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  1. This was something I worked on at White's, here is a patent I filed on a more practical version of the technology: https://patents.google.com/patent/US9285496B1 I had it fully built and working with manual ground balance. It was deeper & quieter than a TDI. I was working on autotrack and discrimination and had both crudely functioning, and that's when I left White's. I saw no big technical hurdles left to overcome. Over the years I stayed in touch with people at White's but no one (to my knowledge) ever tried to pick up where I left off. Don't know why. I'd love to finish it but
    8 points
  2. Well kinda (but that's another story) 1 clad dime and 3 memorial pennies , a fishing sinker , an unfired 22 pellet rifle round . 2 1/2 pull tabs and a bunch of tinfoil balls one of which looked like it was turning back to aluminum ore! ( or maybe it was just BBQ sauce ?) and a few odd pieces of iron I haven't washed off yet????? About 3 hours in park1 sens 22 , f2=0 disc = off., the 6" coil on the fully updated 800 Swinging in an old campground (it was root city) I watched being built
    5 points
  3. After following EQ's progression I decided to buy the 800 hoping for a "simpler" detector than the GPX5000 which I sold. Part of that decision was based on one of Gerry's posts along the lines of "I've found more with a sub $1000 machine than all the more expensive ones ". My 1st time out proved to substantiate the claims made that the EQ will find small gold and larger as I found what I classify when dry washing as a -20 and found a 4.29 gram nugget! This while not fully understanding how to operate the detector! Using the "quick start' and owners full manual I was able to succeed. I hope the
    5 points
  4. Went early today to the larger beach. Another beautiful day, even the water was tolerable. Low tide is strange here, you go from having about 50 feet of beach to over 200. It's difficult to read but thanks to advice I've been getting from y'all I did great, at least for me and the 4 hours I was out. I searched along the tidal pools for a while, walked about a mile. Didn't find much of anything, not even an iron grunt until I found a couple of coins and this metal anvil. I assume it's for making jewelry. Shown with the ring I dug yesterday for size: Ran into a guy swinging an Equinox
    5 points
  5. I did get an e-mail from Fisher even though I declined an offer to buy one through Rick a while back. I actually felt a little bad that I changed my mind because I was so anxious to get one at first. However, I think it was a good decision for me based on the reviews of many here. I'm sure that I could have put in the time and effort to make the machine do what I needed it to do but I would rather wait for a more user friendly, reliable version. The e-mail doesn't bother me a bit. To me it means that First Texas knows or will know that interest in the AQ is waning. Perhaps this will resul
    5 points
  6. That would be crazy.... and that would be in line with why White’s is no more. Thanks for the tidbits Carl. Hopefully Garrett has a better idea of what to do with White’s tech than White’s themselves did. Carl may remember a conversation he and I had years ago. Carl and company were instrumental in bringing the V3i to market. I made a pitch to Carl that while V3i was revolutionary, it missed the mark in one way. My thought was V3i, but stripped into the lightest detector possible, with only the controls actually required for day to day operation. The absolute fact is Whites had an Equinox
    5 points
  7. Moving Boulders to find Placer Gold Moving Boulders to reach Bedrock Crevices to locate those Placer Gold Nuggets that are hiding just out of sight. Jeff and Gary ( Two Toes ) use a Come-along and a Breaker bar to move the boulders then check the bedrock crevices with a Minelab SDC 2300 Metal Detector. A Come-Along is a hand operated winch used to pull objects in this case Boulders !! SG 036
    4 points
  8. I think the 10x5 is going to be worth the wait, so hang in there relicmeister. Hopefully, I'll have a few hundred swings with it under my belt come this time next week and I can report on it.
    4 points
  9. Nobody asked me any questions about the list. I was given no information regarding how they planned to use it to market the remaining AQ LTD production. The spreadsheet was clearly divided into prospective customers (thank you all) - “withdrawn” prospective customers - and customers who had purchased a unit. .............
