Archmdmag – You have been detecting a long time, can you share with us how you got into metal detecting and some of your finds and experiences.
Rutus – My father was a detectorist. In the 80s, we lived in a small town called Hel. A great place to search, especially for WWII relics. In the 1980s, we found a lot of relics from the war. Of course, I do not live there anymore and my interests are different now. Sometimes I work as a volunteer on archaeological digs. In such places finds are medieval and Roman coins, fibulas. My best find is a 700 year old Teutonic sword. The most important thing during the searching that I would like to convey to you is to know your detector, be patient. And exactly imagine how the area you searched might look many years ago and think how the people who were here might behave then.
Archmdmag – Can you share with me how and when you got into building metal detectors?
Rutus – I was born in 1971 in a communist country, behind an iron curtain and it’s hard to imagine now but nothing, absolutely nothing could be bought. Even parts and subassemblies had to be removed from old devices. The old radios in the played a big role and since childhood I was fascinated with electronics, in order to be able to search, I had to do the detector myself. I made the first detector at the age of maybe 15. Simple BFO which more often than not didn’t work correctly but I had great fun. The combination of the two passions, metal detecting and electronics caused a lot of genuine fun.
Archmdmag – What made you confident that you could succeed in such a competitive, brand loyal market?
Rutus – I am a detectorist and an electronics engineer, searching is my whole life. I do the detectors for myself, when I search I use only my detectors. On the detector market there is room for Rutus because there is a lack of some kind of detectors. Look – on one hand, the machines are absolutely. On the other hand, detectors that are really sophisticated have very high potential, but the programmer who wrote the “user interface” has never been in the field. A detectorist finds themselves standing there clicking instead of searching. Sometimes it seems to me that the construction of these detectors is too much affected by marketers and programmers and too small by practitioners who are not afraid of shovels. My philosophy is the strongest detector, the best constructed, having the best parameters and, in addition, user-friendly. In a good style. You will not find icons in my detectors, but all the necessary regulations to control the detector and be able to use its full potential. I do not like devices with icons. I prefer to control the device and not rely on what the programmer has prepared for me from behind the desk, and at the same time I want the detector to have only the functions and regulations that are needed. My detectors are directed to detectorist similar to me. They are aware of what they want and are not afraid to learn detectors.
Archmdmag – It’s a small, family business correct? Can you tell us all about that
Rutus – Yes, we employee four workers. We design, engineer, program and assemble the detectors but we commission subcontractors for any work requiring extensive technical support.
Archmdmag – Can you tell us about some of your first experiences building detectors, some of the different technology used and how you ended up where you’re at now?
Rutus – As I said – the first detectors built 30 years ago were simple amateur constructions. The first was BFO then, simple all metal VLF. After building the first motion detector, I missed something and in this way I fell in love with the Mix or Dual mode. When building Alter71, I really used a lot of radio communication experience. I spent a very long time on the critical parameters that is the signal / noise ratio. The prototypes of the electronics for the Alter71 were probably 5 or more, I don’t even recall the first versions.
Archmdmag– Can you explain, compare the Alter 71, Argo NE and Ultima
Rutus – Alter was the first to emerge. The experience from the excavations and the voice of users of my old detectors resulted in the need to create a simpler to use detector and having an old identification and discrimination system, from -90 to +90. Argo NE is such a reactivation of a very popular detector in Poland whose production has been ended two years ago. In a sense, it can be called rewriting an old software to a new platform. Ultima is a detector in which I have limited the adjustments to a minimum. You can use this detector to work in All metal, Motion and Dual mode, but this is a typical nod to the detectorists who like Turn-on and Go detectors. Generally, the engine of this three detectors is very similar – they differ only in the configuration possibilities. 13
Archmdmag – Can you go into detail what makes the Alter 71 such a great detector?
Rutus – When it comes to specs, Alter is probably one of the most flexible detectors on the market. Smooth tuning of frequencies, the ability to create your own sounds, the ability to adjust the sensitivity of channels in the Dual mode, wireless, but probably the strongest side is the Dual mode. Almost every detector present on the market works in Motion with discrimination. The most enjoyable for the user mode – and therefore the most popular. But that does not mean that you cannot work differently. Motion mode gives us the opportunity to discriminate and identify but has one basic disadvantage – a smaller range in the ground than in the air, of course depending on the level of soil mineralization.
Do not believe in marketing cock and bull stories that some detector is magical and does not have this feature. The laws of physics are inexorable. However, all metal has almost the same range in the air and ground. If we combine these two modes into one, we get a multiinformation detector. More demanding from the user but at the same time sensationally effective in good hands. We have a more vivid picture of what is beyond our eyes and, in addition, we have information about objects beyond the range and capabilities of the motion detector. A few months ago, my friend, thanks to the Dual mode, found a beautiful Roman vessel called “situla” on the archeological dig. It was deep, under a layer of heavy soil and did not give a signal on Motion mode with discrimination. Not only on the Alter but also on the
detectors considered the best. But Artur knew that “Something is there.” Archaeologists opened the excavation and it was!
Archmdmag – One of the things I love about it is the VDI goes to 120 giving great separation of targets. How did you come up with this?
Rutus– Most detectors present on the market have identification in the range of 0 to 99. But there are no specific reasons why it should be that way. The only reason is the technical reason. Only two digits are enough for this ID range. It is easier for a programmer, cheaper for the producer especially when the detector has an LCD specially manufactured for this device. It’s easier to control two than three digits. Because in Alter71 there is a graphic display and a fast enough processor I made identification in the range of 1 to 120 which in my opinion is more natural, it more closely corresponds to what actually happens inside the detector. 30 points for iron and 90 points for non-iron in my opinion is more reasonable – you just need to write the software so that it handles 3 digits.
Archmdmag – Alter 71 – Multiple frequencies from 4.4 to 18.4 in increments of 2 – why was this range chosen and why such fine adjustment? Example – what might be the difference between 16.2 and 16.4?
Rutus – Because it gives you the opportunity to escape from EMI. The change in a wide range gives the possibility of changing the detection properties – a small change allows you to bypass interference. Let’s say that in the place you are searching, some device generates a interference from 14 to 17.5 KHz. Your mate has a detector that can work only on 8 or 16 kHz. You are searching for small, fine coins and your mate must work at an 8 kHz suboptimal frequency. You with Alter go to 18.0 kHz and you do not have a problem anymore. I love flexible solutions.
Archmdmag – Can you share with us what we can expect from Rutus in the next few years?
Rutus – Surely new search coils and a new detector. Lightweight, waterproof, telescopic folding, Alter in a new version.
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