And Finally…

 ….a few overlooked articles and items to wind up 2014.  Hope your 2015 is a happy, healthy and prosperous one.






Just noticed that my pal Nigel Ingram from Regton made the cover of the January edition of Treasure Hunting magazine.  Goes to show you Nigel that even old tekkies get noticed once in a while….



And this from John Howland, via a pub somewhere in the South of England…..


A treasure hunting pal of mine searches for treasure and is always on the lookout for disused footpaths, former habitation sites, and other lucrative sites, only he now does it from the air. When in late summer in 2015 the time when the crop marks in fields of wheat and barley surrender their up their secrets he’ll be there; recording and digging and recording and digging.


How does he do it? Simple. He’s got a new-fangled, four rotor, drone helicopter camera platform that allows him to take Hi-Res, image-stabilized videos and stills from way up on high and swoops down for a closer look-see on anything of interest. It transmits in real-time to either a mobile phone, or a laptop. He operates it while perched on the tailboard of his Range Rover and organizes his ‘ground crew’ (the lovely Miranda) via a walkie-talkie.

It all came about while helping out one of his farmer pals who wanted aerial photographs of his property borders and farm outbuildings. In the course of the overflights, he spotted what appeared to be a derelict footpath crossing one farm and ending in a neighbouring farm’s field near the edge of a copse. Naturally enough, his pal gave him permission for a ground search with a metal detector, first with a two-box type hoard locator, capable of finding a six-inch cube at up to six feet. That search is ongoing, and he’ll progress with an orthodox metal detector once he’s happy that the land is hoard-sterile.

Drone hunting is new cutting-edge technique as far as metal detecting is concerned and stands to revolutionize research. Imagine for instance, being able to check out canyons, ravines, and other hard-to-reach sites of treasure potential. The drones themselves can be bought from upwards of half the price of a new, mid-range, metal detector. All are re-chargeable battery-powered with a flying time of up to an hour. The real-time results are absolutely stunning, and can be downloaded to a mobile phone or laptop for later study at home.

I’m sure research methods are undergoing great changes and will result in finds of great value and importance. Given another year, I fully expect to see ‘How-To’ drone hunting manuals on the bookshelves.


Hope you all have a lucky, happy and healthy 2015

I’ll see y’all in the bar!


Thanks to my wife Fay for putting this collage together…..


 “You da man and always will be big Jake…..”



Filed under Metal Detecting

4 responses to “And Finally…

  1. Rocky

    I have been doing searches with a large Drone for about 8 months now here in the U.S and I can say that my finds have made quite a jump. The main reason is that I can find old roads and homesteads much easier. This saves a lot of time in looking for places, and you will be really surprised at what you can see from higher altitudes with a better camera.

    I have an infrared device also and it allows me to see and find what you normally can’t see. Yes the Drone was a great buy for detecting! Now I am helping others and building and programming drones for other’s who detect. It really does make a difference in finding sites to hunt for detecting!

  2. Thanks Rocky. Keep us posted on all this…

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