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Treasure Talk blog posts on the E-TRAC

Minelab CTX 3030 – UK program - Part 2

May 13, 2013 12:30pm

Gordon Heritage
Gordon Heritage metal detector professional

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

So is FBS 2 any better than the original FBS?

June 01, 2012 02:00pm

Julian Evan-Hart
Julian Evan-Hart metal detectorist

Well what a question to ask eh? The CTX 3030 has only been released in the last few days, unfair to ask it? I think not. However perhaps it is a little premature until we get all the reports from field tests and other users. I’m no techno-expert, but briefly FBS 2 utilises multiple frequency transmission and coil-to-detector data communication to locate targets in a wide variety of soil conditions. However, I would like to make a submission of my own relating to the efficiency of the new FBS 2. Of course at this stage this information relates purely to my own personal experience and no-one else’s... or does it?


Posted by Julian Evan-Hart on June 01, 2012 02:00pm | 6 Comments

FBS Coils, Coils & More Coils

March 26, 2012 10:30am

Mark Williams
Mark Williams metal detecting blog posts

To change or not to change that is the question? It seems like every time I turn on my computer and logon to a forum there is so much talk about which coil is the best, and to be honest I still only use the E-TRAC's stock FBS 11” Double-D coil and have successfully hunted in trashy areas with great results. I have watched numerous videos and read probably twice as many reviews as I would care to do again, and yet after all of that I still think that the stock coil performs exceptionally and is the best one for finding coins and at great depth.

Posted by Mark Williams on March 26, 2012 10:30am | 2 Comments

Bringing the history of an era back to life

January 09, 2012 12:40pm

Mark Williams
Mark Williams metal detecting blog posts

I am an Adelaide boy and I love South Australia’s history, it simply oozes out of every little nook and cranny in our small country towns. Although, each one has its own unique story and there always seems to be a connection somewhere that brings it all together. I thoroughly enjoy coin & relic hunting because for me, there is nothing better than gathering together many facets of information and weaving it all together with the bits & pieces that you find to bring the history of an era back to life.

Posted by Mark Williams on January 09, 2012 12:40pm | 12 Comments

Creating custom patterns in the E-TRAC

September 15, 2011 01:59pm

Nenad Lonic
Nenad Lonic Treasure Talk blog author

One of the most powerful features of the E-TRAC metal detector is the ability to create a custom discrimination pattern to suit a specific hunting scenario. Once you are familiar with the process, it is really quick and easy to create a pattern from scratch, and you’ll soon have a selection of patterns to use in different locations.

Before starting, gather a selection of coins (or other targets) that you wish to find...

Posted by Nenad Lonic on September 15, 2011 01:59pm | 0 Comments

E-TRAC - Threshold and sweep speed

April 27, 2011 02:43pm

Gordon Heritage
Gordon Heritage metal detector professional

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

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

April 08, 2011 03:36pm

Randy Horton
Randy Digger Horton

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

Pitch Hold in E-TRAC & Explorer SE Pro

March 11, 2011 02:41pm

Des Dunne
Des coin hunting

The Pitch Hold mode in the Response menu can be a very interesting choice of audio sound to use. While not for the faint-hearted due to its undulating audio, if a person is willing to give it time, the effort in learning its audio nuances will be well worthwhile. Essentially, it works because the pitch of the target signal will hold the Threshold hum sound until the next target is detected. i.e. the threshold mimics or adopts the tone relative to the conductivity of the target.

Posted by Des Dunne on March 11, 2011 02:41pm | 0 Comments

E-TRAC - Two Tone Ferrous... Unlocking the "mystery" - Part 1

February 25, 2011 04:31pm

Randy Horton
Randy Digger Horton

While browsing several metal detecting forums, I've noticed numerous posts regarding the use of Two-Tone Ferrous (TTF) and how it has seemingly "increased the results" for many E-TRAC metal detector users. I won't disagree that they may be finding more than before. However, I believe the reason for their new found success is due to more than simply their choice of audio tones.

Posted by Randy Horton on February 25, 2011 04:31pm | 3 Comments

E-TRAC - Manual versus Auto features for expert users

January 10, 2011 11:40am

Gordon Heritage
Gordon Heritage metal detector professional

The E-TRAC has some very useful ‘Automatic’ features that allow users to find targets at great depths from day one.
Auto Sensitivity and Auto Noise Cancel work together to stabilise the E-TRAC’s performance, limiting noise from iron, changes in mineralisation and electromagnetic interference (EMI).
Although both of these auto features work perfectly well, experienced users wanting to squeeze extra performance from their E-TRAC soon switch to Manual Sensitivity, and in doing so increase their find rate.
In this blog I’m going to argue the virtues of also manually setting the noise cancel feature.

Posted by Gordon Heritage on January 10, 2011 11:40am | 4 Comments

'Recovery Deep' in depth

October 22, 2010 02:23pm

Phil Beck
Phil metal detecting

The Recovery Deep setting on the E-TRAC, Explorer and Explorer SE detectors is designed to enhance the detection and identification of deep targets. This article will explain the way in which deep recovery mode enhances the operation of the detector and points out those situations when you may not choose to use this setting.

When Recovery Deep is turned on, it only has an effect on weak signals, stronger signals remain completely unaffected. When Recovery Deep is turned on and a weak signal is detected, the identification signals undergo stronger filtering to smooth out the data

Posted by Phil Beck on October 22, 2010 02:23pm | 0 Comments

Don't forget Factory Preset!

September 20, 2010 01:50pm

Phil Beck
Phil metal detecting

I have heard from some users that have tied themselves into knots when trying to find the best settings for their detector. This can happen because there are some combinations of settings that don’t work well together and there are some lesser used settings that you may have set and then forgotten to check.

In these cases please remember to perform a Factory Preset. This will return your detector to the settings that it contained from the factory.

Posted by Phil Beck on September 20, 2010 01:50pm | 7 Comments

E-TRAC Pin Point mode choices

June 24, 2010 12:32pm

Des Dunne
Des coin hunting

Hello, today I’m going to present a great, ADVANCED feature to be found in your E-TRAC metal detector!
Did you know that the E-TRAC has two Pin Point Modes?
They are NORMAL and SIZING. They both do the same thing but in slightly different ways…let me explain!
The two modes are selected via the Preferences Menu and the Default Mode is Normal.
In Normal the E-TRAC operates just the same as any other VCO type pin point system giving a precise audible location and rising to a crescendo screech when the center of the coil or best detection area is directly over the center of the target – this also ensures correct and ‘true value’ target ID’s
The first sweeps over a target will give a wide response...

Posted by Des Dunne on June 24, 2010 12:32pm | 0 Comments

Minelab E-TRAC Audio Tones

May 04, 2010 10:21am

Phil Beck
Phil metal detecting

Hi, my name is Philip and I work in R&D at Minelab in Adelaide, Australia. This means that I have probably helped to test or implement some of the features in the metal detector that you are currently using. I’m sure that you love, hate or are completely indifferent to these. In this forum I would like to talk about some of my experiences in creating these features or my perspective on the feedback that I hear from customers. This is my chance to talk with the world of metal detecting rather than those few that I get to meet personally. Please join in and leave a topical comment or ask a question.

My first topic will be on the E-TRAC audio for new users...

Posted by Phil Beck on May 04, 2010 10:21am | 3 Comments

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