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  1. Thanks to the good people on this forum I returned to one of my lakes with the intention of digging less than 100 bottle caps as I did last time. I found about 20 but I dug many that I had anticipated would be bottle caps but I just wanted to be sure. I hunted in "Park 2" and 40 khz for the start of the hunt and switched to my user profile (4khz) on suspected cap targets and the cap TID's almost always jumped up to "36-40" range. Eventually, I just left the detector at 4 khz because it was so smooth and quiet and I wouldn't have to keep switching back and forth. Targets really stood out when t
    6 points
  2. The original Minelab Gold Monster design simply always ground tracked. You start using it, and it is ground balancing all the time. However, if the mineralization changes a lot, it was a little slow to react. So they added this ability to put it in quick balance mode. Long press the Detect Mode button, the coil symbol flashes, and for a few seconds the ground balance speeds up. Basically it is just a ground grab button. Bill Southern talks about this new function in this video. Like Bill says in the video, most people might never use it,and sure no reason to buy a new machine. It’s a small tim
    5 points
  3. A short hunt just before sunset snagged this small 2.2 gram 14K in the salt water with the Nox 800.
    5 points
  4. Thankfully i got the coils a couple hours later today!🎉 So i went right to work getting them configured the way i initially planned to use them! The Beach Setup: The G2+ "Pinky" has changed her colors! Now sporting a Jeff Herke arm cuff, a neoprene pod cover, and a Detech Ultimate 13" coil! Also has a Nel Snake 3.5x6.5 coil! The Trashy Parks Setup: The MXT now is sporting the Ultimate 7" coil! Still have to find a box and pod cover! Also has a Detech Ultimate 13" coil! Plus i still will use their original coils, if needed! So there went my budget for the year!💣💥 Now i nee
    5 points
  5. One spammer was so cocky he actually posted an “attaboy” on this thread, not long before I banned him!
    5 points
  6. I got a chance to go out on a couple of hunts this week and the best things I found were this little 10K/1.28 g Gold Ring, a 4 g Silver Ring and this 4 oz Lure. I think the lure is the most expensive! The little ring was a challenge as it was down about 5 inches and I had forgotten I had my F2 on at 5 from an experiment. With that setting the quarters sounded funny and I was about ready to do a factory reset when I discovered the 'problem.' I was using the 15" coil so I consider it a good get for the small target that read 6. Mitchel
    4 points
  7. Should have been included from when it was first released, I pushed hard for it and got ignored.🧐 In variable ground it is a God send, soon as the zero threshold becomes threshold like (ground response becomes more dominant and is breaking into the dead zone threshold position) it’s a simple matter of hold in and pump for a few seconds till quiet. This now allows you to run a more aggressive sensitivity level in hot ground and then keep on the GB grab as soon as the GB starts to drift. Using the AUTO sensitivity modes it is also very handy, I used to find the sensitivity would degrade if
    4 points
  8. The weight difference is 6 ounces.....(4) EBL 26650......... 13 0unces which is a lot, (4) 18650 ......7 ounces..the stock battery they have now comes in at 19 0unces.......And you are correct, will the 6 ounce diff be worth a few more hours..
