DJ Laan detecting day Netherlands

DJ Laan detecting day Netherlands
I was honoured to be invited to a metal detecting event in the Netherlands , I wanted  to see how events were organised overseas compared to the UK.
When I was told the main event was 2 token hunts, I had my concerns based on what I know the English detectorists would say about such an event.
Would a token hunt generate enough interest ?
Dirk Jan owner of  DJ Laan assured me that this was also a social event and a chance to meet fellow detectorists.

The Flight from Heathrow was only 45 minutes, more time was spent with the UK customs officers explaining the new XP pin pointer was not a Taser gun but a hand held metal detector, if anyone is travelling overseas with a detector it’s always worth bringing a magazine with you… it helps.
On the other side Dutch customs were a little more forgiving, at passport control the officer looked up and asked where I was going, I replied “I don’t know and if I did know I probably couldn’t pronounce it”. He gave me my passport back and waved me on my way.
Thankfully Mathijs was outside to collect me.

Who are DJ Laan ?

DJ Laan NL are a specialist metal detector shop owned and run by a father and son team, Dirk Jan  and Mathijs. The shop has been trading since 1980 and has a very large customer base.  I visited the shop in the beautiful town of Hippolytushoef,  and have to say I was very impressed with the attention to detail,  it was nice and spacious and well equipped with all makes of machines, artefact displays and metal detecting accessories. A real Aladdin’s cave for the detectorist.
Dirk Jan and Mathijs wanted to organise an event at the Schoonhoven in a town called  Hollandscheveld in the region of Hoogeveen, to say thank you to existing customers and welcome new prospective ones, which I thought was a very nice gesture.

The XP Marshall’s and organisers



The event was ticket only and limited to 250 people, behind the scenes Roy Hutters and his team worked very hard, Roy is a very good friend of the shop and respected member of the Dutch detecting world.
The tickets sold out very quickly even though it was a token hunt…which says a lot about the enthusiasm and loyalty of the Dutch detectorists.
The day started very early in the morning, it was a long drive to the event, the stands had to be set up and marshals needed to be briefed.
I have to say the event organisers and marshals did a fantastic job, everything went like clockwork, I know what stress it can be after recently co organising the XP rally.
DJ Laan’s stand was the main attraction in the hall which comprised of a bar and a very civilised restaurant area overlooking the lake and breath-taking scenery.
Mathijs and myself spent most of the morning talking to people about the new XP products, while Dad Dirk Jan talked to customers and took orders, it was a really busy event with lots of positive energy and high spirits.


Metal Detecting

The day consisted of a morning and afternoon token hunt, 500 tokens were buried.
Once found the tokens were exchanged for raffle tickets and then entered into  the main prize draw.
The first prize was an XP Deus.


I found the whole day very uplifting and overwhelmed by the amount of XP Deus users who attended, the comradery between the Dutch detectorists was something to behold.
DJ. Laan XP sponsored detecting day group picture.


The Dutch hospitality

Well what can I say about the Dutch hospitality, It was second to none, I really enjoyed their company, the Dutch are truly fantastic people and ambassadors for our hobby.

What are my thoughts about token hunts now ?

I’m converted !! Everyone enjoyed the event and it proved to me that metal detecting rallies are not just about finding the best treasure, they are about being a part of a thriving community, throw in some drink and good food and you have it made.,


The young man who won the first prize was congratulated by everyone, you could see by his face he was utterly speechless and in a state of shock.
I missed the other prizes because of my flight times and it was a 170Km drive back to Schiphol airport (Thanks again Mathijs).
I would like to thanks everyone who attended the event for your hospitality and for supporting our products. We are very much looking forward to next years event…..
Gary Blackwell

The XP Deus makes old metal detecting sites new again

Its been over 2 years since I acquired permission to detect a  piece of property that dates back to 1817. At first, the property seemed to produce some really nice relics and coins from the 1800’s but over time, those rich grounds started to dry up and my headphones went quiet.

