Bubba’s Turn…

This update is all John Howland. He shares his take on the Nel searchcoil line,  as well as recent changes  within the ranks of the Archaeological Institute of America .  Hoping you will take a few minutes to read and digest. Thanks Bubba….


 Owners of Garrett ATPro’s and ATGold’s who want increased ground coverage per sweep, are up a creek without a paddle because Garrett don’t make anything bigger than their 8.5″ x 11″ PROformance DD coil – an already impressive performer – for the AT range.

Fear not, help is on hand. Here in the UK, Regton Ltd, our biggest and most comprehensive retailer of metal detecting equipment is the agent for ‘after-market’ NEL coils specially designed to complement most major manufacturers’ machines and Garrett is no exception.

NEL coils are factory tuned to the operating frequency of particular machines thus enhancing their depth and performance capabilities. On the ATpro that’s 15 kHz and 18 kHz on the ATGold.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe 12” x13” Tornado model is real asset; a Double ‘D’ configuration giving excellent target separation. Target pinpointing is spot on …immediately in front of where the detector’s lower stem bolts to the coil. The Tornado is good compromise between ground coverage, weight, depth, without significant loss on earing-sized targets. Owing to the increased coil diameter, keep the Tornado well away from trash-filled areas of beach, or junk-infested inland sites, where target masking will be a problem for the unwary. Nevertheless, the Tornado is ideal for hunting pasture land.


The NEL Tornado performs exceedingly well on the ATPro, giving up to 4″ extra depth (in air) on a UK £1-coin. That translates to about 3″ in-ground. Having tried it on a couple of sorties on the local beaches, from the wet sand thru to the dry. In one especially trash-filled section of beach it went berserk and me with it; since the wide diameter of the coil takes in both junk and good targets simultaneously.

Though the larger 15″x17″ NEL Big Coil is currently unavailable for the AT models, and I’m sure these bigger jobbies have their particular following, but for me, the Tornado is the ideal compromise between all-round performance and weight.

There’s little point in owning a well-built, top-performing machine such as an ATPro/ATGold, only to fit a flimsy, poorly designed ‘cheapo’ searchcoil. You’ll discover NEL build-quality is robust and attentively designed even down to positioning the cable plug on the coil so as not to have an acute angle that might lead to later problems. Priced at £129.95 post free (UK mainland), with a coil cover thrown in for good measure, the Tornado’s a bargain.

Regton’s ‘Grand Fromage’ Nigel Ingram, tells me these larger NEL coils are going out through the shop’s front door in droves – for all makes of metal detectors – so much so that he’s bulk-buying from the manufacturers to keep up with demand.

For more information contact Regton Ltd., 82 Cliveland Street, Birmingham, England B19 3SN

Telephone: 0121 359 2379 Fax: 0121 359 7975

Email: sales@regton.com


Q. What does an archaeo-blogger get when he takes Viagra?

 A. Taller.



AIA Against All Dealing in Cultural Artifacts -Violators to Be Terminated …


was the headline that caught my eye on US Attorney and respected numismatist, Peter Tompa’s excellent and informative Cultural Property Observer blog. So what’s coming down?

Peter Tompa has shown unequivocally that The Archaeological Institute of America is firmly set against private collecting: “that it’s against all trade and private ownership of archaeological objects, not just those without a collection history dating back before the 1970 UNESCO Convention.”

According to the AIA’s new membership rules, he tells us, by quoting :-

“The Council of the AIA met on Saturday, January 10 in New Orleans for its regular annual meeting. During the meeting it held a hearing “…to consider the AIA’s response to AIA-St. Louis Society’s recent commercial transactions.” At the conclusion of the hearing a motion was made and approved. The motion reads as follows:

“Moved, in accordance with Article III.3 of AIA Regulations, St. Louis Society charter be revoked as of February 1, 2015, unless 100% of the current members of the Board of Directors of St. Louis Society be replaced by that date.”

On Tuesday, January 13, the members of the St. Louis Society held an extraordinary meeting. It has been reported to the AIA that, at the conclusion of their deliberations a majority of the members of the St. Louis Society voted not to elect a new board notwithstanding the Council resolution.”

