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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Talkin' 'Bout my Generation...

Anyone who was BORN in the 50's - 60's-70's...We are the last generation who played in the street. We are the 1st who played video games & the last to record songs off the radio on a cassette tape. We walked over a mile w/no worries on being taken...Learned how to program the VCR before anyone else...Played from Atari Nintendo...We are the generation of Tom and Jerry/Looney Toons & Captain K...angaroo...We traveled in cars w/out seat belts or air-bags & lived without cell phones. We did not have flat screens, surround sound, iPods, Facebook, Twitter, computers & the Internet...But nevertheless we had a GREAT time ♥ Re-post if you're a 50's, 60's or 70's baby ONLY

Happy Hunting,

Monday, December 26, 2011

Day after Christmas Hunt

Well, the weather was decent at 42 degrees this afternoon, so I had a short 1.5 hour hunt at a local park...I only hunted the bark chips, as the grass was a soggy mess...Did not get much, but what I did get, was interesting.  I tried a different method of using the Pro Zero mode...I had Iron DISC at 00, and Iron Audio ON...I really like this way of hunting, as I can hear ALL targets, but still discriminate by ear what I want to dig...
Oldest coin was a 1947 Canadian nickel...Also found a 2001 5 Euro Cent, and a broken 9" section of copper and glass necklace (what I call Barbie Bling (FAKE))...


Friday, December 23, 2011

Unusually Warm here

It has been unusually warm here, but the ground is too muddy for me to go out in...if I drove, or had a place ot change after hunting, I might go out, but when I have to walk back home after hunting all wet and muddy, it makes for a miserable me...:(


Monday, December 19, 2011

Sent my Best Finds Story into Garrett

Last month I sent my metal detecting story into Garrett about finding this copper and turquoise ring:

Last month I got the silver and black patch and the book under it...this month I got the other patch and the book under it...
this was a mistake by Garrett in sending me 2 items for 1 story, but I will take it...Garrett has been good to me so far...

Happy Hunting,

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Research Mode

Well, I am in research mode now...Not sure if I will get out anymore till spring...been looking at all the creeks and streams near me on Google Earth...the only thing it does not tell me is how deep and how fast these creeks run...

Happy Hunting,

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

2 Hour hunt in Burnet Park

Went out and enjoyed the unusually warm weather for this time of the year here in Syracuse.  Rumor has it that this park was pounded back in the 60s and 70s, but I managed to pull a few coins and a nice .925 Claddagh Ring.  The ring is a little out of round, but nothing a good jeweler cannot fix on a ring mandrel. looks like a size 5.5, but thick band.  Oldest coins I found were 1962D memorial cents.  The Porsche has seen better days, and looks like this Abrahms tank took a hit from a mounted AT-4.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Winter is upon us

Well folks, the white stuff is falling from the skies...I think my season is over...Time to ship the AT Pro off to Garrett for a checkup and tuning...Just to make sure she is ready for Spring.  happy Hunting to all those who are still able, and good luck to all those who are in research mode...
I myself have been researching local streams and creeks I can hunt come Spring...more than I thought around me here in CNY...

Happy Hunting and Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Wish me Luck!

I may be hitting a house and farm where the house was built in 1840s next Saturday...I was supposed to do it yesterday, but the landowner had to do some repairs on one of their rental properties...I hope to find some good stuff out there...


Sunday, November 27, 2011

2 Hour Hunt at the Inner Harbor

Did not find much...The place is a trash pit, and they are constantly digging up the place now...Nothing but clad, cans, pulltabs and screw caps...Also a LOT of lead slag...Probably from pipe fitting.
Oldest coin was 1958 Nickel...


Saturday, November 19, 2011

2 Hours Back at Porter School Lot

May be the last for the year...It is getting cold out, and the snow is starting to fly, so with the sun shining, but the winds blowing, I headed to a local park I have hunted and found my 1859 Indian head in...No Silver today, but I got pretty close on a few dates...
Found this busted locket and key

And a bunch of clad with some 1960s coins in there


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Great Knife Sharpening System

Just found this neat site with a very cool and professional knife sharpening system.
A little Pricey, but look at what you can do with it...
Make your Digging Tools Sharp again...

