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|Treasure Coast Beach This Morning.|
The front beach is still accumulating sand on top of layers of shells. It feels firm in places, but it is new layers of sand over shells, not sand compacted over time.
|Surf On Treasure Coast This Morning.|
|One of Three Other Detectorists I Saw This Morning.|
One fellow wasn't filling his holes and was where the water wouldn't fill them very soon.
The three detectorists that I saw were all in the wet sand. The dry sand didn't have many targets of any kind - good or bad.
It was pretty hot already this morning.
I visited another beach, which I seem to have pretty much to myself, and dug a good number of coins and things. That beach has very little junk on it because I've cleaned it up for myself. Junk targets are scarce, making it possible to run zero discrimination and full power without being bothered by trash.
I've been talking about marginal signals. After I write about something I always notice it more. Today I noticed that maybe ten percent of my good targets came from marginal signals that could have easily been overlooked.
You can get what I call marginal signals when the target is under the edge of the coil or out from the coil if you have a coil with good peripheral sensitivity. You can also get them from deep targets near the limits of what your detector will detect. When you get one of those blips, double check them. There is indeed a skill to recognizing them as possible good signals that need to be checked.
Here are some things you can do to cut down on false signals besides properly ground balancing and decreasing sensitivity.
Don't sweep the coil too fast.
Don't tilt the coil at any time during the sweep. Most people tend to tilt at least a little at the end of each sweep. Keep the coil flat.
Slow down coil movement at the end of each sweep. Round the sweep pattern at the end of each sweep as you change direction.
This pattern requires slowing the coil speed at the ends of each sweep. It really doesn't require much. If I simply think of sweeping as if the sweep pattern was a very flat figure eight instead of left to right and right to left, that is about all it takes. The difference is so small you probably wouldn't notice the difference in the path of the coil visually, but it will diminish false signals.
Don't expect any significant change in Treasure Coast beach conditions this week.