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  1. 23 points
    One 18k Art Deco ring...1930's, Diamonds and looks like it had blue stones that filled in the gaps.. one remains. 😢 Five Silvers, and a few other time period pieces...Almost 4 hours out..Jelly fish are gone.. were hundreds, ........seen 3.. Recon ..with Excalibur Report to myself.... 500 foot long area, Chest to shoulder deep ..parallel to shore..Markers 5 to the east..Marker 1 west....Markers are crab pot buoy's Sand moved in...more to the east, with some iron mixed, plenty of good targets between 1 and 3 markers, fades out 4 n 5.....area I was going to check with the "AQ" has now moved, covered by sand. . Coins seem to be further out between 1 n 3, One concentrated area of iron possible crab trap pieces (marker 2) Future..........AQ hunt area ........markers 1 to 2..and slope for deep gold in chest deep....from Markers 1 to 3. Gold ring found between Marker 2 and 3 bottom of slope...I feel sand on the slope holds gold for the pattern of this area most gold is found in the deep sand slope.......coins in the flat........... (Most of the bad targets are marked, holes dug and not filled on bad targets) Good for about two weeks, July 20th...... I can tell when I start to dig these targets for the consistency of the sand is different, softer. Be back to this beach when the water levels drop, things don't change much there unless major winds. Headed to another spot Saturday to get a damage report.
  2. 22 points
    I just posted a topic about finally finding some gold after several times to the beach. I found more than that this time. Just after I found the only ring of the session I looked up and saw an awful sight. The beach area I was now in is an 'all night' area and someone had been there through the night. They had also been there with some Stella Green Bottles which was not unusual on an alcohol free beach. What was shocking about it was that they had played target practice with their bottles and sharp, broken glass was all over the beach. I wish I had taken a picture when I saw it but you'll have to use your imagination. Glass bottoms, tops and hundreds of pieces were laying everywhere and people had already walked through it in the dark. I could see the footprints. There were at least 4 broken bottles with the sharp bottom pieces sticking up. The necks were strewn over a 50+ft area and fine glass that could stick you was in several different piles. The beach groomers were just showing up and I wanted to call them over but what could they do? I had to do it before someone got hurt. It was time to give back to the beach that has given me so much over the years. I laid down my detector and scooped up the first pile with my scoop and put it in the empty box. That was just a small dent. It seemed to be everywhere. I was hoping for help but no one stopped out of about 10 people. This had to be cleaned up before the kids and families showed up. I worked like a coin spill. haha I went over it again and again in different directions as the sun was coming up enough to see the little and big shards. Some of it was still glued to the label and other pieces had landed a fair distance away after the impact. When I was nearly done I decided to take a few pictures. The glass started near my detector and went all the way up to my feet near the scoop. It had happened after high tide and was not spread by the small waves. The box was empty when I started and I wanted to keep detecting but I knew it was up to me to make the beach safer. That really is more important sometimes than a few trinkets. The bottoms were the most dangerous as they stuck up with sharp points. Joggers had missed them in the early dawn. It is not a regular occurrence and that can make it worse because it is unexpected. Anyway, I got it done and only found a couple of quarters after the pickup. By the time I left there were 4 more guys detecting. I hope they would have done the same as me if they saw the glass first.
  3. 17 points
    I've been going out irregularly over the last week or so. There has not been much to show and tell. Cheap rings and a few coins until today. Based upon the tide schedule I've been getting up before the sunrise and getting back early. Getting up that early doesn't mean you are the first detectorist to the beach. I took advantage of my senior parking pass and was out and going in a northerly direction which was 'behind' someone digging deep holes. They were leaving them open. I knew I would catch up with them and I would be screaming at them so I turned in the other direction. I found a nickel. Long walking without targets later I found a penny. There was no pattern, waves had been small so there was just a small muddy catch area. I was headed towards an all night beach where I'd found rings in the past but I've found rings all over these beaches by now. I got a nice loud signal, a 19 and just about 1" down. I thought it was a cheap ring and just put it away. I put it in my pouch and walked a few feet before I saw something I had to deal with but that will be a separate post. After I finished dealing with that glass I was wondering if I would find anything good, the good karma effect but it was only two quarter. It did turn out good when I got home and I could see .825 on the ring and it was gold. Google told me .825 means it is 19k! It is only 2.2 g but a nice little ring. Here were some previous trips.
