GRS Equipment

by Dale Kaczmarek

Air Ion Counter

The Air Ion Counter is a substantial improvement over previously available ion meters, and it can make ion measurement available to anyone. It costs less than one tenth of any other meter and is smaller and easier to use, requiring only two 9-V batteries. Despite this, it has the same sensitivity (down to 10 ions per cubic centimeter) of very expensive meters. Due to full electrostatic shielding and a fan throughput of 200 cubic centimeters/sec., it can make accurate readings even in adverse conditions such as gusty winds or strong electrostatic fields.

The Air Ion Counter can be used for the detection of natural and artificial ions. Natural ions include those generated from the decay of radioactive minerals and radon gas; ions generated by fires, lightning, and evaporating water; and ions associated with storm activity. Note that in fair weather at sea level, typical ion counts are about 400 negative and 500 positive ions per cubic centimeter. Before a storm, positive ions increase dramatically. During a storm, negative ions increase.

The Ion Counter can gauge the output and coverage of artificial sources such as ion generators, improperly grounded air conditioning vents, combustion vapor and electrically charged or heated surfaces, and plasma-discharge ions in air and other gases.

	Range: 10-1,999,999 ions/cubic cm.
	Settling time: 10 seconds
	Warranty: Two years
	Price: $580 US (discounts for GRS members)
	AlphaLab, Inc.
	1280 South 300 West
	Salt Lake City, UT. 84101


Gaussmeter feature is calibrated around 50/60 Hz and also offers 2 scales: 0-5 and 0-50 mG plus audio sound which corresponds to field strength. Remote probe with 2 foot extension cord allows user great flexibility and reach. Includes complete documentation on how to conduct proper measurements, guide to emission standards and methods to reduce unnecessary exposure.

Electromagnetic Field Gaussmeter

Dr. Gauss is an accurate, easy- to-use and affordable Gaussmeter developed to allow you to perform your own EMF survey. It detects and measures EMF (electromagnetic fields) produced by electrical currents found in and around the home, at school, in the workplace and other electrical transmission areas. Uses a 9v battery.

     Mode 1: 1 mG to 10 mG
     Mode 2: 0.1 mG to 1 mG

Electromagnetic Field Tester

The Electromagnetic Field Tester, Model EMF-200A is designed to provide the user a quick, reliable and easy way to measure electromagnetic field radiation levels around power lines, home appliances and industrial devices.

	Range (in milligauss): 0.1 mG to 199.9 mG.
	Band Width:            30 Hz to 400 Hz
	Number of Axes:	  	Single axis
	Battery:		9v Transistor type battery

Due to the EM interference of the environment, the display heading may show small values before testing, for example less than 0.5 milligauss. This is not a malfunction. With the tester in hand, move slowly toward objects noting any change in EMF.

Field Strength Meter

 Excellent aid for any type of antenna development, experiment or adjustment. Useful for making and observing radiation patterns of antennas. Measures TV coax distribution loss in a building. Detects electronic instrumentation cross talk due to RFI (EMI). Defines the difference between balanced and unbalanced transmission lines. Measures microwave-oven leakage, TV and computer terminal radiation. Helps define safety distance. Determines RF level in radio environment and concealed area. Sniffs 60 cycle noise from motors. Will measure RF level in your equipment resulting from different grounding methods. Demonstrates antenna polarization as an instructional instrument. RF safety monitor for individuals working in RF field. Can be used as a power meter for very low power. Transmission Locator (T-Hunt).

     Frequency response: DC to 12 Ghz
     Relative sensitivity: 0.1% or .001 + 1 dgt.
     Gain: Antenna dependent
     Detectable Power Range (injected signal): 
          - at 100 Mhz: 57 dBm to 11 dBm, 2 nano watts to 60 microwatts
          - at 500 Mhz: 45.5 dBm to 8 dBm, 15 nano watts to 150 microwatts
     Display: Large 3.5 digit LCD with internal low battery voltage 
	indicator (7.2V or less)
     Power: Standard 9V transistor battery
     Power Dissipation: typically less than 20 mW
     Size: 3"W x 4.2"H x 1.5"D  Heavy duty plastic box
     Operating temperature: 0 to 50 C

Geiger Counter

(Popular Electronics, July 1992) Used to check the background radiation of a given location and the presence of Radon gas. This Geiger Counter, which is based on the gas-ionization method of detection, will give visual and audible indications of local radioactivity. It can be used to detect nuclear radiation or contamination in and around your home, to prospect for uranium and measure background radiation. In fact, it can even be used to detect solar flares. Approximately 11 pulses per minute is considered to be normal background radiation.


