" Ranger " / FAQ Results @ seintl.com
Ranger / Can I use a GM Survey Meter to detect radiation in food, water, and soil?
A Geiger counter is a "Yes or no and how much" type of detector. They cannot determine the distribution of the incident radiation energy, so they cannot identify which potential isotopes are present. To identify specific isotopes, a radiation spectrum analyzer with a sensitive enough scintillation detector for the application would be necessary. Geiger counters are ideal for basic screening, especially if you do long timed counts and, in most instances, will give you an indication regarding foods that are significantly contaminated.
When using a Geiger counter to test food, you should take into consideration that the meter is likely missing a bit of the radiation. This is due to the shielding of the radiation by the density of food, and the limitations posed by the detection range of the meter. Alpha radiation can be detected on the food's surface, but can be blocked if there is internal contamination. You can better test food by grinding it into a paste and taking a timed count. This may give an indication that you have contamination in your food, though it will not qualify what type of radiation may be present in the sample.
Water and food can also be a shield for radiation, so unless there is gamma radiation our instruments are not the most ideal without a little processing of the material in question (beta and alpha will not move very far in water and will be shielded by it). You can take a sample of the water and run it through a filter and test the filter or you can evaporate it down and test the swipe on a Ranger Survey Meter with a Wipe Test Plate, however, the URSA-II with the appropriate detector would be much more efficient for this application, but scintillation based instruments are more expensive than the handheld GM based alternatives. Regardless, most of the higher energy betas and gamma radiation that falls within the sensitivity of the detector will be measured.
It is important to remember to establish a background count prior to surveying your samples. To do this, use your Radiation Alert Ranger in the Timed Count mode and take a background count of at least 10 minutes. Then, divide the total counts displayed on the unit by the number of minutes of your count. For instance, if you take a 10 minute timed count, divide the total counts by 10. If you're taking a 24 hour background count, then divide the total by 1440 (the number of minutes in a 24 hour period) to get your Counts Per Minute background level. The longer you take a timed count, the more statistically accurate your reading will be. You will then subtract that amount from the readings of your sample.
Ranger / Are The Radiation Alert Ranger models sensitive to higher elevations and pressure?
Ranger / How many data points does the Ranger have in the internal memory?
1 save per minute is 60 save per hour. 60 saves over a 24 hour period is 1440 saves. 5452 divided by 1440 is 3.7 days.
1 save per every 10 minutes is 6 saves per hour. 6*24=144 saves. 5452 divided by 144=37 days.
Ranger / When I connect my Ranger to the computer with the included USB cable and use the Observer USB Software to download the data, I see the column headers, but there is no data. Is there a possible solution?
1) Right Click the Observer USB icon in the system tray.
2) Click Exit Observer USB
3) Restart your computer
4) Once the computer has rebooted, plug your unit back into the computer.
5) If the software window still does not launch, power cycle the M200 while it is plugged into the computer.
1) Click Start > Control Panel on your PC
2) Click on Clock, Language, and Region
3) Under Region and Language, click Change the date, time, or number format
4) In the Region and language window, select English (United States) from the Format drop down menu.
5) Click Additional Settings to open the Customize Format window.
6) Make sure that the Decimal Separator is a period and the List Separator is a comma
7) Click Apply and close the Customize Format Window.
8) Click Apply and close the Region and language window.
9) Restart your computer.
10) Restart your unit and plug it back in via the provided USB cable.
Restart your unit and plug it back in via the provided USB cable. If you are still experiencing issues retrieving your data, please try the steps under United States (above). If that does not resolve the issue, please contact us at the following link: http://seintl.com/contact/tech_support.html>http://seintl.com/contact/tech_support.html Windows 10:
1) Click Start > Control Panel on your PC
2) Click on Time and Language
3) Click Additional date, time, & regional settings to open the Clock, Language, and Region window.
4) Under Region, click Change date, time or number formats to open the Region window
5) Select English (United States) from the Format drop down menu.
6) Click Additional Settings to open the Customize Format window.
7) Make sure that the Decimal Separator is a period and the List Separator is a comma
8) Click Apply and close the Customize Format Window
9) Click Apply and close the Region and language window.
10) Restart your computer
Restart your unit and plug it back in via the provided USB cable. If you are still experiencing issues retrieving your data, please try the steps under United States (above). If that does not resolve the issue, please contact us at the following link: http://seintl.com/contact/tech_support.html>http://seintl.com/contact/tech_support.html