Welcome to the metaldetectingforums.org site. This is the very first post for the amateur web builder and metal detecting beginner. I will do my best to whisk you all along with me, Cap’n Jeff, to amazing places and amazing treasure. As things around here grow and evolve I hope you will continue coming back to see what’s been going on. I want to see lots of conversation and tall tale swapping.

A few notes for my fellow beginners before we cast off:

  1. Be teachable. I have missed so many great learning opportunities to letting ego keep me from asking questions or taking advice/correction. Not just with metal detecting but in life.
  2. Listen hard. I suppose this goes along with number one, but you really have to consider the people who have gone before you and what they have to say.
  3. Read, read, read. Learn everything you can. There are a lot of great e-books to help you written by people who have been enjoying this hobby for 10-20 years. Their information can be invaluable to someone looking for the right way to go starting out. May I recommend this book right here?
  4. Get out there. You can only read about a thing so much. I know I may sound like I’m in start contrast to number three, but you really have to get out there and dig. That is the only way you will be figuring out just how your detector talks to you.
  5. Know the rules and regulations pertaining to metal detecting in your area. Every state, city, and park can be different. There can be some pretty hefty fines and penalties for digging where you aren’t allowed, or the land is preserved for historical purposes.
  6. Know where  you’re digging. If you plan to dig near your home or in an area in between your house and say a building or the pool….anywhere that you have electric running underground, you’re going to want to avoid putting a shovel through your lines.
  7. Join a digging club if there is one in your area. They hold events and hunts where you will meet other people interested in the hobby who can give you pointers, locations to try, and recommend gear. If there isn’t a club near you join an online community, subscribing to this site could be one among many resources for you 🙂
  8. Learn to love aluminum foil and pull tabs lol

Alright then matey’s; the men of yesteryear have dropped their change, their rings, their chalices, and even crowns that need dug up by a hungry metal detecting beginner just like me. I’ll be off to the dirt patch soon, and so should you. After you get out their and get your hands dirty; come back here and share you experience with me and the rest of the community.

Thanks for stopping by, do come back, and if you need anything at all reach me at capnjeff@metaldetectingforums.org

 

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