    4 points
  10. People have been swinging hybrids since Minelab combined frequency domain with time domain processing to create BBS multifrequency. Then FBS, now Multi-IQ. And Tarsacci MDT, another machine combining time domain and frequency domain processing. To a certain degree it’s all semantics and definitions more than reality. Marketing muddles things further, and more these days I just pay attention to what they do, and not which squirrel is running the treadmill inside. Whites had working prototypes of this tech, but like most things it gets to this point where “if we can fix this one little but
    4 points
  11. FINALLY got out on first hunt of the season! Snow capped mountains, plenty of sun, and the temps were cool enough the bugs weren't out yet. The take isn't much (.980g) but FUN, FUN, FUN!!!!!!
    3 points
  12. Something tells me Garrett is aware.
    3 points
  13. Here's my view... I have an AQ also. It has been in for repair and returned to me. I received the email from FT offering me another. At first I thought it was some kind of spam. Then I figured maybe that was FT's way of notifying me that another AQ, or battery, or 8 inch coil was now available. I thought nothing more of it and didn't respond back to them. As long as they don't notify me about my car warranty, I'm not bothered at all.
    3 points
  14. I’ll look forward to your comments very much, Chase
    3 points
  15. At least you are coming home with likely gold. Nothing to sneeze at. Sounds like you had a fun trip and learned a lot about beach hunting. Same tool, completely different experience as you found out. Congrats, Bob.
    3 points
  16. Only got one more day here, really didn't find anything else today, just $1 in change, all clad. Nothing really interesting so no post tonight! 😀 Thanks for all your help and encouragement.
    3 points
  17. Rick - my response to you was merely to point out to you that Fisher is phoning it in and not even bothering to make good use of the well documented list you provided them. Now they are simply spamming everyone on the list regardless of status, which, if you had a not so great experience, like Mitchel, might tend to tick some people off. Rather than shrugging it off with an "it's in their hands now" response, as a dealer, you might want to pass along to them that their lack of subtlety and thoughtfulness in utilizing the list is making it look like you basically provided them prospectiv
    3 points
  18. Not all jewelry is marked. There are a lot of small makers that don't use or have a makers mark. If it looks solid you may want to get an acid test kit. Have a feeling your going to be snaggin many more rings 🙂
    3 points
  19. Bravo on the hunt, and making the wife happy!! First time I've seen a beach anvil! The little ring might be rolled gold! Keep up the good "work"!!👌👍👍
    3 points
  20. Today's hunt was in an old field inland about 5 miles . Short session. Did a grid on a section with lots of moss under a tree. Swept it with the 15x12 ,marked targets and switched to 6" to pinpoint. (9v dead in the 35) Would have switched to the small one anyway , still aching from yesterday....... Half a rivet , an old nail and a 3" piece of barbed wire.
    2 points
  21. Location, location, location! and the date is very important breeding pairs can only be found on April 1st! Norm
    2 points
  22. well ! Looks like the craze about this detector has died down. finally when we see the ratio of problem compared to the small number on the market, fortunately they did not send it to europe because by adding the additional delays of the trip of the broken machine, it would have suffered a lot of complaints and bad advertisements.
    2 points
  23. Joe, I was mystified when I dug that up. No idea why anyone would chuck an anvil in the ocean. Truly strange find. 🤪 Ring could indeed be rolled gold. Not going to try acid on it, my wife won't let me, but maybe specific gravity when I get home. It looks like it was made today. Not a scratch.
    2 points
  24. If the above comments are accurate, It is a situation in which I am not pleased at the way Fisher has utilized the marketing information I sent them. I sent the President of FTP a strong email protesting their pestering “declined” customers with emails etc. Imagine my embarrassment when I found the cause of the mess.... I just figured out what the hell happened. MY BAD. I kept a neat list, all you prospective and committed customers, plus a list of those who had been on the list and declined later, plus all the buyers All neat on my iPad in “Numbers” the iOS spreadshee
    2 points
  25. I too got the mail but it did not bother me in the least. The limited the way I see it was just that. A limited addition put in the hands of those who wanted it, so they could gain insight from the actual people who use such a machine and to put the information to use in the unlimited version. It seems that is what they have done. Weighed all the responses and changed the things that we in the field suggested. So I don’t think calling it a semi-finished design is the correct description. That’s just my way of looking at it. I am sorry to hear that some had some bad experiences with the AQ and
    2 points
  26. Usually plated metals deteriate fast in the salt and you should see bubbles in the plating. Take a loupe and look it over for any scratches or scuffs and see if there are bubbles, chips etc and see if there is another metal below. Low number wouldn't be that unusual for a high karat like 18 where more common 14 or 10 have higher tid's Congrats either way.
