Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Electromagnetic Field Meters (EMF's)

EMF’s meters were not developed for paranormal investigations. 

They are made to detect high AC electro and magnetic fields emitted from domestic appliances, such as refrigerators, computers, power lines etc. 

A reading of 2.5 or higher milli-Gauss is considered a high radiation level or indicative of paranormal activity. 

To check radio/microwave leaks you need a specific type of EMF meter called a “Trifield Meter.”

There is only one meter on the market today that is produced directly to detect paranormal activity this is a “Natural Trifield Meter” it detects DC or natural fields. 

This meter ignores fields emitted from AC, power lines and appliances. In other words, it ignores man made causes. You need to always face this meter directly to either the north or south.

An old-fashioned method used to detect paranormal activity is a compass. In my experience this works as well as anything. 

When my group does use Mel’s and K11’s we use them to rule out man-made causes. We do a baseline at the beginning of each investigation. 

If, for instance, you get a high reading and discover there is a high emitting electrical power box nearby this allows you to rule this out.

A cautionary note here—electromagnetic fields fluctuate so even baselines can be imprecise. We sometimes do get hits on our meters that appear to be direct communication with a spirit or spirits but keep in mind there is no proof out there that confirms spirits emit electromagnetic fields. 

But on the other hand there is nothing that proves they do not use these fields to communicate.

But despite this, it is a wide held belief within the paranormal community that EMF’s, registering readings between 2.5 and 7.0 mill-Gauss, are paranormal in nature. 

I feel one reason for this belief is what investigators have experienced while using these meters—but is it too big of a coincidence? 

As I have stated my group uses meters more for a “process of elimination.” We rule out man-made causes and then we consider what is left.

One major pet peeve I have when using any EMF meter is that you should “stand still” or even better yet, place the meter on a surface that will not move. 

Even clothing making contact with your skin can cause static, which will cause a false/positive reading on an EMF meter. Just moving the meter will do the same. 

When taking baselines you do need to move the meter from place to place but set it down and let it recalibrate before you take another reading from it. 

By the way, an EMF meters’ frequency range is calibrated between 50-60 Hz.

Happy Ghost Hunting!

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