  4. 16 points
    I had been waiting for this coil to arrive for some time, It was ordered right as the Covid impacts were first known and international flights were all being cancelled, The day after the coil was shipped NZ closed it's borders completely, all inbound flights cancelled. The postal operators had no way to send it, it stayed in the origin airport for a few weeks while the postal agency worked out what to do and they eventually decided they'd put it on a ship. It was interesting watching it's tracking number but then, it went silent, once it departed nothing for a few months then all of the sudden it arrived in Australia, yay! I guess there would be no direct ships from there to Australia either so it would be bouncing between ships to make it's journey. From there it was a quick easy hop to NZ. Fortunately now flights around the world are starting to resume and my 8" GPZ X-coil that was ordered long after the 12x8" coil arrived in about 10 days. Our borders still remain closed to passengers, it is however open to freight flights and we're a bit of a hub for international long haul transit flights. Auckland airport is currently one of the busiest airports in the world which is incredible really taking on the worlds major airports for flight traffic. I think this is mostly because we have eliminated the virus 100 days ago so domestic flights are back to normal. Yesterday was our 100th day with no virus in the community, a bit of a celebration 🙂 It arrived in good order, after it's worldwide ship cruise journey. JW's had also ordered a 12x8" X-Coil and his was in with my package to save on shipping costs so he now has one too. I delivered his to him yesterday as we were heading out for a detect. He really liked the 12x8" size/shape and thinks it will be his favourite, that's a challenge as he loves his 10" and rarely takes it off, although the last few times he's been using his 15x10" and now suddenly that's been glued to his detector and he's finding it really good, it has spiral windings and he's used to his bundle wound 10", so he seems to be taking advantage of the sensitivity of the spiral windings as the bits he's finding with it are absolutely tiny. JW broke his E-bike, buckled a wheel so we decided we'd go to a place we've done a million times, probably the place I've detected the most, we both had very little hope at this spot and seeing we were on foot we couldn't go too far from where we have to leave the car but we thought we'd try walk and see what we can find. When we arrived we walked about 150 meters I guess to where the gold area starts from where you park the car, we've done this particular spot so many times it's not funny, we both didn't expect anything here. When we left JW's house in the morning Robyn JW's wife said good luck, and JW said I don't have much hope for today! I of course said Nor me! We both know how much we've done this area. We decided we'd try the first little bit for an hour or so to warm up 🙂 then walk and see if we can find somewhere else. This is the area I settled on detecting, its a hillside leading down to a creek, the Chinese had heavily worked this area in the good old days when there was lots of gold to find. I found a Chinese miners silver and irovy ring here at one point. This area is also the only place I've ever bumped into anyone else detecting for gold, one guy with a GPX 4500, one guy with a Nokta Gold Kruzer and another two guys together, one with a GPZ and his buddy with a Gold Bug 2. It's quite well detected, JW has been doing it for years so gold is getting harder and harder to get. There had been some sheep in here which was great news for us, the grass growth over the past couple of years had made for hard detecting and finally the farmer had put some sheep in. They had fixed it up a little but they're not really interested in the brown dry grass this area has. It's one of the colder and dryer areas in the country so grass isn't lush and green like elsewhere. After putting on a new coil I like to do a factory reset so I did that, then ran the 12x8" over the little ferrite ring as part of the factory reset process, it tuned out the little ring even when the coil was touching it. I then adjusted my settings to my preferred settings, HY, Normal and gain of 20. I then balanced out the ground then set to manual Ground balance , I'm not sure If I'm meant to do what the picture says when doing a ground balance by holding the quick track button as it indicates doing a figure 8 type thing on the ground but I've found my old GPX style pumping works quicker. The area is quite shallow bedrock, in spots it exposes itself and they're the spots I was finding gold in the past with the GM1000 but that all dried up and now the spots most likely to find gold for me are the more grassy areas where the gold is down a bit of depth on the bedrock with a soil layer over top and grass cover so the GPZ is far more effective than the VLF in this situation. There are also millions of shot gun pellets here, I would say the most out of any place I've detected so it's rare you can do a swing without hitting some pellets. The GPZ method I've been using is a scape or two and if the signal is there keep going, if not reject it or else you'll spend all day digging pellets. Thats not to say you won't be digging pellets, you will, many of them but it cuts the numbers down 🙂 First bit of gold was quite an easy one, maybe the sheep helped me here. I didn't have to dig far for that one, a real screamer. I also knew it wasn't a pellet as the signal was so booming, more so than with a pellet. 12x8" now broken in. Then right near it, not even a meter away I had another target that survived a few scrapes. Pretty shallow again, it had to be the grass level being low helping me find these Another decent lump! I detected quite heavily around this area now hoping for more, I found no more so I moved on. It's where the grass is like above you know hasn't been detected as well as the bedrock areas so I was trying to go over the grass as much as possible. Next I flipped a few rocks over this has worked in the past and when you get a signal under a rock that's been there who knows how many hundreds of years and you get a signal you get a bit excited. I had a signal under a rock, it was feeling like it might be a pellet, but why would a pellet be under a rock? There rocks are heavy! The pick levers them down off the edge. Unfortunately the target turned out to be a really tiny bit of metal. Who knows what it is or why it was there. I was almost sure it was going to be gold, at least my magnet helped recover it. I thought I'd experiment with the GPS on the GPZ, I'd never really given it a chance. I quite liked it. The novalty of using it, made it a bit like playing a game. I found it pretty accurate. I tested it when I was weaving in and out of bushes as I was detecting along making my way to the next area I wanted to detect. I don't know what the little greyed out bit is. This is the sort of terrain I was weaving through while testing it out. It's a shame I didn't test it back where I found the two bits of gold as It'd help make sure I didn't miss any ground, I'm terrible at missing ground. I might start using it more often. I continued flipping rocks and after flipping a huge one that almost landed on my foot I had another signal under where the rock was. The big rock at the top of the hole was where the hole now is, the hole ended up quite deep and it was my biggest bit of gold for the day. Different to the other bits too, far more smooth and flat. Come up nice after a clean. We detected until it was too dark to see well recovering targets. JW did very well, he went back to spots he'd done with his GPZ and 14" coil some time ago, he was talking about a crack in bedrock where he got a few with his 14x13" coil some time ago and he went over it and got another 3 out of it. He ended up doing far better than me, he got 10 out of this thrashed spot, unbelievable. His appeared to be much smaller bits too so it'll be interesting to see the weight tally. So that was my total, my 3 bits and it's now dark and time to go to KFC to refuel. We never did end up walking further afield, we were doing OK in the first spot right near the car, that sure surprised us both. And my junk, not too bad on the pellets as these were just ones I had to dig for, the rest that I was able to identify with the GPZ double blip and scrape or two were ignored.
