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    Personal Radiation Detectors?

    Always wanted to get a Geiger Counter but it seems that personal radiation detectors are better according to the few articles I've read. Anyone familiar with these?

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    Get yourself one of these....The detector OR the Girl. BOTH are out of my price range so good luck and knock yourself out. Thats all I got.

    https://youtu.be/EEl_Zk14z7A

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    Not bad, But something simpler would be far better.

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    Keep a a egg in yer pocket 'n if you smell frying bacon and eggs you know you ded.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 10Gauge View Post
    Keep a a egg in yer pocket 'n if you smell frying bacon and eggs you know you ded.
    I think the idea is noticing and staying alive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winterfell View Post
    I think the idea is noticing and staying alive.
    ooooooooooooooooooh

    Then get a chicken. Kinda like a canary but bigger and tastier.

    Seriously though what's the point? If you're suddenly exposed to radiation then what? Flee along jam packed roads? IIRC they don't make actual effective radioactive iodine blockers or whatever those pills are that are supposed to keep your thyroid from absorbing lethal amounts of radiation. The ones on the market aren't really rated for the job.

    They make film badges that develop when exposed to radiation and you can tell what kind by the different 'pictures', but i didn't dig any deeper.
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    I wonder is they are all calibrated the same?
    The shortest distance between 2 "points" is a straight line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misc View Post
    Always wanted to get a Geiger Counter but it seems that personal radiation detectors are better according to the few articles I've read. Anyone familiar with these?
    Years ago I worked part time as a "consultant" at a local defense firm.
    One of my co-workers was Kevin G.Briggs. (remember the "G" when searching the name)
    Here is a book he wrote, read the "About the author section"
    https://www.amazon.com/Nuclear-Risks.../dp/1500235148
    He discussed with me his work with a firm that was developing KI tablets that were effective and didn't taste so awful!
    Potassium Iodide Anti-Radiation Pill, NukAlert & Nuclear Crisis FAQ. Radiation Detectors, Meters, Geiger Counters & Potassium Iodine Iodate pills
    The big costly hurdle was achieving FDA approval for those tablets.
    The same outfit also has a calibration facility for all those Civil Defense monitoring meters.
    Civil Defense Radiation Detectors & Detection Meters FAQ & Geiger Counters radiation safety!
    If they are not calibrated then you cannot trust the readings.
    Lastly there are these handy devices you can own.
    NukAlert Homepage
    They monitor the radiation levels and can interface with a PC to keep track of readings.
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    I'm not convinced of the utility for these devices.

    In the event of a nuclear blast, there are basically 3 scenarios you can find yourself in.

    1) You are in the blast zone, and thus dead.

    2) You are close enough to the blast to absorb high amounts of radiation. This is an obvious situation that you don't need any radiation detectors to know about. Plus you're either dead or dying.

    3) You are completely outside the initial blast zone. This means your only concern is Fallout. Fallout comes down in the form of dust, which you will be able to see. The solution is to remain indoors for 2 weeks, as that is the hard halflife of radioactive fallout. If you can survive those two weeks, after that the danger will subside.

    Modern nuclear weapons are actually very clean, so in the event of a nuclear war as long as you weren't initially hit by any blasts you're going to be in the clear. Modern nukes are also detonated above the ground, which minimizes the amount of Fallout that gets created. Which basically means that all the major radiation related danger completely disappears within 2 weeks. You might get cancer 30 years down the road, but in the post-Apocalypse dying of cancer when you're in your 60s is probably the most normal death you could hope for.

    Geiger counters and radiation detectors are a waste outside of nuclear reactor meltdowns like Chernobyl.
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    Its a fascinating topic, and lots of research is available.
    This is a site I ran across recently that has a lot of data:

    Document list | Restricted Data

    And of course the ever popular:

    https://nuclearsecrecy.com/nukemap/

    Nothing like seeing what a nuke of various yields does to your town...
    Sledge
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