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  1. 12 points
    In August I upgraded to a NOX 600 from a Bounty Hunter Tracker IV. I’m finally getting in sync with what it’s telling me, and it’s starting to pay off. Within the last week I completed the Barber-Merc-Rosie silver dime trifecta! Love how this machine performs.
  2. 7 points
    Minelab Equinox 800 does it again! 22ct gold ring at 10 inches deep in the sand. This is not my find, it's my father's that he found a couple of days ago. 2.7 grams 0f lovely 22ct gold.
  3. 4 points
    Always time for some fun in the bush - Reg Wilson, John Hider Smith (quad) Jim Stewart (coil sled) WA mid 90's I've figured the embedding trick - maybe!
  4. 4 points
    I don't post very often but I peruse this and Tom D's forum daily so if this sounds redundant it's because I picked most, if not all, of it up here and there. Having said that I have also seen it proven time again with my own detectors. Keep in mind that while SMF detectors may handle EMI better than SF detectors, they are not immune to it. Many modern detectors including the Equinox and T2 are "sparky" by design. While this increased sensitivity offers improved depth when conditions allow the use of the extra horsepower, it also makes them much more susceptible to EMI than others that have had their performance, for lack of a better way to put it, "governed" by the manufacturer. The F75 is often used as a yardstick when it comes to this type of thing so I'll use it as such here. When you lower the sensitivity on an F75 from 99 to let's say 90 you haven't lost depth as much as you've lowered the audio gain. Depending on your hearing ability you should still hear targets at ROUGHLY the same depth as when running the sensitivity at 99, the detector's audio report will simply not be as loud. The upshot to this is reduced audible and visually apparent EMI. The downside to all of this is that all EMI is not audible nor is it visually noticeable via jumpy VDI numbers. I first saw Tom D mention silent EMI in a thread on his forum detailing his experience with the F75 Ltd. prototype. This silent EMI can be caused by many factors such as weather that vary from day to day. I have more than once recovered deep targets that I know I've ran the same coil on the same detector from the same direction over previously without hearing a peep (at least not a "dig me" peep) out of them. Again, most of this info has all been posted previously. It's just something to keep in mind when comparing the susceptibility to EMI between detectors.
  5. 3 points
    Hi Simon… I realize that your T2 is somewhat different from the F75. But let me describe how I operate the original F75 to deal with issues related to EMI. The original F75 version is very much subject to erratic behavior in areas where EMI is present. Hunting urban areas in zero discrimination with the stock 11” DD coil is frequently impossible. I avoid using this coil in urban environs because it is quite vulnerable to EMI issues (extra windings / antennae effect) compared to the 10” elliptical concentric coil, and this is especially true when compared to any of the smaller coils. So don’t hesitate to switch to a smaller coil, preferably a concentric coil if the ground conditions permit. An added benefit if hunting micro jewelry, is that the smaller coils, particularly the 6” elliptical concentric coil, is quite sensitive to small stuff compared to the stock 11” DD coil. In fact I put it to good use for hunting naturally occurring native silver in rocky environs. It’s not unusual to find sub-grain material with this coil. If using a discriminate mode, avoid JE mode in EMI areas. It is extremely high gain, and therefore much more sensitive to EMI than are the DE or PF search modes. Another very useful technique, if necessary, is to increase the iron discrimination level until erratic behavior settles down to an acceptable level. Do this while moving / holding the coil on the ground, and not while waving it around in the air. Keeping the coil to the ground much reduces EMI instability because it reduces the coil’s antennae effect. Adjusting the sensitivity control is not necessarily the final step in stabilizing how the machine behaves in EMI environments. Do as you please with it. Keep in mind that you may wish to limit iron discrimination to about 6 or 7 and no more as Steve describes, depending on your preference. At that point, if necessary, you may wish to experiment with decreasing the sensitivity control to achieve stability. Of course for prospecting applications, and low trash urban areas, the first choice is to search in the motion all-metal mode. It is much less vulnerable to EMI than are any of the discriminate modes. It makes a huge difference. In closing, I should add that in remote prospecting areas, my original F75 is normally as quiet as a churchmouse regardless which search mode, settings employed, or the type / size of coil that is used. On rare occasion we do experience an intermittent EMI induced instability from what I suspect is the local microwave tower. These occasions are always temporary, rarely lasting more than a half-hour…………….. Jim.
