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  1. Finally had a good sized nugg turn up for me. Hunted Fri. and Sat. over near Helena and drug up 8 pieces but I lost one little dink so only 7 in totals pic. Definitely did the happy dance and still can't believe I finally stumbled onto a big one!!!! Enjoy!
    23 points
  2. A few weeks ago I lost my Garrett Carrot AT when detecting down at a local river, I didn't realise it was lost until it was long gone, I tried for a couple of days to walk the same path to find it but never did so I decided I'd buy another one and some gadgets to prevent me losing it too. I have the standard belt holder for my Carrot but didn't like it, too high on my body for my Carrot to sit so it kept getting banged. I first tried my Minelab finds bag to look after it, it appears to have Carrot holders on the side of it but it doesn't fit well which makes it difficult to get in an
    5 points
  3. Today I had a chance to get up at dawn and get in a quick hunt before other events of the day. I decided to go to a familiar beach since I had read the surf report and it said there could have been a 3 hour period of 3.5 ft waves at high tide from the WNW! Ok, that is not much energy but better than the 1 ft surf at 16 second intervals all week. Off I went before the mid tides would take my beach. It was a great morning with just a bit of coolness and a partial marine layer but it didn't block the sunrise. Off in the distance you could see the planes going in and out of LAX. My p
    4 points
  4. I always wondered if there was even gold around where the X-coil manufacturer lives, I didn't know much about Russian gold or if Russia even had much gold. Here is a video broken into parts of the Russian manufacturer showing the different capabilities of the 17x12" X-Coil between the Standard GPZ14” Minelab coil being used near high voltage power lines in Russia. It's good to see he is a prospector. Sorry about the quality of some of the parts. It's a deep hole he has to dig to get it, nice soft soil though... that'd make life easier than usi
    4 points
  5. Steve, I know you want to be cautious about such things and that is good... But, you always give disclaimers, notices and warnings. I don't see why those ( like me) should be denied any of your most valuable opinions because some one else thinks every setting is the miracle cure.... feel free to delete if I am stepping out of bounds. fred
    3 points
  6. Most detectors have simplified control sets that combine several controls into one or leave other controls out entirely. The White’s V3i offers more granular control of the detector at every level possible and so it’s manuals are a lesson in how detectors work. One main reason I own a V3i is because we will never see another detector again with this level of control. From the White’s V3i Advanced User Manual: Sensitivity Once you select a basic program you may need to adjust the sensitivity settings. Most of the V3i programs are set up with nominal sensitivities, but some (notab
    3 points
  7. I guess it depends what you mean by use more power. Certainly resistance varies with different coils. In general the detector puts out a regulated amount of power, and a larger coil disperses that power into a larger but weaker detection field. Small coils pump the same power into a more concentrated, more powerful electromagnetic field. This is why small coils react better to small targets, and why it takes larger gold to set large coils off, but at greater depths. Some detectors allow you to change the transmit power via a control, often labeled TX power. Others may vary that setting via pro
    3 points
  8. I suspect Busho has more experience with ground tracking that you do Chase and has tried all the options suggested. As he has stated multiple times he is not a newbie. He has offered results and a solution that works for him where he is and that other Oz operators will want to pay attention to. Oz soils in general have a different composition than U.S. soils and so comparing results across continents is somewhat like western U.S. operators comparing recovery speed issues to Florida users results. Apples and oranges and will often confuse more than enlighten. I do know ground balancing mul
    3 points
  9. GB on you are getting two channels of signal processing - it is normally noiser than GB off. Noise cancel, reduce sensitivity get away from emi sources like light dimmers, WiFi, cell radios, power lines and transformers. If it still goes berserk, you may have an issue.
    3 points
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  11. Randy Dee, We also have the microwave internet in our area and some places still can't get it due to the terrain. I have seen microwave units do the same thing in our area, as there are few options for the internet here in the rural areas. The power companies have been working to perfect the internet over their lines, so that they can compete with the phone companies. Currently they can do meter readings, turn on or off the power to select homes/business's without ever being in the same city. Valen
    3 points
  12. Here in the UK the internet broad band providers are using wireless microwave mini dish transmitters to provide broad band connection to remote farms, the dishes are mounted close to the main telephone lines on the main highway and I have been detecting on the fields close to the relay dish for many years but this spring time my Equinox and my mates Deus was going berserk and it was then that I noticed the newly installed microwave relay dish, we had to vacate the fields as the noise was unbearable, I later tried my CTX-3030 on the same fields and the noise was the same. .
