On Sunday, I got a FB message from Linda. She explained that her husband, Steve, had lost his wedding ring while doing some work on their property in Southern Shores. I gave her a call and we arranged for me to come over the following day. It seemed like it would be an easy hunt.
The next day when I arrived, I met Linda and Steve. They took me a spot near the garage where Steve had been cutting and stacking firewood. The area was covered with leaves and a few pallets of wood. When I fired up the XP Deus II, all I heard was noise. I quickly found out the area I was searching had underground power lines and electromagnetic interference (EMI) which made it nearly impossible to search.
I tried the standard noise canceling and frequency changes, but nothing worked. I spent about an hour searching and found the usual cans, trash, and yard debris. I left disappointed and not knowing if I could ever find the lost ring.
A few days later, I hijacked my wife’s gold wedding ring, I found an area in my yard with similar EMI and made some changes to my program to be able to filter out the interference. VOILA, it worked!
On Thursday, I called Linda and told her that I’d like to come out tomorrow and try again…she agreed. When I arrived, I activated the changes and began the search. Shortly thereafter, I got a great hit…it was a piece of foil. A short time later, another hit. I removed some leaves and found the ring buried in less than an inch of dirt!
I took the ring to the house and presented it to Steve. The ring that had been so dear to the couple for 44 years was home!