Hi, my name is Robby and I live in Camden, SC. I got my first metal detector when I was about ten or eleven for Christmas. It was a Sears model; I forget which number as I have it loaned out to a friend at the moment. It was labeled Sears, but in the analog display with the needle it read Whites. I guess what I heard is true, ďSears does not make anything Ė but money!Ē Anyway, I used the detector very little and I knew of not a soul whom used one or even had one. I used it a few times to help friends find lost item such as rings and keys and whatnot. But, I have always had the itch to get a really nice detector and see what was really out there. I most likely should have gotten a better unit a long time ago as most of the really good areas are probably hunted out by now. I have just purchased myself a Whites Spectra V3. I have done TONS of research on this unit and I believe that it will fit the bill nicely.
I have worked for DuPont for the last sixteen years as a reliability engineer and have moved around the country quite a bit with my job. My last position was in Richmond, VA for 2003-2009. I know, I know what some of you are thinking. Here I was in the heart of the confederacy and too many battles to count and I didnít so much as go out once and do any relic hunting. Now I did however, go and visit many of the battlefields that were in Virginia. The ones that were closest to me were the crater in Petersburg and Cold Harbor in Mechanicsville. Ironically, those were among the few that I didnít visit. Cold Harbor would certainly have been worth the trip. I resided just south of Richmond on the south side close, right beside Pocahontas State Park. Would have been a thirty minute trip or so. A real shame.
On a more positive note, I look forward to learning and enjoying what you folks here have to offer. I am certain there is a wealth of information here and Iím going to do my best to read and go over most of it. I have already made the acquaintance of CarolinaClyde (actually more of a phone call really). He lives up at Lake Wateree where I grew up and probably about fifteen minutes by boat from where I used to live. I canít wait to actually meet him. Sounds like a great guy and runs a business, Relic Hunter Supply. You have probably heard of it Iím sure. He would have been the perfect mentor for someone who was young and just getting into the hobby and was also very impressionable at such a young age. Never too late though!!
That about wraps up my introduction and I will be around on the forum. Might not post much, as I donít have a lot to offer in the way of experience right now, but I will certainly be Ďlurkingí about reading as much as I can absorb from the folks that are here.