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A day at the Beach with the ATX
Posted by: Atlas
Date: June 13, 2016 03:29PM
Completed my first full day (~6hours) of water/beach hunting with the repaired ATX. The machine ran great.

We went to a beach that has mod/high to high ground mineralization (layers of black sand). The ATX ran smooth and we could even turn the sens. up. I was running 11-12 and my buddy had his at 13. We really didn't need to go any higher than 10 I would say cause we were hitting pull tabs at 15". I stepped into one hole and measured it latter. This was a softer hit but repeatable. I was getting signals off my scoop if it was within 3' of the coil and the eyelets on my wading boots would sound off within about 1.5 ft. so I had to extend the shaft a little and drag the scoop behind. With Frequency scanning we could run within about 25' of each other.

To keep sand out of the cam locks I wrapped them with cut pieces of plastic shopping bags and zip tied them in place. This worked great and no grit got into the cam locks. I am looking for some rubber sheeting material that I think would grip tighter but haven't found it yet. The zip ties were a little difficult to remove as they sinched down tight and I had a hard time getting the clippers onto them. maybe bigger clippers or not so tight.

We dug tons of holes as can be seen from the picture. I usually hunt this area with a VLF and am able to screen the bobby pins, twist ties and bottle caps to some extent so this was a lot of digging I wouldn't usually do. However, the ATX is definitely going deeper.

Got one Titanium ring and a few earrings and a pen knife. The ring was a shallow dry sand find and I think an Ace 250 would have found it.




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Re: A day at the Beach with the ATX
Posted by: WaterWalker
Date: June 17, 2016 03:03AM
Check out post:

http://www.findmall.com/read.php?96,2038436,2038436#msg-2038436

TheraBand works well - green with a wrap of electrical tape on each end and one strap over the cam nut.

The green works, but I am thinking of trying the thinner, yellow when I buy my next rolls. Perhaps I'll stop in on the local Physical Therapist and check out the difference.




Re: A day at the Beach with the ATX
Posted by: Atlas
Date: June 17, 2016 02:33PM
Thanks for the reply. I was given some of this from the PT a while ago and couldn't find it. Nice to know the name. This material will be perfect.

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Re: A day at the Beach with the ATX
Posted by: John-Edmonton
Date: June 20, 2016 10:12PM
Nice hunt! Isn't it ironic that a lot of folks are scared to use a PI, yet, when water hunting with their VLF detector, will dig all signals. Once you learn the ATX properly, you can pick out the junk targets with some good accuracy and leave them be. The nice thing about a PI, is that what few discrimination abilities it has, remain at depth, with the exception of the iron audio on the ATX, which doesn't read accurately past 6" or so for coin sized iron objects.

Below are last years total coin finds found with my ATX.




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Re: A day at the Beach with the ATX
Posted by: John-Edmonton
Date: June 20, 2016 10:16PM
Interesting.......glad I work in rehab, as we have lots of that stuff! I will try some. Thanks for the headsup! :thumbup:

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