What detector are you using ?
A couple of years ago I bought a near bottom of the line Bounty Hunter Tracker iv , it was simple to use " discriminator ,and sensitivity switch " thats all . I didnt realy know what I was digging although I did learn that when I crossed a coin it gave a clear signal and if I crossed trash it would splutter a bit before the signal , The detector seemed to be good to about 5inches for coins so I dug everything the detector found .
The first day out with this detector down at the local park I dugup $50 worth of coins in 4 hrs. it was simple to use but limited depth , so after a while I decided to upgrade to a more powerfull and sophisticated detector , the first day out to to same park I went to with the other detector I only picked up $4 worth of coins .
" I HAD A BIG LEARNING CURVE " to attend to . I thought simple set the detector on find coins and thats what I would only find , but the trouble is there are a lot of variables to work around , for instance some junk items send out signals very close to some coins ect.
So I went back to basics, limit my discrimination so I will get some trash with my coins and I dig everything the detector signals trash and all ,
Now Im getting somewhere Im finding coins down to 12 inches and with carefull tweeking of my adjustments I'm slowly reading my new detectors capabilities
without the frustration and dissapointment I had the first day .
And thats what youve got to do learn slowly , this is how I tested my detector , get some coins of different value , some pull-tabs and some steel washers . Go to the backyard into the kids sandpit or whatever garden ect. dig a series of holes of varying depths 4ins for smaller coins to 8 ins for bigger coins or objects and bury the metal objects . make sure you space them apart at-least 8 to 10 inches so the signals wont interfere with one-another
Set your detector to all metal to start with . Then go over them with your detector . you should hear different sounds and /or see different readings on your detector if it has a meter .
As you get get familar with the sounds adjust your discrimination a little and go over the detecting procedure . in time you will understand different metals send out different signals at different depths
Keep me posted
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