Old Homesites – Old Notes

While working on the new book I skimmed through old notes/writings that were part of my older books and decided to share a few tips on hunting homesites.  Nothing new or earthshattering and I’m pretty sure I’ve shared these here over the past 9 years, but if by chance they help one or two of you then they’re worth repeating. Stay safe… Continue reading


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I Smell Smoke!

Feeling a little under the weather and since it’s throwback Thursday here’s a blog post from back in 2012. It has nothing to do with detecting so all you die-hard tekkies can move on. If however you’re a die-hard carnivore and live in my neck of the woods this place is still smokin’ (and drawing crowds)….. Continue reading


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Metal Detecting 2021

Well I gave my tongue in cheek predictions for this year way back in August. Here’s my more serious😊, foot in mouth outlook –

2021 – What’s Coming?

Well my first response would be “given what happened in 2020 who the hell knows?”. The times they are a changing and not necessarily for the good. I’ll be 80 this year and I’ve never seen anything like it. Continue reading


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Oh the Places You’ll Go!You Used to Go!

Last night I was checking out a forum and saw an all too familiar post that said – thanks for the ad. I’m a real beginner at all this and wondering where’s the best place to go to learn my detector and start finding things”? And of course the responses where what you’d expect – “start in your backyard”, “head to the closest tot lot, school”, “make a test garden”, etc.. Continue reading


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This is New Years eve, a time to celebrate and I’m hoping that you do it in the comfort of your home. Don’t take the chance, stay in, stay safe, stay alive and have one for me. Cheers!!



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2020 – The Year That Wasn’t!

Photo by Edwin Hooper

Hard looking back at 2020, it was such a dismal year on so many fronts.  Let’s all cross our fingers that 2021 will be the year we became whole again.

As I’ve done every year I looked back at what I’ve written for the past twelve months and I can’t believe I was able to once again baffle you with BS.  Just an innate talent I guess. In any event pour a double, here’s a LONG synopsis of Stout Standards 2020. 

Thank you all for following along in 2020 and for being so patient and tolerant with this old beeper! Continue reading


December 27, 2020 · 11:14 am

Be Good, Be Merry and Most of all Be Safe!

Just want to take a moment to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

Enjoy the day, mask up, keep your group small and remember to social distance. If we all do this next Christmas will be even Merrier! Continue reading


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Social Media Detecting – It’s a Jungle Out There…

Having started detecting in the 70’s it’s interesting to see how the pastime has evolved over the years, especially via social media. A hobby that was once dependent on print is now almost entirely promoted online and it’s a jungle out there. At least it seems so to this old beeper. Continue reading


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Ho, Ho, Ho or Ho, Ho Hum?

Given the craziness of 2020 I’m having a hard time getting in the Christmas spirit and I’m not all that sure that 2021 is going to be a helluva lot better, as least not the first few months. The “ho, ho, ho” and the “merry” modes have thus far eluded me and there aren’t that many days left to find them. Continue reading


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It’s Throwback Thursday Time!

A recent Detecting Diva post titled “The Dishonest Detectorist”  reminded me of one that I did back in April of 2016 and please, it’s just the opinion of an old beeper…. Continue reading


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