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Mike Hillis

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    Albuquerque, NM
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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. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Hi Monte, We have been having beautiful days here lately in NM. Just Work and the COVID keeping me indoors. I mostly use the concentric (4", 8" and 11" Triangulated) with the 8500 and the 11" Bi-axial and a little 5x10 DD coil on the EuroTek Pro. I just like the concentric better on the 8500 and I like the DD coil better on the ET Pro. But all that said, I've got my 8500 configured for large men's gold rings now and will run that configuration with a 10x14" DD coil for ground coverage in some parts and sports fields I've identified as likely to give up some large gold.
  5. I haven't been able to get out very much due to work and this COVID thing, but the few times I was able to get out were productive. I hadn't used my EuroTek Pro in a long while so I broke it out and found this nice little 10K gold bracelet in school playground a few weeks back. While getting re-acquainted with my new Tek Omega 8500 I found a couple of silver rings. Been going nuts so while I was bench testing last night I decided to throw up a picture. Maybe it will encourage some one to get out and find something. HH Mike
  6. The AKA Berkut 5 has both Large signal and Small signal filters. Someday I'll get my hands on one. I think it would make a great gold jewelry detector. If your ears and mind can deal with it, All metal VCO audio can be useful for what you are wanting to do. Shallow signals squeal, deeper signals don't and the sensitivity settings controls the depth of the squeal. So you can set your squeal depth to say.....7" or so for a coin size target, then when you hear targets that don't squeal, you know that if they are coin size, they are deeper than 7". Since most detectors today include v
  7. Metal detector manufactures do not make and sell metal detectors, they make and sell dreams. Treasure hunting is all about dreams. People will always dream, if not for themselves then for a child or a parent or a friend, or a spouse. Metal detectors support the dream. From the cheapest model to the most expensive model there will always be dreamers willing to buy it. I'd say their future is bright. HH Mike
  8. deleted. HH Mike Nevermind that was the SGT (Sierra Gold Track) I was thinking about.. I never had the GMZ.
  9. The Tek-Pulse/F-pulse is 15ns. Too low of a pulse delay for tiny gold. When the Tek Pulse/FPulse was first released, 1st Texas left me with the impression that they would consider work on a gold prospecting model with a better pulse delay for tiny gold. I don't know if it became a real project and if so, what stage it might be in. Ground balancing vlf probes like the TRX work pretty good for the most part and its simple to cancel the ground or a hot rock. I can balance to loud ground, then re-balance to a rock if I need to (and have) if there are a lot of them. I sing the pra
  10. They probably have trouble with their multi-freq coil nulls and instead of putting any more effort into them decided to follow the old Minelab Xterra money pit model. But if you need 100 levels of iron volume adjustment this is the detector for you. HH Mike
  11. Hi Kac....I agree, only I let the dirt polish mine with use. I didn't mention a key down side of probing jewelry....I have knocked stones out of several rings by probing and never recovered the stone. Some were not recovered because I didn't react to the missing stone until later and it was too late. Other times it was because I couldn't find it when I looked for it. When I find a ring I tend to just give it a quick glance and put it away. No one else but me needs to know that I found a ring and its not until I get home to spend time with my new 'precious' that I discover I have
  12. Brass is too soft. It wears away to fast at the tip and bends too easily. If you have to use a brass probe you might as well plug everything. A good probe can tell a person a lot about a target. My favorite probe is an 1/8" by 10" screw driver. The 1/8" diameter really transmits vibration to the hand. The only real drawback is that it bends easier than a 1/4 diameter screwdriver. Over time I found a 3/16" diameter that seems to offer a a little more bend resistance while keeping good vibration transmission, but I still like the 1/8" diameter best. You should be able to
  13. I think we are too small a group for any one to make something just for us. Most folks think like RickUK, and most Design Engineers have this thought in their head that any good relic hunter is all that is needed for a jewelry hunter that goes off the beach. In the mean time you are expected to have this dig it all mentality to be successful. HH Mike
  14. Funny....I still have absolutely no interest in the Equinox models so they can't be the be all end all of metal detectors. HA! HH Mike
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