  6. 3 points
    Introducing Reg Wilson - You know who the rest are - -
  7. 3 points
    - - - reckon a Konigstiger or T34 would hum up pretty well in the headphones -
  8. 2 points
    Testing out my new rutus alter 71..
  9. 2 points
    Yep, my TDIBH unboxing took me 11.25 seconds flat.......there's took over 13 minutes....amateurs.....? When I unbox a new detector, family know to give me plenty of elbow space because my 6 foot and 200 pound frame doesn't stop until the box is in several pieces and the user manual is dispatched into some corner.....................I really should video the event someday. Tony
  10. 2 points
    To simplify the explanation. Basically to only utilize 3 Tones from the 5 Tones you have to cram in the 2 unwanted Tone Brakes in your "Tone Breaks" of "Low", "Mid" or "High". If you stick with the same Tone Break VDI values you can insert the unwanted breaks in that range but using identical "Tone Volumes" & "Tone Pitch" to that which you have set in that range. You will still see 5 Tone Breaks cycling through the breaks but you have only got 3 different Tone Pitches & Tone Volumes of "Low", "Mid" & "High".
  11. 2 points
    The 14x9" is no slouch. In the testing I've done so far, if you can run a high gain on the 14x9" it will pretty well match what the 12x8" can do, especially if you can run Sens Extra. In hot ground it's a different ball game. Where you are forced to drop your Rx Gain, the 12x8" retains a lot of sensitivity, where the 14x9" starts to lose signal sharpness a lot earlier. Interesting thing though, on this 0.1g bit, Fine Gold was the best, provided I kept a slow steady swing. Sens Extra was next best, followed by Enhance which struggled a bit. I've seen this scenario several times in the past, which is why I still have the 5000, even though I have a soft spot for the old 4500. I also tried the 15" Evo just for kicks. Sens Extra was the only timing that got a sniff on it, but I had to up the Gain and back off the stabilizer. Fine Gold and Enhance nothing. In thick scrub, the 12x8" is nicer to use.
  12. 2 points
    You forgot the magical part of the equation, the size of the target! I recently tested a 0.1g prickly piece of gold and the 12x8" got it deeper than the 12" by a good margin.
  13. 2 points
    WWII Metal Detecting - German Waffen SS - Traces of War on the Eastern Front It might interest thoses who are sick of finding tiny target
  14. 2 points
    Heya everyone; I was able to update the detector by taking it over to my friends house and he was able to update it no problem. He is running Windows 10 and has updated several of the detectors already without issue. So it would appear that this issue is with Windows 7 Home and Windows Ultimate (Both running 64-bit) Thank you all for the responses, I did try all suggestions and I appreciate the help. Now it's time to go find some Treasure! :D
  15. 2 points
    Sure does Dave. Inspired by the success of friend and former detecting partner Jim Stewart, prospector John Hider Smith built his own 36" monoloop. Unlike the "Bismarck", This was flat wound (nothing new there) and also found much big gold. In contrast to the "Bismarck" this was mounted by a hook onto the belt to carry the weight. For such a large setup, it was also comfortable to use. Reg now owns the coil and has used it both as a sled coil and on his QED: https://youtu.be/v21liiSdLrM Damn! Don't know why these vids sometimes don't self embed - - -
  16. 2 points
    So all week long I was fantasizing about the new spot I found where I found the 2 deep nickels on bedrock, and after hearing the stories about Prospectors putting a nickel in the ground to replace a nugget I figured I was on to a new hotspot... Well, it was a big bust. The 20 ft of wash I detected was the only part that had anything. Scouting new areas is either hero or zero. It's been zero for me for a while. I gave up on the new spot and decided to hit an old area where we have had some success. I decided to drive in a different way, and hit it from a new direction, to maybe see things from a different perspective. I ended up in a wash where my buddy Dave had pulled a couple out of a year ago. By the time I realized I was in that same wash, I was already digging targets. Maybe the monsoons moved some stuff around, because I know Dave hardly misses a crumb. After I dug my first nugget, a 2g chunk I slowed it down and moved the coil under all the shrubs in the wash. That was where I found the other 2 nuggets. A nice patch of 3. And I prevented another skunk. Tried to take a video of the last dig, not sure if I will post. I like the quartz one. Cheers, Chris
  17. 2 points
    I have windows 7 but that wouldn't work for me either . So i got my windows 10 laptop out and that worked fine. Just bought another 800 as a spare and will have to update that too when i get around to it.
