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  1. If I am going detecting today then my detector was charging last night. Even if it was fully charged just a week ago. It’s just a good habit to get into.
  2. I am all for books. I sold huge numbers as a dealer and own a library. And I do hope this all works out for all involved. I as the website owner and forum moderator just do not want people thinking I am somehow involved in all this or advocating one way or the other. I am generally a trusting soul but sadly that means a very large number of people have let me down over the years.
  3. The MDS-10 is a countermine detector. You can inquire about it directly with Minelab at https://www.minelab.com/countermine/detectors/mds-10 I suspect that adapting this detector for use in coin and relic detecting is more rumor than fact, but simply do not know for sure. The best bet is contact Minelab directly at the link above and see what they say. Minelab MDS-10 countermine detector Minelab MDS-10 countermine detector folded down for transport Product Brochure Link Instruction Manual Field Guide
  4. A lot of rods are way overpriced and so making your own is attractive. The best buy in a rod kit I have seen is the White's Space Saver Rod Kit at https://www.whiteselectronics.com/product/space-saver-rod-kit They sell the whole assembly for less than some people charge for a lower rod alone. Something to consider as you add up the costs.
  5. The inability to provide you with a copy Rob is a huge red flag as far as I am concerned. The only excuse is there is no copy to provide. Or does he not trust you with a copy? But we are all supposed to trust him with our money? Sorry, no, this is not right. I now regret allowing this thread.
  6. Part of the reason, I believe, is that when Nokta and Makro combined they all the sudden had way too many detector models all out in a short timeframe. This had the effect of newer models immediately overshadowing and stepping on the toes of older models that were themselves still new and just introduced. The company basically stole its own thunder, and the fact newer releases were waterproof and weighed less did not help. If you want a NokMak to run large coils and like all metal modes, you want an Impact. My Nokta Impact Review
  7. There is also no doubt some that think I am too hard on the U.S. manufacturers... somebody is always complaining I am being mean to their favorite company! Or maybe it's that I am in the pocket of "those other guys"!! The truth is simple. I more than anything want the U.S. manufacturers, First Texas, Garrett, and White's, to kick ass and succeed!!! I think I speak for many when I say my "complaining" is rooted in anger when I see this not happening. Perceptually they are just standing by while the foreign competition eats their lunch. They no doubt see things differently but I do not think I am alone on the outside looking in thinking that's what is happening. I have been a business owner/entrepreneur my entire life. I have dealt with a very large number of manufacturers over the years as a dealer, most far larger than these detector companies. Almost all, with the rarest of exceptions, have been picture perfect examples of pride and arrogance. They always know better than their dealers and their customers. They want to design what they think is best, and then tell us why we should buy it. They start small and hungry but reach a point where they are doing well. They tell themselves it is all because they are so brilliant, and that's when they stop listening and start telling. They lose their way and soon the new hungry guy eats their lunch. It's so common it's like a life-cycle law of business. "Sales are doing great"! "People love our stuff"! They only see the good and only listen to those who offer praise, and then wake up one day and wonder what happened, where did the customers and the business go? Most of what we talk about on the forums does not reflect what goes on in the minds of Walmart, Amazon, and eBay shoppers buying their first detector. We do not represent the mass market. We are the educated ones, the nerds, and truthfully, not where the big money is. But I do think we are the canaries in the coal mine. When a guy like me who has been metal detecting for almost 50 years can't get excited by anything the U.S. manufacturers are doing something is wrong. So I bitch and complain because I hope somebody is listening, that somebody will do something to get the mojo back. I really do wish them well. But don't expect to get my business from brand loyalty or made in the U.S.A. appeals. It's lead the way or follow, and right now the U.S. manufacturers cannot be said to be leading the way anymore. That does make me kind of sad.
  8. My first underwater detector was a 1280-X actually. Way back in the day, late 80's, and since I was one of if not the first guy to hit some local freshwater swimming holes in Anchorage, Alaska I did ridiculously well with that detector. Lots of silver including lots of silver half dollars (no silver dollars for some reason) and plenty of rings. At that super low 2.4 kHz frequency it was not especially hot on smaller gold but it was killer on silver and full size rings. As you note not bad at all in the water either. By today's standards the 1280-X and CZ-21 being the only First Texas offerings still as far as underwater machines is a bit of an embarrassment however. I get that they are SCUBA capable, but very few of us need machines good to 250 feet. I am constantly puzzled about why First Texas never converted the CZ to a digital format and put it in a smaller housing. They even have Dave Johnson, the original lead designer on board. A real head scratcher. The CZ-5 was a real favorite of mine, and I would have loved to get one in a T2/F75 type setup. They could have done a small waterproof to 10 feet multifrequency machine way before now and still have not. I just don't get it.
  9. The Dankowski forum has been having display issues for some time now. That was bad enough, but now they apparently did not renew the domain name in time. The site is offline and last I tried I got redirected to some virus scamming site. Hopefully Tom did not lose the domain name entirely. Anyway, be careful going there right now. I’m not even posting a link due to what happened to me.
  10. This 11.88 ounce gold/quartz specimen was dug at Moore Creek with a Minelab at good depth with a regular size coil. We also had a 32 ounce gold nugget dug at a measured depth of 25 inches. Both targets were minimal signals at the surface. Like I said, depths exceeding three feet may not be impossible but the nugget would have to be very large, so large as to also be incredibly rare. As a rule of thumb I figure that if the gold is more than two feet deep it's out of detecting range for most practical purposes. 99% of the nuggets I have dug personally have been at a foot or less... but I dig a lot of small nuggets!
