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Using a scanner as a 'Spirit Box'

Posted: 03 Mar 2016, 12:03
by solarstorm
Hi,

Im facinated with the paranormal and i wish to try some ghosthunting although i believe some of the equipment ive seen people use on the tele as possibly quite expensive. Ive got a couple of Scanners and an SDR dongle.
Is it possibe that if i took these items to a known haunted hotspot that a scanner can pick up any transmissions of a paranormal nature such as spirit voices , ghosts etc.. (would i need to modify the scanner in any way?)
Also is there any risks involved such as demonic attachment as the last thing i would want would be letting a demon attach itself and to follow me home!

any advise appreciated. please note this is not a troll question as i am serious about ghosthunting.

Re: Using a scanner as a 'Spirit Box'

Posted: 03 Mar 2016, 12:19
by Admiral
Although involving radios, I would suggest a paranormal forum may be more fruitful than this one.

Re: Using a scanner as a 'Spirit Box'

Posted: 03 Mar 2016, 12:21
by Buick Mackane
The only paranormal activity we have around here is oggys mod parker has been known to levitate, But only when his lambretta hits 22 mph

Re: Using a scanner as a 'Spirit Box'

Posted: 03 Mar 2016, 12:56
by Buick Mackane
solarstorm wrote:
Also is there any risks involved such as demonic attachment as the last thing i would want would be letting a demon attach itself and to follow me home!
Thats nothing to be concerned about, We call it the XYL

Re: Using a scanner as a 'Spirit Box'

Posted: 03 Mar 2016, 13:18
by Black Spirit
solarstorm wrote: Also is there any risks involved such as demonic attachment as the last thing i would want would be letting a demon attach itself and to follow me home!
You have been watching too many USA ghost hunting shows where they all seem to think "spirits" are all evil and want to cause harm and death. {bnghd}

I am on the fence with all that stuff but as for "spirit box's" I don't believe they do what they claim to do at all, Every time i watch for eg: Ghost Adventures and they pick something up to me what they say it says don't sound like it at all To me it is just a rouge transmission that it coincidentally skips past.

The EVP on a simple digital recorder is more interesting and plausible.

All they use on those shows is a modified radio with the ability to scan the band while still being able to here the white noise and with no antenna or internal antenna removed.

I suppose you could use a scanner but how would you be able to scan and hear the white noise at the same time ? That too would also have to be modified.

Re: Using a scanner as a 'Spirit Box'

Posted: 03 Mar 2016, 13:23
by Buick Mackane
No need for modifications, Heres what you do, Get yourself onto topband on a sunday afternoon and listen to admiral bad mouthing me, That'll scare ya :shock:

You'll also hear a strange noise attached to his transmissions, Thats him hoovering the fluff from his heathkit airvents

Re: Using a scanner as a 'Spirit Box'

Posted: 03 Mar 2016, 15:20
by zippy
don't no about scanners fella but them spirit boxes they flog are usually a radio shack am/fm set and they unsolder the pll lock pin so they just go into freefall and zip through the spectrum.

so you pay $100 for a $15 radio with ten minutes work done on it.

Re: Using a scanner as a 'Spirit Box'

Posted: 03 Mar 2016, 15:29
by Buick Mackane
We have a black spirit that haunts the forum late at night, You send broken radios to him and they mysteriously get posted back to you in working order, Ya dont need candles & a ouija board to summon him up, A jumbo with a dodgy VCO is all it takes to get his attention.

Re: Using a scanner as a 'Spirit Box'

Posted: 03 Mar 2016, 23:54
by kr0ne
Apparently you can modify certain types of scanner to receive messages from beyond the grave by simply blasting them at full power in the microwave for 3 minutes.

It only works on scanners costing more than £250 though.

*DISCLAIMER* This might not work.

Re: Using a scanner as a 'Spirit Box'

Posted: 05 Mar 2016, 20:41
by radiosification
solarstorm wrote: Is it possibe that if i took these items to a known haunted hotspot that a scanner can pick up any transmissions of a paranormal nature such as spirit voices , ghosts etc.. (would i need to modify the scanner in any way?)
No I can tell you for certain that there is absolutely no chance of detecting any sort of ghost or poltergeist using a scanner or SDR, although you might be able to trick yourself into thinking you can, if you try hard enough.

You might think you hear voices in the noise, if you listen for long enough. But don't worry, that's just you going (even more) crazy.

...Or it's just Jim from down the road on the local 2m repeater complaining about his illnesses.

Re: Using a scanner as a 'Spirit Box'

Posted: 05 Mar 2016, 20:44
by radiosification
These ghost hunter people are really deluded. I saw a video on YouTube once where they had a radio they claimed they could hear something paranormal on. When they presented it to the camera, I could quite easily hear that it was just a radio skipping around the FM broadcast radio band.

A great market to be in if you want to rip people off. They'll literally buy into anything.

Re: Using a scanner as a 'Spirit Box'

Posted: 07 Mar 2016, 11:29
by MrWeetabix
Derek Achorah you are a LIAR AND A FRAUD. Sue me....

Re: Using a scanner as a 'Spirit Box'

Posted: 07 Mar 2016, 16:27
by neil-c
Oh hold on, he has got Sam on his side aswell ;)

Re: Using a scanner as a 'Spirit Box'

Posted: 08 Mar 2016, 00:04
by bigbloke
I know the local tescos (channel2 - security) had several issues with spirits around xmas

shoplifters nicking vodka and scotch mainly :-)

Regards

BB

Re: Using a scanner as a 'Spirit Box'

Posted: 09 Mar 2016, 18:03
by zippy
looks like a post and hide wind-up thread to me, if the OP was really interested then he/she would have been back for a read by now.