Detecting 101

20 Easy Metal Detecting Tips

Here’s your chance to share your expertise with your fellow detectorists. Not only can these tips help you find more treasure, but they can help preserve our detecting sites by helping new people do it right! So send in those tips today! Carry an 18″x18″ (or really any size you’d like) sheet of heavy duty plastic sheathing with you when detecting yards or lawns. Keep it folded in your pocket or pouch. After cutting a plug or partial plug, you can place any of the dirt from the hole onto the plastic. Once you know that the item is in the soil that you’ve pulled out of the hole and is now on the plastic, you can find the item easier when breaking up the soil or using a probe. It makes it very easy to put the soil back in the hole, and doesn’t leave loose soil all over the area . Just as if y...

Simple Facts About Metal Detecting in 2016

People get into the hobby of metal detecting for many reasons. As a child we daydream of searching and finding buried treasure and getting rich. As a young adult it might be to find dropped change that could be used for gas money or other purchases. A middle aged person might pick up the hobby for the love of history or as exercise to help drop a few pounds. The older individual may start detecting for any of the reasons listed but also for the peace, quiet and serenity of being out enjoying nature either by themselves or with a small group of other like minded individuals. I am asked quite often what is needed for this hobby and other than the detector and shovel I cannot stress enough that the number one thing needed is patience. So many people jump into this hobby expecting to start dig...

What Is A Pulse Induction Metal Detector?

A Pulse Induction Metal Detectors use electronic pulses to generate a brief magnetic field. It is not uncommon for this system to use a single coil for the receiver and the transmitter. Some models have two or three coils simultaneously working together. Each coil receives a short blast of current and makes a short magnetic field. An electrical spike is received when the short blast ends, resulting in a polarity shift that reverses the magnetic field. These electrical spikes only last for one millionth of a second and it generates more current to run into the coils. This is known as (reflected pulse) also very brief and just lasting for microseconds. The system repeats itself with these short pulses of current hence the name pulse induction metal detector system. The average (PI) system ca...

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