Treasure Talk

Treasure Talk

Minelab CTX 3030 – UK program - Part 2

May 13, 2013 12:30pm

In part one we built the mode (program) and now I would like to take a closer look at the settings and the thought behind them.

The first mode with the tadpole patterns is the main program, and the clear screen mode is the mode I switch to if I need to analyse iffy targets.

It doesn't matter how you mix and match these patterns between the two modes, and previously I mixed a tadpole and clear screen pattern on each mode. The problem with that is I couldn’t see which mode I was in as they looked very similar. So now I keep the most recognisable elements together, which are the tadpole patterns.

Posted by Gordon Heritage on May 13, 2013 12:30pm | 5 Comments

Gaining permission - Part 2

May 06, 2013 12:45pm

Ok, I have covered several points in my last blog post, and there are more, but those are my main ones. In this blog post I will use a couple more.

When asking permission to hunt a property this is how my introduction goes 90% of the time:

'Hello my name is Evan. I hate to bother you, but I just noticed how old your house is. Could you tell me what you know about it?' Then I say, 'I did some research on this house and what I found is...' and I let them know what I found out. I then say 'the reason for my interest is I have a website and YouTube channel called Gonehunting for History. I go around to different places metal detecting for things from the past, whether it be tokens, charms, etc. My favorite things to find are things that are connected to the town.' I then talk about past finds and relate them to the town I am in.

Posted by Evan Granger on May 06, 2013 12:45pm | 0 Comments

Minelab CTX 3030 - UK program - Part 1

April 29, 2013 10:55am

The CTX 3030 is a great metal detector that can be used many different ways, and in this blog post I'm going to show you how I use it.

First I need to explain where and what I’m searching for. In the UK I search for ancient finds rather than the more recent finds like milled coins. My entire quarry dates older than 300 years, and I often search for finds over a thousand years old. So Search Modes (programs) used to find coins in parks just don’t cut it for me.

Posted by Gordon Heritage on April 29, 2013 10:55am | 0 Comments

Gaining permission - Part 1

April 19, 2013 10:45am

First and foremost, you have to have a game plan. Don’t ever go up to the door and not know what you are going to say. You may laugh, but I practice what I will say. I try to have at least a little of the history on the area or house before I start. You might possibly have more info than the landowner, and a way to start the conversation. If not, that is fine, do not let that keep you from going. Whether or not you have good intel on the property isn’t a game killer, but it can show the owner that you are serious about your work and that you are not just a “treasure hunter”. Having what you are going to say polished before you go up there can make or break the decision.

Posted by Evan Granger on April 19, 2013 10:45am | 1 Comment

Renewing my one ounce membership for 2013

April 12, 2013 02:20pm

Whenever I hear the term ‘’every man and his dog has been there” I am always up for the challenge as to see what they have left behind for me. On a recent trip to the Goldfields I decided to spend my time working some old diggings located in a gully that over the years has been well known to many prospectors. Including myself as a 12 year old where I found my very first nugget operating the XT 17000.

Every detector operator approaches an area in their own unique and individual way. Whether that be deciding to venture off in a certain direction because something in the distance catches your eye. Things like a certain type of tree or shrub, quartz and ironstone, rabbit warrens presenting the deeper ground mineralisation or even something as simple as a web containing a big spider in the centre of it. Resulting in the prospector detecting in another direction as to what they normally would. As long as you are out moving that coil around you are in with a chance of finding something that has been missed by others.

Posted by Angus James on April 12, 2013 02:20pm | 2 Comments

Ups & Downs Of Volume Gain

April 05, 2013 03:07pm

These days we are bombarded with gadgets loaded with special features, the CTX 3030 is certainly that way inclined, but if we are too lazy to experiment and familiarize ourselves by using them, what is the point?

When the CTX 3030 came out I quickly spent a lot of time getting my head around what its capabilities were, all the time knowing full well that even if I understood these features it would take some time for them to sink in. I have found that if I know what it can do, then it opens up my mind allowing me to develop different techniques in various situations to improve my detecting.

Posted by Mark Williams on April 05, 2013 03:07pm | 2 Comments

Minelab CTX 3030 finds Viking coin

March 22, 2013 04:00pm

Last year I found a coin that has turned out to be the best coin I've ever found. I was searching a river in Buckinghamshire England; working an area I'd previously searched every summer for 10 years. Finds had become very sparse, but in May 2012 I returned with my new CTX 3030 and I immediately saw “the site come to life!”

I started to work the inside bend of a bank that had previously produced several large first century Roman coins to a Minelab Excalibur 800. The first target of note was a lovely tin coin of James II, which has a copper plug fig1. This was in remarkable condition, and the date (1685) can still be read on the outside edge of the coin. I was so pleased to find this coin, they are rarely found in this condition.

Posted by Gordon Heritage on March 22, 2013 04:00pm | 5 Comments

Finding small gold jewelry on the beach with the Minelab CTX 3030

March 15, 2013 03:46pm

I can boldly say the CTX 3030 is the most sensitive metal detector I have ever used for gold jewelry hunting on the beach and this awesome metal detector has changed my approach to finding smaller items of gold jewelry on the beach.

Posted by Gary Drayton on March 15, 2013 03:46pm | 4 Comments

Maximizing your area - Part 2

March 05, 2013 10:09am

Even if you are not the talking type, there are so many other ways to get to the goodies. One is slower, but can really be helpful, and that is the library. Looking at old newspapers can tell of stories forgotten only a few weeks after they were written. Most small town papers kept all of the local stories worthy to research on the front page, with the rest of the paper open to National news or advertisements.

Posted by Evan Granger on March 05, 2013 10:09am | 2 Comments

Those little ones add up

February 21, 2013 02:39pm

There’s been a real buzz around the world lately with the discovery of a monster gold nugget in Victoria’s Golden Triangle; it never ceases to amaze me the amount of large nugget finds that keep coming out from the richest, but also the most detected dirt on the planet!

Posted by Jonathan Porter on February 21, 2013 02:39pm | 3 Comments
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