G.E.I.S.T. which stands for Geophysically Equipped Instrument of Scientific Testing is a computer-based monitoring system capable of monitoring, recording and testing the environment without anyone being present at the time. Designed and built by Stan Suho, G.E.I.S.T. is hooked up to a laptop computer and through a 'polling device'. Attached to the 'polling device' are various instruments that can register static electricity (negative ions), electromagnetic disturbances, radiation, smells, infrared and ultraviolet lights and much more. If an anomaly is detected, it will register the event to the hard-drive of the computer and even take a photograph of the event, if it is set up so. It can be used indoors or outdoors and has proven itself in numerous field investigations.

Magnetic Field Detector MFD-1

Environmental Electronics, Inc., (PO Box 980, Goshen, IN. 46527).

MFD-1 was designed by a respected electrical engineer who became concerned about the possible health risks associated with long-term exposure to low-level magnetic fields. He invented MFD-1 when he could not find an affordable instrument to measure his exposure.

It detects and measures the strength and direction of many of the low level electromagnetic fields which have been linked to serious illnesses. MFD-1 is very sensitive and has a range of 0.25 milliGauss to 57 milliGauss.

     Bandwidth: 20-10,000 Hz
     Range: 0.25-57 mG
     Power: One 9V battery
     Battery life: Nominally 20 hrs
     Dimensions: 1 x 2 5/8 x 6 11/16
     Weight: 7 oz

Multidetector II Profi Professional EMF Meter

This is an ideal EMF meter for night, hand-held use. If features a 10 digit, LED scale for the gauss reading rather than an unlit, analog scale. It's relatively simple to use, lightweight and appears to be very rugged. it is highly adjustable with a low-pass and high-pass filter settings, 4-position attenuation settings and magnetic or electromagnetic modes.

Negative Ion Detector (Static Field Detector)

(Popular Electronics, May 1993). Can be used to detect the presence and indicate the relative amount of free ions in the air. Designed to indicate ion emissions from ion generators, high-voltage leakage points, static-electricity sources, electric-field gradients and in other situations where the presence of ions or a measurement of their relative flux density is required. The front cover features, a sensitivity control with on-off switch, a high-flux indicator lamp, and a panel meter. An antenna, mounted on the top of the unit, serves as an external ion collector.

Night Vision Binoculars

(Moonlight Products, 5965 Pacific Center Blvd., Suite 711, San Diego, CA. 92121, 619-625-0300). Moonlight MPN 30K Night Vision Binoculars are professional quality, starlight devices that provide extremely powerful viewing in very low ambient light conditions. The 2nd generation night vision binoculars use the principle of intensifying natural moonlight and starlight. They provide up to 30,000X light amplification and feature quality optics with a 2.5 X image magnification.

          Length: 8.0" (203 mm)
          Width: 5.5" (140 mm)
          Height: 3.6" (91.5 mm)
     Weight: 2.53 lbs. (1147.58 g)
     Image Intensification: Maximum 30,000X
     Visual Magnification: 2.5 power
     Field of View: 15 degrees minimum
     Focusing Distance: Fixed (15 Feet (4.57 m) - Infinity)
     Interpupillary Distance: 58-74 mm
     Operating Voltage: 3 volts (2 ea. AA batteries)
     Operating Temperature: -30 to +30 C
     Resolution (on the optical axis): Not less than 33 mm -1

Tremolo Meter (Voice-Stress Analyzer)

(Popular Electronics, March, 1996, Vista, PO Box 1425, Bolingbrook, IL. 60440, 708-378-5534) This device can be used when interviewing a victim of an alleged haunted house to see if he/she is under undue stress or is fabricating the encounter. It can be used in person or after the fact by replaying any tape-recorded conversations. It directly measures the percentage of amplitude modulation in a voice.

Tri-Field Meter

It detects changes in extremely weak static (or "natural") electric and magnetic fields. It signals with both a tone and the movement of a needle-type gauge if either the electric or magnetic field changes from previous levels. A radio and microwave detector is also included, which reads radio power directly if any transmitters are nearby. Because man-made AC electric and magnetic fields are very common and could interfere with readings of static fields, the meter has been designed to ignore the AC fields of power lines, appliances, etc.

This meter was designed to satisfy the need for natural field measurements in specialized research areas. It can detect "geomagnetic storms" caused by unusual solar activity interacting with the ionosphere (which results in rapid changes of up to 10% in the Earth's magnetic field), as well as the electrical activity of ordinary thunderstorms. Ball lightning should in theory be associated with a strong magnetic field, and magnetization of metal has been reported with some UFO sightings. When set on MAGNETIC, the Natural EM Meter will signal the movement of any strong magnetic source in the sky, even if the sky is cloudy or the source dips behind a hill. Because construction materials generally do not block magnetic fields, the meter can be placed indoors and work equally well. Due to the built-in tone, it can be used in the dark.

