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Old 06-17-2017, 10:59 AM
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Default CTX 3030 Pattern Question... Answered, thanks!

Ok you CTX pattern experts, here's my question since I can't find the specific answer here or in Andy's book.

When you want to write a new pattern, and you're looking at the grid, how do you know where your numbers fall on the grid? Say just as an example that you want to include 12-36 to 12-40 in one little pattern bubble. Do you know somehow where that falls on the grid, or do you have to use a coin or coins and record that placement visually?

I have seen nothing that ties in actual numbers to the grid lines, so that's what sparked this question. Hope I asked this right, and hope someone out there knows!

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Old 06-17-2017, 12:04 PM
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Ok you CTX pattern experts, here's my question since I can't find the specific answer here or in Andy's book.

When you want to write a new pattern, and you're looking at the grid, how do you know where your numbers fall on the grid? Say just as an example that you want to include 12-36 to 12-40 in one little pattern bubble. Do you know somehow where that falls on the grid, or do you have to use a coin or coins and record that placement visually?

I have seen nothing that ties in actual numbers to the grid lines, so that's what sparked this question. Hope I asked this right, and hope someone out there knows!

Thanks in advance
You can see clearly using exchange program with your PC or lap top.
I can do with out using exchange program using just CTX alone, but using exchange program is easier to see and manage.

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Originally Posted by tnsharpshooter View post
You can see clearly using exchange program with your PC or lap top.
I can do with out using exchange program using just CTX alone, but using exchange program is easier to see and manage.
Awesome, thank you and I can see exactly looking at the program. I had been doing programs from the book right on the machine and had no idea but thought that's what it all meant!

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Lower left corner tells you where you are at when building a program in the exchange 2 program. Name:  untitled.jpg
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Lower left corner tells you where you are at when building a program in the exchange 2 program. Attachment 388209
Yep, thanks, figured it out from Tnsharpshooter's comment. Guess I was overcomplicating things

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It is best to run as open of a window as possible, I only disc out certain pull tabs or bottle caps ranges from digging known target numbers but knowing that I am probably sacrificing a good target when using the discrimination to remove an annoying target. I like to leave the window open down to FE 27 line. Most of the programs have way too much discrimination built in, in my opinion. Here is a chart like you were trying to build.Name:  ctx modified merged0001 - Copy (2).jpg
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Thank you bibelot, that's a great chart. I have been reading up on discrimination on this unit and I think you're right, being a little conservative with what's blocked out seems to be a good idea. I do have one pattern set up just to cherry pick for those occasions when I only have half an hour or so but otherwise pretty open.

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Read the CTX program thread that I started. There is a ton of info in there, I think I tried to remove the majority of the rubbish I posted while learning. I like to use target trace and I like the sensitivity ID panel, because I like to run sensitivity manually, it gives you an idea of where you should be to base your manual settings from.

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I'll do that, now that I know where the numbers are that stuff should make more sense to me

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Good thread for new CTX owners.
Good info Bibelot, good pics to illustrate too.

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Just remember if there are more than one target under the coil at any one time the ID's can be skewed a little. I have dug silver dimes as low as 12-39. Rely on a more open screen like bibelot says and go by tone , then watch your target trace to see what is under your coil. Mode you are hunting in plays into this a lot as well, along with whether you are in combined or co or fe tones.
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Good points Trashfinder, thank you! I still think it's too cool that this thing displays multiple targets.

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Andy's book can be had on e-bay. It is a must read for the 3030 owner. I have owned mine for almost 2 years and constantly reference the book,
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Andy's book can be had on e-bay. It is a must read for the 3030 owner. I have owned mine for almost 2 years and constantly reference the book,
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Yes, I ordered it right off, and I've been dragging it around trying to absorb some of it every day. It's so packed with information that I have to read some, then try whatever I read, the go read more, just to be able to apply what he's saying! I think my learning curve has kinda flattened out some though, I'm starting to get it.

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Page 6 post #109 ,I put some programs in to load to the exchange 2 program for the CTX.https://metaldetectingforum.com/show...=240902&page=6

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Page 6 post #109 ,I put some programs in to load to the exchange 2 program for the CTX.https://metaldetectingforum.com/show...=240902&page=6
It was too hot to detect today and I had to mow anyway, so I sat down after and read that whole thread, lots of good info in there! I'm kinda figuring out the discrimination pattern concept, it's a lot easier than I thought at first, and I can tell a lot more looking at the patterns now. I know those posts make sense to me now where before I was just lost due to no point of reference.

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It was too hot to detect today and I had to mow anyway, so I sat down after and read that whole thread, lots of good info in there! I'm kinda figuring out the discrimination pattern concept, it's a lot easier than I thought at first, and I can tell a lot more looking at the patterns now. I know those posts make sense to me now where before I was just lost due to no point of reference.
your like me haha, If I cant detect I am dreaming about detecting or reading about it.

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your like me haha, If I cant detect I am dreaming about detecting or reading about it.
Yep!

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