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  1. Steve, Very interesting piece on First Texas. I wonder just how much of their business is and will be night vision? Government contracts can be huge so it wouldn't surprise me in the least if this becomes their core business so to speak. As you and others pointed out, they can make low cost detectors by the palate for warehouse stores and still make a buck. For me it is a bit of a bummer that they have had to look outside for new tech. You may recall for several years they were messing with BBS after the Minelab patent expired. One of their prototypes even made it onto a treasure hunting series. The machine never worked because from what I hear you had to set it up custom for every environment you were hunting in. I don't think First Texas has anyone on board who understands multi-frequency technology; they are essentially a single frequency VLF company and don't appear to have a problem being such. So outside of the Manta/Impulse AQ, whenever it gets here, I think we are left with only Minelab and Nokta/Makro when it comes to advancing technology.
  2. Steve, Some very good points here. For me the problem with the Impulse is that for some bizarre reason First Texas has chosen to remain almost completely quiet on the machine. The questions of "holes" in gold targets are very legitimate and it is surprising to me that Fisher hasn't taken the time to at least release some sort an update on this detector. I mean, they've selectively teased everyone with short videos and drops of prototypes at shows, so why not just tell those of us honestly what's going on?
  3. Steve, A very valid point. Funny how we have two opposing scenarios here with anticipated new machines: The Vanquish, which has been teased to the max, and the Fisher Manta/Impulse AQ that has gone ridiculously dark after some now ancient teasing. How about just actually making a new product and then having it available to purchase? Guess that's just old school thinking, eh?
  4. Kac, Just saw your post and your product is interesting. It may be a nice way for folks to address the "sight of a shovel" issue in parks. I'll be very honest, the worst damage I ever see in parks is from guys who try to dig deep using hand trowels. A blade of this nature on a shovel is very clean. I currently use a similar long handled design that I had made for me. The 12" length means that I can't stand and use my foot/body weight to cut to the plug so my curiosity would be how this works for me if I am in a kneeling position. But it does looks promising. I, too, would be interested to know what one will cost. Bill
  5. Wonderful article, Steve. Can't wait to see more pix. Thanks for taking the time to share your trip.
  6. Hey, Tugboat, I'll throw in on this. The issue comes up frequently at our beaches here in Southern California. Generally the accepted courtesy is to give a fellow hunter "sufficient room" meaning if someone is hunting an area pick another patch of beach. And if want to pass them, go around. For the most part this works fine. However, there are some hunters that deliberately encroach on other hunters, "pushing them" so to speak, and I've seen arguments and near fights break out several times over the years. What I try to do is be friendly to everyone and if I get a guy pushing me I will try to at least say hello. Sometimes these are new hunters and not jerks; they just simply don't know detecting etiquette. But it it is one of the jerk hunters I just move on. This is a hobby for me and getting into it with some idiot over a few zinc pennies just isn't worth it. But to answer your question, at least at the beach, I say just work your own patch and use common sense. Bill
  7. Update on the pouch issue. I spoke with Jack at White's and as usual, their customer service is exceptional He is sending me another pouch no charge and says they are aware of the issue but no decision has been made with regard to an upgrade or fix. He did say that some users have had success putting a small towel or cloth a the bottom of the pouch since the area that tears is where the mesh is sewn into the pouch. He said that this fix gives the pouch some support and keeps the latch on the control box from putting too much stress on the pouch. I am going to try that this weekend if I get out. Bill
  8. Hey Gerry, I've had the same problem with mine. Design is good but the fabric is just way too cheap. The box is just too heavy for the pouch. I'm on my second one and it is ripping in the same places. I gave my first one to a buddy of mine who sews and is going to try some fuseable thread to see if that works. But White's really should design a better pouch and then give it to owners at no charge given the price of the machine and the fact that they really push the hip mounting feature of the detector.
  9. Steve, No, you didn't miss anything. And having corresponded with you for several years I can say that you seldom do. I was just wondering if a company would make Equinox-dedicated wireless headphones that would be an upgrade from the Minelabs. Sort of like what several manufacturers/guys have done in terms of the waterproof headphones. I just happen to be a big fan of the Garretts which fit well, are super comfortable and have excellent audio. The Minelabs work fine for me so I'm not really looking to change to an alternative but if one came along that was Equinox-specific I'd certainly give it a look..
  10. Thanks, Steve. I figured that was the case. It would be cool if either Minelab or an aftermarket company would come up with a wireless alternative to the stock headphones.
  11. Just curious since I have a pair of the Garretts that I haven't touched since I got my Equinox. I love the headphones and while I like the Minelab wireless phones for me the Garretts are superior. Any of you folks use them on your Equinox? Bill (S. CA)
  12. Thanks to Detect-Ed for adding the Red Devils to the mix. Really like the look of them!
  13. For those of you who are intending to get wet with your Equinox, there are now several options. Of course there are the Minelab headphones, and Grey Ghost has a model they have brought out. I don't know anyone who is using them yet but both are pretty established outfits. Tony Eisenhower is making a custom set (see his YouTube video) and I have two friends who love them. And now you can add one more...under the brand name of Patriot. Some of you may know that brand and its maker, Joe Demarco, a very well known hunter. His Patriot land phones are very good - I have known several hunts who have liked them. I should imagine his waterproof headphones are equally good. Here's a link to his phones: http://demarcodetectorsales.com/en/patriot-equinox-water-weq No advocacy here of one over the other but I thought it might be helpful to put the current choices all up in one place if you are considering waterproof headphones for your Equinox. Bill
  14. FYI the Kellyco LS Pelso headphones had bad connectors and have been pulled by Kellyco. I'm told they are awaiting a 2nd shipment with modified connectors. Frankly I think Steve is right, better to go with the ML headphones until a reliable alternative presents itself. DetectorPro would do well to send Steve a set of their new Grey Ghosts to test. Bill
  15. Steve, I wish I had the hours in that you do on the Equinox but in the time I have used it the results have, and continue to be, pretty amazing. Let me share with you a little test I did on Saturday at a very heavily hunted, trash filled park here in LA. My buddy, Randy, brought his 800 and I brought my Etrac with a Dtech 8" small coil. I have done very well with the Etrac using this small coil. We were both digging clad, nothing special. Then Randy called me over to check a bouncing signal in the teens on his 800. I scanned it with the Etrac and did not get anything. No null, nothing. I could hit the target in pinpoint. Randy dug down and at about 6" found a little half of a brass locket. Not a big value item but still, the 800 saw it and the Etrac, even with a small coil, didn't. There was only one other target of merit that bears mentioning. Randy got a chirpy "25" on his 800, not real deep, but he figured it was a clad dime. I scanned over the target and once again got nothing. I tried pinpoint and the Etrac would barely read it. Randy dug down and around 4" he popped out a clad dime. I know this stretch of the park we were hunting and there is no way that a clad dime at 4" should have been missed (it was clearly not a fresh drop). Yet it was. These two targets just reaffirmed what all of us are already well aware of: the Equinox is a different animal. Even machines like Etracs, which have ruled the roost so to speak for many years, missed tough and easy targets due to target masking. The Equinox is able to sniff out these targets so truly the expression "hunted out" does not apply to anyone using one. Now I just need to work on the "more hours to hunt" part of all this... Bill (S. CA)
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