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Hey everyone,  I am making a trip out Wickenburg here in the next week or so.  Can anyone with a GPX offer some benchmark settings for that area.  I can adjust my stabilizer and gain while im out in the field,  but what soil timings have you discovered to work the best?  Keep it simple with the "fine gold" setting?  

 

Thanks!!

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The settings on the GPX 5000 must be set up for each area you hunt when you get there and there are no real generic settings I could give you. This should get you on the right track though,

Decide your mode then turn the detector on and let it settle down a bit

Do your EMI

Get a ground balance in current gain settings

Hold the coil about an inch of the ground and turn the gain all the way down then slowly turn it up until it begins to become unstable (usually 9 to 11 at LSD) turn in back one click and then re ground balance. 

I normally will hunt in manual GB and adjust as I move along for best results (for me)

The GP and GPX series are adjustable to almost all ground conditions you may face in the goldfields, but each area is a bit different and must be set up with that in mind. The difference of 5 miles or less can require different setup and learning to do it properly is a must making it very hard to offer a set of "blanket" settings to you.

Good hunting....

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Thank you,  I am 100 percent new to Wickenburg and the GPX has a ton of soil timings and options, as you know.  Im thinking I will start with Fine Gold and see how that does, may move to

Sens Smooth if the gold is in more mineralized soil.  I appreciate the help Bill!

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Remember "fine Gold" is a shallow ground setting and Normal is better in deeper ground, have fun...

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The guy I am going with has been very successful in the Wickenburg area.  I don't quite know the type of gold we will be hunting though,  small shallow GB2 stuff, or if we will be going to a spot with larger, deeper nuggets.  Gold is gold, and the experience of going with a pro / specialist (:-) is what I am really looking forward to,  some good laughs, and a great experience.  I will adjust accordingly when we get out there and him and I start discussing what has been discovered there in the past. 

Thank you for your help.

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Cool then you should be in good hands and looking forward to seeing some gold.

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For the Wickenburg area, I used to be able to run Sensitive Xtra.  This was just my goto on that machine..  I tried to run Normal mode as Bill suggested, but my unit was always a little too unstable for this, and I felt like I was backing off too much on the gain and stabilizer  (which I always kept within a few clicks of one another)

There are some areas of very mineralized soil that may force you into Fine mode, but that is a last resort for me.  I never touched the other settings.  Never felt the need.

Andyy

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Thank you for the help!!  Can you please PM me when you have a second please @Andyy

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Sorry I have been slow but I will get you what you need. Talk tomorrow!

AJ

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That 5000 sure sounds complicated. Turns out I've been detecting all wrong this entire time. No wonder ...

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Try cancel mode Boulder Dash. Lol

9 hours ago, boulder dash said:

That 5000 sure sounds complicated. Turns out I've been detecting all wrong this entire time. No wonder ...

 

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11 hours ago, boulder dash said:

That 5000 sure sounds complicated. Turns out I've been detecting all wrong this entire time. No wonder ...

Just someone trying to learn Wade :inocent: ... I am pretty sure that is what the forum is about. Having a new detector especially a PI and not having used it much the best first step is to seek advice from others using one as it is indeed a bit complicated to one new to it's many settings... That is the very reason this forum is here and many get in the habit of only using one setup everywhere because they found gold in those settings, but the 5000 is amazing in its ability to be fine tuned for any size or depth of targets while remaining stable. Not learning all these settings can lead to less finds and an example is a feller I trained that was not getting as deep for larger targets as his buddies, why? He was hunting in Special fine all the time because he had found gold in that setting and found the other settings unstable. Once he learned to adjust the detector correctly in the Normal and Deep settings he began finding those larger and deeper nuggets he knew were there. The key is to match the detector to the environment you hunt and for someone new it takes some advice and practice. When one sees all the settings available on the GP and GPX they are like "WOW" and they all actually do have a purpose other than decoration....

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I appreciate it Bill.  I know BD was being sarcastic.  I have the infamous Gold Bug 2 too and I plan on breaking the 0-Gold count on it this weekend in Wickenburg.  I was just looking for some generic benchmark settings, but I am going to have to play around with it this weekend and check out the different results.  Plus it is contingent on the type of area im in.  Deep gold, shallow and small.  A bunch of varibles come into play.  I sincerely do appreciate everybody's help and I also do appreciate sarcasm when talking about detectors.  In most of "his" Youtube Videos... He bashes PI. He pulls a 1 ouncer out of the ground... he bashes PI.  I think its super funny!! 

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Those pi detectors are just so heavy. I've got too little of arms. 

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Perhaps you can get a gym membership, or we can set up a go fund me account to get you a membership? Always trying to help....

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