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THE MONTHLY NEWSLETTER OF THE GOLD COAST TREASURE CLUB, INC.
VOLUME 31 NUMBER 7
THE NEXT MEETING WILL BE 7:30 P.M. JULY 13, 2006
AT THE WEST PALM BEACH GARDEN CLUB IN DREHER PARK
IN WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
OUR CODE OF ETHICS: HAVE PERMISSION AND DO NO HARM
In July all eyes will be on the Tall Tales Table! Your
Board of Directors has decided to really take a look at
the results of the hunting. The Tall Tales Table is a
major part of our club meetings and it’s your chance to
show off your ordinary or unique and questionable finds,
exchange information, learn from others and just have a
As they say for the state lotteries, “You gotta pay to
play.” Well paying in this instance is bringing in all that
stuff you found digging in the beach bank, in the park or
someone’s yard and then voting for the Best monthly
finds. The silver prizes awarded by the club are nice and
you do not have to have your find pictured in the
newsletter or on the website. Members who display
their finds monthly become eligible for the Treasure
Hunters of the Year 2006 awards.
Join the Fun, bring in your “treasure” finds, display them
on the Tall Tales Table, collect that extra free door prize
ticket; you never know, you might win a silver half
dollar and become the Year’s Top Hunter!
Be prepared to tell your tale at this next meeting! The
Board will call for Tall Tale stories from the attending
membership. Everyone will get a chance to tell his or her
Tale! See you with your finds on Lucky Thursday, July
13th 7:30 p.m.
Thanks in advance to Kurt Herring for preparing the
Mystery Prize Stumper and to Ken Lubinski for
bringing July’s Refreshments! Submitted by Jan Smirnow
Please remember to return any
library books or videos that you checked
out last month.
Join us for BBQ before the meeting!
A group of us have been getting together at Park Avenue
BBQ in Lake Worth at 5:30 p.m. right before each club
meeting for the last few months. It’s a fun way to network with
your detecting buddies, so why not come out and join us?
Everyone is welcome! Just show up and look in the back room
for a group of smiling faces. As always, it is “Dutch Treat” –
so B.Y.O.M – Bring your own money!
Park Ave. BBQ & Grille
2401 North Dixie Hwy (US 1)
Lake Worth, Florida
Hospitality Volunteer Needed
We are saddened to learn that long time GCTC member and
friend, Joy St. Clair, is planning to move out of state in the
near future. Joy has been an active member for many years
and as "Hospitality Hostess," she has acted as the club's
"Ambassador of Good Will" at our meetings. Joy always has a
friendly smile and a warm greeting that we all will miss when
she leaves. Her departure leaves us with an open volunteer
position. Responsibilities include making everyone feel
welcome by greeting guests and members, urging guests to
sign the guest book, distributing name tags and collecting
them at the end of the meetings. If you come to meetings
regularly, have a friendly smile and want to help the club, we
would love to have you join us as Hospitality Host or Hostess.
(Part of a couple? Couples are welcome to volunteer as a team
to serve as Hospitality Hosts.) It's a great way to make our
club a warm and welcoming one and a fun volunteer position.
If interested, please contact a board member.
MEMBERS BUY AND SELL COLUMN
THE GOLD COAST TREASURE CLUB, INC.
Founded in 1973 by Ted Rudd
Hunt Master: Linda Bennett
Cell Phone: 561-352-4068
Asst. Huntmaster: Richard Zabriskie
Sales and Raffle Promoters
Jason and Jack Petenbrink
Photographer: Steve Hoskins
Librarian: Cheryl Petenbrink
Hospitality Hostess: Vacant
Doorprize Coordinator: Karen Larson
Linda Bennett and Stacey deLucia
CLUB MAILING ADDRESS
c/o Gail Hoskins
206 Russell Dr
Lake Worth, Fl 33461
Dues are $30 a year
New members pay an initiation fee of
and $30 if joining between Jan 1st
and the end of June
or $15 if joining between July 1
and Dec. 31
KEVIN REILLY offers a complete line of new and used
detectors and also scoops, cleaners, tumblers and books. He
also does custom metal working and laser detailing (call for
details). 954-971-6102 or www.rtgstore.com.
Has low prices plus 10% discount to members.
TOM LIEBERMAN: Ready to serve your real estate needs.
