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  1. Been fishing for about 2 years and I must say the break from the detecting has done me a world of good. Dug up the CTX from the attick, gave it a dusting off. And while I was figuring out how to ride a bike again. All the mist was blown out of my head and we got down to the nitty gritty. Bought myself a new GPS unit to log waypoints. I’m not wandering around like a drunk anymore, this time around I’m gridding. As a beach hunter, tried the dirt and parcs. But my heart belongs to the beach, pretty obvious when you like fishing and fresh air. So the obvious choice for log
  2. I finished my channel's intro footage, squeezing some of the last finds in less than two minutes... Hope you enjoy the atmosphere 🙃. Will be difficult to keep it updated constantly with all the work I'm next to start on dryland for water sessions improvement, but keep an eye on my diary now and then🔥 https://youtu.be/1kyGlM9-_do
  3. Minelab has five key products under development. It should be a pretty good bet that with the CTX 3030 being so old it does not even appear on the timeline below, that a product refresh is in the works. We also all know Multi-IQ was a big success. And one thing I know about Minelab, is the V2 version of anything is the one to die for. They usually come out with something totally new as proof of concept, and then the next version or two refines that into everything it really can be. The main question I have is the hardware. Will the new model still use the existing CTX housing? It’s a litt
  4. OK, so I attended a seeded hunt sponsored by Minelab just before the release of the CTX. Minelab held a marketing program where they introduced the CTX and touted all its attributes . When it was handed to me I thought "what a beast, what a pig. I don't need GPS, I'll buy my own GPS if I want one". Now I know its an excellent detector when it comes to finding certain stuff, in certain environments, so I'm not bashing its performance. Its the way its built that I think is ridicules. Every other detector has about the same size lower rod. They cost about $14 - $20. CTX close to $200. The Arm cuf
  5. CTX 3030 on gold nuggets Hi guys I have had the CTX since it was released. However I did not purchase it for the same reasons as most others bought it for, I bought it primarily to look for larger gold in areas that have a high trash density where non discriminating detectors like the GPX will drive you nuts digging junk. It has the best discrimination and target separation of any detector I have used this far, particularly if the trash is iron. That is why I use it for this job if the trash density is low I just swap back to a gold detector and would never waist my ti
  6. Hello friends! Iam very close to leave to Tanzania now. Up until now kam training with a cheap detector Form China. I left the plan to buy a gpx cause i can hardly use it in Europe so now iam so i want to buy now: An Equinox 800 or a ctx 3030. So what i know is that the equinox came out a few years after the ctx and that it has a special mode for prospecting Gold. Does anyone has an expirience with both detectors and can tell me whats fits better for high Mineral ground and prospecting gold? Or whats would you prefer? Honestly i want to stick with minelab cause
  7. What do you think about that detector for Tanzania? Greetings Erik
  8. I heard a rumor about a new CTX. Supposedly for Detectival. Anyone else heard that?
  9. My old model CTX leaked in salt and the plate that goes into the cell (housing side) has been eaten off. Anyone have this problem and find a way to restore ;contact? I'm looking at a bit of copper wire in the slot to contact where the plate sat...brutal makes me sick how bad this gasket seating is on this model. Ive tried everything to keep it dry. cjc
  10. Version 1.0.0

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    Hey guys. I just got a CTX 3030 this week and noticed there aren't any good Target ID Spreadsheets out there for people to use to create custom programs. This is my first iteration of the file which I expect to update over time. My next update should include more information on the target like (date, weight, etc) as well as documentation on detector settings used when getting the TID. Again, I've only had my CTX 3030 for about a week, so i'm still learning about this thing. I also built a nice pivot sheet in Microsoft Power BI (powerbi.microsoft.com) that I will upload as well if you w
  11. 813 downloads

    Gold Hound/ Dale Gold Nugget modes for the CTX These modes contain discrimination patterns and audio settings that opimise the CTX for nugget hunting. How to share mlf files http://www.nhmetaldetectingforum.com/index.php?topic=10671.0 Minelab CTX 3030 Data & Reviews Minelab Metal Detector Forum
  12. 116 downloads

    Gary UK programs for CTX 3030 from http://www.metal-detecting101.co.uk/2015/01/minelab-ctx-3030-programs-all-free.html Ten of Gary's most used settings How to share mlf files http://www.nhmetaldetectingforum.com/index.php?topic=10671.0 Minelab CTX 3030 Data & Reviews Minelab Metal Detector Forum
  13. Version 4901-0117-4

