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Old 03-09-2011, 08:41 PM   #1
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Any other metal detector enthusiasts besides me?

I've been metal detecting for about ten years now and love every minute swinging the MXT. Relic hunting old home sites is my favorite followed closely by coin shooting public parks. When at the beach (my wife hates this) I'm the guy combing the sand after the crowds leave for the day. I can't say I've struck it rich with gold and silver or lost any weight like on the commercials but I can and will say I've had some of the best times talking to strangers (mostly kids) about what I was doing. They are curious and willing to listen and learn. Usually after awhile it looks like I'm leading a conga line on the beach .

I have had several different detectors but my two favorite are the Whites DFX and MXT. I live smack dab in the middle of the start to the Civil War; Northern Virginia. The MXT is perfect the soil we have in this part of the country and it loves to find buttons, bullets, coins, belt buckles and other relics. I want to get a surf detector and really go after the little trinkets the fine folks leave behind in the waves but haven't decided on a make and model.

Chime in and let me know I'm not the only one wearing knee high socks, polyester shorts and ear phones on the beach .

Dave
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Old 03-09-2011, 09:12 PM   #2
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Hey Dave,
I have the IDX version which I have had for several years..a model whites no longer makes or calls something else. It is fun and relaxing, and it works great just need to use it more. I am jealous as to where you leave with all the true history at your door step sort to speak...Must be nice....We are taking the MH to a gold convention on the 19th in North Cal. One of the items I will be looking at is a Gold metal detector..I already like what I have read about the GMT, but need to see them all in action..

Good luck detecting and Happy adventures,
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Old 03-10-2011, 12:05 PM   #3
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Barney,
Good to know I'm not alone. I have friends near Chico that have been trying to get me out there for some detecting but time is the limiting factor. If you ever come east there are lots of great places to swing the IDX. Good luck in you pursuits and hope you find the mother lode.


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Old 03-10-2011, 12:43 PM   #4
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dave and barney...i have been detecting since about 1980. i have been thru a lot of detectors and now use a whites MXT. i also prefer to hunt old home sites (1700-1800 era).takes a lot of research. i would love also to detect the beach where we have our trailer(chincoteague/assateague),but alas no detecting allowed,(assateague beach is federal property) the past few years i have been participating in an organized,paid CW relic hunt in culpeper,va.
not going this year. too close to trailer opening time,April 1st.
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I had a Whites unit many years ago that has fallen to the wayside. maybe I should get another one...
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Old 03-10-2011, 08:17 PM   #6
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realebill,

How long have you been partisapating in DIV? I belong to NVRHA and a lot of members seem to always get invited. I tried a few times and gave up after not getting picked. Have you found anything good at DIV?
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Danielflading,

Get another detector and start swinging again.
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Old 03-10-2011, 08:38 PM   #8
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When we are at Ocean City MD i see people on the beach early morning and/or in the evening before the sun sets swinging there metal detectors and scooping sand and putting things in there pockets and i will tell you it looks like fun. I do not have a metal detector but thought about getting one. I am not sure what i like the most, the nice smooth swing from left to right or the outfits.
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Rochwood06,

Well it's a difficult choice. The apparel is nothing less than the finest double nit polyester and is hard to come by these days. The swing of the detector take many minutes of practice but the kicker is the comb over hairdo.

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Well it's a difficult choice. The apparel is nothing less than the finest double nit polyester and is hard to come by these days. The swing of the detector take many minutes of practice but the kicker is the comb over hairdo.

Well the hairdo i never seen, everyone was wearing straw hats. As far as the double nit polyester back in the day when i worked in the printed circuit industy i was a metal finisher (Electro Plater) i had to wear double nit polyester because it was the only thing other then rubber that would last while working with chemicals. Maybe if i look long and hard i may still have a pair of pants then i could cut them off and make shorts out of them get a straw hat and a metal dedector then i could share in the experience.
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