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Everything posted by steveg

  1. Yes. Same here. There was definitely a "change," in how it sees on-edge silver coins/rings, in the newer update, but it didn't improve it substantially, IMO. I specifically tested the machine, once version 1.75 was released, focused in particular on the "on-edge" thing. However, I did not note all that much improvement (in air testing). There is definitely "different" behavior there, and I'd say there was some "marginal" improvement, but not enough to make a huge difference, IMO -- at least not with air testing. With that said, I will say that I dig a reasonable number of "mid-depth" coins on edge, with the Equinox (4 to 5" or so), and I dig ALOT of them that are "partially" on edge (say 45 degrees canted) from deep depths, so it's not like the machine is "awful" at coins that are oriented "other than flat." It's just that for certain targets, directly on edge, it struggles. And the improvement in 1.75 was not nearly as great as I had hoped, as compared to 1.5. Phrunt, if you are able to dig coins that are entirely on edge (vertical) -- down to the limits of the machine's depth, with a "coin-type" ID, you are able to accomplish something that I can't. If I recall, it DOES do better in that regard with smaller coins, (I'm trying to think back to the testing I did a year ago), but still...I'd LOVE to have those results, that you describe! Steve
  2. I think there is something to this -- and I think the translation provided by PUHH may be "real" information. Reason being, last week someone made a post on NASA-Tom Dankowski's forum, about the two available software versions for the EQX (1.5, and 1.75), and how that person felt that 1.5 was less "falsy" around iron, and possibly better overall. NASA-Tom responded with a somewhat "cryptic" answer to the question, that there might be a "fix" for this person's concerns (presumably "falsing" high-tones from iron targets), in the "upcoming week" (which is this week). I took that to mean that there may be a new software update on the near-term horizon, presumably improving the Equinox's performance in and around iron...and the chatter here seems to confirm/be related to that... Should be interesting... Steve
  3. Very nice job! I'd LOVE to have things like that available to find in my own yard! SUPER! Steve
  4. OUTSTANDING job, and what a great story, Skate!! And you are right, there is nothing better than the happiness you bring to someone, when you find their lost item. I love the story, Skate! Terrific! Steve
  5. NICE job, 2Valen!! Nice recovery, on the Barber dime, and those "coin spills" are always unique! Steve
  6. eagleseye -- sounds good, thank you! I'll look for your PM, if you decide eventually to send one. One other thing I would like to let you know, is that I build shafts with customized details, for customers who need such. So, even if I haven't mentioned something specific that you might want, with your shaft, I'd encourage you to ask the question; there are many things I am happy to do, that can be tailored to your needs, but which I have not specifically mentioned anywhere. I do these custom shafts on a customer-by-customer basis, trying to meet whatever specific needs anyone might have, but it's impossible to list all the possibilities, in terms of customization. For instance -- that three-piece design that I posted the pictures of, earlier? That specific shaft was a modification of what I'd normally do, but that customer wanted his shaft to fit in a SPECIFIC case, a Pelican 1510, for travel purposes. He already had the case, so he needed a three-piece that would fit the case (as opposed to finding a case to fit a particular shaft). SO, I worked with him to get the dimensions of his case, and then I designed and built the shaft to fit that specific case. Here's a picture of what the final result was -- it's a picture of the shaft disassembled, and fitting perfectly (with his other EQX components) into his Pelican carry-on case (you can see the two shaft sections in the picture, on top; the third shaft section is beneath the other two, in a slot that he cut into the foam). So, again -- if you need something specific, there's a good chance I can accommodate, with a "custom" build. Thanks! Steve
