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    us
    Apr 2014
    Northern Califorina
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    Metal Detecting Information!!!!!!

    I have come to the conclusion...That asking for or looking at all the programs and sittings for metal detectors is really a waste of time...read the manual over and over and keep going back to it, and go with the preset programs...as you get used to the sittings and what they do, start making small changes from there....I have ask and I have read and tried a lot of programs and sittings and none of it is much good if you don't understand your machine...if you use some one else's programs or sittings its still going to confuse you.......preset modes and small changes, tell you find what's working for you....every time I go out I try something different and find myself going back to the preset and making adjustments from there...and most of the time its always something in the sensitivity and threshold sittings and sometimes the discrimination depending on how much junk I want to dig or hear....
    Last edited by jhen999; Jul 07, 2014 at 04:20 PM.
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    us
    May 2010
    White Plains, New York
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    Gosh, that was insightful.

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    Mr.

    Aug 2013
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    I seems the only question I can ask is..... What?

    Apparently, you're going through the same things the rest of us have gone through. Which proves, I believe, that achieving familiarity with one specific detector is a paramount exercise.
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    Detectis ergo sum

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    us
    we exist,and we are watching you

    Nov 2011
    so.cal.mtns.
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    guess what....welcome aboard...treasure does not find itself...STOP READING anything about you machine.set it as you see fit and frigging go hunting....200 hrs from now talk to us again my friend


    cheers
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    I dont care which machine you use...you're gonna dig trash.
    an extra thousand bucks aint gonna solve that.

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    Rawhide

    Nov 2010
    SouthWestern USA
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    To be successful, you will need to find what works for you. My son has just started the hobby with me and he is eager to learn. I watch and then show him the error in his ways and he follows what I say. I have taken his beep and dig machine and proven to him it is the operator that makes the finds. Most machines will find most of the stuff. I also am still learning and enjoy the advice I get on here by its members. I had to start somewhere too. Will I see your detectors for sale soon too?
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    us
    Apr 2014
    Northern Califorina
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    OH no you wont see any of my detectors for sale anytime soon...god welling...I guess we have a bunch of people on here that don't have time for so called newbies...someday I guess I can sit on top of the hill and tell people when you learn your detector come back and talk to us...I was hoping by joining this forum I could get ahead of the learning curve on some of these machines...sorry that I might have posted something that didn't sit well because I am a newbie, but maybe some other newbie might not have to ask the questions I did on here and be told to learn your machine...Hell I have my swingy thingy and Andy Sabisch book...I am good to go........I guess there is no secret to these machines...dig dirt tell you had enough and then dig some more and someday you can talk about it....
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    us
    "Is that a Geiger Counter?"

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    Remove all presets, masks, notches and discrimination and listen to what is in the soil. Detectors don't know doo from Shinola. They can only try and interpret changes in conductivity and the better interpret surface eddy currents on a metallic object. The more you rely on them to do the weaker your your skills become. It is only when you find conditions where you have a specific problem that you should try and narrow the input. And then you also necessarly remove some good targets along with the trash.
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    America was founded by tough hell-raisers. Rugged citizens who evaded taxes, spoke strongly against tyranny, grew tobacco, brewed beer, distilled spirits, and smuggled weapons. And it will be saved by those same types of citizens.

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    us
    Jun 2012
    MA
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    Metal detecting is a one on one with your detector and no two people using the same detector will detect the same way, we are all individuals, so you are right!
    The machine interprets what is in the ground and you interpret what the machine is telling you.
    I've had my M6 going on 4 years, I still don't know this machine fully, I am learning. Some of that has to do with my limited amount of detecting time, and the rest is settings, soil, targets in the ground, battery strength, etc. a lot of variables go in the mix. I, like you have to work it out on my own to really get to know what the M6 is telling me.

    Here is what I do when I am trying to find out more info about a target. I keep changing the settings and going back over the same target and compare the differences or lack there of, then I dig it up and see what it actually is. There is a lot to compare on this machine, Target ID, sounds, VID#'s, & bars- (how confident the machine is about the target). One thing I am pretty sure about now is if the VID# is above 20 and it's saying nickel, more likely it's a pull tab. Depending on what else is in the ground with the target.
    Sometimes it's intuition. Patience and persistence are the keys to treasure.
    Last edited by Msbeepbeep; Jul 08, 2014 at 09:34 AM.
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    I deal in reality

    Mar 2010
    Maryland
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    As in the post above,#8, I think it is Between the detector and you but my learning method varries. You must understand it and become 1.
    When I got my XLT I got the tuning manual that was available that explained EVERY setting in the detector and believe me ,the XLT is the most adjustable detector I have seen. I went thru a learning curve where I tried variations of almost every adjustment. It has paid off. I now just turn it on, balance, and pick a program. This allows me to do what I like best, swing and dig. It's best to pay your dues up front.
    Now my 2 Box drove me crazy the first time out. Hay there are only 2 on/off switches, A sensitivy knob, and the killer, a manual adjustment to set the null point between the coils. I took the bull by the horns that first time out and figured out what was going on and it is now a piece of cake to use.
    So what am I saying? Don't even think of detecting until you have that detector figured out. If you learn as you go, you will also forget as you go.
    Hay, just my experience, Frank...-
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    us
    Feb 2013
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    Perfect advice for finding a wife! Forget what everyone else says and just go with the one that works for you! WOO HOO!
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    Nov 2013
    Long Island
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    And this is why I love my whites m6!
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    mikeraydj

    May 2014
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    I am still trying to find the detector that I can love. Maybe the F5 will be it.

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    ca
    May 2014
    Hunting previously pounded sites
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhen999 View Post
    OH no you wont see any of my detectors for sale anytime soon...god welling...I guess we have a bunch of people on here that don't have time for so called newbies...someday I guess I can sit on top of the hill and tell people when you learn your detector come back and talk to us...I was hoping by joining this forum I could get ahead of the learning curve on some of these machines...sorry that I might have posted something that didn't sit well because I am a newbie, but maybe some other newbie might not have to ask the questions I did on here and be told to learn your machine...Hell I have my swingy thingy and Andy Sabisch book...I am good to go........I guess there is no secret to these machines...dig dirt tell you had enough and then dig some more and someday you can talk about it....
    For some of us on here there were no forums or internets to search for advice or talk to fellow hunters when we first started detecting. Hell, there was not even a book one could read. We had basic machines and we learned to use them through many hours in the feild. We were forced to "become one with our machine". When it broke down...and they did, we then had to become familier with electronics to perform our own repairs. Time goes on and progress brings us to where we are now, the information age where we can instantly push a button and get someones opinion or answer to a question/querie we have. There is a wealth of knowledge and information on this site from experienced detectorists and newbies alike, and it is great that we have these forums to be able to share it. However you cannot substitute that for practical in the feild experience with your own machines. What works for one person, might not work for another. Whenever I buy a new machine, I read through the manual once to acquire knowledge on it's basic operation. Then it is out to the feild to determine what settings etc... work for me. Only time spent with the machine will tell you what works for you.
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    Apr 2014
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    And that is what I said in my original post on here Madforclad ....I guess I really didn't need to say that with all old timers on here already knowing that....

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    mikeraydj

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    jhen999, not being mean but they are called settings. Not sittings.
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