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This is the different
types of equipment I use on my investigations. I don't use
everything listed on every investigation, conditions dictate what I
can use without worrying about contamination. For example, a
laser grid will not be effective outdoors during the day. A digital
camera will be worthless during conditions of rain or drizzle as water
droplets near the camera will show up as orbs.
This device is used
to measure EMF or "Electro Magnetic Fields" which spirits are said
to give off. EMF can be found in most electrical devices such as
Power Breaker boxes, computer monitors, microwaves,
TV, radio, etc.
High EMF from
electrical devices or bad wiring supposedly can cause side effects in
some people that are sensitive that include giving you that creepy
feeling of being watched, paranoia, etc. Some houses
that are thought to be haunted turned out to be due to high EMF that the
occupants were sensitive to.
This common device
is used to record sound. Except with a digital recorder there is
no moving parts inside, unlike a tape recorder, in which internal noise
can be made by moving parts. This can add sounds that might be
considered paranormal but are not.
sometimes pick up EVP, sounds or voices made that in most cases
cannot be heard by the human ear, but somehow are able to be captured on
This one has USB
capability, which allows instant uploading of sound files to the
computer for analysis. A recorder without USB cannot do this
and in order to upload, you would need cables to hook it up to your
sound card. Then you would have to upload the entire recording in
real time, so if you had a 2 hours session, it would take you 2 hours to
This device is used
to measure temperature readings at a short distance in front of the
user. By holding the button down, you can scan the current
temperature and see any fluctuations as they happen.
This tool is useful
as spirits are said to create cold spots as they try to manifest
themselves or draw energy from the nearby area. Noticeable
when you have a warm temperature and then all of a sudden the air is ice
cold with no drafts or air conditioning causing the effect.
model has an automatic off feature, 15 seconds after you release the
button. This is a palm sized object and a battery life of 25-30
piece has been retired as my Mel Meters have instant temperature
These are used to
mount digital cameras on. The arms can be twisted in order to
secure them to just about any object for a steady picture. Perfect
to eliminate any shaking effects if your camera does not have a
Plus it comes in
handy when you want to photograph yourself with the camera timer,
instead of holding the camera out with one hand and snapping a point
Camcorder with Night Vision
This video camera
is an oldie but a goodie! It comes with a Night Vision feature so
you can record in the dark, using the same technology as night vision
goggles! Though the range is limited, it works great and I
will be able to increase the night viewing distance once I get an IR
light to use with it.
The drawback is
that this is an old "8 Tape" camera and does not use flash memory cards.
Which means you need the proper hardware to upload to your computer.
Also means you have to be careful not to tape over good evidence you
might have captured. I know, I wiped out a great EVP caught
on the camera by taping over it! DUH!
piece has been retired)
DCR-SR42 with Night Vision
This is a newer
upgrade, though out of production. This is the Sony DCR - SR42
camcorder with a 30GB hard drive for recording. A vast improvement
over having to find and buy tapes to use. Plus there is the
advantage of being able to load the movie footage (MPEG2) to the PC
through a docking port and USB. Small, lightweight, easy to
The drawback is if
you get the camera without the docking port, you cannot load up
the files to your PC through the USB. Night Vision on this
camcorder is not as good as the old 8MM camcorder, but can be
compensated for with a good IR light source.
I also have 2 Sony
DCR-HDR5 camcorders with Night Vision. The difference with these
recorders is that they can record in HD for a much cleaner, crisper
Ghost Box or "Shack Hack"
This is a Radio
Shack AM/FM radio with a built in scan feature so you can scan between
the stations until it finds a clear signal. Why its called the
Shack-Hack is because on Youtube, there are videos that show you how to
hack the radio and disable the scan feature so that it will not stop on
a clear station. It will continuously scan the stations,
regardless of clarity. The theory behind the Ghost Box
is that as it scans like 2-3 frequencies every second, the spirits
are able to pick up snippets of sound and use that to communicate whole
words and even sentences with.
piece has been semi-retired as I prefer the P-SB7 Spirit Box, but
will use the Shack Hack on occasion.)
P-SB7 "Spirit Box"
This is an advanced
"ghost box" that has many advantages over the Shack Hack. One is
that the box scan sweep can be set by milliseconds, so you can have a
slow or fast sweep. You can set the sweep to go forward or in
reverse. Extra white noise is produced during the sweep.
