About the Inventor

Hi. Name here is Jeff Sabol and I’ve been working on this gadget for many years in my spare time while holding down a full time job and raising 3 kids in the process. Some years I’ve been able to dedicate a lot of time to this project, while other years I’ve been very busy at my regular job(s) which has taken me to various places both in and outside the good ‘ol USA. What do I do for a regular job you ask? Well, after getting a degree in physics from a state college in upstate NY I moved to Colorado in 1992. For the next couple of years I had a number of different jobs in the Denver area, like being a water well technician, a seismic data processor, an environmental scientist, and a geophysicist. I also spent 6 months in Steamboat Springs playing in the Champagne powder when I could (worked as an electrician to pay the bills).

I then got a job in Maui for a year where I was hired to run geophysical crews to look for unexploded ordnance on a small island south of Maui called Kaho’olawe that was previously used as a military bombing/maneuvering range. After that I came back to the Denver area and did construction for a year before being hired as a geophysicist for an environmental firm where I continued to work on projects that looked for unexploded ordnance on old military ranges. That job took me to many different places, from Canada, to the island of Adak, Alaska, to New England, Florida, Texas, California, Washington, etc. I also did two jobs in Guam and finally to Afghanistan where I worked as a contractor on a landmine removal project for a year. As you can imagine, I have stories about all these places. But suffice it to say that I continue to do this type of work as my regular job. I find this work is rewarding because I’m doing my small part to make this planet that we call home a better place for everyone.

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words… so rather than bore you with more text, below are some pictures so you have an idea of what I do.




Me on the left. I’m using a metal detector called a Geonics EM61MK2 to check that holes that have been dug by the ordnance removal teams to verify that the holes are clear.


Me on the left. My coworker and I are using a Geonics EM61MK2 metal detector to geophysically map an area. Once the geophysical data is collected, I then process this geophysical data and make a map of the area that shows where all the metal items are that are under the mud. The metal items are called anomalies that are then dug up. Some of them are ordnance items.


I am helping to move a number of various ordnance items (that are safe to move) to a pit so that they can be blown up. Note that ALL ordnance items should be considered deadly and should NOT be moved unless under the direct supervision of trained Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) experts. Only trained experts can tell if the item is safe to move (of which I am not one). On this day (under the direction of trained EOD experts) I helped move these “safe” items to their detonation pit. I then was given permission to be inside their armored vehicle and was allowed to “push the button” to blow them up. It was AWESOME!!!


The large item is a Russian anti-tank mine. The small green one to the right is an anti-personnel mine. This picture was taken just before they were blown up.


Me hitting golf balls into a minefield in Afghanistan during a day off.

Just another day in the office… (but wishing I was on the slopes instead!!!)