Friday, April 28, 2017

Army Corps of Engineers Steps in To Fix Beach Parking At Shore Towns

Finally! Beach Towns May be Forced To Stop Limiting Parking To Outsiders or Non Resident's

One of the biggest obstacles to public beach access in New Jersey may be coming to an end.
A Jersey shore community that was devastated by Superstorm Sandy may drop drastic limitations on street parking that had the effect of making it impossible for outsiders to use its beaches.
Mantolokin NJ proposes dropping its longstanding law limiting parking to no more than two hours because the federal government is insisting on more parking as a condition of spending tens of millions of dollars on a beach replenishment project in town.
The Army Corps of Engineers said it will insist on similar parking and access guarantees at other beaches as well, potentially challenging or ending some of the most restrictive policies that shore towns have used to keep outsiders off their sand.

Credit: Maranatha Broadcasting Company, Inc.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Join Our Friends From The ECRDA At Their Annual Club Hunt In Ocean City NJ May 20 & 21 2017

East Coast Research & Discovery Association
ECRDA Club Hunt:

‘Pieces of Eight’ - May 20 & 21, 2017 - Ocean City, NJ
The ECRDA's eighth annual open-to-the-public beach hunt, Pieces of Eight, Your registration includes two adult hunts each day and lunch both days.
Early registration ends soon -- but there's still time to sign up

Hunts
They will host two adult hunts each day, as well as a Kids Hunt on Saturday. In addition, there's an optional Gold Hunt on Saturday and -- to honor late member Ed Mollahan -- an optional silver hunt on Sunday. Registration is limited to 180 attendees, not including kids.

Prizes
As always, they will be awarding lots of great prizes including top-of-the-line metal detectors, additional detectors, silver and gold coins (including Reales!), and much more. And there are several additional contests throughout each day!

Lunch
As always, lunch is on them: pizza, ziti, and sausage & peppers. They will also supply soda and water. When you register at the Music Pier each morning, coffee & snack cakes are on them as well.

Miscellaneous
The Hunt goes on rain or shine. You might want to bring rain gear.

Gold Hunt (optional)
The special Gold Hunt takes place on Saturday (see schedule). Cost is $20 for each; sign up at the registration table. They will award one prize for every 5 hunters registered! Prizes include 1/2-gram and 1-gram gold bars, 2-peso coins, and a 1/10 oz. American Gold Eagle coin!


Ocean City Music Pier
825 Boardwalk
Ocean City, NJ 08226


 Lodging

The ECRDA has arranged for discounted rates at selected properties for your convenience. As always, to receive the discount, all reservations must be made by calling the properties directly. You must mention you are part of the ECRDA event. ECDRA will add more accommodations as they become available.

Once these sell out (and they will), you'll find a variety of affordable, family-friendly hotels, motels, and B&B rooms in and around Ocean City NJ.  You can also visit the Ocean City website for info on restaurants, shopping, other events, and more.

Impala Island Inn
1001 Ocean Avenue
Ocean City, NJ 08226
609-399-7500

Rate: $178 for 2 nights
Includes 'Taste of Ocean City' bonus package
Distance to Music Pier: 0.5 miles
www.ImpalaIslandInn.com   

Wild Dunes Inn
801 10th Street
Ocean City, NJ 08226
609-399-2910

Rate: $208.00 for 2 nights
Includes 'Taste of Ocean City' bonus package

Distance to Music Pier: 0.5 miles

www.WildDunesInn.com

You must mention you are attending the ECRDA Hunt.


