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  1. I got a chance to go out to the beach this morning. We have kind of a middle/ebb tide going on now and then one really low tide so I went to the wet sand where it peaked last night. There was very little there and deeper than I suspected. I tried my normal spots and then worked my way toward another stretch of beach. I noticed that the sounds were 'small' in Beach 1 so I decided to go All Metal. Shortly after I heard a small sound and started digging. It came in at 4-5 and was louder it seemed because I now had the iron turned on too. I got down about 10 inches and it was out of the hole. It then gave the Geiger Counter type of sound(quick little bursts) and I could see it. It only weighs 1.8g but it is a ring. The other objects didn't really seem that large either. The circuit board (which I dig many) didn't give a size of mass. The sunglasses were the deepest thing I've dug with the 800 at about 14-15 inches so I'm impressed by this but surprised by the small initial target sounds on most everything. The tiny little chain 'sounded' and I think I might have cut it up with my scoop. Mitchel
  2. I thought Gerry was talking about the battery 'blowing up' and the 'competition' was using the story! Minelab has been developing some good products but they have also been developing some good hype prior to release making it seem like it is a 'must have' or you will be wasting your time swinging something else. I feel this way right now. Mitchel
  3. I got my 800 from Bill on Thursday. It could have been Tuesday but that is another story. I charged it up and went out to my favorite beaches late in the afternoon. I put on my gear and headed for the wet area I normally hunt. I was using the WM8 with a wire to the supplied headphones. So ... where was the 'bang?' Where was the 'blow my socks off' sort of performance? It was muffled, hard to hear ... disappointing. What was I missing. I was already starting to write the new threads about the lack of 'wow power' I had seen and read about. I found a few coins and pieces but I was underwhelmed by this new detector. I called a friend and told him I'd bite my tongue a bit because it had to be me. I was doing something wrong. I made a couple of tentative posts until I could get out to my testing area with better knowledge. I did and WOW! I laid out some coins, a ring, some gold nuggets, keys and other stuff. This time I started without headphones and it was amazing. The sounds were loud and clear and the entire detector resonates when you get over a target. What had I done on my first trip? (I'll tell you later.) The recovery was fast and adjustments easy (although there are more) and switching between modes was good for the targets can sound different. One of my first tasks was to take my nugget chips I use for my 7000 and Gold Bug Pro and test in all the modes for them. No problem on these which got me excited. I could see these little nuggets in all the modes with all of the tone choices. Gold, single tone could be swung over little nuggets quickly and still sound off! This was just a surface test but it was strong, much stronger than Gold Bug Pro. I'll have to try with the 3030 and its coils. I placed a ring near a .1g nugget. It separates the signal in multi and single frequency. Oh my. My appraisal just went up higher. When I added the headphones then I was blown away. I had to turn the volume way down from my first day at the beach. Why? Well, in that session I had used the WM8 as I used the 10 and 12 before. Plug in the headphones and detect. I've added the JP booster recently and that helps (I didn't use it with the 800 as not necessary) but I forgot a KEY step. I'm embarrassed to say I used the headphones the first session without turning them on. Oh my goodness. No excuses, just plain stupidity. Now you know why I am blown away by what I can hear now. This is certainly a different type of detector for me and I'm looking forward to all of the different ways I can see the ground I'm working. Targets will be hard to hide. Steve's 'faith based' detector will blow some socks off I'm sure. It already has. I'm wondering where to go as we speak which is what a good, performing detector should cause us to think. When you get yours I think you will understand.
  4. I've just returned from an early morning hunt. I thought I was going to see a rocket launch but it has been put off for another day. There was not too much happening with the beach. Very little sand has been moved recently. I did get my first two rings ... well only one was worn. It is a cheap copper ring. It sounded just like a penny coming in a 20. It was just by luck I dug this one as several others I passed up. The other ring is some fishing gear. Mitchel
  5. Norvic, It is a good question you pose about the GB. When you do the noise cancel you see and hear a completed task and then go to detect. I don't know what is supposed to happen with the GB. Mitchel
  6. I'm finally posting my first two trips finds. The first picture shows the first coin I found which was a dime. My first water find was the hoop earring. Remember I was hunting with the WM8 and did not turn on the power. The second picture was with different beach conditions. There were more targets and I used the blue tooth only. That is completely wireless and I know that needs power Norvic. haha Another question for Norvic ... should I count the $2 in paper as an Equinox find? Maybe say it heard the little wire strip in it? Mitchel
  7. I have both coils on order. I personally think that the large coil will be very useful also. I'm wondering so far with the stock DD coil if it really sees the 'fringe area' that is part of my detecting with the 7000 and the 3030. I know if I get directly over a target its killer so that may be good for gold in a hot rock area. Just wondering and would like to see a thread on this. Mitchel
  8. Chase, I was answering questions at the other end of the thread before I read this question of yours. Your assumption was mine also about being hardwired. My first use I thought (or didn't think) that once wired then I was connected. I was muffled so I need to use the WM8 next time and turn on the headphones. As it turns out the 800 looks for the WM8 first then goes to bluetooth. I was just on the beach for about 3 hours and I used the bluetooth only. I don't know what the WM8 sounds like with the headphones turned on. Mitchel
  9. Dave, The sound was coming through the headphones on the first use. I just had to turn up the machine volume to the limit. If you use a 3030 or 7000 with a WM10 or WM12 you don't have to turn on any headphones. As it turns out the headphones that come with the 800 will work without turning them on ... they are better when you do turn them on. haha Mitchel
  10. Equinox Headphone Jack

