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15 May

I went out this morning for a couple of hours with my Blisstool V3 metal detector to the small park I’ve been hunting lately.

My plan was simple: dig.

It is my opinion that you cannot learn and master your metal detector unless you dig a lot of trash. To train my ear, I dug and dug and dug until I could dig no more. I dug a lot of shallow targets. By doing that, I could see that the discriminator circuitry works really well when it comes to targets down to about 7 inches. I dug  some deep targets too and past 7 inches the discriminator got fooled a few times but still it was impressive.

I am slowly honing in to the sweet signals. The 1910 wheat pictured above was such a signal. This tiny park still has a lot to give up, and I am just the guy to get it.

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O.T.C.

13 May

I am a coinshooter. To a coinshooter, things under the ground are either coins, or Other Than Coin (O.T.C.)

Today at lunch, I took the Blisstool metal detector, Dragomir, to the park I hunted yesterday at lunch, with the hopes of pulling that elusive Seated coin. Alas, it was not meant to be.

Instead I dug O.T.C.

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This is all the OTC I dug up on my lunch hour. Generally, I don’t post about OTC unless it’s a really cool object. I wonder what the cylindrical object is. It is only one half of it. It may have been part of a cigar container. The flat brass object was in the hole with it ***UPDATE…It just occurred to me that this is the end of a pocket knife*** . The bullet case must predate the park, unless it was perfectly OK to shoot your gun at the park in 1884. Bird shot has appeared in my life again. It seems every time I get a new detector and begin to learn its language, I dig a bunch of bird shot. It sounds really good and with the Bliss, I dug those suckers at 5 and 6 inches deep. The square nail and the wire were experimental digs, just to see what the Bliss was telling me. I wonder why they didn’t get caught by the discrimination circuit.

Very early on in Wichita, the Chisholm creek ran a very close to where this park is. Just 2 or 3 blocks away, one of Wichita’s earliest mills was built at the edge of the creek. I imagine that people came hunting around the creek as wild life would have concentrated here. I have found a good number of old bullets at this park, including a large .58 caliber mini ball from a Springfield rifle.

At any rate, I am getting a little better at listening to the signals Dragomir produces. The Seateds are not far behind.

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Getting to know it

12 May

It was nice and sunny today at lunch so I took Dragomir, my Blisstool V3 metal detector to the oldest park in the city. I’ve talked about this park before. It is a small park, smaller than a city block in fact but it has produced some nice silver and other old coinage for me with a variety of metal detectors.

As far as trash, this park is at DEFCON 4. It is hard to hunt with any detector if you don’t have the patience. Definitely it is the kind of park where a small coil would be indicated. Except that the coins I am hunting are too deep for a small coil. So I must endure the cacophony of beeps.

After I successfully ground balanced the Bliss manually (I had to clean a spot using auto ground balance in order to do it) I eventually got the kind of signal I was looking for. I decided to implement the Money Maker Protocol because now that I can manually ground balance the machine, I get fooled by shallow small aluminum. At any rate after making sure that it was no shallow small aluminum I kept digging until I got to the target:

1916D

No silver but yet another old coin. 1916 D Wheat cent. No too badly worn so it must have been dropped closed to its mint date. This cent was minted when the U.S. had not yet entered WWI and Wichita was experiencing a growth boom.

With time and practice, my ears will become more attuned to the winning signals.

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Is the Blisstool a ‘park detector’?

5 May

I have a park in our city where the coins from the 1940’s and before are buried under more than 12 inches of dirt. I know this because the coins from the 50’s and 60’s are found between 7 and 9 inches deep. Why this is is anyone’s guess.

So after I dug up more than a 100 silver coins and countless wheats and nickels from the 50’s and 60’s  from my deep silver park,  I began the search for a detector that could get me to the coins dropped in the 40’s and before. My choices were pulse induction (p.i.) detectors and the Blisstool. No sooner I began my search however, people began to tell me that p.i. detectors and the Bliss were not ‘park detectors‘. Whaaaat??!!

No one ever told me what a ‘park detector‘ was. To my way of seeing things, if the detector beeps when the coil is over a piece of metal, then it is a park detector; and a field detector; and a private property detector. Come on. The Tesoro Compadre is a single tone detector with no depth indicator and no visual i.d. system and NO ONE is saying the Compadre is not a park detector. On the contrary, the Compadre is a perfect park detector. So what gives?

Hunting parks in this day and age is a trying exercise no matter what machine you are using. The real question is not whether your machine is a ‘park detector’ but whether YOU are a park detector.  You are the real detector (and your digger is the only 100% accurate discriminator). If you are willing to pay the price to get to the juiciest finds in our city parks, then the metal detector you use is just a tool.

I spent an hour at lunch time digging deep rusted iron and shallow can slaw with the Bliss today. It reminded me of the hours I spent digging deep rusted iron and can slaw with every other detector I have owned! I know that with patience and with time, I will learn what the Bliss is telling me and then I will begin to dig some really good stuff. I mean, I already dug up a couple of old coins with it and I have no idea what I am doing. Disclaimer: I have never known what I’m doing.

