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Using the Correct Digging Tool

Posted on June 27, 2013 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (0)

I have seen a lot of posts and videos about digging techniques, but there hasn't been much discussion about using the proper digging tools. Round point garden shovels are fine for some situations but when detecting maintained parks & schools they are a no-no. I've watched experienced hunters try to dig a target and replace the plug, but it just becomes a big mess. The best tools are those that are designed specifically for digging a clean plug, such as Predator Tools, made by George Lesche. I use the Relic Pro (T) Model 80 and find it to be the best for these types of sites. I can dig with it and fill in the hole, and no one would ever know the site was detected. My second choice is the classic model 85 hand "knife" trowel. It does not make as clean a plug, but at sites where there are a lot of onlookers the Relic Pro looks a bit threatening and can raise a few eyebrows. It's important to the future of the hobby that we use the proper equipment and techniques so that sites look as good when we leave, as they did when we arrived.

T-Mobile Claims Blackberry Z10 is Available to Business Customers

Posted on March 13, 2013 at 6:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Could it be that T-Mobile's claim that it's the first US carrier to offer the Blackberry Z10 is a complete lie?    Would any company stoop so low to give a false report that a device was available just to claim be the first US carrier to do so?

According to news reports and T-Mobile customer service representatives, the Z10 became available to their business customers on March 11th.  

I happen to be a T-mobile business customer, so I decided it was time to upgrade from my ancient BB Curve to the new touch screen Z10.  First I tried calling the customer service representative.  After arguing with the voice recognition system for a while, I finally got through to a representative who (after giving her my vital information to confirm my account) confirmed what I had heard.  She politely answered my question and transferred me to an upgrade specialist who should be able to help with my request.  After a somewhat lengthy time on hold, I was connected with a gentleman who once again confirmed that the Z10 was available to business customers, but he was unable to help me with a purchase.  This could only be done through my local business representative.  

It was news to me that I even have a local representative.  I was offered to be connected with this local representative and was also provided with a telephone number, in case we got disconnected.  Then came the wait.  I waited and listened to scratchy music that souded like it was an old 78 RPM vinyl record.  After a lengthy wait, the inevitable happened.  I got disconnected.  

But, yes!!! I had been provided with the telephone number of the representative...or so I thought.  I dialed the number that I had so carefully written down earlier (and even read back to confirm that I wrote it correctly), only to hear the horrible screeching of a fax machine on the other end!  

So now, with my options running out, I sent an email to the address provided to me by the representative, but got no reply at all.

I then decided to go to the retail outlet that signed me up for the small business plan and was told that the local small business representative could help me, and I was provided with a new name and a new email address.  Once again an email sent with no response.  

Hmmm, now what?  There's one more way that just might work!  I went online to the "live chat" on the T-mobile.  It took the chat rep nearly 10 minutes just to load the webpage he needed.  I actually asked him if he was on a dial up connection, but he failed to see the humor in the question.  After loading the business website and after a number of questions from the chat rep, I thought I was making progress.  I was expecting the next question to be "what is the address you would like the unit to be shipped to", but again was given the local business reps phone number and email address.  It was the same fax number as the first time.

My last resort...a white sheet of paper with my name, email, phone number and account number written in large black marker and the message "I WOULD LIKE TO ORDER A BLACKBERRY Z10 FOR MY BUSINESS ACCOUNT.  PLEASE CALL ME.

So here it is, nearly 12 hours later, with emails & faxes sent, phone messages made and still no Z10, or even a reply confirming my request.  This is a dark hour for T-Mobile and Blackberry.

Contest To Start The New Year!

Posted on January 23, 2013 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (9)

Happy New Year fellow metal detecting enthusiasts! The 2013 White’s Metal Detecting calendar has arrived and once again my submission was selected as one of the 12 featured photos.


To celebrate the new year, West Jersey Detecting is giving away one FREE White’s Metal Detectors calendar.  All you need to do is guess the correct date of the first United States Large Cent that I’ve ever found. The first person to answer correctly will win a White’s 2013 calendar. YOU MUST BE REGISTERED AS A MEMBER AND HAVE A PROFILE FILLED OUT TO BE ELIGABLE. If you have not completed a profile, your post will only show as “anonymous”. Click on "Reply" below to enter your guess!

Contest Ends on January 31st at 12 Midnight Eastern Time!


HINT: The answer can be found in the photo galleries on the site.


Good Luck and Happy Hunting!!!




Congratulations to Don in NJ for winning the Digital Camera Mount!

Posted on June 29, 2012 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The correct guess is Fort Tryon Park and the Cloisters.  

The Cloisters is a museum located in Fort Tryon Park, New York City. The building, which is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was built in the 1930s resembling architectural elements of several European medieval abbeys. It is used to exhibit art and architecture from Medieval Europe.

The Cloisters, which is near the northern tip of Manhattan island on a hill overlooking the Hudson River, incorporates parts from five French cloistered abbeys. Buildings at Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa, Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, Bonnefont-en-Comminges, Trie-en-Bigorre, and Froville were all disassembled brick-by-brick before being shipped to New York. Between 1934 and 1938, the features were reassembled in Fort Tryon Park.

