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Tin Fin said:So, if you hear a signal from only one direction, it's something GOOD???
I agree that reading your owners manual is the first thing and understanding what the controls do and by doing air test yourself to understand what some coins sounds like, this is all normal. Now is when you go out and use the detector and learn what it can do by the easiest way possible to build a good understanding of the basic and go from there. Reading the post of those that are well experienced on this detector and using some of the info they have posted to learn even more if it will help you or not is also a good thing as they have experienced actual in the ground conditions they have learned by experience.
Now as you learn and someone else ask a question and you have experienced it your self in the field and not what you read somewhere else a person can answer it from actual experience.If you have used your Sovereign and know it then you should also know that many targets both good and bad will sound and act difference in the ground than they do in air test or test gardens is one of the reasons I push experience and learning something new each time out with it.
Now when a person sits and post so many air test and things they have read instead of actual in the field experience they to me are confusing all those that are new to the Sovereign and can make the learning curve so much longer. Experience is number 1 when it come to many of the higher end detectors like the Sovereign,Explorers and the E-Tracs and how well you understand the detector you use.Reading some tips of actual people that have used one of these detectors and do well with it can help you too.
As I said before"pay attention to those that are experienced with using the Sovereign, not those that spend more time posting and not out there getting experience with it"
Critterhunter said:Yes, iron can give one way coin hits but so can deep coins or coins mixed with iron. I prefer to dig these signals to be safe. Usualy it's not like they are all over the place anyway, so why not dig them? If you want to be picky about which one way signals to dig, I've found that most of the time if it is really a coin next to iron the coin signal you only get from one direction will be really good. There won't be any question that it's a perfect text book example of a coin signal from that one direction. Of course that's not always the case, but I'm talking about if you want to be picky about it.
Same deal with targets that move when you switch over to PP mode. Many say that's an indication of iron, but how do you know it's not a coin laying near iron? You are picking up the coin in discriminate but may be picking up the iron in PP mode. Again, it's usualy not like those signals are all over the place either...So I dig them as well. If PP mode moves the target I'll PP in discriminate so that I'm digging where the coin signal is. This is in particular true if the "coin" signal is text book good. Are you really going to pass up that signal just because PP moves off target? Not me. You have to start digging these signals at pounded out sites because they might be the only ones left to take a chance on.
Those one way signals are also a very good reason for hunting a site at a different angle even if you gridded it before. By using a different angle you may find masked coins that will only sound off from that angle. That's also why I like to hunt at odd angles to landmarks than people normaly would. For example, 99% of the guys who hunt a strip of grass next to the woods will parallel the woods as they hunt. Hunt it at 90 degrees to that. Another example would be tree lawns. Most people would hunt that parallel to the sidewalk and road. Then there is going at an object at an odd angle...not 90 degrees but say 45 degrees to the object.