Scattershooting (Again)…

Patience & Understanding

It’s interesting reading the online comments from all the new Apex users. Good, bad, confused, angry, you name it. They want the Apex to live up to the hype, the tease, the wait and damn it they want it now! From those that I know and trust? They love it! I’m waiting too for Joe Patrick and Bob Sickler to come on here and share their views.

Excessive chatter seems to be the most mentioned complaint but come on now this problem is not new or specific to the Apex. It’s part and parcel of most every new detector anymore. Increased sensitivity is the go to option for increased depth and when you add in EMI, cellphones and other outside interference shit chatter happens.

Then too every tekkie wants to turn the Apex on and find nothing newer than 1700 (me included). It’s that instant gratification thing again but it’s not practical nor conducive to understanding how your NEW detector works, reacts and responds. Yeah I know, this coming from the guy who wants a one knob detector.

Try a little patience and understanding…

Patience, as in taking the time to learn “all” of your NEW detector’s features/functions, whether you will use them or not. Patience, as in reading the owners manual with your NEW detector in front of you and then reading it again. Patience, as in analyzing whatever problem you run into instead of jumping on Facebook and blaming the detector.

Understanding, as in this is a new friend and you need time to know him well – his idiosyncrasies, his tendencies and his abilities. Understanding, as in just maybe this new friend is going to take time to settle in to it’s surroundings. Understanding, as in you don’t have to agree with him on everything – maybe he has traits you love and others you don’t particularly care for. Give your NEW detector time.

Remember back to each new detector you bought and the learning curve that came with them. New is new and nothing has changed. I’ve had the Simplex now for almost a month and I’m still figuring out what it can do. Slow down, get familiar and get comfortable with your new detector and then decide if it will be your go-to! Happy hunting…


Speaking of my Simplex

As you know I recently added the 8 inch coil for the Simplex. Two days ago I hear a knock on the door and when I open it there’s a package sitting on the porch. Inside? The 6 x 9 elliptical coil (SP24). Seems the folks at Nokta would like to know what I think of it.

I put the 6 x 9 on the Simplex and took it for a brief spin at a park close by and it was a delight to use, but I will give a more in-depth report (on both coils) in a few days.

Thanks Nokta for valuing my opinion. Would you be able to talk with my wife? Please?



Forrest Fenn the man behind the treasure that bore his name has passed away. He was 90 years old.

Over the past ten years roughly 300,000 treasure hunters took up the challenge and searched for the Fenn treasure—some quit their jobs to do so and five died in the process. Supposedly it was found in June of this year, but was it? Was it even buried? What do you think?



My “Detectors leaning on Shovels” coffee table book is almost finished.  For a sneak peek click on the temporary link above “How to Use a Shovel”




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13 responses to “Scattershooting (Again)…

  1. John Devereux

    Hi Dick.

    “Value your opinion” comment. 😂😂 You must surely know by now that wifey is always right (even when she isn’t 😁😁).
    Of course you are absolutely right about knowing your detector. It had slipped my mind how the ground filters on the V3i can quieten down chatter, there being so many variables. Fortunately the penny dropped quickly and off I went again without my ears being battered with unwanted noise albeit with slightly reduced depth. Sometimes you just cannot have it all.
    I’m glad that Nokta value your opinion. Your wealth of experience counts and as a relative new comer I have learnt from it.
    Keep on digging.
    All the best from a sunny Eastbourne.

  2. DougF

    My guess is that the Fenn treasure was a hoax from the beginning. He sold some books and got lots of publicity. He probably saw the end of his life coming and thought he’d better tie up loose ends, so he announced that it had been found. If the finder really needed to be anonymous, why not just announce the exact location where it was found, so that those who hunted for it could see how the clues worked. I don’t think he ever did that. I’m sure there would have been a way for him to have a single reporter interview the finder and keep his identity anonymous. Maybe Fenn was holding out for his own reality show?

    • Doug, I’m inclined to agree. I think if I were the finder I’d want “some” validation/credit for finding it. I also think Fenn would want the same…JMO.

  3. Tony

    I feel it is very sad about Fenn. We all wanted to know more of that story, who, what and especially where.
    Another treasure mystery to talk about for a long time.

    Thanks for the shovel and detector pictures – I for one don’t understand that phenomenon but it continues all over the world. What next? Pin pointers and probes pointing to the found coins under the shovel pictures.

    • Guess it’s possible the finder (if there was one) could come forward later on. Also what if Fenn passed away and no one had found the treasure? Did he have a something set up where someone would know the location of the treasure? Time will tell I guess.

      As for the shovel photos…I will take that link down in a week or two. I just saw so many I started saving them. I guess whatever floats your boat or flips your shovel.

  4. I tend to believe the treasure was found – many times. The Lucifer character on the Netflix show asks “What is it you truly desire?” and whoever he asks reveals their most honest treasure. Fenn made a do-it-yourself adventure for each of us, and we found our treasures on the chase of our own choosing. Bless his soul for that. It was wonderful.

  5. Yo Dick:
    ‘Patience’ and ‘Understanding’? You’re right on the money there mate! But what manufacturer is going to market a machine under those two labels? Yet, that’s precisely what’s needed with any machine. It’s honest. Yet the marketing strategy of ‘switch-on-and-go’ if it’s to be believed, will have the operator finding hoards, gold coins and whatever else at the push of a button.

    It’s much the same with the angling fraternity. Every year sees a new, ‘deadly’ bass/trout/perch/etc/etc lure or fly hit the angling press. These are designed to catch anglers not fish. A trout fisherman only needs six flies in the tin – two wets, two dry’s, and two nymphs. Yet you’ll find anglers toting fly cases resembling briefcases containing hundreds of flies.

    I look forward your appraisal of the Nokta.


    PS. The reproduction fee for my ‘Detector on a Shovel’ pic is $20.00. I’ll look for the mailman.

    • When we started John we had patience because social media didn’t exist. We had to figure things out ourselves. Today it’s different.

      Unfortunately just us old guys that need the turn on go. Any delay and it’s over.

      • john taylor

        that’s because “most” of us have “dementia”, and DON’T know it!
        manufacturers “know” this, and want to keep the old guys in the loop!
        after all,we “‘still” have financial wallop to some degree! i’m just sayin’


  6. I agree up to a point. Sure we can learn the mechanics of operation from the manual…that’s ‘Patience’ in my view.

    ‘Experience’ on the other hand is where a Tekkie can look at a landscape and know within gnat’s crotchet where to search. I can do it and I know you can (though a belt of Talisker helps) and you can’t buy this experience on YooToob or anywhere else.

    It matters not that an experienced user has a ‘One-Knob’ jobby. He/she/they will always outperform – generally – a rookie.

  7. john taylor

    personally ,i prefer a good belt of m/d.20-20. when indulging, i can practically “will” the little buggers outta the ground, and if you don’t believe that, just ask me, and i’ll tell you! ..i’m just sayin’


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