Thames Valley Metal Detectors Association By Sven Stau
London, Ontario, Canada
2013 Annual Port Stanley Competition Fun Hunt
Once again the annual hunt on June 8th at Mackie’s beachside restaurant on Lake Erie greeted members with a mild, overcast, rain free day. Some members were so excited about the hunt they decided to arrive at the beach just after daybreak. Most members arrived by 8:30 a.m. and talked shop while others made a few swings on the beach. The picnic tables were loaded with numerous prizes such as coins, coin sets, gift cards, metal detector, 3 Minelab gift bags worth $150.00 each and a variety of other prizes.
Special thanks goes to Minelab Canada and Radioworld for the generous prize bag donations. As well, for the free Minelab ball caps, T-shirts, re-usable shopping bag and catalogues for each member who attended the hunt. A special thanks also goes to the Jewelry & Coin Center of Buffalo, NY for donating a bag of foreign coins for the kids to hunt.
The first hunt was scheduled to start at 9 a.m. and was the silver coin and prize token hunt valued at about $700 worth of buried silver. One and two dollar Canadian coins worth hundreds of dollars were also buried. This is the hunt everyone looks forward to. Everyone lined up around the hunt perimeter with detectors raised high in the air. Excitement and pounding hearts readied and able waited for the signal to rush in and swing for treasure. The signal was given and away everyone went. Scoops were thrust into the sand and contents dumped into goodie bags, pouches and baskets. You could hear the clanging of coins every other second. The frenzy lasted about 12 minutes and the last 20 minutes were spent meandering about looking for those last few straggler coins. Prizes were handed out for the numbered prize tokens found and everyone compared their found treasures.
The Kids Hunt came next; they had it made. Practically no competition this year. The two youngsters had a blast scooping up coins they never saw before. It sure made for an interesting hunt. I thought about entering, thinking I was just a big kid…….
The second hunt was just as crazy as the first with the object of desire to find where Canadian $1 and $2 coins known as loonies and toonies were buried. These coins came from member entry fees that were to be paid in that particular denomination of coins. You could just hear the coins being found, clanging away.
Final hunt for the day centered around finding a painted orange penny with a number 13 on it. The finder of that penny would receive a silver half dollar. That #13 penny was buried amongst hundreds of other painted orange pennies. The hunt started like all the other hunts, everyone rushing into the hunt field, only this time, scrambling to find that special numbered penny. This hunt had an unusual outcome; the lucky 13 penny was never found. It was rumoured a seagull swooped in and snatched it up thinking it was a tasty morsel of food. Once it was determined that all hope was lost in finding the lucky penny, the prize was given to the holder of the # 12 penny.
After all was said and done, the annual Port Stanley hunt was over for another year. Everyone found treasure and had smiles on their faces. Some members left for home while many others stepped inside Mackie’s restaurant for burgers, fries, fresh fried fish, ice cream or other tasty treats. And, a handful of others like myself hit the main beach hoping to find some gold.
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Figured I’d share a few thoughts on the X-Terra 705. I’ve only owned it for about a week… been out with it 3 times now. I haven’t really put it through all the tests, but I think I’ve gotten a pretty good feel for it so far. Stock 7.5 kHz coil, by the way.
First off, it’s incredibly easy to use… I mean, after you read and understand the manual, of course Also, plenty of literature out there on the machine… a lot of forum threads spread across the various metal detecting forums. Pretty much any question you have regarding the machine can be found with a simple google search. I guess I’ll just give my thoughts on a few aspects of the machine…
Discrimination – Seems pretty bang-on so far. Very clean, repeatable, solid tone on good targets. Jumpy, blippy tones are 99% junk. Modern CDN clad seems to sounds pretty scratchy, but will show up as a high TID. I’ve only found a couple quarters and loonies so far, and this has been the case… pretty easy to tell them from junk though, as the TID is much more stable that, for example, a piece of foil.
Sensitivity – this machine is VERY sensitive. Max sens is 30… I haven’t even come close to needing to set it that high yet. I was hitting copper pennies hard at 5-6 inches, accurate TID, with my sens. set at 16-18 last night. At that sens. setting, small trashy stuff (like bits of foil) were not being picked up at all… which made for a rather easy hunting experience. I can’t see ever needing to set the sens. above 20 unless I am hunting for DEEP coins at a very clean site.
