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    Hunting for GOLD
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    QED, Minelab GPX4500 (Coiltek Joey 10x5, NF 14x9 EVO, X-Coil 12x6) steelPHASE SP01, Equinox800, GM1000, GBP (Nel Coils), T2 (Mars Tiger), Keene A52S Sluice, ProPointer AT, GoFind40, EuroAce (Tornado)

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  1. I've had the same problem before, it was little bits of tin foil all through the playground from chocolate packaging and bubble gum and so on. I just had to notch out up to about 7 on the VDI's, that got rid of most of the annoying iffy little signals for me and I wasn't too worried about missing too much below 7... sure some fine gold will be there but most will be over 7 and it was all I could do to detect the area without going insane. The Equinox is very sensitive to small targets, which is why it's so good for gold prospecting, even in Park 1 it can find tiny gold nuggets. You could even drop back to single frequency and see if it helps with the EMI / Signals, try 5 first as it will be less sensitive to small stuff like bits of foil but maybe worse for EMI so maybe 10 will be best but it's worth trying them all. I'd be in Park 1 in that situation too, it will find jewellery no problems if it's there. Some more experienced Playground hunters / Nox users may have more and better advice for you.
  2. Thanks everyone, I wish they made a 20" coil for the Equinox, this sort of situation it would be perfect, almost no junk, no mineralisation 🙂 I hope I can do as well tomorrow!
  3. haha yea, I filled them all in, I couldn't even tell where I'd been... the soil was very soft being winter, it was frozen first thing in the morning but defrosted quickly, it was quite a warm day today for this time of year. You'll notice once I swapped to the Equinox my hole sizes grew as I got a shovel to do the work 😉 This field doesn't seem to get used anymore, the council just keep it mowed I guess in case some kids go on it to play and to keep the place tidy. I have trouble working out exactly where the Target is with the 15x12 coil, it seems to always end up behind where I think it will be, even when I try dig further back it's still behind my hole if I do a small hole 🙂
  4. I'm pretty happy about it 🙂 I've barely dented it yet, Not even one tenth of it has been detected.
  5. My new T2 arrived this week so I decided I'd take it out for a test run today, I haven't bothered detecting football fields before, it never really crossed my mind to do so especially small town football fields that barely ever get used. I think the last time I even saw people on this thing was about a year ago and they were riding a horse 🙂 I guess back in time it was probably a popular place and my results today show this. This is going to be more of a picture story as the pictures tell 1000 words! I started using the T2 with Mars Tiger coil and within two minutes of arriving I had my first coin, then another, then another..... it was nuts, coins everywhere and very little junk, I was finding nice old coins, possibly one of my oldest in a while too Silver 🙂 1938 British Penny The T2 was getting good depth, easily hitting on coins with good ID's, another silver! 1948 Penny - Now NZ currency, not British like the older Pennies, we used some British currency until 1967. Prior to 1933 United Kingdom currency was the official legal tender of New Zealand, although Australian coins and notes were also generally accepted. The first New Zealand penny was minted in 1940. The penny ran until 1965, when New Zealand stopped minting pre-decimal coins in preparation for decimilisation in 1967. I have no idea what this thing is This is the football field I was detecting, under the goal posts and along the end of the field had a good collection of coins, I guess from all the diving with the ball and coins in the players pockets, I don't know much about football, probably the only NZ male who has no clue about the game 🙂 My oldest find of the day, a British 1912 One Penny It was quite deep down but the T2 banged on it real hard with a solid ID. At this point I decided I'd go home and gear up better as this place obviously has a lot of good old coins. I was only using my