Detectival Rally September 2017.

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Re: Detectival Rally September 2017.

Post by Tony Hunt » Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:49 am

I will be attending for the duration, not detecting sadly but be manning the Detectorbits and Quest stands so please come and say hello If you're attending.



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Re: Detectival Rally September 2017.

Post by JBM » Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:37 am

Hi Tony. put the kettle on still no sugar in the coffee. ::g Jerry.

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Re: Detectival Rally September 2017.

Post by liamnolan » Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:12 pm

JBM wrote:
Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:37 pm
Ty 3.jpgThanks ss47.

Its having a dog that keeps me going.

Its no use me saying to Ty, Iam to tired to take you out.

We rescued Labs for 30 years and we thought it was all over 18 months ago, until this chap who is 50lbs of Muscle needed re homing.

He a very gentle affectionate dog.

Happy Hunting.

Jerry.
I have the exact copy but in brown/white, she looks fearsome but is just soft and likes to bark now and then, could not get a more loyal and warm companion, she races after the rabbits but as she is not built for speed, they just laugh and wander off into the hedges ...

Hope the weather holds out for the detecting, bad weather can ruin any event, good luck to all, Liam
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Re: Detectival Rally September 2017.

Post by Sportsman » Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:25 pm

I will be attending and cant wait should be fun with plenty of banter ::g
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Re: Detectival Rally September 2017.

Post by lukewarm » Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:40 pm

Getting ready now, I covered some miles last year and found my third treasure, a battered silver ring. The social side is just as much fun as the detecting
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Re: Detectival Rally September 2017.

Post by JBM » Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:46 pm

The tented village is all part of the fun and a chance to meet up with friends old and new. ::g

Some of them have been at the heart of this hobby for donkeys years,certainly before we had modern day electronics. OooO

Remember to take some spending money along as there are always bargains to be had. ;)

Happy Hunting,

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Re: Detectival Rally September 2017.

Post by JBM » Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:05 pm

Well some folks from around the globe start arriving for this event tomorrow.

We are set to go Friday morning.

I did hear a whisper that Minelab have sort of conference in the making on the first day.

It will be interesting to see just what they have got on offer. as its been a long time coming.

I wonder if they have learned any lessons from the other top flight manufacturers.

Will it pass the well known u-tube video with the tiny gold fragment test challenge from Steve.?

Happy Hunting.

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Re: Detectival Rally September 2017.

Post by JBM » Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:15 pm

Hope to see some of you over the weekend.

This looks like a good meeting spot for XP owners and their friends. ::g Jerry.
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Re: Detectival Rally September 2017.

Post by mrix » Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:56 pm

JBM wrote:
Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:05 pm
Well some folks from around the globe start arriving for this event tomorrow.

We are set to go Friday morning.

I did hear a whisper that Minelab have sort of conference in the making on the first day.

It will be interesting to see just what they have got on offer. as its been a long time coming.

I wonder if they have learned any lessons from the other top flight manufacturers.

Will it pass the well known u-tube video with the tiny gold fragment test challenge from Steve.?

Happy Hunting.

Jerry.
Will be interesting to finally get a look at this New Minelab machine and get some more information on it ::g B-)

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Re: Detectival Rally September 2017.

