If any of you have been watching the plethora of paranormal TV shows such as “Ghost Hunters” by now you have probably seen this device commonly referred to as a K2. But what exactly is it? What does it do and why is it so popular with paranormal investigators? A K2 meter is originally intended to measure leaks or fluctuations in Electro Magnetic Energy, or EMF. EMF s can produce low level radiation and can cause headache, nausea, and other health issues with prolonged exposure. A K2 has a series of lights starting with green (safe) to yellow (EMF is present) to orange (warning) to a red ( better call electrician!) Old houses and old wiring can be sources of leaks. Electromagnetism is the force that causes an interaction of electricity between charged particles. It’s what holds electrons and protons together in atoms,so it’s a building block for life. But what does all this have to do with hunting ghosts, you ask? You, I, your dog, and spirits, all are basically sources of energy. For the sake of simplicity and the context of using this tool, we are talking about contacting intelligent spirits, and not residual hauntings. It’s important to understand one assumption that many paranormal theories hinge on and that is this.. Spirits are composed of weak energy that can only manifest themselves into sound or visual presence when another energy source enters the room so they can draw energy from the external source. There’s a recurring relationship between EMF and presence of spirit activity. The leading theory is spirits emit electromagnetic energy and cause spikes or fluctuations in electromagnetic fields (EMF). It is believed they gather energy inward and emit EMF out, causing a spike. But when do we get to talk to ghosts? Like any piece of equipment ,it’s useless without a trained operator. When using your shiny new K2 in a location, remember it’s a METER. It DETECTS . Look around for logical explanations. Are there power lines along the wall? Plumbing pipes? Make sure you check these possibilities as to a high EMF spike. Remember, if you want to be a credible investigator,you have to debunk first. OK, now to the fun stuff ! Spirits seem to be able to easily manipulate a K2 meter. This makes it relatively easy to convert it’s lights for a Yes or No response. If you find yourself getting your K2 flashing, start talking. Ask, “Are you making these lights flash?” Remember, a Civil War soldier probably won’t know what A K2 is, so keep it simple. “Can you make it flash once for Yes?” “Were you a soldier here?” etc… The beauty of the K2 is it’s easy to use in darkened areas which is perfect for investigating and they are one of the less expensive tools out there. So get yourself a K2, and keep cell phones, walkie talkies, and other equipment at a distance so they don’t interfere. Scan the area for existing EMF which usually show as a constant pattern of lights. Debunk, and be careful! To find out more about me, check out my website kittyjanusz.com
- A few solid basics and a skeptic,yet open mind ,is what makes a good paranormal investigator. Let’s start with basic equipment and discuss why these should be in every ghost hunter’s kit. 1.Flashlight. Seems obvious, but always carry a small flashlight and extra batteries. Safety first.you may be doing a daytime investigation but may encounter dark stairways, check under foundations,and be looking in creepy basements and closets! 2. Digital recorder. I prefer these little Olympus recorders, Olympus 4100 pc. There are many good brands, just make sure it has a pc outlet, so you can download the audio onto your computer.I personally also use several digital recorders running at the same time. I have found I can get different EVPs on different recorders while recording simultaneously!
Now some paranormal circles will tell you that these and other digital recorders do not produce electronic voice phenomena that would stand up to scrutiny. They feel the lack of internal filters and the limited specifications of Olympus models makes them a tad “unbridled” for research use. My theory, and I base this on years of field use and remarkable results is..That’s what I like about these recorders! My feeling is the lack of internal filters allows the recorder to pick up more raw data than a model that is designed to filter out what it considers undesirable. It’s like taking your film to 1 hour photo ( who remembers these? ) and having the clerk toss out all those white blobs in the photos you took at that haunted house. Those may have been the shots you wanted! Now this is where knowing how to debunk and control as many variables as possible comes into play. You have to know what is an EVP and what was some person talking in the hall. If you are concerned about outside electrical and magnetic interference, than you can put your recorder inside a Faraday cage. It’s a pouch, really, made up of metallic cloth tight enough to block incoming electromagnetic fields. But exactly how do recorders collect sound?How a microphone works: sound waves put pressure on carbon, the compressed carbon generates electricity. In the case of tape, this goes to the recording head, which is a magnet, and that re-aligns the iron atoms on the tape.In the case of digital, the electric signal goes to what is called an analog to digital converter, which then writes 1s and 0s to some storage device such as an SD card. This is also a magnetic form of storage. The only other options are optical (like a CD/DVD; a laser actually burns a hole in the aluminum in the CD) or completely analog, like a victrola.