  18. 2 points
    Had the same problems...contacted ML and they said to go to update file and RIGHT click...then select PROPERTIES...then select COMPATIBILITY....put a check mark or select WINDOWS XP ... then select APPLY then OK....exit back to desktop....now go to same file and again RIGHT CLICK....select RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR.....it'll now run....follow prompts.....takes about 5ish minutes to install.....gl...Al F
  19. 1 point
    I had about two hours this morning where I was able to go to the spot I've found quite a number of odd old coins in the past, it's not far at all from my house and it's the site of an old farmhouse that was ripped down sometime around the 60's. I only had a short time as the weather is kicking in and we are meant to get a snowstorm tonight, the wind really picked up so I had to leave as it was blowing strong wind and rain, it was painful to leave as I was having such a good hunt.. I've found out the farmhouse had an old horder live in it and it was riddled with junk, he had about 15 cars parked on the land and he just collected all sorts of old things. When he died eventually the old weatherboard house was demolished but I think they just pushed it all over and buried most of it in the land. The site is just now a paddock but I watched the farming plowing it yesterday ready for planting out so I thought now is the time to try hit it again just incase the plough has brought something up within my range, and right I was. I used my Equinox 800 this time as I had a few questions answered by people on the forum yesterday about coin and jewellery hunting and how I should best go about it in junk filled areas. I was previously just blocking out every VDI number except about six or so numbers which I knew coins would fall into which made cherry picking these coins quite simple and successful but I was missing out on finding anything else like rings or coins that fall outside of my cherry picked numbers. Instead on this hunt I ran in Park 1 with sensitivity 25 and left everything else at Defaults except, I pressed the Horseshoe button! I was prepared to dig everything that wasn't obviously a bad iron target and I was preferring to dig solid numbers, not really wild VDI's as I only had a couple of hours knowing the weather was about to pack it in. I was pulling up quite a number of coins with my weirdest coin of the hunt an old NZ Half Penny, I can't read the date properly on it but it looks like 1960 which rang up a perfect VDI of 26, a number I had previously blocked out, and a 1965 threepence which is made of nickel and is the second one of them I've found in the past couple of weeks and they seem to always come up as VDI 5 to 6, again numbers I'd been blocking out previously. Two coins are in such bad condition I can't work out what they are but they were coming up as 9 and 21 and two reasonably modern NZ $1 and$2coins which come up as 21 but the funny thing about them is their date is both 2008 and they were both right near each other when I found them. I suspect one of the unreadable coins is a very bad condition 5 cent as it comes up as VDI 8, very close to the 9 of the 5 cent that is legible, perhaps being corroded it comes up slightly lower, its the exact same size. The other unreadable coin is slightly smaller, so I'm not sure what it is as it comes up as a VDI 21, I actually thought I was going to be digging a $1 coin when I found that. So now that I know to leave my numbers open and not discriminate out everything I may have more success in finding things other than the items I was chasing. I think I'm going to have to hit the beach I found all the coins the other night again with the numbers wide open this time, digging a lot more, but also possibly getting more good targets. I've just been washing my coins in water when I get home to take the photos, is that the best method? I'm not sure about older coins if I should do much in the way of cleaning them such as the threepence has a big mark on the front and back of it, not sure if I should try clean that mark off or just leave it there. Modern coins obviously don't matter but I don't want to damage older coins trying to clean them.