The meter is sensitive to changes of as little as 0.5% of the strength of the Earth's magnetic field, and the tone will sound whether the field increases or decreases. If the magnetic field then becomes stable for more than about five seconds, the tone will stop and the needle will return to zero. The meter will remain at rest until the field changes again. The threshold level, or "squelch", of the tone is adjustable. The user determines the amount of change in the magnetic field (within a 0.5 second interval) required to sound the tone. If the field changes by the threshold amount, the tone will come on at a low pitch. If the amount of change is larger, the tone's pitch will be higher.

When the dial is set to ELECTRIC, the meter is sensitive to electric fields as weak as 3 V/m (volts per meter). To illustrate just how feeble this is, a 10'x10'x10' room filled with a field of this strength has a total amount of energy equivalent to that required to lift a single grain of table salt 1/50th of an inch. Indoors, electric fields typically fluctuate 1 or 2 V/m. By setting the minimum sensitivity to change at 3 V/m, we have designed the meter to disregard this "background noise". Human beings and animals usually emit an electric field which is easily detectable using the Natural EM Meter. In fact, the meter can be used as a motion-activated intruder alarm. It is so sensitive that it can detect the presence of a person through a wall. Though it is not foolproof in this capacity, (sometimes a person will carry no electric charge and thus be "invisible" to the meter) its sensitivity is of interest to researchers in the field of parapsychology, especially "ghost hunters".

Radio/Microwave directly reads radio waves from 100 KHz to 3 GHz.

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Tritium-charged Compass.

All compasses point to true north unless they come into contact with a strong magnetic or electromagnetic field. Then they will deflect in the direction of that field deviation. They can be a cheap EMF detector. This one is equipped with radio-active charged Tritium which allows it to be used in total darkness.

Raytek Raynger ST.

Low-cost Non-contact temperature measurement tool. ST2L, Raynger ST hand-held, battery- operated non-contact thermometer is compact, rugged and simple to operate. This everyday maintenance tool is easy for anyone to use without special training. It doesn't need focusing or calibrating. Simply aim, pull the trigger and read the temperature. Since you don't have to touch what you're measuring, temperatures of hazardous, hard-to-reach and moving materials can be taken without getting burned or shocked and without contamination.

The ST Thermometer spots heat problems early in electrical and mechanical systems, machinery and equipment as well as helps avoids costly repairs. Proven circuitry assures accuracy and repeatability, even for targets as small as 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter. ST2L measures temperatures from 0 to 750 F (-18 to 400 C). Black and grey Raygner ST is powered by a single 50-hour, 9- Volt battery with low-battery indicator. LCD backlight reduces battery life. The 9.5 ounce unit is 5.4"x1.6"x7.7".

                      ST2L Specifications
Temperature range        0 to 750 F (-18 to 400 C)
Nominal D:S              8:1
Accuracy                 2% of reading or 3 F
Repeatability            1% of reading by 1 digit
Response time            500 ms
Spectral response        7 to 18 microns nominal
Emissivity               Pre-set 0.95
Temperature Display      1 F or C switch selectable
Ambient operating range  32 to 120 F (0 to 50 C)

Sony Nightvision Cameras and Monitoring Equipment

Sony 8mm Nightvision Cameras is an efficient way of monitoring and recording an investigation in total darkness. The cameras emit an invisible Infrared illumination which is then picked up by the cameras optics and transferred into a viewable image. The beam of Infrared light does not interfere with the investigator's own nightvision as it is invisible to the naked eye.

Cameras are mounted on tripods and connected to a Swann Quad Processor which are then hooked up to a flat-screen television monitor. In that way, the investigator can see, in "real time", what the camera is recording and what may be going on in the room that is being monitored at the time. The monitor is split into 4 sections allowing researchers to view 4 different cameras on the same screen or they can instantly go full- screen in color if an area is very active. The Ghost Research Society has used this set-up in the past to record floating orbs and objects normally invisible to the naked eye. Nightvision goggles are enhanced while using the camcorder.




