When Lost Treasure first contacted me about field-testing the R1 I readily agreed, as I had never heard of an R1 and just the name intrigued me. Then, when I discovered it had come all the way from England this really intrigued me.
The R1 is a product of C-Scope International Ltd., of England, a long established company that has designed, manufactured and retailed their high quality machines all over the world. Some time ago they joined forces with Discovery Electronics of Sweet Home, Ore., (designers of the popular Treasure Baron series of detectors) to form a dynamic new company called Newforce, that has resulted in an entirely new line of innovative detectors. Now C-Scope is not exactly a household word in the U.S. detectordom yet, but with the introduction of the R1 that may change considerably.
Operating on 8 AA batteries with a battery life of 40 hours, or rechargeables, the R1 is a sleekly designed, completely computerized, programmable powerhouse fueled by not one but two microprocessors, each chewing up and spitting out one million bits of information per second. Instead of a standard control panel the R1 has four simple controls, a computer screen with adjustable backlight, and a list of programs that allow you to set this machine up to do just about everything but wash your socks.
A product of five years of research and development the R1 is loaded with user friendly innovations such as, being able to continue detecting while you are changing programs or setting discrimination, etc. The R1 is light, well balanced, and comes with two coils, a thin, lightweight ten-inch, and a six-inch, each with their own lower rod and quick-lock cable connectors for fast swapping. The lower rods are grooved so you can press the cable into them, eliminating floppy winds at the coil end of the shaft. The shaft is of double-lock design with standard pushpin backed up by a friction collar for solid adjustment.
The R1 is dust and water-resistant and the earphone and charger jacks are protected with rubber plugs. The coil bolt is equipped with a thumb lever for easy adjustment and the arm cuff has a built-in arm strap with Velcro fasteners. The battery door is buttoned down with brass thumbscrews for solid fit and easy access. The batteries and speaker occupy a pod beneath the arm cuff which contributes to the excellent balance of this machine.
This machine has five modes: COIN INLAND, COIN BEACH, ALL METAL, USER 1, USER 2, and a list of other features such as: Real Time Ground Radar Display, High Speed Target ID, No-Motion Pinpoint, Audio Discrimination, Program Storage, Full Range Discrimination, Continuous Battery Monitor, Volume Control, Sensitivity and Threshold adjustment, Accept/Reject, Three Operating Frequencies, Automatic Tuning, AC Gain/DC Gain, Analog/Digital Operation, Ground Compensation and Variable Sweep Speed.
The constant scrolling Ground Radar feature allows you to monitor the signal received by the R1 circuit, analyze signals, size targets, and aids in pinpointing.
Control Panel The display on the screen of the R1 in search mode is a little different. ID is accomplished by a cursor moving across the top of a line graph numbered 0-20 with a corresponding ID number appearing in the lower left screen. Other symbols show rejected targets, coil size being used, backlight indicator, battery monitor, and Ground Radar Display. American coins and tabs will register as such: Half dollar-19, Quarter-19, Dime-16, Nickel-9, Copper Cent-16, Zinc Cent-14, Pulltab-12, and some Gold Rings-12. The controls are as follows:
On/Off Volume This rotary control turns the R1 on and off and adjusts the volume.
Menu/Scroll This a rotary control used in tandem with the Enter touchpad to access the menu selections. It selects and highlights your menu option and adjusts all setting such as: discrimination, sensitivity, threshold, etc. It adjusts the backlight brightness and turns the light on and off.
Enter This tactile locks in the search mode of your choice, gets you in and out of the menu system and locks in any selection you have made with the menu/scroll control.
Pinpoint Punching this tactile will put you in no-motion, pinpoint mode and return to search mode once it is released. The RADAR display is reset each time this button is released.