Pinpointing – AWESOME. Simply awesome. On questionable signals, I will use the Pingpoint Sizing feature… if it is a large, deep target… I simply don’t dig it. The Pinpoint Auto feature is amazing… once I properly figured out how it works (did not take long… read the manual) all my targets have been dead centre in the plug.
Depth indicator – Mmmm… haven’t really used it much. For coins, it is pretty easy to tell if they are deep or not based on the audio pitch alone. Much prefer the numeric depth indication I had on my Gamma… but again, it’s not necessary… just nice to have once in a while. The depth indicator on the side of the display on the 705 seems fairly accurate, as far as I can tell so far.
Display – nice and large, easy to read, easy to navigate. No complaints at all. Used the backlight for the first time last night too… was very nice.
Balance and weight – very well balanced with the stock coil. haven’t tried any other coil yet, though. also, quite light! had no problem swinging it all day, and I have a bad shoulder!
Build quality – no complaints here… seems very well made and solid when you swing.
Ground balancing – very easy to auto gb. Haven’t even bothered with manual yet. Also, no need to gb when you use ground tracking… it does it for you. Amazing feature! Haven’t tried to set an offset yet… but I’ll get to it eventually.
EMI – NOT AN ISSUE! What a welcome surprise
Battery life – SUPERB. Takes 4 AAs… my current batteries are Duracell… been out 3 times for a total of about 14 hrs… battery indicator still says FULL. So ya… I imagine the batteries should easily last 30-40 hours.
Well, that’s about all I have to say for now. I am very pleased with this machine so far… could see it being my primary for quite some time At least I hope… I have a habit of always wanting bigger and better haha… but I do really love this machine.
We are pleased to have had nearly 300 participants at this year’s event and excellent media coverage from both CITY TV and CTV News. You can find these stories here….
http://toronto.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=929762 21:15 spot in the video!
Hundreds of pictures are posted online on the Canadian Metal Detecting Forum and on Toronto Metal Detecting Club’s Facebook page. Here’s what folks were saying about this year’s event…
Peter YYZ- Thank you very much Minelab, Radioworld and the volunteers for the incredible day on the beach. My first coins from the 1700′s are now part of my collection.
Catharine Palmer – Awesome Day. Minelab, Radioworld and all volunteers.
Alex Studd – Thank you Jack, Tim, all the radio world staff and minelab guys among the rest for a great day …. you guys blew it out of the park today
Martin Martiskovich -I will second that. Thank you Jack, Tim and the rest of the crew..
Donna Bunting – Great day !!! What a great day I had.. spent the first 8 hrs of the day enjoying the hobby I love to do then off to something I beleive in with all my heart the Veterens,, then some good entertainment and great friends…how can a day be more perfect….HAPPINESS !!!!
Darrell Short – I had a really fun time thanks to Minelab staff and Radioworld, I cant wait to go to the next event
Kanu Dig – What a fantastic Day, many thanks to Jack, Tim, and the staff of Radioworld and Minelab for organizing this great hunt! Even my wife who have never ever touched a metal detector, enjoyed the event; found nothing on the 1st hunt, 3 pennies on the 2nd, but finished the 3rd with a flourish of 10 coins…LOL! My takes, 1st pic..Canadian and US coins….2nd pic those municipality dollars, 3rd pic..foreign coins and tokens
Victor Toth – Fantastic day! Many thanks to MineLab and Radioworld! — with Samantha Morris.
Jon Digton - THANK you Jack Summers, Tim Pacan, Radioworld, Minelab, and the many staff and helpers for such an amazing event!
Mike Conaboy – Good time….good bbq dogs too..
Lou Wasserman – Fantastic event! really well organized. myself, wife, daughter and our friends had a great time. maybe we’ll be on the 6pm news! Really looking forward to next year! thanks Jack! I found the small geocache insert piece and won a bag o stuff so you saw me bumbing up there…..like my new ProFind 25 pinpointer!
Jeff Cowan – Not a bad day at the beach! Thanks to all the Minelab folks for putting on such a great event! See you next year!
Here is the complete album of photos that say it all….
See you next year!
Jack Summers and Teams Minelab, Radioworld, CMD and Anderson Detector Shafts.
A complete gallery of photos provided by Lizz Hodgson Photography are shown below. If you wish a hi-res copy of any picture, please email me at email@example.com with a copy of the picture from this blog. (you must be a registered guest of the event in order to receive any photo).
