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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Investigation report-The Lamb Inn 28/9/12

The Ouija board produced some amazing results!
(Photograph courtesy UK Haunted)

I was interested to see what we got at the Lamb, as there had been no investigations in this 16th century building in the past. The only history I was able to glean consisted of hearsay and friend of friend stories which patched together into an intriguing story, however nothing that could be supported by historical evidence.

However we began the evening in the function room to see what would happen.

As a side note, as I was preparing the room before participants arrived I decided to try out my EMF meter, and have a quick go on the ghost box. I picked up activity almost straight away, with voices on the ghost box quite eager to talk to me, and the needle of the EMF meter spiking on several occasions even though I was sat quite still in the room by myself!

We began the evening with an open invocation, calling out to the spirits to use whatever means to inform us of their presence. I never expect great results at this point of the evening and do it mainly to get the group used to the room and its natural noises. However the spirits had other ideas!

Some people reported feeling cold, particularly around their legs, even though the heating was fully on. Then my pendulum, that I had set up for later in the evening, began swinging by itself. upon seeing this I decided to move on to the pendulum straight away.

I have the pendulum suspended across a large wine glass, and have participants put their hands on the table with their fingers touching. I then ask the spirits to swing the pendulum and make it go in a circle. If we get good results I’ll ask it yes/no questions, with the pendulum swinging one way for yes and the other for no.

As it was responding so well on the night we got a clear conversation going. Answering anti-clockwise for yes and clockwise for no we found ourselves talking to a middle aged female who claimed she and her 3 children including a baby  died in a fire in the year 1909.*

She was confused, and didn’t know how the fire started, suggesting that the fire was at night and they were asleep. She also was unaware how much time has passed, claiming she had died in the last decade.

Moving on to the ghost box we found the ladies name was Anita. We were able to converse with her for a while, but she clearly didn’t want to talk about the fire and left us quite abruptly!

Another voice came through, adding that at that point there was “Just the one” spirit in the room.

He identified himself as “Dean” and claimed he was travelling form America and stayed at the Lamb in the 1960’s. Dean turned out to be one of the most talkative spirits of the evening, telling us about his travels around the world. though he wouldn’t tell us how he died.

Then the room got very busy, with the Ghost box spitting out various names, and calls of “Beer!” and even belches! It was like we were in a busy bar, or a raucous party! We had so many names and personalities calling out to us it became impossible to tell who was who, so we shut down the ghost box and moved onto the Ouija board.

We found the planchette moved quite quickly with one group of people, and managed to get names spelt out clearly. At one point it appeared a spirit had come through who was known personally to one of our sitters, but when I asked if it was just pretending the planchette moved to yes.

What was interesting about the Ouija board on this occasion was the planchette would only move if it was an all woman group. If any men put their fingers on it, it would immediately stop.

However one particular group of ladies had the planchette sweeping across the board so quickly it often got free from their grasp! On a couple of occasions the planchette tilted as well, with two of the feet lifting from the board completely. The main contact this time came from a child who claimed to be 5, who was more interested in playing with the planchette than talking to us!

We tried to do an invocation in darkness, but on this occasion it proved impossible as the lights outside, including a security lamp, made it quite easy to see, and so at midnight we moved down to the main building.

We started in the main bar, but found very little activity there, not much came from the ghost box, and the Ouija board proved inconclusive, however one of our participants produced a nice bit of automatic writing with the names “Lucy” and “Sean”(Or could it be Dean?) entwined within the pattern.

The back room proved more positive, and we got straight on with the Ouija board that had been working so well earlier. We used two men who hadn’t got any activity from the planchette so far and one of them almost immediately began to feel dizzy & disorientated and had to sit down.

When we put the girls back on we got a different child, four years old called Sarah. Sarah entertained us for a while, hiding under tables and tapping people on the leg. She was wary of strangers but quickly seemed to warm to us, and told us she used to live in the village, but didn’t have any connection with the pub.

For me Sarah was the highlight of the evening!

My overall feeling was that there are definitely parts of the building that warrant further investigation, and I will be coming back in the new year. the spirits we encountered felt very positive and  eager to talk, possibly because nobody had tried in the past. There was little ill will aimed at us and everyone left feeling good about the experience!

*Later in the evening I asked the landlord if he knew of a fire, he didn’t, but said that the roof of the building had been thatched many years ago. maybe one for the historians to work out!

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