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First Date With My New Racer 2
Posted by: Old Virginia
Date: August 01, 2017 09:30AM
Took my new Racer 2 out for the first time yesterday for about an hour. This was just a very short "get acquainted" session. I'm impressed. I went to a site that's been pretty heavily hunted. It's an old farm/homeplace that dates to the late 1700's. It has been (until very recently) occupied continuously. So, in addition to some nice relics being present, there's also a good bit of modern trash and slaw and a lot of square nails and farm iron. I've pulled a few wheats, buffalos, etc from the site, some colonial buttons and an 1801 Large cent. Someone else hunted it hard before I showed up. I've used an XP Deus, AT Pro and a Nokta Relic here.

I was pretty much running the R2 in the factory settings other than bumping the gain up to 80. I was also using a Nel Snake coil on the R2. I found 2 tone to be quite stable and thought the 3 tone was a bit "chatty" but I used both and really like the ease of changing between the settings. I was also quite impressed with the Deep mode's ability to bring faint signals to life. As far as the VDI's go, I'm finding that a bit of a challenge to get used to, i.e. low numbers potentially being coins, etc. Also, I need to explore the audio tone options more as I'm not hearing enough difference in the low and high tones in 2 tone mode. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

So I found these two items that should already have been sniffed out in previous hunts. The Oldsmobile emblem (circa 1920) ranks very high on the coolness scale. The button (also circa 1920) was manufactured in Lynchburg, VA by a clothing company for the Norfolk and Western Railroad.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/01/2017 09:32AM by Old Virginia.




Re: First Date With My New Racer 2
Posted by: oleterryg
Date: August 01, 2017 12:11PM
Two nice finds. Congratulations.

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Re: First Date With My New Racer 2
Posted by: Old Virginia
Date: August 01, 2017 12:55PM
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oleterryg
Two nice finds. Congratulations.

Thanks!

Re: First Date With My New Racer 2
Posted by: oleterryg
Date: August 01, 2017 01:20PM
Using the Red Racer, I found a coin spill of six coins, all In an estimated 1 to 2' area. I know I had swung a coil from other machines on more than one occasion. All around 5" deep. I thought that was pretty amazing.
About 10' from the backstop of a ball field.

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Re: First Date With My New Racer 2
Posted by: Cajuncoinhunter
Date: August 07, 2017 03:14PM
Good job Richard. I'm waiting on a "used" one to pop up on the for sale side of the forum.

CCH



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Re: First Date With My New Racer 2
Posted by: OregonGregg
Date: August 07, 2017 09:00PM
Nice finds. Really like the Oldsmobile emblem. Looks like you and the Racer 2 are off to a great start.



Makro Racer & Racer 2
Nokta Fors CoRe
Whites M6

Re: First Date With My New Racer 2
Posted by: squirrel1
Date: August 09, 2017 12:15AM
Great start.

And I'll bet there is more nice finds to be had by you and your new detector.

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Re: First Date With My New Racer 2
Posted by: Old Virginia
Date: August 14, 2017 10:38AM
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oleterryg
Using the Red Racer, I found a coin spill of six coins, all In an estimated 1 to 2' area. I know I had swung a coil from other machines on more than one occasion. All around 5" deep. I thought that was pretty amazing.
About 10' from the backstop of a ball field.

Thanks!

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Re: First Date With My New Racer 2
Posted by: Old Virginia
Date: August 14, 2017 10:39AM
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Cajuncoinhunter
Good job Richard. I'm waiting on a "used" one to pop up on the for sale side of the forum.

CCH

Thanks! Used it on the beach last week and was impressed again on depth using the Nel Snake coil.

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Re: First Date With My New Racer 2
Posted by: Old Virginia
Date: August 14, 2017 10:40AM
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squirrel1
Great start.

And I'll bet there is more nice finds to be had by you and your new detector.

Thanks!

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Re: First Date With My New Racer 2
Posted by: Old Virginia
Date: August 14, 2017 10:41AM
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OregonGregg
Nice finds. Really like the Oldsmobile emblem. Looks like you and the Racer 2 are off to a great start.

Thanks - yes, I love the Olds emblem!