Call 561-852-7409 or email: email@example.com.
MITZI BERGRUD Now selling ALABAMA real estate.
Available at the right price in Northeast Alabama: lots,
acreage, water view or waterfront properties, acreage with wild
life, a second home or a home for retirement. Quiet, pristine
area within easy driving distance of Atlanta, GA, Chattanooga,
TN, Birmingham, AL or Huntsville, AL.
For more information call 561-790-3997 or email
ED WESTON - WANTED: Collectable and antique fishing
tackle. Lures, rods, reels. 561-622-9282.
BOB GRUBB – FOR SALE: "Mordray's Whale" (ISBN # 0595-36417-9) is a new book authored by Bob. The plot is set in
1968 Bermuda when a rare whale finds its way to the island
and impacts the lives of its people. $16.95. Order online at
iUniverse.com or via the book order dept. at 1-877-288-4737.
STACEY deLUCIA - WANTED: 24" to 28" 14 kt (or higher)
thick gold chain, minimum 2 mm, preferably 3 mm thick, to
hang half ounce Double Eagle Coin on. Also interested in a
Gold Bezel for that coin. Call Stacey at (561) 687-2310 or email sdeLuc823@aol.com if you want to turn your lucky find
into cold, hard cash!
STACEY deLUCIA–FOR SALE: White’s Surfmaster PI Pro.
$425.00. Rarely used. Call for test drive. Contact Stacey
deLucia (561) 687-2310 or sdeLuc823@aol.com.
JIM SMITH – WANTED: Small coil cover for the White’s
JACK/CHERYL PETENBRINK –FOR SALE: 1980
Starflyer 1706XL (Starcraft) popup camper, open floor plan,
sleeps 6, kept in garage, one time owner. $1200.00. 561-6975073.
Club members can advertise items for sale or items wanted, free of
charge. These items do not have to be related to metal detecting.
Contact Linda Bennett to place your ad.
Thanks to the following contributors: Bob “Frogfoot”
Weller, Stacey deLucia, Kurt Herring, John Lobota, Jan
Smirnow, Linda Bennett, Les Batts and Bob Dobski.
JASON AND JACK’S CORNER
AND THE WINNERS ARE!
American Flag – Jerry Laur
Red, White & Blue Camera – Richard Zabriskie
Red, White & Blue Light Wand – Bob Smirnow
American Beanie Bear – Ken Lubinski
GCTC Club Towel – Ken Lubinski
Silver Round – Karen Larson
Mystery Bag ‘O Goodies – Linda Bennett
Lottery Ticket – Betty Laur
Donations of items for our monthly drawings are
always appreciated! This month, we’d like to thank
Linda Bennett for her donations of the Beanie Baby
and Ben Smith for the lottery scratch off tickets.
MONTHLY BEST FINDS CONTEST
(Winners receive a silver half-dollar and certificate)
18K Gold Ring with Stones – Richard Zabriskie
Necklace – Bob Smirnow
Remember - bring a guest and you receive an extra door
prize ticket; display your monthly finds on the Tall Tales
Table and you receive a door prize ticket; provide
refreshments for the meeting and receive a door prize
ticket; volunteer to bring the mystery item and receive a
door prize ticket - that adds up to four free tickets for the
door prizes drawings!
Aztec Pendant – Bob Smirnow
What is a Mystery Item? Each month one club member
volunteers to help stump fellow members with a secret
item that he or she chooses. The volunteer receives a free
door prize ticket for that effort. If a member's displayed
finds on the Tall Tales Table matches the mystery item,
that member wins a silver half dollar, so bring
EVERYTHING you find and you might win a prize!
Club Member Tom Lieberman supplied the June
mystery stumper item which was a grungy paint brush
that he found. No one had such an item displayed on the
Tall Tales Table, so no one won the silver half dollar.
Better luck next time, gang!
Remember - bring all items found. You never know what
will be that month's mystery item!
Linda Bennett won $37.00 for her share
of the 50/50 drawing.
IT PAYS TO PLAY, FOLKS!
And odds are a LOT better than the Florida Lottery!
Silver-toned Belt – Cheryl Petenbrink
TOM DANKOWSKI’S DVD AVAILABLE!