I spent 2 years detecting every inch of the property and included the use of flags to “grid off”  highly productive patches, just to try and get the maximum potential out of my search. I was just about ready to close the book on the property when a friend introduced me to the XP Deus.

It happened last fall when four of us were detecting in the mountains of Northern Pennsylvania. Three of us were using the AT Pros but my friend was using the XP Deus .We were all hunting an old logging area dating back to the early 1900’s.

The ground was iron infested.  I didn’t find much except a few axe heads and iron scrap but I was happy with those items.Then my friend dug a coin right next to where I was digging. I couldn’t hear it with my machine, but he could with the XP. He ended up finding 3 more coins that day while the rest of us found none. His ability to hear targets in the iron infested ground sparked my interest in the Deus. I spent the rest of the winter researching the XP and finally pulled the trigger and purchased the Dues in April of 2016.

Learning the XP Deus

I spent the better part of spring and summer really trying to figure out what I liked most about the XP Deus and what settings worked well in my conditions.
Out of the box, the Deus was easy to use but once I started figuring out how the “Reactivity” and “Silencer” settings worked is when things really started to make sense and the quantity and quality of my finds began to change.

After spending several weeks metal detecting in parks and playgrounds, I decided to take the XP Deus back to previous permissions, sites that I thought had been hunted out with the AT Pro. One of the first places I started to re trace my tracks was back at the 1817 property. It didn’t take long before I began finding some amazing coins. These were targets that I had clearly missed over the last 2 years. There was no doubt in my mind the Deus was finding targets that were laying in iron and next to trash in this badly infested ground. The target separation of the Deus  gives the user a big advantage, now I own and use this machine I don’t believe there is such a thing as previously hunted out grounds, so now I have started to hunt them all over again.

Since I’ve returned to the 1817 permission I’ve made some incredible finds. Some of my best coins include an 1864 Abraham Lincoln/Andrew Johnson presidential token.


An 1851 three cent piece


An 1828 Liberty Cent


And my oldest coin to date, a 1723 King George I half penny.


Having some patients is key. There can be a bit of a learning curve but I I’m a big believer in the machine simply because I have personally witnessed some amazing discoveries made with this machine.
My Program to detect in trashy and iron invested grounds.

I have a really great program that uses, 4, 8, 12, and 18 kHz. I usually start detecting the property in 12 kHz and once i think I’ve covered most of the grounds, I’ll hit it again using a different frequency and so on. I have had the best luck using 12 kHz. Included below are the settings I have been using at the 1817 permission:

My preferred settings
  1. Ground Balance: I manually ground balance using the pumping technique. I will do this when I see the ground conditions change or the machine becomes a little unstable. For this permission the front yard balances at 84 while the backyard balances at 72.
  2. Discrimination: I don’t use any. I like to hear everything.
  3. Reactivity (R) and Silencer (S) : R= (1) or (2) and S=(-1) but sometimes I do bump it up to (0)
  4. Audio Response: I like to use (5). I like to hear the faint deeps signals amplified.
  5. Transmitting Power: I usually stay at (2). I have messed with (3) but I think the machine is a little more stable at (2) for this program.
  6. Sensitivity: I always start at (99) but back down until the machine quiets down somewhere around (93-96). It will depend on the ground conditions. Sometimes I’ve had to tune it down to (87) .
  7. I use 5 Tones: This is how I have the tones broken out. These will give you the iron growl with good mid tones and great high tones for silver and copper coins (The number on the left is the tone frequency)

Tone 1 -100 0

Tone 2 – 100 0 > 28

Tone 3 –  496 28 > 60

Tone 4 – 603 60 > 77

Tone 5 – 800 77 > 99

  1. Notch Discrimination: I don’t use any.


Thanks for reading my article.

XP Deus team Romania latest trip report

This is the latest report from Michele and his XP team based in Romania.
As a result of our extensive research the RMA team (Romanian Military Archaeology) headed to the Moldavia region of northern Romania, where for several days we scanned forests and hills looking for intense area’s of WW I and WW II areas of occupation. Our research led us to believe that this mountain region had been the location of some heavy fighting during both world wars.
After days of searching we hit on a location, we knew the area was good because of the iron contamination, when we say iron contamination we do not mean small nails like you would expect on a Roman site, we had to deal with big chunks of iron.
Huge pieces flat plate from all kinds of trucks and heavy machinery possibly destroyed by intense artillery fire. With a lot of patience and work, we managed to extract some nice ferrous and non ferrous items from the iron covered ground.

