Metal Detector Used: Other (800-0284-LSP)
Merilyn, another club member and I went out to a Girl Scout Camp this morning to look for a lady's engagement ring that had been lost for over 9 years. She lost it throwing hay to horses. The search area was a large circle about 50 feet across with two large trees inside a fence in the middle of a 40 acre horse pasture.
The Park Ranger went with us and I loaned him an M6 to use. We split the area up into four quadrants, each one of us searching a quadrant. After the first search was done, we all did a "right shift" to search a new quadrant. I was about 15 minutes into to the second search behind the ranger when I got a solid signal on my DFX at a VDI of 15 that read 6 inches using the 6 X 10 DD. I cut a plug and when I checked, the signal was in the plug.
I took about an inch off the bottom and checked again and the signal was in my hand. When I looked, there was the 10K engagement ring, with a center stone of about 1/3 carat with 2 baguettes on each side. All stones intact and the ring was in perfect shape. I simply yelled "I got it" and everyone came running.
I turned the ring over to the ranger, who called his wife, who put the owner on the phone. (They were at a Girl Scout meeting in Ocala). When the ranger asked her to describe her ring, he said "I have it right here in my hand". He told us that the owner was so happy that she started crying and had to hang up.
We didn't have our camera with us, but the ranger said his wife would get a picture of the ring and e-mail to us. It was great to find the ring, and even better to hear how happy the lady was to know that it was found and that she would get it back tonight. That's one of the greatest enjoyments of this hobby, at least for Merilyn and me.
Score one for the DFX and the 6 X 10!!!