Understanding your equipment needed for a paranormal investigation is a must. It is important you know all the pieces of equipment, what it is for, and how to use it. Once you understand all of the basics we discussed in the last article, the equipment, all the protocol and all the procedures, and how to conduct a full investigation from the first call to the last client call back, you are ready to start your own investigations.
Equipment and Protocol:
1) Walkie-talkies: These are your main piece of safety equipment. Make sure that you keep them on you in case you need to contact each other in an investigation. Make sure they are fully charged before investigations and you have an extra set of batteries for backup.
2) Digital Camera: One of the more inexpensive, but vital pieces of equipment in the field. Strange mists, orbs, and shadows, along with other anomalies have been caught on camera by several paranormal enthusiasts over the years. Remember to yell “Flash” before you take a photo so you don’t blind your fellow investigators and standard protocol usually states to take two or three pictures in a row to later compare to one another.
3) Digital Voice Recorder: It is always recommended to sit in a quiet area, mark your audio with the time, date and location and ask questions out loud, leaving 30 seconds between each question to allow for a response. Make sure to allow everyone a chance to ask a question an mark the little things such as “Tim clearing his throat”, etc. Making sure different people get a chance to ask allows the entity to respond to the person they feel most comfortable with. Always respect the entity and act as if it was a living person. Provoking is not recommended.
4) Digital Thermometers: Ghosts are often said to be able to drain the area of energy, sometimes causing the area to drop, and sometimes even, rise in temperature. Thermometers are also a great way to detect drafts around doorways and vents that may be mistaken as paranormal activity.
5) EMF Detectors: The Electromagnetic Field Detector, also known as an EMF, is the modern day ghost researcher’s tracking device, a very important piece of equipment. With this instrument it is possible to locate and track energy sources. It will detect fluctuations in electromagnetic fields and low strength moving EMF fields that have no source. It is a common theory that spirits disrupt this field in such a way that you can tell one is present by higher than normal readings with this meter. Before using the EMF as a ghost research tool on an investigation be sure to walk around the area and take initial readings around energy sources such as light poles or electrical outlets to be sure of the readings you receive while scanning the area during the investigation. Most units when purchased come with a manual describing most household and major appliances and their corresponding electromagnetic reading. When using the EMF as a tracking device look for fluctuations of 2.0 to 7.0, this usually indicates spirit presence. Anything higher or lower is normally has a natural source.
6) Tri-Field Meter: The Tri-Field Meter is the only EMF meter which offers magnetic, electric, and radio/microwave detection in one package. This meter combines all these unique features with affordable pricing for fast, reliable measurements of electromagnetic pollution: Continuous sampling analog readout; Omni-directional electric and magnetic sensitivity; two separate scales for magnetic field readings; Hand-held portability and simplicity. The Tri-Field Meter will accurately measure EMF pollution from these “hot spots” in your home, office, or work environment so you can take steps for “prudent avoidance”: poorly grounded wiring, microwave oven doors, dimmer switches, strong analog RF transmitters, automobiles, TV’s & computers, and other electronic equipment.
7) Amplified E-POD: E-Pod-Amp Keep in mind that during use, Static electricity is formed much better when the air is dry or the humidity is low. The E-field Pod can detect static up to several feet when the air is very dry. When the air is humid, water molecules can collect on the surface of various materials and this can prevent the buildup of electrical charges and minimize the detection range considerably. The E-Pods simply detect the presence of the E-Field around the static; it does not measure the Static Charge. You would need a very expensive Electrostatic voltmeter for that. Note: With a Negative charged condition, the lights will remain ON and as a charged object slowly approaches the E-Pod-AMP, the GREEN, BLUE and RED lights will begin to dim in relationship to the e-field strength and proximity to the static source. Eventually all of the lights will go off when the charge is within a few inches of the E-Pod. The lights will slowly come back on again when the charged object moves away from the E-Pod-AMP. Note: With a Positive charged condition, the light will remain OFF and as a charged object gets close to the E-Pod, the light will come on. It then turns OFF when the charged object is removed. Important: The E-field Pod Amplified 3-Zone Device has been designed to assist a Paranormal Investigator make an informed decision based on EMF and Electro-Static evidence collected during an investigation.
8) KII Meter: An EMF detector that displays the readout by illuminating a row of lights.
9) Laser Grid Pen: The laser grid pen is a great tool for capturing shadows or other entities that pass within its field. The theory behind this is that the shadow will black out the dots within the grid you set up and will, in turn, show you the shape of the entity. This is usually used in conjunction with the motion sensor and can be used with various other instruments to detect a disturbance within the energy fields in that area.
10) Video Cameras: These can be handheld or be placed stationary to catch paranormal activity.
11) Motion Sensors: These are cheap pieces of equipment that can be used for sensing motion in an area. Most models come with an alarm that will sound once it detects interference. This is usually used in conjunction with a laser grid pen and possibly even a video camera, to capture the image on video.
12) Mel Meter: These can range in price and there are several different models. Most models have a temperature gauge and some more expensive models have a vibration sensor. This device is an EMF detector that displays the readout in a digital form of the field in milligauss or tesla.
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Step by Step; How to conduct a full investigation:
1) Initial call: Once the client has contacted your team, you will conduct a pre-investigation interview. You will want to ask about their experiences, if anything has been added to the home recently, if animals are being affected, etc. This will better determine how to help your client and the urgency of the case.
2) First Client Meeting: Once you have accepted the case, you will do a walkthrough and have the client show you the exact areas of activity. You will want to do a sweep of the area to get your baseline readings.
3) Investigation: Break off into teams of no less than two at all times and start to investigate the client’s claims of paranormal activity. This is where you take your knowledge of the paranormal and you r protocol and procedures and put them into place. Go into the establishment, record any equipment fluctuations, do EVP session’s and take lots of pictures.
4) Reveal: Sit down and discuss what you have found and your thoughts on the case. Reveal any evidence caught and discuss what needs to be done, if anything, to help. Make sure to make copies of the evidence, keep one set and give the other set to the client.
5) Client call back: Once a case is completed, check back in with the client and see if they are satisfied or determine if another investigation is needed. This is usually done a few months after the initial investigation is done.
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