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October 17, 2018 09:35PM
Hello to all those here on AHRPS,
my name is Drew and my forum handle is Druid, I hale from beautiful British Columbia, Canada about 300 miles North of Oregon the crow flies. Yes, Oregon is also beautiful and so is its craft beer!smileys with diet Dr. Pepper float
I had a bit of a difficult road to get here from the front page but finally went straight to the source and sent a PM to Monte directly. Once we had a chance to chew the fat a bit I was hooked up and running pretty quick. Thanks for that Monte!
For the last several years I have become a big fan of the NokMak machines and use the FORS Relic frequently.
Recently I had the good fortune to pick up a sweet package deal on a used Impact with 5 coils and lower shafts as well.
I am not a brand loyalist type as I take great pleasure in trying out different detectors from various manufacturers.
I try to remain open to all brands and love to experiment with, and test new and intriguing machines. I keep a core selection of the units that perform best in each application and sell on the others after giving each a fair shake down. Yeah I am a detector head.
I also enjoy following what others are experiencing with their detectors in their hunting grounds, and really like watching certain individuals who produce straight forward, honest videos of live digs.
My first crack at detecting was with an old, (well, new at the time), Compass Judge 2 but at that tender age, (10), and without any mentors I just couldn’t get a handle on it and gave up. Monte where were you when I needed you!
Looking back now I sure wished I hadn't dropped detecting as I really missed the boat in 1970! By the time I resumed the pickings were slim. Fast forward 26 years and the desire to hunt for treasure came back with a vengeance in the mid 90's. I bought a Garrett GTI 2500 and found,(a) a lot of shallow Canadian clad, and the odd silver, and, (b) that the ground balance circuit just couldn’t handle anything other than turf without overloading. Garrett tried any number of things to help, (great customer service by the way), but nothing solved the problem.
After seeing and reading a considerable number of Monte's posts on various forums I somewhat nervously sent him a plea for some advice. Monte graciously sent me his usual, brief, succinct, 5 page email and convinced me to look at some other options. Long story short I took his advice and my detecting results picked up quickly from there.
Now, many detectors later, and retired from my day job after 34+ years I am really just starting to kick into high gear and find that I am enjoying the hobby more than ever.
Reading the posts I realize that there are some of you on here I recognize from other forums. To all the others I want to get to know the rest of you better.
I look forward to visiting here regularly and hope to contribute where I can.
Cheers all,
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Druid 253 October 17, 2018 09:35PM

Hey Drew -

Rich (Utah) 141 October 20, 2018 07:35PM

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Druid 156 October 22, 2018 10:04AM

Welcome aboard !

Hombre 138 October 19, 2018 09:18AM

Re: Hello!

NWCindy 164 October 18, 2018 06:27PM

Re: Hello!

Druid 146 October 22, 2018 10:09AM

Re: Hello!

zincoln 136 October 18, 2018 11:05AM

Re: Hello!

Timbertodd 176 October 18, 2018 06:29AM

Re: Hello!

Druid 127 October 19, 2018 08:43PM

Drew, 'Welcome' to the AHRPS Forums. smileys with diet Dr. Pepper float

Monte 750 October 17, 2018 11:38PM

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