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  1. Thanks again TNsharpshooter! Feel free to shoot some of that beautiful, mild, Tennessee weather up this way at any time.
  2. Thanks GB_Amateur for the input and the encouragement! I am a bit like a kid on Christmas morning...well, at least the Christmas morning part.
  3. Thank you TNSharpshooter, great idea! I'm assembling a small assortment of the good, the bad, and the ugly things that I do and don't want to find. It was 12 degrees F. here this morning but should warm to the mid-thirties by afternoon. I may not be able to dig holes in the frozen ground without destroying my suburban lawn but may be able to make some slots in the lawn with a screwdriver to insert some targets. Thanks for the tip and the chart! Cheers, Jim
  4. Wow Chase, this is the perfect post at the perfect time for me, thank you!!! I got my Nox 800 on December 13th. It is arguably my first detector. I did have D-Tex Professional back in '68 but at 15 years old, I never did learn much about using it to it's best potential. I'm determined not to repeat that mistake with the Nox, so your post is fantastic for me! I'm in southeast Michigan and although we have had an extremely warm winter thus far, the ground is starting to freeze and limit a few of my learning opportunities. I've had the Nox out a half dozen times, mostly in my backyard but also to a couple of parks. As suggested, I've stuck to the Park 1 setting so far but need to experiment with reducing sensitivity and gradually playing with ground balancing. I don't want to introduce too many variables at once and not be able to associate effects with causes. Of course, the fact that I've already had the adrenaline rush of a couple small but interesting finds makes it more difficult to stick to a disciplined approach to learning. Dang, this is an addictive hobby. I won't bore you with the details of my penny ante finds, preferring to save those fish stories for my non-detectorist friends. They are more easily impressed with the ever expanding glories of these small adventures than you seasoned veterans who would instantly recognize my blind squirrel scenario. I will however let you know that I have printed your post and highlighted portions of it to help me more quickly learn to speak "Nox". Thanks again for sharing your knowledge! Cheers, Jim
  5. Thank you for sharing this! Oh my gosh, that’s a fantastic training area!
  6. Thanks GB, what a great idea! I got my first detector, an Equinox 800, late Thursday afternoon. Took it into my suburban back yard yesterday and got a feel for just what you’re talking about. I guess I was expecting a perfectly “clean playing field” dotted with the occasional perfectly clear, crisp signals of desirable finds. Needless to say, I often got multiple, in distinct, and so far to me, confusing signals. I was digging everything so I found lots of foil, a couple nails, a screw, some mysterious ferrous items, the top part of an old tube of airplane glue (made of lead I think), a clad dime and half a matchbox car. The NOX was trying to tell me a lot more than I could understand yet, so my journey into learning the language has just begun. Your idea for using bags to be able to mix and match targets, depths, and interfering signals sounds like a good way to approximate actual conditions. Since we’re rapidly approaching frozen ground conditions here in Michigan, it will also allow me to learn and practice throughout the winter. Thanks for this great tip! Jim
  7. Děkuji El Nino 77! Líbí se mi vaše nápady pro tyto tři rychlé testy, zejména pomocí a. Plastová nádoba o objemu 50 litrů. Přál bych si, abych měl velkou plochu jako tvůj sadu. To zní skvěle. Díky za vaši pomoc a šťastný lov!
  8. Thanks Jeff, great idea! This is why I love this forum. There is no end to the creativity and helpfulness of the members. Great tip on the EMI. I too, have an overhead electric line in my yard and would not have thought to consider it’s potential effects. It will be interesting to run some tests to determine how much interference they cause at various distances and then play with auto and manual Noise Cancellation to ameliorate the effects. Thanks!
  9. Thank you David! I think initially I want to keep some notes to speed up my learning process but don’t want this to become a hobby of it’s own. Thanks for the advice! Jim
  10. Thank you JW! The only problem I see with posting photos is that they make it harder to exaggerate.?
  11. Thanks for the advice, phrunt! I didn’t think I would be able to do much with the NOX before springtime but your comments have given me hope. The ground here hasn’t gotten to the long-lasting, hard freeze state yet so I think I’ll be able to get in some hunting and learning before it does. I read a lot of reviews on various detectors and got some great information posted by the members of this forum before deciding on the NOX. I read the owner’s manual once, then read CJC’s “From Beginner to Advanced” book about the Equinox series, and now am working my way through the owner’s manual a second time. Can you tell I’m getting stoked? I hope to have the NOX tomorrow or Friday. I look forward to the day when I too, can post something useful. Thanks again!
  12. So I’m a total noob. I’m getting my first detector later this week, an Equinox 800. In fact, it has already arrived at my local dealer but my Garrett Carrot won’t be in for another day or two so I’m waiting to get everything all at once. I want to create a test garden and have read various bits here on the forums about folks using them but can’t really find any information on how to actually create one. If this has been covered somewhere already, I’d appreciate any direction on how to find it. I’m sure creating a test garden seems pretty intuitive to experienced detectorists but there’s got to be more to it then getting some stuff you want to find and some stuff you don’t want to find and sticking it in the ground. I’m looking to make best use of the liimited space in my suburban lot to maximize learning and continually refine my detecting skills. I’m in southeast Michigan so (I’m assuming) I have very mild soil. Temperatures right now are bouncing around from 20-40 degrees F so frozen ground may limit what I can do until spring. I’m guessing that with mild soil, bench (air) testing may be a close second best to a test garden. I intend to start doing mostly coin shooting in parks and approved public land, then as my skills improve, add in some Lake Michigan fresh water beach hunting. Then, if I can gain some research skills, perhaps do some relic hunting on private land (with permission of course). With these parameters in mind, any advice would be appreciated, not only for how to create and use the garden but tips for bench testing too. Thanks!
  13. Thanks BeachHunter! I’m just working my way through the owner’s manual for the NOX 800. I think I’ll get one this week or next. I wish had your Southern Cal extended treasure hunting season but I’ll get in a bit of familiarization time with it throughout our Michigan so I’ll be ready to come out swinging in the spring.
  14. Thank you rod-pa! I just finished checking out the Evernote website and it looks very cool. Looks like it could be a good way to tie together all the various ways I might want to capture and review information. Great tip!!!
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