I started metal detecting back in the mid 70’s a Whites Beachcomber 6D. It was a simple machine with just two controls but worked remarkably well for the time and my modest successes with it encouraged me to stay with the hobby.
I graduated to more complex machines over the years which allowed me to search more types of ground and expand my knowledge of detecting and history in general.
After 25 years detecting life took over as it does and as a result I went out less and less with my detectors until I eventually hung up my headphones and pursued other interests.
Two decades later and with a lot more spare time on my hands I returned to the hobby I loved so many years ago. It was very much like returning to an old friend and picking up where I had left off.
The machines had changed, although not as much as you would expect given the amount of time that had lapsed. Interfaces were now mostly digital with large VDU’s and smaller control panel housings. Battery life had improved which meant fewer batteries with longer life. And recovery speed (time it takes to detect a signal, drop it and detect another) had also improved.
Machines today are also much lighter which makes for less arm strain and longer detecting sessions. Detecting depth though had not moved on much since my last detector which was a Laser B1 in 1995.
My background is in tech and IT and as a result I had always been up to date with the latest technology. So apart from the lighter weight of todays detectors everything felt pretty much familiar.
This website is a forum on which to share my own thoughts and experiences about metal detecting and to reflect on what is happening in the hobby today.
GL & HH!