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  1. 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 -
  2. Sounds like this new detector is going to have multiple personalities.
  3. I look at this subject as most areas I hunt for coins and jewelry have been hunted before, in some cases, many times. So whats left to find and why was it 'missed'? Were items missed due to poor coverage? Deeper than the previous technology could reach? Collocated with other ferrous or non-ferrous items? Does the area have difficult ground? Digging it all isn't an option in some areas, there are simply too many possible targets. The key is having a detector and operator that can effectively sort thru what's there and separate various metallic items from the soil and do it at what is maximum VLF depths for that area. Rich
  4. Very nice ring ! When is a "zinc penny" signal a good thing for me? When I'm in a Ghost Town - likely an IHC or token. When I'm in the shallow water looking for gold rings. When it's a deep target in a park or old yard. Rich -
  5. Lol. We know that cuda. But John Wayne will ALWAYS be John Wayne to everyone that watched those old Western movies. The same for Joe and all of us who have followed his exploits for such a long time here and on other forums. ๐Ÿ‘ Rich
  6. What ? Joe isn't your real name ? Thanks like sayin' John Wayne ISN'T John Wayne. Rich -
  7. Joe, Wow, that's a BIG ring! And I noticed under your name, Joe Beechnut OBN, that it says you are a 'Silver' Contributor. Shouldn't that really say, 'Gold' instead? ๐Ÿ™‚ Just a thought for Steve. Rich
  8. GET RID OF THE ZINC PENNY. . . . . . . . PLEASE.
  9. For the vast majority of my years detecting, I've knocked on doors and hunted parking strips around old neighborhoods. Here's MY view on this. How do I hunt around my own neighborhood? Obviously, to hunt somebody else's yard, I ask permission. My hope is to find old coins, trade tokens, silver or gold jewelry and other similar items to add to MY collection. Many home owners or those who rent out their homes are ok with this. Others want something out of it for themselves. If the home is a family home they've been in for a long time, I think it is fair of me to offer to return jewelry items to the family. And this has happened a lot of times. I've returned class rings and all sorts of various jewelry. Again, I'm hoping to find old coins, tokens and similar, so I'm ok with this. I don't generally hunt a place If they want everything I find. Parking Strips. The parking strips in many towns and cities I've hunted are public property to be cared for by the property owners the parking strips face. Consequently, since they are being cared for, or supposedly cared for, by the facing property owner, I will seek permission to hunt the parking strip. If it is facing an old house, I will usually seek permission to hunt the yard around the old home first and if that fails, ask if it would be ok to hunt the public parking strip out front, recognizing they care for it. I'll often ask homeowners what year their home was built and any other history they may be aware of. Did the house have other uses over the years. (You'd be amazed at the homes that were used as a business during difficult times, or a speakeasy during prohibition). I've often found coins from the build dates, or the move in dates of early family members in the yard and have left coins with the family for their generosity in letting me hunt. To me, this isn't a big deal to leave a few keepsakes with them. I'm a guest at these private properties and consider myself so. I try to be friendly, respectful and as tidy as possible. You may feel different. That's ok. Some homeowners that you've established good relations with may refer you to other properties they own or to friends and neighbors. Be friendly and an entire neighborhood may open its' doors to you. Rich -
  10. Thanks Tom, We missed you and several others that were hoping to make it. I felt fortunate to be able to coincide some vacation time at work with the dates that were scheduled. And this virus thing going around has made everyday life / work challenging and difficult for such simple things as trying to get away for some recreation like detecting. Let's hope a resolution to this virus comes about quickly. Rich -
  11. Last weekend concluded Monte's 12th Welcome To Hunt Outing (WTHO), a gathering of new and old detectorists looking to get together and spend some time out testing their detecting skills against some Western Ghost Towns. This gathering centered around Wells, NV. I was really looking forward to getting away after being cooped up at the house for the last couple months and working from home due to the pandemic. The outing came at the right time. We ended up having 18 detectorists from the Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and Texas. More were scheduled, but some had to cancel due to the impact from the Virus going around I hope they can make it next go round. I arrived Saturday, May 30th, to help Monte and OregonGregg scout out places most everybody would likely want to hunt. Metropolis, Tobar, Shafter, Tecoma, Cobre and Toano are the most popular.I hunted with my Deus, EQ800 and Nokta FORS CoRe. All three made some good finds. For me, there were lots of bits and bobs found. I'm amazed at the number of little ornate buckles that turn up. And the bullets, the never ending run of bullets and empty cartridge cases. And it is always interesting to watch other detectorists at work and observe detectors, coil choices, search rods, gear, hats, finds pouches, swing rates and methods and all the rest of it. Two of my detecting goals this year are to turn up a Seated Quarter and a Half-Dime. Neither surfaced for me at the outing.. An 1876 Seated Quarter did make an appearance for DanO. A big congrats. I was fortunate to turn up some early date Wheat Cents, the most notable a 1910-S, an 1880 IHC and a very nice 1864 2ยข. An