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  1. I have a GPX 4000 and am working in highly mineralised ground - i use the standard 11"DD most of the time becuase it is quieter. I also have two Mono coils - a 12x15 commander mono and a 5x10 Joey mono but I don't use these as I find a bit unstable. Is it possible to run the mono coils in the DD setting on the control box. If so, would this be more stable - does this mean that the strongest signal will still go through the centre of the coil - will the field shape be the same. I know it is possible to run a DD coil in Mono mode but I don't know if you can run a Mono coil in DD mode. If someone could enlighten me it would be great.
  2. Thanks. Where can I find docs speaker system? If I can't find something better I'm looking at buying the following http://cgi.ebay.com/Minelab-GPX-Battery-System-Nugget-Finder-Coiltek-Gold-/260716527276?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cb3ea7eac Anyone ever used this? Just found his site googling it. http://www.docsdetecting.com/
  3. I have had enough of using headphones and I am going to make the leap to an external speaker system. Anyone have any advice on the best external system for the GPX4000. I'm planning on buying the Coiltek http://minersdensa.com.au/xcart/External-Speaker-Booster-GPX4000.html
  4. My guess is Iron Pyrite but it is just a guess.
  5. I use the standard Minelab battery harness that came with my GPX 4000. I find the minelab harness that I have just feels too loose and doesn't seem to give much support - I think the problem is I'm too skinny(my wife says I gotta eat more and put on some pounds) - I tried converting a backpack that I have and that seemed to give more support but it can get a bit hot when i'm detecting in the middle of the day. I don't use a hip stick just the bungee cord that connects from the detector shaft to the harness. I was looking at some of the military load bearing harnesses - anyone have any suggesstions.
  6. I use the Garmin GPSMap60csx and it is great - the 550 was a bit expensive for me. However, the GPSmap60csx does not come with the topos loaded but I think the 550 has topos preinstalled for the US. If you want to use topos on the 60csx you need to buy them afterwards but I haven't checked how much they costs - probably between $100-$200. Topos are real useful to figure out if the area is too hilly to walk with a metal detector. I find the gps invaluable for remembering waypoints and the electronic compass is essential.
  7. Garimpo, I'm in the process of finalising my claim so i have to be careful what i put online. when my claim is finalised i'll post the co-ordingates and some fotos - it is real rough terrain - it is quite hilly with steep decents - the old miners in the 1930's and 40's broke every rock they could find trying to find gold so the sides of the hills are just peebles - real difficult to walk up or down let alone use a metal detector so i have to stay mainly in the valleys.
  8. I probably need to correct myself - it is probably more the sun than the heat - as there are cloudless skies all day and i am prospecting at between 1000m to 1500m above sea level the sun tends to fry me and as it is desert there are no trees there is no shade to take a rest. The temperature never gets much above 90F probably due to the altitude. I am prospecting on the Chile side of the andes but i suspect it is the same on the Argentine side.
  9. I live in Chile and you will have a great time in Argentina - the people, food, culture are all good, the wine is even better. I tend to find I don't prospect much in December because its the start of summer and I'm in the north of Chile and it is just too hot - sometimes in the morning I can get out and sometimes in the late afternoon but during the day its just too hot. I don't know what part of Argentina you are planning to go to - if it is close to the Andes it will be hot.
  10. I was in my apartment in Santiago with the kids and it was a wild ride for a few minutes but we are all fine - it happened 3.30am last night and it is 2.30pm the next day and I still don't have power. However most of the buildings look pretty good considering - i think the local building requirements have forced the builders over the last 30 years to build for earthquakes.
  11. Steve, I remember reading that 87% was privately owned, 99% of the centre and south is privately owned. I understand there are still some areas in the north such as in the Atacama desert which are still government owned. Which land is government owned land is a bit of a guarded secret and the people who know which land is government land can apply to purchase the land, usually at a ridiculously low price, through the Minister of Bienes Nacionales - people with the right connections, usually the rich families or those with political connections ended up with all the decent land. Regards Munizaga
  12. Garmimpo, Good to hear from you. I read your posts. I lived in Luziania, Goais back in 1997/98 doing work in a lab for a South African gold miner who was planning on setting up a gold mine. The brazilians once you figure them out are good to work with. Even after 10 years in chile i still haven't worked out the chileans out but I do know they are a pain in the arse to work with. I agree with you doing it on the quiet is better, the regulator don't want the hassle of some small time prospector and its much easier for the nugget hunter. The Chilean ranch owners are a funny bunch - you're right that the owners nearly always live in Santiago or overseas and someone else runs the place so they are the people you need on side - if you can get the confidence of this person(easier said than done) your half way there. The savvy ranch owners don't want anyone to find gold or any other minerals on their properties because the law surrounding mining concessions is very much weighted in the favour of the mining company - if the land is not being cultivated then mining claims are granted without need for permission of the land owner - depending on the mining concession property line the mining companies can have access to the property without the permission of the property owner, they can build mines, processing planes etc as they please and they dont have to pay any compensation to the land owner(however usually the big miners do pay something or buy the land outright so as to avoid any hassles with the land owner). munizaga
  13. I wish I had seen this post earlier - I am a lonely gringo living in Coquimbo and i have a GPX4000 which I have been meaning to use but haven't had the chance. There is gold in a number of areas in Chile - most of the old timers will tell you there are no nuggets, only fine gold but this is not the case. I read a report recently from a gold miner of exploration in Valdivia and they did a 300m trench and found a substantial number of nuggets between 1gram and 126 grams so there are nuggets. The best place to get maps of where the gold mines are is at Sernageomin at 0104 Avenida Santa Maria in Providencia - they have a library there that you can visit which has available the maps - just ask for the "Carta Geologico de Chile - Serie Geologica Basica" and then state which area you would like to look at. Now the bad part. Detecting in Chile is all but unknown in chile because the law only provides access to people with mining claims which tends to be either the big mining companies like BHP Billiton, Codelco, etc or people with political connections and some influence over the local judges who are the people who grant the mining leases. It is really is a bad system as the local judge accepts the application but can reject it, doesn't have to give any reason why he is rejectin your claim and there is no avenue of appeal. For this reason I have never used my detector. The other problem is nealy all of the land is chile is privately owned, there is very little government owned land, referred to in chile as "Terreno Fiscales". Even out in the country in remote places the land is owned by someone and there is usually a caretaker or someone who keeps and eye on the property so problem number one is knowing someone with a piece of land in a gold area. If you can find someone who will let you detect on their land, its relatively close to the gold mining areas and you need a buddy just let me know.
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