Mike Hillis

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  1. Tom, On probes, try to stay at or under 3/16" of an inch diameter. 1/8" is great for information transfer but too thin for recovery. 3/16" is ok at information transfer and holds up better for recovery efforts. 1/4" is poorer at information transfer but holds up better for recovery. With an 1/8" probe I can tell if I'm touching a rock, a root, foil, canslaw or pulltab or a coin. Most important part is get good at fast and accurate pinpointing with your detector, and fast probe use. You'll find that anything in the top 4" is faster to retrieve with a probe than then time to takes to dig out the electronic probe and turn it on. (I don't walk around with the electronic probe turned on). Anyway...again..good luck. HH Mike
  2. If I'm planning on wondering around on foot with with my head down looking at my coil all the time for a long length of time out in the boonies I always take a GPS, a good compass and a topo map, the same things I'd take on long hiking trips. I still take the GPS even when wondering around in my known familiar areas mostly to mark spots but there have been times it got me back to my truck without me having to stop and climb a ridge top to see where I was. HH Mike
  3. I use the screwdriver probe. If I can't find the target in a reasonably amount of time I break out the TRX or Sunray. If they don't hit on the object then I'll cut a three sided plug. I guess it might be faster to start with the electronic probe but I learned to probe before I bought an electronic probe so I got pretty good at it. A good probe transfers a lot of information to your hand. The hard part is being patient and not just jamming the thing into the ground. Good luck on your ring hunts! HH Mike
  4. The mineral range is available on the Teknetics T2. It is the first 1 through 10 numbers in the 40 point ferrous discrimination range. Makro copied it and other things in the Racer series. HH Mike
  5. And I'm running off at the mouth....the Fisher GoldStike never lost sensitivity to gold at any of its available ground balance settings but I don't know if it actually balanced all the way to salt. Mike
  6. But, and I say But,.... if they have figured out a way to cancel wet salt and still respond to gold targets that share the same phase response....well then that would be a game changer for beach hunters. HH Mike
  7. What you are reading is marketing speak for salt compensation. The key words are " conductive and mineralized at the same time" All they are doing is creating a multi freq coil that will allow their single freq units to simultaneously ground cancel at both conductive and mineral balance points. They will still be gold deadened in wet salt like any other unit as the wet salt ground signal is too strong to overcome it's masking effects. But, they will have a dual frequency coil for use in mixed soil conditions. HH Mike
  8. that is what you are looking for!!!!! Very nice! HH Mike
  9. Nice rings! Did you have to deal with any tiny ferrous while hunting low conductors with the TDI? HH Mike
  10. 11 grams of 14 karat is a nice find! Congrats! HH Mike
  11. My plate is too full right now. Sorry. Mike
  12. Thanks Steve. I appreciate the effort and found it helpful. It is the CZ functionality and the "bullet proof" construction that has me interested. I'd like to do more real treasure hunting this year and there is a hole in my kit that something like this could fill. F75 on the ground, V3 inside structures, and a good heavy duty all purpose unit like the CZ-21 could really round me out. My real question if I jumped would be making sure I got a hot unit and not a cold one. I would classify 'Hot' as being one that could air test both a nickel and a dime at 11" or more in Disc mode. I wouldn't want a CZ-21 that only gets 7 or 8 inches on a nickel air test, especially since its locked in salt mode. I guess if I decide to get one I could call the factory and see how hard it would be to get said unit. But it looks better and better as I spend time plugging it in and out of my equipment gap. HH MIke
  13. Hi Steve, with the CZ-21 being locked in salt mode, how does it do on jewelry in the water and on land? Coins? I have never seriously considered a CZ-21 before but your post put it on my radar and it seems like it would be a great tool for those nasty sites, like caves, under porches, wading and swimming areas, sumps and such like. It just seems to me like an Exanimo tool that begs more attention. HH Mike
  14. I have seen supported hand grips similar to this style on cheap china products..... Here is an example of one version.
  15. I have two objects that give the same phase response. One is a piece of foil, the other is a little 18kt white gold ring. At high frequency, the phase response is identical. The spectra-graph response is identical...a nice tight signature. What is the difference between the two items? Mass. The ring has a much higher mass than the foil. So a specialty gold jewelry detector needs to be able to capitalize on this difference. High frequencies cannot differentiate mass, yet we still need the higher frequency just because the targets are small. Lower frequencies can differentiate mass. With the V3 as the example unit, 2.5 kHz isn't very responsive to foil. Foil doesn't have the mass to store the eddy currents long enough to report very well. It scatters the spectragraph, and often doesn't even report at all. But the little ring will hold the eddy current and still give a good spectragraph signature. You can see this low frequency effect even on non-round gold items. You can see this effect in the sizing screen in the sizzle of the line before and after the hump. What I am getting at here is that a specialized gold jewelry detector can't be the normal thing we are all used to using. It needs to key into the differences between our trash and our desired targets. Go ahead and give me the high frequency squeal but with that also give me the low frequency mass response. And let me be the one who doing the low frequency dialing. Let me see their responses at the same time. That is just one requirement. I also need to be able to run hot but with low gain, like on the F5 and V3 so that I can key into tiny targets. Give me the additional tiny and large target response filters like the Berkut-5. There is more, but this basically points toward what I'm looking for. HH Mike