    3 points
  13. Winning bid of $200! That's got to be a deal! I paid like $448 the first time I had one.
    2 points
  14. I'm not saying always, but in an area likely to have lost jewelry like a swimming area or an athletic field it's best to. Gold unfortunately covers the same range as aluminum, so to get one you have to dig the other. In areas much less likely to have lost jewelry, or if you just want to target coins than targeting just those coin numbers is fine and a great capability of the detector. If you are finding lots of old aluminum in an area that would also hold jewelry though it basically means NOBODY has searched it for gold, so I'd at least give it a solid effort and see what you find. If you get
    2 points
  15. We had a carrot and the switch wore out and wouldn't work any more. I bought one of these which is only 1/3 the price. It works good enough! https://amzn.to/2NjkUuk
    2 points
  16. This is a thread on nickels, but to make it very obvious for your situation, if you have a lake swimming area with lots of old pull tabs you should be digging all the pull tab signals, not just the 12's. Gold rings come in at the same range as pull tabs, small rings around in the 7ish range up to large rings over 20. If nobody has been willing to dig all the old pull tabs no one has dug the gold rings lost by swimmers either. I feel like maybe we are already thinking alike about it, but as you said you are new wanted to make sure.
    2 points
  17. phrunt, They have had the equipment installed about 2 years ago in our area and have upgraded it to 5 G in the past few months. When I a am within 50 yards my new 800 goes off into lala land thinking everything is in the ground or even in the air. I noticed it doing it the first time I had gotten to an area that I knew it was at, and it took me a couple of minutes to figure it out. One trick that I had done to lower the effects was to wrap the coil wire half way up the shaft tie it off, and then wrap it the rest of the way opposite way to the plugin. That helped some but by bein
    2 points
  18. I didn't think about that, I think you maybe on the money 2Valen I used to use Ethernet over power years ago back when I worked in IT, it was great for getting high speed internet around a house where the owners didn't want wireless as it may damage their tin foil hat It allowed their home broadband to go around their house through its power wiring and anywhere there was a power point they could plug a EOP adapter in and plug in a network cable and off they go... Any power point in the home has ethernet networking capability, this is an example of the gadget https://www.tp-link.com
    2 points
  19. Well my new (second hand) T2 arrived today, and to my surprise I think it's the new T2 Classic rather than an older T2 like I thought it was going to be, I asked the seller what firmware was on it and he replied 8.8, same firmware as on my old T2 so I assumed it was the same model but it's not. I checked and it does indeed have 8.8 It has a holographic sticker on it's control box with the American flag and T2 on it, the flag can only been seen properly at certain angles. It now comes up with it's serial number when you turn it on like my Gold Bug Pro's, my old one didn't do that. I
    2 points
  20. First of all, in these situations I'd be using a lower manual sensitivity. Second of all, if you have the 8" coil, even better, but the 10" is still fine. Thirdly, listen to what happens to the threshold tone AFTER you go past the target. If you get a high tone signal then the threshold drops to a low growl, it is very likely iron. If you get a null or a squeak or a grunt and the threshold goes to a high tone, then there's likely a good target amongst the clutter. Work real slow, and check targets at 90 degrees. If in doubt, scrape 2 inches of sand and re-check. While t
    2 points
  21. You forgot Pinpoint Mode. Pretty tricky to use for actual hunting, unfortunately. And as for it's effects on your numbers, that's a tough one to judge. If you're running at 5kHz, for example, does the pinpoint work at 5kHz, or Multi-freq? It's something I had pondered not long after I got my Equinox, and I think an oscilloscope would easily answer the question ... a rainy day experiment, I think. You're also keen to 'write off' the lowest sensitivity settings, but I was quite pleased to see that the machine could be turned right down. This is good for shallow-target hunting in parks, where y
    2 points
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  23. there's something to motivate - replacement battery pack li-ion 18650 and battery dimensions - so it will not be a problem to do 4x 18650, or 6X 18650 ... maybe even more ...
