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  • Location:
    Southern Idaho
  • Interests:
    Hunting, fishing, prospecting, pretty much anything out in the hills
  • Gear Used:
    Lobo supertraq, Equinox 800
  1. After reading all the headphone threads I was expecting everything to be hard. I decided to try today anyway and plugged my regular ear buds (bob marleys) into the nox 800 and they worked fine, no external speaker, sound in both ears. Then I tried cheap ones we buy in packs of 4 for $10 for spares and those worked fine too. Now my plan for waterproof headphones is to just buy cheap waterproof ear buds. I also found some m12 cable connectors that I think will seal up over the earbud jack for a waterproof and secure conection to the back of the nox. I have to order and try that though. That wasn't at all what I was expecting after reading all the posts so I though I should mention it. Steve
  2. Thanks, I appreciate the advise. One idea I have is looking at old maps I figured out which dirt forest service roads are the old stage routes, which have been around since the 40's, etc. Would detecting likely resting or camping spots along those roads be the kind of spot your talking about. Does it sound like a decent idea? I don't have detecting friends to bounce ideas off so you guys get to hear my ramblings.
  3. Park 1 and the sensitivity down at 17, I think because of power lines close by. Everything else factory.
  4. Went on my first actual hunt today (well, I guess yesterday, I stay up late!). I feel like I set it up well, a cutout for putting in a playground in the old part of town with about 2 feet of soil stripped off. The part I miss judged was how hard the soil was. It was like digging concrete. I would have needed a 10 pound pickaxe to get through it. I'd get targets at 6 inches and couldn't get 2 inches after 5 min. I dug some old shell casings (old military base 120 to 70 years ago) so I think the theory was ok at least. I ended up just looking for silver coin signals figuring if I was going to kill myself digging that stuff it would be worth it, even though I would have trashed them. I got a fair number of signals but none very repeatable. I'd get a 30's amongst other signals, then nothing, then 3 or 4 swings later over it I'd get another. Never could recover any of them. So my question is where those even real or should they be pretty repeatable if real? My turn up hands did motivate me to call the state park everyone swims at to ask if they allow metal detecting and got a solid yes on weekdays. Easy digging in sand is in my future!
  5. Yeah, my plan is actually to target that range. I'm hoping my resolve will hold up. It sure didn't in my yard! (It isn't one of my proposed hot spots either though)
  6. Yeah the noise cancel takes care of the air chatter, the rest was targets in the ground. LOTS of targets in the ground. If I really had my heart set on searching my yard I would notch out 8-15 to maintain sanity. Or at least quiet down that zone. I can see why you guys talk about can slaw so much now. I'm sure not going to dig all that up!
  7. Yeah been playing today and its getting better. I think a lot of my chatter problem may actually be targets. I started digging some today and there is LOTS of aluminium in my yard. Looks like my house had aluminium siding at one point, cause there are pieces of it all over. If you go over 5 to a dozen pieces of aluminium with every swing it sounds pretty unstable, but I'm pretty sure it's just actual targets.
  8. Yeah I did noise cancel, but had to look up how to do it. I've read almost every thread in the essentials thread. I've watched dozens of videos. I read Andy's book. The problem was as soon as I turned it on I couldn't remember any of it hardly. Really I think it was just a bit of performance anxiety type stuff. I just need to get out and practice. LOTS different than that tasoro lol.
  9. Well my 800 came today. Didn't come till after 4, so by the time it was charged and assembled I just played around in the yard some. This is gonna take awhile. I'm going to have to have the manual handy for some time. Fortunately knocking down the sensitivity is kind of a cure all to kill the random chatter. Note I'm not claiming it is the best or correct cure, but it did work. It's gonna take some time to figure out all its saying. Until I got it to calm down some I felt like I was in a room full of r2d2's. It was more overwhelming than I expected, fun though. There is a street cutout in an old area I was hoping it would get here before it got covered. Now I'm thinking that might be a bit more public than I'm ready for. I think I'm gonna be spending the next few days in my backyard with the manual in one hand and the Nox in the other. Good times
  10. So true. The fact that there is so much to learn and so much adjustability though has motivated me to study it all far more than I did the tesoro. I had some fun adventures with it but I never really mastered it.
  11. Just wanted to thank you guys. I have learned SO much the last couple weeks from this site! My equinox 800 is arriving Thursday. It will be my first detector since I bought a lobo supertraq about 20 years ago.
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