  5. 12 points
    This was on TV in New Zealand tonight about a guy finding a gold sovereign with his Nox worth about $50,000 NZD, about 33,000 USD. It was an Aussie minted coin. The video even has what I see as a typical Garrett user in it 😛 Just kiddin'
  6. 10 points
    Three more shipped last week. The failed unit had a bad potentiometer. It has been repaired.
  7. 10 points
    Now you know at least one. 😀 I lived in the field full time off nothing except my detecting and drywashing/dredging finds for 5 years. And I very commonly would mentally discriminate targets based on sounds and other information in order to increase the ground i cover and to reduce my physical workload, a factor that becomes very important when you detect all day, every day, every week and month and need to remain mentally and physically willing and able to do it the next day and every day after. My experience is that perfect detecting style, including digging every target, is simply not profitable in many places here in the US in this day and age unless just doing it for fun and hobby or only spending time in heavily hit club areas or known patches. When I need to make reliable amounts of finds, I adapt my detecting style to the conditions and often that means selecting targets to leave behind. I can't count how many times I meet people in the field who have spent hours making sure they are emulating the professional advice on forums and then asking me why they aren't finding anything except handfuls of tiny trash. And if I can show them better areas to detect when they are standing within sight of ground i am actively pulling gold out of. Its not about perfect detecting, its about understanding the specific conditions of the area and adapting, in my opinion. Sometimes it really is about knowing what to dig and what not to dig. Based largely on both the feedback your machine gives, and the location you are detecting, as well as correlating specific spots known to be more likely to hold gold or hold trash with what you are hearing on the detector. Technology that would aid in making that technique more reliable would be a boon to those who know how to put it to use and increase finds with it. The more information a detector can give to a user who finds a way to put the data to use, the better in my opinion.
  8. 9 points
    After a busy week, doing an effort between heavy rain interruptions, I finally finished this work! Thanks for all people involved in this project for their knowledge shared... Underwater test next week(I hope)
  9. 9 points
    Finished up both waterproof batteries this past week, and had the inline battery out in the water about 12 hours now with no issues. Both will cover my hunting needs for a while. Both batteries packs charge to 16.8 volts...the inline EBL batteries are 5000 mAh, the Samsung 35E 3500 x 2 = 7000 mAh......Stock battery will go into storage and saved only for warranty issues. Cost wise the inline is the best investment...A little more work charging..but lighter then the stock battery. The 8 cell battery has a longer run time, and much easier to charge..heavier then the stock battery ..the charger runs the price up on this setup...24 dollars plus 12.oo for the M-8 female fitting.. I may try and make a shorty 4 cell of this kind since I have the charger already. Runtime would be around 5 hours plus using 3500mAh batteries....3500 divided by 9.8 mAh = 357 +/- minutes runtime.
  10. 8 points
    I got my hands on a new product from Steve’s Detector Rods--a scoop handle for my Stealth 920! As we all know, Steve has a well earned and most deserved reputation for giving us top quality shafts for a variety of metal detectors and now he’s dedicated that same level of attention to producing carbon fiber handles for the Stealth, X-treme and T-Rex scoops. It really is a great day for the detecting world. As soon as I opened the box, that professional manufacturing and precise attention to detail was clearly evident. You can just tell it’s first class when you see and hold it. The feel of this handle immediately tells you it’s ready for anything you can throw at it. The look of it tells you this is a professional piece of equipment...it’s simply a great looking handle. I took it to New Smyrna Beach, Florida for its 3 day maiden voyage and the bottom line: It proved itself to be a real beast...but a very light beast! There was absolutely no flex in this handle even when pulling out a 920 scoop full of very wet sand. This handle felt and performed like the extremely substantial shaft that it was designed to be and there were no exceptions regardless of the various conditions under which I used it. Fit, finish and texture: Like all his other shafts, Steve’s scoop handle is a work of art. The carbon fiber is top quality and the finish is truly professional in every way. The top cap is a perfect fit with no sign of twisting...no matter how hard I tried and the handle at the business end slipped perfectly into the 920s tube. It has a shark skin texture that ensures a firm solid grip regardless of how wet it was. Specifications: Overall length is right at 46.5 inches; the wall thickness is an impressive 2.5mm; the diameter of the handle is 35mm except at the point it slides into the scoop tube where it’s shaved down to 34.7mm. The weight is a scant 23.73 ozs (1.48 lbs). Even the bolt washer Steve uses to attach the end of the handle to the scoop is larger and thicker than others I’ve used measuring 1.25 inches by 0.050 inches! Simply put, Steve has built this thing for the long haul and the tough going with no detail being overlooked. Wet sand or dry, shells or surf, I found it’s all the same to this handle...tough as steel yet light as anything. It makes your scoop sing and a real pleasure to use. My “go to” set up is now 100% Steve Goss--both of my EQX shafts and 920 scoop handle are his creations. In summary, I’m convinced that I have the best of the best. Finally, rest assured that I have absolutely no financial interest in Steve’s business. My sole purpose is to simply share my views on what I consider great equipment. Another superb job by Steve Goss. Note: The two vertical grips shown in the photos are not part of Steve’s handle--I added those. www.stevesdetectorrods.com www.facebook.com/stevesdetectorrods
  11. 8 points
    I suspect they were just selling out what was in the warehouse. I went over to White's today for a last-second repair of my V3. Todd (who has run the Service Dept for many years) has struck a deal with the White's to run a repair center from his home for at least another 2 years and he will be reimbursed for all warranty repairs. So warranty repairs are fully covered for at least 2 more years.