This model in the FM mode allows you to scan an additional 119
frequencies that have no radio stations whatsoever.
This device is
controversial due to the fact that radio stations are swept through and
some believe that words that are picked up are nothing more than
matrixing or radio bleed through. However, I have
picked up full words and sentences as direct answers to my questions in
the same voice. This should not be possible when you can sweep
through a dozen frequencies in a second.
Vivitar Night Vision Video Camera
This is a ultra
cheap, hand sized video camera that has night vision capability. I
took this into my garage, turned off the lights so it was pitch black,
but I could see everything in the garage. The camera also allows
you to take still pictures using the Night vision technology.
It only cost me
$35, so I felt it was worth giving it a shot to see how it works
on future night investigations. If it does, this will allow me to
cover more hot spot areas at once! Comes with 2 GB memory and you
can add up to a 8GB SD card, runs on 4 AAA batteries. Of course I
got rechargeable ones!
piece has been retired as I have a full spectrum digital camera now.)
Laser Light Grid
This item is unique in that it
does not shoot out a focused beam of laser light as most laser pointers
do. This one makes an adjustable star field, almost like a
laser kaleidoscope. This has been used in Ghost Hunting
shows to create a grid in hallways and rooms. If a manifested
spirit, shadow figure or an orb tries to pass through the laser
grid (while being monitored with a video camera), the laser
points on the wall should end up getting distorted or blackened out.
This item can be used at night to project off the side of a mausoleum or
large tombstone and see if anything tries to pass through it.
Polaroid Infrared Light
This is a nice sized Infrared light
source to give me the ability to videotape in Night Vision in a greater
area. Much like using a good flashlight to illuminate at night
time. Except the light is invisible to the naked eye.
When you look at the light, it looks like nothing more than some
faint red bulbs. Except when you look through the night vision you
would think somebody has a powerful flashlight on.
(I learned a hack from Youtube that
showed how to replace the 45 min battery and attach a 3AA battery holder
so you can use the Light for 2-3 hours of recording time!)
Phantom Lite - Infrared
Infrared flood light that is powered by a 9 volt battery, with a life of
around 4-5 hours. 25 small IR LED lights are inside the box
and provide excellent IR light for your camcorder while it is filming in
Night Shot mode.
37mm Infrared Light Filter
This little lens screws onto the Sony
Camcorder to allow the Night Vision feature to be used during day light.
This dark lens blocks out all visible light and only allows Infrared
light to pass through.
Sony Camcorders were made with a
feature that prevented use of the Night Vision during broad daylight
once it was discovered that use of the Night Vision during daylight
would give it an "X-Ray" effect so that you could see through thin
clothing onto people.
Now the Camcorder can be used during
the day to videotape any movement within the Infrared spectrum.
Mel Meter 8704-R
This device, developed by Gary Galka,
is a basic meter device that can monitor spikes in EMF energy as well as
area temperature. A very effective tool in determining the
presence of possible spirit activity by showing EMF spikes or sudden
changes in the temperature.
Also very effective in determining EMF output by electrical devices that
may be causing minor paranoia in those who are sensitive to high EMF
Mel Meter 8704-R-REM-SDD
This device, developed by Gary Galka,
is an upgraded Mel Meter that can measure spikes in EMF energy, monitor
area temperature, detect Shadow movement and detects disturbance in a
localized static electro magnetic field produced by an antenna.
If anything should get close to the
antenna, the EM field is broken and a series of lights on the Mel Meter
will light and sound off depending on how close an object is to the
The Shadow movement detector is
used in conjunction with a laser grid or LED light source that is
constant. If there is a slight change in the light contrast due to
possible shadow figure walking in front of the light source, a
small alarm will sound.
This is an amazing device
manufactured at the website - Digital Dowsing. This device has
been used on some of the ghost hunting shows such as Ghost Adventures.
The device has a 2048 word vocabulary
where spirits are supposed to be able to manipulate with their energy in
order for the unit to speak a word or words (in a computer monotone
voice). The unit also allows a phonetic setting where spirits are
supposed to be able to speak words not in the device's vocabulary.
Plus the device has the ability to
pump out white noise for EVP sessions, a low power EMP pump that
would serve as a beacon for spirits to home in on, the ability to
repeat the words spoken in the dictionary mode, touch mode that will
emit a ping when a spirits energy is detected.
