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The Digger :Your Metal Detecting Newsletter
February 20, 2020

Too Many Dumajiggers

I've written about the following often, and not too long ago. But I'm getting a lot of emails from people about the All-Metal, and no discrimination on their detectors. So...I will give my opinion here again, because I feel its an important part of successful metal detecting, and, you're asking about it.

How many times have you dialed down your discrimination on your detector because the chatter it was emitting was driving you into a frenzy?

I have. Many times. Damn…I had one detector that was the noisiest ever manufactured. They're still made today. I don’t why. From what I’m thinking, many of the people who use that detector probably have hearing loss. So the constant, eeeeoooowaaaahweeeeooooo coming from that detector they can’t hear anyway. Even when I turned the discrimination down to its lowest point on that thing, it continued to squeal like a pig in slaughter.

My detecting pal John, RIP friend, became so angry at his detector for not shutting up, we had the same detectors, that he threw it against a tree. And to our amazement, the POS kept right on squealing as it bounced off the tree and lay on the ground. Shortly thereafter, we traded those noisemakers for another much more enjoyable, and quieter detector from a different manufacturer.

Anyway, outside of owning a noisemaker like we did, your detector will sound like a very, bad, band playing at an outdoor concert if you're in All-Metal mode in a junk-filled area. With no discrimination, every piece of metal junk or otherwise will be picked up by your coil. But if you can tolerate the noise, and you don’t mind digging pounds of junk, your chances of finding a nice keeper by using All-Metal will be increased.

My old treasure hunting guru Dan, even in his eighties, always searched in the All- Metal mode. And the number of goodies he found over the years was amazing.

Dan had close to 500 silver and gold rings, and pieces of jewelry. And besides, what Dan had in his collection, throughout the years he sold many other pieces.

Although Dan was a big-time treasure hunter and has found his share of caches, both large and small, he also owned a gold claim in Alaska. But he also frequented local parks. In All-Metal mode, in trashy parks, Dan would still dig up an occasional gold or silver ring. His patience to dig all that junk to find that one “goodie” was uncanny. He used to say. “Damn detectors have too many controls and dumajiggers. They should just make them with one mode, All-Metal.”

In a way Dan was right. We’ve all left good finds behind, especially gold rings. Either the area was too trashy, or we were tired of digging every signal, or we just concentrated on finding coins, so we turn up the discrimination. Whatever the reason for not using All-Metal, we missed the gold.

Try using All- Metal, no discrimination, on your detector and see if there is an increase in the number of better finds.

I'd bet there will be.

A Piece from The Past

“During the fall of 1971, a treasure hunter in western Kentucky unearthed two fruit jars on an abandoned farm, each of which contained $8000 in paper currency. The money was in denominations of $1, $5, and $10 large currency, dating back to World War I days. A metal detector was used to make the discovery, and the metal lids of the jars were detected at a depth of one foot. One jar had previously broken, and most of the currency which it contained was badly deteriorated; however, it was redeemed for face value.”

Treasure Hunter with Metal Detector Finds Bomb

“Someone poking around with a metal detector in Tennessee discovered the type of historical artifact best left alone.” Msn News Treasure Hunters Find Bomb

The Most Valuable Metal Detecting Finds Ever

“From coin hoards to shipwrecked treasures.” Most Valuable Detecting Finds

Stranger in France finds Girard Veteran’s Dog Tag 70 Years Later With Metal Detector

“Frank DeCenso, who passed away five years ago, lost the dog tag while serving in the Army during the mid-40s” Stranger in France

James City County Will Hold Public Meeting On Metal Detector Policy

First, here’s my 2-cents about the following article.

Once again, the archaeology community has to get involved with our hobby. If there so concerned about detectorists leaving a few holes on a beach, where the tide usually closes them over anyway, why is it they haven’t raised a stink over the "expert metal detectorist Gary" on “The Curse of Oak Island” TV series? Or the way the backhoe is tearing up acres of land?

Have you ever seen Gary "the expert metal detectorist" cover the mammoth size holes his digger boy digs for him? Or are the holes ever filled in by his digger boy? I've never seen Gary's caverns filled in. And there is an archaeologist right there on Oak Island helping them every day.

With a national audience, by now I would think the archeology community has seen that destruction of property. I would have imagined the archaeologists would be pulling their hairs out over the Oak Island fiasco.

Heck…when I had my TV series, they sued me by making up lies about how and where we were digging, and the size of our holes. They were 4-6 inch, perfect, round holes. But, like politicians, they lied.

In the end though, I beat their fanny's.

Now the article follows.

"James City County will hold a public meeting at the county recreation center to discuss a new recreational metal detecting program." Daily Press James City Metal Detecting Meeting

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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