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Nigel Mortimer began to build ghost boxes in early 2017 after he developed the idea that symbolism and electronics combined might help discarnate spirits and other none human life forms to communicate with traditional spirit box devices in an improved way. Having previously worked with the natural energetic frequencies of the very ancient ‘swastika stone’ carving found on Ilkley Moor in Yorkshire, England since the 1980’s, he noted that this seemed to resemble the four natural elements found within our physical reality (plus an extra ‘missing’ element – the 5th Element shown on the carving as an extended ‘extra’ carved arm of the swastika motif). Locals to the area call the carving the ‘Farmers Cross’ or ‘Fylfot’, being a symbol of good luck and the “universal wheel” of the life force; of course nothing to do with the negative associations given to the ‘swastika’ symbol during the 1930 -40’s and since.
Nigel decided to name his ghost box builds after the ‘Fylfot’ – The FCD or ‘Fylfot Communications Device’ and began to offer these ITC instruments to the public at a price that he hoped would be affordable to most, as his moral ethics were to allow anyone to use and develope ghost boxes who wished to do so – until this time something, due to very high prices of ghost boxes so far – had been unobtainable to many.
In no time, the FCD Mk4 became one of the most popular ghost boxes in the UK, selling over 500 units during the first 10 months of 2018.
Towards the end of that year, Nigel decided to look at new designs for the FCD ghost boxes and sought to build a new box, the ‘Vortex’ – which would have an adjustable sweep control. His first intention was to house this in a wooden case, but this proved to be too expensive (and as it has always been the the ethos that FCD Ghost boxes should be of good quality – but always affordable), so a new direction had to be taken on any future builds into 2019 in order to achieve this.
FCD move on with new improvements so that the FCD brand of ghost boxes could continue in a way which has enabled an evolution towards a ghost box / portal which is more sturdy, with a hard-wearing case, tough to take any knocks out on investigations, weather resistant, easier to operate and incorporating that essential continous and adjustable linear sweep and reverb for a clearer sound and a better connection with the spirit world.
So, a new model has been born as we start 2019. Simply called the ‘FCD MK4+ Ghost Box’
March 2019 UPDATE A few minor improvements have been made to the FCD Ghost Box: New battery holders on the rear that have been screwed and plastic welded to the case. The radio now has its own on-off toggle switch (now placed on the side) -no more fumbling around for that tiny slider on the battery holder.
It’s Here! The all new FCD Mk4+ Ghost Box for 2019
What’s new? No more pushing that FM scan button – the FCD MK4+ has an all new continous scan using DSP so silence between snippets of sounds and very clear. Plus, Reverb on/off option, extending antenna whip full length and detacheable, better printed control panel on hardwearing vinyl, easier to use battery holders, smart new wood effect look, etc. Keeping the features that made the original MK4 like the handy carry handle, AUX out socket, and the FCD 5th Elelment antenna crystal booster pack. The ghost box still retains the bluetooth and USB options which give it an extra dimension to use apps and soundbanks with it.
I always listen to my customers and it has become clear in the last few months of 2019 that the legendary FCD Mk4 Ghost Box & Portal in one (not the newer MK4+), is still much sought after although it went into retirement in late 2018. It was a nice box, but it could have been improved and that is why it was replaced with the current FCD GHOST BOX in 2019. But, what if we could build on the MK4, same looks, but including an additional set of new features like continous and adjustable sweep (no more constantly pressing that sweep button throughout sessions…) easier to use battery housing, whip extendable antenna, etc. In fact, all the new features of the current FCD GHOST BOX, but in the style of the MK4 keeping the wood effect look, bluetooth and USB input functionailty, and reverb effect. It is something I am seriously considering.
I am currently experimenting on such a build and hope to have a demo test version ready sometime in May 2019. Keep watching!
Looking to the Future: I am considering updating the type of antenna whip and location on the side of the MK4+. This will give the radio in the box set up a different look, but in all senses it will work exactly the same. I’m also working hard to find a way that we can add an adjustable sweep to the current set up. Maybe something for 2020.
Continuing to work on the next stage of implementation for an adjustable sweep rate in the next FCD Mk 4 series ghost box/ portals. At the early breadboard experimental stage, but soon to be tested on perfboard prototyping.
The aim is to be able to keep the existing FCD MK4+ radio set up and add this unique home built sweep generator to be able to adjust the sweep rate from fast to slow, to stop. Looking to add this to the FCD range in early 2020 or sooner.
The latest addition to the FCD Ghost Box range -the MK5 (adjustable) is something of a quality build. All hand made from start to finish by Nigel, comprising of a solid wood case and a very ornate yet durable construction, the MK5 brings a touch of class to the current ghost box market.
Like the MK4 models, the MK5 boasts a complete multimedia bluetooth input system that makes this more than a stand alone ghost box. It is a portal too. Leather carry strap and metal corner protections give the box that tough , yet elegant look, completed by the wax polish wood finish that allows the natural beauty of the grain to show through. There is even a burnt wood stamped FCD logo on the case.
But is the MK5 practical? It uses the same sucessful radio set up that remains very popular in the MK4+, giving a loud clear tone through its 10W mono speaker enriched by the wood it is housed in. The telescopic fixed antenna gives excellent reception and in most cases this can be left down and still receives strong FM signal reception. All in all a lovely looking ghost box, with a quality build to match. More coming soon….
Extra: The MK5 will not be replacing the very popular MK4+ Adjust which was launched in early 2020.
New Look in 2020 for the MK4+ Adjust
All the MK4 and MK4+ ghost box/portals have been superceeded by the MK4+ ADJUST model in early 2020. The box has a new look and sturdy case, with a fantastic carry handle / phone cradle. The rotary controls that used ot be on top of the ghost box are now positioned on the sides with the toggle switches. The red button tuner is now on the right hand side front of the plastic speaker panel. The antenna has been built in a way that allows it to plug straight into the 5th Element crystal booster and is retractable. We like the new look…what do you think? It’s now available to order in the FCD website store and on ebay.co.uk.