Work Sharp Tool Sharpening System


Tuesday, November 15, 2011


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Happy Hunting,

Monday, November 14, 2011

Back to the Mountain Top

Went back up to the Mountain Top to finish the small field there...Someone has hunted this field in the past 5 years besides me...I could tell this because they took most of the quarters and dimes and DISCed out the nickles and pennies (which I found)/
My take for 2 hours time...Not shown is the 3 lbs of can slaw I dug trying for gold in the 40-50 VDI range...I knew most of it was junk, but what the heck...I will not have to hit on it next year...
The tag is from a key fob or gym bag tag from our local Solvay High School...GO Bearcats!!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

2 Hours back in Wood's Field

Went back to my local Village Ball Fields that I have pounded for the last 6 years...I am amazed at what the AT Pro finds that my other detectors left behind...
Hunted for 2 hours and got $2.28 in clad...Oldest coins were 1966 and 1967 Quarters and 1968 cent
I got my new 8.5x11 DD coil tonight and have to send my bad one back tomorrow...Will have to test the new one out tomorrow.


Monday, November 7, 2011

Weird coin found in pocket change from Wal-Mart

It is the size of a dime, has the reverse of a dime on one side and the reverse image of a penny on the other...What is this coin, who made it, and why?
Image on right is real dime...Image on left is fake coin


Saturday, November 5, 2011

An Hour and a Half on the Mountain Top

Well, we have an area near me called the "Mountain Top"...It is literally on a hill about 100 feet above the flats below...In days gone bye, firefighters had to run all the way from the factories down below up this hill to get to the firehouse...I'm tired just thinking about it.
Well, I had an hour and a half to kill, so what better way to do it than to do a little dirt fishing...
Oldest coins were the 1954D Wheat, 1964, 67, 68 copper cents. Total $1.87


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

All day at a County Park

Got there at 8:30am and finished at 6pm...Long day...
Oldest coins 1960, 64, and 69 cents and 1964 nickel
Neat little squished penny with a man-o-war, and a metalic rock that is not magnetic and NOT lead...???


Monday, October 31, 2011

8.5"x11" DD coil going back to Garrett

Well, the 8.5"x11" DD coil for my AT Pro will be headed back to Garrett in Garland, TX for a replacement...They are shipping me a new coil, plus a pre-paid shipping label to send the defective one back to them...
NOW THAT is Customer Service!!!

Thanks Garrett!!!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Short Sunday Hunt

The sun was shining, but the air was chilly...I hit a local park that has not had a lot of activity in the last 5 or 6 is secluded behind a High School and down in a gully of sorts...I have hunted this in years past, but not for a year or so...not much to talk about, but did pull a few older coins...
1961 and 1964 Nickels...1961, 1964, and 1968 cents.
I have to send my DD coil back to Kellyco or Garrett (whichever will take it)...It has a short in it, and causes the detector to go nutso...


Whoop!!! A Double Header!!!

Well, a Friend and I started the Saturday off at about noon, and decided to do this strip of grass between 2 streets...Well, let me tell ya it was a total trash pit with soda cans, pull tabs, screw caps, iron, and general metal trash...Did pull a few clad coins from here...Well, when we got through with that, we ended up at a school that was built in 1918...The lot next to it has history before this time (back to mid 1800s). A house once stood in the lot and was tore down in the mid 1900s after catching fire...There is a lot of iron trash, pull tabs and screw caps, and can slaw from carnivals this school has held over the years to raise money, but the AT Pro sifts through it well (If you do not mind listening to endless chatter in your ears in Pro modes)...I have hit this field many times with my past detectors, and know I walked right over the Indian Head cent countless times and NEVER dug it because it came up as a high end pull tab reading (VDI 62-65)...It was at 5 inches...The Washington Silver Quarter (VDI Solid 91) was at 6 inches about 10 feet away from the Injun...This find would have eluded most detectors, because it was surrounded by pull tabs...The AT Pro just happened to pull it out...
Finished at about 6pm.

1859 Indian Head Variety 1 (No Shield) (Red book $15)...1945 Washington Silver Quarter (Red book $4.00)

1960 and 1963 Nickels, 1964 Copper cent, 1968 Dime (oldest coins)

Interesting Items (coin looking thing is a "Glad Your Here 2000" Token...All I can get off it) Anyone know what that big circle item is?


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

No Rings today but...