Our current raffle is a necessary addition to your
hurricane ready kit - a combination TV/AM and FM
Radio/Lantern/Weather Alert Radio Storm Tracker. 40
chances will be sold at $2/chance.
Our good friend Inventor, Author and Speaker Tom
Dankowski, known to many as “NASA Tom,” has
acquired a wealth of information over the years about
metal detecting. Now that wealth of information can be
yours! Tom has produced a 90 minute DVD: “Metal
Detecting Real World Techniques Inland Coin and
Relic Hunting.” Tom takes the viewer into his test
garden and out in the field where he covers a multitude
of topics. Club members Linda Bennett and Jan
Smirnow have seen the DVD and both highly
recommend it. The DVD retails for $24.95, however,
Tom is offering our club a bulk-rate discount.
Rumor has it that all the Board members are planning to
buy the latest GCTC logo item! Available to all
members in August!
The directory is for your personal use only. The names,
telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses are to be used
only for contact within the club. If there are any errors
or omissions, please notify Jan Smirnow, 561-7358921.
Wayne and Nancy Stephens
New phone number is 352-357-9388
New phone number is
Gary Del Rosal
5008 Trace Crossings Ln
Hoover, AL 35244
524 Colonial Drive
Brooksville, Fl 34601
The club extends sympathy to Dorothy Mills for the
loss of her son-in-law to cancer. Dorothy had moved to
Brooksville late last year. She misses not only the club
but the local hunting which she states is much better here
than it is in Brooksville. She let her membership lapse
for a few months before deciding to rejoin so she could
get the newsletters.
Tom Dooley also misses the club. He reports that his
health now prevents him from “beeping.” Hospice has
been helping his wife Marilea in the care of Tom. While
the newsletters help keep Tom up to date, he would
Errors in grammar and spelling are added for those who like to find them.
Linda Bennett newsletter co-editor
12 DVDs - $21.99 each
25 DVDs - $19.99 each
50 DVDs - $16.99 each
If you are interested in purchasing a discounted DVD,
sdeLuc823@aol.com). Once we have 12 members
signed up, we can place an order for the discounted
rates. Check out all the technical details about this new
DVD on Tom’s technical tips & training web site:
Tom has spoken to our club twice and both times he
mesmerized our club members with his technical
knowledge. Thank you, Tom, for generously offering
your new DVD to our members at a reduced rate!
The Florida Department of Fish and Wildlife is advising
hikers, hunters, fishermen, golfers and tourists in general
to take extra precautions and keep alert for alligators
while in: Alachua, Marion, Lake, Collier, Lee, Seminole,
Osceola, Polk, Brevard, Putnam, Volusia and Orange
It has been suggested that people are to wear noiseproducing devices such as little bells on their shoes or
clothing to alert but not startle the alligators
unexpectedly. A further suggestion is the carrying of
pepper spray in case of an encounter with an alligator.
It is also a good idea to watch for fresh signs of alligator
activity. People should learn to recognize the difference
between small young alligator and large adult alligator
droppings. Young alligator droppings are smaller and
contain fish bones and possibly bird feathers. Adult
alligator droppings have little bells in them and smell
like pepper spray.
Submitted by Jeff Foss
COIN CACHE CLUES
No more clues will be available. If not found before
the July meeting, Linda will use the map provided by
Bob to find it.
CLUE NUMBER ONE
“IT IS LOCATED IN A ‘LAKE’ PARK IN DELRAY
BEACH WHOSE NAME RHYMES WITH LYDA.”
CLUE NUMBER TWO
“THE CACHE IS LOCATED AT THE NORTH END
OF THE PARK…..IT’S A NARROW PARK.”
CLUE NUMBER THREE
THE TREASURE YOU SEEK IS AT THE NORTH
END OF LAKE IDA PARK BETWEEN THE FENCED
IN DOG AREA AND THE NORTHERN MOST
CHILDREN’S PLAY AREA. GOOD LUCK.
CLUE NUMBER FOUR
CHECK THE NO-NAME PAVILLION EAST OF THE
DOG FENCE AND WEST OF THE CHILDRENS
Burial of cache and clues provided by Bob Dobski.
If found by a club member, that person will receive
a prize of $25.
Our club will again be collecting foreign coins to donate
towards a summer camp for handicapped children. This
will be a year around project. Thank you to Ed Weston,
Jerry Turner, Ken Lubinski and Bob and Gay
Konnagon for their donations.
