First of all, if you are an auditor who never misses reads during session then you do not need to read further. You are getting a perfect score with whatever you are using.
For the rest of us, reading a conventional e-meter is a constant challenge. If you take your eye off the needle to actually look at the preclear, you run the definite possibility of missing reads. If you keep your eyes glued to the meter dial in an effort to catch every twitch of the needle, you will eventually upset your preclear and he will go out of session.
Well trained auditors have addressed this problem for years by keeping a wide field of view so that they see the pc, the meter and the worksheets with a single glance. In a real world auditing situation, auditor fatigue and unexpected pc originations can cause an auditor to miss important reads and even fleeting floating needles.
21st century e-meters like the Virtual Clarity meter and the Theta Meter have graphic displays which capture every movement of the needle and display a 60 second history of all reads that have occurred. This is a real time capture so every instant read can be spotted and accurately recorded.
The auditor no longer has any reason to miss a read. All he has to do now is to find out what the read was in response to and whose charge caused the e-meter to read. If you are not checking ownership of charge with an advanced pc, you are running the serious risk of caving the pc in by trying to run charge that is not the pcs charge. As a side note, if your pc has been adjudicated as not not clear or never clear by COS robots, you will only compound their error by failing to check ownership of charge.
For a little technical background on the real differences between reading a swinging needle and reading a graphical trace of that needle action, let’s explain the difference between sampling an event and recording every instant of the event.
Sampling is what you do when you glance at the meter dial. If the needle is moving smoothly, you have a good chance of reading it correctly. If the needle pauses, you have to distinguish the difference between motion and no-motion. If the needle sticks in the presence of an implant, you have very little chance of spotting this if the sticking is of short duration. If the needle shows a tiny rockslam of short duration, you will probably miss it. When assessing prepared lists, even the best of auditors can miss reads occasionally, especially if the pc is upset and drifting out of session.
With all of the random activity going on, the auditor may also miss the fact that the Tone Arm is rising imperceptably because the rise is not great enough to warrent recentering the needle. In short, sampling is like a stop motion movie. If the sampling rate is high enough, all of the data is captured. If the auditor is distracted in any way, important imformation can be lost.
The 21st century meters record EVERY movement of the needle and shows that movement for up to several minutes depending on the meter you choose. After using one of these meters for a few days, you will discover that they capture reads you have never seen before. If you are a solo auditor, you will discover that these meters pick up every disagreement your entities have with you and your auditing. For example, you are in session with a really clean floating needle and you see your F/N graph dirty up with what looks like a dirty read or a microscopic rockslam. The meter needle does not even show this tiny read, but it is captured for all to see on the graphical display. If you inquire as to the source of this read and get in comm with the entity involved, the F/N will miraculously clean up, usually after a blowdown.
You will see an F/N as a smooth sinusoidal wave and you will see it expand and contract as you change your considerations about your state of mind. You will see that F/Ns can be quite short or they can also be almost unkillable. With the graphic display, you can audit confidently through an F/N and still pick up minute reads.
After you use on of these 21st century meters a while, you will notice that you almost never look at the needle movement because all of the data you require is being displayed on the graph.
The fact that they cost less than $500 and require no yearly adjustment makes them a must-have tool for any serious auditor. Send me an email and I will tell you how to get one that suits your needs.
Please be aware that this meter requires a Windows 7 computer for proper results. Older versions of Windows will not support all of the features of this meter.
– David St Lawrence – Old Auditor
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First published by OldAuditor on December 24, 2011