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Offline GoldDigger1950Topic starter
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« on: July 13, 2009, 06:23:07 pm »
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Over the years the question comes up as to what causes them. Here are a few funny ones for you.

A guy in Memphis I used to hunt with seemed to be digging lots of targets one day and I was so envious of his success. I only had a few relics from an old farmhouse site and he must have had hundreds based on his digging. I walked over to him near lunch time and asked how he was doing. "Giving up. Have not found a thing worth keeping." What about all the holes you have dug? "False signals," says he. We finally figured out he was detecting his own metal eyelets in his shoes. New sneakers did him in.

Another friend in Arizona spent a couple of hours digging in the desert searching for the steel toe in his boot. Oh, dear.

Silverscoop76 (a member here) has a friend who told me that one poor bloke down here in Australia went nuts trying to find the small gold nugget that had wedged itself into the tread of his boots near the toe.

I keep the smallest coin I may find in an area taped inside the right toe of my shoe when I hunt. It serves as my battery tester. If I can sense it at 10 inches, my batteries are still fine. Since I keep my left foot forward when pinpointing, it is never an issue. Until I picked up a thumbtack in my left shoe near the toe. That whisper drove me nuts for an hour or so.

What is your funniest false signal story?

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« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2009, 08:33:19 pm »
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 Grin Them are some nice stories.  Hm, what kind of false signal stories have I had? Well, below I will elaborate.

When I had got my metal detector, I wanted to try and so badly detect one of my fields that supposedly had a old house in it.  Up with the detector I went and I unloaded.  I start to search, and I carry a metal bucket with me in my hands at all times.  I am detecting, and I get this whisper.  I turn around and I get it around and I keep turning around in circles.  Well, if it was the metal bucket.  I had my detector high enough off of the ground, that the metal bucket was being picked up!! Grin Wink I swore to myself, as I had wasted a good hour and a half on that "false" signal.  When I got back home, it was something to laugh on. Grin

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At the beach, my sand scoop does the same thing. I can detect it from about 4 feet above the coil. In sand pits I can detect the chain from the swings as a phantom signal sometimes.

One has to be careful with modern sophisticated detectors.

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