By Jeff McClendon
I have not been very kind to the Nokta Makro Simplex. I was able to use one for three "normal" coin and jewelry baseball/soccer/football field hunts here in Colorado USA. At the time (March 2020) the only three tone mode was the original Park mode. I was not impressed. I was deliberately hunting for surface to 6" targets or recent drops. I was hoping for good audio and numerical target ID on solid sounding targets. Unfortunately the fixed tone break in the original Park mode was set way too low for gold jewelry and USA coins which basically made any shallow to 6" low to mid conductor sound like a clad dime, copper penny, clad quarter or silver coin or jewelry and have high conductor target IDs too due to single frequency up averaging in the high mineralization I was hunting in. Depth was very poor also. The only 6" targets I dug were large can slaw which read up in the 90s. That was with the sensitivity maxed out, ground balanced properly and with Nokta Makro wireless headphones. I did find some shallow clad which read accurately as high conductors but I really had no idea what I was about to dig otherwise. It acted like every other single frequency detector I had used on the highly mineralized ground I hunt on most of the time no matter what brand or how much they cost. I moved on and wrote the Simplex off, along with the Racer 2 and the Multi Kruzer/Kruzer which behaved similarly in my hunting areas just like all the other single frequency VLFs I tried..
I recently started testing some other detectors that I had never tried like the Whites DFX and V3i, paid more attention to my MX5 and Nokta Makro Gold Kruzer and finally lost it for good with the XP ORX. I was looking for a detector besides the Minelab Equinox and Vanquish that might have an edge over them in certain scenarios or at least a different but very applicable use as a gold jewelry hunter. I love the Equinox and Vanquish and they have been very good to me and fit my hunting style. I also like detectors from other brands too.
The Whites multi freqs got killed by EMI and ground mineralization here, unfortunately and very unexpectedly. The MX5 as much as I really like it is just too slow, can't handle the mineralization here and can't tell the difference between a US nickel/pulltab and a US clad quarter at 3" depth. I absolutely love the XP Deus and XP ORX for ergonomics and for adjustability. I really do not like their audio. I also really do not like how they too can't tell the difference between a US nickel/pulltab and a US clad quarter at 3" depth or more in the dirt I often hunt in. For gold prospecting the Orx is fantastic. So is the Nokta Makro Gold Kruzer but the Gold Kruzer has three tone audio AND adjustable iron audio, plus a boost and fast single tone mode with discrimination and an all metal mode that work great for prospecting. The Gold Kruzer is an incredible micro jewelry hunter too and it is fully waterproof and made like a military tank.
So, after reading about the Simplex updates, already having the green wireless headphones and needing a wired headphone jack cable for my Gold Kruzer I thought I would revisit the Simplex with V2.77 software. Plus, if the rumors are true, the Simplex form factor may be used for Nokta Makros next and greatly anticipated SMF detector.
I am really glad I tried the Simplex again. The new Park mode (Park 1) is a huge improvement with its more USA coin and gold jewelry hunting friendly tone breaks. The boosted sensitivity, mute function (and thank you Nokta Makro for letting the pinpoint button double as the mute button instead of the power button which was used by another now defunct famous detector manufacturer and resulted in turning them off completely repeatedly during hunts even on their latest models after years of complaints) and the very good mineralization bar among other fine improvements make the Simplex an even better detector for basic detecting use.
I have made two trips to the same baseball/soccer/football field complex as before with the 2.77 version Simplex. These fields have two or three targets per sweep so I would label that as fairly spread out target wise as opposed to dense type aluminum trash. The new mineralization bar was 1/2 to almost completely full whenever I checked it. Wow, this detector has possibilities. In Park 1, with nothing discriminated, iron audio on setting 1, sensitivity on five or six of seven, and properly ground balanced the Simplex was able to do something very basic which it could not do before. It could definitively identify low and mid conductors that were easily down to 4" deep. The only detectors that I have used that could do that consistently were the Equinox and Vanquish.
I am hunting these fields for : gold jewelry, silver jewelry, silver coins and modern US coins in that order of importance. I want to know if I am about to dig a low, mid or high conductive target. I don't want to waste my time digging a 3" pull tab that sounds and reads like a copper penny or clad dime. So, all of the pull tabs and evenly shaped can slaw that I dug along with several US nickels had solid, dig me tones that put them squarely in the low to mid non-ferrous conductive range and they had tight numbers that only wavered a few digits between 22 and 55 depending on size and depth. There was some up averaging but not completely out of the appropriate tone bin. That is all I need. I will be digging most of those targets no matter what they turn out to be. US zinc pennies and larger beaver tail ring pull tabs read almost at the mid tone/high tone break so that makes the blended mid/high tone a good identifier. All of the other high conductor targets are dig me no brainers on the V 2.77 Simplex if they aren't too deep. Like many have said, good quality undamaged targets that aren't too deep sound fantastic on the Simplex with the newer software. Jagged, misshapen aluminum and ferrous targets have widely varying tones and target ID numbers. So far, I have only dug one very rusty steel crown bottle cap. So, I am extremely impressed with the vastly improved performance and I haven't even tried the smaller coils in dense aluminum or iron trash yet.
My only negative and it is quite a negative is the ridiculous lower shaft on the Simplex I received from a well known vendor. This Simplex was a basic model with no wireless headphones. It was a return and I purchased it for substantially below the new price. It looked new to me but maybe the lower shaft issue was the reason for the return. It should have been replaced. Watch this video of a Gold Kruzer, Vanquish and Simplex comparing lower shaft flex.
I hope there is some kind of solution for this. I know there is some kind of insert that goes into the end of the lower shaft. I don't think it will help this flimsy, too easy to bend plastic toy shaft however.
