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    us
    Jan 2018
    portsmouth, va
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    Pulse induction and lightning

    Just a question for my own info. Does lighting have a negative or permanent affect on my Garrett ATX? I'm in Melbourne, Fl where lightning strikes everywhere all the time. I can hear every strike through my detector. I haven't found anything on the internet about it.
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    us
    Jun 2011
    Jacksonville, FL
    Tesoro Tiger Shark & Equinox-800
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    Just curious, when you say you hear every strike through your detector, are you out hunting in our crazy Florida storms? I have never heard lightning through any of my detectors, but since I mostly hunt on the beach, I head home when storms start brewing so that I don't get electrocuted. It's an interesting question though, because we unplug the tvs and computers when bad storms roll in due to the power poles getting struck periodically and we had every sensor in our security system on one side of the house fried years ago when lightning struck the neighbor's roof and they said that it was caused by the static in the air and not a spike in the power lines at the time. I would think the lightning would have to be pretty close to do something like that though.
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    Nov 2012
    Maryland
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    I have never heard any crackles in any of my machines ever during a lightning storm. However, I do not go out to play in storms.
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  4. #4
    us
    Jan 2007
    Gold Canyon AZ
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    PI gold detectors have very high receiver sensitivity and are notorious for being affected by EMI. Minelab GPX machines can be upset by lightning 100 miles away (or so).

    Normal, annoying, but not harmful to the equipment.
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  5. #5
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    ARC

    Aug 2014
    De Tampe Bahia - La Florida
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    Yes.

    But heed this warning... If you hear thunder...NOT see lightning... just hear thunder off in distance... in Florida... get off the beach.
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    Nov 2012
    Maryland
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    AARC is right.
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  7. #7
    us
    Jan 2018
    portsmouth, va
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    So I am really new to Florida, haha. I didn't realize how often or quick these storms creep up. The lightning was quite far away, but when the lightning struck I got a strong low-high tone. Just like a target. I was quite far down the beach so getting back took a good hour or so, haha. I just wanted to make sure there wasn't going to be a by lasting affects. Thanks.
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  8. #8
    us
    Jan 2018
    portsmouth, va
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    Quote Originally Posted by AARC View Post
    Yes.

    But heed this warning... If you hear thunder...NOT see lightning... just hear thunder off in distance... in Florida... get off the beach.
    What does this mean? Back home this was just heat induced thunder and not a big deal, I'm new here...
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    us
    Nov 2012
    Maryland
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    I was driving near Orlando a few years ago. A T-storm blew up quickly. Lighting hit a telephone pole about 75' in front of the car and it exploded in a ball of blue white fire.

    Florida lighting is not forgiving. If they are calling for storms a day you are out, take your cell phone and look at weather.gov for updates. Anything within 15 miles requires an evacuation immediately, at least back to the car until you can tell which way they are coming from. We use that website here in Maryland to see the storms before they get close. We do not let them get close. Two weekends ago, 20 minutes after we got in the car all hades broke loose in a storm. We were aware and watching the internet from our phones. Getting caught out on a beach with metal in your possession in one of those storms may very well be the last thing you do.

    Be careful.
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  10. #10
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    Mar 2018
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    I think they call the land between Tampa and Daytona lightning alley. Gary
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  11. #11
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    ARC

    Aug 2014
    De Tampe Bahia - La Florida
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    Quote Originally Posted by dc.gronlund View Post
    What does this mean? Back home this was just heat induced thunder and not a big deal, I'm new here...
    This means... IN Florida... you are taking a serious risk metal detecting IF YOU HEAR OR SEE anything from the sky.

    heh
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  12. #12
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    ARC

    Aug 2014
    De Tampe Bahia - La Florida
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    Florida IS... THE lightning strike capitol... of the entire U.S.
    Have permission... Fill holes... Dispose of trash. - Lurking in The RCT - Random Chat Thread - http://www.treasurenet.com/forums/ev...l-welcome.html

  13. #13
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    ARC

    Aug 2014
    De Tampe Bahia - La Florida
    JW 8X - ML X2
    16,215
    28716 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Standing in the wide open with a wire running to the top of your head (headphones) and an electrical / metal wired pole in your hand in Florida...

    Would make you a walking lightning rod.

    In Florida the "rule" is... IF you hear thunder... take cover.
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  14. #14
    us
    Jan 2018
    portsmouth, va
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    Yeah, I'm gonna have to start watching the weather app. I've been caught twice on on the beach.

    AARC, I thought you were talking about just thunder, like the kind without lightning, haha. I definitely head back when the thunder rolls...
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  15. #15
    us
    Jun 2011
    Jacksonville, FL
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    30 times
    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by AARC View Post
    Yes.

    But heed this warning... If you hear thunder...NOT see lightning... just hear thunder off in distance... in Florida... get off the beach.
    I agree with you 100%!
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