FOTW April 20, 2017

 Congrats to HAROLD ADAMS of Chicago, Illinois. Harold is this weeks choice for best finds post for his Sweet Silver Saves. He is now qualified for the end of the year prize package. Thank you for your post Harold!

Sherman’s March in March

By Siren Kimmie (Girls Rock Metal Detecting)

The month of March holds great significance for those living in the South during the Civil War. While there are constant discussions regarding the hardships of soldiers fighting on both sides, we often forget what civilian life was like during these difficult years. While I’m a “Yankee” from Ohio, I now reside in North Carolina and metal detecting has opened my eyes to the rich and storied history of the South, particularly during the Civil War era.  With each new bullet, button, and relic I uncover I am tied intrinsically to the lives and stories revealed along with them.

The Carolinas were introduced to General Sherman and his army in March 1865 as he continued his march through the South. It is no secret that he and his troops laid waste to a lot of towns.  The strategy was to end the war quickly using “scorched earth tactics” to break the rebellion. Depleting supplies, destroying infrastructure, and undermining morale were key factors.  Further, as a means of “traveling light,” foraging along the way for supplies was a necessary practice–In other words, the army took whatever they needed from local land owners and businesses.  According to General Order IV and V, “the army will forage liberally on the country during the march.” Army corps commanders were “entrusted with the power to destroy mills, houses, cotton-gins” and other businesses and to “enforce a devastation more or less relentless” in accordance with any hostility or resistance they encountered. As such, Sherman’s foragers, known as “bummers”, making up roughly 10% of his army, sacked farms, homes, and stores, and stole from any civilians encountered along the way. [Read more….]

FOTW April 14, 2017

Congrats to Jeff Wright of Danbury, Texas. Jeff is this weeks choice for Best Finds Post for his 1930’s sterling ring with an amethyst gem.

Jeff is now qualified for the end of the year prize package. Thanks for your post Jeff!

DROP AND DRAW The Dynamics of that On Again / Off Again Field

We’ve All been there …  We get lucky enough to secure that awesome permission of a beautiful farm field . Plowed twice a year and popping coin after awesome coin .   The spring arrives one year and POW … NOTHING !!!   You can’t even buy a pull tab …………..WHY ???   Did you find all the coins …….. Don’t Think So .

A few years ago … ( LIKE 20  lol ) this phenomenon drove me nuts …. so I presented an idea to the powers that be at the University Team I was a part of .   I wanted to figure out why a field producing so many coins and relics could just SHUT OFF THE JUICE . It simply didn’t make any sense to me .

After securing the permission of a few local farmers we went to work implementing my experiment .   We worked with Farmers who planted and harvested short term crops ..  Rotating them yearly and plowing the fields minimally twice a year .   We were planting our own crop … right along side of theirs … Wireless SONDE’s   . These are little wireless transmitters with a 3 to 4 year life span.

These cool little suckers transmit pertinent  data back to a computer , such as vertical and horizontal movement , current depth and changes in depth and GPS location from the last  check .   It was awesome .

All the SONDEE’s  were planted in the ground 4 inches deep and evenly spread throughout the fields .  2 of the four farms in our study gave us 4 plows  a year  , one farm plowed twice a year  and 1 field was untouched for 2 years as a control  .   We simply took readings periodically to see where the transmitters were at the time of our data check and how far they had moved from the test before .   The results were amazing and answered a ton of questions

The Chart is a representation of the Average changes that took place to the Sonde’s of 2.5 years of plowing . Amazingly the Horizontal movement was very little  , moving only a few feet east west north and south per year in most cases . But the movement with in the ground told the real story .

The Target Sonde’s actually moved up and down each year as much as 24 inches in some cases … Far deeper then the plow was actually digging … Starting at 4 inches , dropping to nearly 30 inches and ultimately ending up near the surface again .   When we extrapolated the data we determined  1)  that every 3rd to 5th year many targets would be too deep for a standard  VLF metal detector to pick up .  2)  The plow action  cycles the targets in the ground upward   in the same 3 to 5 year cycle making them easily accessible to our detectors. and 3 )  All Targets  eventually , if given enough time will end up at one of the 2 ends of the field … The DROP which is the area  that the farmer enters the field with his plow  , and the DRAW ,which is the end where the Farmer usually turns his rig around  .  The DROP having nearly 10 times the trash as the body of the field and potentially the same in good targets ,and the DRAW ,which will potentially have as much as 20 times the trash and Keepers tucked away in its plowed ridges.