    2 points
  27. I went today with my "new" Apex for a short outing to a third test location to double check that the "false signals " issue has been solved by the new Viper coil sent by the Garrett support . It is an iron infested path in a wood where I have tested the Vanquish 540 a year ago. - First the Apex/Viper is very stable , no more false signals .🙂 - Second I have been very impressed by the Apex , it is almost silent on the iron trash, with sharp beeps on good signals . I confirm that the Apex iron filtering is excellent and better than the MLs Vanquish and Equinox in iron trashed areas. 🙂
    2 points
  28. Even our resident "Pirate" chimes in to help! 🗡😂👍👍
    2 points
  29. Welcome aboard Matey ! Ya already made the find of what yuz be lookin' fer,,,,this forum is the mother lode. And I 'ave no doubt ya'll fit in here jus finest kind ! You bin doin' very well with that little "ol Bounty Hunter so farrrrrr ...and ya seem ta 'ave some most excellent areas ta be swingin' 'er ovaaaar ! I'd say keep using th' weapon ya already 'ave fer a while longarrr and hangin' out here fer a few more weeks will probably get ya to which new rig might be suitin' yer needs best. Lots of 'em be equipped with those tones of which ye spoke. Ask any questions
    2 points
  30. GPZ with 14, I do use a bungy. I can detect without one, but I can feel things after a while GPZ with 12" NF coil, I haven't used a bungy yet, but haven't done longer than a 3hr stint GPX4500/5000 with 12" Evo or smaller - no bungy. I will use one with 15" coils or bigger 6000 with 11" Coil - no bungy. Balance is indeed excellent.
    2 points
  31. Armed with a Minelab SDC 2300 and a White's Gold Master V-Sat Jeff and Gary ( Two Toe's ) head back to a spot they worked in the spring in search of Gold Nuggets !!!!! Jeff brings the Big Breaker Bar and it boulder moving time on the creek while Gary searchs the high bench for those elusive Nuggets. See what the guys find with there Metal detectors while working the Bedrock both High and low !!!!! SG 035 Thanks for watching
    1 point
  32. That would be a great area to be detecting, just all the old relics would be worth it. Not to mention a coin or two.
    1 point
  33. Rick - that's the point...you're not to blame. I had no issue with how you ran the list and willingly gave you my contact info. I also don't personally care that they reached out the first time to solicit a purchase though I had asked previously to be taken off. It's when I responded to that text with a polite thanks but no thanks and then got no acknowledgement, then get a separate email soliciting again that I wonder what the hell is going on at FT. Seems they are more interested in making a sale than worrying about customer relations. I'm here telling you you whats going on that y
    1 point
  34. There's been never ending talk, for years, about supposed machines that will have the best of pulse-world , while at the same time, TID/Disc. ability like standard coin-machines. So that you can effortlessly go into jet-black wet-salt sand, getting fabled depth, ... AND be able to pass nails and bobby pins *all at the same time*. Who can argue with that, eh ? It's no secret that some beach pulse machines can get a dime to a foot deep, so it's merely a matter of adding the ability to disc. out iron, and presto, you have the perfect machine. Right ? But alas, any efforts to do
    1 point
  35. Just wanted to give an update on the Nugget Finder coil cover for the 7000. It lasted about 26-30 days detecting before I noticed the front 1/3 of it, right at the corner, is now worn right through. I think I'm going to start duck taping a couple layers on the perimeter of the under side every 2-3 trips. Let the tape wear through and then re tape. Thanks all for the suggestions.
    1 point
  36. Yup thanks for the encouragement. Im about to go diggin now. Take care an thanks for replying,ive seen some of your posts last nite i bleve,im thinkin bout doin a turkey shoot on 4-5 of my machine choices and go with best pattern. Take care an i hope ya find somethin sweet on next swing.