Post by stubble hunter » Sat Sep 16, 2017 7:37 pm

As I had to leave the rally due to a persistent back ache I have time at home to compile a small report.
Like last year the organisation was second to none, no shortage of food and drink stalls, loads of trade stalls and I also want to thank Regtons for fixing my dodgy WS5's in double quick time !
And the land ? Like last year the fields were vast but with the camp area bang in the middle of the fields the walking distances were not as far.
All of the fields were either disc'd. Some were nobbly particularly field 15 on day 2 (hence my back ache !) but it was 'the' field to be in ! But those fields that were planted were really very doable ! ::g
Day 1 and finds I heard of were a Saxon and Gold disc brooch (well it looked like that in the FLO case), a lovely carved Roman knife handle, some quality hammereds and denarii, and my mate was next to the chap who pulled out a saxon penny (Aethelraed II I believe). The FLO also confirmed a 'hoard' had turned up which may have been Elizabethan but was awaiting confirmation on who found what and how many.
Day 2 and it appears field 15 ( next to the barrow and across from the Roman scheduled site) was where most of the finds were coming from. Understandably most people targetted this one including yours truly who managed a half sestertius (albeit little detail).
But there were some star finds including a saxon gold pin, saxon gold thrysma (hopefully this is not a chinese whispers find... ) and several denarii - all from the top slope of field 15 I believe. My mate bagged one of the denarius too :)
I was also told that one chap walked into field 15 and immediately dug up a gold guinea ! Georgian I believe.
On returning to the finds tent later I also saw a gold Portugese half escudo.
Of course with the number of detectorists there .. 500 odd ? Then the chances of a few fab finds were always going to be increased so congratulations to those finders. And as for the miserable few that moaned the 'fields were crap' then they really don't understand the beauty of our hobby ! You have to go over it ! As well as know what to listen to naturally :-w
My only gripe is that for the second year running it was not common knowledge which field had the tokens in. It was field 1 which I found out come the afternoon. 50 tokens planted apparently 48 silver and 2 gold. Anyone finding a gold one got a detector ! And both 'were' found ! And I found one of the silver ones so no 17 got me a Searchers goodie bag of a polo shirt, 2 finds bag, rucksack, aluminium drinks bottle and .. a baseball hat ! Can never have enough baseball hats ! :)) And I should add that I won a years subscription to Searcher mag. So this was one of several good prizes on offer not forgetting the main raffle draw which offered up many brands of detector as a prize. Top notch prizes (should be too at a fiver a ticket :D )
The weather was showery and I hope everyone gets off the site though the long grass did help !
The entertainment included a bucking bronco with the Brits versus all the Europeans ! Great fun and a disco provided the music till midnight. There were a few sore heads next day. p.s. The Hook Norton beer at £4 a pint was very reasonable I thought though other brands were a touch more expensive.
A great experience though can we have the weather a tad warmer next year please. The nights were close to freezing :-O
For those who have never experienced a rally... give it a try but go prepared ! Plenty of blankets for warmth if tenting it !
Cheers !
John
p.s. I am sure others will contribute more positive comments and tell about more fantastic finds too !
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Re: Detectival Rally September 2017.

Post by liamnolan » Sat Sep 16, 2017 8:36 pm

Pleased that you enjoyed the event and especially the 1000 acres of new land, must have been hard to obtain, presumably well away from the XP Rally last year? Weather looks good for tomorrow, lovely area of the UK to be in, thanks for the report, Liam ::g
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Re: Detectival Rally September 2017.

Post by Marcadia » Sun Sep 17, 2017 6:03 pm

I thought it was a great rally, very organised, plenty of toilets and a good selection of food vans. I saw loads of finds coming up, celtic, Saxon, Roman. As of yesterday evening it was over 200 roman, inc silver denari, 3 gold staters, Saxon brooch, Saxon gold pin, absolutely loads of hammered, Roman brooches galore, a few groats, the list goes on. There was more than enough land and very obvious that the majority was undetected, which did make up for last year. 😁
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Re: Detectival Rally September 2017.

Post by Oxgirl36 » Sun Sep 17, 2017 7:38 pm

Oh wish I could have gone. Was instead left dreaming of detecting the fields next to the canal I was sailing on and getting excited about next weekend instead. Great report Stubble Hunter. Glad you got some great prizes in addition to your detecting finds! Look forward to seeing what sounds like some very exciting Saxon stuff. Hope we do as well on the MDF dig ::g :D
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Re: Detectival Rally September 2017.

Post by JBM » Sun Sep 17, 2017 8:02 pm

It was an excellent event and I met many old friends and made a few new ones.

Some of the fields were hard work for my old frame but there were some easier ones available.

If anything there was to much land and everywhere you could see folks in the far distance detecting.

There were many bargains to be purchased on the day.

I only had run of the mill finds myself, but that detecting.

My Pal won a Technetics Patriot metal detector.

I think it will be sold if anyone needs one.

An old fella I know went with money to buy the new Minelab machine only to be told they were only taking orders for delivery in a few months time.

My long time friend Tony Hunt was there and gave a me a very good deal on a really good quality waterproof jacket.

I did treat myself to the new XP High frequency coil for the Deus.

Perhaps I will have to tap the wife up for some money for my 83rd birthday in a couple of weeks time.

All in all a very good weekend.

Happy Hunting,

Jerry.

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Re: Detectival Rally September 2017.

Post by liamnolan » Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:43 am

Hi Jerry - Pleased everyone had a good time as I know many had travelled many miles to get there, weather seemed ok as well for most of the time. I expect you are putting your feet up for a day's rest and a few cuppa's, Liam OooO
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