WALKIE TALKIES

Walkie Talkies are handy for paranormal investigators. More so if you work with other groups. You may have to split up from your group if you cover a large area. It can be unsafe during a lone vigil in the dark in a new location. Access to a walkie-talkie where you can push a button and talk is vital. And could allow you to catch more evidence of paranormal activity. You can catch more due to being able to coordinate with your group. They can help keep your team safe as well in dangerous locations. Examples include derelict buildings or dark places with trip hazards.

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Handy Communication Devices

Walkie talkies are more than just kids' toys. They are useful tools in any paranormal investigator's kit. If you often go ghost hunting in groups - and you or another group member love wandering off alone - these handy communication devices will keep you in contact with the group at all times.

Learn how walkie talkies can improve the ghost hunting experience, and what you need to look out for to find the best set of radios for your next spooky adventure.

Staying Connected With Walkie Talkies

Those who love ghost hunting in a pair or group should seriously consider buying a two-way radio. These radios, more commonly called walkie talkies, allow you to communicate with each other, without the need for phone calls or cell reception.

Walkie talkies make use of radio signals to communicate with each other. When you speak into a walkie talkie, it converts your voice into a radio signal, which is then picked up by other walkie talkies that are tuned to the same channel. These signals are then converted back into sound, and the person on the other side hears your voice.

Can you see how this can be handy when ghost hunting?

Long-range walkie talkies can stay connected over 1 mile when used indoors, and over 3 miles when used in a field. And with ghost hunts happening both indoors and outdoors, these communication devices are just what you need.

Whether you're out prowling through Highgate Cemetery in the dark, looking for orbs, or getting lost in the catacombs under your local cathedral, two-way radios will ensure that your ghost hunting team is never out of reach.

Do you have a haunted house you're investigating and each team member takes one room? Walkie talkies are unrivalled in such a situation. You can switch off your radio if you're busy recording some electronic voice phenomena, but switch it on if you need to check in with someone on the top floor.

How To Pick A Walkie Talkie For Ghost Hunting

Knowing how to pick the right radio will set you on your way towards a great ghost hunting adventure (as well as any other outdoor activities).

But, how do you know which set of radios is best for you? Of course, there are some big names in the industry, like Midland Radios or any two-way radio that's licensed through Ofcom, but these are not always the right walkie talkies for you.

Below are some factors to consider when choosing walking talkies for your next ghost hunt:

Ghost hunting environment

Before purchasing two-way radios, you need to consider where you'll be ghost hunting most frequently. If your team tends to stay close together, then short-range radios will work fine. However, if the group tends to split up over larger areas, like in woodlands or across estates, then a long-range radio is your best bet.

Where you go ghost hunting the most will determine what the best range is for your team.

VHF or UHF frequencies

Most radios can emit either VHF (very high frequency) or UHF (ultra high frequency).

VHF radios have longer wavelengths, so they can cover greater distances, but with less power. UHF radios have shorter wavelengths, but they work great indoors as they can penetrate obstacles.

Power of the radio

As a rule, each watt of power equates to one mile of cover. So, the higher the power of the walkie talkie, the greater the distance. There is, of course, a limit to this, with some 5-watt radios only having a range of around 3 miles.

Some radios have a high-power mode, where you can increase the walkie talkie's power to improve the range, but it will drain the battery.

Licensing

You don't need a licensed two-way radio from Ofcom, but having one means you'll be able to operate on secure frequencies with no external interruptions. A license will last you five years and is a good option for professional paranormal investigators.

Battery life

You definitely want a radio with a good battery life. There's nothing worse than trying to reach your team during a paranormal investigation, only to realise your walkie talkies have died.

Radios with rechargeable batteries are better options than those with replaceable batteries, as you can check how much charge is left and make sure you're fully charged before your next ghost hunt. And don't forget to bring along your power bank!

Sound quality

You want a two-way radio with clear, crisp sound. Ghost hunting is a predominantly silent activity as you look and listen for any ghostly signs.

You want the volume of your radio to be turned down low so you don't miss any ghostly voices, but still want to be able to clearly hear what your teammates are saying over the radio.

Additional features

  • Consider the antenna design and where you plan on carrying your device. Antennas can snap off in backpacks or purses.

  • Ghost hunting outside means you might get caught in a rainstorm, so look for water-resistant radios.

  • Consider how many channels the radios have. The more channels you have, the better chances you have of finding a channel without interference.

Using Walkie Talkies For Ghost Communication

There's no shortage of ghost communicators on the market. Most paranormal investigators use EVP recorders to capture ghostly voices or sit down with a Ouija board to contact the spirits.

But, radio frequencies have long been used to reach out to those across the veil.

Ever heard of a spirit box? These ghost communicators scan AM and FM radio frequencies, and ghosts communicate through these devices using the frequencies.

Based on that, it should come as no surprise that your walkie talkie may also pick up some ghostly interference.

Although not a popular conduit for ghostly communication, we don't make the rules when it comes to how the spirits reach out to us. So, it is not too far-fetched to realise they could use the walkie talkie strapped at your hip to communicate!

Wrapping Up

There are many benefits to taking a walkie talkie with you on your next ghost hunt. Modern two-way radios have a great range, allowing you to stay in touch with your fellow ghost hunters even while underground or in built-up areas.

Their small size means they're easy to slip into your pack along with the rest of your ghost hunting kit.

Whether you're ghost hunting at the many haunted castles in the UK, or exploring your neighbourhood's abandoned houses, a quality set of two-way radios means you'll always be in contact. And who knows, an entity from the spirit realm might just use your radio to get in contact with you, too!

FAQ

FAQ 1

What are walkie-talkies?

Two-way radios are handheld devices allowing people to talk to each other over short distances. Without the need for a phone or network connection. They use radio waves to transmit and receive audio signals.

FAQ 2

What should I look for when choosing a walkie-talkie?

When choosing a walkie-talkie, consider the range, battery life, durability, and ease of use. And make sure the two-way radios you choose are compatible with each other. It's vital to check the radios work together if you have more than two.

FAQ 3

How do I use two-way radios?

Using two-way radios is simple. To talk with another person, turn on the walkie-talkie. Then select the same channel or frequency. And press the push-to-talk button to speak. Release the button to listen to the other person's response.

FAQ 4

What is the range of a walkie-talkie?

The range of two-way radios can vary. Depending on factors such as terrain, obstructions, and weather conditions. In general, most walkie-talkies have a range of 1–2 miles in open terrain. While more powerful models may have a range of up to 20 miles. Or more in ideal conditions.

FAQ 5

Why do you recommend walkie-talkies for ghost hunters?

Many ghost hunts occur in old and abandoned buildings. In these places, conditions may not be safe. If splitting up into groups, we recommend keeping two-way radios. Keep them to hand should any accident occur. You can check in with other team members if you hear noises from other areas. It allows you to see if it was them or not.