James Murphy, Author at The Ring Finders

CBC.ca Radio Interview with Rebecca Zandbergen and James Murphy

from West Kelowna (British Columbia, Canada)
Contact: 1-250-859-4540

Had a call from Rebecca from CBC as they where doing a series on “Classifieds”.  About a half hour later I was being recorded for an on air interview that would be broadcast later that evening.  The interview lasted about a half an hour, but the podcast is only about 6-7 minutes.  Lots of interview hit the cutting room floor, but the pod cast turned out well.  Hey, more advertising and getting the word out there.  Helping Chris make “TheRingfinders.com” a house hold name.  Bellow is the link to the podcast.

James                  http://www.cbc.ca/radiowest/2013/06/18/the-classifieds-ring-finder/

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Sunshine Coast White Gold Found!

from West Kelowna (British Columbia, Canada)
Contact: 1-250-859-4540

Underwater metal detecting is a bit of a unique activity on it’s own. Being able to do this in almost any condition, up to 180′ makes it even more specialized. The price that is paid sometimes, is travel. Between Vancouver and Kamloops there is only a handful of us that specialize in this type of metal detecting. There is even fewer people that target very small items like rings and earrings. That being said, I got a call from Chris Turner, the CEO of TheRingFinders.com, asking me if I was interested in a little trip.

 

Chris received a call from Ryan in Vancouver about a wedding band he had lost in the ocean. The ring was lost while visiting the Sunshine Coast on the weekend with is wife. Only 25′ down, sandy bottom, 10′ from a fixed dock, sounded pretty easy to me. I quite like ocean dives, especially BC coast ones because of all the colours and the abundance of life all around you underwater. I was once told that Jacques-Yves Cousteau regarded Vancouver Island as the number two dive site in the world. That being said, I packed up my gear for the voyage. Six and a half hours later and a trip on the Langdale ferry from Horseshoe bay, I arrived at Sechelt, along the Sunshine Coast. Once we arrived at the location we brought all the equipment down to the dock area and prepared for the dive.

 

The first decent reviled the truth about the dive site conditions, which by the pictures you can see is a little hard to tell from the surface. No flat surface, no sandy bottom, and massive amounts of seaweed. It was more like a cliff face underwater. From the dock it was only 15′ down, 6′ out it was 50′ down. Another thing I didn’t anticipate was the fact that this dock was a new build and so there was construction debris all over the area where the ring was lost. This made my primary detector useless as I couldn’t get a proper reading on Ryan’s ring. I had to resort to using a Pulse Induction probe to search around the huge boulders and seaweed. This made for a very slow and tedious search as my detection field is only 3′ radius at best with the probe. Searching a cliff face is no easy task either, and at one point i disturbed an octopus taking an afternoon nap in a boulder crevasse. Nature channels don’t do it justice when you see it live!

 

It was not until the forth dive that day, and a few test drops, did I get a strong signal farther away from the dock than I thought it would be. I initially thought it was another bottle cap or deck screw, but my finger went right through it, so I know i had something. Before I surfaced with any excitement, I put the ring right up to my mask and read the inscription inside. It read “With Love, Now and Forever”, definitely the one I was looking for!

 

I calmly surfaced and started handing my equipment to Ryan. He was looking a little sad as I was handing him my gear… until I reached for his help to get out of the water. You see, I had his ring on my pinky finger. Ryan didn’t notice it right away, but when he did, the only sounds from him where “wa, waaa, Wahhhh Ohh aaahhh”. And from that moment on, until we left the location, Ryan didn’t take his eyes off his ring. You see, this ring has been on Ryan’s hand for five years since the day that he was married. Not knowing, and having it lost at sea, made him feel as if something was missing from him. He even told me he had a difficult time sleeping at night without it. At one point his wife told him to just replace it, but Ryan was determined to find the original and that is where we came in. Ryan’s ring now has a great story with a happy ending, with a little help from “TheRingFinders.com”. It’s a great feeling finding something treasured and an even better feeling when you can give it back!

