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About mh9162013

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    Fisher Research Labs F2 & Garrett Carrot (modified to run off of AAA batteries)

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  1. It could be my machine. I've been tinkering with it for some time, including using AAA batteries with it with the help help of a 9V booster. I doubt that's causing the poor ratcheting even with detuning, but it's a possibility.
  2. I tried that this morning and did not notice any positive difference. The ratcheting or closing range remained poor despite puling back to detune.
  3. Yeah, I saw that in one video. I've noticed that pinpointers have "barbell" or "hourglass" shaped detection areas. The TRX seems to do a good job of putting as much space as possible b/w the two detection ranges such that it provides the "flashlight" effect. So the TRX's detection range outline looks more like a barbell while most others look more like an hourglass.
  4. I've noticed that extra voltage (about 1 volt extra) seems to "supercharge" the Carrot, with louder beeps and possibly greater sensitivity.
  5. Right now, if I do get another pinpointer, it will be the White's TRX or XP Mi-4 (it has some pretty good closing range, based on the brief clips I've seen on youtube). I really hate the Mi-4's built-in battery, but from my research, it appears that the whole unit is supposed to be easily repaired by the end-user with readily available spare parts. Also, the battery seems to be relatively easy to acquire from 3rd parties.
  6. I was wondering when you'd chime in, Geotech. Thanks for your insightful advice!
  7. The closing range of the TRX seems to be superior to the Carrot (starts at 3:30): Now, the question is if the F-Pulse has better closing range or "ratcheting" than the TRX.
  8. I refuse to support White's as a company, but since they're out of business, I've considered buying a TRX. If it has good closing closing ranges (at least compared to the Carrot), I'd probably get it over the F-Pulse. Or maybe I'll get both, then compare, then sell one. But I'd rather just buy one and save the money.
  9. I have, but it doesn't help much. If I try detuning it when I'm getting a solid tone (or close to it), the "closing range" is extremely limited...far less than it would be in a non-detuned mode. And the closer and closer I get, the less effective detuning become as the "closing range" becomes even more limited.
  10. I've been debating whether to get a Fisher F-Pulse due to its greater sensitivity compared to my Garrett Carrot. But I wonder about its "closing range." What's that? Let me try to explain. Today, I tried using my Garrett Carrot for a full hunt, but had it on maximum sensitivity. I appreciated its extended range as it made it easier to determine if my target was in my plug or hole. However, I realized that the greater sensitivity isn't as useful as I had hoped given the amount of trash where I hunt. So while my Fisher F2 could discriminate out trash, during my dig, my Garrett Carrot might
  11. Commercial freeze dried pouches are nice due to taste and convenience, but they can be expensive. One cheaper option I've come across are Knorr Pasta Sides and Knorr Rice Sides. These cost about $1 USD and require you to add the contents to boiling water, then cook for 10 minutes. Or, you can put the contents in a heavy duty (freezer) resealable bag, add boiling water, then finish the cooking in 10-20 minutes in an insulated coozie (cozy?). Adding additional ingredients, such as fresh/dehydrated veggies, dehydrated/freezedried meats, instant mashed potatoes, ramen, etc. are also options.
  12. Thanks Monte. What you say largely parallels what Jeff told via PM.
  13. Can you explain why you'd take an AT Max over the Apex, but not the AT Pro (sans waterproofing) over the Apex?
  14. That makes me wonder, what if a detector had a simple boolean algorithm that, after every hole you dug, it asks you if it was a "good" find or "trash." After a few hundred digs, I bet it could do a darn good job of being able to figure out if its user is likely to dig the next time the machine gets a signal.
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