I was born in the Territory of Alaska in 1957 and lived in Alaska most of my life. I got started prospecting in the early 70s and purchased my first metal detector in 1972, a White's Coinmaster 4. I have been at it ever since prospecting, highbanking, dredging, and metal detecting for gold. I suction dredged for gold in Alaska for decades and am considered somewhat of an expert on the subject. I eventually acquired a large placer and hardrock property at Moore Creek, Alaska and have had many claims at other locations in the state. I have lately expanded outside Alaska with trips to Nevada, Arizona, California, the UK and Australia. My new home base having left Alaska after 55 years is Nevada. I have interest in more than just gold, with copper, silver, platinum, and even meteorites on my list of things to prospect for. I like to look for anything that can be found with a metal detector: jewelry, coins, relics, and more. Many of my adventures are recorded online here.
I co-founded a dealership in 1976 that became one of the largest multi-line suppliers of prospecting and metal detecting equipment in the country. Even though I am now retired from the business and am full-time prospecting, writing and working on my website, I was immersed daily in the business for nearly 40 years. In that time I helped countless people with prospecting and metal detecting questions. I enjoyed it and so this website lets me continue to do something I enjoy. I want to be very clear on one thing however. I test all my equipment, detectors included, on my targets, in my conditions, for my own purposes. I am willing to share what I have learned, but I am not out to sway anyone on anything. I am brand agnostic - all I care about is what works for me. You can rest assured I am not out to sell anyone on any particular brand or model. At the end of the day I think nearly all the detectors on the market serve a task well for somebody or they do not last long. You just have to find what works for you and I am willing to help do that if you wish.
2019 - I am stepping away from prospecting and metal detecting in pursuit of other goals. That being the case I am no longer accepting offers to test or report on metal detectors or related products. I have also done enough free speaking gigs in the last 40 years to last a lifetime so I am unlikely to be available for them going forward. I will continue to be on the forum daily and will keep it running as smoothly as possible. I have put great effort into making this a genuinely friendly place to hang out and with consistently high quality content. However, it is time to let the forum members themselves either keep the ball rolling so we will see where it goes from here. My thanks to all the great forum members who continue to make it a great place to hang out.
Some detectors I have used since 1972:
Compass Yukon 77-IB, Compass Coin Magnum, Compass Gold Scanner, Compass Gold Scanner Pro, Compass X-70, Compass X-80, Fisher 1236-X2, Fisher 1280-X, Fisher CZ-5, Fisher CZ-70 Pro, Fisher CZ-3D, Fisher Gold Bug, Fisher Gold Bug 2, Fisher Gold Strike, Fisher F75, Fisher F75 Special Edition, Fisher F75 Ltd2, Fisher Gold Bug SE, Fisher Gold Bug Pro, Garrett Ace 250, Garrett Scorpion Gold Stinger, Garrett Infinium, Garrett AT Pro, Garrett AT Gold, Garrett ATX, Makro Gold Racer, Makro Gold Kruzer, Makro Racer, Makro Racer 2, Minelab Excalibur II, Minelab XT 17000, Minelab American Goldstriker, Minelab XT 18000, Minelab SD 2000, Minelab SD 2200D, Minelab SD 2200v2, Minelab GP Extreme, Minelab GP 3000, Minelab GP 3500, Minelab GPX-4000, Minelab GPX 4500, Minelab GPX 5000, Minelab GPZ 7000, Minelab SDC 2300, Minelab X-Terra 50, Minelab X-Terra 70, Minelab X-Terra 705, Minelab Gold Monster 1000, Minelab Equinox 800, Nokta AU Gold Finder, Nokta FORS Gold, Nokta FORS Gold+, Nokta FORS CoRe, Nokta Impact, Teknetics G2, Tesoro Diablo, Tesoro Golden uMax, Tesoro Lobo SuperTRAQ, Tesoro Stingray II, Tesoro Tiger Shark, Tesoro Vaquero, Troy X-3, Troy X-5, White's Beachhunter ID, White's Coinmaster IV, White's Coinmaster V Supreme, White's DFX, White's Goldmaster, White's Goldmaster II, White's Goldmaster V/SAT, White's Goldmaster 3, White's Goldmaster 4/B, White's Goldmaster 24K, White's GMT, White's M6, White's MXT, White's MX Sport, White's Surfmaster II, White's Surf PI, White's Surf PI Pro, White's Surf PI Dual Field, White's Sierra Pulse Pro, White's TDI, White's TDI SL, White's Vision, White's V3i, XP Deus