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Setting Up The X5 For Beach Hunting

You'll encounter a number of different types of conditions detecting Jersey beaches, but the biggest factor (as Amy said) is the amount of iron debris you'll find. first off, I don't even attempt to GB at the beach. The 5 will work just find in fixed Gb, and you'll dig as deep as you'll want to in this mode. Some beaches, like Seaside Heights, are whisper quiet. Its literally one of the cleanest beaches out there, as far as iron debris is concerned. At the opposite end of the spectrum is Atlantic city. I remember thinking that I wished I had a camera with me the last time I was down, as the surface of the sand was literally COVERED with specks of iron. About 1 piece for ever square inch. (I'm NOT kidding!). Still, the 5 handled it admirably. Depending on weather you hunt the dry or wet sand, you'll have to pay attention to only a couple of things. First off, in the dry sand, you can run as low a disc as you like, but most will like to run it "just" high enough to cancel out most of the "little" iron. Assuming you have a modded machine (or a ser# after 300), this will be between 3 and four on the disc knob. This will vary a bit depending on how your knob is indexed, and the only way to know for sure is to experiment a bit yourself. Now, if your hunting the WET sand, you'll need to cancel out the salt. I do this by stepping into the wet stuff, and from a fairly low disc setting, start swinging the coil as if your hunting. Gradually raise the disc setting till the bulk of the noise is gone. This will usually occur at or around 4, but again, it will vary a bit depending on YOUR machine. You "may" be able to run it a tad lower than 4, but the only way to be sure is to test it on YOUR beach. Now, dont expect to hear ALL the noises disappear, as you will still hear the occasional bit of iron, but the constant noise of detecting the salt will be gone if your set up right. Beaches high in iron debris or black sand will probably want to make you run in the "beach disc" mode. All this does is cut the front end power a tad(still gets GREAT depth), and consequently makes your 5 a bit quieter and more stable.(You wont detect as much of that really deep huge iron) The addition of a 7" coil helps as well. You have to keep in mind that in certain conditions, too much power will actually have a detrimental effect on detecting. The 5 with the 9" coil has a huge footprint, and picks up a great deal more per sweep than your average detector. If your sand is riddled with iron, you'll hear a lot, but rest assured, the "good" signals will STILL shine through. You'll benefit from the 7" coil and the beach mode in extreme conditions.

As far a the "Black sand MGB" switch is concerned you'll only use this in extremely bad soil, and in all metal only. Its primarily for gold prospectors, and I've yet to find a use for it in general detecting. (but I may yet!). The absolute best thing you can do is spent as much time with the 5 as you can. Your expertise is directly proportional to the amount of time you spend with it. There isn't any one mode or setting that will work everywhere equally well, but as you gain experience you'll be able to make adjustments on the fly, based on your prior experience, and you wont even have to think about it. One of the beautiful things about the 5 is its ergonomic design, and the ease with which you can tailor it to your needs. No long complicated menus, or hard to read displays. At the risk of sounding like a commercial, its a light weight, well thought out, and very, very powerful detector. No hype. No broken promises. Just pure performance.

Hope this helps some.

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