The P’s of metal detecting

In this short little after hunt video I discuss the P’s of metal detecting. It was an interesting hunt that netted some decent finds. Thanks for watching and I hope you enjoy it.

*\_ Steveouke

Wacky Wednesday Finds

Wednesday 4-9-14

This upcoming Friday marks 4 weeks until we close on our home that we sold. The bad news is that we still don’t have a home to move into. This creates some anxiety in the house as well as a certain level of uncertainness. This evening I got home from work and called a friend who wires houses to fix a couple of minor issues that came up in the home inspection that the buyers of our home wanted. We finished up at about 6:00 this evening and then the family had a bite to eat. You may call me crazy but the weather was perfect so I got out and went detecting. I haven’t detected in a few days and my mind was telling me that I needed some swing time. I asked if the Queen minded me going out and she said I should go before I drove her crazy… I went to a homesite that has produced silver and wheats in the past. It is a pretty gnarly site that has a ton of iron. I knocked on the door and asked the Homeowner if he minded me detecting for the evening. Permission was granted. I also saw Maggie. She is maturing nicely. She is getting bigger and seems to be doing well! The hunt started off pretty good digging a few pieces of clad. Then I found a target that I couldn’t identify. At first I thought it was a cap gun but looking closer I believe I found an old toy steam tractor.

Is it an old steamy?
Is it an old steamy?

Pic of a Case 25-75
Pic of a Case 25-75

Backwards C and E with AS in the middle.. Could it be a Case 25..
Backwards C and E with AS in the middle.. Could it be a Case 25..

Anyways Maybe you guys will see/know something more than I do about this find. The next target I dug is also kind of neat. It’s a dog tag from a neighboring city.

Photo of tonights non trash finds
Photo of tonights non trash finds

While hunting I realized that we are planning on moving to a neighboring city. I have mixed emotions on this because I have put a ton of time researching our area and I hate to leave these sites behind. I guess I will have to do new research wherever we end up. I now know why Mr. Stout misses his hunting grounds that he left 1,000s of miles away. I guess I shouldn’t complain because I could probably drive 20 minutes and be back on my sites. Of course I will miss sitting down and chewing the fat with the mature retired guys at the coffee shop in the morning as well. Rumor has it that the town we want to move to doesn’t have a coffee shop where you can get to know and learn from the old timers that remember details about the area back then…

Happy Hunting and Thanks for reading.

*\_ Steveouke

What keeps people coming back for more.

Today, I want to talk about what keeps people coming back to our hobby and the products we use.

I have met many folks who go out and buy a decent metal detector but quickly get discouraged and decide to upgrade. Nothing wrong with upgrading but what happens after their upgrade is what blows my mind. They get discouraged and still are not finding the coil stuff. I have met people who thought they would enjoy the hobby but quickly learned that they didn’t have the patience and persistence needed to succeed in the hobby. Don’t get discouraged, Now what keeps me coming back. I enjoy finding silver coins and old relics but that isn’t what keeps me coming back. My drive comes from “post hole” banks. I hunt old homesteads for this reason. We have all heard the tales of a family member burying their money in the yard. Old homesteads are hit and miss as far as coins go. Sometimes you find a few coins and then other homesteads don’t produce any coins but instead give up some relics. The cache of coins has eluded me but I am confident that with time and patience it will come…

Being a salesperson in my daily job I have learned that what brings customers back time and time again is customer service. I have dealt with companies in the past that have lost my business due to poor customer service. On the flip side of the coin there are companies that provide stellar customer service. This kind of service is what I have experienced with 90% of the companies I have dealt with in the metal detecting community. Shortly after I got my Garrett Ace 250 I broke my arm cuff. A quick call to headquarters and they sent me a new one. A couple weeks ago I was detecting over the lunch break and my beloved Sampson T-Handle broke.

A quick call to the CEO at W.W. Manufacturing and she requested that I send it in and it would get replaced. As promised I received a brand new Sampson in a few days. These are the kinds of products and customer service that keeps me coming back. If you are in the market for quality products and a dealership that has great service I would start your search here.

Anyways on this icy, cold, day I thought I would let you know my aspirations and a couple of companies I like to deal with that provide customer service that is top notch.

What is in the soil under my coil? That is the question!

