Metal Detector Operation

The Kent Police Archery Club possess 3 metal Detectors

Minelab Vanquish 340 – Viking Wasp Detector – Viking V5 Detector

Each detector operates slightly differently – it is incumbent on all club members to familiarise themselves with the operation of each, in order to successfully target and find lost arrows. Please Note: all carbon arrows will not be located by detector, however NO carbon only arrows should be being used on the field.

Operating Instructions for the Minelab Vanquish 340

Please see above a video on using the Vanquish 340 – however please note that the settings for this unit have already been set by us into the device, and therefore only turning the device on should be required. If the device does not function as required it could be that the settings have been tampered with and may need to be reset – We have made the setting to be:- High audio volume, high sensitivity, Mode set to artifact-all metal, horseshoe symbol. Please do NOT forget to turn the unit off when finished with in order to conserve battery power.

Operating Instructions for the Viking Wasp 1 and Viking V5

Control Panel:

 Discrimination Control (Left Hand Dial). Sensitivity Control (Right Hand Dial). Headphone Socket (Upper Centre).

Off / On – Discrimination Control. – This control has two functions. When turned fully anticlockwise the detector is switched off. Turning the control clockwise will initially turn the machine on. Turning the control further clockwise will increase the discrimination setting of the detector. This is used to discriminate against unwanted metal targets. When turned fully anticlockwise (level 0), all metal targets will be found. The further the control is turned clockwise the more discriminating the detector will be. When turned fully clockwise (level 10) only the most conductive metals (Silver and Copper) will be found. All other targets will be ignored. For general detector use it is not recommended to search with the discrimination control set to full as you may miss the most valuable targets. Items such as gold rings are not as conductive as a piece of copper and will be missed if the discrimination control is set too high. Sensitivity Control  – Turning this control will adjust the sensitivity setting of the detector. Maximum sensitivity is achieved when the control is turned fully clockwise. The ability of the detector to locate small or deep objects will increase with the sensitivity setting. In some environmental conditions the detector may produce false beeps which do not indicate a target. In this case it is recommended that the sensitivity setting is reduced until the problem is resolved.

Using the Detector:

 First, switch the detector on by turning the discrimination control clockwise – keep discrimination low ( hardly clockwise from on to find all metals and especially arrows). Then turn the sensitivity control until it is at the level you require. Finally set the desired level of discrimination. Remember that with the discrimination set too high your detector will ignore many valuable targets, for example gold rings and much modern coinage. When starting out it is recommended that a medium setting of about 5-6 should be used. This will reject trash metals such as iron yet still detect all coinage. The detector will still detect ring pull-tabs and silver foil. With experience the setting at which most rubbish is ignored and desired objects are still found will become apparent. This can only be determined by trial and error and depends on the preference of the individual detectorist. To detect, hold the detector by the handgrip with your arm in the rest. Lower the search head to the ground ensuring that it is flat to the ground If you feel the length of the shaft or the position of the armrest are wrong, adjust them now. Keeping the head close and parallel to the ground, sweep it back and forth in an arc in front of you. The speed at which you sweep is not critical but remember that the machine is more likely to miss targets if you go too fast. Walk slowly forward as you sweep, allowing the area searched each time to overlap with that searched by the previous sweep to avoid missing targets. The detector will emit a beep when an object is detected. This can then be pinpointed by repeatedly sweeping over it and noting where the head is when the sound occurs. More accurate pinpointing can be achieved by sweeping at 90 from the original direction. The intersection of the sweeps that produce a beep is where the object lies.


Detector Battery Information:-

Viking Wasp 1 metal detector new PP3 battery installed – 17th August 2022

Viking V5 metal detector new PP3 battery installed – 17th August 2022

Minelab Vanquish 340 new 4 x AA batteries installed – 27th June 2023