Sunday, July 6, 2014

Welcome to the V-Series...

I recently acquired a VX3 from the great people at White's Electronics.  

To be honest, I've been hesitant to take the next step, upgrading from using the MXT to the V-series.  I think it must've taken me two years to really understand all of the capabilities of the MXT and I've become so comfortable with the MXT technology, it's like my right arm.  

Silver signal in pinpoint mode on the VX3

The V-series is completely different.  It has the capability to run on 3 frequencies at the same time.  It's more of a computer, which to me, is going to take time to figure out.  

Since I got the machine, I've been torn.  I've been on three hunts but I wasn't sure if I should stick with what I know or if I should start the learning process.

Today, I had some time and the perfect site in mind, so I set out with my VX3 to see what I could learn.

I returned to the site where I found the class ring.  I've been back a few times since then and have turned up little to nothing.  Since I'm familiar with the site and I know there is no trash, I thought it was the perfect place to spend some time with my new machine.  I was hoping there would be a few coins that I missed.

I got set up and got started.   At first I started out in the deep silver program, and scanned the old hotspot where most of the good coins had come from.  After a while, I switched over to the relic program, just to try to get the feel for it.

Each program is set specifically for the general item you're looking for.  Some are single, some are multi-frequency.  Each program also has different tones. So each time you switch programs on the VX3, it's like using a whole different machine.

Because I've found both coins and the class ring on this site in the past,  I then switched over to the coin & jewelry program and focused on learning the ins & outs of that setting.

Within a half-hour, I found a few deep wheat pennies.  

I also managed to find a few neat relics today.  The first cool target was a little horse head pendant.

I found it in an area where the MXT was experiencing high EMI (electromagnetic interference) but due to the multi-frequency on the VX3, I was able to find it about 7 inches deep.

The next good target was this

Victorian-era butterknife.  

I'm not sure why I missed this before, I must not have put my coil over the area.

The next target was a deep one, I turned up a type of key I've never seen before...

No clue what type of lock this type of key will open
A few feet away from the key was another deep signal and I turned up what was at one time a nice 


The next target was a surprise due to its size.  I remember thinking that it was a large pipe or possibly a wire when I hit it with the MXT.  

I didn't dig it.  

This time, I decided to see what it was...

 and it turned out to be half of a toy gun.

But the find that made me the happiest today was when I found my first silver with the VX3...

a 1923 mercury dime.

I wasn't sure what to expect when I returned to an old site with my new machine.  But I was right - this was a great test for the VX3.  Once I got the swing of it, I started to feel comfortable and was truly enjoying myself with this machine.

Total finds

Getting a new machine takes me back to the first days of learning all of my old machines.  Learning to use a new metal detector can be frustrating.  I've said this before, but if I could give one overall tip for the hobby, it's to have patience.  You need patience to learn your machine, to understand what it's telling you, and to know which program is appropriate to run for the site you're detecting.  

Learning your machine is key in my opinion.  You can have the best machine in the world, but it's useless if you don't know how to use it.

Overall, I'm quite happy with the performance of the VX3 today.


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