    2 points
  24. Apparently, my wireless pairing button does not work... I have tried every combination to get the thing to show...but, it won't. Detector on... WM on wm rapid blink on PUSH the wireless, water-proof button-NOTHING several Factory resets done also.... The trouble shooting guide says to ….CONFIRM the wireless setting is set to on"...??? where is this setting? FRED
    1 point
  25. Quote:"it doesn't have cache or boost modes, it's a shame, as all they are is firmware" Sorry to disappoint, but I have good reason to believe there are some hardware differences, though they are fairly subtle. To achieve the extra sensitivity (eg. boost mode), extra hardware is used to effectively increase the resolution of the analogue-to-digital converter ( probably from 19 bits to 21 bits ). And then a faster version of the microprocessor is used in order to sample the ADC faster and probably handle the added 'math' that comes along with it. The new micro is possibly 4 times faster. B
    1 point
  26. I did both of Reg Sniff's suggested mods to my 2013 model TDI SL. I also use a 16v battery pack. I was testing it yesterday on pieces of nickel. I buried a 1 gram piece at 6", and a 1.84 gram piece at 10". The TDI saw both with the 7.5"DF coil, and the 8 x6 NF Sadie coil. The 12"DF coil could only see the 1 grammer....same for the Super Pulse 14" 350. The signal on the 1.84 grammer was faint, but repeatable. I'd definitely have dug it in the field. The signal on the 1 grammer was strong with both the Sadie, and the 7.5DF. Could have easily been deeper. Jim
    1 point
  27. If you think that sounds good, the T2+ package on Ebay (US) is $549 and comes with a Tekpoint ($130 MAP pulse induction pinpointer) and a digging tool. The T2+ has Boost Mode (which is on the Ltd but not on the Classic). The T2 Ltd appears to be on sale on Teknetics site: https://www.tekneticsdirect.com/products/detectors/t2-ltd#hikashop_show_tabular_description for $599. It has Cache Mode as well as Boost Mode. Interestingly I couldn't find the T2+ on Tek's website. That seems strange. If it's consistent with my two FT models, the first two digits of the serial number a
    1 point
  28. The 600 is a great unit and for many the best value by far. I very often just use the presets with a small tweak to sensitivity and therefore am probably going to get a 600 for use as my dedicated saltwater unit plus general backup machine.
    1 point
  29. From a technical perspective a metal detector in perfect tune detecting no targets is in a state of electrical balance and uses no power. Different coil sizes are all tuned to reach this “null” state so in theory coil size makes no difference. These are not antennas transmitting power but more like an alternator circuit creating a magnetic field. A conductive item has current induced into it, causing a power drain. The ground itself is a huge target so simply engaging the coil with the ground uses power, and larger coils “see” more ground. So it is the engagement with a detectable target of so
    1 point
  30. Mollie at Minelab has connected with me...I sent the detector module and wm back per her request. I am hopeful. Thank you Mollie! btw; email seems more efficient than the telephone, if one needs to chat with them. Apparently they are very busy....
    1 point
  31. Funny you mention it because I just noticed that they live a few miles away from me but I do not know them.. I dont know if they do custom jobs but it does not hurt to ask. Gerry sells these pouches once in a while and thats were I got my first one which I ended up giving to Merton. strick
    1 point
  32. Mineral oil WILL enhance RED copper coins bringing them back to a more natural color. Ive used it for years it came from someone i knew who wrote for Coin World. Unlike vinegar and other harsh ways..... even long time olive oil soaking .... people tend to forget to use something to STOP the corrosive process like baking power in water once the desired cleaning is complete. We used to just rub the heck out of coins to make the PRETTY. Now days coin collecting has turned into such a BUSINESS...... shameful in so many ways.
    1 point
  33. Hey all, sorry I didnt get back sooner or when I said. Some things came up, family, work that took all my focus away. Kept meaning to get back but thing after thing took all my attention. But, many had given help and info, yep some I took the wrong way, but have not forgotten. Anyway, my EQ. Box, coil, all checked and done. So, like I said have owned a lot so wont bore you all with it all, but will admit im not a know it all. So here it is with the EQ where I am, all checked, box n coil where a I live. Tracking here where I am in Central Vic Aus, compared to Gt's, Ft,s, XT,s, Eurekas....