    I see you have bagged up your control box to protect it from ?? Mitchel
  11. Equinox Headphone Jack

    I've never wave detected because I need a wet suit that I don't have and I don't know how to trust 'water proof' on the 3030 battery compartment. My wife dropped the SE Pro into some shallow water and it was just a matter of time before it ended its life. I know some of the best stuff is in the surf but I wait for the storms to bring it to me. Mitchel
  12. Equinox Headphone Jack

    Chase, The WM8 takes the small 1/8 pin. The WM 10 and WM12 take the 1/4 pin. If I use my 1/4 in headphones that did not come with the 800 or if I want to use JP's booster I have to use an adapter to make the 1/8 to 1/4. Those are a lot of additional devices and I think just using the bluetooth will be what I do with the 800 95% of the time. Mitchel
  13. Equinox Too Noisy?

    Chase, I have used this on my 3030 with limited success. I thought I had the right channel and setup one time. I went back and it was as noisy as ever. The best thing I could do with the 3030 was to go back when everything was off. I don't do that much any more. The first time under for me was just on Beach 1 and Beach 2 and was only about 5% of my hunt. I'm in need of basics right now. Mitchel
  14. Equinox Too Noisy?

    It is a jumpy threshold and target ID when in a certain area. If I get 20 yards away it smooths out and is not a problem.
  15. I like the feel of the headphones also. They were on my big ears for over 4 hours and I didn't have the 'oh no, now it is time to peel them off' feeling! haha Now I'll have to use their volume adjustments in addition to the 800's.
  16. Steve, I'm going to be getting my Equinox next week. I assume it will not be fully charged. That will be the first thing I do is charge it for a few hours. What should I do while I'm 'waiting?' I know there is the Quick Start Guide . I know there are the Beach 1 and Beach 2 modes. Is that where I should 'walk' it before I try to make it run? Do you recommend people have a test garden of just go for it? Mitchel
  17. Equinox Headphone Jack

    I wired the headphones that came with the 800 to the WM8. I didn't have a problem with the sound still being on that way. I don't think I could use a wire directly to the control as I might get it wet. I'll have to see if my adapter works on the WM8.
  18. Equinox Too Noisy?

    Any chance that Federal Building has a security system? I have tried my 800 in auto under a pier with rides above me and I had to turn down the sensitivity. I didn't try the single frequency. My 3030 will not tolerate that pier nearly as well as the SE Pro did. My first use of my 800 on the beach left me wanting because I didn't know enough about the adjustments to hear strong target signals. I dug some deep pennies which sounded 'weak' but got them at about 12 inches. They would sound better as I got closer and then out but without the lock I get on my 3030. Tomorrow is a long session of test garden and a few waves are coming Monday so I need to know what I am doing. Mitchel
  19. It sounded louder to me without the headphones but I didn't have them set right. Have you used the WM8 or just the Bluetooth? I'll go out tomorrow after some reading.
  20. I got mine yesterday (a couple of days late)! I'm a bit busy but charged it up and went out to my local beaches about 4 PM. I used the WM8 and the headphones clipped to my cap as I do the 3030 and 7000. I fumbled around and figured out how to connect and away I went. It was not my best effort. The sounds were strange to me but I heard a little one and my first target was a dime before I got to the wet sand. Ok, it's on I think. I swing and bring up the threshold to just audible and use Beach 2 and I hear another weak sound and I find an earring/hoop as my first wet find. Then I walked and walked and the signals were not jumping out at me like my 3030. I switched to Beach 1 and a bit nosier but signals are still unfamiliar. They all seem weak to me. Time for the next beach where I know there are more things. I didn't change my settings. I should have set up a test garden here and 'figured it out' but ... Later at the end of the hunt I looked at the earphones and I'll say I could have enhanced the volume with the volume control on them. I'll do that next time so I can use this better. Mitchel
  21. Multi Iq Spectrum Test

    AI brought to a detector on chips. Mitchel
  22. USPS can be unreliable with their Priority Mail.
  23. Late this afternoon and into the evening (about 4 hours on the beach) I searched some of my normal spots. It was awful. I found next to nothing. Why? These are beaches and sub-beaches where I have found dozens of rings and thousands of coins. Sometimes the signals are so dense you just have to stop and come back the next day. Why the difference? Energy I would say. Tonight the few targets I found were very light (3-4 pull tabs, aluminum, partial pieces) and very few coins (less than 10). There were no rings, earrings or partial pieces of heavy metals. There was nothing down in the very low tide area and nothing at the high tide mark (such that it is) and no cut. The waves are less than 1 foot and the intervals are 13-15 seconds. Nothing is moving, collecting and washing up! The energy of the waves has created great pockets for me in the past. A couple of years ago during the El Niño you could go out on the beach at almost any time, any where and find targets that were worth keeping. There was a lot of energy in the water and in the waves. You had many days when waves deposited objects onto the wet sand beaches. The sand didn't build up. There were cuts. I'm using the same 3030, the same 17" coil and the same settings. I read the wave and tide reports. I knew this would be tough. Tonight made nugget hunting look easy! There is a reason why objects are and aren't there on the beach. Keep track of your energy. Mitchel
  24. I was just looking at my ring collection tonight. I'd like to find more. It might get me out park hunting. I don't do that with my 3030. Mitchel