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New to the hobby? Here’s a reality check

Posted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 7:28 pm
by Oxgirl36
Just got a shiny new detector? Excited about what you might find? Brilliant news ::g Then you’ve watched a load of YouTube videos and seen and heard about those detectorists who seem to find gold on each trip out and wonder why you aren’t that lucky?

Let me tell you a secret some of them are not exactly telling the full truth about what they find ;). In reality there are people in this hobby who detect regularly who after 10 years have not found a hammered silver coin h;@ . There are a lot more who haven’t found gold after 15 plus years. Honestly that’s true. Are they using a rubbish machine? Are they using a poor detecting technique? No, they aren’t. They aren’t that unusual.

If you live in parts of the country hammered coins aren’t easy to find. Gold isn’t very easy to find anywhere. So if you’ve come into this hobby to get rich I’d get your new detector and put it straight on the nearest selling site you can find cause this hobby is highly likely to disappoint you.

I have a brilliant detecting site right now but if I earned 50p worth of finds for each hour I detected this year I’d be doing well. Not that I sell my finds anyway but that’s on a great site, most would be a lot worse!

So look at your shiny new detector and decide if you are doing this because you think you’ll find treasure or because you want to be part of the unearthing of history, getting some fresh air and exercise and having a bit of you time. Because you’ll need to be prepared to put in 35+ hours to get a proper grip on the basics of your machine. Maybe 200+ hours to know it really well. Are you prepared to do that? s;..

On new land your first trip could easily find you very little. Does that mean it’s rubbish? I spent over 8 hours on my best field before I found very much at all. Then the grass was cut very short and the weather changed and suddenly I’m on a completely different field. I persevered and didn’t just dismiss it.

So if you are new to this hobby be prepared to put in the graft and the hours to know your machine. No amount of watching YouTube videos will reduce that time really. If you have your own land research it and be patient and the land will share it’s history (if it has any that is :D ). If you go on digs be prepared to really graft on the research knowing that still it’ll be just pot luck if you (or anyone else) finds something.

This hobby is a game of patience - if you have some you’ll be rewarded by finds that make you smile and punch the air in excitement. Most have little monetary value but are rich in history and I wish you good luck in finding them.

Happy hunting :;@