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My program for smooth running
Posted by: Squirmingcoil77
Date: August 29, 2013 08:11AM
I'm a newbie to the DFX and definitely don't have the knowledge or the most experience with the machine, but after finally modifying some settings I found that running the DFX as follows gives me a nice smooth running machine with decent depth.

JJsmooth program

Coil used: Eclipse 6X10DD
Location: Park hunting and ball fields / Northern Virginia soil

The key adjustments are as follows:

Audio Disc. = on
Silent Search = off
Mixed Mode = on
AC = 70
DC = 50
Preamp gain = 2

Ratchet PP = off
SAT speed = 6 - any higher and it's too noisy. Any lower and it's just too slow to recover
Tone ID = on
VCO = on
Modulation = off
Autotrac = on
Trac speed = 12
offset = +1
Trac inhibit = on

reject -95 to -31
accept -31 to +94
reject +95

Learn accept/reject = off
recovery speed = 30 - Any lower I felt that the signal was not as clear and crisp.
Bottle cap reject = 10 - Signal breaks up on shallower bottle caps while still giving a great signal for deeper coins.
Hot Rock reject = 10 - smooths out the signal even more

sweep speed = 5 - with Mixed mode on your sweep speed can vary, but this setting is perfect for a nice moderate speed.
ground filter =4

visual disc. = on
icons = off
VDI sensitivity = 80
DC phase = on
Graph average/accumulate = on
Fade rate = 8 - personal preference

Correlate mode - loses depth but perfect for parks. Gives great stability and runs smoother than best data

or

15kHz - gains depth and I found this runs a lot smoother than the 3 kHz.


These settings work for me, the novice user. I don't like "hot" programs and prefer the DFX to run nice and smooth and stable. With mixed mode on, this program should give you greater success in and around your parks and fields.

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Re: My program for smooth running
Posted by: Squirmingcoil77
Date: August 29, 2013 04:27PM
Any feedback or advice on tweaking it more would be much appreciated.

Re: My program for smooth running
Posted by: kd8hf
Date: November 21, 2013 08:57AM
You might play with the Preamp Gain and try a setting of 3 or 4 to observe the stability of the machine. I also dropped my Sweep Speed down to 1 from time to time. Never hurts to play with the settings to improve operation. Also, Jeff Foster's book "Digging Deeper with the DFX" contains a wealth of information.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/21/2013 09:01AM by kd8hf.

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Re: My program for smooth running
Posted by: Squirmingcoil77
Date: November 23, 2013 12:23AM
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kd8hf
You might play with the Preamp Gain and try a setting of 3 or 4 to observe the stability of the machine. I also dropped my Sweep Speed down to 1 from time to time. Never hurts to play with the settings to improve operation. Also, Jeff Foster's book "Digging Deeper with the DFX" contains a wealth of information.

I created this program the night I finally figured the DFX out. I couldn't get used to the machine at first and almost sold it, but one night it all clicked and this is what I came up with to quiet it down in my house during air tests. It's based on the preset relic mode and is what I use when relic hunting. I've tweaked it a bit since I created it. I've dropped the recovery speed down to 25 and the BC reject to 5. I always pump the PAG up to 4 if I can but leave it at 3 if it becomes unstable. These settings are used with the 6x10DD Eclipse. I have "Digging Deeper" and I find it very helpful. HH



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/23/2013 12:24AM by Squirmingcoil77.

Re: My program for smooth running
Posted by: wingryder
Date: June 05, 2016 10:40AM
What?

Squirming Your program lists Pre Amp at 2 but two posts below it you say " I always pump the PAG up to 4 or leave it at 3"

Please explain if you are still around

dm

(also you say you developed this program in your house doing air tests? What do you do about in the field conditions?)

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Re: My program for smooth running
Posted by: Larry (IL)
Date: June 05, 2016 11:22AM
In good ground PA 4 will work but PA 3 is pretty solid for most ground conditions. PA 2 is pretty lame for deep hunting but a good setting for jewelry hunting. Use what works best for you in your ground.



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