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Palmer Metal Detecting Championships

May 17, 2011 03:30pm

Palmer Crystal & Craft Fair and Metal Detecting Championship - April 29th, 30th & May 1st 2011.

Having attended many of the Palmer shows over the years, this years’ event was set up to be a great one due to the donation of a GPX 5000 metal detector from Minelab – a first in the events history! Each year there is excellent support from the public and the detecting community who attend the show and this year was no exception. There were over 100 detectorists who entered the 2 one hour sessions which makes it a fun filled day.

Posted by Trevor Ferraresso on May 17, 2011 03:30pm | 0 Comments

Trevor Ferraresso - Introduction to Treasure Talk

May 13, 2011 05:04pm

Trevor has been working in the prospecting industry since 1996 when he was first employed by Minelab in Adelaide. Working with the warehouse team he quickly became hooked on the hobby of metal detecting and was soon trying out the latest machine at the time, the SD2100.

He developed a sound knowledge of how the detectors worked, however he was not able to find his first piece of gold until the year 2000 when...

Posted by Brenton O'Brien on May 13, 2011 05:04pm | 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

Tony Diana - Introduction to Treasure Talk

May 06, 2011 04:25pm

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 metal detector and go searching for gold. 

Tony has been detecting since he unwrapped his first detector at 11 years old...

Posted by Brenton O'Brien on May 06, 2011 04:25pm | 0 Comments

E-TRAC - Threshold and sweep speed

April 27, 2011 02:43pm

On the Minelab Owners forum we often see questions concerning Minelab’s flagship FBS metal detector, the E-TRAC.

A couple of regular questions are: Do I need a threshold? How fast should I swing my coil?

The answer to these questions is related, and in this blog I’ll explain why.

Posted by Gordon Heritage on April 27, 2011 02:43pm | 0 Comments

Detecting, a passionate obsession!

April 15, 2011 04:38pm

Thinking about my first blog is detecting a passion or an obsession; well for me I must admit it’s more likely to be an obsession. Funny thing is since the vast majority of my friends and colleagues are detectorists I rarely encounter the “What in all weathers traipsing across fields?” type of question.

Well for me and I suppose the vast majority of like-minded detectorists it’s a mixture of what’s that next signal going to be... the anticipation, the feeling and knowing in some cases that you are on a superb site and the potential to make good finds is good.

Posted by Julian Evan-Hart on April 15, 2011 04:38pm | 1 Comment

E-TRAC - Two Tone Ferrous… unlocking the "mystery" Part 2

April 08, 2011 03:36pm

In part one I explained what ‘Two Tone Ferrous’ (TTF) is and how it works. In part 2 I’ll explain why I use it…

For me, deciding whether to use ferrous tones or conductive tones depends on the amount and type of "trash" at each site. As a coin-shooter who hunts old farm sites, I believe there are instances where TTF is the optimum choice.

If I am hunting an old farm site with an abundance of iron trash, I run a fairly “open screen” using TTF (little or no discrimination). A low tone is provided for all targets with ferrous readings of 18 or higher...

Posted by Randy Horton on April 08, 2011 03:36pm | 5 Comments

Heritage Interviews

March 31, 2011 02:06pm

I’m proud to introduce a new series of interviews, which will be hosted on MLOtv. These interviews are brought to you in collaboration with Minelab metal detectors.

The concept is simple; we travel to finders of important discoveries and interview them for MLOtv. The first of these interviews will be of British finders, but it’s our intention to expand this series worldwide.

Posted by Gordon Heritage on March 31, 2011 02:06pm | 0 Comments

Gain, what’s a good level to start from?

March 18, 2011 12:12pm

On page 63 in the GPX 5000 Instruction Manual, Gain is described as being:

“…..a function that allows the GPX Series to be optimised for differing conditions; controlling the sensitivity of the detector to its environment and targets.”

Basically speaking this means you can use the Gain control to lift or brighten the response from a signal, a little like increasing the volume of your detector but in a more dynamic way.

Posted by Jonathan Porter on March 18, 2011 12:12pm | 5 Comments

Finding Civil War military camps: Getting permission

March 16, 2011 03:28pm

Finding Civil War military camps from ages past requires a number of things. Among those are firstly, research, which includes books, diaries, maps and time. Secondly, you'll need permission to access land where you feel a camp or camps may be located. Third, equipment! A good metal detector that can handle multiple soil conditions, navigate ferrous trash with good discrimination, and go deep. We can break these three categories into separate discussions, so I'll start with getting permission, something that is paramount to legal metal detecting.

Posted by David Keith on March 16, 2011 03:28pm | 8 Comments
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