Tonight, I want to talk about something we have all asked ourselves (even if you have only detected for a few minutes). What is making my detector sound like that? I have told many people that for the first few weeks of detecting I was clueless what my machine was telling me. Then I had a very wise Miner tell me that if a signal sounds odd to dig it. His justification was that it could be gold. After almost two years I want to tell you that it is finally clicking. I have been swinging my Ace 250 for 2 years now solidly. I have messed with AtPro’s, Fisher F2’s, and recently one of the White’s detectors that they gave us to use in the Wheat State THer’s classes. While using my Ace I have gotten used to there being 3 types of sounds and 1,000’s of other mixtures of those 3. The 3 sounds are Low tones, Mid tones, and High (Bell tones). Now it took me along time to learn the subtle sounds of the Ace. For instance, I know that 9 times out of 10 a bottle cap will give me a strong bell tone and then a sharp iron drop sound. I started noticing that my ears were getting better when I would find something in my hole and I knew there was another target because the foil I found wouldn’t have given me a bell tone. Now at our recent class I was kind of embarrassed that when a student asked my opinion of a target while he was using the White’s machine that I had no idea what we were hearing. It was at that moment I told myself I needed to educate myself on these sounds. I have been using the White’s machine the last couple of days and it has given me the itch to upgrade machines. It has VDI (visual discrimination indicator), ground balancing, and 9 tones to listen for.  I have dug a few coins with it and I’m starting to get the hang of it. It would take me at least 6 months of using this machine to truly learn it. One of the biggest reasons I’ve never upgraded is the fear of learning a new detector. Swinging this machine over the last few days makes me not quite so fearful of that. I saw Miner go through this with his detector affectionately known as Maurice. When he first started with it his finds were not so spectacular. Now that he has been swinging it for awhile he has it fine tuned and he is making it happen. I have also seen guys buy a new detector and grow into it.


Where am I going with all this? When you are getting started don’t worry about knowing what every target is before you dig it. Dig as many targets as you can until you learn the what and why behind the sound it’s making. Even as you mature in the hobby there is no guarantee what is in the hole. I think the majority of metal detectors made can get easily confused when you get multiple pieces of metal under the coil. I remember one hunt where I told who I was hunting  with that if the target I was listening to wasn’t a silver dime I would sell the Ace. Guess what, I still have my Ace and I’m thankful I was right that time. I also think of all the times I have thought I was digging a deep silver coin only to find a brass hinge, a square nail, or some other miscellaneous piece of trash metal.


Keep swinging and thanks for reading.

*\_ steveouke


It’s all so foreign to me..

Tonight I went over to the local sports fields. It was dusk, 35 degrees, and the wind was blowing. I decided to hunt under a metal soccer goal that isn’t being used this spring. I see kids climbing this particular goal all the time. I quickly found a couple of memorial cents and several pulltabs. I then got a decent signal at 4 inches. I dug my plug and flipped it over. I realized I was looking for multiple targets because my propointer detected something in the plug as well as the sidewall of the hole. I turned on my energizer headlamp to find the first target. I found a coin rim and gently pulled it out. I could tell it was a foreign coin but I couldn’t clearly see the markings due to the thick clay soil. I put the first target in my back pocket. I then focused on target #2. I found it and could tell it was a foreign coin as well. I couldn’t see any details on it either. I slid it in my back pocket and continued. I stayed out for almost an hour and found some clad. I then headed home to clean and show off my neat items. I realized that one of my foreign coins was gone. I knew immediately what had happened. I was wearing bulky gloves that had kept the coin from actually making it in the “pock”. I explained to queen Ukena that I needed to go back and find it. I had remembered the exact location that I had recovered it. When I got back there I grabbed the Propointer and swept about a 5’x5′ area and sure enough the recovered coin was recovered again. I can’t express how helpful the Propointer is. It has totally changed how quickly a target is recovered. I would be lost without it. When I returned home I cleaned up the coins to find oriental writing on them. a quick google search shows me they are 10 and 50 yen. If my eyes and research are right they are from the mid 1960’s. they do have a strange way of calculating age though. It goes by dynasty and then number of years the dynasty has reigned. it’s kind of hard not knowing what all the symbols mean. I can’t explain the increase in foreign coins found this year but I have already found more than last year.

Happy Hunting and thanks for reading/looking *\_




The calm before the storm??