  12. 7 points
    Detecting started out as an audio-only hobby, and for us prospectors it mostly remains that way. Even if you are just swinging a VLF you can't trust the VDI numbers in hot ground. Beep, beep, dig. Now the more experienced detectorists know that there is a lot more to audio signals than just beeps. There is shape, tone, volume, sharpness, rhythm. It becomes a musical performance that we get to decode with our brains to decide whether a target is worth busting out the pick for. Why have detector companies not put more emphasis on developing audio responses? We get screens, target ID's, GPS, wireless audio, but the same old sounds. But the most important user experience - the sound the detector makes - has not changed much. For all-metal VLF or PI detectors you get a VCO audio response that rises with signal strength. That's it. Ok, so rant mode off, now my pitch. A simple mapping of a normal VCO (voltage-controlled oscillator) audio signal is SIGNAL STRENGTH = PITCH and VOLUME change. This goes back to the time when a hardware oscillator was directly tied to the audio output and use the signal voltage to create an audio signal. You get a zip on all targets, and though the shape of the signal will vary based on what the target is, there is no indicator of target phase (or X/Y component). You want any audio info on that for a VLF, you have to switch to a tone mode. Here is what a boot tack and and nugget sounds like on a VLF with a normal VCO audio (like a gold machine or all-metal mode): Now if you were to instead tie the PITCH of the signal to the PHASE, and the VOLUME to the STRENGTH, you would get more information. It might look like this: You can get a response similar to this by using 50 tones on the Equinox, but to my knowledge, no detector uses this kind of audio mapping in VCO mode. Do you see how much more information this would present to a seasoned detectorist? Especially with iron targets, which tend to have a very confused signal, the pitch would jump all over and should be easier to distinguish. I believe this type of audio response might be able to be used with the GPZ (it's kind of there already with the hi/low tones) or any other detector that reads X and Y signal responses. Instead of having both PITCH and VOLUME tied to the composite signal like it's 1950, the responses would be independent and give the user more information - no screen required. For beginners this would not be good since it is hard enough for them. Hope this makes sense, let me know what you think (especially CARL).
  13. 7 points
    I am pretty sure there is work being done to restore the content of Bill and Linda's site. Barry at Land Matters has been working on it. Norm
  14. 7 points
    This is a nice story. Certainly a bucket list place to go detecting, drop me off anywhere in Europe and I'd be happy. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-53635413 Suffolk metal detectorist finds coin hoard in field behind pub 3 August 2020 Luke Mahoney said the "feeling of scraping the dirt away and seeing the coins is indescribable" A metal detectorist who has spent 10 years searching for hidden treasure found "the biggest hoard of his life" in a field behind his village pub. Luke Mahoney, 40, discovered more than 1,000 silver coins on land belonging to The Lindsey Rose pub in Lindsey, Suffolk. The hoard is thought to be worth at least £100,000. Mr Mahoney said: "That feeling of scraping the dirt away and seeing the coins is indescribable." The father of three, who runs his own metal detector shop, had been out in the 15-acre (6.1 hectares) field on 26 July when he made the discovery. He said he had found a gold coin and a sixpence in the morning, before retiring to the pub for Sunday lunch. On his return, he "almost immediately hit this signal and I pulled out this Charles I coin. Then I hit another signal, and another". He added: "They were everywhere. It was pandemonium." The coins were found in a field owned by the The Lindsey Rose pub Charles Buckle, 26, who runs the pub, said: "Luke gets quite excited about everything he finds so I was like 'yeah OK,' but he kept ringing and told me I had to come down and see what he had found." Mr Mahoney unearthed 1,061 silver coins dating back to the 15th to 17th Centuries. He said the most popular theory from experts and historians was the coins were buried by a wealthy landowner who had gone off to fight in the Civil War. Nigel Mills, from international coin specialists Dix Noonan Webb, said the coins would fetch at least £100,000 at auction. He said the earliest coin in the find was an Elizabeth I era shilling dating back to 1573-78, while it also contained a number of Charles I half crowns from 1641-43.
  15. 7 points
    I am betting a few people have missed their find of a lifetime by ignoring a screamer. Junk fatigue sets in.
