Category Archive: Tech

Jan 31

DVR Systems

Aurthur Mclelland

Aurthur Mclelland

Alt Asst Director / Chair: Tech at Cheyenne Mountain Paranormal Investigations
I have always been questioning the paranormal since I was a kid. Having lived all across America and in several countries overseas, I have heard story after story of this place or that place being haunted, and my curiosity always got the better of me. Always looking and seeing things I could not explain, my eye opener was when I was twenty and seeing a full body apparition standing in front of me made me more curious of what actually happens to us when we pass on. I aim to find the truth of what is out there. When I am not finding the truth I am usually taking care of officer business or fencing in the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.). Aurthur is also President (for business only) Chase Manger, director of Cheyenne Mountain Paranormal Investigations, co-owner of Front Range Ghost Shop and also severs 16 years army and has been Medical Retired. Having been station in places like Iraq, Korea, Fort Hood TX, Aberdeen Maryland, Fort Irwin CA and Fort Riley KS just to name a few this hole time caring what ever equipment he could care doing investigation on his time off in all thous places trying to learn what he could and how to be a better investigator. always learning on how to do thing better.
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By Aurther Mclelland

DVR Systems what are they used for? How are they used? And do you really need one. Will to answer this questions and foremost the question that is the biggest question what is it used for. A digital video recorder (DVR), sometimes referred to by the merchandising term personal video recorder (PVR), is a consumer electronics device or application software that records video in a digital format to a disk drive, USB flash drive, SD memory card, SSD or other local or networked mass storage device. The term includes set-top boxes (STB) with direct to disk recording facility, portable media players (PMP) with recording, recorders (PMR) as camcorders that record onto Secure Digital memory cards and software for personal computers which enables video capture and playback to and from a hard disk drive. A television set with built-in digital video-recording facilities was introduced by LG in 2007, followed by other manufacturers.

So let go over the history of them. Consumer digital video recorders Replay TV and TiVo were launched at the 1999 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, USA. Microsoft also demonstrated a unit with DVR capability, but this did not become available until the end of 1999 for full DVR features in Dish Network’s DISH player receivers. TiVo shipped their first units on March 31, 1999. Replay TV won the “Best of Show” award in the video category with Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen as an early investor and board member, but TiVo was more successful commercially. While early legal action by media companies forced Replay TV to remove many features such as automatic commercial skip and the sharing of recordings over the Internet, newer devices have steadily regained these functions while adding complementary abilities, such as recording onto DVDs and programming and remote control facilities using PDAs, networked PCs, and Web browsers.

Hard-disk based digital video recorders make the “time shifting” feature (traditionally done by a VCR) much more convenient, and also allow for “trick modes” such as pausing live TV, instant replay of interesting scenes, chasing playback where a recording can be viewed before it has been completed, and skipping of advertising. Most DVRs use the MPEG format for compressing the digitized video signals. Video recording capabilities have become an essential part of the modern set-top box, as TV viewers have wanted to take control of their viewing experiences. As consumers have been able to converge increasing amounts of video content on their set-tops, delivered by traditional ‘broadcast’ cable, satellite and terrestrial as well as IP networks, the ability to capture programming and view it whenever they want has become a must-have function for many consumers.

How to use DVR recording systems for ghost hunting. DVR-Systems-For-Ghost-Hunting It is not possible to properly investigate a potential haunted location with only a few people. Occurrences do not always wait for people to witness them and using DVR systems for ghost hunters can help with documentation. A DVR system has cameras, infrared boosters, and a monitor to analyze the investigation. Ghost hunters can set cameras in rooms where the most occurrences are recorded. While investigators travel from room to room, the cameras can remain in one location. This can help in two different ways. One way using DVR systems for ghost hunters can help an investigation is to allow people to record an event that an investigator may witness. This can help substantiate a claim of a supernatural occurrence.

Another possible way that a DVR system can help with an investigation is by recording events when ghost hunters are not in the room. Whether ghosts are shy or just not able to collect the energy they need at the right time, supernatural events may occur when a room is vacant. Beginner ghost hunters use regular cameras to help record phenomena. This is beneficial, but it has downsides. Standard cameras need to be checked on occasion to change tapes and check battery levels. Depending on the length of the investigation, the tapes may need to be changed several times. Using DVR systems for ghost hunters eliminates this need. It is possible to record hours of events from multiple locations without the need of a tape. A monitor for a DVR system can allow an investigator to watch several rooms at once. One monitor can show five or six different cameras, and can let investigators know what is going on at any particular location.

After an investigation, ghost hunters need to be able to review the tapes to see what may or may not have occurred. Using a DVR system for ghost hunters will allow investigators to stop, enhance, or rewind what was recorded from a particular camera. It is also possible to move a tape frame by frame to capture even the slightest detail. Not all phenomena are ostentatious. Some of the events that occur may be subtle. It takes a great deal of energy for a spirit to move an object; the subtlest movements may exhaust them. Frame by frame viewing may allow investigators to catch those small movements. A chair rocking, a ball moving across the room or a faucet turning on may be the proof necessary to justify mystical claims. Using DVR systems for ghost hunters lends credibility to an investigation. It can help verify eyewitness accounts and record phenomena that occur even when no one is in the room. Enhancing a particular frame can determine whether or not an occurrence is supernatural. Sometimes there is a logical explanation for what is happening. When there is no logical explanation, than the tape can be analyzed. Whatever is left, however impossible will have to be the answer. Be Sociable, Share!

Jan 31

Laser Grids More than just cool-looking Technology?

Lillee Allee

Lillee Allee

Representative at National Paranormal Society
Lillee Allee has studied religion, spirituality and paranormal investigation for over 40 years. She is the widow of John D. Allee, an internationally known dark magician. She continues to consult in paranormal investigation. Her specialties include: Marian and cultural spiritual phenomena/apparitions, spiritual support to teams and clients who want spiritual counseling after investigation, evp work and old school audio, the accuracy and research of past life regression and seance, and spiritual protection. Lillee was also one of the first to incorporate trained canines into paranormal investigations. She hosts a radio program on the para-x.com network, Happy Mediums, with Debra Ann Freeman, who also consults with paranormal investigative teams in Southern New England. Lillee is a published author and journalist, and legal clergy with degrees in psychology and mass communication. Lillee walks on the middle path sees learning as a life-long endeavor and is looking to make a difference and contribution to this field before she too will be heard on someone’s EVP. Lillee is always available to educate and consult and continues to enjoy guesting on other’s radio and television programs.
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Laser Grids More than just cool-looking Technology

By Lillee Allee

The paranormal reality shows seem to bask in the green glow (or red) of a laser grid system. The idea certainly sounds appealing, but is it affordable to the average investigator and does it really make a distinct difference in the quality of evidence? Does the cost outweigh the interest in such a device?

Let’s look at what a laser grid is capable of producing for the team. First, the grid is turned on, and maps the area in question. Investigators will be able to see and record whether the grid is breached or not. After the breach, this equipment will allow the user to track the speed and size of an anomaly (or anyone or thing that passes through the grid). Grid equipment can range from using dots to visually see the grid or lines which resemble a three dimensional piece of graph paper placed on the area. Once the grid is focused on a solid area, the anomalies can be tracked and measured.

Tri-C Ghost Hunters use the grid system. Founders Greg and Kathy Feketik Jake Tolin and Todd S. Schelat founded this organization which has three teams in Ohio. Schelat is also lead investigator and tech specialist for the Canton, Ohio team. Schelat uses laser grids as part of the equipment for the team’s paranormal research and investigations. He states that a green grid tends to work better than the red. According to Schelat, “the theory behind the use of the laser grid is that it is projected in a hallway of in any area for investigating. If an entity passes by the lights it will break the beams and will show itself.”

Schelat cautions that when using laser grid penlights, the external IR lights must be turned off while recording on video. Otherwise the lights will “drown out” the laser grid. He also recommends that the grid should be used for a short time, such as ten minutes or so as they can overheat. Schelat would prefer a laser grid with its own cooling system, but they require an AC (electrical outlet) current and can be financially taxing to the team. Schelat also believes that false positives can occur with the use of the grid, as insects and other airborne contamination can affect the evidence adversely. The savvy investigator will use the grid and look for a full body shape, and discount any flicker or slight disruption on the grid.

Schelat states that his team so far has not captured anything significant with their laser grid, but will continue to use the grid during investigations.

A lot of people feel that these grids are out of their price range. Like so many other pieces of technology, they are surprisingly affordable for some. The GS1 (ghost-stop.com) sells for $89.95. It comes with a tri-pod mount, but the tri-pod itself is $14.95. A laser grid pen is usually under 30 dollars, and get the side on/off clap for the pen for $4.95. You can also add a laser mount head with the tripod for 26.95. Of course, the cost of batteries will be incurred for use, but that is true with most equipment today. The GS1 with all the gadgets, and with some deals, should cost less than 200 hundred dollars.

Techies may prefer at least one (they are stackable) of the Puck 360 degree GS1 (ghost-stop.com.) These actually look like a hockey puck, hence the name. Eeach one will set you back about 200 dollars and the more you stack the more, the more power you get. For those who have become frustrated over the years with all “the good stuff” happening just outside of camera view, this is a panacea.

It is important that while the new gear is lots of fun and opens up the field, one also needs the electronic equipment (such as cameras, computers and programs) to be able to read and evaluate the data. The best advice before investing is to talk to teams that are already using the grid system to assist you in deciding whether the laser grid is appropriate for your team and your budget.

Sources

LaserGrid GS1, Puck 360 degree GS1. Retrieved September 10, 2015 from http://www.ghoststop.com/Laser-Grid…/laser-lasergrid-gs1.htm

Schelat, Todd S. Interview via internet on September 14, 2015.

Jan 31

What is a Full Spectrum Camera?

Sara Fawley

Sara Fawley

Hello my name is Sara Fawley. I was born and raised in San Diego, Ca Oct 1965. I lived there until I was 19, then moved with my now ex-husband to Texas where I lived for the next 25 years. I have two grown sons who are married and have lives and families of their own. My current husband and I now live in a small town in Arkansas with our dachshund Shabar. I owned and antiques and collectibles shop but closed it down in September 2013 after having a heart attack. I still buy and sell antiques and collectibles and make handmade natural gemstone jewelry which we sell at shows and festivals. I don't recall ever not knowing that there was more than just us out there. My first experience happened when I was a young child and was visited by my godfather "Grandpa Clyde" at the time of his death and for three weeks after that. I have seen one other full bodied apparition in my life and had several other minor experiences that left me scratching my head.I am not an investigator but have a huge thirst for knowledge. I am always looking up this or that legend, myth or story I hear or sometimes I just have random thoughts and look them up to see if anyone else thinks the same way. I am very analytically minded and always like to get to the bottom of things.
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What is a Full Spectrum Camera?

By: Sara Fawley

I have heard the term Full Spectrum Camera used many times as I am sure most of us have. I have some vague idea that it somehow captures from a light spectrum not visible to the human eye but that is as far as my limited knowledge goes. Due to this I thought I would do a little digging and see if I could explain it a little further for myself and anyone else who might be curious.

What I have found is this. A camera has a CCD sensor which in essence is it’s “eye”. This sensor controls how your camera “sees” the world around it. The sensor can only “see the visible light spectrum. Now there are other spectrums out there, the near infrared (IR) range and the UltraViolet (UV) range, that the human eye cannot see and that is also blocked out on your camera by an internal IR-cut filter in the camera’s lens. To make a camera “Full Spectrum” this filter is removed. Now the camera can not only “see” what the human eye sees but also the ranges beyond that. The theory is that these “invisible” ranges may be where spirits are “visible”.

What are the advantages to using a Full Spectrum Camera in the course of investigating?

The first advantage would seem to be that you do not need to use a flash in dark areas. While IR is invisible to the human eye it is very bright to the full spectrum camera.

The obvious advantage to no flash is that investigators are not constantly being blinded by the bright flash going off which can cut down on the tricks your eyes play on you in a changing light environment.

Another advantage is that environmental contamination “orbs” such as dust, lint, pollen and moisture are not going to be such an issue. These “orbs” are cause by the particulate being caught in the flash close to the lens. The only way this can happen with a Full Spectrum Camera is if the IR light source is to close to the lens. Keep the light source away from the lens…. problem solved.

Are there any disadvantages to a Full Spectrum Camera?

The major disadvantages that I found were that you cannot use them in the daytime or natural light because they cast a pink glow over the picture. The other thing I found is that you must have an IR light source and this can be a little costly.

So do Full Spectrum Cameras capture images of spirits?

We all know there is no conclusive proof of spirits or ghosts or anything else paranormal for that matter. To my knowledge to date there are no 100% proven photographs of spirits, full spectrum or otherwise but we keep pushing forward and trying to get that Holy Grail. If using everything technology has to offer us can get us there I say why not try.

http://seeksghosts.blogspot.com/…/full-spectrum-cameras.html

http://www.angelsghosts.com/full-spectrum-camera

http://ghostsnghouls.com/…/full-spectrum-camera-ghost-hunt…/

Mar 21

Video Basics

Videography Basics

By: Kent Daniel S. Villavicencio

What is Video?, Video is basically photography but taken a whole bunch of times to give motion as to what was originally known as a still shot.The quality of your video will depend on the size of the sensor going from Full Frame of 35mm down to 1/2.3’’, this is important because it controls the limit as to how much light can enter your camera lens when taking video. Another useful accessory in making your video look it’s best is having the ability to use an interchangeable lens, lenses range from distances of 13-45mm, the equivalent of 3 to 6 feet to lenses of 100 to 300mm which can be 100 feet or more. Things to know about lenses is that the quality works hand in hand with what size your sensor is so if you have a Full frame sensor of 35mm you get exactly the distance of what you lens is suppose to cover however if you have a camera that is the fraction of that size for the sensor you will have to multiply the denominator number to see how much more distance you are getting then normally what your lens would provide. Be sure to look for lenses that are compatible with the ring on the body of your camera, camera rings differ in sizes from full frame and ex cameras share the same size it’s just the mount that changes depending on the kind of mount. The full frames are compatible with EX but the DX are not compatible with full frame bodies. It doesn’t have to do with the mount itself but with the focal lens. Be sure to look for cameras with a dependable external storage, a few years back most professionals use CF cards because they were most secure and don’t break as easily now the current standard is SD “Secure Digital”. Flip Screens are very useful when it comes to video, not strictly necessary but make your composition easier especially in un normal angles. Another thing to note about cameras is the accessories you use, it is recommended to have a tripod, flash, led light, headphones, external power like batteries or powered supply, cleaning kit, stabilizer for shooting for handheld for longer periods of time, pouches for batteries and memory cards, multipurpose screwdrivers for certain accessories and screws for certain accessories as well that cannot slide into a hotshot compartment.You should look for a camera that is High Definition, a dependable brand, has interchangeable lenses, works excellent in low light and has the ability to record with an external Microphone for professional results.

Mar 12

5 Barriers to a good EVP Recording

5 Barriers to a good EVP Recording

by Pam Williams

First of all, what is an EVP?
An EVP, or Electronic Voice Phenomenon, is described as an intelligible voice, found on any recording media, which has no physical explanation. Many voices are thought to be from a deceased person, or sometimes many people. This is the primary reason that once one was found, people began to experiment with recordings, trying to repeat the circumstance where voices were supposedly heard.

What types of recordings are there?
Some, but not all, types of recording devices are: Radio frequency devices (ghost box or spirit box), hand held recorders, digital voice recorders, cell phone apps. (such as EVP maker), and computer programs with built in mic..
There is also a new one-Environmentally stimulated speech synthesis-but it is a relatively new technique, and it should be noted that all speech synthesis approaches currently being tried do not support speaker recognition.

OK, so now I have my recording….what barriers will I find?
EVP’s are one of the most controversial subjects in the history of ghost hunting.

1) While listening, you may become frustrated. Some may come in as a whisper, some sounding like another language. One person may hear one thing said, while someone else hears something totally different.

2) Background noises may distort what and how you hear something. It could be a car driving by, people outside, water dripping, an owl hooting or dog barking, or bugs or rodents moving about.

3) EVP’s may be distorted by cheap or poor quality hearing devices. Static from electric or telephone wires, or other electronic devices, can disturb the sounds you hear. If you have a poor device, it can make it hard to understand the voices, or noises you hear.

4) You, yourself, or people with you can cause hearing issues. They may step while you are recording, talk to someone in a whisper, run into objects in the dark, or breathe close to you, causing inaccurate EVP’s. If you have others with you, or even if you are alone, always document your movements, breathing, if you or someone runs into, or moves objects, or is talking. This will allow you to keep a record of “false positives”.

5) When you have done your recording, always try to listen back on headphones that cover your ears (earmuff style), and in a quiet spot. This blocks out background noise, and allows you to hear if anything was caught. ALWAYS get a second opinion, and if you question something, take it to someone with extensive audio experience to listen as well, to verify or debunk what you think you heard.

Be sure to set up a method of saving your recordings in you computer that will allow you to easily relocate them. A good practice is to date the recordings, with time and date, and where they occurred.

Sources:
The insufferable Whisper and other EVP problems
News article, Supernatural Magazine
Technique:Basic Recording EVP
Association TransCommunication website:transc,org/evptips
EVP Recording Tips
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Oct 24

Choosing The Proper Digital Recorder for EVP Work

Choosing The Proper Digital Recorder for EVP Work

by Jim Brown for NPS

 

First, to be clear I am not recommending any particular make or model.  To do so would require that I have actually tested it in my lab under controlled conditions.   Since my name is not Donald Trump, I can’t afford to buy one of everything and conduct the level of testing needed to make such a determination of which is “Best”.

 

What I can do is post a list and explain the specifications your recorder must meet to conduct such research and minimize false positives.  You can also use this list to determine the proper setting for your recorder; even the most expensive recorders can be downgraded by their settings to be rendered useless.  No matter what recorder you use it is your obligation to use settings which meet or exceed these specifications.

 

So let’s begin.