Safe Range EMF Meter

This EMF Meter is a compact and easy to use Magnetic Field strength meter. The EMF meter can be used indoors or outdoors for measuring any electric device or power lines. There are 5 LED's, each represents a field strength range as follows:

GREEN - "Normal" zone - Normal background Magnetic Field 0-1.5 milliGauss GREEN - "Low" zone - Low-Level Magnetic Field 1.5-2.5 milliGauss YELLOW - "Caution" zone - Mid-Level Magnetic Field - 2.5-10 milliGauss ORANGE - "High" zone - High-level Magnetic Field - 10-20 milliGauss RED - "Warning" zone - Extremely high Magnetic Field - 20+ milliGauss


Detection Range - 0-20+ milliGauss Detection Frequency - 50/60 Hz (50 to 1000 Hz- ELF) (1000 to 20,000 Hz - VLF) Accuracy - 5% (typical) Operating Temperature - 0-120 degrees F (-18 to 49C) Battery Requirements - 9 Volt battery Size & Weight - 5.75"(L) x 2.25"(W) x 1" (H); 6 ounces Comes with a 9V battery installed Economical battery use and very sturdy Sensitive accurate readings and made in the U.S.A.

Ordering: You can order it directly from Meter for $39.95.

Hydrogen Sulfide Detector

An extremely easy, inexpensive device that detects hydrogen sulfide gas which is often described as a "rotten egg" smell. The smell is sometimes associated with paranormal phenomena and has been encountered by clients in the past who have had occurrences going on in their home at the time. For more information and where to find this device Visit the GFG website

Infrared Still Camera



The Moultrie Model I40 Digital Game Camera was actually designed for capturing pictures of wildlife without the bright flash that normal cameras output. These infrared cameras produce no visible white flash but instead send out a burst of invisible infrared light at a distance of approximately 50 feet. 4.0 Mega pixels. However the resolution in enhanced mode is 2400 x 1800 lines of resolution. The unit is also capable of taking both low resolution (320x240) or high resolution (640x480) video from 4 minutes, 50 seconds to around 1 minute, 10 seconds. Built in memory is 32 mb, however it can be equipped with up to a 4 GB SD card for even more picture taking. Each picture after it is downloaded into a computer displays the time and date, lunar phase and temperature at which the picture was taken. The unit operates on 6 D-cell batteries. The very first time this unit was used it produced a very clear image of 3-4 distinct "shadow" people in a corridor of Waverly Hills Sanitarium. These units can be purchased at any major sporting goods store such as Cabela's, Bass Pro Shops or even at The camera can be mounted on a tripod for automatic picture taking when motion is detected or completely manual mode. Cost is around $199.00.






Motion Detectors

These HomeSafe Infrared motion detectors produce an invisible beam of infrared light from the transmitter that is than picked up by the receiver for up to 60 feet away. Trigger mode can be set to Alarm, Chime or Continue chime selection and has a high, middle and low setting for the volume. Motion detectors are used for various purposes including protecting areas under inspection and investigation from possible contamination from other investigators, animals or natural causes as well as paranormal possibilities.  Paranormal uses include the triggering of the device by dark matter, paranormal mists or objects that was caused to fall over by unnatural means. Powered by 3 AA batteries or AC plugs.


EM Pump

Electromagnetic Pumps create a low level magnetic field or magnetic field white noise. Since the frequency and duration changes, think of it as a Beacon or trigger device. Some like to use it in an area to try to capture EVP or Photographic Evidence because the thought is by flooding the area with electromagnetic energy, ghosts may be able to feed off that energy for a possible manifestation. When first turned on a green light will glow for approximately 30 seconds indicating the the pump is emitting EMF frequencies of .1 to 34 Hz, then it will glow blue for 15 seconds and send out EMF frequencies of 64 to 128 Hz and finally the highest range is a red glow for approximately 1.5 seconds of a frequency of 256 Hz. Built by Bill Chapell of Digital Dowsing:




Reverse EVP Transmitter

The idea behind R.EVP "Reverse EVP" is to attempt spirit communication by reproducing sound in a magnetic field. One of the ways EVP is captured is by magnetic induction. Think of it this way, if you're trying to communicate with a non-physical being i.e. no body, ears, middle ear, etc. How are they hearing you?  This device is used in conjunction with the tape recorders you are attempting to capture EVPs on. You simply connect a microphone into the unit and your voice will be broadcasted as a magnetic field which can indeed by picked up by EMF devices. Perhaps with this device we are talking in a language that ghosts will truly understand.  Built by Bill Chapell of Digital Dowsing:




Digital Thermometer Pyrometer TIF7000


The TIF digital pyrometers combine laboratory precision with unsurpassed speed and ease of use.  Each of the standard probes supplied with the instrument is individually calibrated.  These units offer unequaled accuracy in its price range, super-fast settling time to 99%, adjustment free interchangeable probes, switch selected for F or C, custom fitted instrument case, display update 3 times per second, large easily read display and instantaneous temperature readings which is essential for paranormal work. Rather than wait for digital thermometers to settle by tenths of a degree, this device equipped with Air Probe is designed to provide practically instantaneous temperature readings from -40F to over 1000F. The sensor wires (visible within the probe tip) are only .004 inches (0.1 mm) thick in order to provide rapid response. Each unit also comes equipped with a Surface contact Probe and a Immersion Probe for indicating the temperature of liquids. This is by far the most accurate temperature device on the market and seriously should be considered by paranormal investigators.





