Published in the February 2013 issue of The Paranormal Inquiry

  Electromagnetic fields are the cornerstone of paranormal research. Everyone has seen the ghost hunting shows on TV with people running around in the dark holding various boxes that beep, buzz, and light up like Christmas trees, and proclaiming they’ve contacted an entity. But what are they really doing and what is really happening? I wonder about these kind of things and I’m sure some of you do as well.

 

   Well to explore this, we must know what it is we are exploring. Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) are, in the simplest definition, physical fields produced by moving charged objects. EMFs are measured by frequency and wavelength. Think of EMFs as ripples on a pond. The distance from the crest of one ripple to the next is its’ wavelength. The number of ripples in one second of time is its’ frequency. The higher the frequency, the shorter the wavelength. Higher frequencies carry more energy than lower frequencies. EMFs are comprised of magnetic waves, electric waves, and radio waves. The EMF spectrum covers everything from wireless communication waves (AM, FM, Radio, TV, and cell phones, etc.) on the low end, to sound waves, to infrared light, to visible light, to ultraviolet light, to microwaves, to X-rays and gamma radiation on the high end of the spectrum. EMFs are all around us all of the time.

 

   So why do we use EMF meters for paranormal research? Well, in the very early days of paranormal research, it was discovered that there were detectable changes in magnetism occurring during some paranormal events. In fact the earliest EMF detector was a simple compass. It is these recurring and repeated measurable changes in magnetism that has lead to the study of EMFs and its’ relationship to the paranormal. With the progress in science and the Digital Age has come new hi-tech ways to continue the research. Most of the EMF meters used today were developed for use in the electronics industry and for electricians. They were designed to find EMF emissions from man-made electricity and electronic devices. Paranormal researchers discovered that many of these meters would also detect EMF anomalies during suspected paranormal events. Of course one of the biggest problem with using these devices is that they also detect the type of EMFs these meters were designed for, which is man-made EMFs.

 

   I have recently done some research into many of the EMF meters and related devices used in the paranormal field and posted a video on Youtube.com with some of my findings which can be seen here. Some of the important things you should know about these meters is what they actually detect and what can cause false readings. Here is a list of the devices I tested and their specs:

 

·         E.L.F. Zone EMF Meter                    -           Frequency Range: 30Hz-300Hz

 

·         KII (K2) EMF Meter                          -           Frequency Range: 50Hz-20,000 Hz (20KHz)

 

·         Ghost Meter Pro EMF Meter         -           Frequency Range: 50Hz-1,000Hz (1KHz)

 

·         Cell Sensor EMF Meter                  -           Frequency Range: 50Hz-1,000Hz (1KHz)

 

·         Lutron 822A EMF Meter                -           Frequency Range: 30Hz-400Hz

 

·         TriField 100XE EMF Meter             -           Frequency Range: 40Hz-100KHz (Magnetic/Electric)

 

                                                                                   50MHz-3GHz (Radio)

 

·         MEL 8704 REM EMF Meter            -           Frequency Range: 30Hz-300Hz

 

   Also tested were the EMF related devices, E.Probe EP-1 and EP-2 E-Field detectors and the REM Pod AMP touch detector. It may be fairly well known, but cell phones can cause false readings on the K2 Meter, Ghost Meter, and TriFields Meter from a substantial distance, and to a lesser extent, false readings on the Lutron and MEL Meters. Strong radio signals, such as those from hand-held two-way radios will strongly affect all of the EMF meters and also the REM feature of the MEL 8704 REM Meter and REM Pod. Common household appliances, AC wiring, fans, TVs, computers, wireless devices, and many other items can also wreak havoc with EMF detectors so it pays to learn your equipment before using it. And remember, an EMF detector only measures the intensity of an EMF, not its’ frequency, so you can’t tell exactly what you are detecting, only that you are detecting something.

 

   New directions are rising from EMF studies. Of particular interest are paranormal event EMF frequency detection, the EMF-EVP connection, E-Fields, and EMF-Quantum Physics correlation. I will be joining in the exploration in these and other paranormal related fields and will report my findings. Please join me in The Paranormal Inquiry as the adventure continues!