 

  1. Your recorder shall record in stereo (Two or more independent tracks). This is done for two purposes.  First since we have two ears it allows us to form a sense of direction for the source.  That same audio can also be used with an oscilloscope and spectrum analyzer should you want to conduct more intense spatial analysis of the area.  (I won’t go into all that here, suffice it to say spatial analysis requires two channels sourced from mics a known distance apart.)   The second reason is redundancy.  Two mics using two separate amplifiers are unlikely to pick up the same external interference should it occur.  Thus stereo recordings provide their own reference against each other.

 

  1. Your recorder shall use a 24 bit wide A to D converter. Many voice recorders only use 16.  The number of bits represent the number of possible audio levels available for conversion.  This is the resolution of your audio and directly affects the amount of conversion errors. (All conversion has some.)  An analogy to this is better understood in photography.  All factors equal, a 15 megapixel camera can produce a much sharper picture than a 4 megepixel camera.  Thus the possibility of canversion errors and pareidolia is reduced by the higher bit count.

 

  1. Your recorder shall sample at 96 KBPS or higher. The sample rate is the number of conversions made each second.  I won’t go into Nyquist Points and how the conversion errors increase as the signal approaches the frequency of the signal.   Suffice it to say that to obtain a good conversion with minimal aliasing the sample rate must be at least 3 times the highest frequency being converted. Since the “S” sounds in speech require up to 4 kHz, one might suspect that a sample rate of 12 kBPS would be sufficient.   But that would be wrong.

 

The Nyquist Point applies to sinosodial waveforms.  Speech is irregular and contains harmonics needed to provide proper inflections.  If we were to look at how the various frequencies interact on a scope it can be shown that we must provide the second, third, and fourth harmonic to properly represent the signal.  Thus our “S” sound is not 4 kHz, but 12 kHz!  So the minimum sample rate has just been bumped up to 36 KBPS.

 

I added the extra sampling simply because we don’t know what EVP is. We can’t definitively say there is no EVP audio above the “S” sound.  So extending it to 96 KBPS actually allows good converion with minimal error up to 6 Khz, just in case something else is present at the higher audio frequency.

 

  1. Your Recorder shall use a non-lossy conversion protocol. One of the problems facing digital recording is file size.  As a result to keep size down a system called Code-Excited Linear Prediction (CELP) was developed.  While I won’t get into the complex algorithms involved, in summary it looks at each sample then makes a prediction what the next SHOULD be.  Thus some samples can be  skipped to minimize memory usage, the algorithm fills in for the ones ommitted.  But since we don’t know what represents an EVP, how can we determine what can be safely removed from one?

 

The solution is to use a protocol known as Pulse-Code Modulation. (PCM) This is a much simpler method; it simply samples the audio and saves each conversion.  Thus there are no conversion errors introduced, but at the expense of requiring much more memory capacity and large files.  Thus to satisy this requirement your recorder shall use PCM, not CELP for conversion.

 

  1. Your Recorder shall use a non-lossy file format. Related to conversion is file handling. Losses and errors are introduced if a file is compressed.  Many recorders use the MP3 format to keep file size down.  This is unacceptable.  Rather the proper format is WAV.  This simply saves the digital equivalent of the audio without compression.  So your EVP recordings must be in uncompressed WAV format.  (Note:  Beware, some variations of WAV exist which do involve compression algorithms.  These are also unacceptable.)

 

All of the above specifications can be obtained from manufacturer’s spec sheets for any machine you may be considering.   There is a sixth requirement that is generally more difficult to obtain but is very important.   Usually (Rule of thumb here)  the more the recorder costs the more likely it is to meet this requirement.

 

  1. Your recorder shall incorporate adequate shileding against stray EM Fields. Failure here produces “EVP” caused by radio broadcasts or other outside interference.  Tests to verify proper shielding can be done in a lab where a strong RF field is generated around the recorder while recording.  The recorder should pick up no interference from the RF.   You can also do a quick and dirty version of this test yourself if you live near a strong AM radio station.   Simply visit the transmitter site and record silence.  If the radio station can be heard the recorder fails the test.  (Not definitive but it does rule out some of the more obvious failures before they get used to create more false EVP.)

 

Next: EVP Session methods.

 

 

Oct 24

Strengths and Limitations of Qualitative and Quantitative Research

Lillee Allee

Lillee Allee

Representative at National Paranormal Society
Lillee Allee has studied religion, spirituality and paranormal investigation for over 40 years. She is the widow of John D. Allee, an internationally known dark magician. She continues to consult in paranormal investigation. Her specialties include: Marian and cultural spiritual phenomena/apparitions, spiritual support to teams and clients who want spiritual counseling after investigation, evp work and old school audio, the accuracy and research of past life regression and seance, and spiritual protection. Lillee was also one of the first to incorporate trained canines into paranormal investigations. She hosts a radio program on the para-x.com network, Happy Mediums, with Debra Ann Freeman, who also consults with paranormal investigative teams in Southern New England. Lillee is a published author and journalist, and legal clergy with degrees in psychology and mass communication. Lillee walks on the middle path sees learning as a life-long endeavor and is looking to make a difference and contribution to this field before she too will be heard on someone’s EVP. Lillee is always available to educate and consult and continues to enjoy guesting on other’s radio and television programs.
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Strengths and Limitations of Qualitative and Quantitative Research

By Lillee Allee

 

Research methods in social sciences fall into two basic categories: qualitative or quantative. Simply defined, qualitative research involves open-ended questions, diaries and interviews. While these studies are helpful, actual analysis can be difficult. Quantitative research can be ranked, reduced to numbers, measurements and ratings. Thus, analysis is made easier with clearer conclusions. Some work offers quantitative and qualitative data such as a questionnaire which will have yes/no answers (reduced to numbers) and descriptions of events (which are qualitative.

 

Qualitative studies have many strengths and limitations, as do quantitative works.

Leedy and Ormond (2005) point out that problems may arise with quantitative research because it is often in a manipulated, experimental setting (such as a laboratory). While the researcher’s level of control is high in a quantitative study, there is also a chance that the results may not transfer to the general population in natural settings

 

Case studies would fall under qualitative research. Qualitative methods are invaluable to explore an issue and to gain some understanding, but also can be very limited in terms of generalizations. As Leedy and Ormond also note, with some qualitative studies, again such as an investigation, the researcher becomes a part of the experiment itself and this can cause some problems relating to objectivity. There is also a need for the researcher to remain understanding and willing to spend time understanding his or her role and not bring personal bias into the equation. This could inevitably cause confusion in later analysis and in provided conclusions that the data seems to support, but is ultimately flawed.

 

Gathering data can also be tricky. If there is more than one observer, it is very important that their results agree in terms of actual behaviors observed. Inter-rater reliability is defined as “the correlation between several ratings by independent evaluators of a variable (for example, participant’s performance) that is, the extent of agreement among the evaluators” (Corsini, 2002, p. 502). Leedy and Ormrod state it “is the extent to which two or more individuals evaluating the same product or performance give identical judgments” (p. 97). This is an important area that needs to be discussed between paranormal teams and the entire community.

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:

Corsini, R. (2002) The Dictionary of Psychology. New York: Brunner Routledge.

Gladding, S. T. (2005). The counseling dictionary. (2nd ed.) Upper Saddle River,

NJ: Pearson Merrill Prentice Hall.

Leedy, P. D., & Ormrod, J. E. (2005). Practical research: Planning and design (8th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill Prentice Hall.

McLeod, Saul. Qualitative Quantitative (2008) Retrieved from http://www.simplypsychology.org/qualitative-quantitative.html

 

Oct 24

Beginner’s Guide to screenshots with Apple Products

Lillee Allee

Lillee Allee

Representative at National Paranormal Society
Lillee Allee has studied religion, spirituality and paranormal investigation for over 40 years. She is the widow of John D. Allee, an internationally known dark magician. She continues to consult in paranormal investigation. Her specialties include: Marian and cultural spiritual phenomena/apparitions, spiritual support to teams and clients who want spiritual counseling after investigation, evp work and old school audio, the accuracy and research of past life regression and seance, and spiritual protection. Lillee was also one of the first to incorporate trained canines into paranormal investigations. She hosts a radio program on the para-x.com network, Happy Mediums, with Debra Ann Freeman, who also consults with paranormal investigative teams in Southern New England. Lillee is a published author and journalist, and legal clergy with degrees in psychology and mass communication. Lillee walks on the middle path sees learning as a life-long endeavor and is looking to make a difference and contribution to this field before she too will be heard on someone’s EVP. Lillee is always available to educate and consult and continues to enjoy guesting on other’s radio and television programs.
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Beginner’s Guide to screenshots with Apple Products

By Lillee Allee

 

Apple users are still in the minority compared to PC users with computers, though the IPhones and IPads certainly are popular. One of the big questions is how to screen shot as it is different for Apple Users

 

On your Apple computer:

  • Make sure that everything that you want to shoot is visible on your screen.
  • Hold down shift and command
  • Hit the #4 key
  • Beginning at the top left corner with your cursor, select the entire item you want to shoot.
  • With sound on, you will here the shutter
  • You will see your screen shot on your desktop
  • Hint: label each item you have for better identification when you need to choose it to place on your webpage, facebook etc.

 

On Your IPhone:

  • On the right side of the phone, near the top, you will find your sleep/wake button that you use to power down your phone
  • Hold your sleep/wake button down.
  • Press and release the home button (bottom center)
  • You will here a shutter sound effect.
  • Your screenshot will be automatically placed in your photo library.

 

On Your IPad:

  • Make sure that everything that you want to shoot is visible on your screen.
  • On the right side of the phone, near the top, you will find your sleep/wake button that you use to power down your pad
  • Find your home button, located in the center, bottom of your pad
  • Press the sleep/wake button and the home button at the same time (you only need to do this for a second –if you wait longer the pad will turn off)
  • With sound on, you will hear a shutter sound
  • You will see a white screen
  • Just look through your Camera Roll to see your shot. Camera Roll, click on the “Photos” app on your home screen.

 

  • “Camera Roll” will be listed as your first album.
  • Look for the final image at the bottom – there it is!

 

Sources

support.apple.com

 

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Oct 24

The Physically Challenged Investigator

Lillee Allee

Lillee Allee

Representative at National Paranormal Society
Lillee Allee has studied religion, spirituality and paranormal investigation for over 40 years. She is the widow of John D. Allee, an internationally known dark magician. She continues to consult in paranormal investigation. Her specialties include: Marian and cultural spiritual phenomena/apparitions, spiritual support to teams and clients who want spiritual counseling after investigation, evp work and old school audio, the accuracy and research of past life regression and seance, and spiritual protection. Lillee was also one of the first to incorporate trained canines into paranormal investigations. She hosts a radio program on the para-x.com network, Happy Mediums, with Debra Ann Freeman, who also consults with paranormal investigative teams in Southern New England. Lillee is a published author and journalist, and legal clergy with degrees in psychology and mass communication. Lillee walks on the middle path sees learning as a life-long endeavor and is looking to make a difference and contribution to this field before she too will be heard on someone’s EVP. Lillee is always available to educate and consult and continues to enjoy guesting on other’s radio and television programs.
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The Physically Challenged Investigator

By Lillee Allee

 

Today we have more and more individuals with physical disabilities, some are obviously apparent; others are invisible. The goal of this article is to encourage those with physical disabilities who enjoy the paranormal to be a part of a team. Like with anything in life, the challenged individual will need to share information and communicate with the team members.

While we humans have longer lives through the miracles of science, many maturing adults end up with some form of disability. Knees, ankles, shoulders and wrists may be affected from years of wear. Others may have back issues that can occur at any age. Using computers in various positions can affect one’s neck adversely. There are also those who have had challenges since birth. The physically challenged investigator can be valuable to paranormal teams. It is all about finding a position for yourself that includes your interest and can reasonably accommodate your disability.

There isn’t research available on how many disabled individuals are currently on paranormal teams. However, one gentleman by the name of Tom Miles from the Dover Paranormal team blogged about his work with his team. His disability was work-related and today has foot and leg issues that have changed his life considerably. He was forced to leave his career and go on disability. At first, he was very depressed about having to give up his professional position. He also had to give up driving due to the lack of sensation in his feet and because he had to wear a corrective boot. With the help of family, he began to realize that instead of seeing this as a liability, he could start following his passion with the paranormal. Miles stated that because his mother had been disabled before him, he already had gained understanding of how a disability can affect your entire life. He stated:

 

“I also leaned that if you put your mind to it, you can do anything. But sometimes you just need a little help. There are many things that a person with a disability can do for a paranormal team. Just because a certain part of the body doesn’t function right doesn’t mean the person can still do his job.”

 

Kelly Spina, a representative for the National Paranormal Society has a different type of disability, but she can be accommodated by her team. Her disability can affect her general health and is affected by the weather. Her team allows her to skype into meetings if she is not up to going to the meeting. Her main position is the occult specialist, so she can do her work at anytime. When a client works with her team, other members work on the scientific end, while she researches the supernatural aspects and how to deal with what they may encounter.She is considered an alternative investigator, so she can attend according to her ability on that day.

Spina has learned to work well with team members. They understand her limitations and the team strives to work around them She is limited in mobility, having trouble with stairs and uneven ground, such as in a graveyard. The team accommodates her by having her partner with another investigator so she will not fall or become lost (since phones are not allowed at these investigations.) If there are levels to the site, she takes the ground level for observation.

Spina stated that she has found a team and can enjoy her investigating. She offered this advice:

“Don’t let anyone treat you like you’re an inconvenience, but also know your limits. I walk with a Canadian crutch when it’s cold or rainy, and I have to speak up for what my body is and isn’t capable of doing. They won’t know unless I speak up. I also take it upon myself to suggest what ways they can accommodate me. I never want to be viewed as an inconvenience by my team, I only want to be viewed as an asset.”

 

What positions are best for the disabled? It depends on the individual and their particular physical disability. Here are some examples:

 

 

Things that a disabled person can do to help a paranormal team with an investigation:

 

Case Management

You can’t be a team if you have nowhere to investigate. The case manager often will be looking for public places to peruse. This position may also involve being in touch with local networking with businesses and organizations. He/she may also be involved with intake: initial interviews with the clients, keeping folders with information for the members, planning the dates and times, organizing the appropriate group for a particular case and set up any and all meetings. All of these tasks may be done from home, and meetings can be online or through a group phone call as needed. Talents needed: organization, communication, basic internet experience.

 

Research

Research is an important aspect of any case, and it in fact could be considered the backbone of the case itself. Without knowing the history of the area, the specific site, police reports, etc, one could only go on the words of the client, who is looking for answers outside of his/herself. This can be done through short walks or entirely on the phone and computer. This is particularly an exciting job for older individuals who need to get out of the house. Those who are retired may have some excellent contacts and insight as to the resources in the area. This work can also be done among a number of members, accommodating and highlighting each person’s strength. The talents needed for research involve writing, patience and the ability to offer theories to the team.

 

Evidence Review

The reality shows do not show you the reality of evidence review. Audio and video needs to be reviewed and analyzed. A sight-challenged individual would work well with the audio; while a hearing-challenged individual may be able to do some of the video. Those who are confined to the home may also be able to sift through all the information. Miles points out that this is a great position for someone who cannot physically go on the investigation, as they can experience the investigation from the evidence. Sometimes the best eyes and ears on these “tapes” are those who are fresh and who were not there. It also avoids investigator bias.

 

Lead Investigator’s Assistant

Some lead investigators would welcome someone who would review the Reveal with them before the Lead has to present it to the client. An assistant can also interface with the case manager to schedule team members, confirm availability and collect the information from the case manager and the researchers.

 

Marketing and Public Relations/Website

One of the most important people on the team are those who work on the website and interface with organizations and other groups. The website is often the first impression any potential clients have. A strong presentation also offers credibility to the team. These individuals must have strong web experience but today there are also aids in building a website that there were not available in the past. The public relations end would involve fundraisers and the occasional press release as needed. These individuals may also be strong writers and editors so the page is easy to read and again, offers a professional presentation.

 

Record-Keeper and Case Closer

This individual will keep a record of all the investigations with the evidence and information. This person would also involve him/herself with a study such as Project Endeavor from the National Paranormal Society to aid in finding answers as to what teams are experiencing in the field.

 

These are just some of the wonderful opportunities for disabled individuals to involve themselves with the paranormal field. As Miles said:

 

“ If you have a disability, there are places you can go and I know there are teams out there who have a place for you just as our team has made a place for us. If you have a team in search of team members to help with evidence review, case management, research, monitoring equipment in the field, give a disabled person a chance, you may just be surprised!

 

Sources:

Miles, Tom. Ghost Hunting with a Disability – Dover Paranormal Team. May 13, 2014. Retrieved October 1, 2015 from https://tipaonline.wordpress.com/2013/05/14/ghost-hunting-with-a-disability/.

 

Spina, Kelly. Personal Interview. October 2015.

 

Sep 17

Gimme that old time technology!

Lillee Allee

Lillee Allee

Representative at National Paranormal Society
Lillee Allee has studied religion, spirituality and paranormal investigation for over 40 years. She is the widow of John D. Allee, an internationally known dark magician. She continues to consult in paranormal investigation. Her specialties include: Marian and cultural spiritual phenomena/apparitions, spiritual support to teams and clients who want spiritual counseling after investigation, evp work and old school audio, the accuracy and research of past life regression and seance, and spiritual protection. Lillee was also one of the first to incorporate trained canines into paranormal investigations. She hosts a radio program on the para-x.com network, Happy Mediums, with Debra Ann Freeman, who also consults with paranormal investigative teams in Southern New England. Lillee is a published author and journalist, and legal clergy with degrees in psychology and mass communication. Lillee walks on the middle path sees learning as a life-long endeavor and is looking to make a difference and contribution to this field before she too will be heard on someone’s EVP. Lillee is always available to educate and consult and continues to enjoy guesting on other’s radio and television programs.
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basic-stationary-utensilsYou’ve heard of doing a variety of things “old-school,” but before there were television reality shows and phones and digital, just what did a paranormal investigator use? Believe it or not, the toolbox carried a variety of common household items (depending on what one could afford), yet a fairly scientific approach could be utilized.

