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  1. I think the intent here is to let the wave and swell motion move the coil across the sea floor as this will reduce the salt signal as the coil and salt water “target” move as one. I always do this when possible as it’s also less fatiguing. In my rough hunting conditions, sometimes I say to Mother Nature....”so where are you taking me this time?” On more than one occasion, I have been swept along and detected a nice gold ring that I probably would never have detected over.
  2. Okay, having not used the AQ, it sounds like the Sensitivity function impacts the detector far more than other PI detectors that I have used.
  3. This is intelligent use of the PI detector......having a stable machine will get more gold rather than running quick delays that will have a PI screaming all day long. I don’t care if I miss some small scraps of gold because the bigger pieces won’t be missed.
  4. I fully understand.....I will still always choose a setting that has both a good response to most gold and minimal response to salt. If that means running at 20us to 25uS then I’m okay with that. With high salt content and quick moving saltwater then sometimes it’s the only choice and it’s a smart move. There’s a reason why detectors such as the discontinued Tesoro Sand Shark had a minimum start delay of about 25uS......you might miss the really smaller gold but you’d always hear the bigger gold and with a nice even threshold to make hours of saltwater detecting pleasurable. Depth on larger an
  5. Generally speaking, and with regard to PI performance, it is preferable to reduce any Gain or Sensitivity settings before any Pulse/Reject settings. I would rather hunt at 10uS and a low Gain rather than 15uS and a high Gain.
  6. SGD 4 x 18650 cells gets about 7 hours of decent voltage on the TDIBH 👍
  7. Hello Ray I would love to get a V3i before they disappear forever......I certainly don’t need one as my XL Pro and MX7 is all I need really......and of course I would purchase from the USA directly ? I hope you are keeping well down in Tassie 👍 Tony
  8. When a detector box is opened and batteries put in to test the unit and a coin is waved in front of the coil......technically.......it is now used and second hand.....used detectors can be sold out of the USA 🤫
  9. The price on White’s detectors in Australia was absolutely outrageous and I emailed the company letting them know exactly that. I managed to buy all of my White’s detectors from US dealers who were not supposed to do so but they were good to me. The number of Aussies looking to buy White’s products generally didn’t have this luxury and when they saw the local prices couldn’t run to Minelab fast enough. White’s would have made some significant inroads into the Australian market by either selling directly from the USA or asking for a please explain from Aussie dealers for the exorbitant markups.
  10. To be perfectly honest, I kind of suspected bottlecaps would be a challenge with different alloys, state of decay, different depths....they even sound different depending on which way they are pointing up. The litterers could at least leave me the odd unopened one every now and again 🍺
  11. I swear that the Corona bottling plant is just down the road from me and not in Mexico.
  12. Well I guess eventually all physical money will die out......at one stage the Aussie government was going to replace the $5 note with a $5 coin but still waiting for that.
  13. It certainly read that way...I updated the earlier post with “TDIBH”.....plus I’m waaaaay down here so no AQ’s for some time 😩
  14. Well I don’t own the AQ 🙁.....just going on Joe’s videos and targets used.
  15. A while back. I posted a question about the AQ and bottlecaps so that has been answered for me ! Bottlecaps are a nightmare down here on my beaches but the Excal does very well on these. I have dug as many 200 in one long hunt. If anyone finds a tactic to dealing with these on the AQ then please update. We also have many $1 and $2 coins which are lost in their thousands on the beaches and in the water. These “goldies” are comprised of 92% Copper, 6% Aluminium, 2% Nickel which will be high conductivity on any detector. Are these sorts of targets ($1 and $2) sacrificed on the AQ in the pur
  16. That’s a nice pile of targets......On coin and ring sized targets, the TDIBH is about 2” behind the AQ at maximum depths attainable. I really enjoy mine (TDIBH) but would prefer a smaller coil of about 10” or so for hunting in the water. On the beach itself then the 12” coil is fine. Tony
  17. Girlfriend/wife with beach house v having an AQ only........that’s a tough one ☝️
  18. Ohhhhhhh.....they look damn nice 👍 Joe has saved me big time here.....my only other alternative was to have to buy the endcap WITH the crappy Koss headphones because that is how Minelab receive them from their supplier......Minelab do not have the single endcap part !! Joe definitely da’ man........
  19. Ah the Excalibur is still such a good workhorse.......hopefully my horse will be up and running soon.....thanks to Joe 👍 Nice chunk of gold too !
  20. At least we can now prepare for the sticker shock of the “B” model......that price has me worried for future AQ (beach/water) sales though. Then again, the market for these might be more than I’m guessing. Could model B morph into something that caters for beach/water and land/nuggets. That would sell big time. Unless priced sharply, having two or three sub models of the AQ could be a problem.
  21. I was tempted to go up and have a look......only a couple hours drive from home. Id like to know the area he was returning from 👍
  22. Great post Gerry.....and a nice refreshing change from all the doom and gloom about where White’s are at. I’m so tempted to go out and buy one of each just for the hell of it. I have three White’s detectors but it’s not enough 👍
  23. I know it’s early days and dealing with bottlecaps in general can be problematic....different alloys, different states of decay but is there or could there be a way of dealing with these with the AQ. The Excalibur does a very good job overall and only sometimes am I fooled into digging one or two. My best beaches for gold are “Bottlecap Beaches”...... my use of PI detectors in these areas is a painful one and use of a VLF is mandatory. I once hunted for 8 hours with my old Garrett Seahunter and retrieved 118 bottlecaps amongst the goodies......🤬 There is deep gold beneath these bott
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