  16. 7 points
    I almost passed this one by, but fortunately stepped back to investigate. Glad I did.... Unfortunately I thought I was recording when I found the rind and I wasn’t 😭 I promise I’ll get it right week! Thanks for watching! Aaron
  17. 6 points
    Hello all, I'm currently up in Georgia working on family property, getting ready for hunting season!🦌 I'm with my son and dad, so no time to detect this trip! But there's always time to hunt for flint and arrowheads! Most all the fields are planted now, so hunting areas are limited to washes, and recently cleared areas! Finishing up work this morning, i did some scouting in an area cleared last winter! Had some rains since than, so figured it may have exposed something! We found some knapped piece's yesterday! And were back there again! My son had scouted the area, but missed a keeper! It's tough to find one that has not been broken! But this one was small enough to be intact! It was laying on top of the ground, shining in the sun! My first intact small arrowhead! Still have more work, and sight hunting to do! Joe D.👍👍
  18. 6 points
    The best audio processor ever made is still the one between your ears. But I concur with tboykin that with today's tecknawlogee you would think that there would be a great leap forward in the audio department of a detector. So how bout a trainable detector where each time you find a target it stores all the audio information for each target and you push button that that says "good target" (gold for nugget hunting / non ferrous for coins an relics) or" bad target" (hot rocks / trash) so that after a couple of hundred target digs the detector would be "trained". I think about these things because there is no depth to my laziness.
  19. 5 points
    No matter the detector, in rubbish areas it's safer to dig the lot as annoying as it is. Rubbish masks good targets so get them up and out. Had a target in a rubbish strewn area go off like I'd swung over a car door...was a specimen with 7.5 oz of gold. I'd swung over it previously a few times and walked away. This was in an area hit hard year after year by a gazillion detectorists.
  20. 5 points
    South East, Middle Atlantic and CA. I am obliged to do my best to distribute these early ones so as to maximize the feedback to Fisher from experienced folks in different environments. Doing my best - not infallible. About 60 on my list and if they ever are able to produce these at a normal rate, I expect to be able to fill the bulk of those orders. Over and above that - perhaps no more AQ Limited - the final configuration will launch at some point. Full price, probably normal distribution internationally. I have no inside info on that.
  21. 5 points
    If all the gold is small in your area (sub gram) that method works, but if you have larger gold, you will want to start digging the reverse signals-Woo-wee So basically dig woo wees and hopefully one of those has you hollering a big Woowee !
  22. 5 points
    Factory reset puts the Audio Smoothing into Low, Threshold to 27, Threshold Pitch to 52, Volume 8, Gold Mode to High Yield, Ground Type Mode to Difficult, Ground Balance to Auto etc, so if you perform a ferrite balance then change the Ground Type mode to Normal the ferrite balance will no longer be correct because each Gold Mode and Ground Type Mode needs to be calibrated individually dependant on the control box’s operating temperature. Things that effect Ferrite balance are, temperature of the electronics (temperature drift is most obvious when ferrite calibration is performed from dead cold then checked later on when electronics are at operating temperature), and if a frequency tune is performed. If the detector is being used in Auto mode the Ferrite calibration can easily drift if conditions allow, such as conductive signals are present or saturation signals are present or a combination of both, in some places I have performed a calibration walked 10 feet and the detector has then screamed on the ferrite which is why I always encourage the use of Semi-Auto mode where the Ferrite calibration is locked once the QT button is released. Doing a Hard reset through Quick-Start doesn’t really provide any advantages, all it does is reset the GB, reset the ferrite calibration point and do an auto frequency tune which is hard work holding the coil in the air that long for it to complete. Best practice is to turn on machine and place on ground while you ready yourself for detecting, once your rigged up bring the coil up to waste height with coil parallel to the ground (Detector is tuned to the earths field with coil held flat) and listen to the threshold (assuming you are using the same settings as the previous session if not then change the settings first to suit your day making sure you select Sem-Auto GB), change the freq if the threshold is unstable, then bring the coil to the ground and pump the coil over representative ground for your chosen detecting area till the unit is ground balanced (choose an area with no targets, you need to ground balance first so you can listen for trash items) then place the ferrite on the ground and wave the coil over the ferrite if there is a signal then hold in QT and pass the coil briskly over the ferrite till the signal subsides. Some times you will need to release QT and pump the coil nearby then pass over the ferrite again, this is because when QT is pressed the detector it’s trying to force both the ferrite balance and the G balance (regular ground balance), releasing QT and pumping the coil lets the regular GB get back in shape. Once completed go detecting then in about 40 minutes check the Ferrite calibration again (Just place on a trash free piece of ground and check to see if there is a signal), if you are in a cold climate where temps are down to say 2 degrees C at start there there will be more movement in the calibration, in warmer climates where start ambient temp is above say 15 degrees C there will be much less variation. In the warmer months I go for days will little or no ferrite signal from one session to another unless I change coils, each and every coil has a different ferrite calibration. Hope this helps JP
  23. 5 points
    Wow, you definitely saved a few people a trip to the ER! Great job! May the good deed be rewarded with gold!👍👍
  24. 5 points
    Todd's in his 40's (I guess) so he should be around for a while. There is also Centerville Electronics but, for now, I think they are not doing warranty work. Todd will have a pretty big haul of parts to work with but, yes, when a part is gone it's gone. The ones to worry about are plastic housings, coils, and PC boards. Of course, if there is a buyer for White's then those might continue. Joe, the software and all the injection-molded plastic are proprietary. The electronics are made with generic parts, but the PCBs have to be manufactured and probably Todd would not have the resources to do that if he ran out.
  25. 5 points
    I've been finding 4kHz extremely useful in identifying rusty old bottle caps. It help's ID them well for me, in 4kHz they ID right up high around 40, where as Multi they're on 12/13 or so. This has happened for many bottle caps, I kept digging them to verify it was working and it was.