Follow the link below to get the hunt flyer & registration form. Grab it now, fill it out, and send it in. Registration is limited to 180 attendees, so don't delay!

http://www.ecrda.org/2017_ECRDA_8th_Annual_Beach_Flyer.pdf

Finds Of The Month April 2017 Meeting





At our April Meeting club members selected two winners for our Finds Of The Month
 
Jim McLaughlin Found This Gold Medal



Joe Jorgensen Found This Colonial Shoe Buckle

Congratulations to our two winners both are great finds


Saturday, April 8, 2017

Pros and Cons For Using Large Metal Detector Coils By Jami Olive

  <Credit Kellyco

Cons of Using Larger Search Coils

There are a number of challenges that accompany using larger coils on your metal detector. Here are a few of them:
  • You’ll get tired faster. Bigger means heavier, and that means that your arms will get fatigued much quicker when you are using larger coils. It may not seem like a huge weight difference, but even a few ounces will feel much heavier after a day of detecting. To offset this, you can always pick up a metal detector harness to reduce weight on your arm.
  • It’s harder to get into small areas. Some prime areas for searching will not accommodate larger sized coils. If you are searching in areas where there are cracks and crevices, you’ll want to be able to get into those spots, or you could miss great finds.
  • Less sensitivity for small targets. When you are using larger coils on your metal detector, you may miss smaller targets as you sweep over the ground.
  • Picks up more ground noise. While you can make adjustments to your metal detector to allow for different ground conditions, larger coils will pick up more chatter and general ground noise.
  • Challenging in areas with a lot of trash. If you have searched in areas where there is a lot of trash, you know that it’s difficult to isolate the different sounds that your metal detector is making. Using larger coils in those areas makes it even more challenging.

Pros of Using Larger Search Coils

There are also advantages to using larger coils on your metal detector. The biggest two are:
  • You can find deeper targets. This is the main reason that detectorists will choose to use larger coils on their detectors. They are able to detect targets that are deeper than what smaller coils can “hear.” The deeper an item is, the more likely that it has been there a while, and may be of greater value than what you find near the ground’s surface. Additionally, larger coils may help you find targets that other detectorists have missed.
  • You can cover more ground. Larger coils will cover a lot more ground when you are patch hunting. You can search more ground when you are swinging a larger coil.

Use the Right Size Search Coil for the Situation

When you look at the advantages and disadvantages of using larger coils, it may seem that there are more downsides. However, the truth is, using larger coils is very useful when you want to be able to detect deeper items or cover more ground, while smaller coils have the ability to narrow your search detection and find smaller targets. When you consider those two benefits against the drawbacks, you may find that it’s worth it to use larger coils or smaller coils depending on what you are hunting for. It really boils down to  determining which search coils will be right for the area that you are searching.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Don't Miss The NY/NJ Mineral, Fossil & Gem Show



This 3-day event is the largest show of its kind east of the Mississippi River. Items for sale include dinosaurs, mineral specimens, common and rare gems, common and achingly rare fossils, petrified wood, artisan jewelry, meteorites, sharks teeth, opals, sapphires, silver, gold, beads, science gifts, unique interior decor, and so much, much more. Prices are $1 to $1 million. Exhibits include a dimmed room full of "black light" UV minerals, Herkimer diamonds, local mineral rarities, "The History of Radioactivity", a 50-panel display from the American Museum of Natural History, and… dinosaurs! Hands-on kid activities include metal detection, gem sluicing, a fossil dig, and freebies from local mineral & fossil clubs. Plus, meet the friendly stars from the TV show 'Prospectors'. Family friendly, free parking, and the modest admission fee is good for all three days. Adults $15 / Kids $10 (includes free gem, mineral or fossil). Friday Noon to 9 pm, Sat & Sunday10am to 6pm. This is a NJ "Top Five" event – don't miss it.

The show is held annually in the 150,000 sq. foot NJ Convention & Exposition Center (a.k.a. "NJ Expo Center") located in Raritan Center.

The address for your GPS is 97 Sunfield Ave, Edison, NJ. Located 1.5 miles off I-287 / Route 440 and there's easy access via the NJ Turnpike, Garden State Parkway, and Routes 1 and 9. We're 15 minutes south of Newark International Airport and 5 miles west of the New York City borough of Staten Island.


Monday, February 6, 2017

Find of the Month - January 2017

A really nice watch found by Glen Gunther while detecting in Myrtle Beach.

We will post monthly winners as well as the "Find of the Year"