This afternoon I got a call from a fellow metal detectorist. He wanted to know if I would like to join him for an after work hunt. The weather was great so I agreed. We met at the large site many guys have been hunting in town. I ended up being there for two hours. I started slowly in an area by myself. I then decided to meet up with my buddy. He had found a couple of wheats. I quickly continued the wheat trend. The Garrett was talking to me. I was hearing the subtlety of it’s tones. I swung my coil over a target and told my friend that it sounded like silver at 6 inches. He swings a Garrett ATPro which provides VDI numbers. The numbers were bouncing between 85 and 91. I decided to dig and was blessed with my 11th silver of the year. It is a 1961 Roosevelt dime.

The coolest find of the night was my buddies tootsie toy find. I am trying to con him into trading it for a couple silver coins. We shall see.

I’m glad we got out this evening before another little snow storm hits us this weekend.

Thanks for reading and Happy Hunting *\_



Well I’ve done it now…

Tonight I want to write about the happenings of Sunday and Monday. Sunday morning I woke up excited to go metal detecting. I called a few compadres but nobody took me up on my offer.. Why, I guess it had to do with it being 35 degrees, 30 mph winds, and spitting moisture slightly. Since it was just me and the weather sucked, I decided to stay close to home. I hunted an old school site that we have found many wheats and some silvers at. This is a school yard that has been used since 1911. I know other detectorists have hit it over the years but I’m certain there is more to be had. If you are slow, patient, and persistent there are goodies. I quickly dug 4 clad quarters which is unusual for me. The only notable find for me was a 1946 wheat cent.

Tonight after work I loaded the Ukena boys up and we were to go flying. We got to the field and my new plane wasn’t responding to my transmitter! I tried rebinding it as well as removing and replacing the battery. Nothing at all happened. I quickly came to the conclusion that we needed to recharge the battery. We quickly headed home and put the battery on the charger. After about 30 minutes later we headed back to the field. We flew the plane on 3 different flights and all three were successful. These were my first successful flights including landings. I have to say I owe it to my Iphone. I have been playing a simulation game called Absolute RC plane simulator. It helps tremendously!

No matter which hobby you enjoy; practice and it will pay off!

Thanks for reading!

Woohoo the drought is over!

Well today over lunch I did something I rarely do. I went metal detecting at a place I knew nothing about. As I approached one of my normal sites I noticed a house that was boarded up with signs saying it was unfit for living. It had a very small lot that hadn’t been mowed for awhile. I decided to detect it. I made one pass over half the yard and didn’t find anything worthy for the blog. I then started on the second half of the yard and coins started showing up. I dug several memorials, a nickel, and a few clad coins. I started gridding the same half of the yard and dug my 8th silver of the year. It was a 1946 Roosevelt dime.


I continued on and got a great coin signal that was deep. It was a 1928 wheat penny without a mint mark. About 10 feet from the wheat I got a strong dime signal and was blessed with my 9th silver of the year. A squeeker in the form of a 1964 dime.


Overall it was a great hunt and I am stoked to continue gridding and cleaning the area up!


Happy hunting and thanks for reading!

Awww, crisp and refreshing..

Well this evening I got out and detected for about two hours. The site I was hunting dates back to the mid 50’s. I wasn’t expecting barbers or seated coins.. My thinking was right. I found silver #6 in a 1941 Washington and 5 wheats. Happy hunting and thanks for reading!


The quest for 100

Well I want to start out tonight by stating a goal of mine for 2013. My goal is to find 100 silver coins. Some may think I am trying to accomplish this to make money. They would be completely wrong. I made myself a promise that I wouldn’t sell my silver coins for melt but instead hand them down to my sons once they mature enough.
The reason I want to find 100 silver coins is simply to prove that with research, patience, and knowing your detector you don’t have to spend a small fortune on a detector. I have been feeling some peer pressure to upgrade and I have been reading all the success stories on the forums and so forth. I just don’t see me justifying big bucks on a detector. I truly haven’t seen a high end detector that makes me say wow! I have detdcted with guys swinging all levels of machines. They all have their positives and negatives. That being said I will not upgrade until I see the wow factor. The stories below help solidify my thoughts!

Last Friday over my lunch break I was detecting an old elementary school in Wichita. I found a good coin in horrible shape. You can check out the video here. I found a 1908 S Barber dime.


Saturday afternoon I was detecting with a couple of friends at another old elementary school and pulled out a 1926 mercury dime.


These two silver coins make my 2013 count 4. I have a long way to go but I think the little Ace250 and I can do it. As it stands right now I have about $300 in this great hobby and the amazing little Ace has payed for itself and then some! I look forward to seeing how the year ends up!

Thanks for reading and happy hunting ( no matter what kind of detector you use !
Steve *\_