Treasure Seekers to invade Woodbine Beach Park Saturday May 18, 2013…
May 18, 2013 will be the date to celebrate the 2nd annual National Metal Detecting Day. “Minelabbers” young and old, new and experienced, will come from near and far to join together to celebrate this fantastic hobby! The event will have special hunts, giveaways, prizes, and are sure to make it a fun-filled day for the entire family!
This is Canada’s PREMIERE Treasure Hunt and Metal Detecting event.
You must be registered to participate.
National Metal Detector Day May 18th, 2013
Registration is now closed
May 18, 2013 will be the date to celebrate the 2nd annual National Metal Detecting Day. “Minelabbers” young and old, new and experienced, will come from near and far to join together to celebrate this fantastic hobby! The events will have special hunts, giveaways, prizes, and are sure to make it a fun-filled day for the entire family!
Minelab and various metal detector community groups are sponsoring “Go Minelabbing” in 4 cities throughout the Americas. Metal detectorists of all ages and abilities are cordially invited to attend a Go Minelabbing event on May 18, 2013 in either Toronto, Canada; Santa Barbara, CA; Atlantic City, N.J., or Rio de Janeiro before registration closes on April 30th. The events, hosted in four cities, in three countries and two continents, are a day to bring together hobbyists of all experience levels to celebrate Minelabbing (metal detecting). Although registration is now closed visitors are welcome….
Minelab Canada, Radioworld and CanadianMetalDetecting.com is proud to present National Metal Detecting Day Toronto, ON., May 18, 2013 at Woodbine Beach Park, Toronto . We invite everyone to come and visit our event where treasure seekers young and old with gather for a fun day at the beach!
May 15, 2013
will give away over
in Coins, Tokens, Jewelry, Collectables, Ball Caps and more!)
You must be registered to participate in this event!
For more information, please contact us by email at
GO MINELABBING FIELD (Must be registered to participate)
8:00 am Registration Opens
9:30 am Welcome and Introductions
10:00 am Hunt #1 Seeded Hunt for 30 minutes Hunt Area 1
11:30 am Hunt #2 Seeded Hunt for 30 minutes Hunt Area 2
1:00 pm Lunch BBQ lunch provided for registered attendees only – 1 hour break
2:00 pm Hunt # 3 Seeded Hunt for 45 minutes Hunt Areas 1 and 2
3:00 pm Closing Ceremonies
Treasure Quest – Minelab Test Field
Open to the public
8:00am Registration Opens
9:00am Minelab Test Field open for 30 minutes
(Treasure Series Training and Trials for registered attendees)
10:00am Treasure Quest field open for 30 minutes
(Adventure Series Training and Trials for newbies and kids)
10:45am Minelab Test field open for 30 minutes
(Treasure Series Training and Trials open to registered attendees)
11:45am Treasure Questt Field open for 30 minutes
(Adventure Series Training and Trials open to anyone)
1:30pm Minelab Test Field open for 30 minutes
(Treasure Series Training and Trials open to registered attendees)
2:15pm KIDS HUNT open for 30 minutes
(Open to all Kids 15 and Under)
- No Beach detecting prior to registration that day. Once registered, you may familiarize yourself with the area and detect the public beach area (where allowed).
- The hunt fields will be clearly identified and all areas within 100 meters of the hunt field will be off limits prior to the event – NO EXCEPTIONS.
- No PULSE Detectors allowed
- No SIDE BASKETS allowed – SAND SCOOPS ONLY
- Pouches MUST be a standard Non-Sifting type Pouch
- HEADPHONES are required for events
- NO oversized or Large Coils (W.O.T. Coils, Big Foot Coils).
- Coils are limited to 11” maximum (largest dimension)
- Only registered persons can hunt in events
- No sharing of registration is permitted
- No one will be permitted in hunt area without a detector, headphones and/or hunt ID
- Please bring proper clothing for the weather
- These events are RAIN OR SHINE (NO RAIN DATE)
- All targets are shallow (no more than four (4”) inches.)
- Any person found to be misusing the hunt field will be removed from the event.
- Anyone not following responsible metal detecting practices such as covering holes will be disqualified and be asked to leave the event.
