Cost For My Service
I’ll consider whatever is offered as a reward, but I do require a fee (.50 per mile) for driving from my home to and from the site. All costs will have to be established before I agree to search.
Jewelry, cell phones, keys, glasses, anything made of metal or having metal content lost in the water or on dry land.
All beaches around Syracuse New York. (Fair Haven to Delta Lake Including Oneida Lake, and the 10 beaches of New York State Parks, Central Division). And any public parks where metal detecting is allowed and private property with permission.”
H Connell Raate's Bio
I’m retired and metal detecting is as a past time. You can find me almost any morning in the summer time hunting the beaches around Oneida Lake. In the winter my wife and myself travel to the Caribbean to enjoy the weather and metal detect. I own a state of the art metal detector and all the equipment needed to find your item, and am very successful at recovering lost articles. Recovering old coins and artifacts as a hobby can be very rewarding but nothing matches the joy I get when I’m able to reunite a precious item with its owner. Let me help you find your lost treasure.
H Connell Raate - Recent Blog Posts
I received a call from a gentleman (Jim) who had lost his wedding band. He stated that he lost it in his yard on November 9th while moving a brush pile of tree branches that had been accumulating over the years. . It was a 14K white gold band. Jim had looked for […]
I received a call from a gentleman (Tony) who had lost his wedding band. He stated that he lost it in his yard some 5 years ago when he was spreading fertilizer on the lawn. It was a 14K gold band with some diamonds around it. Tony had given up on finding his […]
We don’t win everytime (2016)
I’m not proud of what I have to say here, but I must. I was unsuccessful in a search for a lost men’s wedding band today. Yes, we all brag when we are successful, but some times it’s just not in the cards. I received a call from a Shawn Beasley last Friday to […]
This last May I decided to spend a morning using my metal detector on Sylvan Beach here in Central New York State. The wind was blowing quite hard from the west when I arrived at the beach so it would not be comfortable searching in the water today. That left me the dry sand to […]
I received a phone call from a lady who had lost her school class ring in June 1966. When she said the year, I shuddered. Anyway she told to me that she got her ring in the fall of 1965 of her senior year. She enjoyed the ring all that winter and into the spring […]
H Connell Raate - Testimonials
If you’ve lost something of value to you, call H. Connell Raate, he’s good at what he does (2017)
When I went out to sunbathe in my backyard in June of 1966, I never expected that I was at the beginning of a 49 year adventure.
It was a beautiful summer day right after graduation, so I went outside in my yellow polka dot bikini (NOT), took my recently acquired high school class ring off, placed it on the blanket, put suntan lotion on, and laid down with a good book.
Later, I stood up, shook out my blanket and headed back to the cool house. It was only later that I remembered my ring. Out I went to get it. Oh, no! Where is it? I looked for quite a while with no luck. My hunt continued most every day for the rest of the summer. Where the hell is this ring? It was gone.
Life goes on and I moved out. When visiting my mother, I occasionally would go out and look for that beautiful green ring. Nothing.
After my mom died and before the house was sold, an acquaintance just happened to mention a friend of his whose hobby was metal detecting and who specializes in finding gold rings. Why not? Wouldn’t it be a hoot if, 49 years later, he found my lost ring?
Imagine my surprise when that machine started singing and Connell eventually came up with a grungy and dirty but definitely green gold ring. Good thing the house was in the country because I did come out with a whoop and holler heard for miles.
I went to my 50th high school reunion the following summer and proudly wore that recently cleaned and re-sized (whose weight doesn’t change after 49 years?) new-looking class ring.
If you’ve lost something of value to you, call H. Connell Raate, he’s good at what he does, his charges are very reasonable and, most importantly, he is passionate about what he does. If it’s findable, he’ll nab it!
I could not be happier with the service provided, and it was truly a pleasure meeting and speaking with Mr. Raate. He is a wonderful person (2016)
I would like to send my sincere thanks to Mr. H. Connell Raate of The Ring Finders for his help in recovering my lost wedding band.
After losing some weight, my ring was rather loose on my finger, and of course I waited too long to get it resized. While doing some yard work this past Veteran's Day weekend, I was removing a pile of brush and as I reached in to grab some branches, I felt my ring slip off my finger and fall into the pile. It was no where to be seen and, even after carefully removing the rest of the pile, sifting through the tiny twigs, leaves, and assorted mouse house building materials that covered the ground where the pile once was proved fruitless.
A quick search online led me to The Ring Finders, and as luck would have it, a member lived nearby. Unfortunately, Mr. Raate was on vacation, but he was confident from my description of what had happened that he would be able to help me upon his return.
With the hustle bustle of Christmas behind us, and a warm snap that melted the snow, I got back in touch with Mr. Raate and we made arrangements to meet the next day. Mother Nature had given us a few inches of fresh snow, but he was confident. We proceeded to the search area, and with a few adjustments to his metal detector, we soon heard the buzz indicating some hidden treasure was there for the finding. There, about 2-3 inches below the surface of the loose mixture of twigs, leaves, and soil, was my ring. I had looked for almost an hour when I had cleared the pile, to no avail. Mr. Raate had located it and it was back in my hands in less time than it took for me to grab a small gardening spade from the garage as we headed down to search.
I could not be happier with the service provided, and it was truly a pleasure meeting and speaking with Mr. Raate. He is a wonderful person - kind, friendly, and comforting, and I think he was just as happy to find the ring as I was. After we got back to the house, we talked for quite a while, my wife, he and I, and he described how much he enjoys helping others.
I know I am deeply grateful for his help. I'm hoping I don't ever need his services again, but if I do, I know I'm calling someone I can count on. Keep up the great work!