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William P

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    Metal detecting, hiking, camping, fishing, bushcraft and self reliance.
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    Minelab Equinox 800, Garrett Ace 400, Garrett Pro-Finder AT, Lesche Mini Sampson 18" T-Handle, Spear Head Spade, MocDoo 12" serrated digger, Nisaku Hori-Hori blade

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  1. Welcome from Indiana 🙂 -BIll
  2. Park hunting is a tricky task. The last thing parents with little kids playing or folks walking their little dog want to see is someone carrying around a wicked looking shovel. To get to the left over silver coins in this town, you can expect to go pretty deep and doing that with a hand digger just seems to take too long (I'm looking at that Raptor though and thinking about giving it a spin). The two hand diggers I alternate depending on the location and soil are an authentic HoriHori and a MocDoo digger (seen here). I've had a few people even look at the Hori Hori and back at me like I was an axe murder or something My compromise for park hunting is the 18" Lesche Mini Sampson (seen here) in combination with the T-Handle belt holster (here). I have yet to be asked about this small shovel while in the public parks and when not in use it hangs off you belt and doesn't look very imposing. If anything you look like a city worker walking around with things hanging from your side 🙂 . All that said, if there's a lot of people and kids milling around in the park, I typically will go someplace else and not chance the negative feedback that may hit me. However, using the 18" Sampson and belt holder I listed, I have never been asked to leave or justify what I was doing. -Bill
  3. The only time I switch to a single frequency is when there's enough interference in the area with power lines or a strong electric fence in the area and a noise cancel doesn't do do it's thing enough. When that happens, I switch to my old friend, 15KHz and after a fresh noise cancel, I'm usually good to go for that hunt. Good luck! -Bill
  4. This is probably a noob question and I'm sorry if it's already been answered somewhere. Is it necessary (or a good idea) to do a factory preset when switching coils? Just wondering what you all do. Thanks in advance and Happy New Year !! -Bill
  5. Enjoy! I have been loving my 800 since I got it a few months back. It's so awesome to go back to previously hunted grounds and find all the stuff that your previous detector must have missed 😎 -Bill
  6. I'm using Multi about 80% of the time with 15KHz being a solid 20%. I usually always go over the entire ground I'm hunting using Multi and of course, always have luck with that. If time allows, I go back over the ground running 15KHz and always seem to pick up a few coin signals that I either missed using multi, or just passed by for whatever reason. While the update has helped with coins sitting on their side using Multi, I still seem to have better results using a mid range frequency at picking out coins on their side. I just see this as a fantastic feature that Minelab has given to their customers, the ability to switch frequencies and personalize their hunt. If you haven't tried it, you might consider going over a a previously searched yard using a single frequency,, you might be surprised at what you find 😉 -Bill
  7. Hi Steelhead! I'll add one more item to this already great list of suggestions. I too use Park 1 for most of my trashy coin-shooting hunts and this is a fantastic coin setup that is easy to configure and helps you out with tones . Best of luck and happy hunting! -Bill
  8. I've been enjoying the stock wireless headphones that came with my 800. What's nice is when you get the 800, you also get the WM 08 module. During the hot summer months, I often used that with a good pair of wrap-around ear buds and had zero issues with it. The stock headphones will be nice in colder weather for helping to keep my ears warmer. Like a lot of headphones, the stock units are not the strongest on the planet, but using common sense and a little care, they should last a lifetime.
  9. That is a fantastic find, Andy! It couldn't happen to a nicer individual as well. 👍 -Bill
  10. An idiot, I wouldn't say that... As said already, he's just a guy who has an opinion on how his detector is working at that moment. I will say I wouldn't detect the same he he is going about, but that's his deal. The one thing we don't know is if he's running in stock Park2, or if he's customized a few things. It can make a difference, but everyone is entitled to an opinion. A funny note, about 75% of the time, I pinpoint with the top-middle of the coil instead of using the pinpoint function on the Equinox. When you get decent with it, you can tell where your target is almost 100% of the time. -Bill
  11. Love all that beautiful shiny 😄 Welcome to the forums !! -Bill
  12. I found something like that earlier this year at an old park. I'm still not sure if it's from the actual era, or if it's from a grab bag off Amazon (you can buy them in bulk on there, seen here) Either way, nice find! Sure looks old 👍
  13. I'm still happy with the update, but there is one thing that's been bugging me. For the last three-five days, EVERY "13" I dig up is either a beaver-tail pulltab, or a small piece of aluminum. I've dug about 11 pull tabs to only 1 nickle. Who knows, maybe I'm just being tested, but I didn't have this before I updated. I'm still happy enough that I'm going to play with the settings a little and see if there's a small work around. I always noise cancel and ground balance at every new site as well. -Bill
  14. Looking forward to seeing the treasures you find 👍 -Bill
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