Using a ghost box

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A few people have been asking me about the ghost box, a radio like device that I have been using on my ghost hunts recently.
It is, in fact,a digital radio that has been “hacked” to do a couple of things a normal radio would not do.
Firstly as it scans through the AM or FM frequencies it doesn’t mute, allowing the listener to hear the airwaves in all their naked glory, & secondly it will not stop scanning once it finds a solid signal. The upshot of this is you hear a mish-mesh of white noise, static and broadcast transmissions. Its a little like listening to the shipping forecast on speed.
The theory is that ghosts & spirits have no voice of their own but can manipulate the ghost box to give the appropriate answer to any questions you may ask.
I know I was sceptical of this when I first heard of it- after all, you are obviously going to get clear words out of it when it is using existing radio stations. I often joke to people attending my ghost hunts not to be surprised if the ghost answers using David Camerons voice, (some may find that idea more scary!).
What is interesting, however,  is just how often the answers make sense.
When I first got my ghost box in the post I couldn’t wait to switch it on. We had experienced activity in our home including apparitions & poltergeist activity so knew if the ghost box was likely to work we’d get something straight away.
I felt very corny uttering the stereotypical, “is there anyone there?” But was surprised to get the immediate response of, “John”.
I pressed on asking if anyone was with them, the reply was immediate, “Ben”.
I then asked who was it that one of our guests had recently seen walking by the stairs wearing a beige cardigan. The answer was once again a very clear, “John”.
At this point my wife said, “yeah ok- switch it off now!”
Although not conclusive proof, it was enough to warrant further investigation. Either there were some amazing coincidences happening here or our ghost had appalling dress sense.

Since that day I have always began my ghost box sessions with control questions, that is clear questions to which there could only be one answer.
An obvious control question would be, “my name is Rob, can you say my name?”
Its great to hear the reply come through clearly & correctly! On good ghost box sessions in my commercial ghost hunts I’ve been able to persuade the spirit to say hello to everyone in the room individually!
Another good control question would be, “what do I have in my hand?” Providing you have something in your hand and there is a spirit in the room you should get a favourable response!
However if you continue to ask control questions, I find the intelligence you are communicating with will get weary, and even frustrated with it. After all, they didn’t sign up to be your personal lab rats!
Start to ask them about themselves and you will hear clear, distinctive personalities come through. I have had consistent personalities come out in venues from one hunt to another in the past! The voices won’t just be made up of the broadcast transmission either, often in a good session I have realised that the voice I was communicating with was the same one even though the ghost box had scanned many channels. Sometimes clear words are heard through the static itself.
You won’t always get perfect responses. At a recent investigation at a reputedly haunted cemetery, I didn’t get much from the ghost box. At one point an over familiar song came out, obviously paying on radio 1, that covers several frequencies so it made it hard for us to hear anything outside that pattern.
I do not know why ghost Boxs’ are hard to find on sale now. When I bought mine barely a few years ago there were a few to choose from on Ebay. Now, however, unless you want to buy from Singapore or pay the expensive American shipping costs you are out of luck. Occasionally a good second hand one will surface on Ebay, but it would appear that most UK suppliers have dried up.
There are a few options to the would be ghost hunter who wishes to try out a ghost box at a pinch however.
If you are ok with electronics & circuit boards you could have a go at hacking a digital radio yourself. The hack is relatively simple & a quick YouTube search will unearth countless instructional videos. The other option is to try some of the more reputable mobile phone apps. In all honesty I’ve never used them myself, however I’ve heard some good reports & they are a fraction of the cost of a ghost box so the risk is very low.
Over recent years I’ve come to regard my ghost box as one of the main pieces of equipment I use in my hunts. I’ve had some fantastic results from it & many clear conversations that have all but rendered the Ouija board obsolete.
I have no idea weather the intelligences I an communicating with are spirits, ethereal beings or aliens, (it has been suggested in the past by someone on one of my hunts) but I have no doubt that they are intelligent-whoever they are!
If you have an interest in paranormal investigation it is worth trying out & seeing the results for yourself. You may be surprised!

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What happens at a Ghost Hunt?

A few weeks ago I hosted a paranormal investigation at the Lamb inn at Little Harrowden. It proved to be a very enjoyable night with a considerable amount of interesting activity. My full report of the evening can be read here.

One thing that interested me was the amount of child Spirits we seemed to pick up, who didn’t seem to have a connection to the building, or even know what we were talking about when we asked them if they lived in the Lamb.

Story from the Northampton Mercury, 1902

However I did a little searching about on the British newspaper archives and found more than one report of an inquest into child mortalities being held at the Lamb. Maybe there is a connection there?

Another thing that delighted me on the night was being joined by professional ghost hunting team UK Haunted. These guys have ran investigations in some of the most active locations in the UK, you can read about them here.

They were very professional in their approach, brought a lot of their own equipment, and very much got into the heart of the evening. They even shot video, (A lot of it so discreetly I didn’t know they were doing it!) and put together this film that covers a lot of the interesting things that happened that night!

Now you can listen to the Ghost Box in all it’s glory, were there words and phrases that we missed?

There is also a chance to see the Ouija Board in all it;s glory, as it connects with Sarah, one of my personal Favourite ghosts that evening.

I just want to say a huge thank you to Alex & Michael for making this video, and their amazing support over the last few weeks!

If you want to take part in the next Ghost hunt, it it this Saturday, 20th October 2012, at the Hind in Wellingborough.

There are still a few tickets left and you can get yours here!

I hope you can make it!

The Mystery of the Orbs

I have never been a fan of “Orb” pictures. there are too many possible explanations for them that would often be more plausible than supernatural intervention.

For those that don’t know, “Orb” pictures are often taken at ghost hunts and show pinpoints of white light where there was none a few seconds earlier.

Mysterious Blue Orbs
Picture Copyright Sallie Harding

All too often they can be explained away by dust or moisture catching on the camera flash or some other source of light. They are incredibly easy to fake. Try taking a picture outside in a rain shower with your flash on to see what I mean.

However I was sent this picture recently by a participant of our recent ghost hunt at the Hind hotel in Wellingborough and it has me intrigued.

It was taken as we were using the ghost box and the bright lights you can see are candles that were on the table.  However it is the pinpricks of blue light by 3 of the candles that are interesting. the picture was taken without any flash.

Now I’m no photography expert, but my first hunch was that it could be some kind of reflection of the candles on the camera lens. however if that is the case why did it show up as blue? And why is there only an orb on 3 of the five candles pictured?

I always try to eliminate the impossible before I draw conclusions, so I’m opening this one up to you! What do you think?

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