PS. Does all this equipment make me look fat?

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Yah gotta luv Ad’s like this!

from West Kelowna (British Columbia, Canada)
Contact: 1-250-859-4540

ringfinders found ring2I always feel appreciated when people change their lost and found ad to tell people that it was found by us and not just delete them.

 

My trip to Whites Electronics in Sweet Home OR.

from West Kelowna (British Columbia, Canada)
Contact: 1-250-859-4540

My son and I decided to take a trip down to Whites Electronics in Sweet Home Oregon to visit the birth place of my V3i.  About a 5 hour trip from Seattle due south and sunshine all the way.  We left at 6am hoping to get there by noon.  As we where driving down there from Seattle I wondered why they built 6 lane highways and over passes.  Coming back through the Seattle area around 6pm we hit traffic….hard!  Crawling through Seattle at 25km/hr, where is everyone going?  Besides that, it was a great trip and beautiful countryside.  Down at Whites Electronics I had the pleasure of meeting Mary Hudson.  Mary is the Customer Service manager there in Sweet Home.  She was very interested in hearing all about our organization and what we do.  While I was there, she had the tech guys in the back give my V3i a once over to check everything.  When I was handed back my MD, it had a brand new d2 coil, screen and button cover on the control, new clips and cable ties and new earfoam pads fro my headset.  Total cost of this royal service?  … nothing!  Mary felt that if we go and do the great stuff that we do in our ringfinders stories, we should have the best tuned and updated equipment that whites can provide.  Now that is what I call “Customer Service”.

Bellow are the links to the short vids I shot of the trip, enjoy.

James.

 

Update on ring found using only Keyboard

from West Kelowna (British Columbia, Canada)
Contact: 1-250-859-4540

As promised here is the picture of the “Angle Search” family ring.  You can read the whole story on Castanet.net when they publish it later next week.

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Keys found for Ministry of Transportation…. a year later!

from West Kelowna (British Columbia, Canada)
Contact: 1-250-859-4540

I was contacted by Ken from the Ministry of Transportation Field Services about a lost set of keys during a survey ….Last year!  Ken and his crew where at a site doing some survey work out in an area along Westside Road last fall.  He arrived in the company truck and tucked his keys in his pocket.  At the end of the survey covering almost a full acre, Ken did not have his keys anymore.  They searched for a couple of hours, but the type of terrain there could easily swallow up a set of keys and leave no trace.  This really bothered Ken because he knew they where there and no-place else.  He bumped into our site by accident, and called me to see if I could help.  The value in the keys is more in the security fob and the chipped key that would be big $$ to replace.  Grid searching a forest is a bit of a difficult thing to do because the ground is completely uneven and fallen trees all over the place.  Ken lasted with me for most of the search, but had to return to the office.  At the three hour mark I had nothing but a belt pouch full of very old debris.  I told ken before he left that I would do a few more thorough search patterns and go over a few paths that could have easily hid the keys.  Fifteen minutes after he left i get a weak signal over a fallen tree.  I had gone over it before but just ignored it due to the fact that it was very faint.  But at this point I was checking every signal I got.  So I found a large branch and used it to pry the fallen tree over far enough to search under…. Bing.. loud a clear.  Under the fallen tree and a pile of bark.  Surprising enough, the remote on the key ring still worked!  We are a tenacious bunch when it comes to an absolute..  That meaning that the keys had to be in the location and could not have been any place else.  I just have to find out where!Ringfind westside rd 2013 min transportation keys 2 Ringfind westside rd 2013 min transportation keys

Here is the vid if you want to watch.