T2 with Carrot and Lesche digging tool which was hard work with all the coins being so deep. I wanted a bigger coil to cover more ground but there was no way I was going to strap on the 15" Teknetics coil to continue using the T2 as it weighs a tonne. I opted for the Equinox with it's 15" coil and almost straight away after turning it on, another coin 1950 NZ One Penny. I left the bit of dirt on the coil up the top it came out of, I love when you get the impression of the coin in the soil. Another silver, 1934 Shilling This is the hole it came from, I always recheck my holes and I'm glad I did, another target in the hole, then another... this was crazy 3 Silvers in the hole so far, 1934 Shilling, 1934 Shilling and a 1946 Sixpence, I was sure this was it but I did another check and off to the side of the hole, ANOTHER SILVER Another 1934 Shilling, 4 silvers in one hole, incredible! Someone had a bad day. 1964 Sixpence... the coins just kept coming, all old ones. No longer are they made of silver in 1964... Nice and deep though +++++ My first modern coin, a $2 But look how deep it was, it was deeper than a lot of far older coins.... weird! Another two in one hole, just one cent coins from back when NZ had one cent coins. Another coin leaving a cool impression of itself in the soil, just a one cent I think It sure a lot of ground to cover, I'll be at this place for weeks... plenty more coins to find I'm sure. Time to head back to the car, with my coil to the soil. Another for the road 🙂 Double sided impression on the soil with this one. I couldn't possibly put up a photo of every coin find as there were just too many, all in about 3 hours detecting. The good stuff The bad stuff... not a bad ratio, good stuff far outweighed bad stuff, unusual for me.... I'll be back there tomorrow.... and the next day.... and the next day 🙂
  6. T2's don't save settings, they start in factory defaults at each turn on. I kinda like that as they're so simple and quick to setup anyway.
  7. Wow, it's a wonder it was worth the production cost of using different components between the two versions. Interesting through, thanks Pimento. I'm starting to think my EMI upgrades weren't so much upgrades after all and just fixed up what was otherwise a faulty T2 due to the shield wire falling off. Now it's back on with a good connection between the new layers of shielding paint so it's probably no different to one fresh out of the factory in terms of shielding.
  8. 06 16 is the first bits of the serial number that comes up. I've checked and it doesn't have cache or boost modes, it's a shame as all they are is firmware so really they should be on every model, there should be no extra charge for software improvements, I very much disagree with that method of making money out of us poor consumers 🙂 My old one turns on in all metal mode and doesn't display a serial when turned on. I find it handy it starts in all metal as the first thing I do is check the ground under it for targets and once I know it's clear I do a ground balance. This new one fires up in disc mode so I switch to all metal to do my ground balance... I just don't like ground balancing in disc mode. Same firmware version, start in different modes......? It seems this new one must have DST built into it as it runs VERY quiet and stable, even sensitivity of 90 out of 99 in all metal and disc is perfectly stable inside my house. I wonder if DST affects performance in any way, will the old model be hotter?
  9. I have to detect that terrain, it's where the gold is I am a lazy detectorist, I use my Carrot to narrow down and speed up recovery of larger targets like 22 shells when prospecting, most prospectors don't use a pinpointer. Some ignore the big booming signals, I learnt quickly not to.. one was an old Chinese gold miners ring, others have been nuggets... a majority................. junk.
  10. I go through some pretty rough terrain, a lot of hillsides and climbing up steep slopes, also going through barb wire fences, pockets are risky business. Detecting flat parkland and so on would be a different story.
  11. haha some of us have to detect coins and jewellery sometimes as our soils aren't riddled with gold 🙂 While my QED is away my coin detectors get to play.
