Starting Friday, November 22, 2013 until January 31, 2014 (while supplies last), all new, purchases of qualifying Minelab metal detectors will receive free, extra accessories!
The Minelab Holiday Promotion is valid only for purchases of qualifying Minelab metal detectors purchased November 22, 2013 through January 31, 2014 or while supplies last and is only being offered at participating, Authorized Minelab dealers. The promotional accessories being offered during the promotion cannot be exchanged and rainchecks will not be offered by Minelab.
The Minelab Holiday Promotion offer is valid only on the following:
- Purchase a new CTX 3030 and receive a PRO-FIND 25
- Purchase a new E-TRAC and receive a PRO-SWING 45
- Purchase a new Excalibur II and receive a beach scoop
- Purchase a new Safari Pro Pack and receive a Minelab finds pouch and carry bag
- Purchase a new Safari and receive a Minelab carry bag
- Purchase a new X-TERRA 705 and receive Minelab digging gloves, flashlight, and KOSS headphones
- Purchase a new X-TERRA 505 and receive an enviornmental cover and backpack
- Purchase a new X-TERRA 305 and receive a flashlight and Minelab baseball cap
This story is published in “The Buzzer” (Calgary Metal Detecting Club Newsletter.
Alberta 2013 Fall Extravaganza
On September 7th, 2013; members of the Metal Detecting community from different areas of Alberta made
their way to the tiny hamlet of Rochon Sands on Buffalo Lake for the second Annual EMDC/CMDC Fall
Approximately 55 hunters took part in the hunt, and a few spouses and friends showed up to show support.
Hunters arrived from all over the province, including Edson, Grande Prairie, Edmonton, Calgary, Sherwood
Park, Bonnyville, St. Albert, Thorsby and Fort McMurray.
The fun began early on a rain-drenched Saturday morning, with members and volunteers getting together to
seed the playing area with silver coins, prize tokens and silver jewellery donated by the clubs. The beach was
liberally seeded with silver coins, Pre 1952 nickels, jewellery and a multitude of “hunt coins”. Close to 1000
coins and prize-tokens were seeded in the beach for the hunters to find.
By 10:00 in the morning, eager Detectorists were arriving at the beach and looking forward to a day of fun and
fine recoveries. Hunters were each provided with Minelab hats and totes (donated by GPS Central and
Touchwood Detector Sales – local Alberta companies that are Minelab vendors). After a pre-hunt photo, the
excitement was ready to start. At 10:30 the contest began, and for the next hour there was a frenzy of activity
as each person looked for the seeded items. The weather was a bit damp, but it made for excellent
Other Photos of the 2013 Fall extravaganza are available on the Flickr photo-sharing site at http://www.flickr.com/photos/87747855@N02/sets/
After one hour, the seeded hunt concluded, and a BBQ hamburger lunch was provided – (out of the rain, in the
Rochon Sands community hall). Thanks go out to Bonna-Jean Campbell (wife of CMDC president Andy
Coward) for overseeing all the food for the weekend. She did an excellent job.
Event Sponsors donated Main Prize Draws, which included detectors donated by Minelab through GPS
Central (XT 505), Garrett through Canadian Treasure Seekers (Ace250), and 2 pro-pointers – one donated by
the EMDC and the other by Canadian Treasure Seekers (and Garrett) The Canadian Metal Detecting Forum
Forum provided Gold and Diamond Testers to include in the draw. The Testers were won by an Edmonton
Club member, who donated them to the EMDC for member use. Other items were donated by Golden
Horseshoe Detector sales, and Neil of Touchwood Detector Sales ( who attended the hunt, representing
Minelab and Garrett). Drawn prizes also included a purchased Eurotech detector, Lesche and Minelab
diggers, Minelab packs, provided by listed sponsors, and the Edmonton and Calgary Metal Detecting Clubs
(EMDC & CMDC).
The 96 numbered tokens seeded on the beach were exchanged for great prizes – including beautiful
handcrafted boxes, Calgary Stampede and detector related apparel, first aid kits, cinema tickets, silver and
proof coins, water hunting gloves, treasure pouches and numerous detecting related hobby-items. Many of
the token prizes were donated by CDMC and EMDC club members, and thanks go out to them. We also
appreciate the numerous other items donated for token-prizes by the event sponsors mentioned in the
There was a raffle of a 1935 silver dollar and a one ounce silver maple leaf – with profits (after coin purchase)
donated to the community of Rochon Sands in appreciation for the use of the beach. After the lunch, drawn
prizes, and token prize awarding – hunters exited the community hall into clearer and warmer weather and
spent the rest of the day searching for treasures on the beach and in local parks. Unseeded area finds
included George V coins, some jewellery, and toys. After a snack at 4pm, the event concluded.
