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December 18, 2019

RIP Ole Boy!

Once again, I must apologize for not getting out the monthly issue of “The Digger.”

The November issue, like the September issue, was not issued due to problems with my schedule, as well as with ongoing ‘puter issues.

As for my ‘puter…Well, I finally broke down and purchased a new one. And honestly, I miss my old one.

That ole boy was a workhorse. For fourteen years he did whatever I commanded of him. Day and night, I could count on him. He never complained, never quit, and never caught any of those damn incurable viruses. That is until this past summer when old age began to set in.

You see, ‘puters have a life expectancy like dogs. That is, a dog is given seven years of age to each year. So a dog that has lived ten years is actually seventy years old in doggie life. That is true with ‘puters to.

I know. I did some research on this. I’ve talked to ‘puter experts, software engineers, and even my barber. They all tell me that my research is right on the money. And I’m thinking of publishing my findings in the “Journal of Computers.”

As I said, my ole boy ‘puter began to show signs of age this summer.

The first sign of his failing was when I noticed that he was forgetting a lot of stuff. I call it, “computermentia.”

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not making light of the terrible consequence of human dementia. Many of us have had family members affected by this terrible disease. However, my research has shown me that “computermentia is real.

It began slowly. My ‘puter was forgetting my passwords. And even when I would enter, and re-enter, and re-enter my passwords, the ole boy just could not remember them.

Then he would forget to save my work. I was losing hours of writing and work. I had to write and rewrite, and rewrite everything. That was becoming very frustrating for me. A few times I got angry and yelled at the ole boy. I know I shouldn’t have. “Computermentia” is a sad thing to observe. And it does affect the patience of those family members that are watching it happen.

I knew the end was coming when one morning, he wouldn’t wake up. I tried turning him on, but nothing happened. For over an hour I tried everything to get him going. I listened to his fan. There was no sign of life. I knew then it was the end. His tired old hard drive just gave out.

But I did manage to donate a few of his parts to a local ‘puter repairman. It was the least I could do. Now I know my ole boy is living somewhere, giving life inside the ‘puter of another.

RIP OLE Boy!

Metal Detectors Are the Best Teaching Tools

Many years ago I became involved with a group of individuals that were interested in having my company Exploring Historys Treasures film a treasure hunt they were involved with. At the time I was an active participant in the hobby for almost thirty-five years. What became important to me was the fact that this group solidified my belief that what we know regarding American history has been one huge propaganda push.

Through that week-long adventure with the group of historians, researchers, and the publisher of an online archaeology magazine, I witnessed first-hand an area where relics that were three thousand years old had been removed.

The items predated the time that Christopher Columbus supposedly traveled to America, as its first founder. With this evidence, and the evidence of other relics across America that also date as being three thousand years old, Academia still insists that Columbus, who we now know was not an Italian, but a Portuguese noble, they still insist, due to their pompous attitudes, that CC was the first to travel to America. If anyone believes me to be wrong, then explain why history books in schools have not been changed to reflect the truth? Oh wait. I digress. American history is no longer a subject being taught in schools. It now falls under the guise of social studies. See the ruse? Our youngsters in schools across America are being misinformed. My advice.

Metal detectors are the best teaching tool. Buy your children a detector. Teach them about the history of their finds. Instill in them the need to question their teachers. Tell them the real truths about American history, and what made America great.

Just because Academia and the educational department control what our children are learning…it doesn’t mean that they are smarter than we are.

Words do not teach…life experience does.

Raise That Coil

Many newbies to the hobby have a difficult time finding items smaller than a manhole cover.

They show me rusted and broken, iron shovels, old tractor parts, broken sewer pipe, aluminum siding, railroad ties, tin roofing, large hot rocks, and even, yes, a manhole cover. They continually find these items for a few reasons.

The first reason why they have a difficult time locating the smaller size prizes like coins is that they have not yet learned to listen for the softer, deep signals. They are too in touch with the loud, ear ringing, tones being emitted.

The second reason why the newbie digs those large items is that they have not learned how their detector works. They haven’t learned to fine-tune their machines. Getting rid of the chatter, and dialing in the sensitivity to where the detector hums when it detects a good find is important. If you are one that finds too many large items and not enough of the smaller good finds, then here is a trick to help you.

Considering that you’re wearing headphones when you detect and that you have fine-tuned your detector, here is what you do when you receive that loud signal and you aren’t sure if you should dig or not, even if your display is showing that you should. Simply raise your coil slowly off the ground, over the target. If your coil is still humming, beeping, screaming when your coil is 6 inches or more off the ground, then you have a large target. Now, if you’re searching for a buried treasure, or you feel lucky that the signal you’re getting might just be the mother load, then, of course, dig it. However, it’s most likely the signal is not picking up an old coin or piece of jewelry.

If you’re searching in an old area, where you know there is a lot of large rusted iron objects, and you're tired of digging them, this trick will save you time and energy.

They Found Viking Coins…Then Went to Prison

“Finders are not always keepers as metal detectorists and coin dealers in Britain have learned.

Four men face years of incarceration for failing to report Viking treasure worth an estimated $3 million." Viking Coins Found Then Prison

Man With Detector Finds lost Wedding Ring at Hampton Beach

“A lucky find at Hampton Beach has one bride smiling again. Tianna Wrona married her high school sweetheart last summer.” Man With Detector Hampton Beach

Detectorists Find Huge Chew Valley Norman Coin Hoard

” The 2,528 silver coins were found in the Chew Valley, north-east Somerset, by a group of metal detectorists.” Chew Valley Coins Found

Merry Xmas and Happy Hanukkah

Wishing you a great holiday season and an exciting new year.

And thanks for your support and kind words throughout this past year.

Frank

We Want Your Stories and Pictures

One of the excitements we get from metal detecting is seeing what kind of “stuff” others are finding. Not only do we enjoy seeing the items found, but many of us like to hear the stories about how those finds were located. So, let’s see your “stuff.”

Many have posted pictures and brief stories of their finds at my website. It’s easy to do. You basically create your own webpage with a picture or pictures, and a brief story of how you found the items. Once your page is posted, others will be able to view your page, and make comments. You will also have your own url link to the webpage you built. Use that link to post to Facebook, Twitter, or Pintrest and share with others.

So show your “stuff.” We want to see the goodies! Stories About Your Finds

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Frank

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