By Mr Swing king
I have loved my simplex, and been using it almost every day since I got it. Also finaly finding gold ( now that I know what I'm watching for. I'll post pictures eventually).
Anyway I was thinking to myself, how could they make a second generation simplex better? I know it's a ways off, but I bet nokta has already been thinking about this. So I wanted to start a thread about features you'd like to see on the next one?
I'll start. When night hunting, the light on the back seems to be either not quite bright enough, or it's at the wrong angle, and can't use it well to dig. No problem, I've got a headlight.
What if on the next one, they had a sensor that felt the detector be laid down, and switched on a brighter higher angle set of lights to illuminate your digging when in night mode?
Also multi frequency would be killer, even if it had to be a super simple featureless dumbed down machine, at least around here.
By Duncan c
Hello having some issues with simplex false signals not picking up coins gold chain have had the coil replaced and detector is no better also detector sounds as if it's going to explode the vid numbers and the noise it makes, sound like high revving car engine. And it losing signal and going blank but it does show some vid numbers, had this simplex for 2months now really annoyed all those packed beaches and nothing to show for it and summer is almost over, wow and now nokta wont respond to my emails.
Dont know what to do been so stressed.
I have videos on you tube showing these problems, titled nokta simplex coil test and check my other short videos.
Simplex Hunt with the NEW 8.5” Searchcoil
By Sven Stau
July 12, 2020
Now I have read all about people having complaints the Simplex is to chattery and just noisy to use. So Nokta/Makro came out with Update 2.78 for those that don’t want a hot rod of a detector. My Simplex has not been updated to 2.78, didn’t feel the need to. Loaded on my Simplex is 2.77.
After a number of hours bench testing targets of various sorts from coins to gold and silver rings indoors. There was really no EMI issues living in this high rise. Maybe just a bit of noise at 7 bars, max. sensitivity. Much more quiet at 6 bars and silent or almost at 5 bars. This gave some indication how the detector would react in the wild.
Both new 8.5” round DD and the 9.5 x 5” coils were bench tested for air depth, reaction time, target ID, masking. First off, both coils are of the usaul high quality found supplied with Nokta/Makros other upper end detectors. They did not cheapen out, just because the Simplex is supposed to be an entry level detector. Both coils were impressive on the bench. Both coils would will really enhance a detectorists detecting ability to handle much more situations, hunting styles and types of hunting.
Both coils have no issues locating the usual good targets most are after. Target ID’s are more accurate, junk targets do bounce or have somewhat consistent ID numbers. Modes seem a bit better defined. Pinpointing is much easier, center of the 8.5” coil if using the pinpoint button or edge of the coils tip if using the pull back method.
Canadians will be interested on how it fares with the Canadian nickel plated steel clad coins.
There have been a number of different compositions of these clad coins over the years. Current clad coins are really junk. While the older composition coins can be difficult to ID due to some number bounce or whether they are lying flat or on edge. The older coins are not to difficult to find once you master their signature tones and ID number. They will mostly fall in the 60-72 number range. There will be exceptions. As for current composition coins. You will have to get your head around most detectors see them as rash targets. They will ID in the lower numbers such as 10-14 number range, if they are on edge, they drop ID numbers into the iron range 04-06 on average. That’s like nail range, so if you get a tight narrow target, or clipped audio sound that is not the usual nail double blip sound. Then you may as well check it out. Some of the older coins lying on edge will also ID in the 04-06 range.
Some want to know how depth will compare between the round and oval coils. Because they are DD, the round coils will get better depth. But, the oval coil have an edge hunting in very very trashy areas, where depth is not a factor. And will be better getting into tight spaces, such as corn stubble for farm field hunters. Air testing has shown the 8.5” coil gets close to the stock 11” coil air depth.
Saw others were asking about the coils weight. Some may find them a bit heavy, they are not super lightweight like those found on other detectors. As I recall they have to be heavier, the main reason is that the Simplex is both a land and water hunting detector. The coil has to be heavier so it will not try to raise to the surface. Like a beach ball when pushed under water, which takes a lot of human pressure to keep it down. If hunting in salt water, if the coils are not neutrally buoyant they will float unlike hunting in freshwater. So the Simplex being a dual purpose detector is probably not much different than other similar detectors. If the Simplex was strictly a land detector, super light weight coils could be made. And the Simplex would feel much lighter in weight more like the Quest detectors.
Today, went out to field test the 8.5” round DD coil. To a schoolyard hunted in the past, wasn’t too concerned if I didn’t find much or anything old. It was just to see how the coil handled the soil and performed among all the trash………………locating Canadian coins.
The Simplex was turned on and ground balanced. Notched out only the first bar, which I really didn’t have to do. First thing that was noticed, at 7 bars, max. sensitivity it ran stable and quiet. Didn’t matter which mode I was in. At 6 bars the Simplex was almost dead quiet. At 5 bars, basically a silent hunting detector. Except for All Metal’s mode threshold which is always there. Encountered no EMI, except from my pinpointer. Too lazy to switch frequencies, so the search coil was just moved out of the way. The only time you hear some slight chatter is when you lay the detector down to dig a target.
Most coin targets today were in the 5-7” range. They were not a problem for the Simplex to pick-up. As always there were some deeper targets, that were too deep to dig for. Performance was typical for a DD coil in the 8.5” range. Makes for a really good all purpose search coil that many favor. A breath of fresh air, it feels like when using the Simplex. Very pleased with this coil.
As for my finds, about $11.00 in Canadian clad, $1 and $2 coins, quarters, one nickel and a bunch of pennies, no dimes. And the usual trash.
Will point out, all modes were used, the mode I liked best for hunting Canadian clad was Park 2. Bench testing originally thought I would have preferred Park 1, the tones sounded a bit cleaner and crispier.
Next outing, will be checking out the 9.5 x 5” coil. Stay tuned.
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