One thing about my back hurting so bad is I have to go SLOW which I have been preaching on this iron infested site. It paid off again today on a very short hunt. There in between the iron was a faint short solid signal. Now for you ID number swingers you must listen for the tone not watch the numbers or this one would still be hiding from me. 18K Vintage wedding band..made my day and I came home!!    


I was fortunate enough this spring to obtain permission to hunt a private property Ghost Town. The area is very close to my home so for me it was very exciting not having to travel but a few minutes to my new site. I wasn’t however, ready for what was to become one of the most difficult sites that I have ever detected. I arrived all excited to find some old coins even though I knew  the site has been detected by many others. The site is around 150 years old and has been a Ghost town for 100 years more or less. It wasn’t a large town but the buildings covered a very large area since it was more of a farming community.

Now to get to the site and the problems I faced. I grabbed my CTX 3030 with the standard coil as I usually do, turned it on did my adjustments. The area is now plowed fields with no building sites or pictures that I could find at all. The only way I could figure out where things and people were was to look for iron and or glass. So I removed my discrimination pattern from the CTX and  ran an open screen so I could hear the iron in hopes of finding good areas like buildings. That was really funny. There was so much iron the CTX sounded like a machine gun. I didn’t want to change to the 6” coil because of the plowed furrows and the enormous size of the area. I figured I was in a bad spot and would try to listen to the machine on the fast setting, go slow and try and work between the constant sound of iron targets. I did that for a bit and finally changed to one of my custom programs with some Disc. I was finding a few non ferrous amongst the iron so off I went. What I was finding out was the CTX was falsing a lot on the furrows as I went over them so I had to work them as much as possible. I thought about changing to small coil but because I was trying to get the best depth I could I held out.

After a couple of hours of being some what disappointed I decided to try a new plan. I had recently received an Elliptical HF coil from Gerry and thought this would be an ideal spot to see how it would handle this junk yard. I went and got the Deus setup with my own program I run for coin hunting and went to swinging.  know the Deus runs a faster recovery speed than the CTX so it should be better at this task. Now, with the faster recovery speed you will lose some depth but it will also see targets the CTX won’t. I started out with the HF coil on 28  setting thinking it would be more sensitive on smaller targets. I was right it was. It love finding small bits of iron and telling me it was a good target. Time to change things. I went to the 14 setting and made some other tweaks and got the XP running very quite in this bad bad iron. So you know you can look forever to try and find a clean spot to ground balance your coil and you will not find one with an 11” coil, I tried. After hunting a while longer I did some more adjusting on the silencer and reactivity to make the machine work as I wanted. I need you to understand I hunted this site for about 3 months and worked with both machines trying to refine them to suit this site.

Now to sum up what I learned about the two machines.  The CTX as I knew would found some deep targets that the Deus missed. To that I had to go so slow and do the Minelab wiggle on every half way good sounding target. To say the least it was difficult but also paid off in some very nice tokens. What I didn’t like was the amount of square head nails that it found and because of the site I had to dig. It did do a pretty good job on the rest of the iron including the some of the big iron. The round harness items were dug all the time sounding like bigger silver, that is to be expected.  All in all the CTX did a good job at what it is designed to do as long as I used very little discrimination so it would not blank out over large areas.

The XP Deus as it turned out was my detector of choice for covering the area and then I would follow up with the CTX. I found the only way to be successful was to grid a smaller area then go back and use a circle search pattern to come at the targets from all directions trying find a non ferrous item. I was and am very happy with the Deus in this iron. I know I have not found all of the targets, it is impossible. I did however find my second GOLD one dollar coin with the Deus using the new coil and I didn’t dig a single nail with the Deus. I was able to get machine run smooth and could get around 6” depth on a dime but again without my knowledge from the CTX on how to wiggle out some targets it too would not have found some really good items. The shape of the XP Elliptical  coil was a huge deal. The round coils could not see or sort out some of the targets. I did take the time to do a lot of testing.