  20. 1 point
    Here is another one for you guys to figure out. I haven't the slightest clue, this one makes my head hurt. It was found in the water. This old bay has an insane asylum built on it dating from the late 1800's. It is also has a ghost town, a failed colonial type trading settlement dating from around 1825. Before that it was a native village but I think it's safe to say this is not native American. It has three stars, or starfish? and a small hole on each side. It measures about an inch across. It weighs about 17 grams but has at least some sand and clay remaining inside. There is no way you guys are going to guess what it is.
  21. 1 point
    What do you guys think about these? I made them initially because it’s what I need but... I’ve got a small batch of Carbon shafts for the Minelab Equinox that are perfect for shortening your detector right up for transport or water type detecting, for a fully collapsed detector you’ll have shave down or melt the small plastic locating pin on the handle clamp to let the inner shaft come in and get the last 100mm of retraction. They look superb, have no wobble or slop and are a lot lighter than the stock shaft (110g vs 186g) Even when fully collapsed and the aluminium clamp Is within the coils proximity it has no effect on detection depth, sensitivity or ID surprisingly. Taking PRE-ORDERS for a discounted price of AUD$75.00 ~USD$54.00 They are very limited so definitely be quick as most are already gone! http://www.detect-Ed.com All comments welcome ? Cheers! Ed
  22. 1 point
    - - - over an hour from the Nineties. I haven't successfully transposed it to digital format yet but I'm still working on it. The sound is present but my capture device isn't yet picking it up. I'm a bit over the moon about it really, some welcome good news following a tough week shooting drought weakened sheep - - Starring are some memorable characters from the earlier years of gold detecting, as well as some nice gold. Here's some early screen grabs, hopefully the final MPEG's will be of higher quality. 5 oz from Guys Rush, Rheola VIC. found at depth with Jimmy Stewarts 36" "Bismarck": 30 oz from Guy's Rush, Rheola VIC, found at depth with Jimmy Stewarts 36" "Bismarck":
  23. 1 point
    I wonder if Minelab will build a dedicated nugget detector in the style of the equinox, but with gpz type technology. This seems to be the way the CZX by Fisher is headed. I think the Equinox will open up many more machines in the same style eventually. I would hope for concentric and dd coils and more power in a lightweight dedicated nugget hunting package.
  24. 1 point
    Beach season is over - so I've made a little wrap-up video of the better finds. The video is in german, but perhaps it's interesting for someone anyway It's been a really great season!
  25. 1 point
    Ok sold, let me know when you've got more and I'll bang in an order! Thanks.