Analog tape recorders

There was a time when analog tape and equipment was the standard for the broadcast industry and in the home. To get technical about this, analog technology involves information sent in electronic pulses, where the amplitude changes. Digital technology involves a binary code (each bit is two amplitudes). There is also a difference in the waves: analog uses sine waves, where digital employs square waves. To make it easier, you can touch feel and physically edit an analog tape, while editing digital is easier and utilizes a computer screen. If this is still a hard concept for you, with old telephone answering machines and cassette tape players, you need to often flip the cassette to continue to use the tape. With digital this is not needed. You would simply delete excess data for more space. Noise reduction can also be more problematic as you filter with analog; digital is superior for this as well. Today’s investigators may have a preference. For some, because of the electronic pulse aspect, the belief is that you may pick up sounds better with an analog recorder or film. Others find that after the initial expense, digital delivers better quality and can be edited much more easily. It is a choice. However, many of the more involved teams use both, and that is fine as well. There was a time though when analog was the only choice. The wise idea is to always use a clear fresh tape every time that you embark on an investigation to avoid artifacts that bulking (erasing) a tape can leave. Thus, there is a cost to incur with all those cassette tapes or reel tapes that will break down in quality over time.

Batteries

It has been established for a long time that either through the mundane Murphy’s Law or unexplained draining of batteries that extra batteries for all equipment are essential.

Flashlight

The flashlight was for investigatory and safety purposes. It is unclear when they started to be used for a spirit to turn them on and off at will, but that remains an unscientific method to detect activity.

Household tape

Good ol’ scotch tape, packing tape, duct tape, double-sided tape and electrical tape were kept on hand for those odd jobs as needed.

Level

A level is a piece of equipment consisting of a sealed glass tube partially filled with alcohol or other liquid, containing an air bubble whose position reveals whether a surface is perfectly level or not.

Mapping

Without being able to video tape everything in your walk-through, investigators would often use graph paper and map out the house to mark the “targets” where study would take place.

Measurement

Again, without the ease of a video camera, one would need to detect a movement of furniture and objects from the baseline (original) to what might occur.

Baseline photographs were utilized. Until the automatic camera was developed that popped out a developing picture. One had to wait to develop the film, which was frustrating to say the least, but needed for the study. A ruler and tape measure were employed again to take your baseline measurements (chair is 1 foot from wall) to establish possible movement.

Mirrors

Some investigators used mirrors to check if they could see their breath in a cold spot. Others would leave a mirror as a trigger object (see below) to catch possible touches or other evidence in a room.

Notepad, pen and pencil.

One would sit for hours and make notes with time stamps regarding any sounds or abnormalities. This is still a good suggestion in case your electronics go awry.

Powder

Baby or talcum powder was lightly spread on hard floors (not carpets) to see if there were any signs of activity. Clean-up at the time was achieved with double-sided tape. Today a cordless mini-vac is a wonderful new technology that makes clean up a breeze.

String

Thin string or dental floss was used to lightly mark an area to see if the string was broken by another investigator (contamination) or if something had entered the room. String was also handy if you wanted to hang your thermometer (see below). One would never use wire or heavy string that could damage another investigator by cutting an ankle or tripping the person.

Thermometers

A regular thermometer was placed in rooms or areas that were reported to be colder than others, with a baseline thermometer placed outside of the area.

Trigger Objects

Trigger objects were left and their place was measured and a piece of tape placed accordingly. Depending on the alleged haunting, one might use a doll, a screwdriver, an old piece of jewelry, a ball or a coin.

Please remember this is by no means an official or exhaustive list, but an example of equipment used “back then” that you may want to consider today.

Source
Analog vs. Digital. Retrieved September 8, 2015 from http://www.diffen.com/difference/Analog_vs_Digital

Aug 07

Signs & Symptoms of a Hacked Smartphone

Sara Fawley

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Hello my name is Sara Fawley. I was born and raised in San Diego, Ca Oct 1965. I lived there until I was 19, then moved with my now ex-husband to Texas where I lived for the next 25 years. I have two grown sons who are married and have lives and families of their own. My current husband and I now live in a small town in Arkansas with our dachshund Shabar. I owned and antiques and collectibles shop but closed it down in September 2013 after having a heart attack. I still buy and sell antiques and collectibles and make handmade natural gemstone jewelry which we sell at shows and festivals. I don't recall ever not knowing that there was more than just us out there. My first experience happened when I was a young child and was visited by my godfather "Grandpa Clyde" at the time of his death and for three weeks after that. I have seen one other full bodied apparition in my life and had several other minor experiences that left me scratching my head.I am not an investigator but have a huge thirst for knowledge. I am always looking up this or that legend, myth or story I hear or sometimes I just have random thoughts and look them up to see if anyone else thinks the same way. I am very analytically minded and always like to get to the bottom of things.
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Smartphones contain personal information useful to hackers and identity thieves.

Smartphones contain personal information useful to hackers and identity thieves.

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iPhone users have reported strange SMS text messages received as an initial attempt to hack a smartphone. Texts that appear as a single square or other strange characters are attempts by hackers to download spyware or malware onto your device. These attacks are similar to malicious email viruses, however on a mobile device the SMS only has to be received by the smartphone, with no download action taken by the user. If a hacker accesses a device of a friend who has you in their address book, it can be easily passed along to your number. Check with your contacts to see if they have experienced similar texts, and notify them of a potential hack.

Unauthorized Use

A hacker who gains control of your mobile device will be able to send texts, make calls, or access the internet. This will alter your call history, sent text messages, or other functions unbeknownst to the user. Monitor your call, text, and camera function history, and if you notice anything you did not perform yourself, then your phone is remotely under the control of another user. Experienced hackers will cover their tracks, so if you suspect a hack check your phone records with your service provider to detect any unauthorized use.

If you are experiencing ticking or other noises during your phone calls that are normally not an issue, it could be a sign someone is attempting to access your phone. Abruptly dropped calls could be a problem with your service provider, or a failed hacking attempt. If your service provider cannot provide an explanation as to why these events are happening all of the sudden, a hacking attempt can be considered as the culprit.

Diagnostic Test

If you suspect malicious software may be installed on your smart phone, take it into a retail location of your service provider for a diagnostic test. They should be able to detect and eliminate any intrusive software installed on the phone, or in the worst case scenario, restore it to factory settings.

(Reference: http://smallbusiness.chron.com/signs-symptoms-hacked-smartphone-33083.html)

Aug 07

Cell Phone Hacking: More Serious Than You Think!

Sara Fawley

Sara Fawley

Hello my name is Sara Fawley. I was born and raised in San Diego, Ca Oct 1965. I lived there until I was 19, then moved with my now ex-husband to Texas where I lived for the next 25 years. I have two grown sons who are married and have lives and families of their own. My current husband and I now live in a small town in Arkansas with our dachshund Shabar. I owned and antiques and collectibles shop but closed it down in September 2013 after having a heart attack. I still buy and sell antiques and collectibles and make handmade natural gemstone jewelry which we sell at shows and festivals. I don't recall ever not knowing that there was more than just us out there. My first experience happened when I was a young child and was visited by my godfather "Grandpa Clyde" at the time of his death and for three weeks after that. I have seen one other full bodied apparition in my life and had several other minor experiences that left me scratching my head.I am not an investigator but have a huge thirst for knowledge. I am always looking up this or that legend, myth or story I hear or sometimes I just have random thoughts and look them up to see if anyone else thinks the same way. I am very analytically minded and always like to get to the bottom of things.
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Cell Phone Hacking: More Serious Than You Think!

Cell Phone Hacking More Serious Than You Think!

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So what is cell phone hacking ?

Kathleen* had just hung up from an important and private phone call with a family member. As a family oriented person, keeping up with family and close relatives was important to her. She had asked them to do find out some information for her and, also, to secure some items that she needed, but didn’t want anyone to know about as it was a personal matter.

About a day afterward, Kathleen noticed that some acquaintances (not friends) mentioned items and bits of information from her phone call almost word for word. What made it startling was that this had happened on other occasions, but she just chalked it all up to coincidence. Later on, she found out that all her cell phone calls and text messages were not only being hacked, but leaked out to people she knew.

Someone in her circle of acquaintances had accessed her calls and texts and related bits of her private business to friends and foes alike: and it had been going on for longer than she realized, Kathleen had been a victim of cell phone hacking, her online safety was compromised.

Is Cell Phone Hacking Really Serious?

The CBS News item of July 16th 2013 relates that a cyber-company named iSEC partners demonstrated how texts, cell phone calls and other information was fully disclosed on the Verizon smartphone through the use of a device called femtocell which can be bought for under $300.

The purpose of femtocell, a wireless network extender, is to allow people to improve poor cell phone service. It is self-sufficient because it works like mini-cell phone tower. Employees of iSEC were able to hack into the device and discovered that it could pick up the signal from phones in a 40-foot radius and read all messages transmitted – such as passwords typed online during banking or sensitive corporate emails.

Although Verizon was able to fix the problem, Tom Eston, the Manager of Profiling and Penetration at information security company SecureState, said this type of hacking was only the beginning. He went on to explain that vulnerability was not only among other Verizon devices but other carriers were liable for the same attacks because it was an element very difficult to control.

Mr. Easton explain further that in the past, makeshift towers were made in attempts to capture signals and hack into phones, but the process was more expensive than the trouble it was worth. “The only people who could really do it is state-sponsored governments,” he said. “It’s really become much more practical and easier to do now that we have this new technology.”

The effects of hacking are far reaching and Eston proves this by mentioning that it was definitely possible that spies with femtocell to sit next to CEO of a prominent companies and capture his or her calls, texts and data, or a criminals walking on packed sidewalks could and pick up data from hundreds of unmindful smartphone users.

Mr. Eston also mentions that ‘government hacking’ using femtocell was not necessarily a need because of the trove of data they had with the NSA. With technology so prevalent among common U.S. citizens it is reasonable to suppose that the government would have the most sophisticated ‘tracking’ technology around. The police department alone can track and listen to phone calls to deter terrorist action; so imagine what the government can access.

How Criminals embark on Cell Phone Hacking ?

Not many people realize just how open and vulnerable to hacking their cell phones are. Using a mini cell phone towers are not the only form of hacking criminals use. As simple as dialing your cell phone number and using a device to search through your phone data is a way of hacking to your cell phone.

The same security taken with a computer, laptop should also be taken with your cell phones. You have to be careful what you say, or you’re your messages contain because there is a good chance that it can be intercepted. Technology is so advanced that persons can listen to your calls, read your emails and text messages, access your photos, store and pass on your information to outside sources – and it doesn’t stop there once they get into your phone they can get access to password for all your personal accounts.

Hacking can happen wherever you go. If you were to travel to another country and your phone is able to function than keep in mind that hackers are functioning as well. Information sent to your phone from your country of origin is easily transmitted to your phone and also open to hackers!

The problem is this; hacking is not reserved to criminal experts alone, hacking instructions can easily be found on the internet for anyone to download. During this year over a billion cell phones were hacked because of lack of a secure password or no password at all. Many people are not even knowledgeable to the fact that security software can be installed on their phone to protect it.

Three common methods of cell phone hacking are:

  • Cell phone hacking devices for when your phone is off.
  • Mini cell phone towers where outsiders can read off cell phone data.
  • Hacking into phones and rerouting the info to an outside source.

Hacking through Bluetooth means that, even though your phone is off, persons can still access your info without your even being aware of it. By the time that happens, it is usually too late to protect your information.

Mini cell phone towers can tap into your phone texts and calls from a short distance. This means that someone could be watching what you text and listening to what you say without your even knowing about it!

The ‘man in the middle’ is when person can get into your phone’s operating system, and pass the information onto unscrupulous persons who just wait for information to come to them.

How to Find Out if You Are a Victim of Cell Phone Hacking

Using a cell phone is simple and less complicated than using a computer, but the dangers of hacking is the same for cell phones as for laptops. Discovering that your private conversations and text messages are being monitored by intruders is a very unpleasant situation to find yourself in. All of your transactions can be hacked into and downloaded. Now is a good time to find out if you are a victim of cell phone hacking!

The first thing to do is to pay attention to any sounds made during calls on your phone. If you hear strange, unfamiliar clicking sounds in the background of the conversation, or notice that you, or the caller’s voice is echoing, or notice any white noise, this can definitely be an indication that someone is trying to connect, hack and listen in.

If your phone lights up all by itself even when you are not using it then check it out. If it turns on, or off by itself be sure to check that out as well. Some phones can be controlled through remote access via radio control.

Feel your phone and its battery to see if they are excessively hot. If they are hot when you touch them then chances that spyware software is being put to use on your phone.

Be sure to check your phone bill and keep track of all charges. If you are charged double, or triple for every call or text you made, it means that spyware is being used to send your transactions to other persons and websites. Your information is then downloaded, your number is accessed and other people are running up your bill by using your number.

Cell Phone Hacking: Protect Yourself

High technology allows us to use our cell phones as though they were mini computers. They can send emails, browse the internet, download and upload information and sign in to accounts. Even though all of this makes it convenient to continue that important business transaction, or see photos of your child wherever they are, the same technology also makes your phone easily accessible to hackers.

Storing and sharing information on your phone is very risky and is something you will do automatically without giving it a second thought. Taking steps to protect your phone from hackers will keep what you put on it safe. Below are steps you can take to maximize the protection of your phone and its use as well as protecting it from cell phone hacking:

  • Keep your phone close to you and secure it in a place that is difficult for thieves to get to. Use a case, or strap near to you rather than something easy to snatch. Thieves will think twice before they steal your phone if you have it secured safely.
  • If you suspect that your phone has been hacked, or if you phone is stolen, be sure to contact your service provider right away. This can save you spending money from unauthorized use of your phone. Before you purchase your phone, ask your carrier if they provide insurance against this. Finding out afterward will make you liable.
  • Use a strong password to lock, or unlock your phone before your (or anyone else) can use it. Make sure it is a strong password and not something (like a phrase) commonly known to everyone.
  • Hacking through Bluetooth is one of the fastest and easiest ways for anyone to get to your phone. It doesn’t take a crack criminal to hack through this vein. Be sure to turn your blue tooth off unless you are using it, this will prevent wireless intrusion.
  • If anti-virus software is available for your phone download it and keep it updated. Be sure to ask your service provider if this software is available for your phone and, also, check your phone manual to see if there is software for your phone. As simple as downloading a link from email on your phone can cause it to pick up a virus, so anti-virus software should be considered.

Cell phone intrusion is not something you have to put up with. No matter who your carrier is, or what type of phone you have, hacking can be prevented by installing mobile security products. These products can be purchased in stores or online and are just as important as internet security is for your computer.

Don’t Let Hackers Get Away; Report Cell Phone Hacking!

You cell phone is not only your own, personal, mini, electronic phone and address book, it also holds personal information and private material. If your phone is internet compatible then it means that it is also connected to your email. Imagine what would happen if someone got into your phone and took this information without your knowledge? Once they got that, they would have access to everything online about you.

If your phone is hacked, get in touch with the FBI and your service provider immediately. To get in contact with the FBI, go into google and logon to the site. Find the Contact Us button and select FBI Tips and Public Leads. This is the form on the Reporting Crime section that you can fill out with all the prevalent information and submit to them. Be sure to put your personal information in (ex.. name, address, etc.) so that they can get back to you. Give as many details as possible. If you want to make the report over the phone call the FBI number 800-225-5324

To make the report to your service provider, contact them online (calling would be better because you are more sure of a speedy response) and give them the details of what happened and why you suspect hacking. Try to get a new number to discharge any charges that were acquired during the hacking.

I was assisting a customer the other day who came to use the internet. They were trying to access their email and could not find an important document that was sent to them from a prospective client. The item was an invoice for work they had done previously.

After a fruitless search that lasted for about an hour. They gave it up. I asked them what was wrong and they informed me of what happened. They told me that it was quite possible that it disappeared from advanced software available online that allows people to access your emails. This woman was robbed!

Building awareness about the dangers of hacking and what to expect is something that should be done regularly. Phone companies and mobile service providers should have pamphlets available for customers which detail how to protect them from hacking and how to prevent it in the first place.

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How to hack a cell phone text messages

Hacking internet email and cell phone messages is beneficial and in some cases necessary. When security is an issue, or safety is a priority, individuals set out to learn as much as they can, about any person or entity that poses a real threat. Even in relationships, the intentions of one person’s motive are questionable. Before the relationship can develop any farther trust must first be established.

However, it is a known fact that everyone is prone to secrecy. No one really tells all there is to know about their life, their accomplishments or their past mistakes. No way individuals find the answers they need is by hacking someone’s cell phone. Websites show users “How to hack a cell phone text messages” without getting caught. The first step is to find a software program that is designed specifically for this purpose.

The best hacking software is listed below, as well as instructions on “How to hack cell phone text messages.” The list identifies 3 of the most popular phone hacking software on the market and their prosperities. To ensure the hacking process is accurate, try hacking a personal phone first. So if there are any mistakes, they can be corrected, before hacking the target phone.

Step 1

Acquire the cell phone iPhone IP address. Use the content configuration information to connect to a sftp. Host name is (sftp), username (root) and password is (alpine). This is the most crucial step in setting up the hacking platform.

Step 2

Chances are an unknown host key might pop up. This is to be expected. The message reads something like this: You have no guarantee the server is the computer you believe, trust this host and carry on connecting? Do not worry though, just ignore the message and press ok or enter to proceed.

Step 3

This step brings up the entire directory listing. Once inside the directory, everything on the phone is visible. What programs are listed, their root extensions, the sizes of the files and more.

Step 4

In this step, try to locate the directory which contains the SMS data. This may read something like: /private/var/mobile/library/SMS. Now once the file is in clear view proceed to downloading the phone’s SMS file, which reads: sms.db.

Step 5

This is where the hard work pays off. In this step, commence to opening the phone’s sms database. This is accomplished by using a popular SQLite browser. Now select the message on the table that says “HOPP.”

Hacking most phones is completed in simple, easy to understand steps. However, there are Spy mobile programs that do all the work in less time.

Text Hacking Software

StealthGenie is considered one of the most popular spying and hacking software in the spy industry. This advanced software text hacking programs works on some of the most popular mobile device platforms in the cell phone industry such as Android, iPhone and Blackberry. Here is a quick installation guide to each of these platforms.

