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Tony Diana

Tony Diana - Expert underwater detectorist

Some people see life through the lens of a camera or through the canvas of an artist. Tony Diana sees things though the coil of a metal detector. Each beach and each weather event is simply another opportunity to tune his Excalibur and go searching for gold.

Tony has been detecting since he unwrapped his first detector at 11 years old. His parents would take him to the beaches and parks in Miami, Florida where he would search for coins and jewelery. Later as an officer with a Mechanized Infantry Unit he quickly developed an appreciation for how metal detectors are of critical importance in modern battle readiness.

After leaving the service Tony settled down in Florida where he quickly reaffirmed his love for the hobby and he focused his efforts on beach and water hunting.

Tony is the lead for Kellyco's water hunting test team and thus has been actively involved in testing the Excalibur under a wide variety of conditions.

With a background in music and audio engineering Tony released ‘Basic Ear Training for Excalibur’ in 2008. This was the first time the principles of audio engineering were applied to a metal detector specific audio CD.

Basic Ear Training CD for the Excalibur metal detectorBasic Ear Training for Excalibur CD

Tony says “the Excalibur is the Saxophone of metal detectors in that the circuit and sound palette presents a wonderful amount of learnable information”.

Posts

Target Signal Analysis Part 2: The three cons

July 23, 2013 05:00pm

When learning your detector's personality someone invariably chimes in with the, "you have to dig it all comment". The implied fear is that by using sound/display to selectively dig targets you may walk over the find of a lifetime. Thus I would like to address this ever present warning about "digging it all". I like to look at the three cons: The first con is context: It is simply where are your hunting and what are the conditions? Are you at the beach where digging it all is relatively easy and signals can be few and far between? Are you detecting in a lake that is very trashy with countless bits of foil and metal? Are you in a park where there are pieces of can slaw from cans that have been run over by lawn mowers. Also part of Context is when you are hunting? Is it a beach cut near a known wreck site after a big storm? Or is it a small creek site you have discovered way off the tracks that has never been detected? Context is everything!

Posted by Tony Diana on July 23, 2013 05:00pm | 0 Comments

Target Signal Analysis - Part 1

November 06, 2012 10:30am

Having a fundamental understanding of sound analysis can be a great benefit in building your detecting skills. The first step is to break down the components of an individual sound. It is critically important to know concepts like, Attack, Sustain, Release and Tone.

This will train your ear in discerning what to listen for. But first you need to understand the concept of ‘vigilance’. Here is a great definition from Wikipedia:

Posted by Tony Diana on November 06, 2012 10:30am | 1 Comment

CTX 3030 or Excalibur II – Which is best for me?

August 07, 2012 10:42am

"Should I sell my Excalibur II and buy a CTX 3030?" A friend had just called me and was asking me this question. For me the answer is easy....I keep my Excalibur and add the CTX 3030 to take advantage of its added features and benefits. I have a strong affinity for the Excalibur. I know the detector very well and when I turn it on it is like wearing an old pair of comfortable shoes and I know I am very good with it. But back to the conversation... I answered, "it depends what you want out of the detector?" I then asked "What were the three most important things for him to get out of the detector?" His answers were... 1.Waterproof, 2.Durable 3.Critically important to discriminate out selected coins.

Posted by Tony Diana on August 07, 2012 10:42am | 0 Comments

The CTX 3030 attitude

May 31, 2012 12:30am

Each detector has its own personality. As I continue to learn about the CTX 3030 I am aware that the detector imparts a certain attitude to the treasure hunter. As I detected a few North East Florida Beaches during Tropical Storm Beryl. The CTX 3030 performed seamlessly despite the challenging weather. From wind to rain to getting hit by a few high waves the CTX 3030 has a "can do... go anywhere" attitude. When a hurricane or storm hits the coast I like to hit between three to five beaches, so I can better focus in on a high potential erosion event.

Posted by Tony Diana on May 31, 2012 12:30am | 2 Comments

CTX 3030 audio magic

May 21, 2012 02:37pm

In terms of audio options alone, the CTX 3030 is simply the most advanced treasure machine in existence. Minelab’s engineers have placed a great deal of thought in coming up with different configurations for different hunting situations. There are many different configurations for listening to signals. I will discuss them here and talk about how they can be applied in the field.

Posted by Tony Diana on May 21, 2012 02:37pm | 0 Comments

Demystifying the Excalibur - Simplicity is the ultimate form of elegance

December 09, 2011 04:25pm

As a former officer with an Army Infantry Unit I learned the Mantra, "keep it simple and waterproof". The Minelab Excalibur metal detector exemplifies this lesson and so I will cover the basic settings that will get the new detectorist up and running with this excellent machine.

Posted by Tony Diana on December 09, 2011 04:25pm | 0 Comments

Interview with Gary Drayton: Spanish Treasure Hunter – Part 2

September 20, 2011 03:56pm

Here’s Part 2 of my question and answer session with my friend Gary Drayton, and the author of 'Metal Detecting for Spanish Treasure' to find out how he has become so successful at finding Spanish Treasure. Read Part 1 here.

Posted by Tony Diana on September 20, 2011 03:56pm | 0 Comments

Interview with Gary Drayton: Spanish Treasure Hunter – Part 1

September 14, 2011 04:19pm

My friend Gary Drayton has written a book called 'Metal Detecting for Spanish Treasure', so I thought I'd ask him a few questions about the book and how he has become so successful at finding Spanish Treasure."

Posted by Tony Diana on September 14, 2011 04:19pm | 0 Comments

Excalibur - A metal detector with its own distinct personality

May 09, 2011 01:51pm

Knowing how to leverage the Excalibur metal detector’s advantages increases the odds of more precious metal in your finds pouch at the end of the day. Here are three points that may help:

1. Always qualify a peripheral null!
This is one advantage of the Excalibur that often goes untapped. Investigate your nulls as you go over them. Particularly if you do not know where they were in your sweep...

Posted by Tony Diana on May 09, 2011 01:51pm | 0 Comments
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