This is indeed a time consuming task, many detectors would not function in such extreme conditions, that’s why the XP is our machine of choice.
We always use personalised Deus Fast programs that suit our search style, having a very light weight machine such as the Deus was a big help during our days in the mountains, our kit needed to be minimal because the Kilometres of hiking and climbing really tested the body and mind.
During our trip we were so lucky to experience some truly breathtaking scenery, we didn’t see another person for days, just us and our machines.

We are so lucky to live in a beautiful country surrounded by history dating back thousands of years.


Here are some pictures of our finds from the most recent RMA trip.
World War I and II relics

As you can see, not all Iron items are bad.

This military crest was in fantastic condition


Despite the iron contamination, most finds were recovered in really good condition.

The local archaeologist were very happy with our discoveries and they will soon be on display with artefacts from our other trips.


Thanks for reading our metal detecting story, the bad weather is approaching, we will report more for the XP Classroom Blog after the winter.

Goodbye from the RMA team, thanks XP – The Deus does it again !!

Michele from the RMA team

Thanks for the articles guys
Be sure to look out for the next RMA article when Michele and his team discover something really interesting in the mountains of Romania.

XP Deus USA web site review

The XP Deus is becoming the most popular “Go To” professional metal detector according to our USA sources.
Earlier today I had an interesting conversation with Ed Huffman from Treasure Mountain detectors one of our dealers, and received some fantastic product feedback.

Many of you guys in the USA know Ed and his business partner Heath Jones as being amongst the most respected detectorists out there, these guys have earned their reputation because they are straight talking and  are passionate about the hobby.
Another well known friend and Deus user is Butch Holcombe from the American Digger Magazine.
I have heard on the grapevine these guys are going to be working on some very interesting XP projects in the near future.


Ed talked about how the XP Deus is responsible for some great metal detector finds and went on to say these type of reports are on the increase at an astounding rate compared to a few years ago. So it would appear that the guys over the pond have really began to understand what this machine is capable of, and how it can be adapted to be used in a wide variety of search scenario’s.
Ed used the word “Simplicity” and said how new Deus users are reporting great results straight out of the box using factory pre set programs 2 and 3, Goldmaxx power and Deus fast.
So on many occasions there will be no need for additional tweaks, it really is a switch on and go machine…If you want it that way.
Ed and his team have released their own dedicated web site called XP Deus team USA.


The web site is very clean with some great information, the site is still under construction, more articles will be added soon when the weather in Ed’s region cools down and the snakes are more docile…..WHAT !!!!
There will also be regular metal detecting video’s from the guys covering all aspects of hunting with the Deus including technical information and new user guides.


XP owners are welcome to send in their reports, short stories and finds.

Treasure Mountain Detectors sell the full XP Deus range and offer a fantastic after sales service with plenty of happy customers.


Why not swing by and take a look at Treasure Mountain’s XP Deus team USA web site.


XP America’s official XP web site

Salon de la detection metal detecting show Paris

It only feels like yesterday that we were at the very first Salon de la detection metal detecting show Paris.
Another year has passed already, it was a pleasure to meet up with old friends and meet some new ones along the way, the French hospitality never ceases to amaze me, I just wish I could talk the language a little better….Perhaps next time !
The show was filled with interesting trade stands, one that caught my eye was the Aldup stand, they had a fantastic display of models made from detecting junk.


I think this idea will catch on in the future, I think I have enough junk to make a full sized battleship.
Perhaps someone can hold a yearly competition.


The team from Maison de la detection and French detection put in 110% as usual, these guys really know how to put on a show.


One or two interesting characters dropped by for a picture.


As well as their stand they had a media area where people were interviewed for a new upcoming video.