- Anyone not conducting themselves in a courteous, responsible, sportsmanlike manner will be asked to leave. Remember this is a family event in a public park!
- Remove all trash from the field and dispose of in a proper trash container.
For those who are not registered, there will be the Minelab Treasure Quest Test Field. This field is for those who have not registered and have an interest in metal detecting or those who wish to “test drive” a Minelab Detector. ONLY Minelab Detectors are permitted on the Treasure Quest Test Field and participants must register on site to participate.
WITHOUT PREJUDICE: Any discrepancies, infractions or rule infractions will be at the sole discretion of the Organizer, Hunt Master and NMDD Toronto Committee.
Enjoy the day!
Saturday April 20, 2013
The Can Am hunt was held today in Erieau today. The Can Am hunt has been hosted by the Windsor Club and the Michigan Treasure Hunters in the past, however this year the Chatham-Kent Club was asked to co-host as the Windsor Club was not avaiable. Our club was thrilled to be part of this event and Julie Pollard ( CKMDC President ) instantly sent an email to Minelab Canada General Manager Jack Summers to see if they were able to assist by sponsoring this hunt. Minelab Canada was pleased to participate and they indeed did sponsor our event. Minelab graciously supplied an X-TERRA 305 Treasure Detector and a Go Minelabbing Geo-cache Limited Edition Coin to be raffled off as well supplied every attendee Minelab ball caps, Go Minelabbing T-shirts and Minelab shopping bags. A huge Thank You to Minelab for all your support and donations. It wouldn’t be a hunt without Minelab!
The forecast was bright and sunny, but the winds from the west at 35km an hour sure made it cold. We all bundled up and headed for the beach. I had many volunteers that were there nice and early to help set up the hunt. I just have to say if it wasn’t for volunteers hunts wouldn’t happen. Julie started by having everyone sign a waiver, and then she sent them over to see Garry’s wife Jean. Jean made sure everyone had all the goodies from Minelab. We told everyone to wear their t-shirt just under their coats because we would be taking a hunt group photo shortly.
Our event had 3 main hunts and one gold coin hunt. The first hunt started at 11am sharp. We only hunted for 20 minutes instead of the usual 30 due to the cold weather. All types of coins were buried in this hunt including 100 prize tokens, that were American dimes painted blue with numbers on them. It was great to see everyone finding a great handful of coins.
Next we raffled off a silver dollar, won by Phil Szucs of the Chatham Club. The next hunt was more coins with loads of American dimes and even some silver was hidden as well. I have to say in the first two hunts over 2500 coins planted.
People were starting to ask who the photographer was, so Julie said the pictures were for Minelab and the Chatham-Kent Metal Detecting Club and the camera guy was Julie’s hubby Don Lyttle.
We raffled off another silver dollar and it was won again by Phil Szucs. Go buy a lottery ticket Phil! Talk about a guy with a Golden Horseshoe.
We stopped for a great lunch. Barbecued 1/4 pound hot dogs. We asked that everyone attending bring a pot luck item to help with the cost of food. We had loads left over and it was great to see everyone full. Who knew that Julie could BBQ as well?
The next hunt was a special gold coin hunt participants were asked to pay a $3.00 hunting fee to hunt, mostly to pay for the gold coin. Their were three orange coins planted and if you found one you had to step off the field. The first one was found in no time by Kris Seaburg of the Michigan Club. The next one was found by Con Mullen of the Chatham Club and the last one, which took forever to find, was found by Cindy Shadeck from the Michigan Club. Next we had each person that found the orange coins cut a deck of cards. The person that drew the highest card would win the gold coin. Kris went first and drew a 2, Con went next and also drew a 2, Cindy went next and drew a 4. She was one happy lady. Oh, and the boys they got a prize as well, they both received a United States proof dollar.
The last hunt was mostly silver dimes, fishscales and current American dimes and all the other coins and prize tokens that had not been found from previous hunts. We held a 50/50 draw to cover the cost of hot dogs and it was won by Con Mullen of the Chatham Club.
Everyone went home with a handful of silver. It was a great day. I had so many compliments that were all positive. I never heard one negative thing all day. The Michigan Club told me that they never expected such a great hunt. They are looking forward to next years hunt, when the Chatham-Kent Club will be their guests.
This is the newest member of the Chatham-Kent Metal Detecting Club. He was made by Garry’s Schnekenburger’s son. Awesome job!
