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Randy Dee

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About Randy Dee

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    Durham, UK
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    At 76 Years Old
    Only Got Time For Metal Detecting.
    Licensed Ham Radio Operator When I Can Squeeze It In.
  • Gear Used:
    Minelab Equinox 800, Minelab CTX-3030, Minelab Etrac, Minelab Explorer Mk 2, Xp Deus, Makro Racer 2, Red Heat Mk2, Tesoro Gold Sabre Plus & 3 Very Early C-Scope BFO Machines.

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  1. About 5 years back I managed to snap off one of the lugs on my Etrac 11" coil right across the bolt hole but still had the snapped off piece so decided to do the repair myself as the coil was out of warranty and I did a similar job to that on the video above, I used Araldite and bought black nylon - plastic M8 Penny Washers off ebay these are a perfect replacement fit and after applying a coating of Araldite to the outer side of the snapped lug and a thin coat to the roughened surface of the M8 Penny Washer and making sure that the bolt holes married up I used sprung clothes pegs to hold secure the joint until the bonding had set. The resulting repair lasted for years and remained secure for ever after even swinging the coil among tough stubble. If you can't find your snapped off part of the lug you can easily form a replica of the lost bit using one of the Penny Washers grinding it down with a Dremel. The link below is for Ebay here in the UK but I am sure if you type in Black Nylon - Plastic M8 Penny Washers you will be successful. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BLACK-Nylon-Plastic-M8-PENNY-WASHERS-OD-24-0mm-ID-8-4mm-T-2-0mm-Pack-of-25/301722703799?epid=1888089412&hash=item46401317b7:g:S6YAAOSwDk5UBGkk .
  2. And wishing you "All The Very Best".
  3. Here's wishing all of you Equinox users and site members from both sides of the big pond "A Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year". Happy Hunting From Randy Dee in the UK.
  4. Gordon is only giving this information as an option for use not as a must use, it is just a case of like what Mitchel wrote to me the tone setting is just like one does when setting up the "Base & Treble" tones on a stereo to ones own preferences. The CTX-3030 has the ability to utilize the tones to ones own likes and so does the Equinox, both machines great tones.
  5. Welcome aboard, As Steve has said other peoples settings which they have setup on their own soil type and location is of very little use on other soil types (Land or Sea Shore), from what I can make out from your first post you are in the States ie. on an iron infested colonial site as we don't have colonial sites here in the UK and Neil who I have met does not encounter iron infested fields like your location so for a start his "Iron Bias" setting would not be of any help for your detecting situation and Neil runs all of his detectors on full throttle (Sky High Sensitivity) and no "Discrimination" and he doesn't do much beach detecting if any. To find your best settings for your Equinox, first of all read the manual to learn what influence each of the settings can make to gain the best settings for your present location / land type, you may find that the main controls the Noise Cancel, the Ground Balance, the Sensitivity, the Discrimination, the Response and the Iron Bias settings when tuned correctly will make the detecting in your location more pleasurable and quiet. Good Hunting Randy Dee .
  6. Hello Dick Great words about a great man. Good to see you in here and welcome aboard.
  7. Well done Richard plenty of finds there. Another good session with the Nox, stick with it.
  8. Here in the UK the internet broad band providers are using wireless microwave mini dish transmitters to provide broad band connection to remote farms, the dishes are mounted close to the main telephone lines on the main highway and I have been detecting on the fields close to the relay dish for many years but this spring time my Equinox and my mates Deus was going berserk and it was then that I noticed the newly installed microwave relay dish, we had to vacate the fields as the noise was unbearable, I later tried my CTX-3030 on the same fields and the noise was the same. .
  9. Welcome aboard me old pal it is always great to see some of the old timers posting with their masses of experience in this great hobby.
  10. As I have stated earlier in this thread I bought one of the first of this Nox telescopic rods and I can honestly say that mine has not given me the slightest problem in use, no wobbling no twisting absolutely nothing to give me concern and I use it twice a week for eight hour detecting sessions in corn stubble so I speak as I find, an excellent and good value bit of kit.
  11. I bought the very first one released to customers direct from my good friend Tony Hunt here in the UK, and in all honesty his Tele-Nox fully collapsible carbon shaft is a top notch bit of kit and worth every penny, when collapsed down will fit direct in a back pack.
  12. Richard you are 100% correct in what you say about the Vanquish being brought to the market to compete with and supersede the low end Garrett detectors with two models priced just as you say. The Vanquish to compete with the lower end detectors is much the same as what Minelab did when bringing out the Equinox to compete against the XP Deus. There was a recent Europian Minelab distributor meeting in the Netherlands where the Minelab Vanquish was the purpose of the meeting and general discussion and although all attendees were sworn to secrecy it looks like a few are singing like canaries.
  13. The idea of having longer battery life for the Equinox or for that matter any other metal detector for use here in the UK is because unlike the USA we have 3 & 4 day metal detecting rallies and at it for 8 -9 hours each day and most of the participants do not have any means of charging their batteries. Steve has been over here detecting in these events and will most likely appreciate the battery charging nightmare.
  14. For the guys looking for extra battery life for the Equinox, I have copied a post from the MLO forum where my good friend Tony Hunt here in the UK is financing the production of a new RNB double life lithium battery for the Equinox, see his comments below. He intends to ship this battery worldwide. ============================================================================= Extra battery life for the Equinox. There is something very exciting coming from RNB concerning extra battery life for the NOX guys. I cannot divulge too much at present but its imminent and will be available throughout the UK and Europe from myself at www.detecting-innovations.co.uk Think small and water resistant and double life lithium battery.
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