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Jan 31

DVR Systems

Aurthur Mclelland

Aurthur Mclelland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jan 31

Laser Grids More than just cool-looking Technology?

Lillee Allee

Lillee Allee

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

By Lillee Allee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sources

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

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

Jan 31

What is a Full Spectrum Camera?

Sara Fawley

Sara Fawley

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

By: Sara Fawley

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are there any disadvantages to a Full Spectrum Camera?

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

So do Full Spectrum Cameras capture images of spirits?

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

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

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

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

Mar 06

The Mel Meter

Todd Wayne Knipple

Todd Wayne Knipple

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://professionalmeasurement.com/

Dec 04

Important tools

Aurthur Mclelland

Aurthur Mclelland

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

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Nov 23

Pensacola Paranormal Investigations

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Dec 28

What is scientific method

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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sci·en·tif·ic meth·od (noun)

a method of procedure that has characterized natural science since the 17th century, consisting in systematic observation, measurement, and experiment, and the formulation, testing, and modification of hypotheses.

This is what we all learned in any science class. The steep we need to take when try to prove anything.

  • Ask a Question
  • Do Background Research
  • Construct a Hypothesis
  • Test Your Hypothesis by Doing an Experiment
  • Analyze Your Data and Draw a Conclusion
  • Communicate Your Results

So let go over thesis one at a time. Ask a question, for most of us that question is ask it why we do what we do to explain what we saw or what happen to us. Even is there answers out there. So we all move on to the second one do background research. Will their lies the biggest problem all we have for background is ghost hunting T.V. shows with people calming to be experts but even they don’t follow the first rule of science which is fallowing the basic this list. Three construct a hypothesis and that is what we all are doing is what I caught real or do I need to learn more. We all need to learn more even me but the simple hypothesis is what we are hunting casino online is real. Know come the hard one testing your hypothesis. We all have some or part of the equipment need the biggest item is pen and paper writhing down everything I will threw out the week let you know about more but that the biggest. Now analyze your data and draw a conclusion. The best way for this is build excel fillies that can help correlate data I will try to show how to do this threw out the week? Then communicate your results this is the hardest for a lot of us basically sharing everything and I mean everything from evidence to locations. It nice if you got a place to hunt but if we are not sharing then no one will ever take us as seriously about anything. The best way to put it if you found the cure for cancer would you keep it to yourself if so then it not a cure.

Dec 08

Day 3: Alien Technology

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We’ve all probably watched those sci-fi movies were little green men or some other alien race uses laser or some other type of technological marvel against us or showed off how technologically superior they were to us. the truth is no one completely know how advanced they are. what is know is that aliens have technology that is very advanced and hard if not impossible to understand how it works.the most well know piece of alien tech is the UFO or Unidentified Flying Object, from what is know it serves as a combination of means of transport and acts like a mobile science lab. they have appeared in a multitude of different shapes from orbs, disks to eggs, and triangles to arrowheads. from reports they are usually accompanied by bright lights and make little to no noise. some reports even say that they posses a means of pulling objects and people up to it. despite the many witness accounts over the decades, most government and military employees are tasked with denying the sightings or explaining such things as ‘swamp gas’ or ‘weather balloons’.

Day 3 Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unidentified_flying_object
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Identified_flying_object

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