  26. 1 point
    I have the Nox with 6" and the Gold Monster, I am quite new to detecting but found both very easy to pick up and learn, the Monster being the easiest obviously, it's truly just a turn on and go detector and anyone could find gold with it easily. If gold is there within its range, even a first time user can find it. There isn't much to learn with it and the controls are simple. The GM is rain proof but not waterproof, the Nox is waterproof. The Monster isn't much good at anything but gold due to the nature of it's design, the Nox is good at everything it does, very versatile. Judging by my Dad who had never detected before and tried detecting for gold once he liked the Monster, didn't like any of my other detectors so your Dad may be the same.. He hated the ones with a threshold, the Nox can be setup with or without a threshold but he didn't like how complicated it all was compared to the Monster. The Monster has no threshold, doesn't need one for the way it works. I can follow the black sand on my GBP and T2, it's not going to overly help you find ground to sluice, in my experience here there is just too much black sand spread out over the area to make it work well, may differ in your situation and it can help in the right environment. I've found usually the black sand layer is deeper than the detector can see. I notice you have a Gold Bug Pro already, have you used it's Fe3O4 meter to follow the black sand? Maybe give it a try, it's virtually the same thing as on the White's with a different name. See Here Monster comes with both coils, with the Nox you have to buy the 6" as an accessory, Monsters coils are more suited to gold prospecting with their solid design and also have the elliptical coil is a bonus, Nox users are hoping one day to get one. Both are so close in actual performance on small gold I don't see how anyone could say one is better than the other, except for features they like. People are reporting they can put the Nox into Park 2 to deal with hot rocks even better than in Gold modes, It also has discrimination so you can block them out, the Monster seems to track them out with it's auto ground tracking. Here I can only speak for our local area and the hotrocks we have haven't been an issue for either detector, they both handle the local ones well. To this date my Monster has found me the most gold. It doesn't take long to learn the settings on the Nox, this forum can help endlessly with that, but it's not complicated at all, the factory settings on almost all modes are perfectly fine and often the best. If I had to choose because someone was going to chop my leg off using a toothpick which is the only way I would let go of either what detector to keep out of the Monster or Nox I would choose the Nox, only because I can use it for other forms of detecting, not just gold, I wouldn't feel i'm disadvantaged using either. I doubt you could go wrong with any of the detectors you have narrowed it down to. It's more what one suits your needs the most.
  27. 1 point
    In an effort to simplify my detecting life with the EQX 800, I limited the number of tones to three corresponding to the common low, mid and high conductive ranges. I thought I'd share this with the forum...for what it's worth anyway. Please keep in mind as you read on, it may be worth even less to you than you paid for it! ? Since 99% of my hunts are on east coast Florida beaches, I hunt in all metal and dig just about anything that doesn't sound specifically like iron. Yes, I dig a lot of aluminum! But having a rough and simple indication of what my coil may be over, be it a low, mid or high conductive target, I thought would be helpful and shield me from the “tone overload” I get using 50 tones. Even using the factory presets of 5 tones , I sometimes find it tricky to distinguish between tones over the ambient sounds along the beach. Again, I asked myself if I really needed that fine level of distinction anyway based on where and the way I hunt and dig. Agreed, that's strictly a personal preference. I tested quite a number common targets of varying size and metallurgical composition and came up with some common VDI ranges that I see on our beaches for each of the conductivity zones. I then modified the 5 tone option to 3 tones. My results: Conductivity VDI Range Tone Low -9 to 0 1 Mid 1-19 12 High 20+ 25 I can now easily hear a distinct difference in those three tones and my life is simpler. Granted, the specific conductivity ranges based on the VDI display will vary depending on the soil, target depth and metallurgical composition. All of which is a known and acceptable factor to me for the purpose of this “approximation exercise.” Just the view from my sandy foxhole...
  28. 1 point
    Only reason....... is thats what they had.... much like those using a AT Pro down here in our salt water. They may work...... but they arent the best choice.
