Tag Archives: V3i

The AT Pro, the CZ-3D, and The V3i

26 Mar

I made a big breakthrough with the CZ-3D today. I had been hunting with discrimination at nickels, meaning I was discriminating pulltabs, foil, and iron and I was digging way too many rusty nails. Today, however, I read on a forum, how to tell rusty nails from good stuff. The trick is to use no discrimination so you can hear the iron grunts. This will allow me to spend more time looking for the good stuff instead of digging deep rusty nails.

I got the AT Pro back from my friend, along with four fresh batteries and a gift card to Pizza Hut. Dude is a class act. After the exchange, he went home and I had twenty minutes to hunt an ultra-trashy area. I pulled another wheat cent and a clad dime before I ran out of time. I am convinced there is silver in that spot and lots of it. I just need to spend the time there with the AT Pro and the 5x8DD coil.

Last, I also began the process of learning to tell gold from other low-conductive material with the V3i. I think I finally understood what the German man was saying with pull tab readings. I need more practice though.

I think this year is going to be awesome!!

Breaking news! Another silver coin!

15 Mar

So after an eight day dry spell, I returned to McAdams park today at lunch. When I got there, I saw another hunter who hunts that park and whom I’ve met before but for some reason, we don’t talk anymore. Oh well, he left soon after I got there.

***UPDATE*** The dude hunting was another forum member and he’s totally cool. I thought he was somebody else of course. He didn’t say hi out of respect for my limited time at lunch. Thanks Greg!****

I decided today to hunt with the Transmit Boost on. This makes the V3i push more power out of the coil and thus go deeper. The downside of doing this is that you get more noise and your battery life shortens by 50%. ¬†I hunted for 30 minutes and at the very end of the session, I got a nice, clean, hit. The VDI said 80, the three frequencies lined up nicely, with the 22.5kHz in the 70’s. The dominant frequency was 2.5kHz and the depth when I pinpointed said nine inches.

I dug up a hole about seven inches deep and when I checked with the pinpointer, the signal was on the side of the hole at about 6 inches. As I began to extract the target, I saw that the Mercury dime was straight up on edge.
I don’t know if the TxBoost made the signal so good even though the coin was on edge or if it was the fact that I’ve been hunting with a faster recovery delay setting, 45 if you want to know.

1943 D Mercury dime obverse

I likes me some of this!

The coin was a 1943 D Mercury dime. It is my seventh silver coin of the year. I am about ten silver coins behind!

Thank you for looking!

30 minute hunt after work

14 Mar

I stopped at a small grassy spot in downtown Wichita after work. I’ve had very unproductive hunts on the last week and I wanted to hunt a small spot that I could cover completely in a short amount of time.

I managed to find a 1965 Roosevelt dime at about five inches down plus other various and sundry items. The most significant of those was the shot shell. Normally I don’t get excited about shot shells but they do a lot to date an area. This one is a Winchester Repeater #12. According to Cartridge Corner (see link under Useful Links section on the right), this shotgun shell was made prior to 1901. I know it must have been dropped soon after it was made because there were houses on this spot very early on Wichita’s history.
The dog tag was one inch down and the big chunk of lead was seven inches in the ground. The Lincoln Memorial cents were all between one to three inches deep.

Various and sundry things

And I think I understand why I often feel that my short hunts are more productive than my long hunts. I believe it all has to do with expectations. I don’t expect to find much on a 30 minute hunt so everything I find seems significant. On a long hunt, I expect to hit silver and gold and I am often disappointed.

I am hoping this weekend I do better.

Thank you for looking!

Nothing but a Wheat thing

8 Mar

I returned to the secret yard at lunch today. I am working the site slowly so I am not covering a lot of ground in one hour. It was cold too, with temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit and a nice brisk wind from the North making it feel much chillier than it was.
All I found was a 1936 D wheat cent and more old copper trash. I took a picture of one of the objects I have been calling tags. I’ve found about a dozen of these now at this site. I don’t know what they are but I know they are made of copper. The shiny spot on the upper right hand corner of the object is where I scored the metal to show the copper beneath the patina and dirt.
I have hunted homes from the 20’s on and I’ve never found copper whatsits like this one. Only when I hunt pre-1900 homes do I find this kind of thing.

