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Mike Hillis

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Mike Hillis last won the day on September 10 2019

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    Currently using: Fisher F75 LTD/DST....White's V3....Minelab Etrac....Makro Gold Kruzer....Nokta Impact ...Teknetics Eurotech Pro...Tesoro Compadre & Golden Sabre II.

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  1. I do that on my Impact in my 20 kHz Deep mode. Deep mode is a two tone VCO mode. I notch out high conductors and assign them the N tone iron tone, then change the N tone pitch to 700HZ. I disc the iron range I really want to disc out. That gives me a low tone below the tone break, a VCO tone above the tone break and a 700 HZ solid high tone for high conductors. I like it. I think it works better for high conductors than down in the mid range. Mike
  2. I would like to know the significance of 11 TID? Is that a nickel Id? I notch all the time to help focus but never just one number, and never just for a nickel. A nickel is just a conductivity break point, what I consider the very high side for small gold rings and the very low side for large gold rings. I guess for Nox users maybe the 11 TID bucket is large enough to actually be a spread of numbers if compared to something with better TID resolution though. I dunno. TID resolution is one of the reasons I never bought one. HH Mike
  3. Does the Anfibio/Kruzer have the same blended audio at the tone break points like the Impact? That is one thing I like about the Impact that I'm just starting to enjoy, especially down at the ferrous/non ferrous break point. The phase shift target id may show the peak signal TID but the audio blends what isn't displayed, so I get low tone mid tone audio blending. It lets me know when most of a signal's responses are below the tone break point. I'm trying to develop that more for chain hunting as I get time. Figure out what tone frequencies give me the best blending, do I want to move two tone break points close together and see if I can get a blended audio bracket, stuff like that. HH Mike
  4. Hi Nik11, I am partial to the IMPACT Pro. mostly because 1) I don't need waterproof, and 2) I like having all 12 of the programs and 3) the price of the IMPACT Pro is so good. I found it hard not to buy one. I think there are only two features on the Anfibio that the Impact doesn't have....tone volume and notch volume, which can be useful in some situations but are not deal killers. Well....EUD, too, but my experience with EUD on my Gold Kruzer is that its not something you'd use very often. It really comes down to waterproofing. If you need waterproof, then the Anfibio would be the one. If you are going to primarily be a land hunter, then the Impact would be a great purchase, plus you'd have some money left over to buy some accessories and really kit yourself out. If you are in the states I can refer you to my dealer friend who can give you a great price on either one, Craig at ShowMeTreasure.com I buy all of my Nokta/Makro stuff from him now. Good luck! HH MIke
  5. That was an interesting test. I like it. Is there a reason you don't have anything deeper in your test bed? You didn't say if you had Boost On or Off? Your conclusion was "the order of depth does reflect coil size". Actually the statement your test has shown is that the "order of air gap reflects coil size". I just caution that 'Air gap' is air gap and 'in ground' depth is in ground depth. The two different attributes don't actually reflect a total when added together. HH Mike
  6. What I liked about the book is the emphasis on signal clarity over signal loudness. Really opened my eyes early on to gain/sensitivity control, even more so when I witnessed just how bad my ground would mask small signals as I raised the gain. I could test my ground with a normal Daisy BB and actually hear it break up and disappear as I raised my gain. Real eye opening stuff. Good book to re-read every so often, especially if you have or hunt hot ground. HH Mike
  7. It really boils down to size. The larger chains and bracelets can be picked up by most any detector if you lower the disc far enough. Its the smaller, finer chains that need a high frequency. Most of the finer chains are found because you hit on the pendant, not the chain. When I'm hunting fine chains I'm really hunting for the clasps of the chain, not the actual chain links, while hoping there is still a pendant attached. Earrings - loop earrings are usually open ended which make poor eddy current circuits and need a higher frequency to get a good hit on. Earrings - stud earrings are much the same way, and highly orientation specific to how good a signal they'll give and higher frequency is a big help on them too. The F75 LTD in Boost mode is good enough for most jewelry that doesn't require dropping the disc below a small nail setting or bobbie pin. If the gold size requires a lower disc then its Gold Bug II/Gold Racer/Gold Kruzer time. Setting the disc way down into the iron range is super important as the gold size gets smaller. When the iron disc range gets too low, then you have to up the frequency. HH Mike
  8. My first electronic pinpointer was a Little Wizard II that is normally used to scan lumber for nails. Used it for at least a couple of years before I updated. Worked fine for shallow targets, in the plug targets and in the sidewall of the hole targets. About 2" on a dime....more on a nickle. You can scan with the flat head for broad locating then turn up on its edge for fine pointing. I think they run about 25 bucks. HH Mike
  9. Your detector basically turns long iron into a bar magnet. Wire, hairpins, nails... But you are also adding the loop affect on the bent end of the hair pin which also raises its phase shift. So it sounds like a good non-ferrous target. The pinpoint is what gives it away. A 90 degree pinpoint should have given it away. HH Mike
  10. I hope its extremely good at de-mining the current crop of land mines. HH Mike
  11. Hi Rick, I followed the progression of the AU Gold Finder to the Gold Racer to the Gold Kruzer. I specifically picked the Gold Kruzer for the 3 tone Micro mode. Every time I use a two tone mode I always wish it had a third tone for high conductors so I could ignore those responses. Its terrific to finally get a 3 tone high frequency model with tone break but it really sucks that for some reason the coil makers have decided its a piece of junk they won't waste time on. It makes me not want to buy any of their coils for my other machines. HH Mike
  12. What is wrong with the Gold Kruzer? Why doesn't NEL or CORS or Magic or Detech make any coils for the Gold Kruzer? They make full lineups of coils of for the Gold Racer, but not a one for the Gold Kruzer. You can't say its because of the water proof connector, as they make coils for the Kruzer and Anfibio. You can't say its because of the frequency as they make coils for the Gold Racer and the Gold Kruzer is basically a waterproof Gold Racer. So what gives? Why do the aftermarket coil mfg's treat the Gold Kruzer like an ugly step-child? Mike
  13. Hi GB.,,,yeah...its the stock coil from the F44. It runs good on the 8500 in the right dirt. I occasionally run it on my F75 too when I don't need modulated audio. HH Mike
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