Lots of nickels...I tell ya if there was gold in the fields I hunt...I KNOW I would be finding it...I call my AT Pro a Nickel
This is for about 2 hours of hunting
I sure do find a lot of Canadian coins around here.
Earring is a lia Sophia (junk)


Sunday, October 23, 2011

3 Hour Woods Hunt

Went to a park nearby that is a large wooded area...Large cents had been found here earlier in the year...Not so lucky today...Myself and 3 other hunters hit the woods today...
Detectors used were an e-Trak, AT Pro, Ace 250, and an unmodified White's IDX Pro...
If I heard right, we all found Wheaties, but no one found any silver...
My finds for the morning were 3 Wheaties (1927, 1944, 1946) 2 Canadian Cents (1962, 1986) and a 1965 and 1976 Quarters and a 1966 Dime (I always miss Silver by this much) :banghead:
Found 21 Coins totalling $2.25, a junk copper and amethyst ring that may have been plated, and a large slab of melted lead...
So Far the AT Pro has found a ring every time out...


2 Hour Hunt in a Pounded School Yard

Went out Saturday Afternoon to a school I have pounded with the other machines I have owned...Was totally surprised at the number of nickels I left behind...The AT Pro is a nickel hound...The ring WAS a gold plated Claddagh ring (copper base) rang in at 85-87 VDI (thought it was a quarter)...The peace thing and the circle next to it, are parts of another ring I think, or a shirt cuff button perhaps...I am still amazed at just what the AT Pro can pull out from among a ton of pulltabs and screwcaps...School Carnivals were held in this field in years past...Trash shown is actual trash dug in 2 hours...not much huh??? I dig some trash signals just to get a feel for the field...
I also received my Pro Pointer today..LOVE IT!!!!...But my headphone adapter was DOA and has to go back to Kellyco for an exchange on Monday...Too bad...was looking forward to using my wireless headphones again...
BTW..with only 2 pins on the Headphone jack, is the AT Pro audio Stereo or Mono???


Friday, October 21, 2011

AT Pro Takes a Bite Out Of Crime

I went out with the intention of hunting a school yard lot, but 15 minutes into my hunt I was approached by an older gentleman whom I had seen before at another park down the road from where I was...He asked if I might be able to locate brass with the detector and I told him "You Bet...I can find most any metal". Well, He goes on to explain that a drug deal went bad in the other park by where he lives and that one young guy pulled a pistol and started shooting at the guy in the car who was buying...The specifics were none of my concern though...At first I was all in on this, because I am all for locking up ignorant Morons who would fire a weapon in city limits while standing in a kiddie park selling dope...But then my common sense kicked in, and I decided to call 911 to have a squad car on hand while I searched for the spent brass...A car arrived, and I explained what I was up to and told the Officer that The shooting happened in late May, and by now this brass might be 2-4 inches deep with all the rain and foot traffic in the area...I got to detecting and got a shallow 2" 52 VDI...I dug up a spent .22 cal round...I scanned it a few more times to get a feel for the VDI range, then concentrated on just that range...I got conflicting stories from 8 different witnesses to the shooting...5 out of 8 claimed only 4 shots were fired. I found all 4 rounds and turned them over to the Police Officer...He thanked me and the guy who originally approached me, and I told him that if he ever needed an experienced hunter in the future to find any lost metal item, to not hesitate to give me a call...Hopefully they can catch this scumbag and put him away for at least the mandatory 7 years...I was reading where they passed a law that if you commit a shooting crime around a school, playground, or any other area children gather, or if your caught dealing drugs to minors, that it is at least 7 years WITHOUT parole or early release....'BOUT TIME!!!

Oh!!! My measly finds for 15 minutes of hunting...Took 2 hours to find all 4 shells though.


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

New rechargeables

Got some "Powerex" 2700mAH 1.2V NiMH


Short Hunt before the rains

Went out and hit a local school field that has continually produced clad, rings, and other baubles
Did not get in much time (35minutes) before the rain came...Just after I packed up and started home, the rain stops. I was too lazy to go back...It was getting dark anyways, and the sky looked angry.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

3 hour hunt with a friend

Went to some local Athletic fields were I usually find plenty of clad and the occasional ring or silver coin...My friend found a junk spinner ring and about the same amount of clad as I...I found only clad...39 coins for $3.13 ...
This field is loaded with foil items from the concessions they sell during games.
Oldest coins: 1961 Memorial, 1964 Nickel, 1965 Dime
Also found a suspender clip...not sure of age.


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Air testing the AT Pro

A little video air testing the AT Pro...Remember in the house, you cannot ground balance, and the depth in the dirt will be greater than the air...Sensitivity was set at 4 out of 8 bars...


Friday, October 14, 2011

AT Pro Finds so far

Yay!!! Started a Blog!

Well, after much procrastination, I have started my own metal detecting blog.
I hope you will all enjoy viewing my finds, and hearing my pearls of wisdom/