So there. I, pulltabMiner, here and now and in somewhat acceptable use of my faculties, declare that the Blisstool IS a park detector. Let it be known far and wide that I have thus spoken.

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Out of my control…or Can’t catch a break

4 May

After using the Bliss for a few days I noticed somethings were not working as they should.

Never being one to blame the machine, I knew the issues were due to my inexperience with Dragomir. I reached out to a more knowledgeable Blisstool user and he gave me some pointers to properly do a manual ground balance.

I have to say, ground balancing the Bliss appears to be the biggest challenge for first time Blisstool users. I followed the manual’s advice to start on auto ground balance and was having a huge problem with false signals and with discrimination. Upon successfully doing a manual ground balance I noticed two things:
1) Auto-ground balance left my machine ‘hot’, way hotter than I would normally run it.
2) Manual ground balance was extremely easy, so long as you know that the pots, i.e. knobs, are rather sensitive.

The biggest problem with the manual ground balance was finding a spot in the park devoid of metal. I had to actually clean a two by two foot spot in order to balance Dragomir.

Having completed this task, the number of false signals dropped to near zero and I was able to discriminate fine.

So armed with Dragomir in its more stable state, I went where a road ran through an old park. The road was removed sometime in the 90’s and a person who was there at the time they removed the road, told me that they found large cents and Seated coins and so on and so forth. The beauty of this spot is that it is relatively devoid of modern trash besides being rather large area wise.

I began and hardly a signal was to be had, as I expected. Finally, I got a nice repeatable signal and I went for it. Digging there you can immediately tell there was a road in the past. There were chunks of asphalt and cement but around the 5-6 inch mark, I found the target. I could see that the chunk of asphalt and dirt I dug up was round. My heart was giddy with the anticipation of uncovering a precious Seated dime.
clad_dime

Give me a break! A clad dime. I can’t even tell the date because of the cement stuck to it. the reverse actually has asphalt stuck so you can’t even see it. ***UPDATE*** After soaking the dime in soft drink (cola), I can see the dime was minted in 1966.***

I put in the work. Dragomir put in the work. This was our reward. Leave it to me to find the only clad coin that was possibly dropped by a city worker at some street repair job in the past. Sigh!

On my way home, I stopped by another park and buried a dime 12 inches deep. I dug up the hole and I stuck a new shiny dime in the side of the hole at the bottom and covered it back up. I then began tinkering with the Bliss until I got a solid, repeatable signal. 12 inches. My Deus, beloved and respected as it is (it remains my go-to machine for hunting the parks)
cannot give me a solid repeatable signal on a dime 12 inches under the ground (with the 11 inch coil).

And that is the purpose of the Blisstool. The Deus will unmask a coin better than any machine out there and the Blisstool will sniff me out some of the deepest stuff. But I cannot control what was dropped in the past.

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Dragomir’s first coin

23 Apr

This morning at the park where I found some old coins late last year the Bliss and I dug a bunch of deep holes. After a couple of rusted iron bits and a couple of ‘holes to nowhere’ the Bliss found its first coin: a 1915D wheat. I was excited and forged on.

After leaving my soul in every hole I dug, I was beat. Digging 14 inch deep holes is hard work, especially when you never reach the target. I definitely need a relic digging shovel. Finally, the Bliss found its second coin: A toasted 189x V nickel.

 I wanted to stay and find that Seated but I had promised my family I would only stay out for a couple of hours.
No matter, those deep seateds aren’t going anywhere.

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Ruminations

22 Apr

After only a few days with the Bliss I can tell you this detector is the real thing. I have been waiting for a detector that could hit a target in the post-12 inch range with a clear tone. Last night I spent an hour or so at one of our oldest parks. Two targets were too deep to be retrieved. It is possible I was detecting pipes, really. Normally, when I get a ‘hole to nowhere’ I suspect that I missed the pinpoint but no so with the Bliss. The targets were still giving a nice bright repeatable hit in the middle of the 2 foot+ I had dug. I stopped at that depth because my arm is not long enough to go deeper than that.

Then there were the other targets; a piece of lead the size of a dime at about 14 inches and, incredibly, a small copper earring at the bottom of a 16 inch or so deep hole. Sure, you could argue that the targets fell from the side but I am satisfied that they didn’t. After about 30 holes dug with the Bliss I finally got one last night where the target read deep but was only about 6 inches deep; and who knows, maybe the real target went undug.

And so this leaves me wondering: How am I reaching those depths with an 11 inch coil? Is the Bliss putting out so much power that, like my friend lawdog1 says, it may be knocking out tv reception around the park? Of course, the thing missing is discrimination at those depths. Again, I believe that the discrimination stops around the 7-8 inch depth, meaning that after 8 inches the detector can only tell you that there is something down there. This is the case with any and all detectors out there (with the possible exception of the AKA Russian detectors) Still, my beloved Deus cannot consistently find me targets at 14 and 16 inches deep.

