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Everything posted by Skate

  1. That's what makes this the best hobby out there. Variety of finds and at any moment you could uncover a piece of history, a family heirloom, a precious coin, 22k of AU or a piece of canslaw. That must have been a roller coaster or emotions on that hunt. Congrats!
  2. That is a find! Thanks for sharing as it helps keep us going when it's hot, dusty and the digging is hard.
  3. Haha I figured that was you! I had a great time. Definitely a bucket lister to get to go detecting in Gettysburg with you and Andy. Our world keeps getting smaller and smaller.
  4. I wanted to say that if you have the chance to go to one of Andy's XP/Minelab bootcamps it's well worth the cost. I had the pleasure of going to Gettysburg in November 2017 and it was memorable. I found the "neatest" item (wheat penny flattened by a train) and a fired 3 ringer. Andy and his wife do a great job of entertaining you and teaching you at the same time. Good time great people.
  5. my concern was for your toes or a possible shinner should you miss with the pick. As for the hunt, I sure would. I'd rather be able to make a bit of a mess than have to worry about a manicured lawn.
  6. It came in at a solid 16 but only at the head of it. It was parallel to me and my swing because it was up against a retaining wall so I was only able to get the top of it as it had a larger end cap if that makes sense. Initially I was looking for a screaming high tone and after 10 beer cans and old cat tins dug I decided to look for anything solid. I have heard from others that PVC tubes are more common now. As an ending to the story this was shared with me yesterday. My client had always been told by her dad that she couldn't sell the property until they had recovered the money. For 8 months the property had been for sale and no one had shown the slightest interest. I found the money around 4:30pm that day and literally within 20 minutes after she had received 2 offers for it. Call it coincidence if you will but we're believers so in hind sight we knew the one had to happen before the other one could.
  7. Interesting. Apparently my wife is symptom free 😂
  8. I actually didn't re-check it because once she saw it in the scoop it was back on her finger! As I left it really struck me that if I had just been out hunting I probably would have passed it by figuring it was junk. Gotta dig them all.
  9. Ringfinders is owned and run by Chris Turner. I've got nothing but good things to say about it and him. It's international, there are folks all over the world. PM if you'd like more details. As for the ring and what it rang up as, a 2/3. The tone was solid but it consistently hit a 2, 3 and then settled on 2. It was in the sand and when it first sounded off I thought foil but I was going to dig no matter what but a 2? I thought this would help some of you who pass over tones/signals because of the way they sound or more importantly because of the way they SHOULD sound. If this was just me hunting at the beach I'm thinking tin foil all the way and might pass it by. I have no idea why a silver ring would sound off as this one did. Crazy.
  10. I got a call early this morning to find a ring for a lady in Oxnard. Big diamond ring, silver is the metal, stamped .925. By the way I found it haha. Obviously using the nox. I'm curious what you think the Nox pegged it at.
  11. Thanks for all the kind words and thoughts. It was my best day detecting ever for sure. My problem now is going to be topping it. I know I'm going to go back to digging a single merc or rosie now. 🤨
  12. The pipe was buried about 8 inches and I found the top part of it first length wise if that makes sense. There was so much trash in the ground and EMI to deal with so the Nox definitely helped discriminate.
  13. The pipe was approx 36 inches and the coins were placed in it in groups. The first 12 inches were all morgan silver dollars. Many were dated in the 1880's. The next 12 inches had walker and franklin halves and the top 12 inches were all barber, merc's and rosie dimes. It was such a cool feeling to see the coins pouring out. Lot's of mixed emotions amongst us. For the gentleman's daughter(grandma) it was getting to reconnect with her dad again, to realize that even though he was gone and passed away he was still looking out for his child. The adult great grand kids were amazed that all those stories about grandpa turned out to be true and as for me, I got a chance to help return what was lost and possibly lost forever as the house and property is for sale. Finding someone's ring is great especially when they're thinking all is lost but this was another level of great.
