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Good question, and a relatively short reply ... for me.

October 27, 2020 12:44PM avatar
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UtahRich
I was going to ask this question in the Minelab forum specific to the Equinox and Vanquish, but thought I would generalize it and ask it here.

How many hours IN THE FIELD do you need to acquire with a "mid to high level" performing detector to establish a competency where you would call yourself highly skilled WITH THAT SPECIFIC DETECTOR?

Explain -

Thanks,

Rich -

Senior Deacon covered most of this well.

Doesn't matter if it is a low-end, mid-level or high-end model, it's really more a matter of what the knowledge level and understanding level of the consumer might be, as to how any detector, or detector feature / function, works or is supposed to work. Some of us in this great sport are more learned and studious than others, might have a bit better understanding of the 'hows' and 'whys', and are better at figuring things out. Some are, if I may, 'slow learners.'

Finally, it really gets down to just the basic level of 'satisfaction' or 'confidence' we each have in what device is in our hand and the fun and results we get taking it afield.

For some users, just knowing it is turned on and gives a 'Beep' is all they feel is necessary. For me, I have an ample amount of experience using a lot of detectors for over half-a-century, and I feel very comfortable and confident when using any detector model I enjoy ++++ HOWEVER ++++ I have always told people I am not an expert and certainly don't know it all. And because of that, whenever I turn any detector on, anywhere ... in the house, a shop, outdoors, out detecting, sitting in my den .... anywhere .... there are two things I always want to try to accomplish:

1.. Learn something new. It might be about the search coil or the detector or the behavior with different functions, just try to learn something new.

2.. Refresh my memory of things I have learned in the past.


If I do those two things, then the 3rd thing I will enjoy is being a bit more alert about how a detector works or might behave and, in the end, enjoy my efforts to have a fun and successful hunt.

Now, back to learning ....

Monte

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Hours in the Field = I am now Highly Skilled with THIS detector

UtahRich 123 October 26, 2020 08:16PM

Re: Hours in the Field = I am now Highly Skilled with THIS detector

Digstrashtomuch 55 October 28, 2020 02:55PM

Good question, and a relatively short reply ... for me.

Monte 83 October 27, 2020 12:44PM

How many detectorists can say this...Blindfold me and hand me a completely misadjusted metal detector and have it running tip top in about a minute or 2

Hombre 63 October 27, 2020 12:33PM

Give me a minute . . . .

UtahRich 66 October 27, 2020 03:57PM

Re: Give me a minute . . . .or a couple of hours initiallywinking smiley

Hombre 70 October 27, 2020 05:02PM

Yes, to your post, however ....

Monte 60 October 27, 2020 01:05PM

Re: Hours in the Field = I am now Highly Skilled with THIS detector

diggindeep 56 October 26, 2020 10:12PM

Be Patient - and learn

UtahRich 48 October 27, 2020 09:49PM

Re: Hours in the Field = I am now Highly Skilled with THIS detector

Senior Deacon 53 October 26, 2020 09:33PM

Highly Skilled with THIS detector

UtahRich 37 October 27, 2020 09:55PM

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SvenS 58 October 27, 2020 05:06AM

Re: Hours in the Field = I am now Highly Skilled with THIS detector

Senior Deacon 43 October 27, 2020 09:30PM

Re: Hours in the Field = I am now Highly Skilled with THIS detector

D&P-OR 45 October 27, 2020 09:40PM

Wearing out a detector. . . .

UtahRich 51 October 27, 2020 04:03PM

SvenS, I have a shovel and know where there's soft dirt.winking smiley

Monte 51 October 27, 2020 05:18AM

LOL Attachments

SvenS 56 October 27, 2020 04:14PM

Re: LOL Making a silk purse out of a sow's ear

Druid 42 October 28, 2020 10:38AM



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