  26. 4 points
    GB, I usually don't worry if on public ground, all municipalities require 36'' depth for cable and the appropriate conduit it goes in. Now for private property, I always keep note of light poles, feeds out of the house and barns,ect. That being said a lot of gypsie contractors will run what they can pry up with a shovel. Not that you don't already know, but when you get a shallow signal 3 feet to 20 feet long its a wire. I've only hit a couple of these in all the years and none have been hot. If you happen to dig one and nick it, and its 120v, it will give you a good scare, but wont kill you. 240v will really hurt and could potentially kill you. 480 and you will be a puff of smoke!!!. 90 percent of wire is just scrap discards from the job that someone didn't clean up. Great topic I'm glad you brought this up.
  27. 4 points
    They should have at least gift wrapped them first to add another 5 min to the videos...
  28. 4 points
    The same show did the story on NuggetHunterNZ who uses this forum, he just got himself a 12" X-coil too so hopefully he finds another big one with it 🙂 Here was his story on the same news show last year.
  29. 4 points
    Reminds me a lot of the "One Ring", from "Lord of the Rings"!! Related script, but in affordable copper! Is it a kid size ring?? Also, i think i remember Phrunt found a gold (reproduction) version of this one (below) in NZ! Good Luck! Cool ring!!👍👍
  30. 4 points
    What a uplifting video. Great sense of humor shown from everybody. Those are the videos I like to watch.
  31. 4 points
    Today i did some testing with the ORX and the HF 9" coil in 13.3 KHZ on an 8" dime a 6" dime and a 7" penny in ground , and experimented and kept changing things and observing and found i got the best hit on the targets at coin fast with a reaction of 2.5, and 13.3 KHZ 80 gain, the 80 gain was because higher in this mineralized sand chokes the signal well after all that testing i got up to the hill of many nails and started swinging, i dug several flat irons and cut nails , but then i got a nice two way signal and dug down a solid 7" and up comes a VF 1882 indian head penny . the soil hear is kind to copper but i was just thrilled the ORX really came thru even as a coin hunter in fact this is the 1st coin off this hill with any detector
  32. 4 points
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  33. 4 points
    Just a quick air test on the machines, didn't record any video due to the weather. Later when things settle down I'll shoot a video but for now some preliminary air tests. All machines on max gain except Tdi Pro at 5.. Sunray Gold Pro headphones used on all machines, windy and neighbours kid practicing drums.. Tdi Pro standard machine with normal battery, Tdi Sl running 14.4 volts. XL Pro, MXT and GMX running alkaline battery packs, tested at 12.5 volts. Windy, noisy, lots of EMI. 2.5 cm equals an inch. Tdi Pro 1 grain 11cm, half gram gold coin 25cm, half Sovereign 35cm Tdi Sl 1 grain 7cm, half gram gold coin 19cm, half Sovereign 27cm Xl Pro 1 grain 11cm, half gram gold coin 21cm, half Sovereign 32cm MXT 1 grain 15cm, half gram gold coin 29cm, half Sovereign 34cm GMX 1 grain 17cm, half gram gold coin 25cm, half Sovereign 32cm You do not have to go far over half a gram for the MXT to equal or beat the GMX. But the GMX hits harder and more consistently on the smaller bits of gold I have. A small crystaline specimen was loud and clear out to 15cm whilst the Tdi Sl struggles at 4 cm on the same bit. When you get to the smaller specs the GMX hits louder, clearer and more consistently. The GMX is best used with good headphones, the speaker suffers when there is any background noise. Much more so than the other machines that seem a bit louder. These are good VLF machines and they beat the Tdi Sl in the air and in milder ground. I know the XL Pro beats the MXT on copper and silver coins, but the MXT loves gold coins, rings etc Unrealistic results when you take the ground out of the equation, not an 'out in the field' experience. Looking forward to giving the GMX a good run on the goldfields as soon as that becomes possible. Working on a new prospecting magnet to find small iron etc. , with the GMX I'm going to need it. The GMX is not difficult to use, control interface is simple. If you can use modern tech like computers and phones then it is intuitive. There are enough options to allow you to run it to its potential. Too early to make any real judgments since it takes time to fully understand a new machine. But for small gold it seems to perform very well. Now I just need to get out there and put it to work. Video when weather allows. All the best.
  34. 4 points
    You coin and relic hunters are obsessed! Not a one of you is questioning why he was out detecting when there is a pub nearby. Great story Phrunt.
  35. 4 points
    In my view, any threshold variation can be indicative of a gold target. Too many factors determine what sounds it would make under what circumstances. Sometimes you can guess, but you should never rely on it. I don't know of any serious operator of a high end gold machine who would reliability discriminate by sounds. Got to dig them all my friends.
