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So What Got You Interested In Metal Detecting?

September 09, 2020 01:11PM avatar
As a kid, I always loved the out of doors. My dad used to take us on 4WD outings for family trips along with a friend of his that was an Archaeologist for BYU. We explored all sorts of old west locations including old mining camps, cattle rustling sites, Indian ruins, and other places of interest. At one place, we stumbled on an old wooden crate full of the old nitroglycerin / sawdust dynamite. That was an interesting moment.

Going along with that, our boy scout troop would make frequent camping trips out to an old ghost town called Mercur (Andrew just found a token from there) and our scout master would tell us stories about some of the old west mining towns. I was intrigued.

When I was in 8th grade my dad asked if there was something special I'd like for my birthday and i told him a metal detector. We drove down to Littlefields in downtown Salt Lake and I picked out a White Coinmaster TR. It had a metal / mineral adjustment, took 14 AA batteries, had an onboard battery tester and a nice big meter.

I took that detector all over the place. I don't remember making any great finds with it until the family of a friend of mine moved to an old house in an old neighborhood of Salt Lake. The house was built in the late 1880's and we got to talking that it would be a good idea to go over the yard with my metal detector.

I found some old coins, I remember a buffalo nickel and an IHC and some wheaties. I knew there were more coins there. It was 1985 now and I decided I wanted to get a detector with some discrimination ability. I bought a Teknetics Mark I which was a big game changer. I turned up a lot more coins in that old yard as well as a couple stellar trade tokens which eventually led me to joining a detecting club up in Kaysville and meeting another detectorist that quickly became a best friend and detecting buddy.

That was a lot of years ago and I still enjoy getting out on the road and exploring this great big Western Frontier with all of you.


Rich -

It's YOU that makes the difference.
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So What Got You Interested In Metal Detecting?

Timbertodd 100 September 07, 2020 04:12PM

So What Got You Interested In Metal Detecting?

UtahRich 57 September 09, 2020 01:11PM

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NWCindy 41 September 09, 2020 04:04PM

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NWCindy 43 September 09, 2020 03:55PM

Beginnings -

UtahRich 42 September 09, 2020 10:01PM

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Dan'o 50 September 09, 2020 12:05PM

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NWCindy 51 September 09, 2020 03:59PM

Cindy, I roundaboutish helped OTTS get started, and was a member in late '84, early '85.

Monte 49 September 09, 2020 07:41PM

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NWCindy 34 September 13, 2020 08:54AM

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Kickindirt 49 September 09, 2020 09:03AM

Meteorites

OregonGregg 59 September 09, 2020 06:30AM

I must know. Did you ever find a meteorite? N/T

NWCindy 56 September 09, 2020 11:31AM

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OregonGregg 49 September 10, 2020 01:16PM

I thought maybe you were still looking N/T

NWCindy 49 September 10, 2020 05:36PM

The proverbial Easter Egg hunt

zincoln 59 September 08, 2020 10:03PM

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NWCindy 36 September 09, 2020 04:00PM

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Remfire 66 September 08, 2020 09:34PM

I'm sorry smiling smiley

OregonGregg 64 September 09, 2020 06:14AM

Bottoms up! N/T

Remfire 47 September 09, 2020 12:39PM

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WM6 49 September 09, 2020 04:14AM

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Druid 45 September 08, 2020 04:50PM

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Timbertodd 40 September 08, 2020 03:28PM

Westerns .. Garden Tilling ... and my older brother, Ed.

Monte 56 September 08, 2020 08:05AM

Re: Westerns .. Garden Tilling ... and my older brother, Ed.

Timbertodd 49 September 08, 2020 03:27PM

Nope, he didn't show interest at all. But he did get into it the summer of 68 briefly. N/T

Monte 36 September 08, 2020 03:31PM

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jmaryt 48 September 08, 2020 05:28AM

I got fired up watching the Goat Doctor Hoard recovery on TVWhite's Electronics

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