  29. 1 point
  30. 1 point
    Apart from the original workaround which is most certainly software related where you run the update in Compatibility mode using Administrator permissions, it's nothing to do with what flavour of Windows you're using unless you're one of the folks running Vista or XP as it's not supported due to the software it was programmed in requiring a DLL library not included in the older operating systems. It's possible they could fix that problem with XP and Vista not being supported by installing and registering the missing DLL as part of the update installer (assuming they have rights to). The reason it works in XP compatibility mode on 7 and 10 machines is because that DLL exists from the modern operating system and running in compatibility mode is giving the update the access it requires to perform the update. This isn't Minelabs fault but some odd quirk on some peoples machines where an installed program is blocking the access requirements the update needs. As for the people who just can't get it working at all, I have a funny feeling it is a compatibility problem with certain hardware. Some have said clean fresh copies of Windows haven't worked which rules out it being an installed software compatibility issue on their machine caused by an antivirus program or something else installed on the computer. The other factor in these things can be the chipset of the motherboard, a number of years ago old SIS and Via chipsets caused all sorts of compatibility problems and machines with them just couldn't use certain USB devices or were never reliable with them. Via ended up releasing a patch to improve the situation. Even the Nvidia chipsets had issues with compatibility. I suspect some people having these problems could be chipset related, standard Intel chipsets would obviously be the most reliable as they use the Intel USB drivers and are very standard, a lot of 3rd party chipsets need Drivers for the chipset to be installed, especially related to the USB and a lot of times these never get installed so the chipset runs off generic Windows drivers which don't properly support the chipset. Intel drivers are built into Windows so you don't need to do anything with them. Sometimes in situations like this just updating your Chipset and USB drivers may resolve your problem if you're running anything other than an Intel chipset although even with Intel there are updated Intel INF and USB drivers from the ones built into Windows. If you want to know what USB Chipset you have you can go into Device Manager and right down the bottom you'll see USB Serial Bus Controllers, click on that and you'll be able to find out what brand of chipset your USB is. It would be good to gather up reports of what chipsets are in use on machines that refuse to update, a pattern may form. Just because you have an Intel CPU doesn't mean you have an Intel chipset. It's worth a shot updating the USB and Chipset drivers for anyone struggling to do the update who doesn't have access to another computer that it works on.
  31. 1 point
    Thanks for the comments----as a matter of interest the 800 settings were - Beach 1 Sensitivity 21-- very quiet and stable at this level. Tones 5. Auto tracking. Audio 20. Big fan of factory basics--boffins at Minelab have done a good job. Upgraded to latest software. [ All figures supplied by my Dad. ]?
  32. 1 point
    In simple terms, two things control noise or "chattyness". Gain, and recovery speed. The higher the Gain and the faster the recovery speed, the more "sparky" a unit will be. There is obviously a lot more under the hood that that, but with the different modes there will be different levels of Gain, Recover Speed, Audio (beep or VCO), how many tone splits there are, and also what Target ID scale is applied to the mode. As an example, the Impact uses the 0-40 ferrous scale in the following modes: Gen, Gen D, STA, STA D, Deep, VLX1, VLX2. Whereas the 0-15 ferrous scale is used in 2-tone, DI3, DI4, DI99 and COG modes. Then the other things that makes up a mode is AC or DC, i.e. motion or non-motion. The non-motion Cache mode in 5kHz should be crazy deep on large items. One item that comes to mind here that is a very desirable relic find is a Cricket Belt Buckle. Watch from the ten minute mark.
  33. 1 point
    Not noticed anything other than better and clearer target signals .
  34. 1 point
    Hey Guys Back in the 40’s I had my ear tune to Sgt. Preston and Yukon King. Oh his horse name was Rex. What I want to know does that make me a Canadian? Chuck PS I never miss that 15 mins. A young blind man and I had our ears stuck to the radio at the same time each day. He could see it and I could too. It was like we were in the middle of the action. That was about 70 years ago and I still remember his name .
  35. 1 point
    I live in Edmonton, Alberta. Been metal detecting for years.....I dabbled in prospecting over 20 years ago and got the bug this year. I am running a highbanker in the North Saskatchewan River, which flows through Edmonton. Only flour gold present. I am spoiled! A 5 minute drive, and I can set up my equipment and dig. No claims, no dredging but 5 year ($50.00) mining licence required. I enjoy the many surprises coming out of the river.....petrified wood, petrified dino. bones and the odd relic or coin. The exercise and fresh air are the other rewards. Below are my most recent finds from last week. We got an early snow, but went out anyway! Below is a pic......the ring I found metal detecting (14.2grams.)