CELL PHONES & GLASSES
We all find them in this hobby, but unless we are able to
determine their rightful owner, what good are they?
Well, for a homebound senior or domestic violence
victim, a cell phone reprogrammed to call 911 can be the
difference between life and death. And those
prescription glasses you found? They can allow a
disadvantaged person the precious gift of sight. Stacey
deLucia is collecting these items from club members
throughout the year so the club can make a difference in
the lives of those in need. Please see Stacey if you have
found such items, or even if you are upgrading your own
phones and glasses. Together, we can make a difference!
Fortunately, afternoon thunderstorms did not materialize
as forecasted and the scheduled hunt at Deerfield Beach
on June 17 was well attended by 16 hunters and two
spectators. The price of parking has to be the most
expensive in South Florida with the meters requiring a
quarter for only 10 minutes. Few people found enough
coins to pay for that parking, but those participating in
the summer scavenger hunt did get a good start of
marking items off the list.
The top four hunters who came close to finding their
parking fees were Richard Zabriskie ($4.57), Jim
Smith ($3.30), Cheryl Petenbrink ($3.09) and Jerry
Turner ($2.58). Jewelry was found by Linda Bennett,
Jim Smith, Cheryl Petenbrink, Karen Larson,
Richard Zabriskie, Betty Laur and Ed Weston.
Stacey deLucia ended up at the wrong beach, but she
had the best find: a gold ladies ring with nine diamonds.
Eight people met after the hunt at the Red Lobster on US
1 in Boca Raton. This eating establishment came very
close to rivaling “Bubba Gump” in Daytona Beach as
the worst eating experience the club has shared.
Tips From The Treasure Depot Forum on
On choosing a scoop for water hunting you need to
consider two important points: type of material and
length of the handle.
Stainless steel is highly
recommended and the opening of the basket should be at
least six inches. The length of handle should be from the
ground to the tip of your nose. Two piece handles should
be considered if you travel and need the option to break
the scoop down for packing in a suitcase.
The scoop should be designed so you can step down
hard on the scoop to dig through shells.
Also fasten a strong, flat magnet in the bottom, to catch
small targets like nails, hair pins, fish hooks, etc.
Some people add a bike handle onto the scoop to make it
easier to use.
When hunting the beach, look for tell tale signs of where
people sat. Concentrate on the sand mounds where
beachgoers’ butts sat. In many cases, you’ll be rewarded
with lost pocket change and toy cars.
June birthday celebrant Ken Lubinski received a silver
quarter for attending the meeting during his birthday
month. Happy Birthday, Ken!
(CERTIFICATE AND SILVER DIME)
(CERTIFICATE AND SILVER QUARTER)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY THIS MONTH TO:
Gerard Beaulieu (7/12)
Linda Bennett (7/23)
Cliff Burke (7/7)
Janet Felton (7/11)
Betty Laur (7/23)
Tammy Lobota (7/27)
Kevin Reilly (7/19)
Ben Smith (7/5)
Harry Sommers (7/26)
Joy St. Clair (7/11)
Richard Zabriskie (7/7)
(CERTIFICATE AND SILVER HALF DOLLAR)
What do the above people have in common? If they come to
the meeting during their birthday month, they each will
receive a gift of a silver quarter!
Random Act of Kindness
Metal Detecting Scoop – Ed Weston
Cell Phone – Bob Smirnow
Clevis Pin – Bob Smirnow
Cell Phone – Richard Zabriskie
Richard and Bob both called the parents’ phone numbers
in the cell phone directory. One Dad stated that his
daughter told him that the phone was stolen. The other
Mother said that her daughter had lost the phone on
prom night, but there was no way that the cell phone was
lost on South Beach. Both phones were returned without
further problems. It seems like the parents didn’t believe
their children’s complete explanations.
We would like to recognize those in our club who go out
of their way to provide selfless service to our
community. Kudos to you for advancing our hobby!
Ed Weston received a metal detector pin and certificate
for his first returned item (a scoop) as a club member.