Ring Found!.. Keyboard used in locating ring! Owner and Family Ring Reunited!

from West Kelowna (British Columbia, Canada)
Contact: 1-250-859-4540

Well this one was a first for me.  I have often wondered about this type of find, but I never thought I would see one.  Let me set the story.  I was working on an “angle search”.  What I mean by angel search is that the lost item was lost in such a location, or in certain circumstances that it is highly unlikely to be found by us.  Either it was picked up by Joe public because it has no place to hide, or the search area is the size of a city, like in this case.  I was contacted by a lady that had lost a ring somewhere around Kelowna… Right away I know this is an angle search.  It is not uncommon, I mean you get used to having your ring on and don’t really think about it until you notice it’s no longer on your hand.  Then you frantically go back in your mind to where you last remember paying attention to it still being on.  In this case it was before going shopping down town in Kelowna for the day and noticing it is missing when she arrived home in Vernon.  Utilizing the power of the Internet, I was able to connect the person who lost the ring, with the person who found it!  Now I can’t tell you how this is done because it’s a trade secret, and in the wrong hands, could be dangerous.

Safe to say, I then phone up the lady who lost the ring and promptly told her that her ring is found, but that it’s in Saskatoon because the people who found it have already returned home from their vacation.  After a few phone calls and e-mails, the lady who lost the ring will be reunited with her family ring on the 20th of this month, from the people who found it.

No metal detectors were harmed in the search for this ring.

Pictures are promised for our smiles section of our site and will be posted after the 2oth

When you loose your ring… anything is possible, and never give up hope!  I love what I do, and every ring has a great story.

James

Knox Mountain Middle School Ringfind

from West Kelowna (British Columbia, Canada)
Contact: 1-250-859-4540

I often wonder at the beginning of the season, what my first call is going to be… Well this season is starting off well, and I really didn’t have much to do with it.  It starts off with a call from a nervous girl asking if I find rings… “Yes I do” I respond, and then the story unfolds.  Well this couple was out last night playing softball, and at the end of the game she noticed her ring missing.  The next series of reactions is pretty much the same for anyone in that position.   Panic strikes and you start thinking ” OMG… did I really loose it?.. did I take it off at home?.. did I even have it on?..  aaaah oh boy, this cannot be happening!”.  Well this couple starts combing the field, but there is only so much you can do as the daylight starts to disappear.  I can only imagine what it feels like going home thinking that it could be anywhere and that some Joe public could find it, and pick-up, what you treasure, and it could be gone forever.  usually the thing most people do in this type of scenario is search for metal detectors to rent.  This is when they bump into us.  The response I usually get is “I didn’t even know a service like this even existed!”.  Yes we are real and we take what we do seriously.  It is a fevered passion in reuniting people with their lost treasures.  Now the panic with this search was that the ground zero is located on a middle school field, in the middle of the week, with hundreds of students in attendance.  With this information about the search, I knew from experience that I needed to meet up with the couple ASAP.  This is a time sensitive search because of the short grass and plethora of looky-loos that could easily spot it.  This is the happy/lucky part of the story.  I arrive on scene just in time for Scott to tell me that he had just found it.  Just by looking in the grass as they where waiting for me  as I was fighting traffic getting there after the call.  relief, joy and smiles all around, as you can tell from the pictures.  I may have not played a large part in this find, but the feeling is still the same.  I love what I do, and I hope this sets the tone for the season.  Good hunting everyone and lets clogphoto 1 photo 2 up our site with pictures of smiles.

James Okanagan Ringfinder

A great tip for all you cold water Ringfinders

from West Kelowna (British Columbia, Canada)
Contact: 1-250-859-4540

Like all drysuit divers I am always concerned about my latex seals. Well two weeks ago during a grueling search in a torrent river, I managed to put a small one inch tear in one of my dry seal cuffs. Now I dive with Viking cuffs mainly because the dry gloves I use are only a couple of bucks to replace and it makes for a better dryer seal. So that being said, my seals don’t have to be absolutelyIMG_20130326_101801