The wheat was about 5 inches deep and it gave a mixed pull tab/zinc penny signal.

old copper tag and 1936D Lincoln cent

Both found at the same site. The metal tag shows the copper under the dirt

Another Indian Head from the secret back yard

7 Mar

Along with the coin, I found an interesting mix of trash items that included parts of a cap gun, bronze/brass id tags, old pieces of copper slag, and a very corroded tin soldier which unfortunately, was far too toasted to see what war it was from. Everything I am finding tells me that the house that once stood here was continuously occupied until the very end of its life. There is relatively little modern trash.

This is Indian Head cent number five for the year. I only found four in 2011.

Thank you for looking!

I found the backyard!

5 Mar

On my way home from work, I returned to the spot where I found the 1887 Indian Head cent during lunch today. I only had 15 minutes to hunt since I had to be home on time for my boys’ skating party. So I began by scanning the area immediately next to the hole where the IH was at and I got a signal with a VDI of 85 on the V3i. I was hunting with the C&J program so I was able to see that the target was hitting hard on the 2.5kHz frequency. I was hoping for a silver ring but what I found was equally as valuable.

old toy revolver

The Pal

This is a cap gun made by Kilgore back in 40’s or 50’s. It is The Pal. Here is a picture of what it looked like when it was new:

When it was new

The Kilgore company made toy guns from 1917 to 1960, when it was bought by another company.

What’s got me all excited about this find is that I believe I have located the backyard of a house that stood in that spot from the time of Wichita’s earliest history to sometime in the early 50’s when the whole neighborhood was razed. This housed was leveled before metal detecting was a hobby and so I believe that it was never hunted. Furthermore, I believe that hardly anyone else would know that there was a house there since the spot looks very unpromising as a metal detecting site today. I believe I will be hitting this site hard all week!

Thank you for looking!

My 1887 Indian Head cent

5 Mar

I went out hunting for lunch today. Although the temperature was hovering around the mid 50’s, the strong winds made it feel much colder. I had planned on hunting a walking path by the Arkansas river but meetings at my job didn’t leave me too much time. So instead I went to a site that I have researched carefully and where I dug up a 1951 wheat cent before.

The site is TERRIBLE! There is so much rusted iron that the All Metal portion of the audio sounded like a continuous buzz. So I decided to switch programs on my V3i from the Deep Silver program to my tried and true Coin & Jewelry stock program. Five minutes after switching programs and ten minutes after starting my hunt I got a signal among trash that jumped from the low 70’s all the way to 80 and everywhere in between with hints of iron here and there. The tone was consistent among the trash though. The dominant frequency here was 2.5kHz and not 7.5kHz like it was on all the other Indians I’ve dug up lately. One problem with the signal (other than the iffyness) was that it was relatively shallow. The depth upon pinpointing was five inches. I generally don’t dig shallow iffy signals because 99% of the time they are trash but given the history of the site and the fact that I found the aforementioned wheat here, I decided to dig it. I am so glad I did!

1887 Indian Head cent obverse

Freshly dug

1887 Indian Head

A little cleaner. A definite candidate for olive oil

There sure has been a plethora of Indian Heads lately. This one is the oldest coin I’ve dug up to date. I love Indian Head pennies. They awaken the child in me more than any other coin. The year this coin was minted, Wichita was barely 17 years old and a little more than a collection of wooden structures along one solitary street. It’s early citizens however, already had great plans for it. Plans that included the neighborhood that once stood in the patch of grass where my cent was buried. I am not ready yet to disclose the exact location where I was today at lunch because I am now very hopeful that there may be Seated coins here and I want to be the one to find them. ūüėÄ

Thank you for looking!

Finally another silver coin

3 Mar

I went to McAdam’s park this morning. I knew if I was going to find silver anywhere, it would be here.

I tried various programs on the V3i and I tried various settings on each program. After about an hour I was feeling frustrated. My father always said that whenever I found myself in trouble in life, to always return to the basics.

So I restored the programs I had modified to factory settings and began anew. One of the things that got restored was the Mixed Mode on the Deep Silver program. This time around, the combination of All Metal sound and Discrimination sound made sense. So using the Deep Silver program I got a signal that had iron and trash all around it but the high tone and the VDI were consistent at every swing. Once I was able to hone in on the signal –this is why the All Metal portion is necessary, I pinpointed and the depth indicated was seven inches.