Richard Zabriskie returned a cell phone. Bob Smirnow
is one of our “frequent flyers” and received two more
certificates of appreciation for returning a cell phone
and a Clevis pin. Hey, Bob, when you are done wall
papering your guest room, can you take a picture for
Twenty-five members attended the June meeting. While
we didn’t have any new members or guests, President
Kurt Herring welcomed back Bob & Gay Konnegan
and Wayne Stephens.
Kurt Herring presented an interesting two-tiered
program. During the first half of the program, Kurt
demonstrated the ROV – Remotely Operated Vehicle –
that he invented. We all know that Kurt is a technical
genius, but who knew that we have “America’s Next
Top Inventor” in our midst? Kurt explained that he
wrote a computer program on his PC that records live
images onto his computer. He even demoed a live feed
of club members during his presentation. So far, Kurt
has tested the ROV in 15 dives at depths of 15 to 20 feet
with no leakage. His goal is to reach 100 feet. His next
model will feature a GPS and his eventual goals are to
build a metal detector into the ROV and to incorporate
side scanning sonar. He says now he has to figure out
how to retrieve objects that he locates with the ROV, but
that it could take years to perfect the model.
After his demonstration, Kurt showed White’s
“Treasure Hunting America” video which he
downloaded from the Internet. Many useful relic hunting
tips were shared by renowned experts in the field who
have successfully recovered artifacts that now grace the
Smithsonian, including historical artifacts from
shipwrecks from the 1700s. For Civil War buffs, the
video featured some impressive relics and useful tips on
how to find them.
Submitted by Stacey deLucia
WHAT QUESTIONS DO YOU GET?
Plans have been set for a club trip to Ft. Myers on the
weekend of July 21-23. It’s always fun to get away for a
couple of days and see a change of scenery and break in
the routine. The public beaches at Ft. Myers Beach along
Estero Ave are supposed to be pretty good hunting
grounds with nice wide beaches that get plenty of tourist
The original plan for the trip to the west coast was to be
a camping/RV outing for club members. But frankly,
most of those interested in going have balked at tent
camping in the summer heat when there seems to be
some good hotel deals available. So after a little online
research the following information is offered for any
members interested in joining us for the weekend. You
will need to make your own reservations and travel
arrangements, but the following should help. Most of us
are planning on driving over Friday nite and returning
Sunday. Naturally, we encourage everyone to ride and
room together. If you are unsure of who else may be
going we suggest that you come to the July club meeting
on the 13th.
RV Sites and Mobile Home Rentals: Got an RV or
Trailer? The San Carlos RV Park is located just across
the bridge on the mainland side near the Ft. Myers
Beach barrier island. They offer complete campsite
facilities from $34-40 /nite. They also have some mobile
homes available (like renting a cabin) for $80 + /nite.
Check more details on their site at sancarlosrv.com.
Recommended Hotel: After reviewing a lot of the
hotels on Ft. Myers Beach island itself, we recommend
the Lighthouse Resort Inn at 1051 5th St, just off of
Estero Ave (Not on the beach but only a block or so
away). Online reservations are available for $90 /nite for
“Deluxe Studio with 2 dbl beds” – single Kings/Queens
are a little less. But these prices are only available on
some of the major travel reservation web sites.
Travelocity.com seemed to have the best prices,
Orbitz.com prices were almost the same; but Hotels.com
prices were much higher. The resort’s own website is at
lighthouseislandresort.com and their number is 800-7787748. If you book directly with the resort, the rates are a
little higher – but the cancellation policy is a little more
favorable. You be the judge.
Note: There are several economy hotels on the mainland
by the airport about 20mins+ away. But they still range
$59-69 and you will probably have to pay for beach
As announced at the June meeting, Dick Stout’s
December 2006 “Club News & Views” column of
Western & Eastern Treasures magazine (due out in
late October), will feature some of the responses we’ve
received so far for our club’s Questions Contest. What
questions or comments do you get when you are out
there doing your thing? How do you respond? Submit
your entries and get one free door prize ticket during
each month that you participate. We will vote for the
winner at the September meeting. The winner can
choose a one-year subscription to Lost Treasure OR
Western & Eastern Treasures! Send entries to: Stacey
at sdeLuc823@aol.com. Please make sure your name is
on the entry for proper credit.
It promises to be a good time and a great getaway, with
lots to do. So call your hunting buddies and make plans!!
