Jump to content

Recommended Posts

On 10/18/2020 at 12:37 PM, JohnnyRox said:

Is Carolina more of a water hunter?  Bay or ocean hunter?

I hunt the ocean front beaches (3 main beaches ) usually starting in May and run thru October. That’s not to say I won’t change it up and hunt rivers and the Bay on occasions. Then usually November thru April I am in the rivers and the Bay. Last two weeks of February and March are hit and miss for me as unlike Joe, I don’t like ice !!! He is one tough cookie. I would say my gold comes from 50/50 water vs wash and damp sand. No dry sand for me. July, August and September are productive ocean front knee deep to damp sand times. Storms also guide me from ocean to Bay. Just depends. I have 11 gold from 9 spins so far with the AQ, two being chains without medallions or lobster claw clasps. All these targets were from the ocean front deep in the wash. I have bonded with this machine quite well, but still have a lot to learn I think. If you know PI characteristics, don’t miss a chance at this machine. Call Rick and put your name on the list. People may drop out, or God forbid have unexpected hardships or just plain grow tired of waiting. Believe me, it is worth the wait.

  • Like 7
  • Thanks 2
Link to post
Share on other sites

  • Replies 30
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Top Posters In This Topic

Popular Posts

The Gigmaster just received his new machine. He is a good detectorist and will figure out the AQ when he gets a chance to get used to it. I am new to the AQ also, but have used it enough to know iron

Like all things, the AQ is only as good as the operator's skills and their ability to put themselves in the right place.. The discriminant mods are not perfect but as one builds there skill levels wit

I hunt the ocean front beaches (3 main beaches ) usually starting in May and run thru October. That’s not to say I won’t change it up and hunt rivers and the Bay on occasions. Then usually November th

Posted Images

On 10/18/2020 at 4:35 PM, Joe Beechnut OBN said:

I use both the "AQ" and the Excalibur (VLF) in combo as a team....I like taking the Excalibur in to a beach to do a evaluation.. Overall and spots I think the AQ will do well and area's I should stay away from. Like a Team working together we decide who goes where.. Right now I know the beach's I hunt very well ...So based on the incoming conditions I choose which beach I am going to..(Weather, Winds, Tides..Waves, etc.) Then my decision on who goes where is based on the reconn and which will be the best. Very Simple.

One thing to remember also. I hunt in the water...which is a great classifier of targets. I let Mother Nature do the work for me...I just have to find the open window. 

 

That's well said, Joe--physics does part of the work for an experienced pulse hunter.  Probably the most important thing with these super high Gain VLF's as well--just to know the signal strenght and to learn to place your targets in context.  Keeps you off the micros and too big targets at depth. 

cjc

Link to post
Share on other sites
On 10/19/2020 at 2:30 AM, vive equinox said:

we all agree on choosing the right tool for the conditions ... however, I don't forget that one of AQ's main advertising arguments was some iron discrimination ability. it would seem after reading the owners' reports except maybe the jag, that it's just a deeper PI 🤔.

This takes time and practice.  There are pulse machines without tone ID that can all but ID iron as well--you could say that the AQ gives you quite a bit more to work with--and learn. cjc

 

  • Like 2
  • Thanks 2
Link to post
Share on other sites
On 10/19/2020 at 8:30 AM, vive equinox said:

we all agree on choosing the right tool for the conditions ... however, I don't forget that one of AQ's main advertising arguments was some iron discrimination ability. it would seem after reading the owners' reports except maybe the jag, that it's just a deeper PI 🤔.

la plus part des épingles modernes , sont plaqué / rhodié

sinon elle rouillerait dans les cheveux..

tout comme les capsules, les pièces de 1/2/5 cents  qui sont en fer

on détecte le plaquage !

dans la vidéo, il ne lève jamais le disque et passe toujours dans le même sens !

alors que depuis le début on le répète : passer en croix sur la cible 

lever le disque pour ne pas être en saturation

et écouter avant de creuser !

je viens de faire une virée de 4 jours, faut que je monte une vidéo

j'ai du creuser 2 épingles / avec la fatigue on est moins concentré

et moins d'une dizaine de pultab /  en étant toujours en tout métaux..

pas beaucoup de jaune = 4 alliances et une petite bague..

  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

On attend ta vidéo avec impatience ! 
 

après lui faisait sa première sortie , il va s’y faire peut être avec le temps . 
 

toi tu es l’expert de l’aq !  
 

il a une autre vidéo de comparatif air test , mais j’ai peu apprécié, ne serait ce que pour l’audio de l’aq avec deux téléphones..

quand tu dis moins de 10 pulltab, c’est que y’en avait peu ou bien tu les reconnais la plupart du temps ? 
 

en tout cas barbara n’a pas fait son travail de nettoyage et érosion chez moi . 

