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RickUK last won the day on April 29 2016

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  1. RickUK

    Gold At Last!!!!!!!!!

    Regis,terrific find me old mate,must admit i also use the Snake coil on my UK Vaquero,really does a tremendous job pulling decent finds out of trashy sites,well done and detecting is becoming harder here every week because of all the fields have crops in at the moment,so doubt that i will get out again till the combines start cutting again.
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    Light Detection And Ranging (LiDAR)

    I use Lidar alot here in the UK for when i do research on a new permission,its improving all the time,provides a fantastic amount of additional information on activity on older sites,another additional tool that i have also experimented with is a quad copter,anything that gives you some extra help on a site is always welcome.
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    Emergency Jump Starter / Charging System

    I hear exactly what you are saying,of course a dedicated front winch mounted on a purpose built winch bumper is the proper tool for the job and of course its wired direct into the main harness,thats the way forward especially if you do alot of off roading or miles away from any form of help,so thats is your insurance that it will get you out of almost all difficult situations. But for the most part on my permissions or my detecting sites on farmland in general here in the UK as yet i have never got stuck that requires a real heavy hitter winch setup,in my mind it would be a massive amount of money sitting on the front end of the truck that would maybe used once or if at all,so this is the reason that i went down the route of a temp recovery winch with the snatch block,i do have a plug in lead plug like what the use on forklift truck chargers so i can use the winch direct from the vehicles power source.But if the truck battery goes flat and i am unable too start the engine,i could/can still if need be use the temporary power supply and temp winch with the snatch block. So if the occasion ever did occur,which as yet its never happened then at least i could have a 'very good chance' of getting out of a stuck situation.With the snatch block method that i use it doubles the pulling power of a winch but reduces the speed of the line retrieval,but line retrieval speed is not a issue as such its the pulling power,also the added beauty is that if/when i was too sell my 4x4 then i could transfer it over to another truck.So although its not the ideal 100% setup it does work and as long as one is aware of the limits of the setup then use it accordingly.
  4. RickUK

    Emergency Jump Starter / Charging System

    Must admit i have both a heavy duty battery pack as well as a portable electric winch as well and snatch block,which i carry in a box,although i have never used it but when you mentioned about using it as a temporary recovery winch and it has the power to drive the winch then its going back into the boot of my truck for that odd occasion that i may need it. On its own i think the pull is about 2000lbs but with the snatch block it doubles it,thanks for a terrific idea
  5. RickUK

    Inland Jewelry Hunting Tips

    Mike,a terrific article and and very apt at the moment,i have a very shallow river very near me and this has been a magnet for travellers for well over a 1000 years,this has not only a ford crossing which for the most part was the main way of crossing the river but 300 years ago a humpback bridge was built so this allowed more modern forms of transport ie horse and carts etc. What makes this specific site interesting is that because the water is shallow and has a sandy bank on both side of the river,its like a magnet for children with say fishing nets and building sand castles,of course when kids come down with mums too play in the river,the young mums usually have grannies old victorian gold rings on her finger which as a general rule have quality lumps of ice in the settings,and we are all aware what happens with fingers and rings when fingers get wet the rings fall off into the water and for the most part they will never find them again. Over recent years i have offered my services in recovering these types of jewellery usually suggesting if i find them they make a small donation to a local cancer charity.Have never taken any reward money although it is offered i dont get a buzz out of that,but i do get a buzz out of hunting for this type of jewellery.Detectors that i use can be both VLF and Pulse,as the water is very shallow ie only about 6-8'' maximum a older Tesoro with a small 4'' coil works wonders on gold ring size items and has of course superb discrimination into the bargain,but if its a small item like a small chain with a clasp or a charm on it then i use a Pulse with a very small coil,of late this has been a TDI Pro with a small folded mono coil on.One secret weapon which is also one i use is possibly the least expensive detector going and that is the Tesoro Compadre mine has the little 4'' coil on it and is deadly on small fine gold jewellery. Its a public holiday here in the UK on monday and as the weather is really good over the long weekend this inturn will bring the mums and kids again out playing in the river,so i am expecting a possible call mid week asking for some help recovering a ring or some other form of jewellery. Mike a terrific article and only just seen it,this is how i locate potential high value rings and jewellery,it gives me a big buzz when i find it again and hand it back too the owner who will hand it down the family line again.
  6. RickUK