Submitted by Kurt Herring
Need some ideas to get you started? How about these
submissions from your fellow club members:
Cheryl Petenbrink (8/4/05):
Things people say to us while we are detecting:
If you find my wife...I don't want her back (and he
happened to be at the beach alone). One would wonder if
she was somewhere and might be found?????
Did you find my Rolex?
Jason Petenbrink (8/6/05):
Last summer some lady was wading in the water & I
walked past her and she asked if I was getting rid of all
the sea lice with my detector. I told her no I was looking
for money and jewelry.
“Pretty interesting incident” per Jason: “I was out on
Delray Beach and I had a target and it was a coin. I dug
and dug and dug. I couldn’t find the coin I detected. The
wet sand kept on filling in the hole. Finally I gave up
and went on. This guy that was behind me was watching
me and as soon as I had left he started to dig with his
bare hands and dug up the same hole for about 15
minutes but he still never found the coin.”
Kurt Herring (8/11/05):
Question: “What are you doing?”
Answer: “Checking for gas leaks – did you fart?”
Question: “What are you doing?”
Answer: “Fertilizing turtle eggs”
Answer: “Scaring away the sharks”
Answer: “Looking for land mines”
Answer: “Checking for virgins”
Jan Smirnow (1/2/06):
"What you doing?”
Answer: "Walkin my detector!"
LIGHTNING IS THE #1 WEATHER KILLER
Interesting facts about lightning:
The odds of an individual being a lightning casualty in
the US is about 280,000-to-one, but if you live in Florida
it is closer to 80,000-to-one of being struck in a year,
1000-to-one in a lifetime and 100-to-one of being
The odds of an individual being killed by lightning each
year in the US is about 3 million-to-one, but if you live
in Florida it is closer to 900,000-to-one per year,
12,000-to-one over a lifetime, and 1000-to-one of being
Examples of buildings which are unsafe include car
ports, covered but open garages, covered patio, picnic
shelters, beach shacks/pavilions, golf shelters, camping
tents, large outdoor tents, baseball dugouts and other
small buildings such as sheds and greenhouses that do
not have electricity or plumbing.
Being stranded outdoors when lightning is striking
nearby is a harrowing experience. Your first and only
truly safe choice is to get to a safe building or vehicle. If
you are involved in outdoor activities and cannot get to a
safe vehicle or shelter, follow these last resort tips.
These will not prevent you from being hit, just slightly
lesson the odds.
The above odds are based on an average person, not
the beach person wielding a metal detector on a
regular basis especially during the summer months.
IF YOU CAN HEAR THUNDER, YOU ARE WITHIN
STRIKING DISTANCE. SEEK SAFE SHELTER
Lightning can strike as far as 10 miles away from the
rain area in a thunderstorm. That's about the distance you
can hear thunder. When a storm is 10 miles away, it may
even be difficult to tell a storm is coming. The first
stroke of lightning is just as deadly as the last. If the sky
looks threatening, take shelter before hearing thunder.
The 30-30 Rule
Use the 30-30 rule where visibility is good and there is
nothing obstructing your view of the thunderstorm.
When you see lightning, count the time until you hear
thunder. If that time is 30 seconds or less, the
thunderstorm is within 6 miles of you and is dangerous.
Seek shelter immediately. The threat of lightning
continues for much a longer period than most people
realize. Wait at least 30 minutes after the last clap of
thunder before leaving shelter. Don't be fooled by
sunshine or blue sky!
If it is cloudy or objects are obscuring your vision, get
inside immediately. It is always safer to take precautions
than to wait.
The SAFEST location during lightning activity is a large
enclosed building, not a picnic shelter or shed. The
second safest location is an enclosed metal vehicle, car,
truck, van, etc., but NOT a convertible, bike or other
topless or soft top vehicle.
Do NOT seek shelter under tall isolated trees. Do NOT
seek shelter under partially enclosed buildings.
Stay away from tall, isolated objects. Lightning typically
strikes the tallest object. That may be you in an open field
Know the weather forecast. If there is a high chance of
thunderstorms, curtail your outdoor activities.
Stay away from metal objects, such as fences, poles and
backpacks. Metal is an excellent conductor. The current
from a lightning flash will easily travel for long distances.
