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Some software and hardware updates now available for the QED.More  QED firmware updates (inc Auto GB  option) just announced here. New  QED hardware updates/options and pictures will be posted  first here  as they become available.

Another satisfied QED user! QED user report for 9 days detecting! User loves it, found it easy to use,found gold with it and he prefers it to his 5000! Also a report on a QED used at the beach for coin shooting.QED users reporting in with their multi ounce gold finds with the QED!
From  another QED user today:"Been out and about today testing and comparing against other machines etc in ground that has been horrible in the past.Bround balancing Ive found very simple and easy.'m using the Nokia booster but need a little more sound/threshold.Otherwise no complaints from me, very impressed."
and :"My QED with the 8” commander on it, out performed my SDC Got bits that don't register on my scales SDC has since been sold"
"My QED is terrific. Lightweight, very sensitive and screams at me when it hits any target. The Detect shaft and the 11" ultra sensing coil is a top quality fitout. I attached an external speaker which added under 200gms of weight in total and still remains very well balanced so i never feel fatigued after many hours of swinging."

Stinky  Pete :http://www.detech-metaldetectorsaustralia.com.au/ is the  Australian distributor for the QED.
This is the only forum where you can talk directly with the designer/ manufacturer of the QED and  also some very experienced QED users.
Jrbeatty and Reg Wilson  and  Yellowfin  (or Doug here for that matter!)have NO vested  or pecuniary interests(or secret deals or cash for comment or any other undisclosed benefits )in the QED other than using it to find gold which it is doing very successfully! The ONLY people deriving  an income from the QED(other than finding good gold) are the approved retailer and Bugwhiskers! The ONLY investor in the QED is Bugwhiskers!
I have never met Jrbeatty or Reg Wilson at Howards house or ANY other location!

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Pete the Builder
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« on: Sunday February 10 2013 13:54:52 AEDT PM »

G'day everyone!

I'm new here, having popped over from the other great detector design forum whose name shall remain anonymous, at Doug's invitation.

I'm based in the Yarra valley, northeast of Melbourne. It's kinda close to some really interesting historical gold prospecting areas (we're between Warrandyte and Wood's Point, for example), and there's even an active mine not far (~5km) from where I write this. I'm trying to arrange a visit, to get a feel for the area. It's mainly reef gold, from all accounts, but I'm sure there are nuggets waiting to be found!

I'm actually more interested in meteorites, having a strong astronomy background. So that pretty much defines my detector requirements - shallow iron chondrites, probably with a lot of nickel, and I don't want to miss any fairly shallow gold. I sense a lot of digging in my future... :)

I'm an ex-PC guru, coming from about 30 years in the industry, all self-taught. I last worked at HP Australia, as their PC go-to guy (hence my old nickname, PC Pete!). I've moved into the MCU area lately, as PC specialisation is pretty much a dying art. Gone are the days when discussions of interrupt controller internals would help people - now it's which motherboard and chipset, everything else is buried in proprietary silicon.

I'm an ex-biker, with an enormous amount of titanium holding the upper part of my spine together (and no, you can't have it, I need it! ;)). I also have an implanted intrathecal drug pump in my chest, delivering hyper-concentrated opioids directly into the spinal fluid, and I also have an implanted neural stimulator, which helps alleviate nerve-root damage. So I'm basically semi-retired, but my passion for electronics keeps me sane. Relatively sane. Mostly sane. You know...

My main passion is circuit design and fabrication. To that end, I use Altium Designer 6.1, which I use about 10% of, but it's the useful 10% - schematic design and capture, PCB layout, with some autorouting, but I much prefer manual routing, as I know a hell of a lot more than the autorouter!

To that end, I'm making my schematic and PCB design skills (such as they are - I'm free, so you get what you pay for!) available for anyone who's interested. So if you have a schematic you'd like redrawn, or a PCB designed from a schematic, then I'd be delighted to help out. Now, as I'm just one person, I'm not going to be able to create dozens of designs and make PCBs all day and night... but if you need a PCB designed and/or fabricated, I may be able to help.

I'm looking forward to participating in this community, and asking a LOT of VERY DUMB questions! This is because, while I have an extremely good grounding in theory and practice of electronic fundamentals (thanks to 2 years training at Telecom Australia in the 1980s), I'm quite dysmathic (can't make numbers work all that well). That means I can improve the hell out of a design, but in terms of calculating bandwidth products, CMMR effects, multiple-pole filters, or stuff like that, I'm a dunderhead. True story. :)

I really hope I can help some folks out if they need it, and perhaps add something positive to the community.

Thanks for reading this far,

Pete
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