All in all – it was an excellent event – and plans for next year are already in the works. Check out
www.abmdhunt.ca for more information on next year’s event. Mark your calendars for September 20th, 2014!
“Grand Prize Winner at the 2013 Alberta Fall Extravaganza was Linda Moman. Linda is a recent New Member
of the Edmonton Metal Detecting Club (EMDC) and considers herself to be a Novice Detectorist. Linda’s big
Prize was the Minelab XTerra-505 courtesy of RadioWorld (Minelab Canada) and GPS Central in Calgary.
The XTerra-505 is the perfect mid-range detector for Linda to move up to. Congratulations Linda!
Chatham Kent Metal Detector Club Fall Event 2013
Our day started off with lots and lots of rain. Rain as far as the eye could see with no chance of clearing. But by the time we got to the beach the rain wasn’t so heavy. Everyone helped to unload each others cars.
Loads and loads of Minelab hats, tee shirts, bags and bug spray. Julie had a few left over bags from last years hunt, we put them to good use! Everyone was pleased with all the loot. Once we got everyone signed in, we got them fitted with tee shirts and hats. We gave them a ticket towards a chance at the X-TERRA 705. Lots of new members couldn’t believe it was all free.
Our first hunt was for Indian head pennies, junk rings, tokens for prizes, and an assortment of world coins. Some people found chocolate covered loonies that weren’t planted by us! The second hunt was for large copper rounds weighing one once each, more prize tokens, and loads of American dimes and quarters. More chocolate loonies were discovered-weird!
Next we stopped for lunch. We had pizzas, subs and chicken wings. Desserts were brought in by members to be enjoyed by all. After lunch we had the kids hunt, it was a very small area due to only having three children. But they all had fun and found loads of items. Don took the group photo next. Julie had one of the kids draw the winning ticket for the Minelab X-TERRA 705. Our lucky winner was Andy Songal from Windsor, Ontario. He sure was happy!
Our last hunt was our silver hunt, we had over 60 silver rings, 200 silver 1/10 oz coins from the mint, silver coins, and two gold men’s rings. One of the rings was found by one of our newest members. He was totally stunned and even shaking when he discovered that he had a gold ring in his sand scoop. The other ring was not found. The hunt came to an end and the other gold ring still had not been found. A few members took to the field again to see if they could find it. No luck, they found a few silver rounds, but no ring! Garry’s wife Jean had buried the ring but couldn’t remember where she buried it. So while we were all talking after the hunt, saying what a great hunt we had one of our members says that other non members are going to come out this evening and hunt the field.
Jean called me when she got home to tell me this story. She and Garry were on their way home and Jean says to Garry lets go back and find the ring before these other two people find it. They are lucky people and they find everything. Jean has never metal detected in her life and after a few minutes of detecting she found the other gold ring! When she looked up to tell Garry, the other two non members had just pulled into the parking lot. Some nerve, but a great ending to a great day!
Thanks again to our friends at Minelab Americas, Jack Summers from Radioworld, Phil Szucs, Rick Pearce, Jean and Garry Schnekenburger and Julie Pollard for all of your help to make this years hunt a great success!
Gold Fever – Minelab changes people’s fortunes!
This past week I was privileged to travel to the Minelab Gold Detector Training session and spend time with Minelab trainers and industry experts in Las Vegas Nevada. It was a fantastic opportunity to train not only with Minelab Engineers and Trainers, but also with experienced Detectorists in the Gold Basin of Arizona, near Lake Meade and the Nevada border.
I spent 3 days in a classroom setting going over the technical and user aspects of each machine, the settings for each soil condition and intricacies of each machine that make Minelab the World’s Best Metal Detectors and the Minelab GPX-5000 simply the best gold detector in the world. On the fourth day a large group of us headed into the Arizona Gold basin to gain practical experience and hunt for gold.
In the photo below I am using the Minelab Eureka Gold, a detector I found very manageable and easy to use. The ground showed low mineralisation so I had enabled the receive coil boost and the 60 kHz setting to ensure I capture small nuggets that many other machines simply miss.