The team from XP worked hard all weekend demonstrating the new products and talking with old and new customers.


The new HF (high frequency) coils, version 4 software and the pin pointer gathered a lot of interest.
The product will soon go through a field test period and release dates will be announced in the very near future. At the moment there are no prices for these products, the version 4 update will be free.


XP customers loved the lower stem mounted battery system for the HF coils, another new innovation !.


The Viking made a guest appearance….This guy gets everywhere, he was at the XP UK rally last month and we all enjoyed his company.

On behalf of everyone we would like to thank the team from Detection Passion for organising this fantastic event and for their kind hospitality.


We are very much looking forward to the next event.

Here is a short video of the Salon de la detection metal detecting show Paris .


The Detecting Scotland summer rally report

The Detecting Scotland summer rally this year was planned for many months and every “t” crossed and every “I” dotted including very kind sponsorship from XP Detectors, a country estate to host on, marquee booked, toilets booked, a local band sorted hired and even historical tour pre-arranged for early attendees?

What could go wrong? …….The weather !

With a little under 100 detectorists assembling at Ardkinglas Estate in Argyll from as far away as Nova Scotia and Estonia and having already done a 1 day test dig of the area which uncovered an 8th century gold insular mount, silver buckle and gold coin weight the omens were good!

The forecast was VERY strong winds overnight Friday and Saturday with persistent rain….
The staff assembled the smaller marquee and gazebo nevertheless and even the administrators bomb proof fishing tent in case all else failed!

By Saturday morning before the very first signal was dug there were already reports of near naked Scotsmen holding their tent down and chasing their possessions around! As well as various people sleeping in their car having arrived late/after the weather had turned!

The weather was so bad that with tents broken, spirits broken and no more dry clothes many had left by mid afternoon on the Saturday however those who remained were to be treated to being present when probably the most significant find ever made at a Scottish rally emerged to none other than Derek McLennan! Already infamous for his Viking horde find and English hammered silver hoard finds charting the English military’s march north!


By Sunday morning there were probably just under 40 detectorists left, most of whom were lucky enough to have got rooms in local hotels.

At around 5 pm I was manning the finds table with Stuart Campbell of the TTU when I got the radio call from Derek to say he may be delayed coming over to the hub area to help put the marquee up on its legs, the reason given that they had just found a Bronze Age axe hoard!! I asked him to cordon it off while I arranged for someone to drive Stuart down to the spot to allow proper excavation of the finds.


Little did Stuart realise when he came along to do some  “on the spot” recording and ID of finds he would get the opportunity to do some field archaeology! Albeit in probably the heaviest rain of the weekend!

The weather delayed the band and we decided that the pub would be a good place for live music and to catch up with what finds had been coming up as we already knew of the odd large hammered silver.


Sundays weather was much better with only occasional light showers.
Strangely with a lot less actual people detecting the finds rate increased quite a lot!

In addition to the three early BA axe heads (2000-2300BC)

Some of very nice hammered silver appeared:


Henry III/IV Groat
Henry VIII Groat
Charles I Shilling
Elizabeth I Half Groat
James II Groat
Edward I Penny

Countless other artefacts such as buckles, whorls, copper coinage and early milled silver including a Queen Anne Edinburgh mint 6d and even a solid gold whistle!! Who buys these??

While we were very happy with the finds that were unearthed and saved for future generations I now sit wondering if we had good weather and all detectorists on their game just what else we would have saved?


I’ve been asked more than a few times if we can go back and the simple answer is, YES we can!
We would like to thank the guys at XP for your kind support.
Grant Maxwell Detecting Scotland

The new XP products have been announced

We are proud to announce some new accessories and software for XP DEUS which will be available on the market in a few months. They were demonstrated at the XP European Rally in the UK which took place on the 17-18th of September, and also at the Exhibition for Metal Detection which will take place in Paris on the 8_9th of October 2016.

