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  1. New Website Is Now Live

    Over the last several months we have been busy building the new website. Our previous platform was coming to its end of life and no longer being supported. We made the decision to upgrade to the latest version but we were unable to migrate customer accounts and orders. The new website is in complete PCI compliance and is more stable and secure moving forward.

    Customer service, security and privacy have always been important to us at bigboyshobbies, we hope you enjoy the new website along with its new features. If you had an account with us on the old platform you will need to create a new account on this platform for new orders moving forward, you can do so by clicking here

    For orders that were placed on the old platform that have yet to be processed (like back orders) rest assured, your orders are still safe and will ship as soon as we are able. We will be making the old

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  2. All New Garrett APEX Metal Detector is out!

    Garrett announced Today online the new APEX Metal detector. You can check them out on our website. Multifrequency with wireless Z-LYNK technology should be a hit. We are SUPER excited about this one!

    Click This link to see them on our website for pricing. Garrett APEX Metal Detector

    What do you think of them?  Will you be buying one?

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  3. Step-By-Step Guide To Nokta Makro Simplex Software Update Procedure

    We've heard from the community about the difficulties surrounding the Simplex software update process. Here's How to do it:

    1 - Visit https://www.noktadetectors.com/metal-detector/simplex-metal-detector/ - on the left hand menu, click the "Software Update" Tab to locate the download link, click the red link to get the latest software version and download it. (enc-simplex-system-2v76.zip as of the time of this post)
    2 - Once the file has been downloaded, extract the files from the zip onto your desktop
    3 - Run the DetectorUpdateSetup.exe file from your desktop, install the update tool software, a new desktop icon will be created
    4- Run the "Nokta Detector Update Tool" from your desktop "Select Simplex from the drop down menu and proceed with the following instructions on screen.

    You can bookmark the simplex webpage for future refrence, when new software updates

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  4. Useful Wireless Headset Tip For Minelab Equinox 600 and 800

    We recently found out that the equinox 800 headset (ML90) uses the same FCCID as a similar headset from Rambotech, the OEM R8T80. The interesting part is these headsets can be pair to two devices at the same time. Here's how you can pair to multiple devices simultaneously:
    Once the headset is paired with the Equinox 800, Turn off the detector and the headset
    Turn on your smartphone and go into bluetooth settings > scan for new devices
    While the smartphone is scanning, long press on the headset until it flashes red/blue for pairing mode
    Once connected to the smartphone, switch the detector back on. You're now connected to both!
    The great part about this tip is when you are out detecting in the field and you get a phone call you can a
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  5. Minelab Vanquish Comparison Chart

    Minelab have provided the following chart to help determine which new Minelab Vanquish metal detector is right for you. All Minelab vanquish metal detectors use their revolutionary new Multi IQ technology and offer uncompromising performance that won’t break the bank. The Vanquish is Simple yet powerful, it’s perfect for anyone starting out or stepping up their detecting game. With ground-breaking Multi-IQ technology, multiple Find Modes, lightweight collapsible design, and much more this is the detector you’ve been waiting for. If you have any questions about the Vanquish, or any other metal detectors we sell, please don't hesitate to contact us for more information!

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  6. Getting too cold, wet or snowy outside to go and metal detect? why not coin shoot for treasure!

    Coin shooting has been a popular pastime for many of our customers over the years. It's a great and free way to continue searching for treasure in your downtime and a great way to get your family involved in the practice too since it can be done in the comfort of your own home, at any time of day and during any weather or season.

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    Coin shooting is the term used for the popular hobby of going to local banks and exchanging large currency, or purchasing smaller coin currency, usually stored at banks in "paper rolls" There are still many rare coins in circulation today. Many of the silver coins that were minted are still mixed in these coin rolls banks use for change. Say you buy $50 worth of nickles, or dimes, then find a rare date or mint, or even better, a miss strike (ike a miss print with notes where the

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  7. Detectorist uncovers treasure from Robin Hood's Sherwood Forrest

    A Captivating story coming out of England where a detectorist has dug an incredible gold ring with a huge sapphire stone from the fabled Sherwood Forrest, the old home of Robin hood and his band of thieves. The ring was discovered in Nottinghamshire by Mark Thompson who found the ring after just 20 minutes into his session. What makes the ring so unique is the size of the stone, probably worn by a high ranking member of the church of England, possibly a Bishop.

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    Mr Thompson said at the time: "I had been out metal detecting with a group for about 20 minutes when I heard the signal.

    “I was really excited when I saw that it was gold, but I didn't realise at that point just how significant it might be."

    The ring is currently being auctioned at Christies with a

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  8. The new lineup of entry-level but feature packed metal detectors & the cost of technology advancement

    As we've seen over the last several months, the majority of metal detector manufacturers have shifted focus towards more aggressively priced entry level machines. Minelab introducing the new vanquish 340 440, 540 metal detectors and nokta makro introducing the simplex, all in the $200-500 price range sporting the latest and greatest technology from their respective developers.

    While the lower to mid range start adopting the newer technology the more high end metal detectors use, that begs the question; where is the high end metal detector market is heading? Are we due a followup from the king of the high end, the CTX 3

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  9. Back to School is the best time to get out and metal detect!

    Every year around this time, many parents rejoice at the prospect of a bit of peace and quiet while their little ones head off back to school. For metal detectorists, back to school is usualy the green light to get out and start hunting those once packed parks and beaches!

    As many of you know, September usually brings in some cooler weather and even a bit of much needed rain, if you've ever tried to detect on fields during the summer, you know how much of a challenge digging in dry dirt can be. Back to school time is the perfect opportunity to get into metal detecting if you've been considering it as a hobby, almost all of the parks that have been bustling during the summer vacation months will be deserted, leaving you all alone to dig up any treasures that may have been left behind.

    Beaches and

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  10. Detectorist Unearths Ancient Trove of Coins from a Battle Site in Europe!

    45 year old Jaroslaw Musialkowski, and his brother Marcin discovered 200 coins whilst detecting at an undisclosed location on the site of the Battle of Roslin. The massive haul of over 44 ancient coins was found after a third visit to the site.

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    The battle of Roslin saw more than 20,000 loose their lives when the Scots defeated the English armies, it's believed that of the 30,000 English soldiers who entered the battlefield, less than 2,000 survived.

    The ancient coin spill is currently being evaluated by the National museum of Scotland, current estimates put the coins dates around the time of King Edward I who reigned from 1271-1307. Experts believe the coins may have been used to pay mercenaries during the epic battle.

    The coins which were found earlier this year were discovered

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