  7. eagleseye -- My shafts have already been mentioned in this thread by Steve H., but you seem to be looking for more collapsibility, so I wanted to let you know that I also offer a three-piece all-carbon-fiber shaft option -- I can custom-build it for you, if you need it to collapse small enough to fit in a specific-sized bag, but my "standard" option keeps all three shaft sections at 21" or less. The connections between the three sections are achieved with two of my heavy duty, highly secure clamp-type cam locks. I also offer the "drain hole" in the lower rod, as an option for anyone who would like to have one. Finally, I can offer you the shaft in standard black, or an array of colors, if you have interest in a colored shaft. Just another option for you to consider. Please contact me, if you would like additional information, as I'd love the chance to build you a shaft (email steve@stevesdetectorrods.com). Steve www.stevesdetectorrods.com www.facebook.com/stevesdetectorrods
  8. Rabdab -- you need to be sure you got the NEW version of the Q12; I made the mistake of purchasing a set, not knowing that there was on older version that was aptX, but NOT low latency. And my purchase was of the old set, the non-LL version. Steve
  9. hosey -- I'll have a look, at "fractal antennas." Thanks! Steve
  10. hosey -- I think your question is directed to me; I'm not familiar with fractal tech, or coil design; not enough electrical engineering background on my part! Maybe someone else can chime in... Thanks! Steve
  11. Ed, Indeed, some of the coils' ears do seem to be "looser" or "tighter" than others, which can at times require slightly different washer sizes to achieve "perfect" fit. My apologies, as I misunderstood; I didn't understand that your coil saver washers were primarily intended for MINELAB's lower rod, not YOUR lower rod. Thanks for clarifying. I'm not sure why Minelab doesn't seem to be aware of that, as it's not only the Equinox...the CTX 3030 is the same way (very little space between the coil ears, and the lower rod "head.") Steve
  12. hosey, thanks for your interest, and I'd be happy to build a shaft for you! Phrunt is right, though, shipping costs from the US are high. It's very frustrating. The only "affordable" option (and I say that in quotes because it's still steep) is to ship through the United States Postal Service, via USPS Priority International. It's about $60 USD to ship internationally, using USPS, for a package of this size and weight. I just sent a shaft with counterweight to a gentleman in South Africa, via USPS Priority International, and it was $59.95 USD. It took awhile, too; it got hung up in South Africa customs, for some reason, for two weeks. But, Priority International is supposed to be "6 to 10 days" delivery. With that said, I'm happy to send you a shaft, with counterweight, if you'd like me to build you one; I'll do the best I can for you, as an international customer, to try and reduce a bit of the "pain" of the shipping costs. I might also note here that the washers I use as "standard" on my lower rod design are similar to the new washers now being offered from Detect-Ed -- in that they are designed to allow more space between the coil ears and the lower rod (they stick out farther from the lower rod, than Minelab's washers do). This was a part of my initial design, for the same reason that Detect-Ed came out with these washers -- to reduce the chance for rubbing of the coil ears on the lower rod, thus preventing "wear" over time. Thanks! Steve
  13. Lonnie, I am sorry to hear about your experience. Minelab's customer service has been outstanding, for the past two years, for me -- and for most others I've seen post about it on the forums. I do know that Jamie, who Chase mentioned in his post, is no longer with the company. However, there are others available who will take care of you. You can reach a "human" at Minelab by calling 1(630)401-8150. I just called to verify, and spoke with a great guy named Maxwell. I told Maxwell your issue, and he said he'd look forward to speaking with you. I am wondering if you just had outdated phone number information. If you want to try again, try that number I just posted... Thanks! Steve
  14. Just an update... I just received a large re-stock of both black and colored tubes, so if you are interested in an Equinox shaft, now is a great time to order. Counterweights are also available for the Equinox shafts, and CTX 3030 lower rods are in stock, as well. ***I have also begun making custom Equinox travel shafts, which feature a two-piece upper shaft (instead of the one-piece upper). I can make each of the three shaft sections (upper, middle, and lower) in any custom length you need.*** ***I am also now producing custom "dive shafts" for the Equinox; these can also be made to any custom length, and can be either be a one-piece, fixed length shaft, OR an adjustable two-piece shaft (see the picture below, showing a fixed-length 28" dive shaft, in blue).*** Thanks! Steve
