Deep Digger said:Tony,
I understand EXACTLY what you are describing with your Excal.
It happens with mine EVERY time I use it, and I have become accustomed to the falsing
with my excal 2. It even happens when I am in the transition between wet sand and dry sand.
It is constant and omni present.
I used to hate it, now I'm not even phased by it and think something is a miss when I do not hear falsing.
I do NOT think it reduces my good finds. My dad has an excal that runs SMOOTH all the time, even at sensitivity
above 7. I CANNOT run above 6 EVER. The real poop is that I find more than dad on a regular basis and I think it
has to do with my un stable detector. I always have to slow down and re-check falses.. it sometimes pays off with a
deep signal that otherwise would have probably not have been noticed.
If you cannot stand it, sell it.
Mine was made in Ireland and I have used it quite a bit in the past 3 years with flasing every step of the way.
Maybe a new one won't false as much, but your finds might not increase one iota.
Very interesting and thanks for all the details on your Excal 2 falsing. My Excal 2 was also made in Ireland. I am starting to wonder if there can be quite a bit of variability on the baseline stability and/or sensitivity of an Excal 2. In my case it seems that falsing is limited to salt water beaches when there there is typical wave action. And I am not talking monster waves either as I am on the gulf coast of Florida - just a consistent rise and fall of the water level. I don't notice this in the transition from dry to wet sand or wet sand to water - rather just in the water. And typically it seems more prevalent as I get deeper. On a more protected stretch of beach, for example Tampa Bay, I can usually run at 6 and be stable as can be. But then drive 15 miles to a more exposed beach and I start noticing the false signal phenomena.
I was at a beach yesterday and if I tried to run at 6 (12:00) it was falsing to the point I did not think I could use it at that setting. I tried using sensitivity between 6 (12:00) and the absolute minimum setting. Even at the minimum sensitivity I was getting occasional but consistent false signals / threshold changes. I then briefly switched over to an Excal 2 owned by a friend of mine, moved the sensitivity to 6 (12:00), and it was super smooth (no false signals). His unit was purchased within the past year so it would most likely have been from Malaysia.