I am now a Minelab Certified Trainer on the X-TERRA 705 Gold, Eureka Gold and the best gold machine in the world, the Minelab GPX 5000 and I am pleased to say that we did find some gold!
Radioworld aims to give its customers the best possible chance of success with their new Gold Detector purchase . Success comes from knowing the detector, ground conditions and settings, as well as knowing where to look.
This was an amazing experience and I feel enriched for experiencing it. Minelab changes people’s fortunes!
Certified Minelab Trainer and Reseller
“Silver was jumping out of the ground”!
Recently I was given the heads up from, the parks department, about a sports field
which was to be renovated. I invited 4 other detectorists to come and enjoy the party.
The city had removed 3″ of sod and soil prior to tilling sand into it to improve drainage.
As a group we recovered 102 pieces of silver while the site was open to us.
My take from the field with the CTX was 50 pieces.
Thanks to Minelab for making a superior machine. I am having a blast.
British Columbia, Canada
Excalibur II Finds Silver Cache
August 6, 2013
In early August 2013 I was contacted by an elderly couple asking for my help. It seems that 30 years ago they had buried a cache of silver bars on their farm but for the last several years, as memories fade, they were unable to find the exact location of their treasure. They had spent many months digging in the most probable area and had even been helped by a friend with a metal detector.
I agreed to help them in their search and drove to their farm about a 2 hour drive from my home in central British Columbia, Canada. Not knowing what to expect, I took my 3 Minelab detectors and one other brand. After a discussion with the farm couple we settled on the most likely location a 20 ft. by 20 ft. area next to one of the farm buildings. The cache was reported to have been buried 2 ft. to 3 ft. deep but the type and size of the container was uncertain. I decided that the best detector for this search was my Excalibur II. I searched this small area for approximately 4 hours in pinpoint mode hoping to hear a deep target but any larger target was masked by a very great amount of nails and junk metal. After much urging by the owners to continue, as they felt that we were in the right area, I decided to rake off the top 6 inches of soil with a garden hoe in order to eliminate the trash.
I again scanned with the Excalibur II in pinpoint mode and this time heard the gentle increase in threshold that often indicates a deep target. Removing a foot of earth, the signal became stronger and I had to widen out the hole to accommodate the 10 inch coil. At 2 ft. with a strong signal we were getting very excited. Finally at almost 3 ft. my shovel hit the top of a metal box. Cleaning the earth away I could see a green box with a handle and after another 10 minutes of digging to loosen it I lifted out an old rusty ammo box. We got the lid off and looked at over 1000 oz. of pure silver bars that had not seen the light of day in 30 years.
You can only imagine the excitement and gratitude of the owners having their treasure returned to them. Thank-you Minelab for a great land and water detector, the Excalibur II.
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This promotion applies to the following detectors only:
X-Terra 705 X-Terra 705 Gold X-Terra 705 Dual Pack
Excalibur II 1000 Excalibur II 800
Safari Safari ProPack
E-Trac CTX 3030
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Thames Valley Metal Detectors Association By Sven Stau
London, Ontario, Canada
2013 Annual Port Stanley Competition Fun Hunt
Once again the annual hunt on June 8th at Mackie’s beachside restaurant on Lake Erie greeted members with a mild, overcast, rain free day. Some members were so excited about the hunt they decided to arrive at the beach just after daybreak. Most members arrived by 8:30 a.m. and talked shop while others made a few swings on the beach. The picnic tables were loaded with numerous prizes such as coins, coin sets, gift cards, metal detector, 3 Minelab gift bags worth $150.00 each and a variety of other prizes.
Special thanks goes to Minelab Canada and Radioworld for the generous prize bag donations. As well, for the free Minelab ball caps, T-shirts, re-usable shopping bag and catalogues for each member who attended the hunt. A special thanks also goes to the Jewelry & Coin Center of Buffalo, NY for donating a bag of foreign coins for the kids to hunt.
The first hunt was scheduled to start at 9 a.m. and was the silver coin and prize token hunt valued at about $700 worth of buried silver. One and two dollar Canadian coins worth hundreds of dollars were also buried. This is the hunt everyone looks forward to. Everyone lined up around the hunt perimeter with detectors raised high in the air. Excitement and pounding hearts readied and able waited for the signal to rush in and swing for treasure. The signal was given and away everyone went. Scoops were thrust into the sand and contents dumped into goodie bags, pouches and baskets. You could hear the clanging of coins every other second. The frenzy lasted about 12 minutes and the last 20 minutes were spent meandering about looking for those last few straggler coins. Prizes were handed out for the numbered prize tokens found and everyone compared their found treasures.
