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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

CTX 3030 Target Separation... more than a random choice

June 28, 2013 10:35am

The CTX 3030 incorporates four different Target Separation options... Low Trash, High Trash, Ferrous-Coin and Ground-Coin. Selecting the proper Target Separation option will allow you to optimize the signal processing of your CTX 3030, to best match your site.

Posted by Randy Horton on June 28, 2013 10:35am | 3 Comments

Rally hunting with the CTX 3030... honesty paid off

June 19, 2013 11:10am

I was recently invited to participate in WWATS (World Wide Association of Treasure Seekers) Rally held in Antlers, Oklahoma. More info at www.wwats.org. I’m not a rally hunter, but welcomed the idea of meeting other hunters and having a chance to have some fun. So I packed up the CTX 3030 and headed out.

Posted by Evan Granger on June 19, 2013 11:10am | 3 Comments

What I listen for when chasing gold at depth

May 30, 2013 11:35am

There are some basic rules that should be at the forefront of your mind when detecting for gold, probably the most important one being to dig everything. No one can accurately determine if a signal is gold just by listening to the signal response, especially if the target is large or close to the surface of the ground. There is another side to gold prospecting with a metal detector that requires a different approach, this is often dictated by expediency due to time restraints and in a lot of cases an attempt to maintain some sanity, these areas are often in and around old diggings where there is a lot of trash from both modern and Old Timers.

Posted by Jonathan Porter on May 30, 2013 11:35am | 6 Comments

Palmer 2013 - Another successful event!

May 23, 2013 12:53pm

The years in between these events seem to go very quickly as all of a sudden the event was on. Held on the first weekend of May each year, the Palmer Crystal and Craft Fair incorporating the South Australian Detecting Championships proves to continue to be one of Australia's most attended events with over 100 entrants for the detecting sessions. Many of them pre-entered and the rest turned up on the Sunday ready to enter and talk anything detecting related.

Posted by Trevor Ferraresso on May 23, 2013 12:53pm | 0 Comments

Minelab CTX 3030 – UK program - Part 2

May 13, 2013 12:30pm

In part one we built the mode (program) and now I would like to take a closer look at the settings and the thought behind them.

The first mode with the tadpole patterns is the main program, and the clear screen mode is the mode I switch to if I need to analyse iffy targets.

It doesn't matter how you mix and match these patterns between the two modes, and previously I mixed a tadpole and clear screen pattern on each mode. The problem with that is I couldn’t see which mode I was in as they looked very similar. So now I keep the most recognisable elements together, which are the tadpole patterns.

Posted by Gordon Heritage on May 13, 2013 12:30pm | 5 Comments

Gaining permission - Part 2

May 06, 2013 12:45pm

Ok, I have covered several points in my last blog post, and there are more, but those are my main ones. In this blog post I will use a couple more.

When asking permission to hunt a property this is how my introduction goes 90% of the time:

'Hello my name is Evan. I hate to bother you, but I just noticed how old your house is. Could you tell me what you know about it?' Then I say, 'I did some research on this house and what I found is...' and I let them know what I found out. I then say 'the reason for my interest is I have a website and YouTube channel called Gonehunting for History. I go around to different places metal detecting for things from the past, whether it be tokens, charms, etc. My favorite things to find are things that are connected to the town.' I then talk about past finds and relate them to the town I am in.

Posted by Evan Granger on May 06, 2013 12:45pm | 0 Comments

Minelab CTX 3030 - UK program - Part 1

April 29, 2013 10:55am

The CTX 3030 is a great metal detector that can be used many different ways, and in this blog post I'm going to show you how I use it.

First I need to explain where and what I’m searching for. In the UK I search for ancient finds rather than the more recent finds like milled coins. My entire quarry dates older than 300 years, and I often search for finds over a thousand years old. So Search Modes (programs) used to find coins in parks just don’t cut it for me.

Posted by Gordon Heritage on April 29, 2013 10:55am | 0 Comments

Gaining permission - Part 1

April 19, 2013 10:45am

First and foremost, you have to have a game plan. Don’t ever go up to the door and not know what you are going to say. You may laugh, but I practice what I will say. I try to have at least a little of the history on the area or house before I start. You might possibly have more info than the landowner, and a way to start the conversation. If not, that is fine, do not let that keep you from going. Whether or not you have good intel on the property isn’t a game killer, but it can show the owner that you are serious about your work and that you are not just a “treasure hunter”. Having what you are going to say polished before you go up there can make or break the decision.

Posted by Evan Granger on April 19, 2013 10:45am | 1 Comment

Renewing my one ounce membership for 2013

April 12, 2013 02:20pm

Whenever I hear the term ‘’every man and his dog has been there” I am always up for the challenge as to see what they have left behind for me. On a recent trip to the Goldfields I decided to spend my time working some old diggings located in a gully that over the years has been well known to many prospectors. Including myself as a 12 year old where I found my very first nugget operating the XT 17000.

Every detector operator approaches an area in their own unique and individual way. Whether that be deciding to venture off in a certain direction because something in the distance catches your eye. Things like a certain type of tree or shrub, quartz and ironstone, rabbit warrens presenting the deeper ground mineralisation or even something as simple as a web containing a big spider in the centre of it. Resulting in the prospector detecting in another direction as to what they normally would. As long as you are out moving that coil around you are in with a chance of finding something that has been missed by others.

Posted by Angus James on April 12, 2013 02:20pm | 2 Comments
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