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Erik Oostra

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  1. That's the beauty of detecting underwater, no one can see you.. when I eventually buy a PortaHookah I'll paint it marine camouflage for extra stealth ๐Ÿ˜ƒ.. the little dive flag also has to go, I'll replace it with a pirate flag.. I'll leave a few rings for you.. and you're more than welcome to borrow the PortaHookah..
  2. Thank you.. I thought the same but it's always nice to have someone confirm it.. ๐Ÿ˜
  3. The PulseDive is not too bad.. I usually have to dig with my hands a bit rather than just fan over the target.. the ring was also pretty small.. the edges of the coil are also sensitive, i wave it around on its side in between rocks/corals.. I've also have the PD pinpointer but haven't used it much as this method is working out pretty good to get into small gaps.. i guess this would be hard to do with a Seahunter..
  4. Here's a PortaHookah for sale on ebay.. Looks just right for the job.. PortaHooka on eBay
  5. First gold ring with PulseDive Iโ€™ve spent the last month extending my search underwater.. Iโ€™ve been using two small pony bottles which give me about 50 bars of air (the reserve of a 12 litre tank).. This lasts me about 20 minutes at 4-5 metres and to refill the little tanks takes about two hours with a small 12 volts scuba compressor (it overheats quickly even with a large fan on it).. This might sound like a waste of time and in many ways it is.. Thatโ€™s why Iโ€™m saving up for a PotraHookah, which will give me 4 hours at a maximum of 10 metres, with a 4 hour battery recharge time (small lithium battery).. Iโ€™ve already found a lot of coins and even more bottle tops and other crap, thatโ€™s the beauty of a dig it all detector.. The ring was buried about 1โ€™โ€™ deep and gave off a weak signal which I nearly ignored as just more crap.. I guess I still have to put in a bit more time on the PulseDive to get in tune with it.. I donโ€™t really mind learning the nuances of another detector as itโ€™s a great pleasure to be back underwater, this time to combine two interests.. Iโ€™ve been scuba diving since 1986 when I got my FAUI diving licence and a PADI instructor since 1996.. I stopped logging hours underwater at 3500 hours, and that was about a decade ago.. The PulseDIve has turned out to be a great detector, especially with the 8โ€ coil.. I just wish they made an even bigger coil for it.. Iโ€™ve thought about the Seahunter with a 14x10โ€ coil but if Iโ€™m going to save up for a PortaHookha thatโ€™ll be a long way in the future, as they cost AU$ 1400.. In the meantime Iโ€™m sure the PulseDive will prove value for money, if only in terms of sheer enjoyment!
  6. Valens Legacy you're a living legend! That's a great idea.. Phrunt, it could be worth a go.. you've got some great pictures and the whole story line is already like a movie, all the TV station has to do is find her.. ๐Ÿ˜
  7. Big flotilla of illegal gold dredgers in Brazil A great Sunday morning read.. the pictures give an insight into the lives of Brazilian gold dredgers.. https://apnews.com/article/business-environment-and-nature-caribbean-environment-brazil-61fe580eb23761117331c10e0b7cfde8
  8. Well said.. I also thought the use of the word 'obsolete' was a marketing ploy.. But it's also an insult to old-school detectorists, it's like saying they're obsolete as well.. Even though these folk represent just a tiny part of ML's market-share, when they get a bee in their bonnet they'll start hollering.. ML knows this.. Like you said, it's a great way to draw people in.. That said, ML could do themselves a huge favour by emphasising the fact that the Nox also has single frequencies.. I don't know why ML seems to gloss over this, I'd make it part of the advertising campaign..
  9. when she finally claims her phone (i'm sure she will, all that digging wasn't for the fun of it), you'll have to let her know the detecting world has closely followed the story.. it would make a great documentary, or even a Hollywood blockbuster.. please keep us posted..
  10. Did the girl claim her phone? the suspense is killing me.. ๐Ÿ˜ณ
  11. the nice warm bath tub had a big salty floating in it yesterday.. a 4 metre saltwater crocodile! my ranger friends told me there's been a few large males sighted up and down our coast.. last month there was a smaller one at Horseshoe Bay.. usually it's only one per year if we've lucky..
  12. I bought it thinking it was the real deal but forum members have pointed out that it was probably a fake.. the price and the extra coil and a cheap pinpointer that were thrown in with the deal were the giveaways that it was not an original.. the price really was too good to be true.. having said that it worked really well and it's now my son's go to detector for gold in the area he lives.. although he mainly uses his pan and sluices, he has found gold with it.. which is more than i can say! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ
  13. Luck happens when things get so bad, that at some point you've gotta get lucky.. ๐Ÿ˜
  14. It turns out the bracelet was cubic zirconia.. she went to a jeweller on the mainland where they sold exactly the same bracelets for around $300.. So she got it.. and before you ask, yes i think i can trust her.. about as much as you'd trust anyone not to lie about a diamond bracelet.. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ
  15. I'm with Chase on this one, I'd also buy another whole detector, even if it was just to have another spare coil.. I've got a 600 as a backup to my 800..
  16. my friend still hasn't returned with it.. that makes me sure it's diamonds.. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
  17. It's weird how your luck can change week by week.. Last week started off great with a gold ring and finished even greater with a diamond bracelet.. But so far this week it's been nothing at all.. except a 5 cent piece and a load of bottle tops, pull-tabs and aluminium foil etc.. But this is not what makes it weird, the weird thing is that this week comes at the end of the school holidays and a long-weekend public holiday.. It's been a long time since there's been so many people on the island, you couldn't wish for a bigger crowd.. And yet, nothing.. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ
  18. Some great finds there, I really like the toy pistol.. must have been a wild neighbourhood in the 1920s.. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
  19. Crikey, what a haul! the clasp on both look the same.. like GhostLight said, fingers crossed.. but I've got a feeling that my friend will end up the real winner in the end..
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