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Hello, my name is Monte and I am ... "The Operator."

September 24, 2019 08:08AM avatar
dixiedigger57, you're very correct in many ways!thumbs up

None of us have control over what might be left around any site for us to find. Before we arrive at the site to get out and enjoy some detecting, we have no guarantee as to what might be there, it's metal make-up, its depth and position in the ground, or if it's unhampered by nearby trash or partially masked by some annoying debris. There is a lot we do not know or are uncertain about, and that means it is up to each of us .. 'The Operators' .. to do all we can to take care of those things we DO have some control of.

As the 'OPERATOR' it is our assignment to do some research and find huntable sites that have the potential to hold desirable targets to search for.

A savvy 'OPERATOR' is also responsible for learning about any environmental or debris-caused challenges we might confront at a site, and then use that knowledge when selecting the best metal detector model(s) they can to better handle those conditions.

The 'OPERATORS' also need to learn and know the best control adjustments to gain all-around performance from their chosen detectors to handle things they will confront, and the 'OPERATOR' must also select the most efficient search coil(s) to take on any of those challenges in order to get the best results out of their equipment.

Things don't stop there because it is also important for the 'OPERATOR' to be in excellent control of their search coil sweep so they can better cover the selected site, thoroughly, in order to have the best chance of getting, and hearing, a good target's audio response. More often than not, that will mean using a slower sweep speed, overlapping repeated passes for better coverage, and being methodical in how they cover a site to ensure they have a greater likelihood of putting the search coil over a desirable target. Taking their time to move along slowly for best efficiency in coverage rather than scurrying along leaving wide spaces between each side-to-side sweep causing gaps of missed areas.

To best handle all of these tasks and deal with things when we confront a detecting site, it just might be very helpful if the 'OPERATOR' also has ample Patience to be in, and stay in, control of all the challenges to be dealt with and not slip into any bad habits and ignore what is required for best success.

Yes, I am Monte and I've tried to do my best through these many years to be a better 'OPERATOR.' Sometimes it isn't easy, but I try.

I hunt the same places over and over and over. all year long, wet dry cold hot leafy covered high grass mowed.

.when i change machines and coils, i find stuff.

when i run a different setting i find stuff. but not everytime.

I have found that changing machines i may sweep at the wrong speed sometimes. makes a difference. sometimes my simple two knob will find what my digital wont. same place.

cant explain. its got to be ME. Operator.

I think settings and sweep speed and getting the target under the coil are the main thing. the coil design, size, and strength of the unit for depth or separation.

all machines find something.

the cheapest machine i own, a Compadre, has found shallow to medium targets other machines i own have passed up, and i think its due to the little coil and ed180, partly, low disc, and sweep speed the other. and mainly due to OPERATOR.

my guru that taught me would use a simple machine and come right behind me to show me what i missed. OPERATOR.

adjust your machine accordingly. practice good habits. do appropriate settings.

In rain or snow drought whatever the soil maybe be like, be a good OPERATOR

Just my thoughts in agreement and I highlighted the key comments in dixiedigger57's post that struck me as being so very true.


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Subject Author Views Posted

Wet or damp soil vs. dry soil?

SvenS 220 September 16, 2019 08:26PM


dixiedigger57 114 September 23, 2019 01:00PM

Hello, my name is Monte and I am ... "The Operator."

Monte 74 September 24, 2019 08:08AM


D&P-OR 67 September 24, 2019 10:28AM


GeoW 73 September 24, 2019 12:49AM


jmaryt 77 September 23, 2019 09:02PM


UtahRich 75 September 23, 2019 05:44PM


Remfire 71 September 23, 2019 06:34PM

thanks guys... these forums have taught me that!

dixiedigger57 49 September 24, 2019 10:34AM

Re: Wet or damp soil vs. dry soil?

Sodbuster 53 September 20, 2019 02:13PM

"Easy digging and easy probing." ... smileys with diet Dr. Pepper float Exactly! N/T

Monte 57 September 22, 2019 07:41AM

My experiences with both wet and dry conditions.

Monte 80 September 19, 2019 01:28PM

Re: My experiences with both wet and dry conditions.

WM6 72 September 19, 2019 04:13PM

A Religious Experience -

UtahRich 90 September 21, 2019 12:23AM

"Religious Experience" ... Location might be part of the key reason.

Monte 64 September 22, 2019 10:43AM

Jewelry Items. . .

UtahRich 60 September 22, 2019 06:28PM

Re: A Religious Experience - eye popping smiley

Sodbuster 87 September 21, 2019 02:38PM

Re: A Religious Experience -

WM6 87 September 21, 2019 02:36PM

Being Objective . . . . . . .

UtahRich 85 September 21, 2019 06:16PM

Re: Being Objective . . . . . Well Said Rich thumbs up N/T

Sodbuster 45 September 22, 2019 11:11AM

Re: Being Objective . . . . . . .

jmaryt 64 September 21, 2019 10:28PM

Lemmings -

UtahRich 87 September 21, 2019 11:58PM

Re: Lemmings -

jmaryt 64 September 22, 2019 12:54PM

Being Selective . . .

UtahRich 62 September 22, 2019 02:00PM

Re: Being Selective . . .

jmaryt 63 September 22, 2019 07:02PM

Be selective, yes ....

Monte 85 September 22, 2019 11:08AM

Re: Be selective, yes ....

OregonGregg 88 September 22, 2019 05:26PM

Well Gregg, I already HAVE "seen the light."

Monte 96 September 23, 2019 12:13AM

Re: Well Gregg, I already HAVE "seen the light."

OregonGregg 79 September 23, 2019 04:39AM

Yep, just reducing and adding as necessary ...

Monte 59 September 23, 2019 09:25AM

Re: Well Gregg, I already HAVE "seen the light."

SvenS 77 September 23, 2019 06:34AM

Re: Be selective, yes ....

jmaryt 67 September 22, 2019 07:04PM

Re: Be selective, yes ....

OregonGregg 77 September 23, 2019 04:28AM

Re: Be selective, yes ....

jmaryt 59 September 23, 2019 08:55AM

No, you can't add an EQ-800 to your list ....

Monte 85 September 23, 2019 08:54AM

Re: Lemmings -

D&P-OR 71 September 22, 2019 08:08AM

Re: Being Objective . . . . . . .

OregonGregg 75 September 21, 2019 08:11PM

Does it stay or does it Go ?

UtahRich 89 September 21, 2019 08:54PM

Re: Does it stay or does it Go ?

D&P-OR 65 September 22, 2019 01:30PM

Post High Jacking - starting a new thread.

UtahRich 133 September 22, 2019 02:20PM

Re: Post High Jacking - starting a new thread.

D&P-OR 56 September 22, 2019 03:30PM

Re: Does it stay or does it Go ?

jmaryt 54 September 22, 2019 12:59PM

Yes, 'marketing' does get interesting. And sometimes stretched a bit as well. N/T

Monte 47 September 20, 2019 02:53AM

I like the ground to be moist ....

Hombre 71 September 18, 2019 10:21AM

Wet or damp soil vs. dry soil?

UtahRich 80 September 16, 2019 09:06PM

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