  14. Hello everyone. I've been off the web as it relates to metal detecting for much of the past year. Let's just say life has gotten in the way, it's just been one of those years. I'm a member of ringfinders and I got a call this week I just had to share with everyone. I got a call about about a buried stash of silver in a backyard. According to what I was told, Grandpa had buried a stash of silver coins in the backyard and had only revealed that he had two weeks prior to his death. I was given the areas to hunt (1.8 acre property), but no idea what if anything was containing these coins in terms of container. I was pulling beer can after beer can and nail after nail I got a solid 16 tone on the Nox and I dug it. Turned out it was a 36" pipe that made the tell-tale sound of having something in it. Long story short we had to cut the pipe open and when we did it was awesome. A find of a lifetime, a cache of silver coins.
  15. That's a beautiful gold ring. I'll pray for your mom and you. Cancer is an evil beast.
  16. As some of you know I underwent my second hip replacement 4 weeks ago at the ripe old age of 52 which has short circuited any detecting at all. Rehab has been going well though and I'm way ahead of where most folks are at this stage. I was able to ditch my walker after two days post surgery and have been since working up to taking a walk on the beach much less detect. All that changed today as I got a call from a young man who had lost his wedding ring on Saturday just on the north side of the Ventura Pier. He lost it in the dry sand and wondered if I could come out and help him find it. Since school is officially out for the summer I decided to throw caution to the wind and go. My concern was walking in the dry sand as a newly recovering hip doesn't like the variability of highs and lows that dry sand brings. When i met him he explained that he was putting sunscreen on his young son, took the ring off and placed it on his son's shirt. A moment later he got dive bombed by a group of seagulls hunting for a grubstake and a seagull took off with the shirt and sent the ring flying. He tried to find it but as you know gold sinks and the sand isn't your friend unless you have an Equinox 600!! I drew a 20x20 box in the sand and proceeded to detect and bam, got a nice 20-22 solid sounding tone and into my scoop came this beautiful rose gold wedding ring. So I'm one for one on my first day back detecting. Truth be told the dry sand is a bit much for me right now so my batting average may remain 1.000 for a while as I can't see myself bending down to dig 50 plugs in a park yet but man it was great to get out and do some good finally. Those of you who know what it's like to find someone's lost jewelry know it's a great feeling and put's you on a high for the rest of the day so i'm going to hold to that for awhile. Best Skate
  17. As has been said don't rely on numbers but the sound of the targets and then do your wiggle. It's so good you can isolate the different sounds.
  18. I like to start in Park 2, keep sensitivity to around 22-23(your emi/soil may differ) 5 tones and run your recovery speed at 3 (thats as fast as you can go). Don't mess with too many things until you get at least 25-30 hours on it. You're going to start hearing a new kind detector in that the separation is so amazing you'll really want to train your ears to begin to hear the difference. Keep it simple and you'll do well. Don't try to compare it to any other detector you've used, treat it as if you're holding a brand new baby(so to speak!). Be sure to post your finds!
  19. Thanks all. Hopefully after Friday I can say goodbye to avascular necrosis forever. I was diagnosed in the fall of 2013 and my right hip collapsed and was replaced 3 years ago. My left finally gave away in the past couple of months. Metal detecting on one wheel is not exactly super productive.
  20. It’s been a struggle to get out and hunt lately as I edge closer to my 2nd hip replacement but I got to run my 600 on a small beach north of Ventura this morning that I’ve always wanted to hit. It’s a small beach but gets lots of use as a day camp area on the Rincon. The dry sand produced over 30 bottle caps and there is no question what is when you hear it. I only dug them so I could clean out the area when I return. The wet sand was pretty quiet but I netted the two rings in it. The turquoise/silver was a consistent 23 and the junk ring rang at 13-14 I thought I had white gold when I saw it in the scoop. I hope to get out one more time between now and next Friday as that is surgery day. Getting older sure does put a crimp in the lifestyle 😉
  21. I love finding tokens and that one is great. Better than silver sometimes.
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