  11. The most efficient method for removing surface material would be up to you. If you do not know where the gold is at you do not want to remove too much at once. I used a D9 bulldozer and a John Deere 450 to do this at my Moore Creek Mine, and I tried to take off no more than a foot at a time, otherwise gold could be scraped away and lost.
  12. Very many operators do just that. Detect, then scrape away the top layer, then detect again. Very common in Australia and I have seen it done here in Nevada. A bulldozer is usually employed. Lots of unhelpful responses today, a couple erased so far, sorry about that.
  13. A coil issue has been found in the first U.K. deliveries of the Simplex. Some, not all, detectors have exhibited false signals after the coil gets wet. Existing customers that experience the problem can get the coil replaced. Nokta/Makro has identified the cause and is purging the bad coils from the supply line. This may result in delivery delays as the situation is being addressed. As far as I know no U.S. deliveries have been made yet, and this may delay those deliveries for those with orders already in place. Proving once again that waiting a bit is not a bad idea when new detectors come out.
  14. Metal detectors do not detect weight, they detect size, and even a two pound nugget is not a very large target. Concentrations of gold are not directly detectable as detectors see each item as a separate object... you need electrical continuity. I won’t say depths exceeding three feet are impossible but close enough. Everybody wants to go out and dig large nuggets several feet deep. The best proven technology for doing that is a GPZ 7000 or GPX 5000 with large coils. You know, those “cheap” metal detectors that people post about here. Waste all the money you want, you won’t find better tools for the job. There are plenty of people offering very expensive equipment who prey on those who wish otherwise. After that you are into the realm of “large object” detecting. Helicopters flying around detecting nuggets is a fantasy. They are using indirect methods to find the gold. It’s called geophysical prospecting. HANDBOOK OF GEOPHYSICAL PROSPECTING METHODS FOR THE ALASKAN PROSPECTOR
  15. People have been saying it for over two years now Rick, including some rather in depth emails from me to NokMak over two years ago with details and specifications. So no, I’m not holding my breath there. The actual BigFoot coil has to have been hand made so far so I understand that, but the Cleansweep DD anyone should be able to make no problem. Why NEL or anyone else refuses to take a stab at it does puzzle me. I would love to see a Nokta/Makro “Jewelry Sweeper Pro” which would basically be a Racer 2 with a Cleansweep as stock coil. We have all sorts of detectors but nobody yet has really marketed something specifically targeting dry land jewelry hunters. That market belongs still to the White’s DFX/V3i with Bigfoot or Tesoro Golden uMax with Cleansweep. The reality is probably so few people even know coils like this have existed and just how potent they can be in certain tasks that there is no demand and therefore no genuine interest. Everyone wants depth, depth, depth, but there is a reason these type coils often got banned at competitive hunts. Ground coverage often is the best strategy, not depth. You just can’t beat these coil for covering ground fast cleaning up shallower targets. Perfect especially for hitting very large areas looking for recent drops. Ah well, time to let it go I suppose. Maybe it’s better I have mine and few others do - seems like I am always advocating for competition for myself!
  16. Since XP uses a proprietary communications protocol that is not possible. XP would have to add standard Bluetooth or WiFi to their units for that to happen. Probably more chance of seeing an Air Detector happen than XP doing this but you never know. The Air Kickstarter fund has 299 backers who have pledged $76,525 to help bring the project to life. Supposedly a product by November 2019. Will it happen or is the money just going in somebodies pocket? I hope it turns out to be legit myself and that it gets some traction.
  17. Many Deus owners just use the controller to program the coil, then stick the controller in the pocket after that and hunt by tones. That being the case I could see an XP app for a phone that replaced the controller, and used any Bluetooth headphones. For example an app for my iPhone and use my AirPods. The problem would be XP forgoing the sales of the controller and the headphones so not a lot of incentive for them to do that. But it would offer a way for them to easily extend sales into the lower price tier with minimal investment. Think ORX rod and coil run by phone app. The ORX can be had for as low as $649 right now and the controller by itself sells for $329.
  18. When it came to low profile could Tesoro was hard to beat, though the old White’s 950 was in the same class. For some reason nobody wants to make them thin these days. As I have found with Bigfoot coils sometimes you have to get the detector that runs the coil you want. I was really thinking I could get Nokta/Makro to make a Cleansweep style DD coil at the least, but no go unfortunately.
  19. I sympathize for sure. When it comes to VLF I have to tell myself I already have all I really need. Yet that does not stop the “want”. It’s childlike I guess but it’s just fun for me to get a new toy to play with. When the price is so low it can be very tempting indeed!
  20. The depth would be normal for my ground, and coils can detect your hand. The human body is weakly conductive. It’s actually a sign of a sensitive detector.
  21. Well ok I personally don’t mind the delay per se because I assume it is for good reason. There were talks of performance improvements right up until the information blackout. Well for gosh sake, if there is to be no update facility, get this thing right before release! The last thing First Texas or any of us need is another release snafu that has everyone having to send units back to the factory for updates. That seems so common sense but even the F-Pulse pinpointer had issues when it came out and it was just a pinpointer. More importantly in my mind is I am very much hoping they improve the waterproof spec of 1 meter or 3 feet. That’s basically a wader and even mask and snorkel use would be risky. I did a lot of breath hold to 6 feet myself with my other units like the ATX. In other words, a guy like me standing in deep water would not be able to sit the unit on the bottom where my feet are without exceeding three feet. Not good enough in my opinion. One quoted delay was over the waterproof thing and hopefully that means it is being improved to what is sort of a industry minimum of three meters or ten feet. If offered the choice between getting it now or getting it right, I’m all in favor of patience and getting it right. Marketing and management have got to be going crazy and putting pressure on to get it to market. Back the engineers on this one guys and give them time.
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