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IMG_20130326_105907 water tight, but they do need to work. Now the tear is just an inch but its just long enough that trimming it would be a little two short for my liking. Now all you drysuit diving ringfinders know how expensive and time consuming getting your suit cuffs replaced is… (it’s about 180 bucks for two wrist seals and your lucky to see your suit in under three weeks) Traditional way of thinking is… ahh well send em in and get them replaced your S.O.L…. I have been to every dive shop I could find, from professional to recreational open water shops. I have been told the same thing, “either trim or replace.. there is no repair!” Now we are an interesting group of people with a passion that we all follow and we don’t take “Can’t be done” lightly. So I decided to approach this problem from a different angle. I figured instead of talking to a dive shop, I would talk to a chemist… or at least someone proficient in plastics. Low an behold I find an intelligent fellow at Industrial Plastics and Paint. Now I didn’t expect to find allot of brain activity here at all after walking in the front door because of the fumes, but I decided to give it a gamble. Well this plastics expert showed me a product that they use for inflatables because they didn’t have any latex repair that would work because of the flexibility issue. The product is called “Tear-Aid Fabric repair Type A”. Now the reason this was recommended was because of the several things that this repair adhesive tape can be used on, one of them was Hypalon. Now Hypalon is, from what I was told, is very similar to latex and the adhesive will work and stay adherent even when stretched. Hey for about 20 bucks it was worth the gamble. Included are the pictures of the tear and the repair using this tape adhesive. I used a wine bottle for the form of the cuff, and being from the Okanagan, I am in no short supply of those. Now since the repair, I have been on one dive and it seems to work very well. Not affected by moisture and the edges have not rolled or come apart from the latex. This twenty dollar repair has saved me 180 bucks in replacement and several weeks in equipment down time. I have a few other dives planned for this next month, and if anything changes I will update the article.

James

Benvoulin Ring Find…. Second Time Success

from West Kelowna (British Columbia, Canada)
Contact: 1-250-859-4540

I get an interesting call from a gentleman asking if I was willing to rent out my detector. My response is always “Yes, but what are you planning to do?” Well it turns out that this couple just came back from the park trying to find a lost wedding band with diamonds, (Lost In The Snow). Short of loosing your ring in the sand, the snow is the second worst place to try to find a ring. Snow makes a diamond ring disappear in a split second. However, the ring was lost in a public park and a well used public park at that. Knowing this, I packed up all my gear and prepared for an evening search. not tempting fate of allowing someone to find it on compact snow the next morning, I was ready for the dark. Arriving at the park site I was assured that the husband felt it come off his finger and that he heard it go through the air in a general direction up the hill. After hearing this I was sure that I would be returning his ring in 20 min or less. Two and a half hours later and 3 different patterned grid searches along the entire hillside where he was standing, all I had was bottle caps, tinfoil wrappers, and a few coins. The only thing I could say was that one of three things happened. One… someone has already found it. Two… It was not lost here. Three… I’m searching the wrong area. I have been doing this enough years that my confidence in my equipment and techniques in searching for lost jewelry have led me to two conclusions. I cannot find something that is not there, and if you put me over your lost ring, your getting it back! Anyways, this poor gentleman was very sure that he did feel it come off and that it had to be here in the snow some place. With that level of assurance I agreed to come back the next day during the daylight and give it another go. So along comes the next day and we are out again on the side of the hill looking for a needle. Things are not looking good, and at this point this guy was helping me dig even the weakest of signals. I think it must have been out of frustration when I watched him demonstrate how the ring flew off his finger, but this time what I noticed was how his hand came back. This got me thinking… I had a funny feeling that it might be possible that the ring didn’t go forward, but that it might have gone back from where he was standing. Searching an area far behind and down the hill well behind where he was standing, approximately

25 feet or more away I came across a beautiful sound and display on my V3. A ring sized object about a couple of inches down in compact snow…. Few things come close to the feeling you get when you hear someone say “OMG that’s it!” Just another case of “Not even close to where they thought it might be” You have got to be part detective to be a good detectorist. I love this stuff!