I dug a hole to the suggested depth but there was no target there. I dug some more and still nothing. I re-scanned the hole and there was no signal other than the iron. So I covered the hole and began to move on when the detector gave me a crisp dime signal on the surface! Turns out the dime had gotten stuck on the digger and when I picked up the digger, the 1940D Merc fell onto the ground.

1940D Mercury dime

Silver #6 for 2012

By the time I was ready to go home, I was feeling very comfortable with the Deep Silver program. I think I am going to like it.

Thank you for looking!

Opening up the machine

2 Mar

When I first got my Ace 250, I played with the settings and struggled to make sense of the sounds. I hunted one way for a couple of days and then I changed the settings, as much as you can on the Ace 250, and then hunted that way for a couple of days more. Meanwhile, the cacophony of sounds wrecked havoc in my brain. Eventually though, I settled on the Jewelry mode as my preferred mode for hunting and by then, the sounds coming out of the 250 were as familiar to me as my own face. The findings reflected my new mastery of the detector. Silver coins, gold rings, and relics oh my!

No sooner did I feel the commander of the Yellow Wonder that I decided I needed more power. So into my life a little AT Pro came. Actually, a lot of AT Pro came. Although the AT Pro comes with the Standard mode, which makes it kind of an Ace 250 on Dilithium crystals, I, being the manly man I am, did not bother to use it. I jumped into the Pro mode right away. My brain had to contend with new tones and new features such as an adjustable Ground Balance. I had to learn a new coil as well. So the purchase of the AT Pro set me back to the proverbial Stone Age. Eventually, through hard work and dedication, I mastered the AT Pro as well. The Pro became a magic wand and I became the Dirt Wizard and all mysteries below the ground were revealed to me. Again, after an initial dearth of good finds, my knowledge of the machine allowed me to find cool stuff again.

If you are in any way like me (God help you!) at some point, before you have the money to upgrade and after you feel you have gotten all the juice out of your equipment, you start looking for ways to expand the detector you have. And that’s what I want to talk about. I know, kind of a long tirade before I got to the point!
One way to expand your detector is to maximize its depth by not using discrimination.

When you first start detecting, you seek refuge into the warm and fuzzy place that is Discrimination. Discrimination keeps you from having to listen to the ugly truth the dirt is telling you. And that truth is that there is a 10,000 to 1 ratio of trash to good finds. (Ok, so maybe I exaggerate a little but before you judge me, hunt some of the parks around here). You live in High Tone City and all is good. However, as they say around here, there is no such thing as a free lunch and using discrimination on your detector comes at a price and that price is depth. Yes, when you use discrimination you lose depth.
The reasons for this involve magic and unicorns and such but it is true. Ask any metal detector engineer and they will tell you so. To get the most depth out of your coil/detector combo, you need to open up the machine. You have to grow up so to speak. You have to learn to handle the truth. I have done it with both the Ace 250 and the AT Pro in an attempt to squeeze just a little more depth out them. And you know what? It wasn’t that bad. Eventually, I got to like knowing what’s under the ground. Iron and all.

So now that I have my V3i, I find myself in that familiar territory. I have been lost in the wilderness of settings and I am coming out ready to open the machine up. I need to find dimes at twelve to fourteen inches deep. I do. I have a park loaded with silver dimes, all beyond the nine inch level. Wish me luck.

Thank you for looking!

The Last Hunt

25 Feb

I mean the last hunt around the Girl Scout house in Riverside park.

I spent a total of about six hours today hunting around the old Girl Scout house. No coins but a number of brass objects.

various brass objects

The results of today's hunt

1. Mini bracelet ring. Plated gold. Marking inside: Hong Kong. Four inches deep

2. Small lipstick case. Stamp at bottom: Avon Products Inc. Dist. N.Y. Six inches deep.

3. Possible lipstick case. Stamp at bottom is almost missing. Six inches deep.

4. Heavy brass tip. Evidence that it was at the end of a wooden stick. Six inches deep.

5. Bullet casing. .32 S&W USC Co. Five inches deep

6. Small metal disc. Seems to be copper or brass. Very heavy. Eight inches deep.

7. Cufflink. Brass. Nine inches deep. I am amazed I didn’t break it. I found Indian Heads around that same depth.

This may be the last time I hunt this area for the time being. I need to move to a different area of the park. My Seated coin is somewhere in this old park.

Thank you for looking!