  36. 4 points
    @mn90403 Hi Mn, I noticed some definite differences in multi - which was not supposed to be affected y the v3 update. Specifically, in the solid tone that good coin type targets now have and how much more quiet (not as chatty) stable the machine runs (compared to a few days ago with same beach. Throwing down some of my finds on my beaches such as a silver ring, musket ball, simulated reale and bronze nail, they all seemed to ring more solidly. I did notice bottle caps also sound good and am working on a way to ID them with confidence. Before, my 800 was not sounding definite even on clad at the beach. The v3 updated machine seems a lot more stable. I feel I can lower the SENS and still catch deeper targets and with 4kHz I have to. My last outing I hit a consistent "9" in one direction and pretty good with a cross swing. It turned out to be a very small bronze square forged nail. Depth has never worked consistently on my NOX. I found I can also use 4kHz at the beach in dry sand. It is a little squeaky but stable when you noice cancel and GB. I use tracking GB by the way. Your beach is not my beach though. My area of Florida has beaches with lots of black sand and a mile away a beach with none. Another beach is loaded with old iron from a modern shipwreck and another is loaded with pull tabs and can slaw from the last renourishment effort. I figure if I can find this small of a good metal target I can't miss the larger ones as long as I place the coil over it. re CELL phones: Keep mine in my back pocket opposite the hand holding the detector. One thing I have noticed is wifi from beach front homes and resorts. So I turn off phone wifi. Again seems quieter after v3 update. As always YMMV or as Colonel Dan says: this is just the view from my foxhole. Good luck
  37. 4 points
    The best processing happens between your ears. It's the difference from being able to drive formula one and an auto family sedan.
  38. 4 points
    Have a look at some of Calabash Diggers Youtube videos where he compares the Equinox, Anfibio and XP Deus on his very mild dirt test garden with lots of silver targets. I have owned both the Equinox, Multi Kruzer and Racer 2. On the same 8 to 11" silver target using Park 1 or Park 2 on the Equinox and one of the tone modes on the Multi Kruzer/Anfibio: If your dirt is mild, depth should be about the same with similar coils. The Equinox will give you the correct numerical target ID and tone. The Multi Kruzer/Anfibio might give you a numerical target ID and will give you the correct tone. If your dirt is moderate to highly mineralized, depth will not be the same with similar coils. The Equinox will give you the correct numerical target ID and tone. The Multi Kruzer/Anfibio may not give a numerical target ID but it might give you a faint tone. In Gen mode the Multi Kruzer/Anfibio might out perform the Equinox in Gold 1 or Gold 2.
  39. 4 points
    I managed to get out and play in the test garden for a bit. I found the 4khz to be impressive. It hit much better on some deep coins in my garden that 5khz and multi struggled with. My soil is pretty highly mineralised. I will be curious to see how it responds in and around iron. Also want to test it with the 6" coil.
  40. 4 points
  41. 4 points
    Websites prove their identity via certificates. Firefox does not trust this site because it uses a certificate that is not valid for detectorstuff.com. The certificate is only valid for the following names: *.closte.com, closte.com Error code: SSL_ERROR_BAD_CERT_DOMAIN Weird, they're using a wrong certificate... The website also contains a malicious file, so I would not trust it. Normalized URL: http://detectorstuff.com:80 Submission date: Thu Aug 6 22:31:00 2020 Server IP address: Country: United States Web Server: LiteSpeed Malicious files: 1 Suspicious files: 0 Potentially Suspicious files: 0 Clean files: 99 External links detected: 646 Iframes scanned: 11 Blacklisted: No
  42. 4 points
    They initially found a fair amount of coins in a very tight radius this usually indicates say a purse drop but of course this way of thinking only applies i guess to small amounts of tray coins,in this case it was running into say dozens and basically all for the same era. When you find a reasonable amount of coins near the surface in a very tight radius this give a very good indication that a plough has possible clipped the top of a pot or some other container,mainly a ceramic/clay pot for safe keeping.This indicates that a container is in the ground and may be slightly deeper than what say a Nox with stock coil can reach but they did find other coils with a few Nox machines as they dug down to the level of the container which can be between say 14-24'' deep.The GPX and larger coil came in on day 2,cannot recall the exact amount but i think it was just over a 1000.
  43. 4 points
    The gold not backing currency thing isn't what concerns me, it's a tiny problem when compared to currency to market/bank holding imbalances. Nothing is backed by anything today, so really anything we think has value really doesn't. Consider: There is only about $1.5 trillion in US currency circulating in the entire world. Yet, there is something around $13 trillion held digitally in banks in savings/checking accounts, in CDs, money markets, etc. That's "vapor money". Banks hold many times more money for people than actually exists. So what exactly do they hold? Nothing. It's a macro scale version of the gold not backing currency problem. We have accounts worth currency that aren't backed by currency, it makes no sense. It gets worse. US combined stock markets are worth something like $34 trillion (according to Google in 2018, more now). These stocks are traded daily with money that doesn't really exist, and used as collateral for loans that grant more money that doesn't exist. Same with our housing market, worth something like $33 trillion. And our commercial real estate market is worth something like $16 trillion. And the private land in the US is worth something like $21 trillion. And who knows how much our minerals are worth combined. So, we have about $1.5 trillion in cash. And we have about $100 trillion in "value" for our major economic holdings which derive their value from our dollar. Dollars which can't even cover 1/10th of our bank related accounts if we all withdrew to cash, and which covers 0% of the value of everything we say has "value". So, what is the actual value of our markets and real estate if there isn't enough currency to back them? Well maybe people in parts of the world own a big portion of it then, in global currency? Nope. The actual amount of real currency globally is about $5 to $6 trillion. Total. That's it. There is something like ~$60 trillion in global savings/checking and other bank related accounts though. More vapor money. So, all the money in the world can't even cover 1/10th of the value of our stock market and real estate in the US, ignoring entirely the value of stuff in the rest of the world. Nothing is real anymore. Hyperinflation arrived a long time ago, we just put it off and ignore it, shoveling the problems to the next generations, by not printing the physical currency such as a place like Zimbabwe did and acting like our economy is normal instead. Everyone plays along because the world needs a stable, globally traded common currency, in a stable country. The problem is much, much larger than simply not having a currency backed by gold anymore IMO.
