Today the rain that had been over us the last days had stopped. I was not slow to get out of the house and into the forest. I was eager to see what more I could find on the capitulation site. As usual I dug every signal as I moved towards the site where all the dogtags was found. I can easily see which routes I have walked here earlier as there is small piles of rust here and there and some relics around tree trunks, so I sort of have a marked grid for a systematic search. The amount of signals given by the detector is only comparable to heavily fought on frontline positions, just less cool stuff here..annoyingly many bits of wire and nails made of good quality metals is growing under the moss here.
Around the dog-tag place I searched well and long for any more of the alu discs but I only found 1 and 3/4 of them. In the middle of this spot is a several meter long and wide ditch with mixed signals all over and bits and pieces lying visible on the forest floor, I have a theory that somewhere between all this metal is more dog tags, but it will be one heck of a job clearing it. While I took a break and ate alittle I made a plan. I ll start by clearing one end of the ditch, then move all metal I find to the cleared spot as I progress towards the other end...next time, for the rest of the day I decided to do some more random searching in other sections of the forest.
After a while of moving around digging signals it was all of the sudden silent from the detector. No signals anywhere. I took another direction, but still nothing. As my boot got stuck in a piece of barbed wire I noticed the detector was touching the wire but gave no sound, something was wrong with it. I checked the batteries, the wiring, the adjustments,turned it off and on again but nothing, there was no visible damage to it either. This really pissed me off. What would I do without one, just before the end of the season. I was boiling. I went back to the car and there I checked it again, but still nothing. I had a couple of fresh batteries in the car, and tried those as a last resort, even though the display showed lots of battery life left on the ones I took out. Mysteriously enough the detector seemed to work normal again now all of the sudden and it was like a ton of bricks lifting of my shoulders. Will give it another go again tomorrow and hopefully it will work as normal.