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Help with program for NE PA
Posted by: DiggingPA
Date: January 16, 2018 03:38PM
Can any of you veterans suggest a program to use in North East Pennsylvania on the CTX? I see several programs available on this site and others just not sure witch would work best in my area. I do mostly coin hunting. Getting back into it after a little time away. Thanks in advance!

Re: Help with program for NE PA
Posted by: IDXMonster
Date: January 16, 2018 06:35PM
Have you used the CTX yet? Have you metal detected a lot before with other machines? You’ll get 1001 different opinions, because people like to opine. Me too. The first thing you should do,IMHO,is to go through ALL of the settings,menus and screens and KNOW HOW to navigate the machine. If you don’t,you’ll be at a disadvantage. You don’t have to fool around with the GPS stuff but the critical menus have to be second nature.
As far as specific patterns go,I know what I use,I know what works in southern Wisconsin for ME and it found a lot of silver last year and the year before. Much of that had to do with site selection. You can have the grooviest pattern known to man and if you’re in the wrong place,you won’t find any old coins. Makes sense,right? You’d be AMAZED at how many guys try it anyway.
Find an old site,put it in the factory Coins Mode,Auto +3 and start swinging. The general consensus is to do this for many hunts til you get the feel for the way the machine does it’s thing. I could tell you what settings work for ME but that doesn’t mean you’ll find them to be what YOU need or even like.
Good luck however you do it,with the CTX you can’t hardly miss.

Re: Help with program for NE PA
Posted by: Ben Town
Date: January 16, 2018 08:53PM
I think Andy’s book is great at explaining all the controls and settings for the CTX , especially if your new to the machine.
I agree with IDX , learn to use the stock programs and then when you have an understanding , build off those and design what works for you and your needs.
I have a nice test garden that I run over and test different settings and see if they help or hurt .
I know it’s pretty cold to be messing outside so you can always do some inside bench testing , not as good as a garden but something to work with.
There’s a ton of videos out there to look at , both good and some questionable too.
Reading , research , and hands on experience will get you there

Re: Help with program for NE PA
Posted by: DiggingPA
Date: January 16, 2018 10:36PM
Thanks for the response! Been detecting on and off for 30 years. Have been a White's guy for 28 years and switched to the CTX 2 years ago. Used it hard for about 5 months then life took over and finding time was difficult. I've read the books, jotted down notes and played with the machine until I "learned" it. Not saying I'm great with it but I'm not a rookie either. Can't wait until the thaw. Thanks again!

Re: Help with program for NE PA
Posted by: Ben Town
Date: January 17, 2018 08:23AM
Well, you’ve got it then.
Just modify a program for you
BT

Re: Help with program for NE PA
Posted by: brother steve
Date: January 17, 2018 03:55PM
So where are you located in Pa.? Im near State College,Pa

Re: Help with program for NE PA
Posted by: DiggingPA
Date: January 17, 2018 04:37PM
I'm just south of Hazleton. We have season tickets for PSU football.

Re: Help with program for NE PA
Posted by: brother steve
Date: January 17, 2018 05:41PM
Well maybe we can get together sometime. I went to Andy's boot camp and really learned a lot. Of course I read the book too. I generally use some modified stock programs, however the ctx excels with a wide open pattern. You just have to get used to the noises. I think if you acquire some patterns and modify them in the field you will be doing a lot better. The stock programs are not that great, and Andy explains why in his book. The greastest thing I took from boot campwas to noise cancel all the time. It made huge differences in my finds

Re: Help with program for NE PA
Posted by: DiggingPA
Date: January 17, 2018 08:40PM
Where did you do the boot camp at? I would love to attend one but time would be the issue. As far as getting together sometime, that sounds good. We had about 6-7 inches of snow last night so I won't be detecting anytime soon. I can message you my contact info and maybe we can plan a hunt together in the spring.

Re: Help with program for NE PA
Posted by: Ben Town
Date: January 18, 2018 07:57AM
I also attended a BootCamp and lots of good

http://www.sabischbooks.com has Bootcamp info look under Training then Bootcamp

BT

Re: Help with program for NE PA
Posted by: DiggingPA
Date: January 18, 2018 08:38AM
Just sent him an email. Hoping he has one planned for central or eastern PA. Thanks!

Re: Help with program for NE PA
Posted by: brother steve
Date: January 18, 2018 09:01AM
I went to Gettysburg. He had one in the Scranton area in July. Well worth it. Also ,he downloads some of his new hot patterns. Andy is a great guy and knows his craft. Yes, just pm me your contact info and when the weather breaks we can do some digging.

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Possible Bootcamps
Posted by: Andy Sabisch
Date: February 04, 2018 06:42AM
We have two planned in your area - one in Albany, NY and the other in Gettysburg, PA . . . . . let us know if either one works for you

Hope to see you at one of them

Andy

Re: Possible Bootcamps
Posted by: DiggingPA
Date: February 05, 2018 08:09AM
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Andy Sabisch
We have two planned in your area - one in Albany, NY and the other in Gettysburg, PA . . . . . let us know if either one works for you

Hope to see you at one of them

Andy

Do you have the exact dates?

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Re: Possible Bootcamps
Posted by: Andy Sabisch
Date: February 05, 2018 01:48PM
They are posted on the Bootcamp website . . . . . www.MinelabFBSBootcamp.com

Andy

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