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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

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 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/

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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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

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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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.

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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Rem E-Pod

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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.

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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MP3 audio and how settings affect your audio recordings

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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

 

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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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

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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Spirit Box

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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.

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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Pendulums and dowsing rods.

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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

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 Meters – A comparison

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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.

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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