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Norm S

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    D'Iberville MS
  • Interests:
    Metal Detecting
  • Gear Used:
    Equinox 800 and Equinox 600

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  1. I never push pinpoint over the target. I move away a foot or two then push pinpoint and have never had a problem and maybe I am just lucky mine don't do it
  2. WOW! I was ready buy a CTX when I heard about the Equinox and changed my mind after reading about it. With 5 products in development you have to know one of the five is going to be another hit like the Equinox. A suped up CTX would awesome. At my age not sure I will ever buy another new detector but I said that about buying new vehicles and I have bought 3 of them in the past two years so when there is something out there I want I go for it
  3. I think the real issue is the amount of time it takes Minelab to return the detectors that have had water problems. I think some if it is this Covid-19 thing. I also think the being submerged upto 30 minutes is the key to all the discussion. When I had two different detectors fail with bad control boxes I was antsy waiting and I got both back in less than a week. I had Whites repair the same detector twice because it never worked after the 1st repair and I was without it for over a month and in the meantime switched to a Minelab Etrac I don't use mine in water and would never stay submerged for over 30 minutes if I did. In my eyes Minelab is the best overall brand on the market. The Equinox is the best all around detector I have ever owned. It has so many pluses I have no interest in another detector. I am no different than many of the users I would be frustrated and probably start bashing Minelab if I had what I thought was a waterproof detector and it leaked and then it took over a month for minelab to repair or replace it. I also know customer service and contact with a customer heals a lot of wounds.
  4. I couldn't find any roads from google maps so I won't even try unless I run into someone that would know. We have plenty of places to try anyway. Not trying to get rich it's just fun doing it.
  5. My grandson actually lives on 47 acres outside of Brighton and they have a small lake on it but not really bothered much by mosquitoes. I lived in Edwardsville for over 20 yrs . Is Muldrow Glacier accessible by truck
  6. Yeah he is only 21 and prime bait. He lives in S IL just north of Alton and not many mosquitos there. We been there before and this time we are going to do some gold panning, fishing and metal detecting.
  7. I kinda figured we'd hit flat land with a lot of marsh area or wetlands judging by the google maps. We do have hats with mosquito netting. I learned that my last trip. No amount of repellent seems to work. My grandson finishes summer school in college in a cpl of weeks then he will have the required credits for his engineering degree so this is a graduation present. Made for a good excuse to go back to Alaska with him.
  8. Thanks for the info Steve I know it's about a 12 hr drive but do to extended daylight that time of year I will have plenty of time to rest etc along the way. I will even have some camping gear and extra gas. I have rented a 4x4 crew cab pickup. I have been as far as Wiseman in the past. I have also experienced the mosquitos as well.
  9. I am like phrunt I am not careful with my detectors at all. I have left them in the bed of my truck on 100 degree days and in the back seat on the floorboard for weeks in temps from 80 - 100 degrees. Heck it was in the bed of my truck during a rainstorm that rained 3" in about 2 hours. I don't wash the sand or saltwater off from it either. I dropped it in the water more than once. . I have had Garrett and Whites detectors and along with an Etrac but over all the Equinox is the best of the rest. I had a V3i for 3 years and in three years I didn't find as much with the V3i as I did with the Equinox in 2 months. Had to send the V3i in twice because the control box went bad. I had settings in the V3i I used from the V3i gurus but they weren't much better than the factory settings with a little discrimination. I have had issues with the both my 600 and my 800 but minelab took care of if immediately. That was within two months of the release date. If anything goes wrong again it's time for a new one. It's personal preference for everyone and it's more what you take a liking to than brand or model
  10. I am headed to Alaska next month with both of my equinox detectors. I am flying into Fairbanks and want to do some detecting and panning. The last time there we did some panning and believe it or not we panned . 26 ounces of gold. Not in one day of course but in several creeks North of Denali. This time we plan on panning, detecting and fishing. I am also driving the Dalton Highway to the end of the road if possible. A bucket list Item. I have driven coast to coast to the farthest point in NE Maine to the coast of CA and I been to the end of the road in Key West. Now I want to drive to the farthest point north in Alaska. Are there any good gold panning spots along the Dalton highway or any suggestions where to pan or metal detect in the Fairbanks area
  11. I hope it was over heating but if not Minelab has great customer service
  12. Interesting posts. Most every person into detecting I know has secret honey holes they hunt and everyone of them lie about what they find. I lie as well. I have never told anyone about my best find or where I found it. I also find it interesting so many members don't list their location on the profiles. As far as finds never being recorded or shown on forums I do agree to an extent. I still enjoy the forums. I got my knowledge base from forums. I also learn how much I know by how little some know about their detectors. Almost every setting I use on the Equinox I got from this forum. Some I tried here I didn't like. I removed my firmware update because I didn't like it. I am not into joining a detecting club. I enjoy hunting with one or two people but I not into organized hunts. I don't lie about where I hunt and I enjoy talking about detecting to others and always willing to share info. I have no secret honey holes anymore because I hunted them hard enough I don't want to waste the time coming up with little or nothing. I did quit bragging about the Equinox and praise the AT Pro guys. I do remember about 5 yrs ago a guy had both the CTX 3030 and the E-Trac and he told me you don't want to waste your money on either of these. I now know why he wanted me to stick with my AT Pro I think the influx of people into detecting is starting to wane. The tv shows were probably responsible for 1000's getting into detecting and many I know that got into detecting was from a son or daughter wanting a detector to find riches. I never did like the TV shows about detecting because to me they had special permissions none of us would ever get. It was almost like watching a seeded hunt. There will always be those few that don't respect public or private lands to hunt on that give the rest of us a bad name. Many guys that use forums are long time users and have good info to share. The newbies come and go and so many try to promote U-Tube sites they have. Over the years I have read almost every post and reply by what I consider the most knowledgeable guys into detecting. They understand the science of the detectors and I learn so much from them.
  13. I just read on another website about all the problems guys were having with the update. I tried if for the 1st time today and right now I have mixed feelings about it. I will give it a few more days before I decide
  14. Good story. Lots of things I haven't found but by you sending a variety of different things he has now found them.. If nothing else you helped train his ear
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