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Walter S. Fowler

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    For the most part it's metal detecting, but also enjoy pop up tent camping, hiking, Lionel train collecting and my layout, following SF Giants baseball, 49er football, and being retired.
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    I had been using a Whites XLT for land and still use a Garrett Infinium LS for the water/beach the last 14 years. Switched to a Minelab Equinox 800 in April/2018 ., Fisher F-Pulse pinpointer.

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  1. The TID's were in the same range as a copper penny around 23-27 , but some jumped all over the place. Yes, there was sign of a fire and also bits of pottery and glass and large pieces of iron of various shapes. Does seem strange that so many are not bent and perfectly shaped.. Might have been that a building burned down at this site.? I'm still trying to do research . The ground is very mineralized at this site also. I haven't found any coins there as yet, but still hopeful. I think the ones without heads were just broken for some reason.
  2. I went out yesterday with my Equinox 800 to a previously located site and found a few more square cut nails and a few other interesting items. Well, actually 84 more square cut nails. Using Field 1, changed to 5 tones, recovery speed 4, F2 at 2. Makes you wonder why/how that many square cut nails ended up in such a concentrated area. Quite a few of them were found just using my pinpointer. It's always fun getting out in the woods and doing some relic hunting instead of the usual coinshooting in local parks.
  3. I used the old software on my Equinox 800 this morning using my Normal Field 1, recovery speed lowered to 3, changed to 5 tones, and everything else factory. I found a nice sterling silver Saint Christopher pendant and 25 coins. However, after successfully installing the new software 2.0 I did some testing on targets in the front yard. I did see a marked difference in the response (sound) to a bottle cap after bumping up the new F2 iron bias to 7. My question is the setting on the old iron bias should be similar to the new F2 iron bias setting(say 1 on both or 7 on both) , or, does the two somehow work in different reams? Can the iron bias be 1 on the old iron bias and 7 on the new F2 to get the best results of a different sound response on bottle caps? Im still playing with it, but curious to know anyones take on the settings question. Of course, there wasn't much of a explanation from Minelab on their website on how the the new feature works or the settings, but I am grateful that they do come out with updates/ fixes. Thanks.
  4. Funny you should mention that. There was some evidence of a campfire or some other type of fire at the site including some pieces of melted glass. As always, thanks to everyone for the added information about square cut nails and comments. Good hunting!
  5. I've been metal detecting with my Minelab Equinox 800 all summer sine getting it in April 2018, but just finding the usual coins and nothing exciting to post. The last several days outside Reno I made it out to a new site and found a cache of 75 square(actually rectangle) cut nails and some other interesting items. One item appears to be the end of an old spoon. Using Field 1 pretty much factory settings, but when in town and hunting parks I lower recovery speed down to 3 and slow speed rate speed way down . ( I find gets better depth) . Also, switch target zones to 5 to get more different sounds on the various targets. For the first 1 and 1/2 years of using the Equinox I used Park 1 all the time, but after getting more experienced with it, help from this forum, and reading a couple of books on the NOX( Clive James Clynick and Andy Sabisch books) I feel comfortable enough using some other modes and changing the factory settings. After using a Whites XLT for 15 years it definitely was a learning curve with he NOX , but well worth the learning process. Now, up to 1061 coins and $71.16 for 2019 including the water/sand finds with another detector. (including 9 wheat cents). The forum does great job of speeding up the learning process. Great day in the field.
  6. Thanks Steve. Looking at the YouTube reviews of the Fisher F-Pulse pinpointer, but more importantly your original writeup of the F-Pulse was what influenced me to get it. What has been your most effective way to ground balance it, if necessary? Per the instruction manual there are several different ways to ground balance it. I tried both methods myself and they both seem to work. Thanks for doing such a great job on the forum.
  7. Got out today with the Equinox 800 for a short hunt. Not a lot of coins, but did find 1944s wheat penny and Malibu Castle & Showboat Fun Center token. I believe this amusement park was active in the 1970's, 1980's, and 1990's in North Holleywood, Ca. and closed and then burned to the ground in 1998. Correct me if I'm wrong. The live round was a PMC .270 Win. I have no idea how it got to where it was. Used my regular Park 1, recovery speed down to 4, and sensitivity up to 23. Also, first time out with my Fisher F-Pulse pinpointer which replaces my Garrett (black) Propointer. The F-Pluse definitely goes about 1 1/2 inches deeper on most coins and has a lot more features than my older pinpointer. It is much more powerful and does require ground balancing to operate smoothly. Anyone have any experience longer term with the Fisher F-Pulse they would want to share? Thanks.
