adjustment will allow you to custom tune your detector to your personal hearing. And more importantly, it is simple to do.

Posted by on July 26, 2010 10:22am | 0 Comments

GPX-4500 for Coin & Treasure use

July 19, 2010 09:01am

Have you ever given any thought to using your GPX-4500 for the pursuit of valuable gold and silver coins and other treasures?

One doesn’t have to reserve the GPX-4500 just for gold prospecting! It is a fine general purpose coin machine as well!

There are plenty of valuable single and caches of coins out there to find and the GPX-4500 is perfectly suited to the job e.g. ghost town detecting, cache hunting in rocky mountainous regions of the deserts searching for “Wild West” stage coach and bank robbery caches, treasures deposited in Europe during the two world wars and in the former ‘Iron Curtain’ regions of the former USSR. 

Posted by Des Dunne on July 19, 2010 09:01am | 0 Comments

Why don't you use the Mode switch on your GPX?

July 09, 2010 01:25pm

In my travels, talking to Minelab GPX users I have encountered few people who make much use of the mode switch. When we first designed the GPX-4000, after much discussion we put a 'Mode' switch on the front panel. Our intent with this switch was to try and let operators do one of three things with this new switch.

1. New users could easily change the character of the detector before learning the finer points of the settings in the menus on the LCD. This is a bit like using the dial on the top of your digital camera to change between Sports, Portrait and Night modes...

Posted by Phil Beck on July 09, 2010 01:25pm | 1 Comment

X-TERRA 705 Gold Pack - A simple Solution!

July 01, 2010 11:05am

With the announcement of the X-TERRA 705 Gold Pack hitting the street and forums everywhere I thought I would toss out some results from testing for anyone that has not heard me ranting on about how great the X-TERRA 705 really is. The X-TERRA 705 Gold Pack was a simple idea and solution; really there was no need to reinvent the wheel on this one. Take a worldly proven metal detector add the perfect coil for prospecting and offer it at a good price and we answered one of the most asked questions I receive from nugget hunters...

Posted by on July 01, 2010 11:05am | 9 Comments
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