While the item is listed as an
entertainment device as the creator cannot make the claim that people
are actually talking to ghosts and spirits, the results I have had
using the Ovilus so far have validated my decision to get this device.
I also have the Digital Text Display (DTD) which plugs into the data
port of the Ovilus and the screen will show the word that the Ovilus
speaks (dictionary mode only). A real time saver as sometimes what
the Ovilus says sounds completely different than what the word is
supposed to be.
device, also developed by Bill Chappell at Digital Dowsing, is used to
plug into an audio playback device such as an iPod or MP3 player.
The device takes normal sound waves and transmits them as a silent
magnetic field output. Sort of like broadcasting our voices or
music as an EVP on the spirits side. By placing an EMF
detector in front of the Energy Speaker as it broadcasts, you can
see the EMF levels spike according to the sound output.
amazing object is called the Paramid and is a Stereo Ultra-Sonic Sensor.
It has 2 sensors on each side of it that will detect movement up to 4
According to the makers of the
Paramid, it is "extremely sensitive detection of an object similar
to Radar or Sonar."
If something gets within 4 feet
(1.2 meters), it will light up a display LED to which side it is on and
how far it is away, in meters on the LED screen.
REM - POD
This device produced by Gary Gelka,
has a telescopic antenna that creates a small electrical field around
the antenna. Much like the Mel-Meter with REM, anything the
gets close to the antenna and breaks the electrical field will create an
audible noise and light up the small lights on the top of the device.
The closer something gets to the antenna, the louder it gets and
more lights go off. Even a spirit that we cannot see can let
you know it is present by touching the antenna!
Laser Trip Wire
This is a kids
toys produced by Spy Gear brand. There is a base unit that
receives laser beams from the two end units. If something should
cross in front of the laser beam and break it, an alarm is sounded
from the base unit. I got two of these on clearance at Best Buy
for $12 each. Ideal for placing in doorways or in rooms with
lots of activity to see if a spirit will break the beam and set off the
A standard EMF
pump produced by Digital Dowsing. The theory is that spirits are
attracted to the energy output of the device as the spirits may need to
consume the energy in order to manifest, react with the equipment or to
better communicate EVP and such.
Laser Light Grid #2
produced by Ghost Stop creates an amazing grid of red lines that is more concentrated than the standard laser light grid pen.
Plus with this unit, you just flip a switch, there is no need to use
tape or a specially modified mini telescopic holder to keep the laser
light on. If a shadow figure steps in front of the laser, it
will easily be seen on the nearby walls or furniture.
RT-EVP Audio Recorder
The RT (real
time) EVP audio recorder, developed by Gary Gelka at Pro Measure,
is used during active investigations to try to hear EVP live. The
unit, while recording, also has a feature where you can listen to
the recording on a timed delay (ie: 10 seconds). So if an
EVP is spoken, you can hear it right away off the recording and
react accordingly during the investigation.
This is a
standard Kinect Xbox motion detection camera that is used to play Xbox
games. Over time some people realized the unit was picking up
something trying to play games when there was nobody else in the room
with the game player. The TV show "Ghost Adventures"
successfully used an Xbox Kinect camera to catch spirit activity at
Tuolumne Hospital. This break through as a lot of amazing
potential as the Kinect sends out 1000's of little InfraRed laser dots
into a room. With the use of special software, the Kinect
can be attached to a PC and used to monitor a room. If a spirit
breaks the dots, it gets tracked on the PC screen as a stick
figure, much like the Kinect is supposed to work when a person
uses it to play video games.
H2 - Zoom Recorder
recording device that function way above the standard digital recorder.
The H2 can record in 2 or 4 channels. It can record facing forward
or backward. It can record in basically is surround sound.
Very sensitive, the ideal tool to set and forget in an area known to
have paranormal activity, in particular, EVPs
Uses an SD card
and can record for hours in different formats.
After getting scratched at the
Italian Villa - Roy Vail house and a possible attachment from a female
spirit there, I was introduced to a whole new realm of what can
happen during a paranormal investigation.
Now I always keep a supply
of White Sage (herbal and liquid spray) to ward off negative energies
and help with protection. Some essential oils, Lavender and
Angelica, for spiritual protection
Of course, a supply of Holy
Water on hand in case there is a run in with a Demonic entity.
Demons are very rare and I don't expect to encounter any, but I keep a
bottle on hand just in case.