  36. 1 point
    I found Elliptical coils were best for ground cover when the target is a strong signal. That is 14" x 7" coil will give you about the same penetration as a 7" round coil and a similar ground cover as a 14" round. If the signal is very soft (very small target near the surface or very deep good signal were you have to over lap your swings a round coil wins hands down. ). So a correct size elliptical for patch hunting an a appropriate size round for working a patch.
  37. 1 point
    The "Bismarck" found a considerable quantity of gold in its day. As shown at the beginning of this topic, Here's some we found at Guys Rush: Found at depth in Tertiary cement with Jim Stewarts 36" "Bismarck" coil mid 90's. Copied from HI8 video. 5 oz and 30 oz. Note the root like supergene growth marks on the 30 oz piece with some ancient scratch marks. Unfortunately, The modern "ding" marks were caused while chipping it out in the dark. The full story halfway down the page here
  38. 1 point
    The late Jim Stewart near Grays Reef Moliagul, with a 7 0z piece. Mid 90's
  39. 1 point
    Yes, it is beyond humbling to lose one's mobility, strength and balance. You never know when the hand of fate will knock you down. Do it now, there may not be a tomorrow! fred
  40. 1 point
    Went for an afternoon hunt yesterday to an area that had several music festivals over the years. I didn't expect to find any silver coins, and I didn't. A relatively small area produced a good number of coins, pull tabs and other miscellaneous junk along with a Swiss Army knife that was in three pieces. The handles had become separated from the knife. After getting home and inspecting my finds,I discovered the knife handles are 925 sterling with an engraved name on one of them.I will try to contact that person. A very expensive little knife
  41. 1 point
    You beat me to it! I have been intending to write up an article on how to create three and four tone schemes using 5 tones as the base. I will probably still do it just to run though the mechanics of adjusting the settings. There are a lot of custom options with 5 tone on the Equinox 800.
  42. 1 point
    Nice find Norm! Could not quite read it so enhanced the photo a little.... Deputy Fish & Game Commissioner 1911
  43. 1 point
    Thanks Steve, I never expected to get anything for it and didn't want anything for it as I enjoyed doing it and put my new found hobby to a good use doing a good deed but it paid off in the end that's for sure, they gave me two sheep for my freezer (that's a lot of meat) and I won the find of the month competition! The Gift card is for $250 USD, which is about 380 NZD. Just awesome! ? ❤️
  44. 1 point
    One idea I'm having is the possibility of hybriding, where it might be possible to affix a V3 box to my V3i. They can share coils and screens, if I could afix them back to back or even build an expanded box two accommodate both boards with splitters and a switch it would be possible to toggle back and forth between them. If there truly were a significant difference in tracking/ground balance between them, if whites slowed the tracking in the i update as has been suggested, in harsh or changing terrain I could toggle to the V3 board. If I could sell the other V3 to a hunting buddy later down the road when I'm done with all my experiments (or if I could convince my gf she is a treasure hunter too Haha) we would be able to use the peer to peer data. Personally I think if Whites were thinking outside the box they could hybrid many machines. Who wouldn't want a machine where you could toggle back and forth between an MXT and V3i for example. Or a DFX and V3i, MXT and DFX.
  45. 1 point
    I kind of realized the significance of what I was purchasing at the time, but it wasn't until your last post that it really hit me how unique an opportunity this is and how much can be learned from it. It's not often I see a V3 that hasn't been updated, and when I do it's never priced like these were, and never in pairs. Anyone that would have them in a pair or singly likely wouldn't know the history behind them or the significance of putting two together. Here not only do I have two original V3s in the same room, but also a V3i to contrast them with. When you're into flipping electronics it's always tempting to move everything along quickly to keep the capital freed up, and there's a good chunk to be made here, but any thought of doing that before I get some answers for the whole community is now gone. I think I have a better perspective on the responsibility of having these stars aligned. So if you or anyone else have any requests or ideas for testing and comparison etc., feel free. This is going to be a lot of fun.
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