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Rick Kempf

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  1. In the summer of 1968, I was on summer break - the fall would be my last semester before graduation from University and I was all set up to go into USAF Officer training school in February after I had my degree and turned 21 - and then on to Pilot Training - all that happened, but this is not about that. My mother’s family were French Canadian, emigrated to New England in the early years of the 1900’s - my grandfather - not yet a US citizen - was drafted and served in the US Army in France in WWI. But this is not about that. That summer, to make some money to afford to get married in
  2. The “Frozen Choisen” - I had a friend who limped because of the toes he lost.
  3. https://phoenix.craigslist.org/wvl/for/d/glendale-minelab-gpx-4000-gold-metal/7230946968.html
  4. Blush! But seriously. I wondered in the very beginning when Tom Walsh wrote his “Disclosure” how this would actually go down. I have attached a copy here. I made all the buyers on my list review and agree before I put them on the list. It has worked out pretty well. I am frustrated at the slow pace of production, but I believe (without any “inside dope”) that it is just “an abundance of caution” on the part of Fisher. Early on - and still now and then - the whole thing was criticized as some sort of a “Pay to play” Beta Test program - nobody had ever heard of such a thing. We
  5. Yes, 2"+ - they are available. I can order them.TUBE-AQ-EXT Lower Tube Assby, ExtendedMSRP $79.00
  6. I believe that their plan for the Final AQ version release is April ‘21. My own opinion on whether that date will hold is not relevant.
  7. As many of you have no doubt heard, the COVID19 situation in El Paso is pretty serious. I posted a while ago information I got from them that they were busy working and shipping product (not so many AQ’s - but). Well, I just had a chance to talk to my main contact in Sales Management at FTP and I think it is useful to share the general message I got. She explained to me that the (new) facility at FTP has advanced air circulation and filtration systems - that all personnel have been provided with highly effective face masks and that workstations and all other aspects of the internal organizatio
  8. I have no information which would rule out a gold pinpointer from FTP. How’s that for noncommittal?
  9. I said a MODERN PI pinpointer. PI’s can be built to have extremely short minimum pulse delays and be incredibly sensitive to tiny objects. I believe that most industrial metal detectors used to find - for example - broken off needle points in clothing are PI’s
  10. TVR. First Texas has read this thread - I know, because I sent it to them with Carolina’s specific complaint quoted. It has been seen by the CEO - Tom Walsh and referred to his Quality boss.
  11. The presence of extreme mineralization in lots of gold bearing ground makes VLF pinpointer vulnerable - I suspect that a modern PI pinpointer would be very useful.
  12. The “peaking” CJC is talking about is very real. It is a result of the amazingly responsive AQ’s signal processing. It is this feature which give it highly informative audio signals to the user. The problem is that these are “pure” signals, unprocessed by any software. The processing and interpretation is left entirely to the the brain of the user!!
  13. I have no information on specific details but have been informed that First Texas is open and busy processing orders.
  14. The folks who did the software for the V3i left Whites quite a while ago.
  15. Note: I am posting this because of its impact on Fisher production - not my political views or those of anyone else Order issued today by the County Judge in El Paso. Likely to affect AQ deliveries. Public safety takes priority. NOW THEREFORE, TO REDUCE THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 THROUGHOUT EL PASO COUNTY AND TO REDUCE THE INFECTION RATE OF THE PEOPLE CONSIDERED AT RISK THAT WILL REQUIRE HOSPITILIZATION AND TO LIMIT DEATH FROM COMPLICATIONS OF COVID-19, I, COUNTY JUDGE FOR EL PASO COUNTY, TEXAS PURSUANT TO THE AUTHORITY VESTED BY TEXAS GOVERNMENT CODE CHAPTER 418, HEREBY FIN
  16. Old Norwegian expression...”Sooner or later even a blind cat stumbles across a dead rat”. Not criticizing the poster of the video, but the capabilities of the AQ extend so far beyond stumbling across a great big hunk of gold in easy conditions. The AQ is no blind cat - what we are hunting are way less obvious than dead rats!!! Again, no criticism of the poster. He is a serious and experienced operator and will now doubt learn over time what the AQ is really capable of.
  17. Gary - looks like a lot of us have patience and sympathy for your initial progress. Keep on and if you are not a happy - give me “first refusal” on the resale - I hav nearly 50 folks waiting. Good luck and keep working on it.
  18. Thanks for your frank and thoughtful report. A nice blend of expectations vs. experience. Actually getting this kind of data was the assignment Fisher gave me - a sort of “Public Beta” - with the difference that you have to buy your “ticket”. I’m pretty sure that on this forum anyway, the fact that this thing was designed narrowly to find gold jewelry at the beach was clearly explained. If your beaches hold no gold, then a VLF IB machine is the tool you need for coin recovery and whatever else you might come across. For example. my own air tests showed better depth on a man’s gold we
  19. Yes, Joe has the only one “in the wild”. It may or may not be identical to the production version, but I suspect it’s buoyancy will be the same. P.S. Thanks for the well wishes. It was a minor but uncomfortable procedure and as of today - I am pretty much back to normal.
  20. Well, here I sit - recovering from some minor surgery - the sitting part made more difficult - no more details available.... Today I had Fisher ship the 25th AQ LTD. If I had any idea why it is so infernally slow of them to ship the darned things, I probably couldn’t share the details....but the fact that they give me no useful information about such things means that I am spared the decision on what to disclose. Mostly folks who have them are learning what they are good for and the consensus is - I think - that like any other detector - they are not good for EVERYTHING. Happily, the
  21. Really faint targets just give a sort of repeatable “pause”, “drop out”, or “breath” in the threshold.
  22. Maybe the AQ should be known as “My Uncle Harold” - half seriously - (cross threading here - my story about my uncle in the cold winter of ‘43 in the North Atlantic - with only his ears between his ship and those who would destroy it). Primitive sonar in the early 1940’s was used by its most able operators to defeat a threat. OK, enough of the WWII drama - but seriously - a tool has capabilities and an adept user will exploit those to return amazing results. Having said that - no tool is perfect - guaranteeing amazing returns to the least trained or adept operator. That’s life.
  23. The iron ID in multitone and mute mode is highly dependent on settings of ATS and degree of discrimination selected. It struggles with rusty bottle caps and rusty Bobby pins. With the increadibly reactive audio, linear iron - like nails etc. are even readily ID’d even in all metal. Of course that long nail with it’s double response might just be a gold chain! With a VLF discriminator, the same nail would ID as iron - but might be masking a gold ring! That situation would not happen with the AQ - you would hear both of the targets. No perfect detector exists
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