  12. A few weeks ago I lost my Garrett Carrot AT when detecting down at a local river, I didn't realise it was lost until it was long gone, I tried for a couple of days to walk the same path to find it but never did so I decided I'd buy another one and some gadgets to prevent me losing it too. I have the standard belt holder for my Carrot but didn't like it, too high on my body for my Carrot to sit so it kept getting banged. I first tried my Minelab finds bag to look after it, it appears to have Carrot holders on the side of it but it doesn't fit well which makes it difficult to get in and out and has no clip for a lanyard. It sits really high on the bag too and gets in the way of my elbows. So I hunted around on Ebay and found a Chinese made finds bag for a good price and it had a clip and fits the Carrot much better, the bag has more features and better quality too I like it's drink bottle holder pouch. A zip up pocket for the important stuff and a big area for the junk with holes to let out the dirt. It was about $15 USD delivered. Then I stumbled across bike torch mounts so I bought a few of them thinking I'll mount my carrot on my shaft 😀 They worked fine but again, difficult to get it in and out but there was another model available that looked better. The top is firm rubber and lets you get the Carrot in and out easily and they're only about $1 USD each with free shipping to NZ. They hold stable and won't be lost like this, I don't notice the weight, some might... I can use a torch in them for night detecting too if I wish. And the best news bit of this story, I found my original lost Carrot today down at the river while testing my new T2, it's in that photo on my Equinox shaft after I got it back... lucky it's waterproof as it's been through a lot of rain and snow. If anyone has a better method of not losing a Pinpointer I'd be interested in hearing it.
  13. I didn't think about that, I think you maybe on the money 2Valen I used to use Ethernet over power years ago back when I worked in IT, it was great for getting high speed internet around a house where the owners didn't want wireless as it may damage their tin foil hat It allowed their home broadband to go around their house through its power wiring and anywhere there was a power point they could plug a EOP adapter in and plug in a network cable and off they go... Any power point in the home has ethernet networking capability, this is an example of the gadget https://www.tp-link.com/en/home-networking/powerline/tl-pa411kit/?utm_medium=select-local If US power companies are experimenting with this through their power network it will make a mess of detectors near power lines I'm sure.
  14. Well my new (second hand) T2 arrived today, and to my surprise I think it's the new T2 Classic rather than an older T2 like I thought it was going to be, I asked the seller what firmware was on it and he replied 8.8, same firmware as on my old T2 so I assumed it was the same model but it's not. I checked and it does indeed have 8.8 It has a holographic sticker on it's control box with the American flag and T2 on it, the flag can only been seen properly at certain angles. It now comes up with it's serial number when you turn it on like my Gold Bug Pro's, my old one didn't do that. It also ground balances at different numbers on the same soil with the same coil. My Mars Tiger on my old T2 ground balances at 66 in my front yard, this new one using the same coil and settings at 75. It's immunity to EMI is great, I can run it at 90 sensitivity in my front yard with no chatter at all in all metal and disc. The other weird thing is on my old one if I went over 50 on disc it got really chattery if EMI was around, this one goes over 50 no problems in the exact same location. It seems Teknetics have done improvements on newer models than my old 2008 or so model even though it's got the same firmware version, weird. I can't do the EMI tests I was planning on doing as the new one is already good. I popped it open already, couldn't resist and the shielding was done similar to how my old one was done but it looked like they've used less glue. I forgot to take a photo while it was opened up but I'll do that again soon anyway, I didn't even think to check if the board inside it had a revision number to compare to my old one so it's getting ripped open again yet anyway. Here's photos of it. Next to old failthful. Seeing it's an improved model by the looks of it I'm not going to sacrifice it for it's shaft for my QED. It looks like it's had very little use, the owner sold it to buy an Equinox but it's barely got a scratch on it, the screen has a screen protector that was installed with a dusty screen and full of bubbles though. I put my favourite Tiger coil on it straight away. Now I have two T2's and two Gold Bug Pro's.... my wife is going to be cringing, even more so when she sees a Detech Ultimate coil arrive for it. 🙂 The way this newer T2 behaves really makes the T2 a good option for US $499, that's damn good value for such a good detector, I guess until the Simplex and Vanquish come out then that may change.
  15. Wow oneguy, I hadn't seen anything from you in a while so was just wondering the other day how you were going, looks like you were going very well 🙂 That's huge, it makes the other huge one there look small, that's a problem I'd like to have. It's a wonder you didn't blow the speaker on your Gold Monster.
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