  • New ! Optional 22.5cm (9inch) search coil operating at high frequencies
  • New ! Optional ELLIPTICAL search coil operating at high frequencies.
  • New ! V4.0 software free to download.
  • New ! Software application Go Detect



The new XP Pinpointer known as the MI-6, will have the following innovative features:

– Rechargeable Lithium Polymer battery

– Submersible up to 20 feet

–  Connection via radio link to the DEUS with the following advantages (patents pending):

  • The audio signal from the pin pointer is transmitted directly to the DEUS remote control and headphones.
  • Anti -Interference system between the MI-6 and the DEUS: The Deus switches to Standby mode when MI-6 is activated and comes back to ON when the MI-6 is switched off.
  • The Deus display will automatically switch to the MI-6 display when the MI-6 is switched on.
  • The MI-6 has a very long battery life – Up to 90 hours.
  • Research mode is accessed from the Deus V4 menu it recovers a lost MI-6.
    If you lose your MI-6, you can locate it even if it is switched off….even after several weeks the alarm will sound.
  • The Deus menu will have a full range of MI-6 adjustments giving the operator full control such as :

· 50 levels of Sensitivity

· Sound mode : Pitch or Bleep

· Audio Tone Adjustments.

· Pinpointing – target zoom graph

· Research Mode to locate a lost MI-6

· On screen Battery Level indication


New optional search coils: 22.5 high frequency & Elliptical HF



  • These 2 new optional coils are specialized for hunting small targets in mineralized ground, they will the Deus search coil range.
  • They will operate on 3 higher frequencies 15 KHZ, 30 KHZ or 55 KHZ far more efficient when searching for gold.
  • All coils will be supplied with a lithium battery with a higher capacity. The new battery is integrated into the lower stem tube and offer a longer battery life, which is especially useful when searching remote area’s with no available charging facilities.


These latest additions can be found in the V 4.0 software:

  • Compatibility with MI-6 Pinpointer.
  • Compatibility with the 2 new optional high frequency search coils (15, 30 or 55 kHz).
  • Improved mineralization rejection.
  • Reactivity level 3 is more efficient.
  • A more versatile Reactivity level of 2.5.
  • Advanced Reactivity levels for program N°10 GOLDFIELD.
  • Improved identification on large iron targets.
  • Better ground tracking, now independent to the current Reactivity level.
  • Tones can be adjusted to reach 1000 Hz.
  • Target ID Normalization feature is now incorporated into the headphones.
  • Go Detect app for smartphones is now compatible with the Deus, featuring a tracking display, user target information and their GPS coordinates.

As you know the DEUS uses highly advanced technology, which in turn offers high levels of performance. These new accessories and software updates will once again take the Deus to a new level.

The Deus technology is very different to many other products available on todays market. However due to the technical aspects involved, time is needed to research and develop our products in order to maintain our very high standards.

A test phase will take place in October and November 2016, and then, we will be able to announce a launch date.

We would like to say thank you for your patience and for supporting XP!


Q: Should I wait for the new version 4.0 to be released before I buy a DEUS? I have been told there are changes to the electronic components. Will my current DEUS – coil-remote control-headphones be compatible with this next version or do I need to change them?

A : No the product hardware will be the same, the new V4.0 update is software only and will be downloadable for free,  it will work with all previous DEUS! The original coils, headphones and remote control will work with the new version 4.0 update, although some new menu features will not be accessible unless the new accessories are connected.

Q: Will I have to move my DEUS to V4.0?

A: It is your choice, you can stay in version 2.0 or 3.2 if you want, but the Version 4.0 will be necessary to connect and run the new HF optional coil and Pinpointer.

Q : Can I use the XP MI-6 Pinpointer even if don’t own a DEUS?

A: Yes of course, the MI-6 can work alone like a traditional Pinpointer thanks to its speaker, vibrator, LED, 6 programs, 3 sensitivity levels, 2 audio modes.

Q: How do I make the Pinpointer communicate wirelessly with the DEUS ?

A: This is a simple process – Choose program number 7 on the Pinpointer, the speaker will then be disabled and the sound will be send automatically to the DEUS Remote or headphones. Also the pin pointer has a dedicated menu which appears instantaneously on the Deus remote display when it is in operation.
The operator can make a full range of adjustments to the pin pointers sound and operation from the Deus remote.