    Least Expensive Pi

    You have missed out in my opinion the most important piece of information and that is your budget !! no point in asking for some suggestions if the machines are over your budget.Are you taking about ultra cheap Pulse machines or reasonable top brand one ??
  7. RickUK

    NEL Coils

    I have 3 of them and rate them alot,terrific build quality and all work well for the various detecting situations that i use them for.In my opinion possibly the best aftermarket coils going and in some cases perform better than the factory made one for the machines.
  8. RickUK

    All-around Vehicle For On/off Road

    It has actually,its a detachable one i dont use it much for towing but it does not take long too fit back on,it's designed that way so you only use it when required
  9. RickUK

    All-around Vehicle For On/off Road

    I use one of these as my detecting trucks,3.0ltr turbo diesel that has been remapped with power upto about 260-270bhp,pulls like a train.
  10. Stayed up and listened too the show,enjoyed it,must admit i also dont like most of the other forums these days due to politics etc,excuse the pun it was a down too earth interview.
  11. Must admit i am really looking forward too listening in on this one,will be in the early hours for us here in the UK,but if i do miss it you can listen in again.
  12. RickUK

    Long Range Detectors

    Interesting 1st post,i of course i hope i am totally wrong but rather than a request for information,this seems more biased towards a spam type 1st post.Seems very specific on the links and videos. Just my personal opinion of course
  13. RickUK

    All-around Vehicle For On/off Road

    Here in the UK about 20 years ago the Government told us all about the benefits of using diesel fuel as it was more eco-friendly and it was cleaner than what petrol was,so over the years sales of petrol based cars dropped like a lead balloon and sales of diesel cars rocketed,then after everyone had bought diesel they started 'waltzing' the price up at the pump,this then became one of the Government revenue earners and basically we had all been lied too. Then about 2-3 years ago reports started surfacing that actually diesel pollution was actually worst than petrol,so sales of diesel based car have dropped down by well over 50% and sales of petrol car are on the rise again,then another bomb shell has evolved over the last 12 months,that here in the UK that as from 2040 sales of both petrol and diesel cars will be outlawed and i guess all vehicles will be electric. Lucky enough i doubt that i will be still driving in 2040,so thats the fuel situation here in the UK,currently at the moment big diesel powered 4x4 vehicles are heavily frowned upon and they are gradually ramping up taxes on these cars with i guess the long term intention of 'driving them off the road' excuse the pun but that is what they are doing. Just my prospective of a large UK diesel powered 4x4 owner
  14. In theory,this is a terrific project but has many many problems that you will come up against,weight issue is one of the biggest problems,also the depth capability of current detecting technology and that is the problem the depth,the way i am thinking you are looking to go with this project is fly a drone or what ever method you finally decide upon above a minefield and use the capabilities of the latest detecting technology. And that is the problem,even say Pulse of any other platform that is current available or in development 'wont' give you the depth that you are hankering after,as the depth is just not currently available,even if you look at say what is currently the deepest machine going and we think the GPX will fit the bill,then this is when the project falls apart again,as although the GPX or infact any other machine could be used,the capabilities of your drone just wont be able to not only lift it,but it would also hover nearly at ground level to get even a few inches depth.So hence this project would be dead in it current format. You can bet the big boys that have deep pockets in military defence and weaponry would be working on this type of project,but they have not only deep pocket possibly running into million rather than a project on say a $1000 budget but also develop the software needed even if its even feasible.Military Ariel drones that are used just for visual observations can of course be much smaller because of the advancement in camera size and hence this is why we see drones used for personal use as well as military exercises as well,the main draw back with your project is the weight and the depth of current detecting technology and that i feel just is not available at the moment,we have been stuck in a depth rut for years with hobby detecting. So although you have a stunning looking drone and some wonderful ideas on this project,i feel and excuse the pun i dont think this project will ever get 'off the ground',of course i hope i am wrong,but i try and look outside the box,possibly look at using the drone project for another military or peace time requirement or application......that i think could be the way forward with this project,even if the technology was available i doubt personally that anyone in there right mind would provide details free of charge anyway,as the possibility of a huge financial reward from these mine clearing devices could be skies the limit,but we are currently stuck with old technology of a human risking a life on clearing a mine field. Of course i wish you all the very best in the project,but its a very tough cookie to crack
  15. A quick x-ray surely would have picked it up straight away ??