If lightning is in the immediate area, and there is no safe
location nearby, stay at least 10 feet apart from other
members of your group so the lightning won't travel
between you if hit. Keep your feet together and sit on the
ground out in the open. If you can possibly run to a
vehicle or building, DO so. Sitting or crouching on the
ground is not safe and should be a last resort if an
enclosed building or vehicle is not available. If you feel
your skin tingle or hair stand on end, squat low to the
ground on the balls of your feet. Place your hands on
your knees with your head between them. Make yourself
the smallest target possible and minimize your contact
with the ground-do not lay flat on the ground.
Lightning deaths are from cardiac
arrest/stopped breathing. Perform CPR
or mouth-to-mouth resuscitation if
Don't worry about touching a lightning
victim. They cannot electrocute you!
Tips from the National Weather Service
TIPS FROM JOHN LOBOTA
I have determined that there are five different ages or
periods of time for those seeking treasure and
adventure. For my own purposes I preface each time
period with the term, "Golden age of..." Because,
looking back, each time period had its own unique and
My list is not authoritative, but only a guide to help see
the present age in a new light, to help us utilize the
1 - The Golden age of Exploration began with the
ability to travel across oceans by ship and over
continents by horse and canoe. Here we see new lands,
islands, peoples and resources discovered. Some names
that come to mind are Hernan Cortes, Henry Hudson,
James Cook, Christopher Columbus and Daniel Boone.
2 - The Golden Age of Acquisition is where many laid
claim to those new lands and resources that were
discovered. We can see this in the colonization and
settlement of North America. This period includes
homesteaders, the Revolutionary, Civil and Indian Wars
and even the gold rush.
3 - The Golden Age of Adventure had its heyday when
public transportation became widespread for the
common people. Then vacationing, hunting, fishing and
exploring were done in pursuit of pleasure. We can read
books written about many varied adventures from the
mid 1800's through the 1950's. Two famous Florida
explorers and adventurers were Albert & Parke DeVane
who retraced the original Indian and military trails to
over 100 forts and historical sites in the 1950's and early
All of these ages overlap to some degree. But all of these
previous ages left for future generations a great historical
record and their corresponding historical artifacts and
treasures. As we move forward to the present, these
golden ages narrow in length of time to last only decades
as opposed to the previous ones which may have lasted a
century or more.
fairgrounds, lakes, beaches, cemeteries, gold mines,
colonial sites, Spanish shipwrecks and more. There were
no ordinances against this new metal detecting hobby,
private property was easy to gain access to with old
silver coins and relics being dug in abundance on every
detecting outing. Some of our own GCTC members may
remember those days. One club member in particular
was Jim Warnke. Charles Garrett developed his own
metal detectors and is unsurpassed at finding treasure
caches. Bill Mahon developed his own line of D-Tex
metal detectors and wrote about his Padre Island
5 – (Our Golden Age) The Golden Age of Metal
Detecting Technology begins about 1990 and extends to
the present. Here we see detecting sites dwindling,
access to locations forbidden, ordinances against metal
detecting, historical sites off limits to treasure seekers,
schools fenced with fewer and fewer older coins and
relics being found from locations that are accessible.
Additionally we have competition from thousands of
other detectorists. So it's not uncommon for the same
detecting site to have been searched by 100's of people
since the 1960's.
But all hope is not lost, because we have an advantage.
Advancements in metal detector technology along with
the Internet for advanced research can give us an edge
like never before. The detector manufacturers and
engineers have produced detectors with amazingly
accurate target id, automatic ground balance systems,
superb depth capabilities, choice of frequencies, multifrequency, ability to see through trash, new lightweight
designs, notch features allowing us to choose the targets
we want and much more. Can it get any better?
By studying and learning to fully utilize the technology
available today, we can, even with limited site resources
still reap the rewards of treasure seeking, adventure and
exploration. We can discover new sites, locate those
older deeper coins, hard to find relics, jewelry or
treasures that have, until now, been out of reach. We
cannot go back in time, but we can make the best of
"Our Golden Age" if we understand and truly appreciate
its own unique and superior qualities.
Happy Hunting Everyone
Experience + research = success
4 - The Golden Age of Treasure Seekers lasting from
1960 through the 1980's begins with the use of metal
detectors for fun and profit. Thousands of locations were
available for searching, all of them untouched and just
overflowing with coins, relics and treasures to be found.
Civil War sites, battlefields, plantations, parks, schools,