Van de Graff Generator


The Van de Graff Generator deposits a very large amount of positive electrical charge on the metal collector (oblate, dome, globe). This massive volume of positive electrical charge produces a spectacular display of lightning and other phenomena. The unit purchased was 10-060, 200,000 kilovolt unit with a discharge wand. While a great deal of scientific experiments can be performed with this device, its use in ghost hunting is simply; a known energy source. By starting up this unit, a room can become greatly charged with electrical energy, creating the possibility of spirits using that energy for manifestations, EVP, spirit photography or other experiments. Great caution must be employed near computers, cell phones, stereos as it does produce a great deal of energy which can be quite harmful to such devices. This unit should be used in an area devoid of such devices such as an abandoned sanitarium, jail, old building or vacant structure.  Similar units can be purchased from Ramsey Electronics, 590 Fishers Station Dr., Victor, NY. 14564, 800-446-2295. Call for a complete catalog.





Video Ovilus

I.C.E.S. (Intelligent Communicator of Earthbound Spirits) is actually a Video Ovilus device designed and built by Bill Chapell of Digital Dowsing: . This device was first used and seen on "Ghost Adventures" and combines the features of the previous Ovilus but takes it a step further. The idea behind the Ovilus is that there is a built in phonetic library of words in a database and that when questions are asked, spirits can manipulate that database and draw out the words they require for a response. However not only do you hear the word through the built-in speaker, you can see the words in a set of specially designed goggles that display the word in real time. In front of the unit is an built-in camera and several Infrared LED's which allow the user to see in total darkness at the time of the recordings. The unit can also be hooked directly up to a camcorder and responses can then be recorded when conducting EVP sessions. Only a limited amount of these units were being built at this time and they were priced at $600 which included shipping. The device can be a useful tool for EVP sessions and works quite differently from the Frank's Box as no radio frequencies are used.

Each unit is personalized on the unit case itself and the goggle display is also permanently etched with the phrase of your choice, our in case, the name we chose; I.C.E.S.






The Electromagnetic Field Radiation Tester or Melmeter Model: Mel-8707-R is a complex and delicate instrument specifically designed to determine the magnitude of electromagnetic field radiation generated by power lines, computer's monitor, TV sets, video machinery and many other similar devices. Some of the many features include: dual function meter display that show EMF and temperature value at the same time, built in LED glow lamp, records maximum, minimum readings with Recall, LCD display is backlit, data hold capability, fast button used for fast EMF measurement. The EMF field recorded can be read and displayed in either micro Tesla or milli-Gauss units and the sensitivity for hot and cold fluctuations I found were better than most other units I had tested in the past with the exception of the TIF7000 Pyrometer. This is a Single-axis device indicating that only fields directly in front of the unit will be detected. There is a tri-pod screw for a tri-pod on the back of the unit plus a fold-out flap for standing the the unit upright. This is one of the better EMF units on the market today next to the Tri-Field Natural EM Meter and runs around $119.  It can be found at:





Full Spectrum Camera


Can be ordered from: price $194.95 including shipping. They also produce a deep Infrared camera as well. The Full Spectrum Camera has been used by Robb Demarest and his team from "Ghost Hunters International".


IR Illuminator

This Infrared illuminator is the perfect companion to the Full Spectrum Camera listed above. It runs off a single 9v battery for almost 10 hours and can illuminate around 30 feet away. It can also be mounted to a variety of other cameras and camcorders as it does have a boot adaptable to most units.  This unit has been used on "Ghost Hunters International".  It can be purchased from:








Bionic Ear

The Bionic Ear is a versatile device for which a variety of paranormal applications can be applied to. The sound detection system is powerful enough to pick up a human conversation at a distance of 300 feet or more away. You can apply this device to listen for faint disembodied voices or sounds in real time during an investigation or detect noises at a distance. With simple adaptation you can actually record these sounds with a digital tape recorder for later analysis and at the same time listen to them in real time.  Various sites on Ebay sell these devices from $23 up to over $175 for almost exactly the same device. Beware when ordering them through Ebay as even the cheapest priced device is essentially the same as the higher priced units.







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