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    Odd Places

    Yeah, 'stumble' is not how I would characterize what he is doing...
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    BLM Officer Shoots Woman After Pursuit

    Whatever this incident was, it sounds as though it got pretty out-of-control. Please keep us updated if you hear of any more news on this.
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    Question about Equinox 800

    AzNuggetBob, That last post is especially relevant with the Equinox, it has a very particular tonal language.
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    equinox 800 1st time out

    The Equinox has a learning curve for sure. It has its own tonal language and the multi-frequency setting continues to impress. It is by far the most versatile detector I have ever used. I look forward to hearing your impressions pondman. Don't be worried about turning up the sensitivity, the machine will tell you when you've gone too far. Have fun.
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    TWO EQ 800

    Hi Bill, I have been out with the 800 for 7 short days at the beach and about 12 short days a park. I have found over 1200 coins, six rings (a couple silver, none valuable), and a bunch of earrings, charms, military badges etc. This thing smokes on coins. I have the same feeling with this machine that I do with the GPZ, if I go over it I'm gonna hear it. It does take some learning but heck that's what this whole hobby is about right? Hope you are well Bill.
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    I would add, that the head of the forum here, has allowed Skip and the mods the leeway to speak from their various points of view - and we mods are a varied bunch but I have never felt I was being reigned in or expected to do anything but tell it as I saw it. I was also a board of directors member with WSPA and without a doubt expressed some points of view that were not in the majority and was never told to do otherwise. Some of the original intent that was behind the forming of WSPA has modified over time; the result of membership growth, added responsibilities arising from decisions regarding how claims are handled and a deepening of club legal responsibilities that led to changes in what is expected from the membership (hold harmless agreements etc.) to name a few. Leaders who have different ways of running things will also change the way a club is perceived - especially acute when viewed by the original membership. Groups like WSPA almost always evolve over time from their original characteristics, it's pretty much inevitable. (Also, doesn't "Skip and the mods" sound like they should be a rock group or something?) anyway fwiw...
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    Hour and a half....

    My Equinox 800 kicks a** plain and simple. If you take the time to mess with the settings and learn it's capabilities, you will not be disappointed. Even the stock settings are amazingly good. I have been surprised at how it can pick up good targets amidst junk. Very happy with the results I get every time I go out. You asked me to post when I have put some time on it and that is my opinion after about 80 hours on beaches and a park.
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    Equinox 800

    I also got an 800 from Bill and although I have not tried it out in the goldfields yet, I have spent about 25 hours using it on a beach near me and a park. On the beach it is deadly, period. I used it in mostly dry sand but even in wet sand and with the coil submerged, it sounds off clearly. The time spent in the park has also been surprisingly productive. I started out using the presets and gradually changed the settings to ways that suit my style and my ear. The 800 has a tonal language all it's own and it is important to pay attention to how it works because it has some "tells" that must be learned first-hand. At this stage I can say with certainty that I know the sound of clad pennies and unless there are other sounds coming in, prefer not to dig them and don't have to when I rely on the clarity of the signals the 800 gives. It discriminates surprisingly well and by that I mean there have been a good number of times I have heard a target under a ferrous sound. The 800 has a great many ways you can customize it to your way of hunting and to your auditory and visual preferences. I have found several hundred coins, a couple of (not valuable) rings and a bunch other assorted odds and ends. Although I am primarily a P.I. user (GPZ 7000 and GPX 5000), my overall impression is that for an experienced detectorist or a beginner this is the best machine I have ever used - but you must read the manual and watch some of the very generous videos that have been made by experienced users, they will put you ahead of your normal learning curve. I have included a link to one of the best videos I have seen and the one I used to set up my Park 1 settings in case you are interested. Thank you again Bill for your help and your clarity with how the orders were going.
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    Happy Birthday Flakmagnet

    Thank you gents. It has been a wonderful day and your wishes have added to it. Bob, guess we'll just have to figure out another hunt so I can get it back.
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    MARCH 2018 NS Spring Outing

    DOC I have seen how you got around before you got those pins. I can't imagine how much ground you'll cover now that you're pinned. Happy you are doing well.
  11. I also have dived on Spanish wrecks. The thrill of a lifetime.
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    MARCH 2018 NS Spring Outing

    Thanks Frank! I'm on it.
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    MARCH 2018 NS Spring Outing

    Are there any near-by motels like maybe in Erenberg? I don't own a camper. (some outdoorsman right? haha)
  14. If you have not read "Ship of Gold in the Deep Blue Sea" by Gary Kinder you are missing one of the most fascinating and intriguing accounts of a treasure hunt ever written. It is the story of the search for the S. S. Central America and if you are interested in this sort of thing, you will be riveted, it's wild.
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    Happiness Is Wanting What You Have

    So great to know you are out doing what you love again. Nice going.
  16. Not surprised everyone's pent-up expectations for this wildly anticipated machine would crash when you said that. It's kind of funny. I'm sure you didn't take it too seriously. Can't you just imagine all the whacky stuff that's gonna fly back and forth when everyone starts messing with theirs? Oooh boy.
  17. Thank you for taking the time to share with us.
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    Happy Birthday Beeper Bob

    Hi Bob, have a great Birthday. It was great seeing you the other day.
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    Happy Birthday Garimpo

    Hi Don, Happy Birthday. Long time without chatting. I hope you have a great day.
  20. You are going to be a heck of a detector operator if you found gold that size. Well done and welcome.
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    I've had enough....

    guys, It's a lot of rain. We are getting inundated as well but I'm thankful for what it's doing for the long run despite the short term inconvenience. Stay dry and get ready for a pretty exciting detecting season. best…
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    Barringer Crater in 3D

    Really interesting. Great work Clay.
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    Ship Full of Gold

    Also very interesting to read that it was a Portuguese ship so the 13 million in gold coins was rightfully theirs instead, Portugal gave the gold to Namibia where the wreck was discovered. Pretty unusual.
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    Knock knock.. Who's there..? Matthew..

    Hi Al, wonder if anyone had any luck out on the beaches. That area you are in, as you well know, is the bullseye for the 1715 fleet. I know some of the folks up there who have leases off colored beach and John's Island, been out on their boats etc. Glad to know you are safe.
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    Hi all, The competition is called Rhythmic Gymnastics Group. It goes on at 6am pacific coast time on Aug. 2oth. It will only be shown (as far as I can tell), on live stream on the internet. The site is: nbcolympics.com These six girls started training four years ago. They come from all over the US, but had to move to Illinois where the Group National Team trains. They were up against almost impossible odds: No American group had ever gotten into the Olympics on their score. Almost every other team in the world is government sponsored. All the training, the lodging, food, their education, their equipment is paid by whatever country they represent. In America the sport is totally parent funded up to the point they begin competing overseas. At that point USA Gymnastics picks up the bill. This sport is unknown in the US but on a world level it is incredibly popular - it is one of the three sports that immediately sells out at the Olympics. No one who knows about the sport expected the US girls to even be close to being one of the 14 teams that compete in the Olympics. They shocked everyone, especially the USA Gymnastics organization, by qualifying last year in Stuttgart Germany at the World Championship where the first 10 of the 14 teams was chosen. The other 4 teams were chosen in a qualification meet in Rio this last April. Expecting them to get gold is out of the question but make no mistake, these girls have done something very few thought possible. So, this is all to say that just by going to Rio these girls have won. Special thank you Garimpo for your constant support through all these years, this marks Natalie's 12th year in the sport. Thanks for your interest. Best wishes to everyone. Flak