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From: West of the Yarra, east of SA,
Joined: 18 September 2013
Posts: 1,757
19 October 2020 11:58 am

Not sure whether this has been circulated previously, found on a recent FB post.

Subject: - Direct from Minelab
Hello Fellow Members. Doug
There have been some reports of customers having EPIRBs and PLBs activating when they have come into close contact with a metal detector coil when the detector is switched on.
We would like to reach out to you all so that you are aware of this so that you can also educate our customers with this information to help prevent any unnecessary activation of EPIRBs or PLBs.
Our engineering team have loaned detectors to Kinetic Technology International and they have researched the affects of the KTI PLB and our detector, the PLB was activated when it came within 10cm of the detector coil. Although this distance is very close we would like to make sure than any customers using EPIRBs or PLBs are aware of this so that they can keep their location beacons well away from the detector coil to prevent any false activations. Please keep this in mind particularly when a target has been removed from the hole and you are finding it with a scoop (you are physically much closer to the coil when this takes place.)
KTI have suggested to use a metal tin to carry your EPRIB or PLB in to help prevent this from happening. A metal tin will work as a faraday cage (faraday cages will break the electromagnetic fields that your detector produces.)
We agree that this is a good suggestion as it can assist in greatly reducing the risk of a false activation.
If you have any questions regarding this please feel free to contact me.
Kind Regards,
Jason Hosking
Technical Sales Representative
Minelab Electronics

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From: Perth, WA
Joined: 20 October 2014
Posts: 2,873
19 October 2020 12:12 pm

It was previously notified here, but there's no harm in repeating it IMHO: … 34#p578834

Where it is, there it is.

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