Android

Access the setting on the phone, select security and check unknown sources. Next, open the phone’s internet browser and click on the URL image. Once the SG is downloaded and installed, click on the file to open it. The app installer has to be downloaded first and then the program. Once the installation processes have completed, press the “done” button to confirm that the application has been installed.

When the activation screen appears, enter the activation code that came with the welcome email. Select administration on the activation page and after the message reads: “Service successfully activated”, press the close button. At this point the SG installer can be uninstalled, since it is no longer needed.

iPhone

To install StealthGenie, find the Cydia app and select it from the menu. Choose manage from the menu below, and choose sources. Now choose edit and then select add. Once the URL box is visible type in the download phrase and waits until the processing verification is complete. Once the process is complete select return to Cydia, and enter into the mobile developer section.

Open the Developer tools section and click on MobileService. All the details should appear on the screen. Now select install and confirm, and wait for the installation process to complete. To activate the download, just use the activation code that came in the email and the rest is simple.

There are other software products that teach anyone “How to hack a cell phone text messages.” The process leading to cell phone hacking text messages is simple depending on which program is being used. Programs like Mspy, Mobile Spy and Spy Bubble are some of the top cell phone hacking software, which allows anyone to access text messages from any cell phone, regardless of the carrier.

As you can see from the information above, hacking becomes easier and easier by the day, it is up to you to teach yourself and others on the dangers of hacking and the importance of cyber safety for you and your loved ones.

Reference: (http://nobullying.com/cell-phone-hacking-more-serious-than-you-think/)

Aug 07

How to Tell if Your Phone Has Been Hacked

Sara Fawley

Sara Fawley

Hello my name is Sara Fawley. I was born and raised in San Diego, Ca Oct 1965. I lived there until I was 19, then moved with my now ex-husband to Texas where I lived for the next 25 years. I have two grown sons who are married and have lives and families of their own. My current husband and I now live in a small town in Arkansas with our dachshund Shabar. I owned and antiques and collectibles shop but closed it down in September 2013 after having a heart attack. I still buy and sell antiques and collectibles and make handmade natural gemstone jewelry which we sell at shows and festivals. I don't recall ever not knowing that there was more than just us out there. My first experience happened when I was a young child and was visited by my godfather "Grandpa Clyde" at the time of his death and for three weeks after that. I have seen one other full bodied apparition in my life and had several other minor experiences that left me scratching my head.I am not an investigator but have a huge thirst for knowledge. I am always looking up this or that legend, myth or story I hear or sometimes I just have random thoughts and look them up to see if anyone else thinks the same way. I am very analytically minded and always like to get to the bottom of things.
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We all know that smart devices are pretty clever these days, but does your smartphone or tablet seem to have a mind of its own? If you suspect that it does, it may be infected with malware that can access your private information, secretly control your device and even steal your money through unauthorized charges to your phone bill.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself to identify if your device is being overrun by malware:

1. Notice unfamiliar charges on your phone bill? A lot of us ask this question anyway, but it’s a good idea to regularly check the charges on your phone bill. Are there small but significant charges on it that you don’t recognize? Some malware is programmed to send paid SMS messages that get charged to your phone bill and deposited into the bank account of the malware writer.

2. Is your phone acting cray-cray? If your phone starts acting crazy, strangely opening and closing apps, or sending text messages by itself, your phone might be compromised. Malware is written to secretly control your device, and malicious apps have loose permissions that allow them to control more aspects of your device than it seems.

3. Is your battery draining extremely fast? Battery drain can be exacerbated by different factors like network settings or even a totally innocent app that’s just poorly coded. But because malware apps can run constantly in the background, it is inevitable that they will run down your battery much faster than normal.

If you answered yes to some or all of these questions, you should check if your phone has malware by scanning all the apps on your phone or tablet with Lookout Security + Antivirus. You can download Lookout for free from from Google Play. Lookout will tell you if there’s an app holding your phone hostage so you can delete it and get your phone back to normal. Problem solved!

Keeping your phone safe from malware is easy if you take the right precautions when downloading apps. Follow these simple tips to keep your mobile experiences safe and sound:

1. Keep the software on your device up to date. Malware writers design their malicious apps to take advantage of weaknesses in smart devices’ operating systems. By keeping the software on your phone or tablet current, you minimize your risk of being a victim of malware.

2. Be careful around third-party app stores. In the case of mobile apps, its always best to shop the big name brands, and stick with the Google Play Store, Apple App Store, and the Amazon.com app store. If you want to minimize risk of encountering malware, don’t download from random download sites you haven’t heard of before.

3. Be careful where you click. Some malware comes embedded in drive-by-download website links that automatically download a malicious app to your device without your prior approval. Safe Browsing in Lookout Premium will warn you of malicious sites.

4. Download a mobile security app to protect you. Downloading a security app, like Lookout, that has app and link scanning capabilities will help you be safer and better protected on your mobile device.

Reference: https://blog.lookout.com/blog/2012/12/27/if-your-phone-is-hacked/)

Mar 06

The Mel Meter

Todd Wayne Knipple

Todd Wayne Knipple

I was awakened to the reality of the paranormal at the age of 12 while at a friend’s home. What happened that one night back in 1983 kept me awake for three days. After that incident I was left with many questions. My determination to find answers to what had happened that night became an obsession that would lead me down a path into investigating the paranormal. I found myself consumed by these strange anomalies that were captured on video, audio and photographs, and the strange feelings and sensations I would have from walking into old buildings or a person’s home.
For nearly 30 years, I have dedicated myself to finding these answers by using a scientific approach to fully understand and bring explanations to those who seek help and who are experiencing themselves the same things I experienced some 30 years ago. I can say that out of all of the cases I have investigated over the years as a paranormal investigator, 99% can be explained as a product of environment. There is, however, that 1% that can only be considered Beyond The Grave.
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Tonight I would like to talk a little bit about The Mel Meter.MelMeter

Many people have asked me about Electromagnetic Field (EMF) detectors and how do they work and which ones are the best ones to use for paranormal investigating.

Like most things you really need to use as many meters as you can and make a determination as to which one you personally prefer. In our group we have a nice variety of meters to choose from, KII, Cell sensor, Trifield natural, digital, ELF zone, Osun and the Mel-8704. Since there is only one of these that was designed for paranormal investigation that is the one we will talk about, and that is the Mel-8704.

I recently had an email exchange with Gary from Professional Measurement. He was gracious enough to answer a few questions on the Mel meter and here is what we discussed:

Currently there are 10 different models of the Mel-8704, 5 have a green display and 5 have the red display. There are also differences as to what each can do, we will discuss some of the most popular features here.

Q – The Mel meter is listed as a 2 axis meter, what does this mean and what does it measure?

A – The Mel-8704-2X Utilizes to independent coils for formation of the dual axis circuit. One circuit is calibrated to cover 30Hz -300Hz (ELF) range and the other goes down to 20Hz. The purpose of this is to try and identify if a “Spirit” can manipulate and communicate easier using the lower 20 Hz (ULF) range. It’s just a concept that I came up with to try and prove if “Spirit” vibration can be more easily discerned at other range. The cool part is that both can be used simultaneously and a cross comparison can be made by the observer / Investigator.

Q – What is the effective range of the Mel meter?

A – As with all EMF meters, the Mel meter detection distance depends on the location and strength of the radiation source.

Q – The meters description mentions a “Burst” mode, what is that?

A – The Burst/FAST mode has always been a part of the Mel features. Basically, we just “escape” out of the temperature measurement mode and then allocate 100% of the microprocessors scan time to update the EMF readings. I always tell investigators to use the meter in this mode. Then, if they feel a temp change, switch over to the dual readout mode….it’s easy to do and only takes 3 seconds to do. The display update in the Burst/FAST mode which is around 10X/second is excellent for sweeping a room to uncover EMF sources or for detecting a fast EMF spike or dynamic change while using the Mel record mode.

Q – What is the effective range on the thermal mode?

A – The Mel uses a precision “K” type of thermocouple probe. The bead reads Ambient (air temp) temperature only. As such, it can only sense a temperature change that comes in contact with the beaded tip part of the probe.

Q – The newest meter has a vibration and touch detection capabilities. It is said in your documentation that this is accomplished via an accelerometer. Is this device a single axis of, 2 or 3 axes? Also, does this device utilize a piezoelectric electric effect (microscopic crystal structure) or capacitance?

A – The Mel-8704R-Vibe utilizes a Crystal based piezo accelerometer. We can calibrate this device to detect very, very small vibrations.

One of the newer models is a combination Mel meter and KII with an audible alarm. I have one but it is sensitive. I use it without the K2 on.

For more information on the Mel meters visit the Professional Measurement website listed under the equipment links on the Left.

http://professionalmeasurement.com/

Mar 01

Ghost Hunting Kit

Aurthur Mclelland

Aurthur Mclelland

Alt Asst Director / Chair: Tech at Cheyenne Mountain Paranormal Investigations
I have always been questioning the paranormal since I was a kid. Having lived all across America and in several countries overseas, I have heard story after story of this place or that place being haunted, and my curiosity always got the better of me. Always looking and seeing things I could not explain, my eye opener was when I was twenty and seeing a full body apparition standing in front of me made me more curious of what actually happens to us when we pass on. I aim to find the truth of what is out there. When I am not finding the truth I am usually taking care of officer business or fencing in the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.). Aurthur is also President (for business only) Chase Manger, director of Cheyenne Mountain Paranormal Investigations, co-owner of Front Range Ghost Shop and also severs 16 years army and has been Medical Retired. Having been station in places like Iraq, Korea, Fort Hood TX, Aberdeen Maryland, Fort Irwin CA and Fort Riley KS just to name a few this hole time caring what ever equipment he could care doing investigation on his time off in all thous places trying to learn what he could and how to be a better investigator. always learning on how to do thing better.
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Kit-ProNow we are going to go over equipment you probably never even heard of or thought to have in your ghost hunting kit here are just a couple of tool the first one is a humidity meter

HT-306 / Pocket Size High Accuracy Humidity Meter with Temperature & Dew Point with Attached Probe HM-1366 / Integrated Probe Style Humidity Meter with Temperature Dew & Wet Bulb Measurement Humidity Range: 10% to 95%RH Humidity Resolution: 0.1% RH Dual LCD display shows ambient temperature & relative humidity simultaneously. Dew Point is calculated automatically from these two values High precision thin-film capacitance humidity sensor with fast response time Humidity Range: 10% to 95%RH Humidity Resolution: 0.01% RH Temperature Range: 32 to 122°F / 0 to 50°C Temperature Resolution: 0.01°F /0.01°C Dew Point Range -25.3°C to 48.9°C

The second is a light meter
There are many applications for Light Meters such as measuring and maintaining adequate light levels in schools, hospitals, production areas, laboratories, passageways and more. Adequate light levels in the work place ensure a healthier and safer environment for people.

Did you also know that there are specific ANSI and NFPA 101 codes and compliances related to adequate light levels in the workplace? Precision light meters for industrial and commercial applications for over 25 years. We will be happy to assist with any of your light measurement questions in order to ensure that you select the right instrument for your application. ANSI: American National Standards Institute NFPA: National Fire Protection Association

The third is a sound meter
There are many industrial and commercial applications for Sound Pressure Level Meters. They can be used by local planning commissions prior to approval of construction and building permits. Sound meters are often used for projects to prove compliance with local ordinances. Other applications include factory, office and machinery sound level measurement, traffic and noise reduction studies and many more. There are two primary applicable standards that apply to sound level meters. The JISC1502 (IEC651, Type 2) Standard applies to general-purpose sound level meters, which is typically used to measure environmental noise in commercial, industrial and residential applications. The JIS1505 (IEC651, Type 1) Standard is reserved for precision grade sound level meters. The Type 1 instrument is used whenever high accuracy and repeatability is required such as sound studies in various fields including laboratory and other critical sound pressure level measurement applications. Pro-measure.com has been providing Sound Pressure Level Measurement instruments for industrial, commercial, residential and laboratory applications for over Twenty Years.

The fourth is Anemometer
Integral Vane Design Anemometer Air Flow is displayed in 5 Measuring Units: ft./min, m/s, Km/h, MPH, Knots Tiny Bone Shape for “Easy Grip” One Hand Operation High-Contrast LCD Display Minimum / Maximum Button with Recall Feature Data Hold freezes Measured Value Low Friction Ball-Bearing Vane Wheel provides High Accuracy at all Air Velocities.

Now you may ask yourself why this as equipment will I tell you the more you can measure and the more you can data log the more you can back up your evidence instead if saying there is no wind or any type of breeze or air flow now you will know that there is and for other readings like light, humidity and others

Mar 01

Electronic Voice Phenomena

Aurthur Mclelland

Aurthur Mclelland

Alt Asst Director / Chair: Tech at Cheyenne Mountain Paranormal Investigations
I have always been questioning the paranormal since I was a kid. Having lived all across America and in several countries overseas, I have heard story after story of this place or that place being haunted, and my curiosity always got the better of me. Always looking and seeing things I could not explain, my eye opener was when I was twenty and seeing a full body apparition standing in front of me made me more curious of what actually happens to us when we pass on. I aim to find the truth of what is out there. When I am not finding the truth I am usually taking care of officer business or fencing in the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.). Aurthur is also President (for business only) Chase Manger, director of Cheyenne Mountain Paranormal Investigations, co-owner of Front Range Ghost Shop and also severs 16 years army and has been Medical Retired. Having been station in places like Iraq, Korea, Fort Hood TX, Aberdeen Maryland, Fort Irwin CA and Fort Riley KS just to name a few this hole time caring what ever equipment he could care doing investigation on his time off in all thous places trying to learn what he could and how to be a better investigator. always learning on how to do thing better.
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Screenshot_11Today on tech we will be going over EVPs now manly techniques and the history of it
Within ghost hunting and parapsychology, Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP) are sounds found on electronic recordings that are interpreted as spirit voices that have been either unintentionally recorded or intentionally requested and recorded. Parapsychologist Konstantīns Raudive, who popularized the idea in the 1970s, described EVP as typically brief, usually the length of a word or short phrase.

Enthusiasts consider EVP to be a form of paranormal phenomena often found in recordings with static or other background noise, however, psychologists regard EVP as a form of auditory pareidolia (interpreting random sounds as voices in one’s own language) and a pseudoscience promulgated by popular culture. Prosaic explanations for EVP include apophenia (perceiving patterns in random information), equipment artifacts, and hoaxes.

History
As the Spiritualist religious movement became prominent in the 1840s–1920s with a distinguishing belief that the spirits of the dead can be contacted by mediums, new technologies of the era including photography were employed by spiritualists in an effort to demonstrate contact with a spirit world. So popular were such ideas that Thomas Edison was asked in an interview with Scientific American to comment on the possibility of using his inventions to communicate with spirits. He replied that if the spirits were only capable of subtle influences, a sensitive recording device would provide a better chance of spirit communication than the table tipping and ouija boards mediums employed at the time. However, there is no indication that Edison ever designed or constructed a device for such a purpose. As sound recording became widespread, mediums explored using this technology to demonstrate communication with the dead as well. Spiritualism declined in the latter part of the 20th century, but attempts to use portable recording devices and modern digital technologies to communicate with spirits continued.

Early interest
American photographer Attila von Szalay was among the first to try recording what he believed to be voices of the dead as a way to augment his investigations in photographing ghosts. He began his attempts in 1941 using a 78 rpm record, but it wasn’t until 1956, after switching to a reel-to-reel tape recorder, that he believed he was successful. Working with Raymond Bayless, von Szalay conducted a number of recording sessions with a custom-made apparatus, consisting of a microphone in an insulated cabinet connected to an external recording device and speaker. Szalay reported finding many sounds on the tape that could not be heard on the speaker at the time of recording, some of which were recorded when there was no one in the cabinet. He believed these sounds to be the voices of discarnate spirits. Among the first recordings believed to be spirit voices were such messages as “This is G!”, “Hot dog, Art!”, and “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all”. Von Szalay and Raymond Bayless’ work was published by the Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research in 1959.[7] Bayless later went on to co-author the 1979 book, Phone Calls From the Dead.
In 1959, Swedish painter and film producer Friedrich Jürgenson was recording bird songs. Upon playing the tape later, he heard what he interpreted to be his dead father’s voice and then the spirit of his deceased wife calling his name.[6] He went on to make several more recordings, including one that he said contained a message from his late mother.[8]

Raudive voices
Konstantin Raudive, a Latvian psychologist who had taught at the University of Uppsala, Sweden and who had worked in conjunction with Jürgenson, made over 100,000 recordings which he described as being communications with discarnate people. Some of these recordings were conducted in an RF-screened laboratory and contained words Raudive said were identifiable.[1][5] In an attempt to confirm the content of his collection of recordings, Raudive invited listeners to hear and interpret them.[5][6][7][8][9] He believed that the clarity of the voices heard in his recordings implied that they could not be readily explained by normal means.[5] Raudive published his first book, Breakthrough: An Amazing Experiment in Electronic Communication with the Dead in 1968 and it was translated into English in 1971.[10]

Spiricom & Frank’s Box
In 1980, William O’Neil constructed an electronic audio device called “The Spiricom.” O’Neil claimed the device was built to specifications which he received psychically from George Mueller, a scientist who had died six years previously. At a Washington, DC press conference on April 6, 1982, O’Neil stated that he was able to hold two-way conversations with spirits through the Spiricom device, and provided the design specifications to researchers for free. However, nobody is known to have replicated the results O’Neil claimed using their own Spiricom devices. O’Neil’s partner, retired industrialist George Meek, attributed O’Neil’s success, and the inability of others to replicate it, to O’Neil’s mediumistic abilities forming part of the loop that made the system work.
Another electronic device specifically constructed in an attempt to capture EVP is “Frank’s Box” or the “Ghost Box,” created in 2002 by EVP enthusiast Frank Sumption for supposed real-time communication with the dead. Sumption claims he received his design instructions from the spirit world. The device is described as a combination white noise generator and AM radio receiver modified to sweep back and forth through the AM band selecting split-second snippets of sound. Critics of the device say its effect is subjective and incapable of being replicated, and since it relies on radio noise, any meaningful response a user gets is purely coincidental, or simply the result of pareidolia.