The other mystery to me is why this detector has not taken off like wildfire. I suspect it is because the many knobs intimidate people. This is of course silly given that the Whites V3i is a marvel of sophisticated technology that probably has a screen I never found that gave the weather forecast. I often bemoan the fact that I never reached the potential of that detector. Big Bertha, I didn’t deserve you.

Be that as it may, the Bliss is the machine I have been waiting for to collect all those deep coins and jewelry laying at depths unreachable by most detectors today. I haven’t yet let the Bliss loose on my deep silver park. I get all warm and fuzzy at the very thought.

I promise you that from this post on, I will document the finds. I bought the Bliss used and I can see some issues with some of the potentiometers. Alas, the warranty is gone. I suspect however that the Bliss will pay for a new one towards the end of the year. And the version 6 of this machine (I own version 3) is deeper and better.

Oh my!

The Summer of Seateds

21 Apr

No, no, no, I haven’t found a Seated coin yet. I do think however, that by this Summer, I will have found a number of them. Whaaat??!! I hear you say…

I base this prediction on the fact that I took The Bliss out at lunch time to try a technique to gauge depth created by Ahmed Merchev, the designer of the Bliss. The technique worked just as advertised.

I purposely chose a park that is super trashy. In fact, I chose a spot in the park that is trashier than the rest. I wanted to try as many targets as possible to test this method. I located eleven targets that, by following the described technique, I believed were nine inches or deeper. All eleven targets were indeed nine inches or deeper. ten were iron (square nails, cut nails, iron blobs) and one was what appeared to be a piece of cup made of copper.

You may be scoffing  by now about the fact that I dug mostly iron. I am not worried. The one thing I was just giggly about, is that this technique avoids the pesky miniature aluminum that so plagues me when I use the Deus for the same deep targets. I wanted to try this technique at this park especially because I know that there is so much darn shredded aluminum there. I dug none of it with the Bliss today.

So I’m all set for the Summer of Seateds. I have five very old and very trashy parks where very deep and very old targets are to be found. I will happily dig a pound of deep iron if it means I can find a hundred silver and gold old coins.

Stay tuned.

Dragomir’s Maiden Voyage

19 Apr

I paid for the Blisstool on Friday and I got it on Monday. That’s the level of service I’ve come to expect from Chuck at Indian Nations Detectors.

So I read up a little on the Blisstool and set it up as recommended in several forums. At lunch time today I took it to a spot that I have cleaned up of almost all signals. The first thing I noticed is that the volume goes from 0 to 100 really fast. It nearly busted my eardrums!

The second thing that I decided is to get wireless headphones as soon as possible. After several years of wireless hunting with the Deus, being tied to the machine was a strange experience.

The Blisstool is well balanced with the 11 inch coil. I didn’t try the 15 inch coil today but I hope to do so this weekend.

Hunting with the Blisstool is not as odd as you would think. If you have ever hunted with the Tesoro Compadre or the Tesoro silver micromax then you know what it feels like to hunt with the Blisstool.
I was surprised to find that there is nuance to the sound. Not all targets sounded the same it seemed to me. The machine pinpoints well.

As I set it up, I began to dig iron right away. I messed around with the discrimination and I got some iron to break up but a number of nails and pieces of wire sounded really well. I know with time and experience I will master this so I am not worried.

If you know me, then you know what I was really interested on was depth. The deepest thing I dug with a good solid signal was a super small piece of aluminum foil at about 6 inches deep. 6 inches was very deep relative to the minuscule size of the piece of foil.

The Bliss is very sensitive, giving me nice solid and repeatable signals on the thinnest of wire. Soon my lunch hour was over and I put the machine away and returned to work.

I have a sense that this machine will produce. I also have the sense that it won’t take me long to figure it out.

I have a number of spots around the city parks that I have cleaned extensively during the past two years so I have places to learn the Bliss.

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The Bulgarian

15 Apr

An opportunity arose for me to acquire a Blistool metal detector for a pittance and I took it.

I have already named it: Dragomir.  A fine Bulgarian name if I say so.

Dragomir is only v3 but it was so inexpensive I had to buy it. If it proves worthy I hope it pays for a v6 or newer.

There is some evidence out there that Dragomir may be able to sniff out a silver dime at 12 inches in the ground. No air-testing foolishness here. We shall see.

Blisstools are not for the weak of heart. Dragomir has more knobs than a space shuttle. A bunch of these knobs and toggles work in conjunction so if you mess with one, you have to know how it affects the others. This may explain why there are so few posts and videos of people finding anything with these metal detectors.

There is no screen and it has only one tone. No depth indicator either. Dragomir is like the Compadre on whatever it is that makes the Hulk and Captain America into bad-asses.

I don’t have Dragomir yet. As or right now, it is being lovingly packaged to make the trip to me. Then I will coax the latent super powers out of it. We will be an unstoppable combination.

Dragomir will not replace Maurice. No, not at all. Dragomir will simply join the team of The Awesomers.

Stay tuned.