A cordless position detection apparatus includes a position detection area and a pointer. A plurality of conductors are arranged side-by-side in the position detection area. The position detection area has a selection circuit for selecting single conductors, and a transmitting circuit that provides a transmitting signal having at least one harmonic to a selected conductor. A pointer for use with the position detecting area includes a resonance circuit which is tuned to an harmonic of the transmitting signal. The pointer is excited by the transmitting signal to oscillate and radiates a receiving signal. A receiving circuit in the detection apparatus detects the receiving signal in a selected conductor and processing means uses this received signal to determine a position indicated by the pointer.