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  1. #1
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    Mar 2011
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    AT Pro at the beach

    I finally got a chance to get the AT PRO out at the beach.

    For those wondering what to expect, heres what I found.

    I took my AT to Galveston Sunday and worked it for about 4 hrs. I walked over to the wet sand and ground balanced and it settled on a soil rating of 13. It worked nicely, without chatter. Typically when you hit a target you get more VDI shift. When hitting a quarter it would blip back and forth between 83 and 90, whereas on dry land you get a more solid 85-86 reading.

    Working in the water was a little problematic, when a wave rolls in it bumps the coil and sounds off with a foil (40-45) reading. You are OK if you recognize that this is what is causing the signal.

    Not ever having a waterproof detector before.... it was nice to just be able to set the machine down and dig, letting the waves just roll on in and hit it, no worries.

    I was actually really happy with how it did at the beach, I kinda figured it would have a tougher time.
    If you ever hit the big one detecting....follow the 3S rule. Shoot. Shovel and Shut up.

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    Mar 2011
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    Re: AT Pro at the beach

    i just got one yesterday… hearing you talk about just letting the waves crash on a 500+ metal detector still makes me cringe even though I know it's waterproof hehe. I'm sure I'll get over it soon.
    I read the book pretty thorough and a lot of reviews about how it works on the surf. I figured It was just more annoying and reading like foil like you say, rather than not being able to use the detector on the beach at all the way other reviews have been.

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    Re: AT Pro at the beach

    Beaches vary in the amount of black sand and even salt concentrations at the waterline and wet sand, so preformance will vary depending where your hunting.
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    Re: AT Pro at the beach

    Since it is still a single frequency detector there will be beaches that it has a hard time working on, like sandman says every beach is different, and even the same beach has varying amounts of black sand in different areas that can affect it....... I met a gentleman while hunting Daytona Beach that hated his AT Pro, that could easily have been due to the black sand and salt minerals on that beach....




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  5. #5
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    Mar 2011
    Chandler Tx
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    Re: AT Pro at the beach

    I hear y'all on the black sand. I wish I had other beaches to hunt to get a better idea how it will do in more adverse conditions. Guess I'm just lucky to have hunt-able beaches for this machine.

    i just got one yesterday… hearing you talk about just letting the waves crash on a 500+ metal detector still makes me cringe even though I know it's waterproof hehe.
    You'll get over it soon enough.... Ive had my control box completely submerged under a few feet of water. My understanding is that the electronics are completely isolated from the battery compartment and the connections.... but I still make sure they are all tight and secure before going wet.
    If you ever hit the big one detecting....follow the 3S rule. Shoot. Shovel and Shut up.

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    *************** WHAT YOU DO WITH THE FINDS YOU DIG UP IS YOUR BUSINESS AND NO ONE ELSES, IGNORE ANYONE ON A SOAPBOX TRYING TO PREACH OTHERWISE! **************

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    Re: AT Pro at the beach

    Quote Originally Posted by Lakemonster
    I hear y'all on the black sand. I wish I had other beaches to hunt to get a better idea how it will do in more adverse conditions. Guess I'm just lucky to have hunt-able beaches for this machine.
    If you have beaches that have little or no black sand or iron and your detector is running smoothly just enjoy it, I wouldn't wish for beaches that are harder to hunt.... LOL

    Kinda like wishing a hurricane would hit so I could see how good those wind rated 125mph shingles work on my roof after the hurricanes of 2004 hit.....lol I am more than happy to never have to test them out.....




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    May 2009
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    Re: AT Pro at the beach

    I've got one coming, can't wait to try it out. If it's stable here, I will sell my dual field. I know Willee said he had trouble at first, but after switching to pro mode it was stable in the surf.


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    Re: AT Pro at the beach

    Quote Originally Posted by Treasure_Hunter
    Since it is still a single frequency detector there will be beaches that it has a hard time working on, like sandman says every beach is different, and even the same beach has varying amounts of black sand in different areas that can affect it....... I met a gentleman while hunting Daytona Beach that hated his AT Pro, that could easily have been due to the black sand and salt minerals on that beach....
    How do you think it would do on the freshwater beaches here in MN?


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    *************** WHAT YOU DO WITH THE FINDS YOU DIG UP IS YOUR BUSINESS AND NO ONE ELSES, IGNORE ANYONE ON A SOAPBOX TRYING TO PREACH OTHERWISE! **************

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    Re: AT Pro at the beach

    Quote Originally Posted by WIT
    Quote Originally Posted by Treasure_Hunter
    Since it is still a single frequency detector there will be beaches that it has a hard time working on, like sandman says every beach is different, and even the same beach has varying amounts of black sand in different areas that can affect it....... I met a gentleman while hunting Daytona Beach that hated his AT Pro, that could easily have been due to the black sand and salt minerals on that beach....
    How do you think it would do on the freshwater beaches here in MN?
    It should have no problem on the freshwater beaches, and it works fine on many of the saltwater beaches, just depends on the minerals and blacksand at each beach... It isn't that it doesn't work on saltwater beaches, it is just that since it is a single frequency detector it will false a lot on beaches that have a lot of blacksand and or are heavy in minerals... PIs and multi frequency detectors work better on saltwater beaches, but PIs pick up everything, they have little to no descrimination and many beaches have lots of small pieces of iron........




    HERE IS THE THING ABOUT RIGHTS, THEY'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE VOTED ON, THAT IS WHY THEY CALL THEM RIGHTS!

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    MY LIBERTY AND FREEDOMS ARE NOT YOURS TO GIVE OR TAKE!.......THEY DIDN'T MAKE US FREE, WE WERE BORN FREE, AS LONG AS WE HAVE THE 2ND AMENDMENT WE WILL REMAIN FREE!






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    Re: AT Pro at the beach

    Lakemonster, how far away is Chandler from Galveston.I live in TC, which is right by the Island....If you are down there again soon, try the fort on the far East end, Have found a few cool items down there, mostly practice rounds...HH....Tom
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