Pictures of most of my finds with the machines are on my Facebook page: . I need both of my machines to work this area. Is one better than the other yes, at certain task but without having both and knowing how to adjust them most people would have went home after a short time of digging iron or no non ferrous targets. You have to put in the time to learn your machine and what it will or won’t do. If you think mine is the best and don’t miss anything you would be wrong on a lot of sites. Yes some sites you might get most of the targets but no one or one machine will get them all. I know for a fact this little guy would still be in the dirt if not the XP Deus.  IMG_20180419_132441805 and the New Elliptical  coil. Thanks to Gerry at for getting one in hands as soon as they were available. The gold coin and the tokens has paid for the Deus on this one site alone.

Tip for the day.

Posted: June 3, 2018 in Articles/Reviews

Tip for the day. If you are hunting a good spot and you have more than one detector when you think you are done then grab the other one approach the site from different directions or go in circles like I did today. I have been gridding the townsite seeings it is such a large and iron infested site but today by back was hurting so I decided to grab my trusty 3030 and SLOW WAY DOWN!!! and I mean slow covering a small area and Minelab wiggling every possible good tone. It is a slow tedious process and you will dig some nail ends doing this but sometimes the wiggle pays off…1888 V along with the button about 3 inches away in the same hole covered by several nails. Speed of a machine is not everything because when you have all that speed you lose depth this was the case here. Had I not been at a crawling speed and listening for every small sound I would not have found these today. There was no solid hit without the wiggle and then it was not real good just enough to make me dig down around 8″. That is not real deep but with an iron halo over it and around it yes it was…what I am saying is, not any one machine will or can do it all. That is the same as the people swinging them that is why no one ever finds it all…

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What I am running at this time!! On the Nox 800 will change as testing goes.
Field 2
Ground- Tracking
Vol.- 20
Threshold Pitch-12
Target Tone- 5
Recovery Speed- 2
Iron Bias-2
Sensitivity-just under chatter

GPX 5000 For Sale ……Like NEW

Posted: December 16, 2017 in Articles/Reviews

I bought this In April 2016 and have only used it for about 4 hours. It comes with all the shafts and extra’s you see in the photos. NOT THE  GOLD!!!

There are extra composite upper shafts in the second pic that are hard to see. The harness is new never used as are the headphones.

The coils.’

16″ XP DD***10×5″ DD***11×15″ DD and mono***7×14″ mono***11″ DD and mono***

***20″ mono***8″ dd repaired. Extra coil covers for the 16″ and the 14″. Both car and house chargers. Cover for the 5000 ***new bag***extra power cord***everything that came with it in the box when new. Any questions email me @

The reason it has not been used is I was using a GPZ 7000 at the time..


This is an old video that I was not able to process until now but it is still very relevant today. I filmed it with a vcr camera so the quality is not as good as the new camera’s.

Doodads XP Deus Charging Clip

Posted: September 1, 2017 in Articles/Reviews
Here is my latest purchase for the XP Deus. I ordered this clip because the original clip keeps falling off  the coil.  With my new HF Elliptical coil the stock clip just falling off when driving down the road and even at home if I bump it.  I do try to charge my stuff while driving if possible, that way if you are going very far it is ready to go upon arrival. I found this is a good practice for me.
Now for the DOODAD clip.
It really worked good on my 9″ round original coil. It stayed in place and worked as advertised. But on my HF Elliptical it was not a fit! It would not go over the new raised ridges on the HF coil charging spot. I am going to take part of the blame for that because it doesn’t say it will work with the new HF coils, that was an assumption on my part. I don’t have the round HF coil but if it has the raised lines I assume the results would be the same. “Being the I can fix it type of guy” I got out my dremel tool and a small file and went to work. After filing and grinding on the clip (NOT THE COIL) I got it to work so so but not like I hoped. I might have gotten it to work better if I had ground on the coil but $25.00 vs $425.00 just no! I will leave the coil stock. So in my opinion if you need a charging clip for the original coils I would say OK but NOT for the New HF Coils.
They do make some other interesting items using  3D printing technology. I am not affiliated with them in any way just sharing information and my opinion.
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