Clive’s “Gold 2 Axe” Beach Program
A couple of my favorite Minelab Equinox tips and settings.
“Reject:” “1” to “6.” as a “foil free” learner set up–(“0,” ”1” and “2” are more advanced options).
“Recovery Speed:” “4” to “5”
“Iron Bias:” “4” to “5” (For some “3” might be a better learner mode–spreading the sounds out more)
“Sensitivity:” “19” to “21”
“Target Volume:” “23” to “24” (Be careful with the volume. The high, sharp audio can cause ear discomfort if you run it too high. Once you get the hang of it high volume becomes unnecessary. Take your phones off periodically to let your ears rest).
This program is a “showcase” for the superb digital processing and iron bias of the Equinox. As a beach program this system lets you combine audio, meter and coil skill to achieve a very high level of accuracy. The key is to learn to listen for anything with extension (no “stuttering)” and to use the coil to elicit information from targets.
Because of the high fq’s its a fresh water method.
I call it the “Axe” program because it lets you chop through caps, pins and other junk to go straight to the gold!
Neil’s U.K. Winkler Extreme 50 Tones
This is another great Minelab Equinox setting. You have to respect the amount of work it takes to find anything in England’s centuries worth of iron. Neil and IHG have done a ton of research and testing of the EQ and CTX to develop systems for these conditions. If you want to hunt iron infested sites these are the guys to learn from.
Only use this is you are very competent and know the Equinox very well as I assure you if you don’t you will soon change it back to what you had before. In iron infested hotspots swing very slow and low just skimming the surface if possible.
SENSITIVITY – 25 Full, but if you can’t handle the noise lower it but no lower than 19.
50 TONES – long press and put T1 to 1 and T2 to 10 this gives the iron the lowest tone and makes the non-ferrous and medium tones lower than they normally are but still gives sweet non- ferrous high tones.
VOLUME – 25 Long press and put T1 to 1 and T2 to 25 this gives the iron a nice low volume in the background and full volume on the non-ferrous tones.
THRESHOLD – 6 which is fine for my ears but I don’t know about yours, then long press and put pt to 1 this gives the threshold hum the lowest tone it can go to which is more pleasant.
√/× long press and put to 1, having it on 2 or higher can miss you some choice finds so beware!!
DETECTOR SPEED for general searching I have it set at 5 but once I hit a hotspot I have it set on 1 as like I said in the thread if the detector is swung slow n low scraping the surface it does a perfect job of separating in between iron and for me it makes those really faint dodgy tone’s stand out a tiny bit more while also giving better depth even in heavy iron. Also because it’s on number 1 unless the finds are on or near the surface the beeps are wider apart so just another thing that can be hard to get used to.
IRON BIAS – 0 I like to suck all the non-ferrous I can between the iron, etc. But if you can’t get to grips with it put iron bias on 1, 2 or 3.
ALL METAL – full black horseshoe as I like to hear everything and its what does give you an edge.
FREQUENCY – Multi IQ
GROUND BALANCE – 1 for general searching because that’s where it settles on iron ferrite, when you hit a hotspot I ground balance manually but beware as it is noisier and why I don’t tell everybody to ground balance unless they are well competent with the machine.
Neil Jones U.K “Beach for Land” Settings
“Beach 1” (As shown earlier this can also be used in “Beach 2” as a more stable “50 Tone” “checker” for salt water or black sand. This gives even more iron rejection as well).
Sensitivity: “18” to “25”
Tone Volume: T1=1, T2 = 25
Threshold Pitch (800 Model): “1”
Target Tones: “50”
Tone Pitch: T1 = “1” T2 = “20”
Accept / Reject = “-9” to “0”
Tone Break: “0” (bringing this up to “1” or “2” is a good way to get more depth by running “Beach 2” in salt).
Recovery Speed: “2” to “5”
Iron Bias: “5”
All Metal (“Horseshoe” Mode) ON.
While this program is quite highly regarded as a dense iron set-up–remember that it’s developed for U.K conditions where they are trying to bring up bronze, brass and copper targets. These are the “blended with the ground” objects that respond best to these slow Recovery Speeds. The slowed Recovery Speed may bring up targets in dense iron but there are also “nail board” type videos online showing this system missing part-masked signals that faster relic programs hit well.
Also, this set up is designed for the U.K context. If you want to not dig so much copper cents and more silver–running a “5 Tone” checker opposite Neils’ program is not a bad idea.
The potential for Neil’s program running the new upgrade is amazing and I’ve had good results with it set at “F2 / 6” or “7.”
Minelab Equinox False Signal Tips
High Gain Programs such as “Winkler” reduce falsing but there is still some. Needs a broad based approach. Here’s how to get more information on questionable targets:
Initial sound wide or narrow? Too sharp?
-PP same spot? Appears to move?
-size in PP? (wide / narrow?)
-AM (Horseshoe) back and forth (target larger in AM?)
-altered sweep angle audio disappears / numbers change?
-depth meter in keeping with target size?
More Equinox tips at my page:
Be sure to check out my new book title:
“Skill Building with the Minelab Equinox Series Metal Detectors” (2019)