unexpected but appreciated surprise. It is my second deuce. Tokens and coins seemed to be coming from under every piece of sage for a while there on Thursday, the 4th. We kept hearing reports of something else turning up. OregonGregg and I were commenting that the detecting door to Toano and Cobre was open there for a short time. Lots of smiles going around. Then it seemed to close. Friday, I was flat out skunked; hard. After I finished in the Toano / Cobre area I even went back out to Metropolis and hunted till dusk trying to find something, even another corroded wheat cent. No go. I guess the universe needed to balance itself after Thursday. In summary, I have a couple old coins to add to my finds. And a very cool WTHO shirt that abenson printed up at his business. First Class, thank you Andrew. And I met some new people, and got to catch up with old friends and acquaintances with some good meals and time chatting around the table. And whenever you get detectorists together there are always discussions over brands and models and coils and such. It is fun to listen to the detector banter. I have some very old detectors, a couple discontinued detectors and a couple new detectors. I have to admit that I am impressed that OregonGregg hunted the entire time he was there with 1 detector and 1 coil; his Nokta FORS CoRe and the small OOR coil. Cudos to Gregg. Gregg pulled off a dime trifecta with an 1845 seated, 1916 Barber and 1917 Mercury, as well as a toasty Shield nickel, an IHC and some wheaties. Oh, and he might have found a Nevada trade token. LOL. And I owe him a steak dinner for losing our bet for oldest coin with a date. His 1845 Seated Dime beat out my 1864 2ยข. This is a good thing. Now I have a good excuse for another road trip. And another opportunity to find that Seated Quarter and elusive Half-Dime. And finally, a big thanks to Monte for bringing everyone together. There were several Seated coins, IHC's, Shield Nickels, trade tokens, and some stellar military buttons found. Most everybody posts their results on Monte's forum (AHRPS.ORG) for those interested in having a look-see. I hope Steve doesn't mind the off site reference. I beg your pardon if I'm out of line Steve. These WTHO's move around some and are a great venue for bringing a friend to introduce to the hobby, have a first experience at a Western Ghost Town where you can gather some pointers and see how others do or to test your skills with your detector against some very difficult sites. And if you're interested, you might even be able to chat up Monte a bit. Hope to see all of you out there exploring the Western Frontiers. UtahRich -
  12. Would i like more? Yes. A 9" coil would be nice. Something like the stock coil on the vanquish would be great for poking around the nooks and crannies of the sage brush out in the old ghost towns. Do I think we'll see anymore coils for the current EQ600 and EQ800. Nope. Something to throw out there; has anybody verified the vanquish and equinox coils are chipped differently ? The Vanquish isn't something I was looking into so I don't know if they are incompatible due to the connectors or are they different beasts all together. Just curious if anybody sacrificed a couple coils to see if a vanquish coil with an equinox connector worked. or vice versa. Rich -
  13. Againstmywill, Excellent post and lots of good info on this thread. Rich -
  14. GB - Just a little off topic. . . Your data matches mine. IF I am hunting in a park and looking for nickels, especially older nickels, I find that the tab or the beaver tail portion (often folded over) of a pull tab, target ID's the same as a nickel; 12/13 on my 800 in my area. What to do? In general, I like digging nickels. A lot of them have been left behind by previous generations of coin hunters AND there is always that small, small chance a gold ring will turn up instead. How do I deal with these nuisance targets? They are frustrating and very common. In an older park, I usually do NOT find the beaver tail segments DEEP like the older buffalo and V nickels. Yet, these smaller pieces of aluminum, due to size, will read deeper than they actually are on my depth meter. So I will have an audio mismatch with the depth meter. Here's what I do; On a legitimate deep coin / target, I will quickly lose the signal if I lift the coil further away from the ground as I sweep the target. This is due to the target being at or near the fringe of detection. With a folded tab at 3-4-5 inches, this is NOT the case. As I lift the coil away from a shallower folded tab. I can usually lift the coil up at least 5-6 inches before I start losing the signal. This tells me that the target, though appearing to be deep on the depth meter, is likely NOT DEEP and thus, is less likely to be a deep nickel. Of course, the unknown target could be a larger than coin sized item that is deep and if I decide NOT to dig, i may be leaving another good target for future generations. Or it could be a smaller piece of gold jewelry. What to do? For a few years, I kept pull tab and tab / beaver tail stats on my detecting records sheet for park hunting wanting to know my percentages. Then, after reading some excellent advise from Mike Hillis, I decided that I would change my jewelry hunting tactics and better select the areas I focus on hunting for jewelry. So when in a non-jewelry area in a park, I can hunt for deep nickels and other coins. Anyway, that is how i deal with those 12-13 signals. If I am deep coin hunting, I can skip this target as it is NOT a deep coin. It could be some other type of keeper, but I am not hunting for some other type of keeper, I am deep coin hunting, so statistics tell me to leave it if I want to optimize my time. Hope that gives you some ideas. Best of luck in the field. Rich -
  15. Congrats on the beautiful $2 1/2 gold piece! That's awesome and a great reward for being determined. Rich
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