Link to post
Share on other sites
41 minutes ago, LE.JAG said:

la plus part des épingles modernes , sont plaqué / rhodié

sinon elle rouillerait dans les cheveux..

tout comme les capsules, les pièces de 1/2/5 cents  qui sont en fer

on détecte le plaquage !

dans la vidéo, il ne lève jamais le disque et passe toujours dans le même sens !

alors que depuis le début on le répète : passer en croix sur la cible 

lever le disque pour ne pas être en saturation

et écouter avant de creuser !

je viens de faire une virée de 4 jours, faut que je monte une vidéo

j'ai du creuser 2 épingles / avec la fatigue on est moins concentré

et moins d'une dizaine de pultab /  en étant toujours en tout métaux..

pas beaucoup de jaune = 4 alliances et une petite bague..

most modern pins are plated / rhodium

otherwise it would rust in the hair.

just like the capsules, the 1/2/5 cent coins that are made of iron

we detect the tackle!

in the video, he never lifts the disc and always goes in the same direction!

while from the beginning we repeat it: cross over the target

lift the disc so as not to be saturated

and listen before you dig!

I just did a 4 day trip, I have to edit a video

I had to dig 2 pins / with fatigue we are less concentrated

and less than ten pultab / while always being in all metals ..

not much yellow = 4 wedding rings and a small ring.
12 minutes ago, vive equinox said:

On attend ta vidéo avec impatience ! 
 

après lui faisait sa première sortie , il va s’y faire peut être avec le temps . 
 

toi tu es l’expert de l’aq !  
 

il a une autre vidéo de comparatif air test , mais j’ai peu apprécié, ne serait ce que pour l’audio de l’aq avec deux téléphones..

quand tu dis moins de 10 pulltab, c’est que y’en avait peu ou bien tu les reconnais la plupart du temps ? 
 

en tout cas barbara n’a pas fait son travail de nettoyage et érosion chez moi . 

We can't wait for your video!


after he made his first outing, maybe he'll get used to it with time.


you are the aq expert!


it has another air test comparison video, but i didn't like it, if only for the aq audio with two phones.

When you say less than 10 pulltabs, is it that there were few or do you recognize them most of the time?


in any case barbara didn’t do her cleaning and erosion job at my place.
  • Like 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

Clive..... as a full time water hunter....we know you need a good machine that first can tell you theres a deep target down there other machines miss.... or that you just didnt realize it was a target.   Then all i need to know is ........ is it iron.   I do NOT dig every target, nor does anyone else no matter what they say, we pass (or guess) on some targets we think we know....... like very shallow ones..... bottle caps and pull tabs.  We all know the gold range on VLFs....... so many a day i just dont dig iron or high conductors like coins and.... yes even silver/copper.   Two tones work......the less the machine has to process the better.  I dont mind digging a little iron...... if the window includes all the gold on the disc mode.  We do that now........deep bottle caps are a good example.

  • Like 3
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 3 weeks later...

As others have mentioned, the AQ will take some time to learn in order to get the most out of it.  In my one hunt with it so far, I see that it's a more effective PI machine than others I have used (Impulse, Sea Hunter, Dual Field, Mirage, Vallon VMH3CS).  It has a stable threshold (lots of EMI where I hunt), an effective tone mode and is waterproof.

For my first outing I chose a beach that I know well, that also happens to have tons of iron, pull tabs and jewelry.  I used the factory recommendations for submerged use (11.5 delay, default everything else) and all metal mode for a few hours.  Switched to tone mode in the heavy iron areas and back to all metal when I heard a high tone.  The amount of feedback I get from the AQ allowed me to skip over certain types of iron targets that are scattered throughout this beach - other machines were not as easy to do this with.  On the second battery during this hunt I just stuck to tone mode and dug high tones only - resulting in one nice 18k pendant.  Sure, any other good waterproof machine would have found this pendant, but I don't feel like I'm being bogged down by iron and lack of discrimination for once.  Also, I noticed I'm not digging any more microscopic pieces of aluminum like I did with the EQ, CZ21, CTX or Excalibur.

 

20201111_101111.jpg

  • Like 5
Link to post
Share on other sites

Very nice pendant. Looking forward to putting my AQ on the hunt after it comes back from FT.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Similar Content