The Kids Hunt came next; they had it made. Practically no competition this year. The two youngsters had a blast scooping up coins they never saw before. It sure made for an interesting hunt. I thought about entering, thinking I was just a big kid…….
The second hunt was just as crazy as the first with the object of desire to find where Canadian $1 and $2 coins known as loonies and toonies were buried. These coins came from member entry fees that were to be paid in that particular denomination of coins. You could just hear the coins being found, clanging away.
Final hunt for the day centered around finding a painted orange penny with a number 13 on it. The finder of that penny would receive a silver half dollar. That #13 penny was buried amongst hundreds of other painted orange pennies. The hunt started like all the other hunts, everyone rushing into the hunt field, only this time, scrambling to find that special numbered penny. This hunt had an unusual outcome; the lucky 13 penny was never found. It was rumoured a seagull swooped in and snatched it up thinking it was a tasty morsel of food. Once it was determined that all hope was lost in finding the lucky penny, the prize was given to the holder of the # 12 penny.
After all was said and done, the annual Port Stanley hunt was over for another year. Everyone found treasure and had smiles on their faces. Some members left for home while many others stepped inside Mackie’s restaurant for burgers, fries, fresh fried fish, ice cream or other tasty treats. And, a handful of others like myself hit the main beach hoping to find some gold.
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Figured I’d share a few thoughts on the X-Terra 705. I’ve only owned it for about a week… been out with it 3 times now. I haven’t really put it through all the tests, but I think I’ve gotten a pretty good feel for it so far. Stock 7.5 kHz coil, by the way.
First off, it’s incredibly easy to use… I mean, after you read and understand the manual, of course Also, plenty of literature out there on the machine… a lot of forum threads spread across the various metal detecting forums. Pretty much any question you have regarding the machine can be found with a simple google search. I guess I’ll just give my thoughts on a few aspects of the machine…
Discrimination – Seems pretty bang-on so far. Very clean, repeatable, solid tone on good targets. Jumpy, blippy tones are 99% junk. Modern CDN clad seems to sounds pretty scratchy, but will show up as a high TID. I’ve only found a couple quarters and loonies so far, and this has been the case… pretty easy to tell them from junk though, as the TID is much more stable that, for example, a piece of foil.
Sensitivity – this machine is VERY sensitive. Max sens is 30… I haven’t even come close to needing to set it that high yet. I was hitting copper pennies hard at 5-6 inches, accurate TID, with my sens. set at 16-18 last night. At that sens. setting, small trashy stuff (like bits of foil) were not being picked up at all… which made for a rather easy hunting experience. I can’t see ever needing to set the sens. above 20 unless I am hunting for DEEP coins at a very clean site.
Pinpointing – AWESOME. Simply awesome. On questionable signals, I will use the Pingpoint Sizing feature… if it is a large, deep target… I simply don’t dig it. The Pinpoint Auto feature is amazing… once I properly figured out how it works (did not take long… read the manual) all my targets have been dead centre in the plug.
Depth indicator – Mmmm… haven’t really used it much. For coins, it is pretty easy to tell if they are deep or not based on the audio pitch alone. Much prefer the numeric depth indication I had on my Gamma… but again, it’s not necessary… just nice to have once in a while. The depth indicator on the side of the display on the 705 seems fairly accurate, as far as I can tell so far.
Display – nice and large, easy to read, easy to navigate. No complaints at all. Used the backlight for the first time last night too… was very nice.
Balance and weight – very well balanced with the stock coil. haven’t tried any other coil yet, though. also, quite light! had no problem swinging it all day, and I have a bad shoulder!
Build quality – no complaints here… seems very well made and solid when you swing.
Ground balancing – very easy to auto gb. Haven’t even bothered with manual yet. Also, no need to gb when you use ground tracking… it does it for you. Amazing feature! Haven’t tried to set an offset yet… but I’ll get to it eventually.
EMI – NOT AN ISSUE! What a welcome surprise
Battery life – SUPERB. Takes 4 AAs… my current batteries are Duracell… been out 3 times for a total of about 14 hrs… battery indicator still says FULL. So ya… I imagine the batteries should easily last 30-40 hours.
Well, that’s about all I have to say for now. I am very pleased with this machine so far… could see it being my primary for quite some time At least I hope… I have a habit of always wanting bigger and better haha… but I do really love this machine.
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