Missouri Nick commented on my last post –
“The activity of treasure hunting, coin shooting, and/or relic hunting is not show business or pathetic displays of ego. If that is your thing get into politics and leave the serious folks alone. Quit degrading the activity by making it look like a big joke! Thanks for the opportunity to respond and express my opinion about this, Mr. Stout.”
Nick, my post was meant to be somewhat “tongue in cheek”, with a lot of “I’m over the hill” thrown in, and fueled by four glasses of wine (thus the title of the post). I didn’t think I was degrading the hobby, but if it came off that way I apologize. I was having fun with the social media aspect of it, and if that offends, I’m sorry. That part of the pastime is pretty amusing, and often times downright hilarious.
I see cyberspace as the end all when it comes to communication, and it could be with this pastime, but it suffers from over-saturation, redundancy and the “just show me pictures” syndrome. There’s hardly ever anything of depth or importance discussed. Having said that, if that’s your cup of tea, no problem. Understand however that it’s my prerogative to criticize and express my views if I so choose.
Nick I like to have fun here. It’s just who I am. You aren’t the first person I have pissed off, nor will you be the last. I’d like to think however that over the years I just may have helped a few too.
And finally Missouri Nick, no more Mr. Stout. It’s “Dallas Dick” dammit!
PS: If you think I am the only tekkie/blogger fueled by the grape, check out John Winter’s latest…..
FOR FORUM MEMBERS
AND NOW, HERE’S ANOTHER WINO….
‘ACE’ Series Goes International
by John Howland
Garrett has launched a new addition to their renowned ACE Series: The ‘400’ and its International variant, the ‘400i’. The primary differences between the two being the 400i is aimed at the UK and European markets, while the 400 is destined for the US domestic market. Consequently certain operational changes have been made: On the 400 (US) there’s a re-division of the mid and high-tone audio break points; an increased number of Iron Discrim pixels; U.S. coins removed from target legend, and an adjustment to the Mode and Discrimination patterns.
But of course the big news being the 400 Series now sports the phenomenally successful ‘Iron Audio’ mode (made famous on the ATPro), which when employed in beach searching, consigns bottle-tops to the trash can of history with the now familiar ‘low-high-low’ warning tones and of course the ‘buzz’ as the coil approaches the iron target.
Garrett reckons the 400 has three times the iron resolution of the ACE 250 to separate good targets from adjacent junk iron. Interestingly, there’s a frequency change from 6.5 kHz (ACE 250) 8.25 kHz (Euro ACE) to the higher 10 kHz which will provide improved sensitivity on low and medium-conductivity targets such as gold and lead.
Having no Ground Balance facility (like other ACE models) hunting over wet seawater sand will require delicate use of the Sensitivity control, or, Notching out the background noise. I had great success over wet sand with the ACE 250 and cleaned-up over the dry. The 400i promises vastly improved performance.
Both 400 models retain the 8.5″ x 11″ DD PROformance Searchcoil. All up weight of the whole caboodle is 2.9lbs (or 1.32 kgs if you prefer).
I’ve not been able to divine any prices as yet. Watch this space.