I have stated before that DAS Distributing is by far my favorite manufacturer of Paranormal Equipment - and for many reasons. One of course, is the fact that the equipment is not merely "adapted" for use from its original intent and design for the paranormal field. DAS makes equipment designed from the very beginning to serve us paranormal investigators. DAS Distributing is run by Gary Galka, who is the inventor of the equipment. I own every piece of equipment they make (and Gary invents) - including several RT-EVP real time recorders, the P-SB7 spirit box, several static E-Pods, and several MEL-8704 meters of various types. It is very high quality equipment, and is effective. But, there is another more human reason I love the equipment and the company.
It is common for us, on ghost hunts, to ask, "Who's got the Mel meters?" We toss that name around without knowing how the equipment got its name. I am referring to the Mel 8704 EMF meter that, in my opinion, is the best one made. Well, here's the "rest of the story":
Gary Galka's daughter was named Melissa. He had always called her "Mel" for short since the time she was very young. I can relate to this, because I call my own daughter Ana when her full name is Anastasia. Several years ago Melissa, or "Mel," was on her way home one evening around midnight. For some unknown reason, she swerved off of the road and struck a tree. She sustained horrible injuries that night, which occurred on September 24, 2004. Mel was born in 1987. She was on life-support until September 28th, before her family made the decision to stop the life support, and she passed away. It was not long afterward that Gary’s new found interest in the paranormal field began. The MEL 8704, one of Gary's inventions that came out of that, was named for Mel, with the 87 being from the year of her birth, and the 04 from the year she passed away.
“Most of the proceeds from the product (Mel 8704) go to charities such as Compassionate Friends and other known charity organizations.” - Gary Galka