Modern interest
In 1982, Sarah Estep founded the American Association of Electronic Voice Phenomena (AA-EVP) in Severna Park, Maryland, a nonprofit organization with the purpose of increasing awareness of EVP, and of teaching standardized methods for capturing it. Estep began her exploration of EVP in 1976, and says she has made hundreds of recordings of messages from deceased friends, relatives, and extraterrestrials whom she speculated originated from other planets or dimensions.

The term Instrumental Trans-Communication (ITC) was coined by Ernst Senkowski in the 1970s to refer more generally to communication through any sort of electronic device such as tape recorders, fax machines, television sets or computers between spirits or other discarnate entities and the living. One particularly famous claimed incidence of ITC occurred when the image of EVP enthusiast Friedrich Jürgenson (whose funeral was held that day) was said to have appeared on a television in the home of a colleague, which had been purposefully tuned to a vacant channel.[11] ITC enthusiasts also look at the TV and video camera feedback loop of the Droste effect.
In 1979, parapsychologist D. Scott Rogo described an alleged paranormal phenomenon in which people report that they receive simple, brief, and usually single-occurrence telephone calls from spirits of deceased relatives, friends, or strangers.[21] Rosemary Guiley has written “within the parapsychology establishment, Rogo was often faulted for poor scholarship, which, critics said, led to erroneous conclusions.”

In 1997, Imants Barušs, of the Department of Psychology at the University of Western Ontario, conducted a series of experiments using the methods of EVP investigator Konstantin Raudive, and the work of “instrumental transcommunication researcher” Mark Macy, as a guide. A radio was tuned to an empty frequency, and over 81 sessions a total of 60 hours and 11 minutes of recordings were collected. During recordings, a person either sat in silence or attempted to make verbal contact with potential sources of EVP. Barušs stated that he did record several events that sounded like voices, but they were too few and too random to represent viable data and too open to interpretation to be described definitively as EVP. He concluded: “While we did replicate EVP in the weak sense of finding voices on audio tapes, none of the phenomena found in our study was clearly anomalous, let alone attributable to discarnate beings. Hence we have failed to replicate EVP in the strong sense.” The findings were published in the Journal of Scientific Exploration in 2001, and include a literature review.

In 2005, the Journal of the Society for Psychical Research published a report by paranormal investigator Alexander MacRae. MacRae conducted recording sessions using a device of his own design that generated EVP. In an attempt to demonstrate that different individuals would interpret EVP in the recordings the same way, MacRae asked seven people to compare some selections to a list of five phrases he provided, and to choose the best match. MacRae said the results of the listening panels indicated that the selections were of paranormal origin.
Portable digital voice recorders are currently the technology of choice for some EVP investigators. Since some of these devices are very susceptible to Radio Frequency (RF) contamination, EVP enthusiasts sometimes try to record EVP in RF- and sound-screened rooms.

Some EVP enthusiasts describe hearing the words in EVP as an ability, much like learning a new language.[27] Skeptics suggest that the claimed instances may be misinterpretations of natural phenomena, inadvertent influence of the electronic equipment by researchers, or deliberate influencing of the researchers and the equipment by third parties. EVP and ITC are seldom researched within the scientific community, so most research in the field is carried out by amateur researchers who lack training and resources to conduct scientific research, and who are motivated by subjective notions.

Explanations and origins
Paranormal claims for the origin of EVP include living humans imprinting thoughts directly on an electronic medium through psychokinesis and communication by discarnate entities such as spirits, nature energies, beings from other dimensions, or extraterrestrials. Paranormal explanations for EVP generally assume production of EVP by a communicating intelligence through means other than the typical functioning of communication technologies. Natural explanations for reported instances of EVP tend to dispute this assumption explicitly and provide explanations which do not require novel mechanisms that are not based on recognized scientific phenomena.

One study, by psychologist Imants Barušs, was unable to replicate suggested paranormal origins for EVP recorded under controlled conditions.Brian Regal in Pseudoscience: A Critical Encyclopedia (2009) has written “A case can be made for the idea that many EVPs are artifacts of the recording process itself with which the operators are unfamiliar. The majority of EVPS have alternative, nonspiritual sources; anomalous ones have no clear proof they are of spiritual origin.”

Natural explanations
There are a number of simple scientific explanations that can account for why some listeners to the static on audio devices may believe they hear voices, including radio interference and the tendency of the human brain to recognize patterns in random stimuli. Some recordings may be hoaxes created by frauds or pranksters.
Psychology and perception

Auditory pareidolia is a situation created when the brain incorrectly interprets random patterns as being familiar patterns. In the case of EVP it could result in an observer interpreting random noise on an audio recording as being the familiar sound of a human voice. The propensity for an apparent voice heard in white noise recordings to be in a language understood well by those researching it, rather than in an unfamiliar language, has been cited as evidence of this, and a broad class of phenomena referred to by author Joe Banks as Rorschach Audio has been described as a global explanation for all manifestations of EVP.

Skeptics such as David Federlein, Chris French, Terence Hines and Michael Shermer say that EVP are usually recorded by raising the “noise floor” – the electrical noise created by all electrical devices – in order to create white noise. When this noise is filtered, it can be made to produce noises which sound like speech. Federlein says that this is no different from using a wah pedal on a guitar, which is a focused sweep filter which moves around the spectrum and creates open vowel sounds. This, according to Federlein, sounds exactly like some EVP. This, in combination with such things as cross modulation of radio stations or faulty ground loops can cause the impression of paranormal voices. The human brain evolved to recognize patterns, and if a person listens to enough noise the brain will detect words, even when there is no intelligent source for them. Expectation also plays an important part in making people believe they are hearing voices in random noise.

Apophenia is related to, but distinct from pareidolia. Apophenia is defined as “the spontaneous finding of connections or meaning in things which are random, unconnected or meaningless”, and has been put forward as a possible explanation.[46] According to the psychologist James Alcock what people hear in EVP recordings can best be explained by apophenia, cross-modulation or expectation and wishful thinking. Alcock concluded “Electronic Voice Phenomena are the products of hope and expectation; the claims wither away under the light of scientific scrutiny.”

Physics
Interference, for example, is seen in certain EVP recordings, especially those recorded on devices which contain RLC circuitry. These cases represent radio signals of voices or other sounds from broadcast sources.[48] Interference from CB Radio transmissions and wireless baby monitors, or anomalies generated through cross modulation from other electronic devices, are all documented phenomena. It is even possible for circuits to resonate without any internal power source by means of radio reception.

Capture errors are anomalies created by the method used to capture audio signals, such as noise generated through the over-amplification of a signal at the point of recording.

Artifacts created during attempts to boost the clarity of an existing recording might explain some EVP. Methods include re-sampling, frequency isolation, and noise reduction or enhancement, which can cause recordings to take on qualities significantly different from those that were present in the original recording.

The very first EVP recordings may have originated from the use of tape recording equipment with poorly aligned erasure and recording heads, resulting in the incomplete erasure of previous audio recordings on the tape. This could allow a small percentage of previous content to be superimposed or mixed into a new ‘silent’ recording.
Sporadic meteors and meteor showers

For all radio transmissions above 30 MHz (which are not reflected by the ionosphere) there is a possibility of meteor reflection of the radio signal. Meteors leave a trail of ionised particles and electrons as they pass through the upper atmosphere (a process called ablation) which reflect transmission radio waves which would usually flow into space. These reflected waves are from transmitters which are below the horizon of the received meteor reflection. In Europe this means the brief scattered wave may carry a foreign voice which can interfere with radio receivers. Meteor reflected radio waves last between 0.05 seconds and 1 second, depending on the size of the meteor.

Organizations that show interest in EVP
There are a number of organizations dedicated to studying EVP and instrumental transcommunication, or which otherwise express interest in the subject. Individuals within these organizations may participate in investigations, author books or journal articles, deliver presentations, and hold conferences where they share experiences. In addition organizations exist which dispute the validity of the phenomena on scientific grounds.

The Association TransCommunication (ATransC), formerly the American Association of Electronic Voice Phenomena (AA-EVP), and the International Ghost Hunters Society conduct ongoing investigations of EVP and ITC including collecting examples of purported EVP available over the internet. The Rorschach Audio Project, initiated by sound artist Joe Banks, which presents EVP as a product of radio interference combined with auditory pareidolia and the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Biopsychocybernetics Research, a non-profit organization dedicated to studying anomalous phenomena related to neurophysiological conditions. According to the AA-EVP it is “the only organized group of researchers we know of specializing in the study of ITC.”

Parapsychologists and Spiritualists have an ongoing interest in EVP. Many Spiritualists experiment with a variety of techniques for spirit communication which they believe provide evidence of the continuation of life. According to the National Spiritualist Association of Churches, “An important modern day development in mediumship is spirit communications via an electronic device. This is most commonly known as Electronic Voice Phenomena (EVP)”. An informal survey by the organization’s Department Of Phenomenal Evidence cites that 1/3 of churches conduct sessions in which participants seek to communicate with spirit entities using EVP.
The James Randi Educational Foundation offers a million dollars for proof that any phenomena, including EVP,are caused paranormally.

Cultural impact
The concept of EVP has had an impact on popular culture. It is popular as an entertaining pursuit, as in ghost hunting, and as a means of dealing with grief. It has influenced literature, radio, film, television, and music.
Investigation of EVP is the subject of hundreds of regional and national groups and Internet message boards.[67][68] Paranormal investigator John Zaffis claims, “There’s been a boom in ghost hunting ever since the Internet took off.” Investigators, equipped with electronic gear—like EMF meters, video cameras, and audio recorders—scour reportedly haunted venues, trying to uncover visual and audio evidence of ghosts. Many use portable recording devices in an attempt to capture EVP.

1983 novel by William Peter Blatty, contains a subplot where Dr. Vincent Amfortas, a terminally ill neurologist, leaves a “to-be-opened-upon-my-death” letter for Lt. Kinderman detailing his accounts of contact with the dead, including the doctor’s recently deceased wife, Ann, through EVP recordings. Amfortas’ character and the EVP subplot do not appear in the film version of the novel, The Exorcist III. In Nyctivoe a 2001 vampire-inspired play by Dimitris Lyacos the male character as well as his deceased companion are speaking from a recording device amidst a static/white noise background. In Pattern Recognition, a 2003 novel by William Gibson, the main character’s mother tries to convince her that her father is communicating with her from recordings after his death/disappearance in the September 11, 2001 attacks.

EVP is the subject of Vyktoria Pratt Keating’s song “Disembodied Voices on Tape” from her 2003 album Things that Fall from the Sky, produced by Andrew Giddings of Jethro Tull.

Laurie Anderson’s “Example #22,” from her 1981 album Big Science, interposes spoken sentences and phrases in German with sung passages in English representing EVP.

November 27th, 2009 – Category: Ghost Hunting Tips
Electronic Voice Phenomena or as most have come to recognize from many television programs, EVP is when you get a voice on some sort of recording media that doesn’t have a physical explanation attached to it as to why it is there.

There are three commonly accepted classes of voices that can be attributed to an EVP and here is a very general explanation of what they are:

Class A – A voice or sound that can be heard and understood when played back over a speaker
Class B – A voice or sound not clearly heard over a speaker and could be debated as to what it says
Class C – A voice or sound only heard through headphones and even then maybe difficult to understand
The question we get all the time is how do you get EVP’s? We thought we would share the technique’s we use as well as the equipment we use during an EVP session. Hopefully something here will help you during your own sessions. Our technique is pretty simple but it has worked well for us so far and we hope it will also work well for you.

Equipment
Recorder – We have used an analog recorder and our personal preference was to dismiss them all together. We now use inexpensive digital recorders (all in the $35-$40 range) and up till now have not used any sort of external microphone. We have had great success using these and believe it is all you need to get started.
You – Here is where we think a lot of people mess up. You can have a room wired for sound to hear ants crawling on the floor but will do you no good if you are not in sync with your location and with whom you are trying to communicate as much as possible. Go into an EVP session with a plan and a clear head.

Technique
First off some common things we think every good EVP should have. Before beginning say your name and everyone with you, location, time and weather condition. Start and end your EVP session with 10 or 15 seconds of silence and make a note of any audible sounds while recording. For example note a cough, walking, car going by outside window or anything to help tag the audio with an explanation of what someone listening later might deem unusual. Try not to whisper during a session as well, if you are going to talk, say it out loud so there is no confusion later as to where the voice came from.

The underlying theme to our EVP sessions is respect. You have no idea (unless the answer is audible as you conduct the session) whether you are getting answers to your questions or not, so we think showing respect is the utmost importance. You would not walk into a room of strangers and yell “What is your name”? We start every session with introducing ourselves before we ask any questions. You can have one person do it or have however many people are with you take turns introducing themselves. We also explain the equipment we have with us and how it works before starting into the questions. The red light is the recorder, what the KII meter will do if they get close, explain that you may not be able to here there answers till later and to speak as loudly and clearly as they can, etc.

We try to keep our questions simple so to keep the answers down to one or two words as well as trying to keep the session conversational. For example answers that would include yes, no, what state are you from, what years is it, etc? We believe it takes a lot of energy for a ghost to answer so we want to keep it as simple as possible and in that same vein, we allow for 30 seconds or so in between questions to give a spirit time to gather energy to answer.

Read more: http://www.ghosteyes.com/evp-session#ixzz3LoEOVTGv
Now posting you EVP the way you have seen everyone do is the wrong way. Now don’t get upset the one we unfortunately learned from where on TV. Putting text with it is a no go you are matrixing you listener so when they read the text there mind automatically goes to what they read not what they here which make you piece then unsupported so let it stand on its own. Start a septet link and discuss it there not on the up load so no one is matrixes by it and it stands on its own.

Mar 01

Rem E-Pod

Aurthur Mclelland

Aurthur Mclelland

Alt Asst Director / Chair: Tech at Cheyenne Mountain Paranormal Investigations
I have always been questioning the paranormal since I was a kid. Having lived all across America and in several countries overseas, I have heard story after story of this place or that place being haunted, and my curiosity always got the better of me. Always looking and seeing things I could not explain, my eye opener was when I was twenty and seeing a full body apparition standing in front of me made me more curious of what actually happens to us when we pass on. I aim to find the truth of what is out there. When I am not finding the truth I am usually taking care of officer business or fencing in the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.). Aurthur is also President (for business only) Chase Manger, director of Cheyenne Mountain Paranormal Investigations, co-owner of Front Range Ghost Shop and also severs 16 years army and has been Medical Retired. Having been station in places like Iraq, Korea, Fort Hood TX, Aberdeen Maryland, Fort Irwin CA and Fort Riley KS just to name a few this hole time caring what ever equipment he could care doing investigation on his time off in all thous places trying to learn what he could and how to be a better investigator. always learning on how to do thing better.
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remThe Rem Pod utilizes a mini telescopic antenna to radiate an independent EM field around the device. It is believed that spirit energy can manipulate, distort, and influence such an EM field. To activate the REM feature, one must simply extend the antenna and press the white power button located on the bottom next to the 9v battery. The four LEDs will blink twice as they go through their diagnostic routine which verifies the system is working correctly. When another energy source or spirit comes into close proximity of this unit and its emanating power, an audible sound and LED lights will illuminate indicating that a generated field of energy has been detected. Each LED has a distinct sound when illuminated.

But this is basically what a rem pod is …

Theremin
The theremin was originally the product of Soviet government-sponsored research into proximity sensors. The instrument was invented by a young Russian physicist named Lev Sergeevich Termen (known in the West as Léon Theremin) in October 1920 after the outbreak of the Russian civil war. After a lengthy tour of Europe, during which time he demonstrated his invention to packed houses, Theremin found his way to the United States, where he patented his invention in 1928. Subsequently, Theremin granted commercial production rights to RCA.
Although the RCA Thereminvox (released immediately following the Stock Market Crash of 1929), was not a commercial success, it fascinated audiences in America and abroad. Clara Rockmore, a well-known thereminist, toured to wide acclaim, performing a classical repertoire in concert halls around the United States, often sharing the bill with Paul Robeson.

During the 1930s Lucie Bigelow Rosen was also taken with the theremin and together with her husband Walter Bigelow Rosen provided both financial and artistic support to the development and popularisation of the instrument.

In 1938, Theremin left the United States, though the circumstances related to his departure are in dispute. Many accounts claim he was taken from his New York City apartment by KGB agents, taken back to the Soviet Union and made to work in a sharashka laboratory prison camp at Magadan, Siberia. He reappeared 30 years later. In his 2000 biography of the inventor, Theremin: Ether Music and Espionage, Albert Glinsky suggested the Russian had fled to escape crushing personal debts, and was then caught up in Stalin’s political purges. In any case, Theremin did not return to the United States until 1991.

The components of a modern Moog theremin, in kit form.
After a flurry of interest in America following the end of the Second World War, the theremin soon fell into disuse with serious musicians, mainly because newer electronic instruments were introduced that were easier to play. However, a niche interest in the theremin persisted, mostly among electronics enthusiasts and kit-building hobbyists. One of these electronics enthusiasts, Robert Moog, began building theremins in the 1950s, while he was a high-school student. Moog subsequently published a number of articles about building theremins, and sold theremin kits that were intended to be assembled by the customer. Moog credited what he learned from the experience as leading directly to his groundbreaking synthesizer, the Moog.

Since the release of the film Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey in 1994, the instrument has enjoyed a resurgence in interest and has become more widely used by contemporary musicians. Even though many theremin sounds can be approximated on many modern synthesizers, some musicians continue to appreciate the expressiveness, novelty and uniqueness of using an actual theremin. The film itself has garnered excellent reviews.

