And You Won’t Get Warts or Go Blind…



…how’s your piffwanger?  Do you have the latest model? The one that just came on the market?  The ‘new and improved’ model that replaces the one you have now? Continue reading


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How Howland Sees It…

This time around John Howland talks Garrett, a Viking hoard and would you believe tuna?  Continue reading


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D. J. Slows Down Just Long Enough…

If I ever opened my email and didn’t see “D.J. added a new photo” or “D.J. updated his status” I would panic.  I’m talking about DJ Yost of course….the  daily digging machine and dammit I’m envious.  I have a  feeling too he has been digging a few of my old sites. Continue reading


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Technology…What’s Next?

Was reading my morning paper and found a fascinating, yet worrisome, article announcing that Delta Airlines would be installing baggage drop off stations that employ biometric facial-recognition technology. With these stations you tag, weigh and drop off your bags without any interaction with a Delta employee. No mention of how much this will cost (and you know it will) nor how this will work if they are not storing images? Continue reading


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Bob Sickler, the Detectorist…

Bob Sickler, with custom made Nautilus, circa 1993

Not sure how many of you know the name Bob Sickler, but those of us who have been around the hobby for anytime certainly do.  Bob’s background, accomplishments and contributions are well known and his book “Detectorist” is without a doubt one of the best metal detecting books ever written.

I’ve known Bob for over 30 years and whenever I ever had questions about how a metal detector worked (or didn’t work) I would pick up the phone, call him and get the answers.  I’m tempted to share more here but I will let Bob do it via the following Q & A session….hope you enjoy! Continue reading


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Ponderings From Over the Hill…

I have no doubt that after you read what I am about to say you will call me a few choice names, laugh and label me an old hoiker who is out of touch and over the hill. Well no argument here. I am an indeed an old tekkie whose been over that hill for sometime BUT because I’ve invested 45 years in this pastime I now claim the right to criticize, piss and moan, and laugh right back at you!   Continue reading


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How the Brits Do It…

The Great White Hunter searching a Roman site….many moons ago

Uncle John Howland tells how the Brit tekkies do it.  Now If only we had their history…. Continue reading

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Butch Holcombe, American Digger…

More Q & A and this time it’s Butch Holcombe.  Butch really needs no introduction. His name and his American Digger magazine is synonymous with treasure hunting and more precisely, relic hunting.  Thank you Butch… Continue reading


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History from Mr. Howland…

John Howland

Thanks to John Howland for the following, who had to remind us that our “some” of our coinage came courtesy of the Brits.

I will remind him however that here in the colonies we at least have cold beer!  Continue reading


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So Der Ya Go!


Thanks for all the nice comments about the recent Q & A posts. Keep in mind they are only as good as the interviewees, a.k.a. the individual answering the questions.  If you enjoy them but have ideas on how to make them better or have questions you would like asked, let me know. Next up? Butch Holcombe, followed by Bob Sickler (The Detectorist)…. Continue reading


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