The reasoning for this took some time to figure out … but while watching Mr Ridgeway plow his field one day … It came to me .    The turns at the drop were wider with a more even speed because the plow had more room to work . This allowed for more debris to survive the turn and drop off , more often in the body of the field . The turns at the Draw end were shorter and more acute due to the field usually dead ending at a woods line or property line or whatever … Because of the quicker sharper turns here , more debris and Targets would fall off at this end .

and that in a nut shell explains why your golden field dries up and why you should be digging those Horrible trashy ends of the farm field . If you have a great field that goes south on you ….DON’T GIVE UP ON IT …, It will come back to life .. you may have to suffer through for a few seasons but it will be back . AND !!!! while you’re waiting .. Hit the DROP and DRAW …. YES its a pain in the butt However the science is sound … The targets are there . Suffer through digging the Junk ,and there will be a lot of it But the good stuff is hiding among the soda cans and tin foil

 

 Yes this is me working hard checking the Transmitters

We’ve All been there …  We get lucky enough to secure that awesome permission of a beautiful farm field . Plowed twice a year and popping coin after awesome coin .   The spring arrives one year and POW … NOTHING !!!   You can’t even buy a pull tab …………..WHY ???   Did you find all the coins …….. Don’t Think So .

A few years ago … ( LIKE 20  lol ) this phenomenon drove me nuts …. so I presented an idea to the powers that be at the University Team I was a part of .   I wanted to figure out why a field producing so many coins and relics could just SHUT OFF THE JUICE . It simply didn’t make any sense to me .

After securing the permission of a few local farmers we went to work implementing my experiment .   We worked with Farmers who planted and harvested short term crops ..  Rotating them yearly and plowing the fields minimally twice a year .   We were planting our own crop … right along side of theirs … Wireless SONDE’s   . These are little wireless transmitters with a 3 to 4 year life span.

These cool little suckers transmit pertinent  data back to a computer , such as vertical and horizontal movement , current depth and changes in depth and GPS location from the last  check .   It was awesome .

All the SONDEE’s  were planted in the ground 4 inches deep and evenly spread throughout the fields .  2 of the four farms in our study gave us 4 plows  a year  , one farm plowed twice a year  and 1 field was untouched for 2 years as a control  .   We simply took readings periodically to see where the transmitters were at the time of our data check and how far they had moved from the test before .   The results were amazing and answered a ton of questions

The Chart is a representation of the Average changes that took place to the Sonde’s of 2.5 years of plowing . Amazingly the Horizontal movement was very little  , moving only a few feet east west north and south per year in most cases . But the movement with in the ground told the real story .

The Target Sonde’s actually moved up and down each year as much as 24 inches in some cases … Far deeper then the plow was actually digging … Starting at 4 inches , dropping to nearly 30 inches and ultimately ending up near the surface again .   When we extrapolated the data we determined  1)  that every 3rd to 5th year many targets would be too deep for a standard  VLF metal detector to pick up .  2)  The plow action  cycles the targets in the ground upward   in the same 3 to 5 year cycle making them easily accessible to our detectors. and 3 )  All Targets  eventually , if given enough time will end up at one of the 2 ends of the field … The DROP which is the area  that the farmer enters the field with his plow  , and the DRAW ,which is the end where the Farmer usually turns his rig around  .  The DROP having nearly 10 times the trash as the body of the field and potentially the same in good targets ,and the DRAW ,which will potentially have as much as 20 times the trash and Keepers tucked away in its plowed ridges.

The reasoning for this took some time to figure out … but while watching Mr Ridgeway plow his field one day … It came to me .    The turns at the drop were wider with a more even speed because the plow had more room to work . This allowed for more debris to survive the turn and drop off , more often in the body of the field . The turns at the Draw end were shorter and more acute due to the field usually dead ending at a woods line or property line or whatever … Because of the quicker sharper turns here , more debris and Targets would fall off at this end .

and that in a nut shell explains why your golden field dries up and why you should be digging those Horrible trashy ends of the farm field . If you have a great field that goes south on you ….DON’T GIVE UP ON IT …, It will come back to life .. you may have to suffer through for a few seasons but it will be back . AND !!!! while you’re waiting .. Hit the DROP and DRAW …. YES its a pain in the butt However the science is sound … The targets are there . Suffer through digging the Junk ,and there will be a lot of it But the good stuff is hiding among the soda cans and tin foil

 

 Yes this is me working hard checking the Transmitters

FOTW April 4. 2017

Congrats to John DeRosa of Phillipsburg, New Jersey!  John is this weeks best find post winner for his 1700’s Colonial Shoe Buckle. This is his 3 win this year. John will get a first round bye in the end of year prize package competition. Thank you for your post John!

