Ghost Box & K2 – “Electronic Ouija Boards?”
Written by JC Phillips
Got an offer from a friend to take a “spectrum analyzer” out on our next investigation… and of course, I’m curious how we can implement it on the field. So, I googled it. And found David Roundtree and his SPIRIT groups.
Basically, the frequency analyzer can be used to eliminate “false positives” in the field. Teams typically only do base readings on an EMF device, when there are several factors that can cause the device to read a false positive… From David Roundtree:
By far the most troublesome phenomenon we encounter in the paranormal investigation field isn’t paranormal at all, but is often misread as such. Radio Frequency Interference or RFI is often the cause of EVPs, and can in some circumstances be the cause of EMF spikes in the higher frequency spectrum.
Radio waves are everywhere. We are constantly being bombarded with Microwave from satellites in space and Communication towers, Ultra UHF from Cell phone towers and the phones themselves, Public Service Radio systems (Police, Fire, etc.) Wi-Fi networks for wireless internet, cordless phones, walkie talkies, you name it. RF is everywhere. So with all this noise out there, how can one separate the paranormal EVP and EMF wheat from the RFI chafe?
Electromagnetic interference (or EMI, also called radio frequency interference or RFI) is an undesirable disturbance that affects an electrical circuit due to electromagnetic radiation emitted from an external source. The disturbance may interrupt, obstruct, or otherwise degrade or limit the effective performance of the circuit. The source may be any object, artificial or natural, that carries rapidly changing electrical currents, such as an electrical circuit, the Sun or the Northern Lights.
EMI can be induced intentionally for radio jamming, as in some forms of electronic warfare, or unintentionally, as a result of spurious emissions and responses, intermodulation products, and the like. It frequently affects the reception of AM radio in urban areas. It can also affect cell phone, FM radio and television reception, although to a lesser extent. It can also effect complex test instruments used in paranormal research.
I took a listen to the SPIRIT podcast, or “The Devil’s Advocate,” to hear how they use this technology in the field… and they discuss “data logging” the environment during the entire investigation for EMF, UV, RFI, and more… Additionally, how they use the technology to debunk and dismiss what the “tv ghostbusters” claim to be paranormal. Click to listen to this podcast.
Also, with the data logging and hard scientific data – the group dismissed “frank’s box” or ghost boxes, K2 meters and the “ovulus” as “electronic Ouija boards.” I admit, I’ve gotten caught up in the excitement from the spudpickles ghost radar app when they start spitting out words… and the ghostbox when it gives you numbers and names… But, the more you do it… The more it seems to be just snippets of audio from AM radio stations. Not paranormal. Am I missing something?
What do you think?
August 14th, 2011