Let me preface this by saying that the R1 is an extremely sensitive and stable machine with a deep seeking coil that you can run flat on the ground and has good target separation in trashy areas. ID is very accurate. Target response is very quick and the variable sweep speed offers you many options. Pinpointing is dead-on and if you detune the signal down it will reduce to nearly the size of the target making pinpointing a piece of cake, even for a novice. Depending on your soil you can run the sensitivity on the R1 at full bore with no falsifying or chattering. Unless changes are made in future units, factory preset on the R1 is set to reject iron only so you will have to set the discrimination to your choice. I hunted several sites and wound up with over $20 in coins plus trinkets but Ill only list a couple or so here.
I chose an elementary school way out in the suburbs that I hunt often that has a large bark chip playground, two soccer fields and a baseball diamond. I started at the edge the playground under the chinning bars with the R1 in factory preset. After a few sweeps the R1 barked and the ID showed 9, a nickel. Digging down about six inches up popped a nickel. Moving on I got two signals side by side. Isolating one target the ID displayed 19, my favorite number. Digging down about nine inches I pulled up a cruddy looking quarter. Checking the other signal gave a reading of 16, a dime. Pressing pinpoint I got a wide signal so detuned twice and wound up with a signal about the size of the dime. The R1 was right on and a dime came up from a seven-inch grave.
I continued all through the playground picking up about $3 in coins. Then I switched to BEACH MODE, which I had experimented with earlier. For those of you who love to find gold chains and related items, the R1 in this mode is deadly on gold chains.
I proceeded to go back over the area I had just covered. After scanning for some time the R1 barked under the monkey bars. Digging down about four inches the sparkle of gold flashed across my eyes and up come a nice gold chain bracelet. This alone made my day. Continuing on to the swings the R1 sang its song again and at five inches a small silver ring minus stone appeared. Over on the other side of the playground the R1 struck again and I retrieved a small silver chain at about three inches, and this was the end of my jewelry gathering.
I hit the soccer fields a bit and tested the R1s deadly pinpointing. Every coin was right where I punched my probe. Detuning down on a couple of dimes the signal got so small that if you moved the coil a hair in either direction I was off the target. I picked up several quarters in this area and I do love seeing that number 19 pop up on the screen. Altogether I pulled about $4.50 out of this area plus trinkets.
I really scored at a second site, a large high school on the other side of town. I had about 90 minutes to play and figured Id just pick up a few goodies. I bumped the discrimination up to accept dimes and above. After hunting a grassy knoll in front of the auditorium and picking up several coins at various depths, including a 1965 quarter at nearly nine inches, I headed to the baseball field. Hunting at one end of the backstop in tall grass I encountered multiple signals that all read 19. Isolating one I stooped down and pulled the grass apart to probe and something shiny appeared. It was a new quarter and, laying all around it hidden in the grass, were nine more of these beauties. This was enough for me but Lady Luck was in a romantic mood that day. At another spot I found three quarters in one hole, and two in another. Altogether I went home with nearly $6, which included 18 quarters. Not bad for 90 minutes of fun.
I found little to dislike about this machine. Its very comfortable to hunt with and the ultra thin coil makes for easy scanning. The R1 is sensitive, has great discrimination and depth, right-on pinpointing, and is a joy to hunt with.
The R1 is extremely user friendly, even for a novice, but versatile enough to titillate the most finicky professional. It does not have depth ID but I found that no hindrance as I dig everything that sounds good anyway. With a ton of features, twin microprocessors and equipped with two coils, this machine would be hard to pass up. You can hunt coins, relics, split shot-sized nuggets, beach or land hunt for gold chains and jewelry and with two user modes design your own programs.
Accessories for the R1 include headphones, rechargeable battery pack and battery charger. The R1 retails for only $799 and to learn more about this great machine contact Newforce Detection LLC, 1415 Poplar Street, Sweet Home, OR 97386. Or you can call them at 541-367-2585, and tell them you read about their dandy machine in Lost Treasure. If you are on the Internet check out C-Scopes web site at www.cscope.co.uk