Couple of Things Caught My Eye This Morning…

First was this article from the The Telegraph concerning the proposed changes to the Treasure Act

Detectorists, especially in the UK, need to speak up, voice their concerns and see that current regulations stay intact. Apathy never, ever wins out.

If you’re interested in knowing more I mentioned these proposed changes in “Can You Spare a Few Minutes”

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KEEP IT SIMPLE (AND AFFORDABLE) STUPID!

Next I was skimming through the business section of the Dallas Morning New and this headline jumped out at me…

“Scott Burns’ Simplicity Manifesto: Easy, cheap investing provides superior results”

The Burns article caught my attention NOT because I’m an investor (hard to invest when you live SS check to SS check) but because I’m a big believer in Simplicity, especially when it comes to metal detecting. I’ve seen this pastime go from a basic, easy to understand, easy to do outdoor labor of love to an expensive and overly complicated exercise in head scratching. Then again this is something we’re all too anxious to embrace in everything we do today.

Scott Burns pretty much summed up my philosophy when he said:

“Seriously, why should you give a guaranteed portion of your savings, year after year, to someone who can’t guarantee a return greater than a dirt-cheap broad index fund? And here’s a simple question. Why does the investment industry continue to market expensive investment products that fail this test?”

“The answer is equally simple: It’s how they make their living”.

Listen I understand the thought process behind it all. I was a hell-bent, “here’s my money” enthusiast too when I started out but age, experience and maturity now dictate, and tell me please how is it we all repeat the “research is key” mantra then spend all our time figuring out how we can shell out our hard-earned money on the “supposed” latest and greatest, must have equipment to find a few more coins at that park we’ve hunted over and over again. Sorry I refuse to spend $800 I don’t have to find $30 in finds.

Yeah I know I harp on this all the time, and yes the manufacturers are not enamored of me for my views but I don’t care. I’m too old and wise to the ways of those looking to separate me from my much-needed wine money.

Wake up!

You may not have noticed but we’re losing ground every day when it comes to places where we can scan our coil. We’re also losing manufacturers and hobby publishers. Here’s another…

Parent of Krause Publications Files for Bankruptcy

Some of it has to do with staying ahead of the trends but a lot of it has to do with being too busy to see the forest for the trees. I mentioned above how UK tekkies are being tested with potential changes to the Treasure Act but at least they have the NCMD and the PAS. Here we have nothing even close so look for our problems to escalate in the coming months and years.

Spend your money, dig those coins, buttons and bullets while you can and if you really enjoy reading my blog send me $50 cash and a self-addressed, stamped envelope and I will send you my secrets to getting rich and making it big in metal detecting.

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24 responses to “Couple of Things Caught My Eye This Morning…

  1. “…with the potential changes to the Treasure Act but at least they have the NCMD…”

    Hahahah! Oh Jeez, Ricardo: That’s a bit like saying there were enough lifeboats on the Titanic. The NCMD is to metal detecting what the he Luftwaffe was to Coventry.

  2. john taylor

    the “elites” on the titanic had no complaints!
    all the “great unwashed?”..meh! we got a ”coventry” here at the tip of “vermont!”
    great little restaurant on highway #5..serve “game” breakfasts..outrageous view of the
    green mountains off the rear deck! had to have been named after the city in ole’ blighty”
    most of the cities and towns here in the colonies are named after the same in england.
    especially in “new england”.what i like most about this little place in coventry,is they don’t
    serve that “god awful” crap known as “guinness stout”,and all their beers are “cold” no “room temperature”
    crap served here. i’m just sayin’

    (h.h.!)
    j.t.

  3. john taylor

    dick!
    i use a $251.00 tesoro “mojave” i like simple,like you!
    my wife says she loves me because i am simple too!
    when i hunt with my “mojave”,i set the discriminator to
    all coins so i can let my mind drift away,and then get startled
    by a ‘nice” coin sound from my mojave. simple,and mindless,
    just like me! i have a ton of fun findin’ copious amounts of ”clad”
    that i almost,but not quite,have an orgasm at the end of the day!
    i’m just sayin’

    (h.h.!)
    j.t.