Today Moog Music, Dan Burns of soundslikeburns.com, Chuck Collins of theremaniacs.com, Wavefront Technologies, Kees Enkelaar and Harrison Instruments manufacture performance-quality theremins. Theremin kit building remains popular with electronics buffs; kits are available from Moog Music, Theremaniacs, Harrison Instruments,PAiA Electronics, and Jaycar. On the other end of the scale, many low-end Theremins, some of which have only pitch control, are offered online and offline, sometimes advertised as toys.On July 20, 2013, a group of 272 theremin players (Matryomin ensemble) in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan, achieved a Guinness world record as the largest theremin ensemble. The name Matryomin is a portmanteau of the words matryoshka and theremin.
Operating principles

Block diagram of a Theremin. Volume control in blue, pitch control in yellow and audio output in red.
The theremin is distinguished among musical instruments in that it is played without physical contact. The thereminist stands in front of the instrument and moves his or her hands in the proximity of two metal antennas. The distance from one antenna determines frequency (pitch), and the distance from the other controls amplitude (volume). Higher notes are played by moving the hand closer to the pitch antenna. Louder notes are played by moving the hand towards from the volume antenna. Most frequently, the right hand controls the pitch and the left controls the volume, although some performers reverse this arrangement. Some low-cost theremins use a conventional, knob operated volume control and have only the pitch antenna. While commonly called antennas, they are not used for receiving or broadcasting radio frequency, but act as plates of a capacitor.

The theremin uses the heterodyne principle to generate an audio signal. The instrument’s pitch circuitry includes two radio frequency oscillators. One oscillator operates at a fixed frequency. The frequency of the other oscillator is controlled by the performer’s distance from the pitch control antenna. The performer’s hand acts as the grounded plate (the performer’s body being the connection to ground) of a variable capacitor in an L-C (inductance-capacitance) circuit, which is part of the oscillator and determines its frequency. Although the capacitance between the performer and the instrument is on the order of picofarads or even hundreds of femtofarads, the circuit design gives a useful frequency shift. The difference between the frequencies of the two oscillators at each moment allows the creation of a difference tone in the audio frequency range, resulting in audio signals that are amplified and sent to a loudspeaker.

To control volume, the performer’s other hand acts as the grounded plate of another variable capacitor. In this case, the capacitor detunes another oscillator; that detuning is processed to change the attenuation in the amplifier circuit. The distance between the performer’s hand and the volume control antenna determines the capacitance, which regulates the theremin’s volume.

Modern circuit designs often simplify this circuit and avoid the complexity of two heterodyne oscillators by having a single pitch oscillator, akin to the original theremin’s volume circuit. This approach is usually less stable and cannot generate the low frequencies that a heterodyne oscillator can. Better designs (e.g. Moog, Theremax) may use two pairs of heterodyne oscillators, for both pitch and volume.

So you see we really need to do the reaches on what we are buying now I am not saying that it does not work as ghost hunting equipment but to know why it was built for make it knowing it more and understand the principles of it.

Mar 01

MP3 audio and how settings affect your audio recordings

Samuel Sanfratello

Samuel Sanfratello

My name is Samuel Sanfratello (Sam). I am a NY state dual-certified Mathematics and Special Education teacher and a nationally certified Consulting Hypnotist. I am also the proud owner and operator of two companies: Monroe Hypnosis and Rochester Analytics. I am a 2nd generation Spiritualist (American Spiritualism) and a certified Medium with the Plymouth Spiritualist Church (the mother church of modern spiritualism). I am an organizer of the Rochester Paranormal Researchers, founded in 2007 and a lead investigator for the Paranormal Science Institute’s F.R.I.N.G.E team. In my spare time, I give back to my community by doing volunteer work for my church and for my local chamber of commerce. I became interested in the paranormal when I spoke with a spirit in my grandmother’s house in the early 1980s. I enjoy reading publications and scientific articles about the fringe sciences and I enjoy sharing these understandings with others.
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mp3Do you have a digital audio recorder? Are you looking to capture electronic voice phenomena? Before you do you, let’s sit down and discuss how a digital audio recorder works and some basics about the MP3 format and generic recorder settings:

Bit Rate:
How many kilobits the file uses per second. With low bit rates, there are compression artifacts such as ringing or pre-echo are usually heard. This is particularly noticeable when a recording has lots of random changes. 8, 16, 24, 32, 40, 48, 56, 64, 80, 96, 112, 128, 144, 160 (Supurovic) being the most common. I often describe lower bit-rates as being more “tinny”. For a good example, listen to white, pink and brown noise uncompressed and then compressed to 8-bit sound here: http://noisey.vice.com/…/yntht-there-are-ghosts-in-your-mp3s

Sampling Frequencies:
Due to the Nyquist/Shannon Theorem, a rate of 2x your hearing range is ideal. (44khz for most humans). This bitrate is the most common as it is tied to CD Audio conversions. Think of sampling frequency as having more “slices” of sound allowing it have a more rounded sound. For those math people, digital audio is a square wave but we hear in analog, the more squares waves you have (shorter slices) the closer you can approximate the analog wave.

Why use MP3:
MP3 compresses sound information to store in a more space efficient method than raw audio information. This compression does come at the price of “quality” as some information is lost in order to fit into a smaller space. The question becomes what is “lost” in your recording. Many people view modern encoders as being similar (Amorim). I leave this to your own personal preference and storage space constraints. I personally prefer the FLAC and OGG formats; however, many digital records do not natively record in this format.

Works Cited
Amorim, R. (n.d.). Results of 128kbit/s Extension Listening Test. Retrieved April 28, 2015, from http://listening-tests.freetzi.com/…/128kbps_Extension_publ…

Sony IC Recorder Operating Instructions ICD-PX312. (n.d.). Sony.

Supurovic., P. (1999, December 22). MPEG Audio Compression Basics. Retrieved April 28, 2015, from http://www.mpgedit.org/mpgedit/mpeg_format/mpeghdr.htm

Wilkinson, D. (2015, March 18). Meet the Musical Clairvoyant Who Finds Ghosts In Your MP3s. Retrieved April 28, 2015, from http://noisey.vice.com/…/yntht-there-are-ghosts-in-your-mp3s

 

Jan 29

Essential Technology for Ghost Hunting 101

ghost-hunting-equipmentby Virginia Carraway Stark

Getting into ghost hunting can seem daunting. Everyone who is a ghost hunter already seems to know all about it and they throw around words like ‘trifield meter’ or ‘EVP’ or ‘full-spectrum camera’ that can be a little bit overwhelming. I decided to find out what a basic ghost hunter would put into a kit, what those things are and tell you about it. I then went a little deeper and found out about some of the really good stuff that the experienced paranormal investigators use. Please do bear in mind that different people will have different opinions about what is and isn’t necessary to bring. This is a compilation of opinions that I’ve found seem to be fairly consistent. Here is what I discovered might be considered a ‘basic’ ghost hunting kit.

First and foremost is a digital voice recorder. This is good because you can record you and your teams observations without stopping to look down at a piece of paper or a laptop all the time. That is only a bonus reason to have a voice recorder with you, the most important reason is for the chance of capturing and an ‘electronic voice phenomena’ or EVP. That’s when the tape is played back and a voice or sounds are apparent on the tape that aren’t there when you listen to them with your physical ear.

A Thermometer. It’s a basic enough item to have in your tool kit and even a cheap one will show you if the room really is getting colder or if you’ve just psyched yourself out. With a thermometer you can document how warm the room was and then how cold it is when you think you feel a cold spot. For best results don’t rely on a thermometer from the dollar store. Infrared probe thermometers aren’t very expensive but they can pinpoint where a cold spot in, how cold it is and how big even when you are on the far side of the room. You can use it to ‘sweep’ the room and get accurate results to find out what is going on temperature-wise without even standing up.

A pencil, eraser and a pad of paper. You have your digital voice recorder but sometimes it’s a good idea to draw a diagram. That way you can draw where the cold spots and other phenomena may be located and give a better source for documentation. It is also good for quick little notes and anything else that you might think of that you don’t want to go through and listen to the tape again for in order to find. It’s a very cheap and handy addition to your kit.

Finally we start to get into the fun and more professional sorts of toys that sound swish and are also extremely useful for documentation as well as discovery in an investigation.

Thermal camera is a useful item for ghost hunting. It is used to show representations of cold and hot spots. It has been said to be able to record actual ‘people shaped’ cold or hot spots where there isn’t physically a soul to be seen. Less expensive ones can be purchased for a couple hundred of dollars but the more pricey ones can go into the thousands.

Electronic Frequency Meters or ‘EMF’ meters are used to safely monitor electromagnetic frequencies in many fields. They are a cheap and important tool for ghost hunting. The cheaper ones can be as little as $25.00 and they even have an app for your smart phone that you can download (although I wouldn’t count on the app being as accurate as a physical EMF meter.

Ghost hunters use them to detect frequencies of spirits believing that spirits give out and EMF different from the living. EMF meters can be a little overwhelming to someone looking at one for the first time. The different settings are just to scan through different types frequencies and make sure nothing is missed. It’s also called a trifield meter because it measures three different fields.

Usually the first setting is just to make sure that the batteries are working and the needle will surge and then fall which means that it’s ready to go. If the needle doesn’t surge all the way and then fall it would be a good idea to check the batteries (you made sure to bring spare batteries…right?). Once you’ve seen that your batter are good you can set it to one of the settings and count on it to function according to specs.
The first setting is usually magnetic. Sometimes there are two different magnetic settings to pick up coarse and fine magnetic emissions. It also can be set to measure electrical frequencies and
radio or microwave frequencies.
To become better versed in what these frequencies signify ask an experienced ghost hunter or stay tuned for more information here at the National Paranormal Society.

Here we get to Laser Grid Scopes. Laser grid scopes are very cool. They project a laser grid pattern of green dots across a room. An Investigator can also place one in front of a camera, this give intrepid hunters the ability to see if even a slight shape is interrupting the pattern and perhaps
give them a chance to know that they aren’t alone.

A full spectrum camera is ideal as well. They can detect visible, near-infrared and near-ultraviolet light
so there is a much better chance of snapping an apparition.

Other considerations for the you to thing about before your first investigation are important as well.
It is essential that you are prepared when you go ghost hunting or searching for anything else paranormal that you follow the boyscout creed and always: Be Prepared.

Are you prepared to spend the entire night in a haunted location? Have you dressed appropriately for the weather? Are you prepared for a sudden change in the weather? Wear comfortable clothing and footwear that will ensure that your feet our protected from debris and nails. Consider obtaining a two way radio so that if cellphones cease to function (a common complaint of ghost hunters) you have a backup plan to communicate.

Be sure to stick to the basics of any hunting, camping or other exploration: make sure someone knows where you are going and when you plan to be back. Have an emergency plan for a meeting place in case someone gets lost. Most importantly, have fun!

Jan 29

The Relative Usage and Reliability of the Trifield Meters.

a1by Virginia Carraway Stark

Trifield meters are also called Gauss-meters or EMF readers and are used for many industrial purposes including telecommunications and working with electrical grid. They have been largely manufactured and developed to measure man made fields it is for this reason, as well as many others that trifield measurements and movements are never accepted by respectable paranormal investigators as ‘proof’ of anything at all unless they are backed up by witness testimony and other events.

Trifield meters are often erroneously called ‘ghost detectors’. This is laughable and inaccurate. They are designed to detect fields of energy and those fields of energy can be found from many, many sources. The Trifield has no way of discerning if energy fields are coming from a ghost or from an electrical outlet. For this reason, to be used at all, it is highly recommended that you turn off all power sources. This doesn’t mean turn off the blends, this means that the house or building you are in must be completely cut off from the electrical grid. Turn off the power at the circuit box or the results won’t be even vaguely accurate.

Natural Trifield meters only measure natural fields rather than man made fields. Nevertheless, there are inherent difficulties even in these. Many of them are far too sensitive or not sensitive enough. They may pick up readings from the earth itself or from certain types of stone such as quarts, or marble in a kitchen may make the needle give a jump.

a2Even Natural Trifield meters often pick up man made fields as well. They are particularly susceptible to getting a false jump from booms and sound equipment. The resonance from the human voice interacts with the meter and as people perceive that there is a positive read their voices get louder and more excited and this causes the needle to jump even further. Since almost all television shows about ‘real life’ ghost hunters have this equipment the results from trifield meters are even more dubious in these cases.

Humans themselves, being ‘natural’ also cause the meters to react. Some meters will react off of a person moving, even through a brick wall or on the far side of a house. Some people have seen results even from someone sitting quietly and moving Styrofoam plates that apparently cause the meter to react.

a3Any setting except the magnetic setting is fairly pointless and there doesn’t seem to be anything to be proven to set the trifield on ay of the other settings. Make sure to realize that the meters are designed to be stationary despite the fact that they are arranged to be comfortably held in your hand. Walking will likely trigger a reaction so find a solid surface to leave it on and record and results you should see from it.

They can be useful as circumstantial evidence when placed with other data but always remember that they an EMF field doesn’t actually mean anything on its own. Take any data with a grain of salt and bear in mind that the trifield meter is the pinnacle of circumstantial evidence.

Dec 04

Important tools

Aurthur Mclelland

Aurthur Mclelland

Alt Asst Director / Chair: Tech at Cheyenne Mountain Paranormal Investigations
I have always been questioning the paranormal since I was a kid. Having lived all across America and in several countries overseas, I have heard story after story of this place or that place being haunted, and my curiosity always got the better of me. Always looking and seeing things I could not explain, my eye opener was when I was twenty and seeing a full body apparition standing in front of me made me more curious of what actually happens to us when we pass on. I aim to find the truth of what is out there. When I am not finding the truth I am usually taking care of officer business or fencing in the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.). Aurthur is also President (for business only) Chase Manger, director of Cheyenne Mountain Paranormal Investigations, co-owner of Front Range Ghost Shop and also severs 16 years army and has been Medical Retired. Having been station in places like Iraq, Korea, Fort Hood TX, Aberdeen Maryland, Fort Irwin CA and Fort Riley KS just to name a few this hole time caring what ever equipment he could care doing investigation on his time off in all thous places trying to learn what he could and how to be a better investigator. always learning on how to do thing better.
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Now it time to talk about the biggest tool everyone needs and owns. Pen/pencil paper and your eyes and ears is the biggest tool you need. These are the most important tool of all and taking good notes about what going on where it happen and when. And debunking techniques used now without this information what you see or what you here is pointless now there is no right or wrong way to do this accepts not to do it. Now I have built some spread sheets that can help with some of it the first one is to keep track of all the equipment used on the investigations and it cover the who what where and when also there a chart on the bottom to keep track of batteries used during the investigation. Whit a lot of us being non-profit it help with taxes. They are a wright off so the better you keep track the better the refund for the team. And the second is to keep track of time, weather and team plus activity know it can be populated hourly to 15 min intervals and give you a spot and areas there might be activity and different times. Now you don’t have to use these exact sheets but hopefully it gives you a good start. So in conclusion make sure you are keeping track of as much as you can when you can to help back up your evidence.

NPS Evidence page
NPS EQUIPMENT USED

Nov 01

Spirit Box

Aurthur Mclelland

Aurthur Mclelland

Alt Asst Director / Chair: Tech at Cheyenne Mountain Paranormal Investigations
I have always been questioning the paranormal since I was a kid. Having lived all across America and in several countries overseas, I have heard story after story of this place or that place being haunted, and my curiosity always got the better of me. Always looking and seeing things I could not explain, my eye opener was when I was twenty and seeing a full body apparition standing in front of me made me more curious of what actually happens to us when we pass on. I aim to find the truth of what is out there. When I am not finding the truth I am usually taking care of officer business or fencing in the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.). Aurthur is also President (for business only) Chase Manger, director of Cheyenne Mountain Paranormal Investigations, co-owner of Front Range Ghost Shop and also severs 16 years army and has been Medical Retired. Having been station in places like Iraq, Korea, Fort Hood TX, Aberdeen Maryland, Fort Irwin CA and Fort Riley KS just to name a few this hole time caring what ever equipment he could care doing investigation on his time off in all thous places trying to learn what he could and how to be a better investigator. always learning on how to do thing better.
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P-SB7 2A device used for contacting spirits through the use of radio frequency. These devices or so called Spirit box also known as Ghost Box or Frank’s box are used as an electronic medium for the purpose of direct communication with a spirit.

1) The notion of using white noise to allow spirits to speak is nothing new. It’s, in fact, one of the original “tenants” EVP that dates back to the experiments conducted by Dr. Konstantīns Raudive in the 1940’s, till his death in 1974. The belief seems to be, that since spirits manipulate energy in order to manifest and/or move objects, they need some form of energy in order to manifest sound. One of the long held beliefs in EVP was that spirits used the internal sound of the recorder to put their sound on the tape/digital file. This being true it’s possible for a spirit to make a disembodied voice, but… if the theory of energy manipulation is correct, it would be much harder without the “noise” for the spirit to manipulate.

2) One of the big problems with Franks Box/ Ghost Box is that people aren’t fully aware how to use it, or how it should even run. Firstly, asking a simple question and getting a one word answer is well, …. “HOG WASH”. Anything that scans radio frequency is going to pick up random pieces of sound. You’re bound to get a number or a single word. Similarly, I’ve seen people use these boxes as they do a linear sweep, going from one station to the very next and so on then repeating the process over and over. Unless I’m mistaken, the original set up of “Franks box” was supposed to do a random sweep of the signals which would (seemingly) eliminate the possibility of picking up on any solid piece of signal for too long. Granted this still doesn’t eliminate the possibility you could get frequency pollution from a CB or other broadcasting device. Meaning nothing you get is ever “unexplainable” because you can’t eliminate those sources of potential explanation. With that in mind, the Ghost Box is fun to use but I suggest you use it as entertainment only and never try to introduce any audible sounds you may capture as being spirits or any other paranormal phenomenon as there are way too many frequency being cast about to prove without a doubt that voice or sound came from another dimension. And after all that’s what we are all about, finding solid, un-disputable scientific proof that “Ghost” do exist ….Right? If you want to try the “Ghost Box” for yourself the “Franks Box” runs a couple hundred clams, but the good news is you can build one for around 30 bucks using what’s known as the “Radio Shack Hack”.