    4 points
  9. In 64 are 65 I got a kit from Relco out of Houston to build a metal detector. Like said the receiver was a Transistor Radio. It would detect metal but you would see the metal about the same time the detector sounded off . I think it was in 66 I found this Whites dealer and he would sell them on time. I just started working for the phone company and that BFO detector was selling around 150 160 . Now days that’s a drop in a bucket but then that was a lot for me . Back then everything was coming up silver Then I didn’t buy the next detector until it had paid for its self. I bec
    4 points
  10. The Detectors have arrived!!🍭🍭 Thank's Gerry, of Gerry's Detectors, for the Whites MXT All-Pro!! And Amazon, for the Teknetics G2+ "Pinky" special! Just waiting for the coils from MetalDetector.com to arrive!! And some Cooler weather to give me a 🤬 break!! In the meantime, i have to read up on these two! Updates to come! Stay tuned!!👍👍
    4 points
  11. I found this interesting. Gold_Fever Aust.pdf
    3 points
  12. After reading many sad recollections of White's Electronics and the lamenting of the state of metal detector companies I was wondering what things were like back in the beginning. I happened to see and subsequently acquire the Annual Treasure Edition of Frontier Times Magazine issued in September, 1964. Although you need to go back to the 19th Century to find the real beginning, this is about the time that metal detectors became both portable and affordable (thanks to the recent development of low cost solid state electronic components -- transistors and diodes). In addition to five ful
    3 points
  13. Thanks Buddy, I do it for I enjoy being one step ahead.. As far as Fisher listening, they are paper pushers...they have in their heads what they think will work. I look at it from all different directions and test it as I go..I know just what they have planned and wish them Luck...I see the 18650 battery as not the right one...they should go with the EBL 26650...8 hours is alot more appealing then 5 and a half (30+) minutes...... Good Luck on your adventure, your very creative I am sure you will find away to out think the locals...👍
    3 points
  14. JRBeatty sorry about that badly damaged 30 oz nugget I would swap it for one of my undamaged 5 oz nuggets if you are still upset. 😁
    3 points
  15. Once can be fluke, twice means it's real 🙂 So I went back to Cointopia today, again I allocated myself one hour and in that hour I had to find two silvers to complete my challenge. Well, I blitzed it, I found two in about 20 minutes! Smack at the goal posts too, the hardest hit area. It just goes to show how many threepence in particular I was missing, I was avoiding them mostly as they come up pull tab numbers and there are quite a lot of pull tabs on the field, over time I've gained a lot of experience and now I'm starting to be able to differentiate pull tabs from silvers so I dig m
    3 points
  16. I've had all the same detectors in the past. MXT, T2, 6000 Di Pro- and several Tesoros. I agree with your assessment 100%. Thanks for doing the testing and the post. Kind of like reliving the past, and much appreciated.
    3 points
  17. I originally meant to include this (1964) White's ad but forgot. Is this the *original* Gold-Master? Check out the payment plan!
    3 points
  18. Maybe getting off-topic a little, but this is still about treasure hunting (old and new). Books and framed pictures were a common hiding place for paper money. One of my favorite stories I read in a treasure mag years ago was finding coins in the locking/opening mechanisms of doors -- the kind of locks that had a slot for a skeleton key. The author's thought was that a child was playing with pennies and saw a 'coin slot' to stash some. He found a semi-key 1914-S Lincoln in one. I've opened up several of those locks from old doors without any prizes. Never heard of coins sealed in th
    3 points
  19. Here is a video about an underwater camera. What do people here use?
    2 points
  20. In case people are wondering, this is not a NEW thing. The update that added this happened at the end of 2018, so machines with this function have shipped for almost two years. The Monster has no update capability, so older users can't add this, but I never missed not having it in the first place. Some people complained of overly long times to ground balance, but I did not encounter that personally. But for people that have that issue, this is the fix.
    2 points
  21. Thanks Joe. My way out is my PI. Avoiding the dry and and going deeper and slower in the wet. Like where you're at , everyone here swings the Nox. And amongst many , they have a race to see who gets it 1st. You wouldn't believe how some literally are running down a beach. And extremely fast swing speed. I might have to video one of them. 5 hours is at least workable. 8 is the way to go. My old TDI BH would get maybe 6 hours , not great by any means. The DF , would get around 22 give or take. That's what I'm talking about ! But I don't see anything like that happening in the AQ until a di
    2 points
  22. The Gold Monster has no real operating manual, and so this function is basically unexplained. However, it is identical to what Minelab has done with the SDC 2300. Again, the SDC is always ground tracking. No need to fuss with it. But it does have a “quick track” button that does the same thing the Gold Monster does. This page from the SDC 2300 Manual may help shed light on what the Gold Monster is doing.
    2 points
  23. As a moderator on another detecting forum I understand how much work goes into keeping a forum running smoothly! And, you do it by yourself!! 🎖️
    2 points
  24. That was the year I started to chase gold by myself. Metal detectors were advertised in "Men's Only Magazines" back then in Australia. I thought of getting one, but was told they were able to pickup a 22 caliber bullet. The advice given back then was gold that big was very rare, and it would be a miracle if I found any gold with it, that alone pay for it ($100+) when GOLD was a massive $35 an ounce (3 ounces of gold.)
    2 points
  25. Simon another great post. Did you know when you started, how much time it takes to cover a large area like that and how it must be gridded to not miss a target. West Australian gold patches are hugh if you find a virgin patch. I have spent months on some spots and have not covered it all. I know coin hunting is a bit different because discrimination is the way to go but fails some times depending on the angle you hit the coin and the values you reject.
