Ghost Hunting Tips:  I
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Each season we shall offer a ghost hunting tip based on our years of experience investigating the unknown. The list below will grow with each season. 
    Proximity detectors can prove to be a valuable addition to your equipment inventory.  They are inexpensive and can be found in almost every home improvement center, department store, or auto parts retailer. We recommend that you buy at least two units so that you can place them in strategic locations to track movement.  For example, place one to the side of the top step of a stairway that you want to monitor and locate another on a bottom step. If you're handy, you can modify one to give a slightly different tone so that you can tell where the movement takes place when the detector is activated. Detectors from two different manufacturers probably will have different tones so that you won't have to tinker with the units. 
     The sequence of the tones will tell you if the entity is going up or down the stairway.  This setup can also be adapted to other locations such as hallways. 
Proximity Detectors
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     Here are two types of proximity detectors. A and B are sold as a package together. A is the wireless base station monitor that receives its alerts from B. B is the remote sensor you placed to detect movement. A has an off/on switch, hi/lo volume switch, and a 6 Volt port for an AC converter. This combination is desirable because you can shut off the alarm at your base of station. The downside of the A/B combo is that B has no off/on switch and the installed battery is subject to constant drain unless you remove it with two screws after each investigation. (It was made to serve as a security device for driveways, etc. You wouldn't want an intruder to be able to switch it off!) If you're handy, you might be able to install your own mini-switch, but you'd have to pry the two halves of the unit apart or somehow install a switch on the outside of the case.
 
The Mini Alert, C, is all self-contained with a low battery indicator, an off/on switch, and a choice of alarm as either a constant piercing alarm (with no volume control) or a more pleasant-sounding chime.  The downside?  You must go to the site of its placement to silence it!
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     After you set up your proximity devices, it's a good idea to also set up a camera and/or other equipment to monitor the location of the detectors. If an alarm sounds, you'll have important supportive evidence. Other devices such as a geophone, digital audio recorder, etc., could lend further credence to a possible paranormal event.           
Cell Phone Link to Spirits
     Here's a nifty way to use cell phones to capture EVPs in real time. Have one of your team members place a cell phone or "spirit phone" where you believe paranormal activity is taking place. Ghost hunters call these areas "hot spots." It could be an attic, room, gravesite, battlefield, or just about anywhere. Once activated, it's important that there's no people present at this phone site and that it is free of extraneous noises. Place another phone at a location where you are going to monitor the transmission from the "spirit" phone. Station a digital recorder next to this phone to capture anything that the "spirit phone" picks up and sends to you. Once the two phones are in place and contact is established at the monitoring station, the team member who placed the "spirit phone"should return to the group.
     We used this method with great success at a mansion in Pennsylvania. It's a good idea to note the time a message or noise is received from the "spirit phone"to confirm that it wasn't an EVP from the monitoring site. We suspect phones could be located in other areas as well in "conference" mode; however, it would be difficult to pinpoint which "spirit phone" was responsible for any message received.
Special thanks to Lora Shirey of Faith Paranormal for sharing this procedure with SCOPE NJ.
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(Autumn 2013 )
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(Spring 2014 )
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Keep Detailed Records
     Serious paranormal researchers always maintain detailed, copious records. Below are some of the documents and media that we maintain. Information about every investigation is at our fingertips. Other files augment our data inventory.  
Exceptional photos, 8.5' x 11 ," are kept in plastic sleeves and stored in large 3-ring binders with ID tabs.
Every case that we investigate is documented with a summary report and supportive documentation such as EVP notes, historical background sheets, maps, release forms, etc.
Audio and Video evidence in the form of CDs, DVDs, and Flash Drives are neatly stored in these plastic boxes.
Folders are maintained for every piece of equipment in the SCOPE NJ inventory. Included are technical specifications, manuals, and notes. See "Ghost Hunting Tips III" for more information on these files.
Note: From time to time, its fun to go back and review favorite cases. Sometimes when we reexamine some of the photo, audio and video evidence, we are pleasantly surprised to find something we originally overlooked.
(Summer 2014 )
SCOPE NJ Paranormal House Cleansing Kit
Before, during, or after investigating a haunting, paranormal research groups are often asked to rid or cleanse the site if unwelcome entities are discovered. We put together a house cleansing kit for that purpose. It consists of a number of items tailored to expel these beings from the premises and or offer protection for the residents. Below is a visual and narrative description of these essential materials.
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All that's needed is a sturdy equipment case approximately 12" x 8" x 5" to store your house cleansing materials. I obtained this case from Harbor Freight Tools for less than $20.00.
Our kit includes the following: Two handy compact paperback books, "Armor of God ," and "Positive Energy for Haunted Homes," by Dave Juliano. (Inside are prayers for protection, cleansing, and exorcism); bottle of holy water; sea salt; box of frankincense and myrrh; crucifix; sage for smudging; copper pendulum; small wooden cross; various prayer cards with pins and amulets; charcoal rounds; and a small brass censer for burning incense on the heated charcoal rounds.
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An abalone shell can also be used for smudging sage as well as other herbs.
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Room Isolation Security
(Autumn 2014 )
 A Colorful Alternative to Ordinary Caution Tape
Caution Tape Warns of Entry
During an investigation, there are times when you want to isolate a hotspot of activity because you have stationed cameras, trigger props, or some other equipment in the room. In order to preserve the integrity of the evidence, it's important that this room remains undisturbed for a prescribed length of time.
Caution tape strung across a door tips-off team members and other persons that they should not enter.
If you distrust non-team members who happen to be present during the investigation, you can always install a proximity detector alarm on the other side of the door.
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