So in most of the cases you are dealing with, we would have to be talking about the generation of either electrical or magnetic fields-which are basically the same thing, as well proven by Faraday and Maxwell (light too, believe it or not). This would have to be a particular signal (usually device specific) or you’d just get static or distorted noise. Too strong of an electric signal could damage a component, too much magnetism could erase things (especially on tape).
Spirits create EVPs by manipulating the electromagnetic fields in the digital converter for a digital recorder. Some of the earliest EVPs were captured on old reel to reel tape recorders. The tape is coated with magnetized iron oxide.
Cameras-film works by a chemical reaction between light and the film, digital works by light creating an electrical charge on a sensor that is then written to magnetic media.
Filters-these can be pretty simple, just a couple of components (a capacitor would do in the simplest case, maybe add an inductor) and all they do is exclude certain frequencies-such as the higher frequencies perceived as “static” or “noise”-the filter only admits frequencies below the frequency of the filter. Much fancier filters are possible but not really of much use in a handheld voice recorder.
So what I am saying is that yes, imprinting a voice or any sound on a recorder requires some idea of how it works. Know how to control your surroundings when doing EVP sessions on location. Toss out anything questionable, and good luck!
Here are some examples of the same recording session, different EVPs. But they do sound like the same angry lady spirit! Same time, different recorders. http://bit.ly/KVJQnE And http://bit.ly/1eXcCzE And this is personal experience but this tip was shared with me by EVP experts Mark and Debbie Constantino, It seems you get better results if you hold the recorder in your hand as opposed to setting on a table or shelf. I think it just creates a better connection to spirit if you hold it. To read more stories of the paranormal, please visit my website at kittyjanusz.com
One of my favorite haunts is the beautiful RMS Queen Mary. Setting sail in 1936, she is an Art Deco masterpiece. The QM was the fastest ship in the world in her heyday. called into military duty in 1941, the QM served as a troop transport, able to carry over 15,000 troops across the Atlantic. She was such a valuable asset to the war effort she carried a bounty to any enemy sub who could sink her. Painted gray to camouflage her, she was dubbed the Gray Ghost. While crossing the Atlantic, she was accompanied by several smaller escort ships. These escorts would criss cross her trajectory to search for enemy submarines. On Oct 2, 1942, one of her escort ships, the Curacao, tragically crossed directly in her path. The Queen Mary, traveling at over 25 knots, sliced through the tiny Curacao. Over 300 were sent into the frigid water. 239 lives were lost… Some say that’s why the bow of the Queen Mary is so haunted…. My personal experiences with the QM have always been fruitful. I seem to be able to capture some type of evidence, even during a daytime investigation. Once a friend and I were roaming the halls on B Deck in the late morning. Suddenly, a woman appeared, having quickly turned a corner and began walking alongside us. She was dressed in period 40’s clothing complete with gloves. “They must be hiring people to work in character” I thought. The QM holds a Roaring 20’s Gala every year so I didn’t think it too out of place….except the Gala was months ago… and no one else seemed to be dressed up….Then the woman,still walking right next to us, began conversing. Saying things that sounded a little odd. ” I just love this ship. I just stay here. ” “Yes, it’s a beautiful ship” I answered. Then suddenly she turned a corner and she was just….gone.. My friend and looked at each other puzzled. Was she..real? I ran back to where she had just turned, Nothing. We’ve received many EVPs from spirits aboard the Queen Mary, here are a few.. One of my favorites.. Listen.. http://bit.ly/1bppkTg And http://bit.ly/1bppSZk I’ll continue my adventure aboard the Queen Mary when we delve into…the Pool Room Until then, check out my website at kittyjanusz.com
Patience is so necessary during any paranormal investigation. I prefer to return to the same location several times over the course of months,or even years. Don’t consider it a failure if you feel you get no activity or evidence. If you captured an awesome shadow,got an EMF spike,or heard some incredible disembodied voices every time,that should be suspect. Recognizing the anomalies is what will make you a better investigator. Embrace the quiet investigations,so when the EVPs come in,it makes it that much more credible! For more information on paranormal investigations, please visit my website at kittyjanusz.com
Haunted objects DO exist! While attending a paranormal conference on the Queen Mary, The event hosts often hold charity auctions. They sell autographs, private investigations, memorabilia, and occasionally , um, haunted objects. This dainty little doll had an especially creepy history. The previous owner bought from a thrift store to give to her daughter. She sat her on the shelf with all the other toys… The mother would walk by her child’s room to see all the toys knocked to the floor and this creepy little harmless looking doll sitting all alone on the shelf! The daughter frequently would refer to the doll as ” angry” and “bad doll” . Needless to say, bidders clambered at the chance to own her and when the gavel came down, she sold for an amazing 300.00. Lucky new owners? Who knows…?
The boundaries which define Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague.Who is to say where one ends,and the other begins?
Edgar Allan Poe