    • By Yellowstone
      Got a desert trip planned in a couple of weeks and was wondering if anyone (Steve especially) has had a chance to test out the AQ for nuggets?  I got mine at the end of September and it has already paid for itself in beach finds, including my first platinum ring ever, a 25.2 gram monster.
      I know it's not designed for prospecting, but was thinking about taking along it to play around.  I did air test a 2.0 gram gold/quartz nugget with Pulse Delay of 7, max sensitivity and minimum ATS and it was a solid hit at 5" and broke the threshold at 7".  For each 1/2 increase of Pulse Delay, I lost about an inch or so.
      If anyone has field experience, I would like to know your results.  I will relay actual findings (if any) after I get back.
      Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!
      John
    • By schoolofhardNox
      So the tides were decent enough on my days off to try again for some gold with the AQ or GPX. Since my beaches will not relent with the sanding in, I decided to try another strategy. Day one was split between the AQ for low tide and the GPX for deep silver. With the beach heavily sanded at low tide, all I could do was get some junk jewelry with the AQ. The GPX scored 3 silvers using the monster 18"DD Detech coil. It must have been a sight watching this guy struggle with that coil while holding a side stick and a big spade shovel 😄 The GPX wins that day. But... Day two was raining, so the GPX loses by default ... tough luck GPX (needs to be waterproof, hint, hint) So all day long I used the AQ at another beach which has a decent low tide. But as usual around here, it was sanded in more than ever. Low tide produced very few targets, just 3 zinc cents, some small junk jewelry and bottle caps. It looked like a wasted trip. But I wandered around all over, from high to low tide looking for a break. I knew that the rings were out of reach by the level of the sand against a breaker wall, so I decided to look for small jewelry in hopes of finding a gold stud or even a charm. No luck until I hit a small slope. By this time I had put gold out of my mind and just wanted to dig for the rest of the day. I used the all metal mode exclusively, just to boost the number of targets. I did get a lot of iron and bottle caps but then it happened. I got gold!!!!! No, not Joe or Mitchel kind of gold, 🙄 but more like anything I can get will do gold. So a small prayer necklace pendant shows up. I could tell it was gold right away. 10k it is...my FIRST gold with the AQ. I could now relax. So I started to grid this area carefully and a little while later I got a hit and could see a small bit of the target I thought was going to be a small silver earring.  But it turned out to be a 10k diamond studded Ankh symbol. Looks like a cross with a loop at the top. It's used in ancient Egypt, representing the symbol of life. Gorgeous little piece and my SECOND gold with the AQ. I was in shock. So I start to look around as I am getting back up and about 3 feet from that target I can visually see pieces of a gold rope chain sticking out of the sand. In my moment of professionalism, I tried every combination on the AQ to better find chains......... Actually I just grabbed that thing as fast as I could 😂 So I haven't tried the AQ to see if it actually would pick the chain up or not. But technically not my THIRD gold of the day since it is .925 with 1/12 10K overlay. I think they call that Vermeil. My bad day turned real good, real fast. I hunted a while longer and called it a day.  Thank you AQ for hitting that first gold target and making me stay in that area!




    • By mn90403
      I received my AQ yesterday afternoon.  I put the battery on charger and about an hour later it was fully charged.  After some scrambling around to get out of my apartment I hit the beach on an incoming tide.  I went to an area where I had seen beach PI holes before and decided to give it a try.  As you can see it was not a productive location except for the eCig cartridges which I got 3 of them.  They were deep and the sound was high.
      I started out in everything preset as the Quick Start suggests.  I didn't know what it was going to sound like but it is a higher pitch than I normally listen to.  The waves were making some noise as I was mostly in ankle deep but sometimes knee deep water.  The headphones were comfortable for the 3 hours I was out.  I didn't have a coin for the first 1.5 hours.  I've never had so many bottle caps but I don't hunt this area of the beach.  My deepest target was about 20 inches and was the bottom of the can.  I couldn't find one target at 24" and still digging.  At the end of 2 hours I decided to 'experiment' with going down a notch on frequency delay.  Then on the way back to my start I switched to tone mode.  That was when I heard a 'weird' low tone and when I dug it it was a dime.
      When I first started I had put my cell phone in my top pocket and on the 3rd dig hole it dropped in mud.  Now I have a finicky cell phone that doesn't want to charge properly.  I ordered another BLU phone to replace it. 
      When I put the two shafts together and tried the length I thought it was going to be too long.  It would be if it was a heavy unit but I was able to use the first notch with the push out pin but this would not be good for my wife.  I would suggest that the pin be moved on the lower shaft and also make it shorter.
      It is going to be a learning curve to find a beach that is PI 'friendly' which means that it holds deep jewelry/gold and not just deep trash.
      Mitchel

    • By tvr
      Low water at the local hole today. Low enough that I had wet sand to do some testing with. I can call fish hooks well in the wet sand in all metal ... but not well in the water where I don't have the same ability to change coil speed like over the wet sand. Got lots of lead today, not too many fish hooks other than those attached to rigs with lead or with brass swivels. A couple of deep nickles, one really deep spark plug and one junk child's ring. Was chest deep over a target that sounded really good ... and the battery died. Didn't pack the second one because I had to take care of some other things today, so it was my alarm clock to head home ... and enough of a work out in the shape I'm in. A bit sore this evening, but it is a good sore.
      Cheers,
      tvr
       
    • By cuniagau
      It took me 4 short hunts to finally run the battery down.  Total run time was approximately 11 hours and 35 minutes.  That sure beat the 3 1/2 from the factory battery.  I ran about 95% of the time in AM and only switched to Tone or Mute to check targets. Running mostly presets on the other settings.  The audio of certain targets is starting to become inbedded in my brain now.  Nickels are easy to recognize now.
×
×
  • Create New...