Magazine article on new equipment for 2010
January 4th, 2010 by rickmoran in
for paranormal investigators has come a long way and is now growing by
leaps and bounds as interest expands to tens of thousands of everyday
folk. Gone are the days when a handful of writer/researchers
dominated the landscape, and the best one could hope for was a new
approach using the same limited tools. No one was creating new gear,
at best we learned to modify what was already available to other
fields. Today of course, it seems that there are as many qualified
engineers working to keep us supplied with the new necessities of the
growing market place as there are users. Some of the things you find
on sale are useless, others so innovative that they boggle the mind.
Here is a little look at what I think are possibly the most innovative
as we enter a new decade.
Just a few
years ago, Frank’s Box was the one and only dominant electronic
communications device rocking our world, but it was not widely
available. Then came the Mini-Box, which eventually provided the
market with a variety of devices, customized for the users, but
relatively expensive. The Radio Shack Hack, for want of a better name
was inexpensive, but lacked the sophistication of either of its
predecessors. While the merits of the entire genre are still open
for discussion, interest in “box” technology continues to grow.
the fray this month is Gary Galka at DAS Distribution, the originator
of the MelMeter (which deserves an article all of its own!) Gary,
listening to dozens of Box gurus who had their own ideas about what
they wanted in the box, and then set about to build a better
mousetrap. What they told Gary was apparently that it had to be
affordable, multi-tasking and still have all the bells and whistles of
the older devices…maybe a greater frequency range or even the
utilization of new frequencies all together. While the finished
product is not yet on the market, word is that DAS is prepared to
present their own version of the box that will meet all of the demands
mentioned, at a price that is far below any other device currently on
the market., within the month.
that innovation! But, it is something we expect from Gary and his
crew, following through on that team’s concept of giving you
multi-tasking research tools, like the MelMeter that is literally a
handheld EMF device on steroids, at a price that again rivals the
competition while giving you multiple devices in one simple system.
mill now says that Gary is working on a real time EVP recorder,
capable of capturing Electronic Voice Phenomenon, while allowing the
user to monitor what is being capture in real time… all in an
affordable, easy to use compact handheld… but that is just rumor at
the moment, keep an eye out for a release on that one.
back at the ranch, we are looking as some other really innovative
tools for specific applications in the field. For instance, a
pressure sensitive planchette that has been jointly created by Mitch
Silverstein at Nyack Paranormal and our old friend, Shannon Sylvia at
GHI. This is a unique tool for anyone interested in Ouija Board
research and helps to answer the question, “Are you pushing the
pointer?” The most common question uttered when a board is in use.
the iWay Planchette is pressure sensitive and shows you exactly how
much force is being placed on the pointer from any participant… a
great tool for the researchers who want to know, like my own ASUP who
has undertaken a major investigation into the board using all sorts of
high tech gear (more on that as it happens.) The device utilizes a LED
readout on the planchette to show exactly how much pressure is being
exerted that would explain “Travel” of the pointer over the board. It
has a second benefit; it can be utilized to teach a user to touch the
planchette only slightly and reminds you if you begin to rest you
fingers too heavily. While interest in the Ouija Board is still
controversial, this goes a long way to unravel some of the mystery
surrounding its use.
another “Gizmo” inventor who is not happy just wondering about things
that go bump in the night, he has also created a device for those who
are into dousing rods that can limit the manipulation of a rod by an
individual… nifty stuff!
also created what is called the Shadow Detector Laser Beam display.
Again, the technology has been with us for a long time (remember
playing with laser pointers – my kids drove our cat crazy!), but this
new tool re-disburses the beam so it floods the room with little
pinpoints of light. Why? Well, the filter tip of the 20mhw green
laser breaks the points up into hundreds of different beams to aim
across large rooms or hall, thus illuminating things like black
shadow people crossing through the beams and actually absorbing the
light. If you aim the light at a human the dots illuminate the human
as with any other surface. If something paranormal passes through, you
can see a complete black silhouette.
Galka, Shannon and Mitch are not out to make a killing in the
marketplace, these devices are extremely reasonable in price, so
anyone with an interest can afford them and in this economy, that is
in itself a blessing.
we have to give a tip of the hat to the many other innovators in the
field, the people who go out and experiment and find the best way to
get results, whether we are talking about IR photography or simple
communications gear so we can communicate at the scene. Principal
among them is our friend, Barry Fitzgerald of the GHI team, who really
opened the door to an open exchange of ideas between the Gizmos of
this field, be they working with a hundred dollar budget or
thousands. Without that openness and exchange, we would still be in
the dark ages of research. So give each other a pat on the back, that
is what happens when we all pull together!
keep an eye here to learn more about what is new in the paranormal
research field, or you can check on the web for direct links to the
innovators themselves. Here are a few to begin your search with:
information on the iWay Planchette or ghost laser, check out,
You can see
more of Mitch’s magic at,
also take a look at some of Gary Galka’s nifty tools directly on
U-Tube or contact DAS Distribution at