Q: Are there any other XP accessories to be released soon?

A: Nothing else is planned at the moment.
The optional Hoard Hunter 2 box system for the DEUS is currently delayed.


To be continued…

Gold coin at the Compton Rally

Congratulations to Wayne Mexom had a wonderful Gold coin at the Compton Metal Detecting Rally this weekend.

3-compton 1

It is a fantastic Verica Gold stater.

1-compon 3

King Verica, ruler of the Atrebates tribe of southern England, circa 10 – 40 AD.

Verica was one of the most powerful Celtic Kings of Late Iron Age Britain. He took control of the Atrebates tribe sometime around the early 1st century AD and governed a large part of Southern England. He was second only in influence to the famous Cunobelinus.

2-compton 2

Wayne found this fantastic coin working a badly iron contaminated area with his XP Deus.

Gold hat jewel found with the XP Deus

Lisa Grace used her Deus and 13″ coil to find this beautiful late 15th century hat jewel, dating to the Wars of the Roses (1455 – 1485).


Lisa commented ‘I had been detecting in lines, very slowly, and was on my sixth line, although I had yet to find anything of note. I started on my way again, nothing… nothing… for some reason I swung the coil out just a little further than normal and caught a ‘ping’ on the end of it. Not just any ping, but a really sweet sound!  I removed a small spadeful of earth and as I crouched down I saw a golden edge in a curving shape. Then, a piece of the clod broke away and I saw the most amazing purple jewel in the centre and a golden chain hanging from a twisted gold border.’

 Gold 15c hat jewel

The Jewel is gold, set with a faceted amethyst and its design features the ‘Sun in Splendour’ motif, which King Edward IV adopted as his personal badge after his victory at the Battle of Mortimers Cross in 1461.

Musee Calvet

Musee Calvet

As dawn broke on the day of the battle, three suns appeared in the morning sky.  This was due to a rare meteorological phenomenon, called a Parhelion, caused by ice crystals in the atmosphere.  The Yorkist troops, led by Edward, then Earl of March, were at first frightened by this but Edward soon turned it to his own advantage. He told his men this was a sign from God, representing the Holy Trinity, and was proof that God would lead them to victory.  The Yorkists were victorious that day and Edward was proclaimed King a month later, after which he adopted the ‘Sunne in Splendour’ as his personal emblem. The badge would have originally had three pearls (for the holy trinity) hanging from the droppers but these have not survived. 


The rare jewel found with the XP Deus is currently at the British Museum, making its way through the treasure process and has been featured in ‘Lincolnshire Life’ magazine (‘Lincolnshire’s Lost Jewel’) and the PAS book ’50 Finds from Lincolnshire’.

2 Gold coins for Deus users

Two luycky XP Deus users attended a charity metal detecting event with the southern detectorists on some 200 acres of pasture land which was heavily contaminated with iron, search conditions were perfect for the Deus. The Deus is second to none when it comes down to picking out ancient coins from in between iron.

I chose to use ( Gary’s ) hot program and a friend of mine Craig Williamson used his Deus in Deus fast ( program 3 ).
There were lots of people on the dig you could see by the finds XP users were recording that the Deus was the king.


We were both very lucky as I found my first gold hammered coin of King James 1st ( gold double crown ) and Craig found his first gold hammered coin of King Edward 111 ( quarter noble )


Everyone could see the Deus was in a class of it’s own, it easily picked out the good targets from amongst the Iron.

The Hot program

Load up the Deus fast program….Change
Discrimination…..between 0 and 5, if you have problems identifying differences between low tones use disc 5 and dig every repeatable tone
Tones….Full tones
Iron Vol…..0
Audio response….3-4
Don’t be afraid to use a discrimination of 3 – 5 until you get used to the audio feedback.
*Discrimination notes : Disc 0 will accept all the ground noise as a baseline, this is good if you want to hear ground changes. Disc 1 will eliminate ground noise and only accept Iron as a baseline.


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