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About steveg

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    Norman, OK
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    Sports, Metal Detecting, Hunting/Fishing
  • Gear Used:
    Minelab CTX3030
    Minelab Equinox 800

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  1. Yes, some great finds, indeed! Glad to see you having so much success with the Equinox! Super job digging the silver coins -- which sound like they have been elusive for you before! Meanwhile, I'm still waiting for my first gold -- CONGRATS on yours! Steve
  2. Hi all! I have just completed assembly of another batch of my hand-made, high-quality carbon-fiber lower rods for the CTX 3030; rods are in stock and ready to sell. More pictures, as well as detailed information regarding the rods, can be found at my website at www.stevesdetectorrods.com. Ordering information and a contact email address can be found at the website, as well. A couple of announcements... 1. PRICING The introductory pricing on the rods has expired; the new, standard pricing on these rods will be $89 plus shipping. HOWEVER, I will offer a 15% discount to all buyers who mention this ad. With the 15% discount, pricing for the rods for DetectorProspector forum members will be $76 plus shipping. I will combine shipping costs for any order of more than one rod. 2. TRAVEL RODS In addition to standard one-piece rods, am now offering two-piece "travel rods," as a special-order item, to anyone interested. The rods will be exactly the same as a "standard" rod, except that a threaded, stainless-steel connector is used, which will allow the rod to be unscrewed/disassembled into two, roughly 16" pieces. Travel rods will normally sell for $135 plus shipping, but DetectorProspector forum members mentioning this ad will receive the same 15% discount as offered on the regular rods. With the 15% discount, pricing for these two-piece rods will be $115 plus shipping. Finally, I can send a small sample piece of the carbon-fiber tubing used to build the rods, to anyone who is interested. Please contact me, if interested in a sample. Thanks! Steve
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    I'm Back..... Kind Of

    Superb, Skate! Great to hear you are up and about, and even better to hear your story! It may not have been MUCH swinging, but at least you got to swing a little, AND do a good deed in the process! Steve
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    Pinpointing Inaccuracy Theory

    I can't explain the technical "why" of it; my assumption is that it has to do with the orientation of the EM field associated with the induced eddy currents in a tilted target (relative to the receive coil) versus horizontal one (relative to the coil). I can't explain the "why" of it, only that it's something that I commonly have observed over the years, with several different detectors... Steve
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    Substitute For WM08?

    Nothing. You aren't missing anything; you are exactly correct. BUT -- you don't even need to pair two of them, if you own an Equinox, OR if you have aptX-LL headphones. In either of these cases, you only need one. IF you have aptX-LL Bluetooth headphones, just get one, set it to "transmit," and use your Bluetooth headphones as the "receiver." IF you have an Equinox, but no Bluetooth headphones and want to use "wired" headphones, get one of those units, set it to "receive," plug in your favorite wired headphones, and then use the Equinox's built-in transmitter to transmit the Bluetooth signal. The only time you'd need TWO of them, is IF you want to use wired phones, AND you want to use them with a machine that does not have a Bluetooth transmitter built in... Steve
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    Pinpointing Inaccuracy Theory

    Non-horizontal targets are NOT "extremely rare." And yes, a target tilted vertically will throw off pinpoint, for sure. It's pretty common to be off by several inches when detecting an "on-edge" coin. Steve
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    Nox Detecting Question

    I agree with TedinVT -- if you have never seen a negative number, I'd bet it's because you have not hit the "horseshoe" button; Park mode defaults to discrimination of the lowest 11 digits on the display (-9 to 1), so that would explain why you haven't seen them. If you hit the "horseshoe" button, you have toggled off all discrimination, and then you will see negative numbers AND hear corresponding, low iron tones... Steve
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    It Could Have Been A Cell Phone

    NICE dig on a BIG ring! Steve
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    2nd Test Drive, 1st Ring

    Wow, thanks for the extra info on the rings, guys! I did not know that's what they were Irish/Claddagh rings! Steve
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    50 Tones Or.....

    Excellent post Steve. I've tried to push the idea of 50 tones, though I fully understand it's not for everyone; some folks don't hear tonal nuance as well as others -- and so 50 tones would only serve to confuse the situation, instead of help. With that said, though, I think many -- if they train their ears -- could learn to hear (and use to their advantage) the "tonal nuance" offered by 50 tones. However, while I talked about the benefits of the "extra information" offered by 50 tones, and just generically referred to the "tonal nuance," you spelled it out extremely well there, with a much more concrete example of what I meant when I referred to "tonal nuance." Indeed, if you have a "tone bin" set from 20 to 30, and you take two objects whose ID averages 25 -- one that reads consistently 25, with only an occasional 24 or 26, and the other that is exhibiting more varied 21, 27, 29, 22, 21, 27, 25, 23, 29, 21, 20, 22 types of numbers -- both would sound identical in a "5-tone" setup with a 20-30 tone bin set. However, in 50 tones, there would be substantial tonal differences there between the two targets, which could be exploited by someone who is listening closely, exactly as you described, Steve. You laid that out excellently, as one example of a situation where multitones can offer a benefit over 5 tones. There are other "nuances" that can be exploited when using 50 tones, but this is certainly one, and an important one IMO. Steve
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    2nd Test Drive, 1st Ring

    Joel, First off, that says 925 -- sterling! BINGO! Second, you won't believe this, but yesterday morning I dug a VERY similar ring!! Smashed, but VERY similar!!! What are the odds of that?! Check it out...
  12. Tometusns -- thanks very much for those numbers. Your numbers make total sense. Rich -- sounds good. I'd like to hear what yours read. Yes -- unobtanium! I think that is definitely it! Happa -- I hear you. It made me crazy too. My buddy dug one -- told me about it, and I didn't believe him. 12-43 on his CTX -- penny number. I made him re-check it in an air test, same thing...and then made him air test it with his Deus. Penny ID on his Deus, too. If that's not bad enough, a month later he dug another one! '43-S again, and penny ID on his CTX again... ??? Steve
  13. Happa -- Thanks for the pics, and info. VERY interestingly, my hunting partner dug two of these "high-reading" war nickels so far this year, and both were 1943-S. Your high-reading one was 1943-S. Meanwhile, you dug a 1944-D that read "properly;" I dug a 1945-P last week that read "properly." This makes me feel like I need to start collecting data from detectorists as to the year and mint mark of any high-reading nickels, in order to try and unravel this mystery. I have posted to a well-known numismatic forum today, asking for info -- and if anyone knows of any alloys that have been known to have been used that deviated from the final, officially-decided-upon 35% silver, 56% copper, 9% manganese alloy. No one has come up with anything yet, still suggesting to me that we, as detectorists, may be "onto something" here that is not known, or at least, not WIDELY known, in numismatic circles. There may have been no reason for numismatists to ever SUSPECT, and thus no reason to think to "check for" different compositions. Meanwhile, our machines are very likely, inadvertently, acting as "alloy irregularity" indicators, without the need for expensive XRF equipment... I find this fascinating... Steve