  15. FASCINATING. Thanks for sharing, Chase. This information is very interesting, and it confirms the reason I almost NEVER find square nails in Oklahoma. Oklahoma, long the land of Native Americans resettled here in the 1830s, was not opened for "white" settlement in much of the state until 1889 to 1891. So, the "dating" of the use of nail types explains my observations quite well. Meanwhile, when hunting back home in western PA, I very frequently find the type-B "cut nail" (which I have always referred to as a "square nail.") One time here in Oklahoma however, detecting an old U.S. Military fort (1850-1870), we -- like Walter -- stumbled onto a huge cache of square nails (type B, as I now know, thanks to Chase's info). They were all in a large "bunch," and so -- while the outer ones were rusted, the "inner" nails in the bunch were quite well-preserved. It was an interesting find, for sure! Steve
  16. Chase, Thank you for this detailed info. I did recall that there was a way to use a couple of different sets of headphones at once, but didn't recall how. It sounds easy -- BT phones and a wired set can be used at the same time, with the wired set plugged into EITHER the control box, OR, into the BT phones directly. Along those same lines, I can see how you could listen to the audio in your BT headphones, while sending a patch cable from the control-box headphone jack to your video recording device, and record Equinox audio output directly, along with the video, on your device. HOWEVER, the question then becomes, in my mind anyway (and please forgive my ignorance), but is there a way to "mix," so to speak, the audio from a hard-wired Equinox audio output into your video recording device, along with your voice/words? Can you still use a microphone of some sort (built-in, or wired), AT THE SAME TIME, so that the video would record both the audio from the Equinox, AND your spoken words (i.e. can the device "mix" the two audio sources)? Unless I'm missing something, I'm not sure how you would "mix" the two, WHILE recording. And if not, I guess what it would mean, in "video editing" terms (which I know next to nothing about), it would require you to essentially include two audio tracks simultaneously, synced to your video track? Is there a way to "mix" the two together, as your video is being recorded, short of using your video recording device's external mic, and the Equinox's external speaker? Because I can promise that I don't have the video editing skills/know-how to include, let alone "sync," two different audio tracks, post-recording... Steve
  17. Mitchel -- This is an excellent question, and something I have wondered, as well... I hope someone who knows, could share a way to do that -- record the audio of the unit, synced up with the video being recorded... Steve
  18. THANK YOU, Fskafish! I love that you are happy with it! Steve
  19. Thanks for posting, it, Calabash! I am always happy to custom-build, but never would have thought of a "dive shaft!" Thanks! Steve
  20. Nice job locating the bracelet! Steve
  21. THANKS, Dan, for the additional feedback. I'm thrilled that you are as pleased, after your first "in-the-field" use of the shaft and counterweight, as you were initially! Thank you! Steve www.stevesdetectorrods.com www.facebook.com/stevesdetectorrods
  22. YES, Gary, they can be sent in and converted to "CTX-style." $20 for the conversion. And, Steve H., you can also buy the leather ear pads for them, so that you can replace your old/cracked ones, for $20. Contact John Smith (the maker of the phones) -- johnsmith55@bellsouth.net. Leithan, thanks for posting this. Way back, when I used to use a Minelab Explorer, I was using the supplied Koss UR-30 headphones, and doing OK with them. But, I was advised to get a set of Pro Golds, and I finally did. WHAT A DIFFERENCE! I then got a CTX, and so I got the CTX version of the Pro Golds. I LOVE the Pro Gold headphones. When I got the Equinox, I started with the wireless phones (I actually use a different-labelled version of headphone that is the same as the Minelab ones, in appearance, but they sound notably better, FWIW; the Minelab version is much heavier on the bass, and the tones aren't as clear/sharp). ANYWAY, while I continue to use the wireless Bluetooth phones, I have often wondered if I should hook my Pro Golds up to the WM08, and just see if the audio is significantly better than I'm used to with the Bluetooth phones. The Bluetooth phones are REALLY nice to use, being wireless and thus not tethered to anything, but if the sound is better with the Pro Golds, it might be worth it to switch. This thread stirs up the idea in my head again; I think I might give the Pro Golds a go, and see... Thanks! Steve
  23. That's terrific, calabash. I'm happy for you, and it's another positive piece of news, regarding Minelab customer service. Thanks! Steve
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