  8. Got out again today with my Equinox 800. Did not find a lot of coins, but did pull 1942s wheat penny and 14k gold ring. Stones in ring tested as diamonds at least according to my diamond tester. I used my usual Park 1, with recovery speed lowered to 4. Ring came in at solid 12 at about 5-6 inches. Excellent day.
  9. I was able to go out detecting with the Nox 800 for the first time this year several days ago. The weather has been bad in Northern Nevada this year and I had minor knee surgery in early March. I didn't find a lot of coins , but did manage to find an unreadable date wheat penny, a tiny gold ring, and beautiful 17" necklace(unfortunately not gold.). The gold ring measured in at .9 gram and was by far the smallest gold ring I have found in 16 years of detecting. The Nox sniffed it out at about 6 inches down with a solid "9" . The ring was so small it was even hard to locate with my pinpointer , but finally managed to capture it. I was using my standard Park 1, recovery speed 5, iron bias 1, and sensitivity 18-20 based on conditions.
  10. Messed up on my original post and forgot the wording. However, just got back from visiting family in Denver , CO. and found the coins and items in a local park. Found 1955d wheat penny, hose nozzle, and what appears to be address name plate before zip codes which I believe started in 1963, Don't know what it was on as was not found at the same address as shown on the item. Any ideas? Used my normal Park 1 mode with recovery at 5, iron bias at 1, and sensitivity depending on conditions.
  11. Finally got to download MUU and successfully loaded the new software to the Equinox. Used Chrome.After download went back and tried again and showed message my detector had most current software update (1.7.5) . All is good in the world at least with this. Computers. Can't live with them, can't live without them. Be very interested to see how the upgrades do the next time out. Thanks Minelab.
  12. Also having problem even downloading the Minelab Update Utility to my computer. Computer is a Apple MacBook Pro with all the minimum system requirements present. Couldn't download MUU using Safari so tried Chrome and that didn't work either. I typed in the long Utility address and comes up not found. Am i going to have to send back my Equinox back to the factory to get new update??? Very frustrating to say the least.
  13. About a week ago I had another great hunt for older coins with my Equinox 800. I don't often go to areas with the chance of finding older coins so this was a real treat. Of course, finding older coins is very much a function of going to places where the older coins actually are there. Found 1941s, 1952d,1941s, 1910, and 1953 wheat pennies. The 1953 on the far left in the photo had been made into a button. Pretty neat. Also, found 1956d rosie, 1935 and 1924s Mercury dimes in nice condition. Also, found 2 ea Mexico 1946 10 Centavos and 1 ea Mexico 1945 10 Centavos. Hunted in my normal Park 1 with Recovery speed upped to 6, iron bias down to 1, and sensitivity 18-20 depending on conditions. Really getting to like the Equinox after a beginning with a strong learning curve after having used another detector (Whites XLT) for 14 years.
  14. I went back today and double checked the ID on the War nickel in my back yard soil in Reno, NV. It still came in at a solid 16. But, per previous posts including Steve the ID number on various targets can differ according to the ground conditions. Regardless,I dig everything to avoid missing any good targets and not have to deal with the same target in the next visit to that site. Now, a different subject. I didn't reply to your question sooner as yesterday I was up at Lake Tahoe detecting at a very heavily minialized black sand beach. I found a 14k gold ring and a sterling silver ring with my pulse induction detector. This beach is so bad in some areas that the pulse induction detector can find things, but I haven't been able to get the NOX 800 to locate things the pulse detector can. But, per previous posts including Steve even the NOX can't do all the things and everything that a group of highly specialized detector can do. I have tried the NOX at this beach and can find coins but not in the really bad areas or in the same amount as the pulse detector. However, still learning the NOX and hope to get it to work better in these very advise conditions. I've tried the various modes, decreased the sensivity , increased the recovery speed, etc. , but in the really bad areas has not helped much.
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