    1 point
  34. Eventually, when you come across and understand what iron bias does, you'll see a similar thing. 4 settings for the 600 vs 10 for the 800, but the max setting of 4 on the 600 equals 6 on the 800. Other differences you will notice include limitations on non-ferrous tone settings, limitations on single frequency selections, lack of the user profile button, lack of backlight adjustment, lack of included wireless audio accessories (but the 600 is wireless ready), etc. These are all nice, but not necessarily essential "missing" features on the 600. The 600 is a very capable detector in its own
    1 point
  35. hahah awesome. I will take your advice!
    1 point
  36. Okay, sorry, I tried looking for the answer before asking but didn’t look enough I guess! Brand new new to this forum and happy to be here.
    1 point
  37. Awesome thanks for your time you took to respond. It’s good to know that 3 matches 6 and that is plenty for the field.
    1 point
  38. @midlake, I have not tried that but it is a great idea that I will try at the beach. Seems like all metal mode is a good way to test. Thanks!
    1 point
  39. Using a detector or Bobcat and dirt screen?
    1 point
  40. Unfortunately an 18" maybe over kill for me here, although I'm sure if the ground was easier to cover and access there would be gold for it to find, we aren't a big wide open area here, mountain after mountain, a majority of it never detected or even explored by foot I'm certain... This goes from the bottom of the Island to the top, photo recently taken at the start of winter from my wife on take off on a plane on a trip to OZ.
    1 point
  41. Thanks for your kind remarks folks, this gold is from the Marlborough region in the South Island of NZ.
    1 point
  42. I guess not to many Aussies are happy with the price increase.
    1 point
  43. Shipping is a rip off here in the US, that much is a given. We have to deal with high shipping costs within the country and even from state to state. Big companies like FedEx getting richer with every package. I use a Mars Pinpointer and must say it is the best pinpointer I've ever owned. There are some really hungry companies not in the USA that are making a quality product (like the MarsMD pinpointer mentioned). While I would prefer to buy and use things made in my own country that is getting harder to do. Quality has decreased horribly, the price has risen and "Made in the USA" doesn't
    1 point
  44. My door bell is probably what the house came with in 1968. It let's me know when someone is there. What else does it need to do? It's always easier to add flashy bells and whistles than it is to functionally improve performance. My compound bow is 6 years old. The company has released 2 to 4 new models every year since it was made but none of them are functionally any improvement over the one I have, just a bunch of hype. Metal detectors detect metal. EM field science is pretty set and settled. It's much harder to functionally improve metal detectors. I dont even expect the simpl
    1 point
  45. I have read every post in this topic twice, and although some good points have been made, frankly, friends, there has been a great deal of highly optimistic speculation made about yet-unseen detectors, as well as strongly-held opinions about "which detector manufacturer is going out of business next." Perhaps the most highly promoted "soon to be released" mega-performance metal detector was the Troy Custom Detectors Shadow X-7. For nearly a year numerous detectorists, claiming to be using prototypes, hyped that this machine would ramp TCD to the top, and put all other manufacturers out of busi
    1 point
  46. Thanks, Chase; I expect a trip to Minelab will be in order... I can never find where on their site I e-registered...do you know the secret? fred
    1 point
  47. Had to walk Heidi anyway, so grabbed the TDI and did the tests. The 7.5DF lost the deep target, Some, but not a lot of difference on the shallow target. The 12DF couldn't see the deep target anyway, but could still see the shallow target. Now a couple of things to keep in mind. One is that when I did the initial battery tests a couple of years ago, It seemed to me that the smaller coils didn't gain much by the higher voltage...a little, but not much. Second is that where you see the benefit of all these mods is at the fringes. You're stretching the limits so to speak. So, if you have a st
    1 point
  48. We kind of started the gold in mouth pics back in the mid 90's with a few customers and it just took off. Here is a really nice specimen I recovered before the 5000's. I think around 2010...it was a choker.
    1 point
  49. Nokta/Makro has flat out said multifrequency is next and that it will be in the Simplex housing. So far they have been doing single frequency and doing it well, but it will take the leap to multifrequency and PI to take them to the next level. At that point lots of people who are still ignoring them will have to perk up and pay attention. To a certain extent they have simply been doing what I expected the Chinese to do for a long time. Ground balancing PI and multifrequency are higher level product though. Garrett has no multifrequency and First Texas has been years without any PI at all. That
    1 point
  50. A guy in our local club is selling his GMT for $100. Has health issues. Great price for a really capable gold detector Jim.
    1 point
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