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Old 02-21-2021, 11:23 PM
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Not starting this hobby at a younger age.
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Old 02-22-2021, 08:11 AM
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Not starting this hobby at a younger age.
exactly. or not taking it seriously when i was younger... my first detector was in 8th or 9th grade around 1979. I built one in "electric" shop in junior high.. very crude and all I found was rusty iron with it... no interest in that at all! the TV jammer I made was much more fun
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Old 02-22-2021, 08:24 AM
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For me it was learning my machine on a saltwater beach. 4 years ago I got my first machine a Garrett Ace 200 for Christmas and the next day we went to Florida. I immediately went on the wet sand and what an f-ing nightmare. False signals and chatter were all I could hear. I almost gave up on detecting. Then I found my 1st Spanish coin and the rest is history... Lesson learned: donít use a single frequency VLF with no ground balance on the wet sand!!

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Old 02-22-2021, 10:54 AM
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My biggest mistake...upgrading to a machine to find the stuff I Ďmissedí...only to discover I hadnít missed anything.

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Old 02-22-2021, 11:36 AM
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My biggest mistake...upgrading to a machine to find the stuff I Ďmissedí...only to discover I hadnít missed anything.
Was that from the DFX to the Explorer 2 or the Explorer 2 to the Etrac?

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Letting 45 years lapse before getting back into this amazing hobby!

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Old 02-22-2021, 12:14 PM
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Was that from the DFX to the Explorer 2 or the Explorer 2 to the Etrac?
Hate to beat a dead horse, but yes Exp 2 to Etrac.

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Old 02-22-2021, 11:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Bounder View post
One mistake I made was buying a cheap, about $15.00, pinpointer. Those things are a waste of time, energy, batteries and money. I bought a garret carrot next and that thing is fantastic.
Yep, getting a Garrett carrot was SO much better than the cheap pinpointer I started with, I still keep the cheap one as an emergency back-up but thankfully the carrot has been holding up great !

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Not giving the manual the respect it deserves and listening to other hunters instead
I have not read every word in the manual but I have referred to it, what is easier for me though is referring to these online video tutorials on the Nox -

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...53OxszE8fjuDFC

.....of course if you don't use the manual (or online tutorials) at all, you might end up detecting like the pic in this next link

http://metaldetectingforum.com/showt...06#post3276506

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For me, it was updating the Nox 800 to the latest version 3.0. Thankfully you can always roll back.
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....glad I never did the update, it was working fine for me "as is" so why bother ?

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Not covering the ground that's in front of me, followed by a close second biggest mistake, swinging too fast.
....when I first started I was somewhat timid about detecting in public parks but once I made up my mind to simply go detect I realized it was no big deal to anyone

I might tend to go too slow as I want to make sure I don't miss anything, if I had a hunting buddy he'd likely cover twice as much ground in the same time

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Not starting this hobby at a younger age.
Yep, not sure why I didn't consider it sooner, but glad I finally did. It would have been really great to have started this hobby before they switched to clad around 1965, or even several years after as there still would have been mostly silver in the ground for some time, but I was only 13 in 1965 and not sure I could have afforded what detectors they might have had back then

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Waiting until i was a senior citizen before i purchased a detector and got into the hobby. I guess 71 is a senior citizen.
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Buying metal detector accessories before I knew what I needed.

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Old 02-23-2021, 10:51 AM
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....glad I never did the update, it was working fine for me "as is" so why bother ?
I never understood this type of thinking. Yeah, why gain an extra frequency, extra Iron Bias feature and added stability? lol. Do you feel this way with all other electronics? Do you never update your cell phone, laptop, etc? The Minelab engineers know what they are doing.

If someone had issues after an update, then the update simply didn't take correctly. A Factory reset, update, then factory reset should correct any issues.
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Old 02-23-2021, 12:08 PM
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I never understood this type of thinking. Yeah, why gain an extra frequency, extra Iron Bias feature and added stability? lol. Do you feel this way with all other electronics? Do you never update your cell phone, laptop, etc? The Minelab engineers know what they are doing.

If someone had issues after an update, then the update simply didn't take correctly. A Factory reset, update, then factory reset should correct any issues.
"gain an extra frequency, extra Iron Bias feature and added stability?"

Stability with the updates, really? I tested each update when they came out, and ALWAYS came back to Factory 1.5 again, because I simply lost stability. I am with GKL in that opinion. jm2c

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Old 02-23-2021, 12:55 PM
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I never understood this type of thinking. Yeah, why gain an extra frequency, extra Iron Bias feature and added stability? lol. Do you feel this way with all other electronics? Do you never update your cell phone, laptop, etc? The Minelab engineers know what they are doing.

