Do metal detectors suffer from wind?

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Do metal detectors suffer from wind?

Post by tigerseeker » Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:01 pm

Evening all,

During the last few days of blustery weather I have noticed my Euroace dinging like mad at certain times and unfortunately not because it has found that elusive roman hoard..

I can compensate for this by knocking the sensitivity down a couple more notches.

Just curious really and any feedback appreciated. ;))


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Re: Do metal detectors suffer from wind?

Post by Saffron » Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:14 pm

I know a couple of detectorists that do =))

In a wind your more likely to make contact with grass / weeds that could cause it to "ding", but other wise the wind would make no difference.

If it was very blustery were there any electrical storms in the general area?. If so they might well have been the cause rather than the wind. See this recent thread viewtopic.php?f=10&t=95023

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Re: Do metal detectors suffer from wind?

Post by Euro Detector » Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:15 pm

Hi there,

I used to own a EuroAce and I recognize these 'symptoms'. You could check if the cable from the coil to the control box is wound tightly along the stem (with velcro). If it's too loose, it could cause a signal. Also, low batteries can cause erratic behaviour, as well as hot rocks, mineralization in the ground, electricity lines and cell phones.
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Re: Do metal detectors suffer from wind?

Post by tigerseeker » Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:23 pm

Euro Detector wrote:
Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:15 pm
Hi there,

I used to own a EuroAce and I recognize these 'symptoms'. You could check if the cable from the coil to the control box is wound tightly along the stem (with velcro). If it's too loose, it could cause a signal. Also, low batteries can cause erratic behaviour, as well as hot rocks, mineralization in the ground, electricity lines and cell phones.
Hi,

Think you've just cracked it - I'm under some electricity lines!!

Thanks
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Re: Do metal detectors suffer from wind?

Post by Euro Detector » Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:24 pm

tigerseeker wrote:
Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:23 pm
Euro Detector wrote:
Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:15 pm
Hi there,

I used to own a EuroAce and I recognize these 'symptoms'. You could check if the cable from the coil to the control box is wound tightly along the stem (with velcro). If it's too loose, it could cause a signal. Also, low batteries can cause erratic behaviour, as well as hot rocks, mineralization in the ground, electricity lines and cell phones.
Hi,

Think you've just cracked it - I'm under some electricity lines!!

Thanks
Glad I could help ::g
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Re: Do metal detectors suffer from wind?

Post by tigerseeker » Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:24 pm

Saffron wrote:
Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:14 pm
I know a couple of detectorists that do =))

In a wind your more likely to make contact with grass / weeds that could cause it to "ding", but other wise the wind would make no difference.

If it was very blustery were there any electrical storms in the general area?. If so they might well have been the cause rather than the wind. See this recent thread viewtopic.php?f=10&t=95023

Evan
Many thanks,

Just realised that I am under some electricity lines!!
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Re: Do metal detectors suffer from wind?

Post by Saffron » Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:27 pm

tigerseeker wrote:
Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:24 pm
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Many thanks,

Just realised that I am under some electricity lines!!
=)) =)) =)) =)) =)) =))


Always look for the obvious, when it comes to a detector sounding off for no obvious reason its often due to EMI - electric power lines overhead, electric fences, mobile transmitter mast, mobile phone left on, and if detecting with others their detector being on the same frequency.

If on a permission you do not know it might be because the ground is heavily mineralised.

In all the above knocking the sensitivity down a couple more notches normally solves the problem, but remember to turn it back up when able.

Then look for obvious faults with the detector, cable too tight or too loose and catching, poor connection, batteries going.

If none of the above start digging furiously as it could be a deep hoard :))

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Re: Do metal detectors suffer from wind?

Post by tigerseeker » Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:57 pm

Saffron wrote:
Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:27 pm
tigerseeker wrote:
Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:24 pm
<cut>

Many thanks,

Just realised that I am under some electricity lines!!
=)) =)) =)) =)) =)) =))


Always look for the obvious, when it comes to a detector sounding off for no obvious reason its often due to EMI - electric power lines overhead, electric fences, mobile transmitter mast, mobile phone left on, and if detecting with others their detector being on the same frequency.

If on a permission you do not know it might be because the ground is heavily mineralised.

In all the above knocking the sensitivity down a couple more notches normally solves the problem, but remember to turn it back up when able.

Then look for obvious faults with the detector, cable too tight or too loose and catching, poor connection, batteries going.

If none of the above start digging furiously as it could be a deep hoard :))

Evan
Thanks Evan,

Next time i'll look up occasionally along with down, left to right and a little bit forward.... rl;
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Re: Do metal detectors suffer from wind?

Post by Saffron » Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:24 pm

TS,
do not worry at one time or another we have all been caught out by one of the above. Which is part of the reason I listed other possible causes so that it might help others out.

I did a dig the other month and got caught out by a burried gas pipeline, its amazing how deep a detector will find a big pipe!!. Afterwards when I looked there was a row of holes along the length of the pipe where lots of others had also been fooled by the pipe.

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Re: Do metal detectors suffer from wind?

Post by Frenchieboy » Wed Mar 27, 2019 8:08 pm

Euro Detector wrote:
Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:15 pm
Hi there,

I used to own a EuroAce and I recognize these 'symptoms'. You could check if the cable from the coil to the control box is wound tightly along the stem (with velcro). If it's too loose, it could cause a signal. Also, low batteries can cause erratic behaviour, as well as hot rocks, mineralization in the ground, electricity lines and cell phones.
I too found that with my Euroace last Sunday when I was working near some overhead power lines and pylons. The nearer I got to the power lines the more I had to shut the sensitivity back to minimise the "chatter". I'm sure however that could well be quite a common problem with most makes and models of detectors, possibly more so in damp/misty conditions.

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Re: Do metal detectors suffer from wind?

Post by fred » Wed Mar 27, 2019 8:23 pm

My Nox certainly suffers in the wind. It sounds like a set of pan pipes! :D I really must tape up the unused holes on the stem.
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