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Re: Had my hands on an Equinox This weekend
Posted by: NorCalGold
Date: November 24, 2017 04:48PM
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I appreciate the comments by azdigger on the Equinox. His first hand impressions of the detector in use, the weight, the balance, the overall function. :thumbup: But then again, he didn't get a photo, or even any grainy video footage. This sounds like another Bigfoot sighting to me.:laugh:

Thanks for sharing AZ digger:thumbup:
Now that's funny:laugh:, you know norcalgold your messin' with Sasquatch :stars:

You're right! I'm going to have to leave a couple of bottles of homebrew out in the redwoods for him. Good call!


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Re: Had my hands on an Equinox This weekend
Posted by: Jason in Enid
Date: November 28, 2017 01:44PM
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Great detector no doubt, but having to buy a POS Jeep to make it work right is unacceptable...lol

:veryangry: Grrrr, I take offense to your Jeep comment sir, and I challenge you to a duel! I don't know how or when we can make this happen but you shall consider yourself thus challenged! Jeeps are the easiest vehicles to work on and the most capable offroad vehicles.

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Re: Had my hands on an Equinox This weekend
Posted by: lytle78
Date: November 28, 2017 02:35PM
No thanks on the duel Jason, I’m too busy unsticking my Suburban. Yes, it is me - Empty Quarter, Saudi Arabia - 1993.





Rick Kempf


Re: Had my hands on an Equinox This weekend
Posted by: D&P-OR
Date: November 28, 2017 03:46PM
Busy aren't you Rick!

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Re: Had my hands on an Equinox This weekend
Posted by: Jason in Enid
Date: November 28, 2017 05:15PM
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No thanks on the duel Jason, I’m too busy unsticking my Suburban. Yes, it is me - Empty Quarter, Saudi Arabia - 1993.


shoulda had a jeep! LOL


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Re: Had my hands on an Equinox This weekend
Posted by: lytle78
Date: November 28, 2017 06:31PM
The trip from Riyadh was about 1000 miles on a brand new highway no traffic no cops we made it in under 12 hours in perfect comfort - Cruising at about 105 mph on the GPS. Those were the days. It was an absolutely magnificent car would cover the open desert at 30 to 40 miles an hour with the transmission locked up in fourth gear sipping gas ishile all the land rovers and jeeps and the rest with manual shift were racing around into lower gear afraid to get stuck into higher gear and run out of rpm -
with big extra gas cans strapped on everywhere.



Rick Kempf

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Re: Had my hands on an Equinox This weekend
Posted by: lytle78
Date: November 28, 2017 07:20PM
Thanks for putting up with my reminiscences. But meanwhile back in today’s world. I expect the Equinox to be a huge success. Not perfect - nothing is.

It’s a “totem” for some folks - got to have the hot, shiny, new object metal detector - possess it.

Others will find it to be a tool - useful - perhaps - depends on what job they have for it to do.

As my old buddy Bob D. Once sang .... “Time will tell, who has fell - and who’se been left behind.....”

I think it will be a fine machine and a clear advance on current technology. That is to say, it combines two proven VLF Induction Balance detecting systems - simultaneous (or perhaps sequential) multifrequency detection with selectable single frequency detection. This is new development - not new technology. That honor belongs to Minelab’s GPZ Gold Machine.

Other new technology will emerge - from Minelab - or from others.



Rick Kempf



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/28/2017 07:24PM by lytle78.

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Re: Had my hands on an Equinox This weekend
Posted by: sgoss66
Date: November 28, 2017 08:32PM
Rick --

I enjoyed your reminisces!

Why were you in Saudi Arabia with a Suburban in 1993?

Military?

(Apologies to the OP for veering this thread a bit off topic...)

Steve



Minelab CTX 3030
Minelab Equinox 800
Garrett ProPointer AT
Lesche hand digger
Lesche 38D Ground Shark "King of Spades"

Norman, OK

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Re: Had my hands on an Equinox This weekend
Posted by: lytle78
Date: November 28, 2017 09:19PM
Apologies to all for more off topic, but fond memories have overcome my dedication to Detectors and detecting - please feel free to skip what follows as irrelevant to what we all care about on the forum.

12 Years in KSA. Aerospace/defense work with Lockheed and then Northrop, then after a break in Norway in the oil business, back with a Swedish Construction Company - subcontracts, purchasing, etc.

The Suburban was a brand new 1992 Model - new design, first time the 454 was available with 4WD. I used undue influence to get one of the first ones in Riyadh (but when I asked for a discount as well - they laughed at me). Funny footnote about the Sub. It was a 3/4 ton, so the rocker panel trim said 2500 ( the 1/2 tons said 1500). One of the ‘brits In the office was admiring it one day and noticing the “2500” - he asked me innocently - “I say Rick - do you find the 2.5 liter motor adequate?” I watched his expression when I explained that it was 7.4 liters displacement! Good old big block Chevy.

Saudi was great then - of course it was a PITA in a lot of ways, but if you got the right paperwork, you could go anywhere. Not great metal detecting (illegal - like pretty much everything else) - but I did get a 2nd Century Roman coin from near Riyadh. The great stuff was prehistoric - stone tools made by Homo Erectus - 200 - 300,000 years old - handaxes and choppers - Achulean.

In the Empty Quarter the stuff was Neolithic 6 - 10,000 year old beautiful scrapers, blades, points, drills.

Here’s a guy looking for the goodies- thanks to greatly different weather in the Indian Ocean from about 10,000 years ago, monsoon rains - which stopped about 5,000 years ago - fell yearly - the dunes were once Sandhills covered with scrub and seasonal grass - and the playas in between were seasonal shallow lakes and marshes. And now - on the flats and on the windward side of the long parallel dunes, all the tools of those people who lived there were exposed, glistening in the low angle morning and evening sun.

I’m sure now it’s all a restricted area - not far from the border with Yemen where the Saudis are having a hot war.





Rick Kempf



Edited 5 time(s). Last edit at 11/28/2017 09:49PM by lytle78.


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Re: Had my hands on an Equinox This weekend
Posted by: sgoss66
Date: November 28, 2017 09:46PM
Very, very interesting Rick!

Thanks for sharing!

Steve



Minelab CTX 3030
Minelab Equinox 800
Garrett ProPointer AT
Lesche hand digger
Lesche 38D Ground Shark "King of Spades"

Norman, OK

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Re: Had my hands on an Equinox This weekend
Posted by: lytle78
Date: November 29, 2017 07:56AM
Sorry about hijacking the thread - I am in line for an 800 and look forward to seeing what it can do. If I’m not convinced that it is the tool for me - somebody will save a few bucks when I sell it on.



Rick Kempf

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