  4. Tony

    There are many more caches to be had across the Pond, so rules changes would be expected, don’t you think so?

    Keeping it simple is good but If you have pounded sites then that changes things. At least you still have those pounded sites. Many rules changed in NJ, six foot fence is mandatory around construction sites, is the last east one that gets me.

    • These proposed changes Tony are not all in the best interest of detectorists, and throwing more money at “pounded” sites sounds like a waste to me, but then again what do I know.

  5. I agree, Dick. I was telling Patti that other day. There was an old farm site (1837) in a town nearby. Asked the guy a thousand times to check out the site, but he was firm…no digging on the property…!!!! I go by there a few weeks ago and no evidence a farm was ever there…no barn, no farmhouse, no old oak trees; just bulldozed mud, concrete pilings and wooden forms everywhere instead. The guy had passed, the land had sold, and anything historic, artifacts, coins, whatever that was there was either destroyed or buried for all time. The guy who curates a nearby museum, and helps me with site research, almost cried when I told him this…and he is not a detectorist…he’s a historian! He said the museum has less and less people coming in, and when they do, he said they spend half the time looking at their phones, not the exhibits! Is it no wonder we don’t have anything like the PAS here? And less places to swing our coils all the time!

    • Jim, the manufacturers are worried about making a buck and staying in business and detectorists are preoccupied with digging and filming. Sad, but just the way it is today.

  6. Tony

    Dick, I understand the conundrum of detectorists, across the pond or here. Don’t wait get out there while you can.
    As an old friend said (Harry Nichols, Geo Quest), no stie is hunted out, you are literally walking over it.
    Now ponder that the next time you go out but before you do – consider what Harry Glen Carson said in a W&E Treasure mag in the 90’s – so maybe the targets you are getting are 4 inches down and the good stuff is at six?
    Something to ponder about pounded sites and need more depth?

    • “the targets you are getting are 4 inches down and the good stuff is at six? Something to ponder about pounded sites and need more depth?”

      Tony personally I don’t think detectors today are offering a lot of depth over and above what has come before. We’re seeing better separation and disc maybe but not a lot of added depth. Note too that you hardly ever see “increased depth” in big letters anymore. Finally if a detector came out that could detect a dime at 12 inches would you buy it? Would you dig that deep? Just my take.

      • john taylor

        this is true! dick! we had ‘sufficient” depth back in the 80’s i was getting down 7 to 9″ on dimes in moderately
        mineralized soil,so depth,in my view,is NOT an issue.before the advent of 2 filter derivative technology, most were using 4 filter derivative circuit designs (whites) that required faster sweeps,but couldn’t process adjacent
        targets very well,so much was for all intents and purposes,missed entirely.today we have digital technology,with
        computer processors with clock speeds that allow excellent adjacent target acquisition,however due to the ‘copious” amounts of modern ferrous “garbage”(if you will),still necessitate the use of a small sniper coil. this method has become extremely “tedious” with ‘any” top of the line detector.unfortunately to hunt coins in old parks and other public places.one must “adapt” to hunting very slowly to “pick” off any worthwhile finds of course,this method of operandi is “negated” to a large degree with the searching of “private property”,as more often than not,the abundance of “ferrous garbage” is kept to a minimum.all of this coupled with the “propensity”
        of “newbies” filming their “digging exploits” on nation t.v (so to speak) has put a serious ”hurting” on the hobby in general. the lions in their dens “tremble” at the sight of the latest generation of hobbyists “hell bent” to put us all out of business!..i’m just sayin’

        (h.h.!)
        j.t.

  7. Tony

    Dick, in a word, “yes”.
    More detectors coming out soon that will compete (some are here now) and more larger coils too.
    I am out of town but I will email you soon.
    Stay positive and keep trying to do better – that is what detectorists must reach for these days!