    2 points
  26. Well I appreciate your kind words!! I am glad to know that someone enjoyed my little write up of thoughts!! I like doing this kind of stuff. It is a little too dry to get out at the moment so I have been doing at home test if you will. It keeps my mind active a bit.
    2 points
  27. The "Sensational... 12T" -- I have one of those. There was another Texas company called Jetco that competed with Relco in cheap BFOs. "Jetco" was named for the owner, John E. Turner. Does anyone know where the name Relco came from?
    2 points
  28. Another piece of gold for the pile!! Love finding those misc pieces of gold.
    2 points
  29. So the other day I took it upon myself to mess around with just what your saying here in my own test garden. I had an opprotunity to do some testing with some other units this week. Here are the ones I was testing against my current XP Deus ond ORX. 1. Whites 6000 DI pro sl 2. MXT Tracker 3. Teknetics T2 4. A few Tesoro units. These were all compared to my current Deus and ORX with the 9" HF coil. All of the units I tested were tested with the stock coil the machine came with. The MXT is the original tracker with the 950 concentric coil. The tes
    2 points
  30. Yeah Simon, Of course coins were not only buried, but hidden in as many locations as human ingenuity would allow! My favorite was solid wood doors! Old timers would use an augar, or paddle bit to drill holes into the tops of doors! They would then put silver dollars, and gold coins in these holes and seal up! Some never recovered! I've always suspected that is one of the main reasons why, in old salvaged houses, the doors are the first thing to go! And get examined, before being sold off!👍👍
    2 points
  31. Your vigilance is respected by all mate,thanks. Sadly due to Covid it has been a year of lock down here in Victoria Australia so nothing to post as we havent been and still aren't allowed out to travel, even detecting local parks is out. As soon as this has passed l will start posting as l want to chase up an Whies SPP detector for my grandson and those that have them over here wint part with them so 1 out of the States will probably be my only option. Hi to all and keep up this great site! Thanks Steve. Lennie.
    2 points
  32. The FT Gold Bug was designed by Dave also, which morphed into the F19 etc. In some ways you could divide detectors up by main engineer than company involved. Dave was instrumental in detectors made by Fisher, Tesoro, Troy, and White’s. They all share characteristics in common, and I think of them more as “Dave Johnson” detectors than machines made by this or that company. From Interview with Dave Johnson at http://www.fisherlab.com/hobby/davejohnson/Interview%20with%20David%20Johnson.pdf Many of the people reading this interview unknowingly own products of your design. Would you min
    2 points
  33. Small gold ring from Last Friday using the AQ....Got 2 more gold Saturday but they were at a different beach and the excalibur. I'll post them later this week. Hit a bump in the road Sunday night, had to take a family member to the hospital ..she was in for few days and came home today... Thank God..all went very well. I was out twice last week with the shorty battery and it is now packed up and ready to go a few rounds with my friend Carolina...Give him a week with it and see what he has to say...I want his confirmation on the run time of 5 hours and 30 minutes and see if I need to make
    1 point
  34. I knew you would be cleaning up with those settings. On your next test let us know how it picks up that chain without the pendant at 4khz. Keep the precious coming, HH.
    1 point
  35. I run FE2/0 as unmasking is my primary goal. Interestingly large iron tools (axe heads, chisels, large spikes, etc) TID at a solid 13, right at nickle. I know this will sound odd, but a nickle that TIDs @ 13 sounds different, more tinkley vs iron tools which have a flat/dull sound. I still dig them because (1) I want to remove them and who knows maybe you'll find a gun part or something interesting, and (2) it's a 13 and I'm typically hunting old sites, so it could, in theory, be a gold coin or something else interesting.
    1 point
  36. That might be possible for you "Grasshopper" us senior need a magnifying glass when it is set at 120% 😪
    1 point
  37. I guess nobody was interested in buying them out, I didn't expect that to happen but I was hoping possibly First Texas would incorporate a couple of their products in their lineup, especially the TRX and 24k for me personally, others saw potential in a few other products. The counterfeiters are going nuts on the clones at the moment, I guess it's an easy target now, they've become more bold and branding and advertising them as Whites detectors, no more blurring on the photos! It's very sad to see Whites go down, we need more competition not less.
    1 point
  38. Sorry to hear this. Some nice folks have been there. Thank you for supporting White's detectors in the future, Steve.
