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Skate last won the day on April 12 2019

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  • Location:
    Ventura Coast
  • Interests:
    All forms of metal detecting, beach, dirt, mud if there is a coin or ring there.
  • Gear Used:
    Equinox 600 w/15" coil
    Equinox 800 w/11" coil
    Tarscacci MDT 8000
    Soon the Fisher Impulse AQ

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  1. I emailed Dimitar about the salt balancing issue as I've never been able to make it quiet. His response was to send me the manual which I had read several times to that point. Not exactly what I had hoped for in terms of customer support but I think it had more to do with me buying his machine second hand as he had nothing in the sale so to speak. This point concerns me a bit as if I have a problem regarding something breaking I don't think that there will be any warranty support.
  2. #16 bought used from a forum member. I use it exclusively for wet sand. Deal to good to pass up but had intended to buy new. I have issues with getting my salt # correct so that it balances in the wet. I think it's going to be a great machine going forward but we definitely need more videos on the wet sand to help others like myself with the settings. I'm able to use it and am successful with it but I'm probably only getting 65-70% out of it.
  3. It seems there is a divide happening with regards to the AQ. It seems there are those who want to pick it apart to the point that if it doesn't find a ring every swing it's a failure and they just can't wait to point the finger and say I told you so. On the other side are those who are wide eyed like a kid at Christmas dreaming of how much fun it's going to be going to the beach. I've been watching the discussions here and on the other forums and depending on what side your on Rick is either a snake oil salesman or a prophet. Bottom line is if you want to know what it'll find you're going to have to buy it and go hunt and be prepared to move a lot of sand. No matter how good the detector is the detectorist has to be even better, more resilient and more willing to do the work necessary to find anything of value. If you're struggling finding gold it's simply because you're either looking in the wrong places or you haven't dug enough holes yet and the AQ won't change a bad plan or weak resolve. As for me I'm a buyer as I'm that 54 year old kid who just can't wait. I apologize if this is way off topic but it seems like things are getting beaten to death.
  4. Good question. When I use my equinox I dig everything because on 4 occasions that I can remember I dug 4 targets that started off sounding and reading as iron ended up 3 gold rings and one platinum. With my MDT I've yet to strike gold but I have yet to dig anything that sounded or identified as iron that wasn't. 100% accuracy so far but even that might be skewed as now I pass by any target that doesn't come in on the positive side with the MDT because I have about 200 pieces of junk that read as junk that I have dug in an effort to learn the machine. It makes me wonder how the AQ will do on a beach I detected yesterday that was loaded with hundreds and hundreds of lobster/crab trap shrapnel. Every two steps was another piece. Would the AQ drive me batty at a place like this?
  5. Simple is better. My only concern with the AQ is going to be setting it up properly to hunt. I'm an end user. My mind cannot wrap around all the different aspects as it relates to detecting technology. I'm constantly amazed at folks like Steve who can not only understand all this stuff but also explain it in such a way that people like me can go " ok, do this now go hunt." If I miss the occasional small gold but still get 90% of the other gold sitting in the wet sand I'm going to be happy.
  6. Thank you Steve! I've got about 30 hours on mine now and no gold but that's only because I haven't found it yet.
  7. There is no end to detecting, only an end to us. Keep swinging until you just can't swing anymore. I think in the years ahead the finds will still be there but the amount of detectorist's willing to work for them will actually be fewer than today. Those of north of 50 are not "old" we're just "older". Many younger folks today quit the moment things get tough or hard. Steve there are many glorious days of detecting in front of you. God bless
  8. This is the place to be if you want to learn. So many great people whose only agenda is to help others. No snark, no sarcasm, no keyboard cowboys. I know you're a legend OBN and that you know that the treasure is not always what we dig or scoop. Glad you're here.
  9. Thanks for all the suggestions and like everyone, I've tried them all. Cortisone shots are brutal and I had one in my right elbow ONCE 😨 and that was it. In order to keep my arthritis and inflammation in check I've changed my diet to pretty much zero carb and now utilize tools like the ArmAid. I still like to compete in Spartan racing so as get closer to 60 I have to work harder at recovery than preparation it seems. I'm a perfectionist to a fault and this most recent bout of elbow tendinitis came from teaching the flop shot to my golf team. I got to practice late, didn't warm up and between 6 kids I probably hit and demonstrated the shot about 200 times. I couldn't brush my teeth that night. I like to think I'm getting wiser as I get older but there seems to be very little evidence to back that up.
  10. I didn't know where else to put this but I thought I would try here but if it needs to be moved Steve go for it. A little background, I am in no way affiliated with this company other than I bought one of these to help relieve my elbow pain. In addition to detecting I coach golf, do a lot of push-ups/pull-ups in my fitness routine and drag my scoop behind me when on the beach. My elbows always used to hurt and there were times I chose not to detect as my tendinitis was just to painful. I found armaid through a fitness friend and tried it out and bingo, it has helped to alleviate the pain I'd get from swinging my detector or anything else physical using my arms. As we age things don't quite work as they used to and pain shows up more often in our daily lives. When I started to see relief I thought this was too good not to share with the forum at DP as I'm sure many others suffer from elbow tendinitis as well as painful wrists and fingers so here is the website. www.armaid.com They have a bunch of videos that show you how to use it so it's pretty easy to get started. Again I have zero interest in the company and my only reason for sharing it here is that it might be able to help someone eliminate or lessen their arm pain so they can detect more. I tried to attach a picture but I ran into problems so I apologize for that.
  11. Great thread and it's awesome to see Alexandre on here providing insight as well. I hope folks really appreciate the knowledge and education you can get on Detector Prospector. Even if you have no interest in the AQ knowing you can speak directly to the designer is amazing.
  12. So let's say this new detector somehow someway is a game changer, identifies targets down to 16", you always know what you're digging, pulltabs and bottle caps are discriminated out, makes detecting so easy a caveman could do it. How good would it actually be for the hobby? This isn't a slight on this new machine but just a general thought. If the technology suddenly becomes so good that you don't need much if any skill to find stuff then what becomes of the hobby?
  13. This is good to hear. I hope it exceeds your expectations and I look forward to seeing your unboxing and commentary.
  14. In moist soil I've had the target stick to the end of my shovel, saw the image in the dirt(like you described) and then wandered around like a fool for 10 minutes with the pointer trying to find the target. It may have been stuck on your digger, you placed it to the side or behind you, it fell off and now it is outside your hole 18-24". I know this because I have done it.
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