    • Tony…

      When detectors routinely go down 12 inches or more you can absolutely, positively kiss this hobby goodbye…

      And….

      1. I am almost 78 years old and feeling very positive at the moment.

      2. Just what is it I need to keep trying to do better at?

      3. Other than trying to stay healthy I don’t really need to reach for much.

      • john taylor

        good points dick! if one can dig down 12 inches with the latest and greatest,we are all out of a job! (so to speak)
        it won’t make two sh**S worth of a difference whether you can can “cover” your holes properly ,or not,because MOST will be using “shovels” to get to that depth (in nice public areas) in the first place,and IF that happens,you can bend over and kiss your ass goodbye,and the hobby as well,because you will no doubt have a brand new generation of “diggers” tearing everything up!…health is wealth dick!..i’m just sayin’

        (h.h.!)
        j.t.

  8. Tony

    Dick, ask that question to folks across the pond, their needs are different then ours; more depth for more cashes.
    Over here digging a barber or seated dime at 12 inches, sounds like a chore for sure.
    I would in the right areas, for sure.

    • john taylor

      right tony! emphasis on “right areas” in ole’ blighty,they are digging in farm fields! HUGE difference.using a ”shovel”,in time, will get ya “bounced” (at least ) here in the new england in well kept public park sites,and OTHER well kept public areas….i’m just sayin’

      (h.h.!)
      j.t.

  9. More metal detector depth has always been awaitin’ just over the other side of the hill, and I agree, detectors today have better separation, but depth? Probably not. I could dig targets in 1986 with my Garrett ADS Deepseeker 14″ co-planer coil easily at 12 to 14 inches…even deeper in wet ground. Today, I can just about manage the same with my 2018 Nokta Anfibio machine with an 11″ coil. As an engineer, unless there is a drastic change in physics in the way we understand it, electrodynamic devices have just about hit the wall in capability. Depth is just not in the electronics, it’s in the windings of the coil, the amount of power going into the coil, the sensitivity of the amplifiers in the system, the overall impedence, the actual size of the coil, the frequencies used, type of ground mineralization, or lack of it encountered, conductivity of said ground, wet or dry, temperature and a few other factors. For a manufacturer to say “This goes deeper!” there are almost a dozen factors to be considered, and are variable enough to make a newbie cry. It’s all pretty much site contingent too…you can’t find what is not there. To me, the next big thing is Ground Penetrating Radar…that technology is in it’s infancy right now and has a long way to go. Wish I was still young enough to see it develop over the next 30-years or so. It will be amazing, I am sure!

  10. Tony

    Dick, what I meant about “Stay Positive” – it’s a huge part of this hobby (and life for that matter). If folks go out metal detecting and say to themselves – I am not going to find anything, guess what – they won’t; yeah, maybe a few dirty clad and pull tabs but that is it.
    I should have stated that line referring to today’s detectorist’s and not directed it towards you, but then again after a few three finger servings I may have typed it incorrectly as I should have.
    Sorry, no harm meant.

  11. Ed B.

    I hope Krause Publications stays viable and keeps on putting out their coin collecting publications …Numismatic News and Coins magazine. Back in the late 1950’s I started collecting coins and eventually subscribed to both the “News” and “Coins”. It was an ad in Coins that introduced me to metal detectors. I stopped getting those publications a long time ago though because the number of articles just got smaller and smaller, not to mention a bit repetitious, but I’d still hate to see them disappear.

  12. john taylor

    john! my god! man! and this coming from a man who drinks ” room temperature” beer!
    what! (pray tell) is the world coming to! it’s almost (not quite) like the brits said at the charlestown court house
    in s.c. back in the “war”..”well! it looks like old georgy’s run out of puff!” we got him now! ehe he! he! heh!
    i’m just sayin’

    (h.h.!)
    j.t.

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