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Re: First Date With My New Racer 2
Posted by: dfmike
Date: August 19, 2017 03:58PM
Regarding your difficulty in distinguishing between low and high tones in 2 tone mode which I assume is VCO, I find that headphone brand can make a positive difference in separating tones more clearly. Too many headphones made for metal detectors have muted high frequencies and a muddy midrange. You might want to look into trying on headphones that are clearer in the mid to high frequencies. I have 3 sets of headphones and one of them really stands out for separating tones and hearing faint tones more clearly. Unfortunately it's also the least comfortable for me to wear extensively. The search is still on to find the best sound and comfort combined.



Active detectors: Fisher F5 , Fisher F19 LTD, Nokta Fors CoRe, Makro pointer and way too many coils.
Previous detectors: Bounty Hunter Discovery, Fisher F44, Omega 8000 V6, Minelab X-Terra 705

Re: First Date With My New Racer 2
Posted by: D&P-OR
Date: August 19, 2017 04:25PM
Look no further than Sunray Pro Golds!
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dfmike
Regarding your difficulty in distinguishing between low and high tones in 2 tone mode which I assume is VCO, I find that headphone brand can make a positive difference in separating tones more clearly. Too many headphones made for metal detectors have muted high frequencies and a muddy midrange. You might want to look into trying on headphones that are clearer in the mid to high frequencies. I have 3 sets of headphones and one of them really stands out for separating tones and hearing faint tones more clearly. Unfortunately it's also the least comfortable for me to wear extensively. The search is still on to find the best sound and comfort combined.


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Re: First Date With My New Racer 2
Posted by: Old Virginia
Date: August 19, 2017 08:53PM
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dfmike
Regarding your difficulty in distinguishing between low and high tones in 2 tone mode which I assume is VCO, I find that headphone brand can make a positive difference in separating tones more clearly. Too many headphones made for metal detectors have muted high frequencies and a muddy midrange. You might want to look into trying on headphones that are clearer in the mid to high frequencies. I have 3 sets of headphones and one of them really stands out for separating tones and hearing faint tones more clearly. Unfortunately it's also the least comfortable for me to wear extensively. The search is still on to find the best sound and comfort combined.

Mike - thanks for the advice. I just received the back order wireless headphones and look forward to trying them. I've used Gray Ghost before and were happy with them on another detector.

On the Racer 2 or Nokta Impact I rely on two different headphones.
Posted by: Monte
Date: August 20, 2017 09:42PM
When it is very hot or when I want to eliminate snagging the headphone cable in dense brush, I use my Nokta / Makro 2.4 Gig. wireless headphones. When it is cold, windy, noisy, or at other times when I want to use corded headphones, my #1 favorites are put to use, the Killer B 'Hornet.' As a 'back-up' to my Hornet headphones, I DID like to use the White's Pro Star headphones. The 'original' Pro Star's that were made right there in Sweet Home, Oregon that came with a Lifetime Warranty.

I still have a set I have been using since they were first introduced but have an intermittent short in the cable near the plug. So, I am going to get another set of Killer B 'Hornet' headphones since White's no longer honors that Lifetime Warranty and are replacing those headphones with the current 'Made in China' Pro Stars that have absolutely no warranty mentioned on the box or on-line.

Naturally I use the 'Hornet' headphones on my Nokta FORS CoRe and FORS Relic units all the time because I don't have the luxury of using the very nice 2.4 Gig wireless headphones. I've used my wireless headphones with the Impact's and Racer 2 almost exclusively since April, and especially in the long, hot summer heat we have had this past couple of months.

Monte



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Metal Detector Evaluations and Product Reviews
'How-To' help for Coin & Jewelry Hunting, Relic Hunting and Useful Techniques.

My Regular-Use Detectors:
Nokta:
Impact, FORS Relic and FORS CoRe (Using mainly the 'OOR', 5", 4X7½, 5X9½ open-frame DD's or 7" Concentric coils as needed. Other coils on-hand.)
Tesoro:
Vaquero, Silver Sabre µMAX and Mojave (With either a 6" or 7" Concentric coil in use, or maybe 8X11 DD on the Vaquero.)

Other Specialty Use Detectors from:
Compass, Makro, Nokta, Tesoro and White's
Note: Detectors are listed alphabetically by Brand, NOT in my order of preference for use. Additional search coils on-hand in accessory bags.

Pinpointers: Using Nokta and Makro Pointers.
Headphones: Using the Killer B 'Hornet'.

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