If someone had issues after an update, then the update simply didn't take correctly. A Factory reset, update, then factory reset should correct any issues.
No offense taken but I do install updates on many of my electronics, but some things I will hold off until an update has been out for a while as I have later read negative reviews about an update on something and was glad I held off, it "seems" like sometimes a software company will rush out an update maybe figuring after users complain about different issues they will then fine tune the update and reissue it

Anyhow while some liked the Nox update, there was enough who did not that it was not a big deal to me to not bother, now that is not saying I won't ever do a Nox update as maybe they'll come out with a even newer update later and I'll wait for the reviews on that.

It is somewhat puzzling why some are satisfied with the update and some are not, I wonder if it could be related to different soil conditions in different members areas, I'm no expert, just guessing

I might be one of the ones who would be happy with the 3.0 update if I tried it, but since I am happy with how it works now I'll likely wait and see if they come out with a newer update later and reconsider.

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"gain an extra frequency, extra Iron Bias feature and added stability?"

Stability with the updates, really? I tested each update when they came out, and ALWAYS came back to Factory 1.5 again, because I simply lost stability. I am with GKL in that opinion. jm2c
Thanks to you and those who tested the update and posted about it so I didn't have to (really, thanks ! )

On a side note, Microsoft Windows can drive you crazy with how it seems like they often can't go even one month without wanting you to install their updates I don't mind a very occasional update within reason, but sometimes it seems like every time you turn around they have another update they want you to install

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Old 02-23-2021, 01:53 PM
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Not listening to what my machine was trying to tell me and relying on VDI.
I began listening, slowing down and comparing all the information (sounds/VDI)
The result, better finds and a lot of coin spills.

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Old 02-23-2021, 02:34 PM
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Listening to a friend tell how great his machine was. I bought one and hardly ever use it. Probably the most expensive machine I have. It just isn't for me.

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I think it's that way with alot of digital readout machines. Too many programs and not enough CONTROL. Of course you can learn to apply programs and algorithms "for your site" like you said...but that's something I find annoying about digital technology...that someone else has it "all figured out" and yet you still have to pretend their labels on their programs aren't there. Too many geeks with fingers in the pot. I speak not only from MDing experience but even moreso from nearly 40 years as an electronic musician. Many synthesizer brands are starting to produce 100% analog synths again because you have such hands-on control over your work rather than following some geeky program from someone who is more a software developer than a musician. There has been a long subtle battle in the musical instrument industry over letting geeks control our sound more than we do. Its finally come full circle, and I imagine MD tech follows a similar curve.

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Biggest mistake: Getting all entrenched in the Beach and water hunting forum and falling in with the local 'competitive' guys who seemed to find gold at every turn. Believing their advice that I had to hunt in heavy surf up to my armpits to score the 'heavy stuff'. I became disillusioned with the hobby when it became more of a chore than the fun I got into it for. Had to take a step back and remember the relaxing wet sand hunts which produced pretty well and lowered my blood pressure instead of raising it. My new attitude, both at the beach and in the dirt, is that I'm blessed to finally be in a position in life to be able to 'waste' a day metal detecting. And I intend to waste a bunch of them, without fretting over what I find or don't find.

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Biggest mistake: Getting all entrenched in the Beach and water hunting forum and falling in with the local 'competitive' guys who seemed to find gold at every turn. Believing their advice that I had to hunt in heavy surf up to my armpits to score the 'heavy stuff'. I became disillusioned with the hobby when it became more of a chore than the fun I got into it for. Had to take a step back and remember the relaxing wet sand hunts which produced pretty well and lowered my blood pressure instead of raising it. My new attitude, both at the beach and in the dirt, is that I'm blessed to finally be in a position in life to be able to 'waste' a day metal detecting. And I intend to waste a bunch of them, without fretting over what I find or don't find.
Good for you !!!!

Metal detecting is meant to be a FUN hobby to relax you and not add stress

Would we all love to dig super finds every hunt ? sure, who wouldn't ? ......but we need to have the mindset that we are going to enjoy each hunt regardless of the results, I look at detecting as a fun way to exercise and get fresh air (a whole lot more fun than walking on a treadmill for exercise ) and while each hunt I hope to dig one or more good finds (hoping is part of the fun) even if my hunt results are a clad dime, a nickel, a few Zincolns, and the usual trash I still enjoy the exercise and adventure of the hunt as well as the fresh air.

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