All of which inspired the internationally distinguished numismatist, Wayne G Sayles (wgs@wgs.cc) to comment:-

“I don’t personally know a LOT of archaeologists, but I do know a score or more of them who are active collectors of ancient coins. One might wonder if they will all resign from the AIA and encourage their friends to do so? I really doubt they will give up collecting. In fact, I actually know more than a score because I also know a good many Art Historians that are AIA members and they DEFINITELY have transactions with the trade in cultural property.”

Judging from the content of AIA’s website (http://www.archaeological.org/) aspiring tin-pot banana republic dictators might find it beneficial.

For many years, archaeology per se, has maintained a façade that private collecting by archaeologists was a fiction spread by nonconformists (such as me!) who support, and fight for the inalienable right to collect and own antiquities, and indeed, search for them. Now it seems, the AIA’s clampdown on its members’ collecting activities has unwittingly proved that I and others had been right all along.

So what does all this mean for US treasure hunters? Does it affect them? Yes, it certainly does and with the potential for confrontation. It means the AIA is officially set against private ownership of antiquities and they will – in their wisdom (?) – no doubt issue an Encyclical from on high as to what constitutes an antiquity. Some in the archaeological arena appear to be working to a political agenda with the more radical of their number advocating the notion that history (and its artefacts) dates from yesterday – including 2014’s nickels and Dimes. Judging from past judgements the US (like the UK) has its fair share of politicians and legislators who can’t tell their arses from their elbows over who’s eyes the archaeological wool is regularly pulled by sharper, scheming arkies!

Detectorists who’ve amassed wide-ranging collections of Civil War artefacts for example and are acknowledged authorities on the subject, ought to keep a weather eye on unfolding events.

Forewarned is forearmed.

UPDATE: In a sickening display of utter cowardice, ….”the St. Louis Chapter of the AIA has capitulated to the academic bullies that run the national organization by replacing its board as demanded.  Just as well this fighting spirit wasn’t present at Iwo Jima.”



Nothing in the entire world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

I’ll see y’all in the bar!




Filed under Metal Detecting

4 responses to “Bubba’s Turn…

  1. The level of hatred displayed by opponents to our hobby can be gauged from this extract from the blog of (Paul Barford) http://paul-barford.blogspot.com/ who claims to be an archaeologist:-

    “…coin dealers and metal detectorists (suddenly experts in conservation when it is brown-skinned folk presuming to do the work) are still making a meal of the Tutankhamun glue job.”

    Yes….anyone holding contrary views to this bigoted specimen, he labels…RACIST! Which means that everyone who has commented previously on this blog against his views is also RACIST. Surely, with this latest outburst Barford cannot descend any further, being already at the bottom of the cess-pit?

    My God, what kind of people does archaeology harbour? Surely they can’t all be like him…can they?

  2. What a bunch of asinine buffoons. I was reading a while back that somewhere around 70% of the new historical discoveries in the UK were made by metal detectorist. Not exactly sure what the percentage is in America but any find should be relevant. Why would a so called advocate of history want to discourage this?

    And for the more radical wing of the AIA, how can something readily available be considered as a coveted piece of archeology. Oh, I found a nickel under my couch yesterday. I better not tell anybody or I’ll be an outcast.

    The agenda setters at the AIA need to pull there head out of there butt and stop fighting human nature that benefits the whole. Discovery is not an exploit but a desire. In the end its is rewarding, educational and historic in itself.

    • Hi D-RX:
      At least you can see what’s on the horizon! US numismatists, not the most under-represented lobby by any means, with a lot of clout, can see the writing on the wall and are preparing. Attorney, Peter Tompa’s CPO blog is an eye-opening blog to visit.
      Compare the CPO blog to those blogs claiming to represent your US rights to go metal detecting. Read ’em (if you can) and weep.
      Happy Hoiking!

  3. The St. Louis chapter needs to pull their skirts up in my opinion. I can’t believe the majority of members with in the organization are in reality going to abide by this ostentatious banter. Or, are they that fearful of losing their membership?

    Your right though. if the US numismatists are already preparing to get in front of this, it can not be a good thing for the freedom of what lies under the ground or in your display case collection.

    the choir 🙂

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