    13 downloads

    Minelab CTX 3030 Instruction Manual, 1.79 MB pdf file, 75 pages Minelab CTX 3030 Data & Reviews Minelab Metal Detector Forum
  14. Version 2012

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    Minelab Equinox CTX 3030 Brochure, 6.6 MB pdf file, 8 pages Minelab CTX 3030 Data & Reviews Minelab Metal Detector Forum
  15. I have been using my 3030 for almost 2 years now and I still only use Smooth for the sound. It is quite good but sometimes it 'balances out' or becomes difficult to get it to repeat consistently. Recently I have been reading about some CTX programs for download and others use Pitch Hold. I tried it last night and it was just so odd. The threshold goes to a different sound and pitch, the volume goes to a lower level and I have a hard time hearing the target. After this I tried Normal and it makes me wonder how someone can use this also. Long is close to smooth. The differ
  16. Hi Guys New to the forum and metal detecting. Trying to make a decision between the 3 detectors mentioned above. I'm going to be doing most of my detecting on the Northwest beaches. I will also be doing some park hunting and then once a year prospecting in Arizona. I may try a little prospecting in the Northwest too if I find extra time. Initially thought the Excalibur was the way to go, but then after reading posts on several forums I'm starting to have doubts about its durability. I'm leaning towards the ATX at this point, but would like to get some final input on thes
  17. Sorry if this thread has been discussed before. (I did have a look around the forum but couldn't find a comparison between machines) I've decided to have ago at coin/relic hunting. When talking to a dealer that regularly detects I got the impression that the 3030 was still an all-round better machine than the equinox. The purchase price is not part of the decision, more so id like to purchase something I'm going to be happy to keep as i learn more about relic hunting. My wife and I regularly head off on short trips and would like to go to other areas other than the gold fields all th
  18. I was one of the first people to get an Equinox 800 when they came out earlier this year. It has been a lot of fun and I have found some of my best beach finds with it. (A gold chain and silver ring.) I've even found 2 little nuggets and an attractive specimen. Until today I put my 3030 in mothballs for the right time and I'm here to tell you that the 3030/17 is a great beach detector for my area of Southern California. It covers a large area and it goes deep. It goes deeper on average than the 800. I doubt that would be the case if the 800 gets a larger coil but for now my 3030/17 s
  19. I went out with a friend who had just gone from the ATMax to the 800 and he wanted some help getting used to how the minelab spoke and some initial instruction on setup. I was most interested in seeing if I could get the sound attenuated like I did in my 3030 and having a hunter with me to call over for a "whisper" on my 3030 was most helpful. I was running a wide open screen manual 24, high trash, deep on, and rest off. I find a quite deep tone and have him come over and we dial back the sensitivity until it started to sound clean, but quiet. He was running park 2, GB 4, 50 tones, bias o
  20. Ever have one of those days not one stinking old coin just some assorted clad that was Saturday so I licked my wounds and went back Sunday so I finally got out to the fairgrounds to try out the nox . Sunday was better took the ctx and nox hunted with the nox the coins were 2 to 3 inches deep all had nails was running 7 for recovery speed park 1 iron bias The nox called the merc at 2 inches deep at 20 I had high tones set from 19 and up and nickels open at 12 to 13 the ctx called it iron except one sweep would give 12.43 more accurate ID than the 20 the nox called it but I don't think I wou
  21. Hi all! I wanted to share a real-world hunting report, from yesterday, at a local public park. I was hunting with my CTX and 17" coil; sensitivity manual 25, ferrous discrimination only, 50 tones, Ferrous-coin separation, deep off, fast off. My buddy was hunting his Equinox, Park 1, 23 sensitivity, recovery 5, iron bias 2, 50 tones, no disc. I was moving along slowly, and "hunting deep," and I hit a soft, repeatable high-tone that I figured was a coin -- around 12-39 to 12-41, so I figured wheat cent. Depth meter showed about 9"-10". I dug, and it was indeed an 8" to 8 1/2" deep 1
  22. This has been the subject of much debate and I thought I would weigh in with a little this versus that to help offer a little guidance. I think Minelab was caught off guard by all this because the whole conversation from their perspective was supposed to be about AT Max versus Deus versus Equinox. Yet the majority of the debate is about this Minelab versus that Minelab. I guess that is a credit to Minelab but at the end of the day I am not sure they are too worried about what Minelab you buy as long as it's a Minelab The Minelab Sovereign and the Excalibur introduced the world to Broad Ba
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