The area around The Cloisters was landscaped with gardens planted according to horticultural information obtained from medieval manuscripts and artifacts, and the structure includes multiple medieval-style cloistered herb gardens.

Fort Tryon Park and the Cloisters are listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places.

Contest Number 2: Guess the Location!

Posted on June 17, 2012 at 11:35 AM

The first person to guess the location of the photo below will win one of my famous metal detector digital camera mounts. No purchase is necessary. This contest is open to all members of my site residing in the continental USA. You must have a profile filled out with your home state to qualify. Otherwise your entry will only show up as "anonymous" and I won't know who you are! One entry per member, per day please!

Winner will be announced at 9PM on June 24.  If no correct guess is made by that time, contest will continue to run until the correct location is guessed.  Hints will be given out daily beginning on the 25th.

Click on "Post Comment" below to enter your guess.


Posted on May 9, 2012 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (0)



May 4th, 2012:  The team at Minelab are excited to announce, after a lot of hard work, some blood, sweat and tears, they will soon be bringing you the "ultimate TREASURE detector", the CTX 3030. This revolutionary detector incorporates new and advanced technologies like nothing you’ve seen before. With the CTX 3030, The Future of Discovery is coming to a hunting ground near you very soon! Stay tuned to find out more details on May 11th, before the CTX 3030 goes on sale worldwide May 28th. For more information contact Ron DeGhetto at Gold Digger Metal Detectors.   

New Facebook Group Helps Recover Lost And Stolen Jewelry!

Posted on April 16, 2012 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Social Media has some useful applications.  It is no longer just a tool for chatting with your friends.  I created a group which is a network of metal detecting enthusiasts from around the globe who are interested in helping to reunite jewelry with the rightful owner.  

Within the first few weeks we have already had success.  A member saw a post in the group about a lost engagement ring.  Three hours later the diamond ring was back on the finger of the woman, and the member received a nice reward.  

Lately there have been a steep rise in the number of posts by metal detecting enthusiasts, as well as people who have lost and found rings and other jewelry items.  Because of the sensitive nature of the posts the group is private, but membership is granted upon request.  

For more information or to join this rapidly growing network, CLICK HERE.

Getting More Depth With White's V3i

Posted on March 27, 2012 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (5)

In the White's V3i manual it mentions that the V3i can get more depth by channeling all of its power to a single frequency.  I had been thinking about trying Single Frequency mode at my "hunted out" sites for a while, so I decided to get back to a site that will be undetectable in another week or so due to the rapidly growing vegetation. I was thinking that single frequency may give me the edge I needed  to get what I may have missed before, and I was right!


The three frequencies that are available are 2.5 KHz, 7.5 KHz, and 22.5 KHz.  Lower frequencies are better for silver and copper coins, but the detector loses sensitivity to low conductive targets like gold and small buttons, so I decided not to go with 2.5 KHz.  Instead I chose to work with 22.5 KHz, but quickly realized that I was getting a lot of positive readings from iron. I switched to 7.5KHz and it did away with the iron problem. This frequency is a great compromise for both coins and gold.  

Almost immediately I was easily getting deeper signals using this frequency. I dug some deep tiny junk, and then an Indian Head that read solidly at 7.5 inches. I was surprised how clear and consistent the signal was! Much better than Best Data!  A few minutes later I got a tiny ball button which was also fairly deep but gave a bouncy signal which is typical of these tiny pieces of metal.

After a while I got a solid 79/80 VDI reading at 8 inches. Again I was surprised at the strong, consistent signal. Hoping to find a Barber or Mercury Dime, I was thrilled to see a small copper coin, which I immediately recognized by its size as an early US Half Cent.  (This was Half Cent number three for 2012. Prior to this year I had only dug two half cents since 2001!)


While secondary to raising gains (RX, All Metal, and Discrimination), single frequency is a great way to add a few more inches of depth!  

For more information on how frequency affects VDI and sensitivity, see my VDI Normalization chart by clicking here


Posted on February 27, 2012 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

CONGRATULATIONS to Jerry1NJ for guessing the correct date in the first ever West Jersey Detecting giveaway!  The correct guess was 1882!

Jerry has won a digital camera mount for his metal detector. Check back for the next giveaway, coming soon!



Click here to see all of the entries, or send me a request for a complete list.


Thanks for your participation!

Win A Digital Camera Mount For Your Metal Detector!

Posted on February 15, 2012 at 10:40 PM

The first person to guess the date of this recently dug Indian Head Cent will win one of my metal detector digital camera mounts. No purchase is necessary. This contest is open to all members of my site residing in the continental USA. You must have a profile filled out with your home state to qualify.  Otherwise your entry will only show up as "anonymous" and I won't know who you are!  One entry per member, per day please!

Contest will run until the correct date is guessed.  As of 9:00 AM on February 27th there is still no winner!

Click on "Comment" to enter your guess.


Good Luck!