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  1. I gave up on the AT Pro on the beach. The Alter seems more stable, I need a long day to go through settings in an orderly fashion noting the affects of changes to depth and stability.
  2. So after hunting at a Park my friend Greg and I went to a beach, first time with the Alter. Right away I was baffled by the amount of chatter. Changing freqs made minimal difference and I did find a couple of items at 4". The beach was fine sand with a very rock water line- low tide, loaded with iron trash. I realized the sensitivity was at 75, after lowering to 50 the chatter was mostly gone. I am looking for tips for beach settings from you experienced folks.
  3. Hey George, yeah I am really enjoying it. I was worried that maybe this machine was over my head but it can be very simple to setup.
  4. I would love to meet up with an experienced detectorist in the Cape Cod area to guide me through the deeper settings. I am new to a lot of the features, can only compare to my AT pro.
  5. Hello folks, it's been a while since updating. I have been busy with family time and now that my shoulder is up to snuff my wife has me back on house repair duty.LOL. Also because we haven't had any appreciable rain in about 5 weeks I am hesitant to dig in a lot of spots, can't really cut a plug, it just falls to dust. I did hunt at an old school a couple of weeks ago for about an hour. In an approximately 25'x100` area, pulled up 3 copper pennies, 1 clad dime, 1 Jefferson and 2 buffalo nickels along with a small buckle (book strap ?) , a couple of square nails and piece of horse shoe. Sorry no pics. Not a zinc to be found !. I returned a week later with my buddy Greg and we covered a lot more ground but didn't find much at all. Yesterday we hit another school with some wooded shadey spots ( 90+ temps) lots of modern coins and a couple pieces of jewelry, I found a heart shaped pin and Greg found a silver ring. I have found that I can ID a nickel with 85 percent certainty, at a School site the pencil eraser ferrule is my nemesis. Depending on the amount of pencil attached they are within a couple points of a nickel. My Alter 71 settings- 17k, reaction 5, masking 3, iron vol. 2, disc 21, threshold vol. Just audible, audio gain 25, vco on. I ground balance when moving from shaded woods to sunlit field. If I change settings, I will find a zinc penny and use it as reference for ID numbers. I did notice on a deep iffy nickel signal in the woods, when I changed the ID Type from 12k to 6k the signal got a lot more crisp sounding. I like that I can quickly change some settings to better ID a target. I have decided to stick with a couple of programs- 1 custom and the Basic setting- so that I can swap between them. This can be a tricky machine if my ADD has it's way. Oh, and I have been using the concentric coil for the last month, I want to get another lower shaft to make cool swapping easy peasy. More to come, Pray for rain !
  6. Thanks, El Nino.The reason I ask is that I have been getting High tone falsing and thought it may be related to swing speed.I had the same thing with my AT Pro usually at each end of my swing.I am careful to maintain a level path, I did hear someone talk about something he called winkling, sort of wiggling the coil over suspect targets and it does work.I have noticed Deus users often use a fairly quick swing while I tend to be rather deliberate in using a consistent 2 secondish swing.We musician's take timing seriously LOL. Different machines may call for different tactics. I have been very successful so far but still have to pass on deeper targets for another 3 weeks or so, no more than 6" using one arm only.Kinda forces me to focus on details. I have setup 3 programs, 7.8k- 12k and 17k along with factory presets. I change settings at times on a target and compare my programs to factory presets, I stick with one of my programs for a hunt.I hope that makes sense.
  7. Just wondering, does reaction setting affect swing speed ?
  8. Hey all, been laying low with shoulder PT but have been trying new settings on the Alter in my yard. I found that I was getting confused with too much audio in dual mode and a 5 tons setup. I have a wireless headphone setup that is a bit too bass heavy, the Cowen E7's have noise canceling that helps a little but still decided to use a 3 tons setting that is easier to follow. It seems as though even with IRON Vol. at 1 it still is loud. I may get a set of Garrett Cleartone's, they are pretty inexpensive and reviews are good. I like the ear buds I have tried ( Shure 215 and Galaxy S10) but I need to extend the chord about 3 ft. I am able to go with out wearing a sling but still can't use my left arm much, so shallow coins are pretty much it for now.Anything deeper than 6" I have to pass on. That's ok because it is causing me to simplify my detector use,it can get overwhelming with the Rufus because it has capabilities unfamiliar to me and I am a tinkerer. I am very pleased with it so far and enjoy using it more and more.
  9. Now that is outside the box,I will give it a try.I have been trying 17k at home to deal with emi, and have been surprised by how useful dual mode is.I have found a specific setup yet but am taking my time with changes so as not to be overwhelmed.
  10. I spent about 40 min in the front yard and pulled up 15 coins and 2 pieces of trash(foil and 6" copper wire) one copper cent was with in 1" of the wire.I can tell which coin is which fairly accurately, it is taking some getting used to the wireless headphones.They produce such a spectrum of sound that it was distracting at first.No noticeable latency issues and very comfy.
  11. Thanks, I am having a ball, I have a small detector that I repaired for my grandson and will be taking him out in the next couple of days.I tested it today by marking targets in my yard and it saw all of them, should be a blast. I asked my daughter to meet me at a school field so that I can teach him how before he digs up Moms front yard.LOL He has been out with me before, I had him using the pinpointer.He loved it!!!
  12. I was out for a little in my front yard trying some settings, I noticed the other day I was getting confused with to much sound, and My head was not really in the game which can really affect my attention. I ended up very close to your settings. Do you find a specific frequency is best for coin hunting? I do like threshold running in the background. Next I am going to use the Concentric coil. I have not seen coil covers available, so I will be using bedliner spray, worked great on the AT Pro.
  13. ok. Thanks. I was out yesterday and was using dual mode, I have to spend more time with using threshold, it is eye opening what it can reveal.I have no experience with it but it seems like having pinpoint running in the background. 2 things I can wish for- User tones is a great feature, adjustable volume per tone would be even better.Adjustable pinpoint tone. Minor tweaks to an awesome detector.I am just scratching the surface. I am always checking out different detectors on U Tube, the ones the interest me are 1-Etrac,2-Nox800,3-AKA Signum, but to they offer more the the Alter ? Not so sure, but I do like the Etrac !!!
  14. Because you'll asked, here are some finds over the past couple months, The gold ring is 18k, both of the other rings are silver.One of the flat button next to the rings was found close to where my buddy found a large cent.Just a sample of current coins, most of this from 2 sites we keep revisiting .
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