Thanks again to Jack Summers and Minelab for all of your support and donations. See you in May for National Metal Detecting Day.
Metal detectorists of all ages and abilities are cordially invited to attend a Go Minelabbing event on May 18, 2013 in either Santa Barbara, CA; Toronto, Canada; Atlantic City, N.J.; or Rio de Janeiro before registration closes on April 30th.
The events, hosted in four cities, in three countries and two continents, are a day to bring together hobbyists of all experience levels to celebrate Minelabbing (metal detecting).
There is no admission fee for guests who wish to attend to enjoy a day with friends and family. There will be kids hunts for your young detectorists (ages 6-13) for $5 per child and the adult can hunt for $35 per hunter and a portion of the proceeds collected will be donated to the local chapters of the Salvation Army. The hunt participants will have the opportunity to participate in a little friendly competition and earn extra chances to win great prizes! All guests who register online will receive a special goodie bag.
Please head to www.gominelabbing.com to reserve your tickets as we may not be able to guarantee walk-up registrations.
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The season is drawing to close, but I’m still out hitting some new spots, and rehunting some fields I have hunted this year as I have learned the CTX 3030 more
I had never metal detected prior to this year. I have always been interested in history, and have enjoyed the research part of metal detecting (almost ) as much as the hunting. It seems like ages ago that I bought an upper entry level machine from a competitor to minelab. I became so frustrated with the machine that I almost quit the hobby. I dug an incredible amount of trash and simply could not figure the machine out. I went to a local Metal detecting dealer, and asked them point blank ” what is the best machine available in the market today”. He looked at me a little sideways, and started to talk price. I responded ” my free time is worth more than the cost of a machine. I want the very best, so I know I am not wasting my time. Period”. He came back with the three letters that would change my metal detecting future. “CTX”. I watched some videos and called him back. He had one in stock. I bought it.
Admittedly, the first week or two were equally frustrating, as I had no knowledge of VDI, or minelab products. I was starting from scratch all over again. I became a “dig it all” man, until the lights began to go on. I was helped by some other guys I had met along the way on www.canadianmetaldetecting.com. Special thanks to William Williams and Jesse Hodson for their help. I began to hit more pennies, then some nickels. Then I found my first silver dime. A 1919 silver beauty that will always hold a special place in my heart.
The light switch turned on. I found 3 silver coins that weekend. I began to hunt with a bit more confidence, and began to find more coins. Large Cents, nickels, Indian head pennies, and more and more silver.
I will never forget the day that I found my first “fishscale” silver Canadian 5 cents piece. They are so thin, and so small; the fishscale is the holy grail of Canadian coins simply because they are so hard to find. I had done a lot of research and found a location that was heavily used in the early part of the 20th century, but had fallen into disrepair and was abandoned. Hunting wasn’t easy, but I was alone and had the place to myself to learn the nuances of the CTX3030 and not feel pressure from other detectorists. I was truly blessed by this location. Over the summer and fall, I pulled over 50 silver coins from this place, with 9 more fishscales to add to my first. I have found 72 silver coins as of this writing. I added 26 Canadian large cents, 11 Indian head pennies and countless silver dimes.
My finds of the year would definitely have to be some early 1800s colonial trade tokens, an 1881 Victoria silver quarter, 1920 merc dime and my favourite find of the year – an 1864 USA 2 cent coin. The American coins are so much tougher here in Canada!
I want to sincerely thank Minelab Canada, Jack Summers and the host of fellow detectorists who have helped me through my first season of detecting. I had a lot of ups and downs and the learning curve has been steep. There is so much knowledge available amongst the members of the various detecting groups. I relied on them heavily during my beginning weeks and months, and I hope to pay them all back in spades.
Metal detecting is really a wonderful hobby. Where else can you touch an object that hasn’t seen the light of day for potentially a century or more. It connects you with where we were as a country and a world back when times were much different. Metal detecting has become a safe place for me to escape a tough work day, or to go relax. My daughter loves to look at the ” shiny ones” as much as I do. I might have a hunting buddy in a few years!
The CTX 3030 has truly opened a new window for me to see into the past and I hope to be involved in helping move the metal detecting hobby forward for years to come. Each and every detecting adventure is exciting, and the next silver or historical artifact is only one signal away
Again, my sincerest thanks on a tremendous product.
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