    1 point
  37. People smarting up to the fact Bitcoin is nothing more than the greatest Ponzie/Pyramid scheme of all time..........God's money will always prevail.
    1 point
  38. Look comfortable but having the volume switch on the cord is a no go for me. They always catch on clothing and wires tend to break there. Never a fan of inline switches or controls for that reason.
    1 point
  39. Hello all! OK first off, as Steve said, we have already produced our first PI machine with the PulseDive. We are working on other PI machines - for gold prospecting and beach/underwater hunting. These will NOT be released this year though. Please understand that engineering, development and manufacturing is not as easy as it sounds (I have learned that myself after joining this company which has changed my whole view as a consumer). In addition, our priority of projects/products change based on market demand as we are a very consumer focused company. Btw, our other business H
    1 point
  40. So here's an interesting thing I found in addition to pulling out the battery contacts inside the batt compartment, which is only 8 torx screws to remove,just be careful removing it since the buttons for release are near the sidewalls. So I pulled my battery pack out and noticed the batteries weren't snug,the first and last sets were both very loose causing batteries to not make contact thereby cutting off power to the unit. So I'm pretty sure that was the issue, you may want to check your battery pack as well and check for loose batteries.thankfully I had 2 extra packs and all of
    1 point
  41. Honestly too blurry to really tell. A sharp photo would help a lot.
    1 point
  42. Hi Carol, welcome! That is a very nice specimen. Steve may move this post to the Mineral and Gem forum as it was accidentally misplaced in the wrong forum here, but I wanted to help out anyways. For future mineral id info- post rocks and minerals here:https://www.detectorprospector.com/forums/forum/51-rocks-minerals-gems-geology/ Anyways, my guess is a type of hematite (iron oxide crystal) known as specularite. There are better photos that better match it on the internet (google specularite or look here: https://www.bluegems.com.au/shop/minerals-jewellery-gems/a-hematite-and-quartz/), bu
    1 point
  43. That's because it requires multifrequency to be effective at cancelling the salt signal to maintain stability. One advantage of the 800 I really like is the user profile button, this allows you to have a one touch access to any other mode including single frequency. I had a 600 as a backup beach machine to my 800 and found I really missed having that feature. Nice button, Bob. Glad you got the authorities on your side in the event there is any friction with the locals.
    1 point
  44. I agree. There are a couple rods better than the Apex rod. Maybe 100 that are worse. You are not saying the Apex rod is bad, just not as good as the best of the best. I’m certain most people used to most other detectors would find the Apex rod to be in the upper tiers. How’s that sound? I think we both in general like the Apex, so that’s three people anyway (counting Monte).
    1 point
  45. Yes it is for me what makes the difference for me beween the Apex and the ML mulifreqs ( Vanquish , Equinox , Etrac ... ). the Apex is almost silent in high iron trashed areas while the MLs are noisy and quite unstable there . On the other hand the MLs seem to be deeper than the Apex on big coins in low/medium iron trashed areas
    1 point
  46. I'm out there swinging that coil nearly everyday and finding nothing but crumbs. I got out late this morning in an area that was shown to me about 16 yrs ago by Rob Allison and Bill Southern. I detect that area all the time because it's nearly in my backyard here in Sunny Yuma. This morning I noticed a short gully that was kind of hidden by the rolling hills that I had overlooked all these years. Lots of drywash tailings stacked on a low bench above the gully. I didn't see any obvious dig holes and started working the bench. Not 5 minutes in, I get a decent target signal smack dab in the
    1 point
  47. OK, here is that full but probably incomplete list: Selectable Frequency 1989 Minelab Eureka Ace Dual 8 19.5 kHz 1993 Minelab XT 17000 6.4 32 kHz 1994 Compass X-200 6 14 khz 1997 Minelab XT 18000 6.4 20 60 kHz 1999 Minelab Golden Hawk 6.4 20 60 kHz 2002 Minelab Eureka Gold 6.4 20 60 kHz 2005 Minelab X-TERRA 50 7.5 18.75 kHz 2006 Minelab X-TERRA 70 3 7.5 18.75 kHz 2009 Minelab X-TERRA 305 7.5 18.75
    1 point
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