 

Whites V3i Deep Seeking Program

I’ve been sweeping with The Whites V3i for the last 4 years. For the last 3 years I have been using the following program exclusively.

It a deep seeking program with a slow sweep speed.

You may want to adjust as you hunt. For this, I add all my live keys, that I use often to my search screen. If you would like to know how to do this, please check out my V3i Sweeper video titled Hot Keys.

Here is my program. Most of you may know it by the name The Magic Program

*Three frequency in Best data
lock trac on with a offset of +1 and ground balance every 20 minutes or so
(Watch the arrows while ground balancing and wait until they start to switch back and forth left to right before releasing.)

*5 band filter.

*Recovery speed. (50 to 100 range )

60 -75 moderate soil.

50 trashy

80-100 clean
intensity base threshold of 70
Fade rate at 4
(my preference depth is not effected)What program/settings do you use when you metal detect a new site/permission?

*Rx gain 10 to start and adjust from there
*Tx boost off
*Disc. 88-93
*All metal 70

DISCRIMINATION
Bottle cap reject off
Hot rock off
Reject -95 to -89
Accept -88 to +94
Reject +95
(if your ground phases into the -80s you will want to reject down into the -80 range.)

TONES (on)
-95 to -6 (5)
-5 to -1 (50)
0 to +9 (150)
+10 to +12 (165)
+13 to +17 (175)
+18 to +22 (225)
+23 to +29 (175)
+30 to +39 (190)
+40 to +49 (200)
+50 (210)
+51 to +54 (225)
+55 to +59 (210)
+60 to +67 (220)
+68 to +89 (250)
+90 to +94 (255)

Remember
Don’t rely 100% on the VDI # to dig… it will be off a bit!
Your pinpointing will be effect a little to.
It will be noisy.

Slow down your sweep speed.

* indicates areas where adjustment may be needed during your hunt.

These should be added to your live keys on your search screen for easy access.

Please visit my

You tube channel, V3i SWEEPER to see if this is a machine you have interest in.

You can always find me on Facebook at

Global Detection AdventuresWhat program/settings do you use when you metal detect a new site/permission?

David DiNatale  

My web site global-detecting.com 

Hear me on The Global Detection Adventures Podcast.

FOTW March 31, 2017

Congrats to John DeRosa of Phillipsburg, New Jersey and Richard Kruckemeyer of Gothemburg, Nebraska.

They are this weeks best of finds post winners. John for his 1866 S Seated Half and Richard for his 1902 Barber Half.  

Both are now qualify for the end of the year prize package competition.   Thanks for your posts guys!

 

Digging “Something Good”, Silver, and Civil War! – The Siren Kimmie Invasion is here!

Siren Kimmie’s British Invasion

Siren Kimmie

Siren Kimmie Invasion

Digging “Something Good”… Including civil war relics, silver, coins, and even a BUCKET LIST item! The month of March was a lot of fun in KimmieLand!!!

Join in the SirenMania as Kimmie ventures across North Carolina, South Carolina, and beyond, rescuing history with an awesome back drop of tunes from Herman’s Hermits, The Rolling Stones, Manfred Man, The Dave Clark Five, and The Searchers!

Check out this and all the other fun-filled adventures of Siren Kimmie and Girls Rock Metal Detecting on YouTube!

Girls Rock Metal Detecting Video Schedule

Rockin’ Digger of the Month – 1st of the Month
Metal Detecting Video – 15th of the Month
Vlog Every 1st + 3rd Week

For all the “goings on” with Siren Kimmie and Girls Rock Metal Detecting check the website: GirlsRockMetalDetecting.com

FOTW Winner March 22, 2017

Congrats to Josh Morgan of Hillsboro, West Virginia and Elias Anastasios of Brisane, Queensland Austrialia.  Josh and Elias are this weeks choice for best finds post. Josh for his 1792 2 Real and a cut 1727 2 Pristareen. Elias for his US WWII Compass. Both are now qualified for the end of the year prize package. Thanks for your posts guys!!

Who will be next weeks winner(s)?

SIREN VLOG: You Say You Want A Revolution

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Siren Kimmie takes a day trip to Wilmington North Carolina to investigate it’s rich film history plus it’s civil war and revolutionary war background.  Pubs, seafood, riverside views, battleships, shopping, wine tasting and more!  HAPPY St. Patrick’s Day!

Past Episodes of Siren Vlog: