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    Macro Racer 2, Sovereign X2 , Excal 1000, Excal 11, Anchor Electronics Barracuda, (3) GQA2, , Whites Dual Field (2), Fisher CZ21, CZ5, CS6PI...CTX 3030, Nokta Impact, Kruzer, Eq 800 w/p TDI Pro...

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  1. This is a great and interesting topic that encompasses a large number of the things that the Equinox does. To address this problem --there isn't a single "tweak' it takes a full understanding of detector basics and then specific knowledge of how to apply these basics to the Equinox. The main culprits are high salinity, bottom contours (including inclines) and fast water. There are some good tips in the manual--a faster Rec. Spd. as offset by more sens and Ground Balancing with a side to side "boost." I've also used something that draws from my Excal days--recognising that there are three distinct "zones" in many salt environments--the high "draw", the "lower swish" and the lower flat--each with different balance points. To move the coil while you balance is really just bringing in more randomness. Making for a higher balance point. It's not a bad idea to balance for and hunt these three "zones" separately--so as not to be over balanced for the less challenging levels. I've done a fair bit of testing with the Rec. Spd. dynamic and while some of the speeds I see suggested here (3,4) are pretty low, when you do go up higher there is a risk of depth loss. This is more of an extreme measure--good for hills or rough bottom terrain. How increased Gain factors in here is a tough call--conditions dependent. Trying to get more depth by clipping down a high powered signal doesn't really make sense when you look at the "bitty" audio that signals the Equinox not handling fast or deep salt.... My strategy is just to bring up the TB enough to assign more ground noises down. (1 or 2) I've also experimented with some overtuning methods (Manual -9) that seem to help as well--producing a general smoothing effect with good responses standing out more. I also run 2 Tone--to simplify things. An alternate for the 800 is to use the "Pitch Gap" in 50 Tone. These two methods allow decent Gain settings and let me avoid this constant chasing of half sounds. Sweep speed gives some lee-way to respond to changes instead of some high Rec Spd. Too many hunters think that the Equinox will "quick tweak" for any situation--whereas no detector can. It takes trial and error and a broad based approach to tuning to address the demands of a fast, varied salt environment. cjc cjc
  2. Sorry about the abbreviations--I hear others calling them as such and do it myself without thinking. Not on Geotech here wherein I would be the one asking for clarification.... cjc
  3. Dave's Salt Water Report Card was an accurate and well written account. I bookmarked this as kind of a "problem set" for future projects in the NOX. Never liked the "bitty" quality that the audio takes on in fast or deep salt or where there are inclines. The overprocessed signal removes you from the feedback that needs to be responded to by way of coil speed and tuning. I guess this is why there is the low TX shift--so new hunters would not be at a total loss. There's also the problem of ground noises jumping up. Best thing I've found is to run B2 in 2 Tone with a massive manual undertune (-9!). This gives more of a solid barrier--and cleaner assignment of targets. It can also be run in All Metal this way to make good responses stand out. You also have TB to clean up the signal if needed. Not my first choice as a deep salt water machine but it works and is accurate. cjc
  4. This is a well made, well thought out and extremely deep, powerful detector. The switchable frequencies (5/ 14 & 20 kHz) and make it super versatile in any conditions. All programs and features are visible on screen--simple to customize for the novice but with the most advanced discriminate and tough ground features available. Unbelievable to have this kind of power and fidelity in a water machine! Also--the best audio of any machine I've used--great separation in iron and the new 10" coil is a great addition. Love this detector!! cjc
  5. Ya, I really like this product too. These kinds of situations where a perfect signal is wedged in coral or hardpan need this device. The more I test it the more I see it going deeper in ground. That down on the belly work is super tough--especially in current. Guy who saw this post on my FB showed me a PP'er with the same extension--he feels for the vibration up the handle. cjc
  6. I would say in air small tip 4 -5 " large tip 6"+ but one thing that Bill Lahr tells me all the time is that a pulse will go deeper in ground--especially salt. Seems pretty powrfull compared to some of the other PP'ers I've tried especially with the dive coil. Seems to reach out pretty well on larger targets too. Really like the sound and in-ground performance. cjc
  7. A Quick Look at The Nokta / Makro Pulse Dive I was fortunate enough to field test a prototype of this amazing device and was immediately impressed by the Pulse Dive’s rugged, professional feel. The solid “heft” of the device made all other pinpointers I’ve tried feel like flimsy toys. It’s also a great, practical concept—a waterproof diving detector with a deep 5.5” (14 cm.) coil for that converts in a second to a regular pinpointer. The Pulse Dive features 5 levels of Sensitivity adjustment, selectable vibration, light and tone alert and can be paired with your headphones via a built-in wireless module. The production model features yellow detail for easy visibility underwater and comes in a sturdy case. The Pulse Dive kit includes covers for both coils, holster, lanyard, spare gaskets, charge cord and manual. There's also a second, louder endcap for land use. This is an extremely well-thought-out device—great not only as a deep, full featured standard pinpointer but also for quick area searches of dwellings, stone walls, enclosed spaces--and even as a security wand. My tests showed the Pulse Dive to have great sensitivity to small gold—even chains. It also had nice depth for coin hunting on land. Picture shows a ’32 cent and '38 nickel—my first two finds pinpointed with the Pulse Dive. A great addition to any serious inland or shoreline treasure hunter’s kit. cjc
  8. no it was like the clips wore and let water in upgraded gasket or not. it was an old model. seems pretty good now but will do some time in the tub before i trust it in salt. cjc
  9. ya, I had a new bulkhead cell and clips put in and it leaked right away (mismatched clips?) right up into the control pod and would not boot but ML did me a very nice turn and gave me some seconds clips snap very nicely now looks pretty good. hope they do in fact have their act together with this one--great machine these minor things gave it a bad name amongst many and almost me too.. clc
  10. Always appreciate hearing your spin on things Dewcon. It is amazing just how much of this low end wrap this detector has--thats why I have no hesitation in running the TB up a bit to shut it up and reduce these partials. Amazing that these will not even be iron just seabed. Some will be way up at 9 that's too high. Ive been testing an "undertune" (-9) prog that works well at making good responses stand out well. Chase is right on with suggesting not straying too far from the stock settings especially RS--as you say it either flattens or chops. Hunted with the EQ as a pro last week and although the coil went it did quite well. Taking some early notes for a V3 and realize that V's 1 & 2 did not address these issues nearly well enough. You really need to have a good grasp of how Sens, GB, RS and Bias interact to get performance from this detector in deep salt water---especially if you want to hear any faint targets over this "racket". cjc
  11. Chase--that's pitch--takes some getting used to but it's the most distinct. I typically run the TB at around 2 --not really expecting any micro gold well worth the trade off in stability. Cant be heard underwater--real flaw IMHO---just no volume. cjc
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