John Hooker wrote:
<snip>How useful is the PAS to the detectorist?</snip>
From a personal viewpoint PAS is extremely useful accessible, face to
face, hands on approach, encouraging, impart useful knowledge and
information etc etc etc. I can take my unknown finds to them and get on
the spot identification in most case - for free - no donation required.
<snip>If someone reports a find to the PAS and then cannot find it or
related items by doing a seach of their database then will they think
that the report was just a waste of time? </snip>
If they have recorded a find with PAS they will be in receipt of a
printed record with the PAS identifier on it. If they do not have this
printed record to hand they can use the search facility its not rocket
science and there is an online downloadable help guide for those who
need assistance. If for whatever reason they still cannot find it there
is a friendly voice on the end of a phone.
<snip>How far does one have to travel to report a find?
How often can one do so?
How long does one have to wait when they get there? <snip>
Those who attend detecting club meetings will be in contact with the FLO
on a monthly basis. Those who dont can either visit the FLO at their
base location, have finds picked up from another museum, some even do
home visits. The choice is yours. If you are unable to do any of these
you can also email details and images of your find to the FLO easy peasy.
<snip>Is not an on line form a better method?</snip>
It can be for those who have the time and literary skills to produce the
quality of record required by PAS but there are already a number of
self recorders in place with PAS.