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  1. Found a ‘43 P war nickel this morning. It rang up 14/15, what has usually been pull ring numbers in other sites. I dug this one because the site doesn’t have a lot of modern trash, so the odds of getting a pull tab was low. Now I wonder how many of the 14/15 targets I passed up were war nickels!
  2. In my experience, any of the standard modes will do well in freshwater. Field 2 is my favorite both on land and in freshwater. It just suites the way I prefer to hunt.
  3. I primarily shoot coins in local parks, yards, fields woodlots and other soil in the northern Puget Sound region of Washington state. I haven't modified Field 2 much - the only thing I've changed is to go from 50 tones down to 5. I manually ground balance at each location. Occasionally I'll increase iron bias from 0 to 1 or 2 (I'm using the Equinox 600) - but that's about all I adjust. I just started water hunting (freshwater lakes) late last summer, my field 2 setup worked well for me in my local water - I pulled several silver dimes, wheats, and clad - along with miscellaneous relics and jewelry.
  4. I almost always use Field 2 with 5 tones. No objective reason other than it suits my preferences for what I like to hear from the ground. More signals than Park 1, but I like that. A lot of them are trash or small items, but that's OK. I've learned what an old nickel sounds like (consistent 11/12 as I circle the target, and a small "hot spot" in pinpoint mode). I've done well with finding silver, even silver dimes on edge. I've learned to use tone, depth gauge, and pinpoint mode to gather data about a target. Field 2 just suits the way I like to hunt.
  5. My Eqx is the first detector I've owned that has a depth gauge. I tend to use it more as a relative attribute than an predictor of actual depth. I use it as one more bit of information when making the dig/no dig decision. Tone, TID, a 90-dgree scan of the target, approximate size as suggested by pinpoint mode, and approximate depth are my "base" decision making data.
  6. The 6-inch coil has become my everyday coil. I have to go slower to cover the same amount of ground as the 11-inch coil, but that's OK by me. I have a whole lot less arm fatigue with the small coil. I've used the 6-incher exclusively since mid-February, and the total volume my finds doesn't seem to have fallen off as a result. I track the number of coins I find on a monthly basis, and the amount of clad I've recovered has actually increased - by a lot. Silver recoveries are down, but I had a really good (for me) January with silver (6 dimes - 4 mercy, 2 Rosies), and I've only gotten 3 silvers (2 dimes - a mere and a Barber - and 1 SLQ) since then. I'm still pulling wheaties at about the same rate: 19 with the 11-incher and 18 with the small coil. My guess is that the sites I'm searching is the biggest factor in these results, rather than the coil.
  7. Went to a park in a nearby town for the first time. I’ve been told it’s totally hunted out. Well, someone missed this 1907 V nickel. It was positioned a couple inches from a piece of trash metal. The 6-inch coil on my Nox 600 sniffed it out, no problem.
  8. I finally took the plunge and bought a 6-inch coil for my Equinox 600. Friday I had a chance to hit a park before work that has been thourougy searched many times. Second target of the day was a dateless SLQ! AWESOME! I also managed to pull a ‘53 wheatie before I had to start my workday. Today I had more time to spend with my new toy. And, it paid off. I visited three sites, all places with concentrations of ground trash, trees, boulders, etc. I ended the day with six wheaties, ranging from 1921 to 1957, a 1912 s Barber dime, and a junk pendant - plus $1.35 in clad. This coil ROCKS! Glad to have it in my arsenal. It won’t be my everyday coil, but it definitely will be well used.
  9. I picked up a pair of these in mid-December. They work great for my hunting style and conditions. I’ve read comments from others that they aren’t great audio-wise, but I’m hard of hearing and I probably can’t hear the nuances they do. They pair easily right out of the box, and I don’t experience any noticeable (to me, at least) latency.
  10. Picked up this nice V nickel yesterday. It rang at a consistent 11/12.
  11. Thanks, everyone. It’s been a lot of fun. Gonna set a 2019 goal to find 10 more.
  12. Ok, I’m a newbie. Both to the Equinox and to metal detecting. I started detecting a little more than a year ago, and I got my Nox 600 in August. I know that 10 silvers for the year is a paltry sum for most veteran detectorists, but for me it’s a big deal. Particularly since seven of the 10 were found with my Nox! With the end of the year approaching, I’ve been hitting every site that’s given up old coins and relics for me this year, hoping to get #10 FTY. We’re expecting major wind and rain today, so I got out early before the weather hits and searched a nearby dog park that i’ve covered so many times I can’t even count. I keep going back because interesting things show up from time to time: wheaties, IHPs, & relics. I wasn’t expecting silver. Even though other old things have come out of the site this year, none have been silver. When I hit a deep 27-28 signal, I crossed my fingers and began working my way through the rocky soil, thinking it was going to be a clad dime. When I saw the mellow shine of silver, I smiled. My quest for #10 was over.
  13. GB - this one was found in western Washington, about 30 miles north of Seattle. The photos are after washing with dish soap and water to remove some clingy soil and mild staining. It came out of the ground looking very much like this - quite bright compared to the Jeffersons and buffs I’ve found around here. Other nickels I find will range from dull grey to red/orange.
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