Here most difficult part in this is learning to hear the messages. Not everything that comes through the box is spirit box communication. Some of it is radio snippets. It takes time and practice to know the difference. I am still learning and probably will be forever. Like anything in life, there is a learning curve and this just takes time. Be prepared to put time into it and be patient and don’t give up. This is not something I can easily explain. I will just say that in time you will know the difference.
Do not hold the box too close to the recorder. If you place the recorder too close to the box you may get interference. The new digital recorders are very sensitive so don’t talk too loud or you will blast out your ears on playback. You may have to experiment with this. Always record your sessions and listen to them afterward. Although I do hear some messages live in real time during the session, much of what I hear is afterward while playing back the recording. Keep your sessions to 20 minutes or less, but I would say no less than 10 minutes. Sometimes it takes a good 3-4 or even 5 minutes to get warmed up and going. Anything longer than 20 minutes can be incredibly tedious to listen back through later and the spirits do lose energy over time. Download a free audio program like audacity and use this to listen to your recordings. Always listen with headphones.

[pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”30%”]My advice to anyone starting out new is first and foremost use some type of spiritual protection.[/pullquote] Keep sessions under 20 minutes. Record each session with a decent audio recorder. State on the recorder if you hear any background noise so you don’t mistake it later as communication. Always show love, compassion and respect to the spirits as well as your guides. Do not encourage any negative energies by provoking them or calling them names or disrespecting them. Educate yourself and learn how to open yourself psychically. And most of all BE PATIENT. Do not give up if you aren’t getting the results you want immediately. It takes time and practice.

You will receive very differing types of voices. Some voices have a lot of vibration to them. Some are quiet, some are loud and clear, some have echos or repeating words, some words overlap other words, sometimes they stutter, some messages come through in a song and sometimes they even answer your question right before you ask it! Allow at least 20 seconds after each question and probably the best advice I can give you is don’t talk too much and no whispering! It is so frustrating to not be able to hear the messages when you are listening to the recording later because you or someone else is talking. And I can’t tell you how many times I thought we captured an amazing evp only to figure out later it was someone whispering-myself included. When you are in a dark room trying to be quiet I’ve found it’s actually rather natural to whisper. If anyone is your group talks they should talk loudly and clearly so it’s obvious that it is their voice. Some messages are one word while others may be an entire sentence. I do believe that the spirits try to come through with a male or female sounding voice but this is not always the case. Sometimes a sentence will have a mixture of male and female sounding voices. If you think you hear something but aren’t sure, clip out that section and save if for later and move on. Once your ears are trained better the message may become quite clear and often times I need to give my ears a break for a few hours then come back to it and it is clear. And don’t force it. If you can’t hear it clearly never mind and do another session to try to get clearer messages. My motto is ‘when in doubt throw it out’. There are 3 classes of EVP’s with a ‘Class A’ being super crisp and clear to all that hear it, a Class B will probably be heard the same by all after you tell them what is said and a class C that will probably be heard as something different by everyone that listens.

Once you come to the realization that you are communicating with spirits it will change your world and outlook on life forever! It took me almost a year to believe and many others have almost given up on it in the beginning. I had no idea what I was doing when I first started and doubted anything that I thought I heard. It’s when you have a commutation of clips that you can listen to over and over that your rational mind will decide that there is no way that this is all coincidence or radio snippets. It’s just impossible!

If you are going to use a spirit box please don’t treat it as a toy. Please don’t disrespect those spirits that come through and please try to use it for a good purpose. Absolutely contact your loved ones and friends. Don’t get too focused on any cuss words or name calling that may come through and don’t fear it. Have a good laugh and move on to more important things. Listen to the messages and if you hear those cries for help, realize that those are people who were once living, who for one reason or another did not go to the light and please try to help them if you can. Remember this could be a child looking for their family or the little sweet old lady down the street who passed. Do not assume that all ghosts/spirits are bad with evil intentions. This is simply not the case. It could be your family members that I or others have contact with and certainly you would want them to be helped if needed. There are many wonderful books available on spirit rescue and it is very rewarding. As this becomes more popular (and I believe it will) I really am hoping much good will come out of this. My personal clues that a spirit may be stuck is they use such words as guilt, fear, dead, sad, scared, angry and they generally focus on negativity and earthly matters and they usually ask for help. Those who have gone to the light generally talk about good, happiness and love.

If you are the type of person that always finds the negative in everything or are very fearful I would not advise using a spirit box. Likenesses attract here and if you are negative you will likely attract negative spirits. Also, if you do not understand the spirit world and earthbound spirits I wouldn’t suggest going out ghost hunting and looking for possible negative energies. It is best to educate yourself first. And remember that negative energies feed off of your fear. Do not fear them!
I’ve seen many people who do this lose all their common sense. Honestly yes I believe spirit can communicate with us this way but I do not think everything I hear is spirit communication. Nor do I see ghosts in every picture I see, nor do I think everything that happens in my life is a sign from spirit, or that spirits talk to us while we’re taking a shower through the white noise created by the sound of the water running. Seriously! Keep your senses. This is a huge pet peeve of mine. Just because we can occasionally hear from spirit through a device such as this, it does not mean that every little ooh or aah sound it makes is spirit. I can barely stomach all the you tube video’s with the little subtitles of nothing but radio snippets. No I don’t always know the difference. Sometimes it’s impossible to tell for sure. Sometimes it’s quite obvious. My ‘could be’ spirit messages file is larger than any other. Sometimes we can’t be sure and we have to leave it at that. This is experimental! Experiment with it. I am a tough person to impress. And no I’m not saying my spirit box clips are any better than others or I have any special connection that makes me better at this than others. I’ve heard some others that have blown me away too-but they are few and far between. Err on the side of caution and keep doing it over and over again until you hear those things that your sane rational mind just cannot explain away. Those are the wows! And they are the reason I believe.

Now here are some others you can buy.

P-SB7-FM
ITC Research Device
Designed by Gary Galka of DAS, with Spiritual guidance and influence from Chris Fleming, the Model P-SB7 is the first production built Spirit Box designed exclusively for Paranormal enthusiasts. The P-SB7 made its premier debut on Ghost Adventures “LIVE” show from the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum on October 30, 2009 where the P-SB7 was used by Chris, a Sensitive, Paranormal Investigator and expert in the Paranormal field. From the moment it was turned ON, The P-SB7 provided “real time” responses to his questions over a 40 minute segment of the show. When used by a properly trained individual, under certain circumstances, the P-SB7 will provide results similar that of an EVP recorder, but in real time. Since then, it has become very popular and can be seen frequently on Ghost Adventures where Zak continues to receive consistent relevant responses to specific questions.
The P-SB7 utilizes a milli-second adjustable Forward or Reverse frequency “sweep” technique coupled with a proprietary high frequency synthetic noise or “white noise” distributed between frequency steps. The New 2011 model now offers an enhanced FM frequency sweep which includes an additional 119 new frequencies from 76MHz to 87.9MHz. No other Hack Box or Modified radio currently offers this. A seven step adjustable sweep rate provides user flexibility based on individual technique and session circumstances. There are two discreet audio outputs; (1) 15mW Earphone, and (1) 250mW Speaker. A bright EL back light display with manual ON/OFF select is ideal for viewing in the dark. The P-SB7 uses three “AAA” batteries. The P-SB7 is intended to be used by professional investigators to help promote the field of Paranormal ITC Research.

The P-SB11
Spirit Box is the latest Spirit Box device created by DAS. Results from paranormal enthusiasts, including its premier debut on a recent episode of Ghost Adventures proved to be encouraging. The P-SB11 features user selectable single and dual AM/FM Sweep capabilities, Adjustable Sweep Rates, Forward / Reverse Sweep, Dual Audio Outputs, Selectable AM/FM Antenna Attenuation, Built in high intensity Red LED Flashlight, Audio Mute while Sweeping, Adjustable volume, Visual & Audible Hot & Cold Spot Detection with selectable Sound. Future models of the P-SB11 can be further enhanced using DAS proprietary expansion modules for Natural Field Detection, SDD Shadow Detection, Vibration and other DAS modules.
Single or Dual Simultaneous Sweep AM/FM Select ability Adjustable Sweep Speeds – 50msec through 350msec in 50msec increments. Forward and Reverse Sweep Directions Adjustable Antenna Signal Attenuation Ambient Temperature Deviation Detection (ATDD) Hot & Cold Spot Detection with Red / Blue LED Array High Intensity RED LED Flashlight Dual Simultaneous Audio Outputs Expandability & Upgrade Compatibility

RT-EVP
Operates as a Standard EVP Voice Recorder ( Real Time OFF ) Operates as a Standard EVP Voice Recorder with Simultaneous Real Time Audio File Extraction (Playback is 1sec to 60sec) Operates as an EVP Recorder with White Noise added. Enhanced Adjustable MIC Sensitivity Numerical 4-digit (0000) EVP Counter Interface Allows for more advanced question and response sessions. The Numerical Counter Interface with adjustable sensitivity, increments when a response is received, Tags, Dates Time Stamps the EVP Location on the recorded file, and can separate a Class “A” EVP from other weaker responses. Auto ON / OFF Data Logging feature allows the RT-EVP’s Counter Interface to be turned on/off to gather data automatically. This allows the user to place the RT-EVP anywhere and then retrieve it later. If any disturbances are detected during the recording time, they will logged and appear as tagged “counts” in the file. These Tags which identify the exact location of the disturbance, are provided to eliminate unnecessary file review time.
New Custom made 15Hz Sound Isolating ear buds from Koss provides a separate volume control on the real time Playback. This will allow the user to adjust the playback volume control to eliminate any feedback at high MIC sensitivities. Amplify Ambient Sounds up to 81.5dB with the Recorder ON or OFF to hear very low level voices and sounds. Operates in FM Frequency Sweep Mode with Multi Step Speed Adjustment from 50mS to 110mS Operates in FM Frequency Sweep & EVP Combination (Hybrid Mode) with Simultaneous Playback Frequency Sweep Forward or Reverse Intelli-Q, Real Time Data Analysis, permits Audio and Sweep Frequency sounds to be repeated without Interfering with your Recording Session.

Oct 01

Pendulums and dowsing rods.

Aurthur Mclelland

Aurthur Mclelland

Alt Asst Director / Chair: Tech at Cheyenne Mountain Paranormal Investigations
I have always been questioning the paranormal since I was a kid. Having lived all across America and in several countries overseas, I have heard story after story of this place or that place being haunted, and my curiosity always got the better of me. Always looking and seeing things I could not explain, my eye opener was when I was twenty and seeing a full body apparition standing in front of me made me more curious of what actually happens to us when we pass on. I aim to find the truth of what is out there. When I am not finding the truth I am usually taking care of officer business or fencing in the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.). Aurthur is also President (for business only) Chase Manger, director of Cheyenne Mountain Paranormal Investigations, co-owner of Front Range Ghost Shop and also severs 16 years army and has been Medical Retired. Having been station in places like Iraq, Korea, Fort Hood TX, Aberdeen Maryland, Fort Irwin CA and Fort Riley KS just to name a few this hole time caring what ever equipment he could care doing investigation on his time off in all thous places trying to learn what he could and how to be a better investigator. always learning on how to do thing better.
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2879342_f260Perhaps, dowsing is best known for locating water (dowsing for water), gold, oil, and other minerals, but dowsers have also used pendulum dowsing to find missing keys, eyeglasses, jewelry, and literally anything they put their minds to.

Pendulum dowsing has also been called “divining” for its ability to provide information and predict the future. The term “pendulum dowsing” is often used to refer to the search for specific targets, while the term “pendulum divining” is most often used in reference to seeking precise information.
The Diamond Pendulum can be used in the dowsing and divining quest for objects or information of any kind. It can be used to answer all yes/no questions, and people often call it “The Truth Teller” because of its extraordinary accuracy.

The American Academy of Science, The Academy of Sciences of Paris, The Canadian Ministry of Agriculture, The British Academy of Science, The British Army, The Smithsonian Institution, The U.S. Marines, The former Soviet Union, The Government of the Netherlands, The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and many private and public utilities workers throughout the world.Historically, dowsing has been known for its ability to locate water, gold, oil and other minerals, but it has also been used in many instances involving issues of life and death. In France, physicians have used the pendulum to assist them in making diagnoses; the use of the pendulum is officially considered to be a science known throughout Europe as Radiesthesia or in French “Radiesthesie”. Many people have used the pendulum to detect allergies and other ailments, and even to accurately determine the gender and birth date of unborn babies (baby gender prediction).

[pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”left|center|right” width=”30%”]Throughout history, people have turned to the pendulum to guide them when their lives were at stake.[/pullquote] In dire circumstances during the Vietnam War, some U.S. marines were taught to use a pendulum to locate underground mines and tunnels.
History presents many accounts of the successes of dowsing, including those from officious sources. Britain’s Weekly Telegraph of July 20th, 1994 reported the following obituary: “Colonel Kenneth Merrylees, the water-diviner who has died aged 97, worked during the Second World War as a bomb-disposal expert, when he used his dowsing skills to find bombs with delayed-action fuses which had penetrated deep into the ground.”

The pendulum has also had its share of controversy throughout history. During the Cold War in the 1960’s, American pendulist Verne Cameron was invited by the government of South Africa to use his pendulum to help them locate their country’s precious natural resources, but he was denied a passport by the U.S. government. A few years earlier, he had demonstrated his special dowsing talent to the U.S. Navy, successfully map dowsing (locating on a map) every submarine in the Navy’s fleet. He shocked Navy officials by not only locating every American submarine, but also every Russian submarine in the world. Afterwards, the CIA determined that Cameron was a risk to national security, and he was forbidden to leave the United States.
Just as radios pick up information from unseen radio waves, the pendulum is a powerful antenna that receives information from the vibrations and energy waves emitted by people, places, thoughts and things.

Noted physicist, Albert Einstein, was known to perform impressive feats with such dowsing tools. He believed that it had to do with electromagnetism: just as birds migrate following the earth’s magnetic field, dowsers react to energies that are unseen and still not fully understood.

Some people say that the pendulum creates a bridge between the logical and intuitive parts of the mind. Some say that the pendulum connects them with a higher power and call it “divining” as the information is believed to come from a divine source. Research by many scientists indicates that the pendulum responds to electromagnetic energy that radiates from everything on Earth.
No one knows for sure how the pendulum works, but the important thing is that it does work! As Thomas Edison is said to have replied when asked about electricity: “I don’t know what it is, but it’s there, let’s use it.”

page52Other famous dowsing advocates in history include Leonardo De Vinci (inventor), Robert Boyle (father of modern chemistry), Charles Richet (nobel prize winner), and General Patton (U.S. Army).
Another way of looking at it is realizing that a TV antenna can pick up invisible rays and translate them into pictures, so perhaps the inherent electrical current of the brain can also act as a receiver for which the pendulum serves as a transmitter.

But regardless, even if you do not understand how the pendulum works, just as most people don’t know the inner workings of a television or telephone, you can still benefit from its use. You do not have to be psychic to use a pendulum; there is nothing magical or mystical despite the fact that friends and family are always amazed at its uncanny accuracy.
How you believe it works may be secondary to the fact that it actually does work – and you can experience it for yourself. There are unlimited uses for pendulums and many dowsing techniques and applications.

People use pendulum dowsing to:
LOCATE — water, gold, oil and other minerals; lost objects; missing persons or pets; schools of fish; vacation spots; underground pipes and leaks; faulty equipment and sources of malfunctions; problems in the body, causes or solutions, etc.
Today dowsers also use the pendulum to:
TEST FOR — allergies; the quality and freshness of food and water; chemicals, pesticides or bacteria in food, etc.
Pendulum dowsing is used often to:
DETERMINE — compatibility between people, places and things; health of plants and animals; counterfeit or authentic items; honesty or fairness, etc.
Use pendulums to:
CHOOSE — investments and stocks; careers; relationships; dates; timing; healthful foods, etc.
The Diamond Pendulum can help you find out about houses, apartments, roommates, employees, used cars, or anything you have in mind. Dowsing techniques include having a list of questions, such as safety, compatibility, price, etc., or holding your pendulum over pictures of your options to help you choose the best one.
Thank you for the information!
Reference:
http://www.pendulums.com/comparison.htm

Aug 08

Mel Meters – A comparison

Aurthur Mclelland

Aurthur Mclelland

Alt Asst Director / Chair: Tech at Cheyenne Mountain Paranormal Investigations
I have always been questioning the paranormal since I was a kid. Having lived all across America and in several countries overseas, I have heard story after story of this place or that place being haunted, and my curiosity always got the better of me. Always looking and seeing things I could not explain, my eye opener was when I was twenty and seeing a full body apparition standing in front of me made me more curious of what actually happens to us when we pass on. I aim to find the truth of what is out there. When I am not finding the truth I am usually taking care of officer business or fencing in the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.). Aurthur is also President (for business only) Chase Manger, director of Cheyenne Mountain Paranormal Investigations, co-owner of Front Range Ghost Shop and also severs 16 years army and has been Medical Retired. Having been station in places like Iraq, Korea, Fort Hood TX, Aberdeen Maryland, Fort Irwin CA and Fort Riley KS just to name a few this hole time caring what ever equipment he could care doing investigation on his time off in all thous places trying to learn what he could and how to be a better investigator. always learning on how to do thing better.
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Mel-8704R-KII-SDDThe ‘Mel Meter is a dual purpose combination unit that measures both EMF (Electromagnetic Field) and Temperature simultaneously. The Mel Meter was designed and developed by Gary Galka of DAS Distribution Inc. Gary lost his oldest of three daughters, Melissa. After Melissa’s passing, some incredible things started to happen to Gary and his family. Melissa began to make her presence known through numerous ADC’s (after death communications) to Gary and his family. Gary designed the Mel Meter as a way to communicate with his daughter whom Gary says helped with the healing process.

The device is named after his daughter ‘Mel’ and the model number is her year of birth 87 and her year of passing 04 – “Mel-8704”. For a long time there have been theories that spirits can manipulate the energy fields that surround us. These theories go on to say that energy is heat so when it’s transferred from one location to another it leaves behind a cold spot.