    1 point
  39. Hi all. Been out there for a few years now picking up the bits that your lucky enough to walk over. The other day I was up early and on an area that I have been over before. Thought I will give it another go. Nothing found by me in the immediate area before. Tuned up the 7000, adjusted the harness for comfort and proceeded to swing the coil. 7.16 am exactly. Walked I think 11 steps and the machine went of its dial. Bloody piece of junk I thought but stopped and scraped the surface looking for a piece of steel, then I saw it. I take it that everyone has found their dream piece and remembers the
    1 point
  40. Grizzly bars are one of the most common, and least effective ways, of improvising recovery on a subsurface riffle. It eliminates riffle boil and contributes to riffle packing. Everything becomes a flat surface for gold, especially large nuggets, to slide out over. Older thread on this subject. The only mod I would do on a subsurface box is replace the original carpet with miners moss.
    1 point
  41. Yesterday the wind direction changed and took the water out, so I had the chance to swing a bit on the normally flooded black sand area. I've used beach1, sens 18-19, F2 4 - and again I had the feeling, the machine runs odd. From my remindings it normally runs dead quiet in that area, even with higher sens settings. Perhaps it's just my subjective feeling.. I have no realtime comparison and those conditions are very rare.. would be cool, if one could switch between firmware versions on the fly 😁
    1 point
  42. Thank you! Hopefully it's not a fake. lol I'm going to do an acid test; I care more if it's really 18K than anything.
    1 point
  43. I have a Vista X and am really enjoying it. I mostly use it to hit old house sites (some demolished, some not) and am looking for both coins and relics. Have had good luck doing that by going slow and using the 5.75" coil, even in places that others have hunted. I can't comment on how the stock 11x9.5" coil does, since it's too big for my liking for most of the places I hunt. DeepTech now has an 8x6.5" coil available which seems like a great all-round size. I'm planning to pick one up. The things I don't like about the X are pretty minor: the battery pack can be tricky to insert or remov
    1 point
  44. Hopefully 17 by end of this week.
    1 point
  45. Wow Steve, That a fantastic list of achievements by Dave Johnson! It would be great to have a bio of each key developer and engineer, and than; Where Are They Now! Retired, consulting, active, etc... I'm guessing that there is probably a book or two compiled somewhere, with much of this info! 👍👍
    1 point
  46. Comparable detectors regarding performance. The Kruzer adds waterproof and built in rechargeable batteries. Like I said above, I kind of lean Gold Racer. Not for any performance reasons, simply the physical design of the Gold Racer suits me better. Except for the power knob sticking out the back. That should be on the touch pad like everything else.
    1 point
  47. Just to be clear, Dave, I reiterate that I was not referring to any specific individual or detector and I have used that Harry Potter Wand comment to refer to anyone who thinks any one detector can do it all or those who have unrealistic expectations on the performance of any one detector and the find themselves disappointed when it cannot work miracles (I usually am referring to those with Equinoxes who have bought into the marketing hype), which of course no detector can measure up. BTW I have an MDT on the way and will see if it can actually “conjure up” some CW relics from some of t
    1 point
  48. "So that means the Detect-ED things likely work, as they're there fixing the exact problem you describe" It certainly looks like that's one part of their solution. I've not seen them in the flesh, of course, so they may be softer ( or harder ) rubber blends, with different friction levels. If less force from the bolt is needed, to achieve the same resistance to clevis movement, that could be useful. "Coil ears don’t break... people break coil ears. Seems like nearly all the breakage reports are from surf users." Few people detect surf here in the UK. It's mostly inland, though crop stubble
    1 point
  49. It’s not even a weak point. It’s just a fact that the salinity range overlaps with the extreme small object / low conductor range. Eliminating some salt signal will also have an impact on some other low conductor signals. It affects all metal detectors that are designed to work in a salt environment, and as such is less a weakness than a shared operating property common to all electromagnetic based metal detectors. The chart below gets it mostly right. The reality is the tiny ferrous, tiny non-ferrous, and salt range all overlap. They are not discrete, separate ranges, but fully overlap.
    1 point
  50. As someone that's looked at this machine with interest hearing Steve speak in a factual way about it is very appreciated, the stuff the marketing doesn't say. It's handy to know these facts. It doesn't make it any less of a machine to reveal it's weak points. Many won't even see not finding small/tiny gold jewellery while using salinty control as an issue at all and they may only want nice chunky rings. Sometimes having people reveal weak points in an honest and non-bias way can help the machines image not hinder it. I think it sounds a decent rig for suitable tasks.
    1 point
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