My name is Josh and I live in the Benton area (more accurately down Congo/Ferndale close to Salem). I am brand new to metal detecting but I have gone on about 3 hunts by my lonesome for practice and to try and learn my machine. I am using a BH Tracker IV, I know it isn't anything fancy but it does seem to get the job done...especially since I am learning its different tones and how to tweak it here and there.
Anyhow, I am 35 and retired military (due to shrapnel I took in my right leg while in Iraq), my wife and I moved to the state in 2009 so I am not native to the area. I plan on trying to attend the next meeting and joining the club but wanted to get a feel to see if there were anyone else in my area. I am also on the Treasure Quest forums http://www.treasurequestxlt.com/community/index.php as TacCom if anyone frequents those boards. So I hope to get to know some of you soon and learn as much as possible.