He touched on several things that started to make sense and really opened my eyes to the what this machine can do if set up properly..
1. This is not an E-Trac.. Like most users I had the variability setting at 30 on my E-Trac for the simple reason of getting more definition between signals and it helped to identify by ear, target, target size, etc. With the CTX there is no variability setting. The “processor” is much faster and each tone has a bin that can be resized and the tone frequency can be raised or lowered to your preference. Once this is realized and implemented, the machine will “pop” and start making sense…. At least for me it did. In my limited experience out of the box operation was not as simple as the E-Trac… but it goes back to my point….
2. Still not an E-Trac. Like a lot of user’s, to pinpoint, I did the DD wiggle back method where you back your coil up will making short passes over the target till the sound disappeared and 9x out of 10 it was at the tip of the coil. With the new tech in the CTX’s coil, “The Smart coil continually communicates with the detector, constantly updating information regarding interference, channel preferences and sensitivity requirements” it can be a task to use the wiggle back and be correct. This is was one of the problems I was having. Simply x-ing the target, listening to the target response, plus using the pinpoint with the target trace is one method recommended, and it was much more successful for me.
Although some users do not like using the screen while detecting and going solely based on the sound(Including me), that is fine… for an E-Trac,,, but this is not an E-Trac. Minelab’s Target Trac while pinpointing is a definite improvement. You can actually watch the target trace signature grow when the target hits the center of the detection field on the coil. Why not use the technology Minelab has brought to help in getting the best performance out of the machine?
3. REMEMBER This is not an E-Trac…. In my own observation and reading other user’s comments, running the sensitivity in Auto +3 is not necessarily the best thing.. In fact a lot of users are getting great results with +2 and even +1. Not only is the CTX faster, it is definitely more sensitive. Now after getting more accustomed to the machine I am sure a manual sensitivity can be used.
The next point Mr. Horton brought up really made it click in my head.. The E-Trac when going over, say a silver dime, would give a slight warble tone, because the machine was trying to identify the ferrous and conductive properties of the dime, thus you got a warble.. That was the money tone users fell in love with on the Trac, at least I did. With the CTX, the processor is so much faster that it doesn’t have the warble, in essence a more precise signal.. For example, with the E-Trac nickles bounced all over from Fe 09-13 to Co 11-14. On the CTX every nickle I have dug has been, both deep and shallow, hit either 11-12 or 12-12.. not much difference. Even the Indian Head cents hit a solid 10-36 and not the “triangle tone” associated with the greenies, except for one that was hidden by a large rusty cap.
The unfortunate part of all of the this, is when a machine like the CTX follows a proven coin/silver finding machine like the E-Trac, differences come up and the latter is most of the time viewed to be “wrong” in most eyes, and it will cause user issues. Understanding the big differences in the two machines will help users be astoundingly more productive…
I know there is so much more about this machine that I need to learn, but this basic and simple lesson for me, dramatically helped me, and I hope it helps you too….
So after my discussion with Randy, before signing off he recommended I try the Combine Feature. In my next post, I will try to go step by step in what I am now using. I am sure there are better programs, but it is definitely working for me. For E-Trac users who were hard core Multi-tone and 2 tone ferrous users will love this feature, at least I do.