  44. 4 points
    The Commander coils might be finally upgraded with spiral windings and be promoted to Captain coils! 🙂
  45. 4 points
    Then you'll have 8 million prospectors swarming the gold fields and every last speck will be sucked up in 4 months. 😁
  46. 4 points
    Just stuff a GPX in a fully waterproof Equinox housing for under a grand and I’ll be fine.
  47. 3 points
    I have to question Minelab getting into the cutlery detection business. Or that, even if they did, it would require a new series of detectors. So I’m back to my original theory that this is a new series of high end coin detectors. Minelab has been rebuilding the entire coin detecting lineup. Vanquish and Equinox basically replace Go-Find and X-Terra. That gets you from $199 to $899. The CTX is quite expensive at $2499, but Minelab has sold plenty at that price. There is a lot of room between $899 and $2499 for new models. The $999 Safari and $1549 E-TRAC are very old designs now. In retail we are always looking at “price points.” I could see two or maybe even three new models kicking in, high end replacements for the Safari/-TRAC, and CTX, but incorporating Multi-IQ and perhaps a newer, more robust waterproof design. And yet still under $2K for that perception of more power at lower prices. Minelab SilverSaver $1299 Minelab SilverSaver Plus $1599 Minelab SilverSaver Pro $1899 The key here would be a new waterproof housing that learns lessons from both Equinox and CTX and is genuinely robust. It needs to be so good that people would feel comfortable ditching the Excalibur without fear the unit would not be as waterproof. Then you could possibly replace even the Excalibur, and have machines that both Equinox and CTX owners would desire. But even if the Excalibur stays, hopefully prime attention is being placed in getting the housing right as far as being waterproof. You’d think with experience gained from both CTX and Equinox that third time would be a charm.
  48. 3 points
    Thanks for the welcome folks! GB_Amateur, I haven't inadvertently dug keeper bottles but have dug numerous marbles up with adjacent detected items. Had an arrowhead in my water scoop four or five years ago. That was pretty exciting!
  49. 3 points
    Any new AQ Limited's going out ? Or are we still at a halt ? I apologize I've not been following as closely as I have earlier in the summer. Neck deep landscaping a very large new yard from scratch. Last I was able to pick up was there were 8 LTD's out there, 1 had been returned and Fisher is/was looking into that. Joe was continuing to retrieve all gold rings lost on the East Coast with a combination of his tried and true Excal and the new AQ. Steve was working the tahoe area - UtahRich -
  50. 3 points
    Kac, in every response to your posts about how you setup your Multi Kruzer, I have acknowledged and not questioned that your settings work for you in your conditions. No problem with that at all. Why do you continue to write responses like the one quoted above which makes it sound like either I'm doing something wrong or there was something wrong with all of my detectors. Why can't you just believe me and my results. I have no issues with you and your results. I have owned 5 different Nokta Makro models in the last 6 years. All of them had a Gen mode. I am well aware that Gen mode is Nokta Makros "All Metal" mode. In my dirt all metal modes on most detectors including the Nokta Makros I have owned are the deepest modes, by a noticeable margin. Being a gold prospector, they are the preferred mode for a lot of what I do. Air tests can show a different story than field tests in mineralized dirt as far as what mode is deeper. I hope you can accept that detecting out here in the Rocky Mountains and desert Southwest is very different from where you detect. Outstanding detectors that work great where you are don't work great where I am. No slight is intended towards any brand here. I'll give an example.....this past Friday we had an impromptu club hunt at a local soccer field complex. The ground is really bad with lots of magnetite and volcanic clay, plus it gets watered a lot and decent targets sink to the 6 to 8" level quickly. Two of us were experienced Equinox users. There were some very experienced Deus users, two very experienced AT Pro users and one person with a Simplex and one with a Land Ranger Pro (who found a recent drop gold ring). Everyone except the Equinox users left within two hours. They could not find anything else good and they had no idea what was under their coils and got tired of digging nails in 95 degree heat. Their detectors were working fine by the way. They just could not penetrate the mineralization in order to get down to the older targets. The two guys with the Equinox models hunted for another two hours and found plenty of 6" to 8" targets that we not only could hit easily with tones but we could almost always call the target by the accurate numerical target IDs even on deep nickels. One of the other hunters stuck around for a bit and watched me digging 8" low, mid and high conductor targets which I correctly called before I dug them. His single frequency detector would barely make a faint peep only over the high conductor targets. On the mid and low conductor targets, nothing. He was amazed. I know it's crazy but this happens all the time out here. The hunters with Minelab Multi IQ and FBS technology, Whites DFX and Whites V3is clean up out here while single frequency detectors really struggle to get any depth or ID accuracy and have to basically hope for recent drops or detect scrapes and excavations. Plus, contrary to what happens where you are, the lower frequency detectors struggle the most for depth. To answer Dances with Doves question, hunting in 4 or 5 kHz would get one absolutely nowhere out here in the areas with high mineralization. I only use 4 or 5 kHz after I have removed the top layer of dirt to check for possible high conductors versus iron.
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