The Mel Meter Model 8704 is an intelligent microprocessor based instrument specifically designed for Paranormal Investigators & Enthusiasts. The Mel Meter incorporates various different features that are combined into a durable unit designed to be operated with only one hand. First and foremost the Mel Meter is the only instrument on the market to be able to record EMF and Temperature simultaneously. There are many theories that surround the use of EMF meters and Thermometers one such theory being that with EMF (Electromagnetic Field) fluctuations come what are referred to as ‘Cold Spots’ these colds spots are a result of heat (energy) being transferred from one location to another again theories dictate that this destination of energy transference is the point of manifestation, again just theory. In addition to this the unit features a large backlit display with numbers large enough to be viewed from several feet away again as an investigator myself this means no more fumbling for a flashlight to read the display. It will measure both mG and UT as well as both °F and °C along with the Minimum and Maximum measurements of both EMF and Temperature. The Thermometer uses what is called a Type K (chromel–alumel) general purpose thermocouple.

The thermocouple consists of two dissimilar metals joined together at one end. When the junction of the two metals is heated or cooled a voltage is produced that is linearized in the Mel’s micro-processor. It can then be correlated back to the temperature. They use a custom welded “bead” exposed type K thermocouple which is mass produced just for the Mel. To ensure temperature accuracy, the voltage generated between the thermocouple plug and the Mel’s circuit board is measured and the appropriate correction is applied. This is known as cold junction compensation. It is a great general purpose and very accurate technique for measuring temperature. Any industry standard type “K” thermocouple probe with mini plug can be substituted and plugged into the Mel.

The EMF feature can operate in a standard or “burst” high speed mode, and will measure extreme low frequency (ELF)as low as 30Hz this is 20Hz lower than the KII Meter which measures only as low as 50Hz. 50Hz is not considered to be part of the ELF range. The theory again being that an entity may be present in the ELF range of the EMF spectrum which commonly registers between 2.0 and 7.0 mG in strength. Most teams use EMF meters to debunk claims of activity claiming that long exposure to high EMF (Electromagnetic Field) can cause paranoia nausea even effect moods but I think it’s important to know that this may not be the ONLY use EMF meters remember that the field of Paranormal Investigation is fraught with theory after theory and until there can be 100% dismiss a theory it remains as much part of the investigation as any other. As long as there is something to the theory we should research and develop tools to test them. Other important observations worth mentioning is that the Mel meter circuit design combined with careful shielding and grounding techniques, is not susceptible to false positives created by Cell phones, Text messages, Walkie Talkies, and other RF transmitting interference devices.

The display is a large display with large easy to read numbers. In fact, the actual EMF number size is 0.60″ and 0.25” for the Ambient Temperature both displayed on the same 2” X 1” screen. The Backlight can be turned on or off manually and is bright enough to illuminate an object approx 8ft away it also aides the user in navigating stairs and such in total darkness.

Another neat feature with the unit is that it has a fold out stand and tripod mount in the back of the device this allows you to place the Mel Meter on a table and prop it up. This is good for recording a session with a camcorder.

Something particularly frustrating with these kinds of devices is battery drain with all that they do you find that half way through an investigation you need to replace your batteries. However, this is not the case with the Mel meter. In fact the Mel Meter will operate for 40 hours continuously without the backlight display and about 15 hours or so with the backlight on continuously. If you have the Mel-8704-ProNavigator with the flashlight, you’ll get 5 hours of constant flashlight and backlight display operation.

Mel-8704R AC/DC EMF, Temperature, & Flashlight in One Handheld instrument

This is the “Basic” Mel Meter that was introduced in 2008. This instrument includes all of the essentials features used by Professional Paranormal investigators. However, it does not include an expansion slot. The expansion slot is a cost saving feature that allows the device to be upgraded by DAS with new features at any point in time. If you think that you may outgrow the basic Mel Meter, select the Mel-8704R-ProNav Model that has the expansion slot built into it. Mel-8704R Basic Model Measures EMF, &ambient Temperature EMF “Burst” (100msec) mode feature for rapid EMF fluctuation EMF Min/Max capture Rapid response ambient temperature

measurement Temperature min/max capture Red night view Backlight Display with On/Off Button High intensity Red Flashlight

Mel-8704R-ProNavigator AC/DC EMF, Temperature, Flashlight, & Glow Buttons

This is the “Basic” Mel Pro-Navigator Meter that was introduced in 2008. This instrument includes all of the essential features used by Professional Paranormal investigators. However, it does include an expansion slot. The expansion slot is a cost saving feature that allows the device to be upgraded by DAS with new features at any point in time. If you think that you may outgrow the basic Mel Meter, select the Mel-8704R-ProNav Model that has the expansion slot built into it. Measures EMF, & ambient Temperature EMF “Burst” (100msec) mode feature for rapid EMF fluctuation EMF Min/Max capture Rapid response ambient temperature measurement Temperature min/max capture Red night view Backlight Display with On/Off Button High intensity Red Flashlight Expansion Slot

Mel-8704R-Vibe ProNavigator AC/DC EMF, Temperature, Glow Buttons, Flashlight & Vibration Detection!

In addition to detecting AC/DC EMF & Ambient Temperature changes in the environment, the Vibe feature can detect subtle 1Hz-10Hz vibrations. Mel-8704R-Vibe Measures EMF, ambient Temperature, and detects vibration using a piezo accelerometer EMF “Burst” (100msec) mode feature for rapid EMF fluctuation EMF Min/Max capture Rapid response ambient temperature measurement Temperature min/max capture Red night view Backlight Display with On/Off Button High intensity Red Flashlight Glow in The Dark Push Buttons – Must be charged under a bright light for 5 minutes prior to use Vibration detection will produce an audible tone and LED indication

Mel-8704R-ATDD AC/DC EMF, Temperature, ATDD Hot & Cold Spot Alarm, Flashlight, Glow Buttons

In addition to detecting AC/DC EMF & Ambient Temperature changes in the environment. This device also includes our popular ATDD Hot and Cold Spot detection Audible Alarm circuit. This new feature is intended to further help promote and advance paranormal research. Mel-8704R-ATDD Measures EMF, ambient Temperature and detects +5/-5 degree hot & cold spot temperature variations EMF “Burst” (100msec) mode feature for rapid EMF fluctuation EMF Min/Max capture Rapid response ambient temperature measurement Temperature min/max capture +/- 5 degree hot and cold spot detection with Red (Hot) & Blue (Cold) LED indicators with ascending/descending tones. Includes manual baseline correction and auto mute. Red night view Backlight Display with On/Off Button High intensity Red Flashlight Glow in The Dark Push Buttons – Must be charged under a bright light for 5 minutes prior to use

Mel-8704R-KII Hybrid Digital AC/DC EMF, Temperature, Red Flashlight, Red Backlight & Integrated KII in One!

Mel-8704R-KII Combination Paranormal Instrument Measures EMF, ambient Temperature, and has a built in KII meter EMF “Burst” (100msec) mode feature for rapid EMF fluctuation

EMF Min/Max capture Rapid response ambient temperature measurement Temperature min/max capture Red night view Backlight Display with On/Off Button High intensity Red Flashlight Glow in The Dark Push Buttons – Must be charged under a bright light for 5 minutes prior to use KII will produce an audible sound and LED indication

Mel-8704R-SDD AC/DC EMF, Temperature, SDD Shadow Detection, GID Buttons & Flashlight

Includes Our NEW SDD with Light Contrast Detection & Analysis Capability Mel-8704R-SDD Measures EMF, ambient Temperature, and detects subtle light variations within the environment using our popular SDD shadow detection feature which measures subtle light contrast variations. EMF “Burst” (100msec) mode feature for rapid EMF fluctuation

EMF Min/Max capture Rapid response ambient temperature measurement Temperature min/max capture Red night view Backlight Display with On/Off Button High intensity Red Flashlight Glow in The Dark Push Buttons – Must be charged under a bright light for 5 minutes prior to use

The Mel-8704R-SDD works with: * RED & GREEN LEDs * A RED or GREEN Laser Grid * A RED or GREEN Laser Pointer * LED Flashlight * The Mel Meter Flashlight can also be used with a Retro-reflector and as a diffuse reflective sensor. This feature enables detection of reflective or solid objects that pass in front of the Mel Meter. Or, turn the Mel flashlight OFF to detect self-illuminating or glowing objects in the field of view. You can use the light from a RED exit sign, street light coming through a window, or any other indirect “stable” incandescent light. ELF Range down to 30Hz ! Night Vision Safe, High Intensity Red Flashlight & Red Backlight Custom Dual Display Correlates EMF & Temperature Cold Spots Simultaneously! Custom Glow-In-The-Dark Push Buttons. A 30 sec. Charge from Your Flashlight Lasts 3 Hours! EMF “Burst” Mode Feature is Ideal for Sweeping a room & Tracking Dynamic EMF movement Measurement Ranges: 20, 200, 2000 uTesla 200, 2000, 20,000 mGauss Super Bright Custom Red “Night view” Display with On/Off Button Fast Response Type “K” Thermocouple Temperature Sensor Record Feature Captures Min & Max Values

Mel-8704R-PSA (21487-750) AC/DC EMF, Temperature, Flashlights, Glow Buttons & Programmable Sound Amplifier

The Mel-8704R-PSA is a very sensitive device that uses a microphone as a detection sensor / transducer. It is designed specifically to detect very subtle sound wave vibrations within the environment. In addition, an audio output with adjustable gain is provided which allows the user to hear sounds at an amplified level. This is perfect for hearing impaired individuals.

There are 5 individual sensitivity steps that you can use. Each time you press the range button, an LED on top will blink indicating the sensitivity setting selected.

Level 1 = RED is the default (least sensitive)

Level 2 = PURPLE, RED

Level 3 = BLUE, PURPLE, RED

Level 4 = YELLOW, BLUE, PURPLE, RED

Level 5 = GREEN, YELLOW, BLUE, PURPLE, RED (most sensitive)

The Mel-8704R-PSA has 3 modes of operation in the PSA function. The first mode is the “real time mode” which illuminates ALL of the LED’s in a linear, sequential format from right to left with NO Sound. The Mel-8704R-PSA is monitoring ALL sounds within the environment and the LED displays every sound wave as it occurs. The second mode is what is referred to as the “Simon mode”. With this mode, individual LED lights will come on depending on the sound wave strength. That is to say, it will jump directly to the color that represents the “peak” sound pressure level received. It will announce the strength level using a specific colored LED & tone, and then return to the zero (or baseline) point. The third mode of operation is similar to the “Simon mode”, but the individual alarm tones are deactivated. In certain environments, the sound from our piezo alarm may “bounce” off of hard surfaces in the environment so this silent mode prevents this from happening.

Mel-8704R-REM-ATDD / (21487-500) AC/DC EMF, Temperature, Radiating EMF Antenna, Hot & Cold Spot Alarm. Flashlight, Glow Buttons

In addition to detecting AC/DC EMF & Ambient Temperature changes in the environment, this new feature also uses a mini telescopic antenna to radiate its own independent Magnetic Field around the instrument. This EM field can be easily influenced by materials and objects that conduct electricity. Based on source proximity, strength and EM field distortion…(4) Multi-Colored LED lights can be activated in any order or combination. This device also includes our popular ATDD Hot and Cold Spot detection Audible Alarm circuit. This new feature is intended to further help promote and advance paranormal research. Mel-8704R-REM-ATDD Measures EMF, ambient Temperature, +5/-5 degree hot & cold spot temperature variations and Radiates an independent EM field simultaneously.

EMF “Burst” (100msec) mode feature for rapid EMF fluctuation EMF Min/Max capture Rapid response ambient temperature measurement Temperature min/max capture +/- 5 degree hot and cold spot detection with LED indicator and ascending/descending tones. Includes manual baseline correction and auto mute. Red night view Backlight Display with On/Off Button High intensity Red Flashlight Glow in The Dark Push Buttons – Must be charged under a bright light for 5 minutes prior to use

Mel-8704R-GF AC/DC EMF, Temperature, Sensitive 3-Axis Vibration Detection, Flashlight, Glow Buttons

The Mel-8704R-GF includes all of the standard Mel features plus there is a very sensitive 3-Axis Vibration detection circuit built in. Six LEDs are used for Vibration display: (2) Red for X-Axis, (2) Green for Y-Axis and (2) Blue for Z-Axis. In addition, there is audio on/off select for sound. Each individual Axis produces a unique tone that allows the user to easily determine the direction of Vibration influence on the Instrument. Mel Meter 8704R-GF with 3-Axis Vibration Detection is Designed Exclusively for Paranormal Investigators ELF Range down to 30Hz! Night Vision Safe, High Intensity Red Flashlight & Red Backlight Custom Dual Display

Correlates EMF & Temperature Cold Spots Simultaneously! Custom Glow-In-The-Dark Push Buttons. A 30 sec. Charge from Your Flashlight Lasts 3 Hours! EMF “Burst” Mode Feature is Ideal for Sweeping a room & Tracking Dynamic EMF movement

Measurement Ranges: 20, 200, 2000 uTesla 200, 2000, 20,000 mGauss Super Bright Custom Red “Night view” Display with On/Off Button Fast Response Type “K” Thermocouple Temperature Sensor Record Feature Captures Min & Max Values 3-Axis Vibration Detection with Visual Multicolor LEDs and selectable sound. Each Axis has a unique tone.

Mel-8704R-KII-SDD – AC/DC EMF (Mel & KII), Temperature, with SDD Shadow Detection in one Instrument!

6 in 1 Multipurpose Paranormal Meter Measures EMF (1), Ambient Temperature (2), +5/-5 degree Hot & Cold spot temperature variations (3), Radiates an independent EM field around a mini telescopic antenna (4), has Shadow Detection (5) and a high intensity Red Flashlight (6). In addition to detecting AC/DC EMF & Ambient Temperature changes in the environment, this Mel Meter also uses a mini telescopic antenna to radiate its own independent Magnetic Field around the instrument. This EM field can be easily influenced by materials and objects that conduct electricity. Based on source proximity, strength and EM field distortion…(4) Multi-Colored LED lights can be activated in any order or combination. This device also includes our popular ATDD Hot and Cold Spot detection Audible Alarm circuit AND Shadow Detection. This 6 in 1 Instrument is packed with all the essential features to help promote and advance paranormal research. Note, this device uses our basic REM not our programmable REM-EMT feature Mel-8704R-REM-ATDD-SDD Measures EMF (1), Ambient Temperature (2), +5/-5 degree Hot & Cold spot temperature variations (3), Radiates an independent EM field around a mini telescopic antenna (4), has Shadow Detection (5) and a high intensity Red Flashlight (6).

EMF “Burst” (100msec) mode feature for rapid EMF fluctuation EMF Min/Max capture Rapid response ambient temperature measurement Temperature min/max capture +/- 5 degree hot and cold spot detection with LED indicator and ascending/descending tones. Includes manual baseline correction and auto mute. Red Night view Backlight Display with On/Off Button High intensity Red Flashlight Glow in The Dark Push Buttons – Must be charged under a bright light for 5 minutes prior to use

The SDD Shadow Detection Works With:

* RED & GREEN LEDs * A RED or GREEN Laser Grid * A RED or GREEN Laser Pointer * LED Flashlight * The Mel Meter Flashlight can also be used as a diffuse reflective sensor up to 5′ away. This feature enables detection of reflective or solid objects that pass in front of the Mel Meter. Or, turn the Mel flashlight OFF to detect self-illuminating or glowing objects in the field of view. * You can use the light from a RED exit sign, street light coming through a window, or any other indirect “stable” incandescent light. SDD Directions: 1. Turn on the Mel-SDD circuit located behind the Mel Meter Tilt stand. The SDD circuit will beep twice and then default to the least sensitive detection range, sensitivity level #1. There are a total of 5 sensitivity levels. 2. On the side of the Mel Meter is a momentary push button labeled “SDD Sensitivity”. Press this Button twice. You will hear a Beep each time the button is pressed. Pressing it twice will increment the SDD to sensitivity level #3 based on the initial Power Up default starting at level #1. 3. Position the Mel Meter on a tripod or flat surface so that the light intensity sensor located above the Mel flashlight is aimed in the general direction of the RED LED illuminator. The RED LED illumination source can be located up to 75′ away. It is not imperative to have the illumination source perfectly aligned with the light intensity sensor because the SDD has an automatic 5 sec. light calibration feature. 4. Test the detection sensitivity by slowly moving the RED LED illumination beam to the left or right side of the SDD detector so that only minimal light is received. The SDD will produce a four step descending tone pattern. Then, move the illumination so that the SDD receives more light and you will hear an ascending tone pattern. Important Note: The SDD performs a diagnostic test and recalibration every 5 seconds. So, if the processor diagnostic & calibration routine falls within the time of your test, it could momentarily reverse the tone pitch. This will be automatically corrected during the next 5 sec. cycle. 5. Once you get a good feel for the way it operates, you can try different techniques. To use the Mel-SDD as a diffuse reflective sensor, adjust the sensitivity to Level # 4-5. Then turn on the Mel Meter RED flashlight. Allow the detection circuit to stabilize with nothing in front of the Mel Meter. Now move your hand in front of the Mel Meter through the flashlight beam. The SDD will detect your hand up to a 4′ distance. Be sure that you are in complete darkness when you do this. To detect a self-illuminating source, turn the Mel flashlight OFF. Strike a match, use a lighter or turn on a flashlight within the Mel-SDD field of view. As always, adjust the sensitivity for best performance based on type of light source, proximity or separation distance and individual application circumstances. If you lose track of which sensitivity setting you have,

simply turn the SDD OFF then ON to reset back to sensitivity level #1 Also be aware that stray light from windows, cars, moonlight, flashlights etc. can all influence the SDD. ATDD +/-5 Degree Hot & Cold Spot Detection

The ATDD is designed specifically to monitor and detect a +5 deg. / -5 deg. ambient temperature (deviation) change that occurs within an environment. When a temperature shift does occur, the device will react quickly and produce a unique, one octave “step” tone for each individual degree change. Incremental “+” changes have a higher pitch while descending “-” temperature drops have a lower pitch. This allows a paranormal investigator to “hear” and validate any temperature change around the device from up to 50′ away (line of sight).

This device can also help investigators become more efficient and thorough by helping to monitor remote unattended areas throughout a house or building during an investigation and help direct attention to an area that may have paranormal activity. In addition, the ATDD device utilizes RED LEDs for a “+” temperature change and BLUE LEDs for a “-” change.

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