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About pulltabMiner

I like metal detecting and playing the ukulele. I am a better metal detectorist than I am a uke player. I also like doing things with my two sons like fishing, biking, and otherwise goofing around. In the past I have grown vegetables with great success but since we got the big dog, nothing lives in my yard that he decides should not. Occasionally, the drawing bug bites me and I draw with pencil and ink. I've dabbled in foreign languages and my latest obsession is mining and trading cryptocurrencies. I think of myself as a well rounded nerd.

December’s meeting

We had a beautiful sunny day for our December meeting at the Sedgwick County park. Attendance was great and a good time was had by all.

As I expected, some very good finds were made and I wanted to pass along some advice:

  1. One of the very good finds was under a penny signal. Dig all penny signals.
  2. If you are working an area relatively clean of trash, dig all mid-tones, including the low-end foil signals.

We are ruminating on ideas for the next year. Stay tuned.



Steve is gone and so is September

We had our first club meet yesterday since the departure of our beloved founder and leader, Steve. Alas! he will be missed.

It was a good turnout and the weather was near perfect. At one point we were visited by a cookie-sniffing winnie dog but the cookies were chocolate chip so he couldn’t have any.

We conducted the club’s business which included ideas about leadership models. People seemed to like the concept of 3 month leadership teams. More on that later. Also, we spoke briefly about the possibility to hold classes only for club members, aiming at spreading the knowledge from the more experienced hunters to the rest of us newbs. Information will go out to the members as these plus other ideas take hold.

Have patience with us as we sort things out. For starters, I will try to keep this page updated. Steve if you read this, it may be nice for you to write a thing or two about your experiences in the frozen north.

Again, thank you all for your patience and happy hunting!


Excellence in Metal Detecting

I just read a book titled The Fred Factor, by Mark Sanborn. The book is an inspirational little book about delivering superior service for the sakes of delivering superior service.

One of the things Mr. Sanborn suggests is to find a way to deliver superior service every day, even in the smallest of ways. So I started to think about something I do often where I could do just that. Then it hit me, I metal detect often. I love my hobby so I thought there is no better time to apply the principles of the book.

So, as the book asks, I identified my customer. The way I see it, my customer is the public who shares the parks and other public spaces where I metal detect. Having identified the customer, the task at which I would want to excel is digging a plug and restoring the ground once I am done retrieving the target. In this way, the other users of the park will never be inconvenienced in any way because of what I do. So for 2015 I vow to absolutely master how I retrieve a target from the ground when metal detecting.

The other thing that I thought about is to clean the park as I go. I have done this in the past in a very modest scale but I think in 2015 I will up my efforts to pick trash as I detect.

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and any other holiday you may celebrate this season.


How low can you go? (in the ground, that is)

A few years back I read an online article by NASA Tom that set me on a journey to try to find the deepest detector around.

In his article, Tom discusses a project he undertook at the site of an old fort in Florida. You can read the original article here but the gist of it is that 95% of all desirable, non-ferrous targets (coins and relics and such) are still in the ground being maliciously masked by iron AND that there is a plethora of such targets at 12.5 – 14 inches deep!!

I know some of you don’t want to dig a 12 inch hole but if you do, take heart, your efforts are likely to be rewarded.

Happy Hunting!


Lost ring

I encourage all members to read the comments on any and all posts here. People will often post requests for help finding lost items. There is one such request posted as a comment on the previous post. Please if you can help, the contact information is in the message.

I hope to create a page instructing people who want help to send a private message to me, Steve or any other volunteers from our club. I hope that in this way, people needing help don’t have to post personal phone numbers and names in our blog thus protecting their identities.


Late notice about December meet

Hello everyone,

What with the holidays and all, I am just now getting to tell you all that this months meeting will happen at Alley park at the usual time of 3pm to 6pm or whenever people want to go home.

Again, tomorrow, Sunday December 7 (a day which shall live in infamy) at Alley park on south Seneca from 3pm to 6pm.


Perhaps a future a detectorist was in the group

Next to my favorite park there is an elementary school and in the park itself, there is a community center. Often, teachers from the school will bring their classes to the community center.

The other day, as I was detecting the park, such a group walked by close enough for me to hear what they were saying:

Child (pointing at me): “Mrs, what is that?”
Teacher: “It’s a metal detector. Metal detecting is a popular past time.”
Child: “Is he looking for treasure?”
Teacher: “He’s looking for any items from the past that may be interesting”

I was quite moved by this. This teacher lady took the opportunity to teach when the child asked what I was doing AND she portrayed the hobby in such a positive light that it made me wonder if one or two of those children will grow up to take up our hobby. We don’t always get that kind of advocacy and I wanted to make sure to let you guys know that not everybody hates what we do.

Happy Hunting!