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Re: E-Trac
Posted by: MI-AuAg
Date: July 22, 2017 10:35AM
Hey Ron,

Sorry to see that you're struggling a bit with your new etrac! Don't be discouraged!

When I first got my CTX, with experience on Whites, and First Texas (BH, Fisher, Teknetics) machines, no minelabs, I felt the same for a short time.

The talk was about this program, or that program, and books, and classes. I'm old fashioned in that regard, I like on the job training. No information overload, learn at your speed. Detecting is just basic observation and correlation of cause and effect, with your particular machine, whatever it may be.

Tom in CA's "tooty-fluty" analogy is spot on! Awop-bop-a loo-mop alop bom bom! Those fluty sounds drove me nuts at first, nothing like any of my other machines.

Like you, I didn't have anyone with the same machine whom I knew, to assist me. It wasn't a problem, I just did things one step at a time, until it clicked with me. If you have a specific issue, a shout out on the forums will usually get the desired result.

The very first thing I did beyond learning the basic controls, was to learn those "tooty-fluty" tones. The CTX has 50 in full tone audio. I took a bunch of silver coins of different denominations, gold rings/jewelry of assorted thickness/gold content, along with clad coins, and assorted ferrous/non-ferrous trash including tabs. I spread them on a plastic sheet in my backyard, and proceeded to learn to recognize the tones of desirable targets among the 50 tooty-fluties. I know you have the patience to do that. I read your coil air test, processes post, on the Fisher forum. That must have taken a bit of patience and time!

I would run in auto settings for a good while, until you feel you have mastered things in the auto realm. There's no hurry! With the etrac/CTX machines, there's a lot of adjustability/customization BUT YOU NEED NOT JUMP INTO IT! They work well on auto settings too. Information overload will only get in the way of steady progress. You've been doing this long enough to know we continually learn things, to Monte's point. Patience is a necessity in this hobby.

The KISS (keep it simple stupid) approach is best with complex machines. First learn those GOOD "tooty-fluty" tones. Tones are the key to any good detecting. Those subtle differences can be so important. Learn the FE-CO ID system. I found quickly on my CTX that I could accurately ID the major tab types with the ferrous-conductive ID system. Learn those two important things in auto modes, then, as you choose, you can get into customized settings. I've had my CTX four yrs, and have yet to download someone else's hunting program. I make a few adjustments here and there, and am very successful to my satisfaction. I look at some of the custom programs out there, and sometimes use some of their settings, if I think they'll be useful in my locations. Sometimes they are sometimes they aren't. I feel that any adjustments are best when based on my particular circumstances.

One step at a time Ron, will get you to where you want to be with your etrac. Good Luck!

Re: E-Trac
Posted by: WV62
Date: July 27, 2017 09:55AM
Just a little update, I had about an hour to kill while the wife was shopping so I just happened to have the e-trac in the car.

I was hunting at a church built in the 50's and has been hunted pretty hard. I am thinking I got 4 pennies and a clad dime all were no more than 5" and nothing old. I got this little bracelet and was just to about give up on it and the PP finally picket up on it. I hooked it with the digger and popped it loose from the bottom of the hole. So made note how deep the bottom of the hole was with the digger and when I got home and put a tape on it and it was right at 9 1/2".

Now the bracelet is pretty much a junker, maybe copper or copper plated. It is about a 1/8" wide 1/16" thick, the dia is about 2.5".

Ron in WV

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