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Ebay Geiger Counters and Radiation Detection


Page 4 - Ebay: Choosing a Geiger Counter that best suits your needs


Ebay Geiger Counters

EBAY is a place to find used and surplus Geiger Counters. If you search on ebay for Geiger counters, radiation detectors or radiation monitors you will run across numerous radiation detection devices. Let's look at a few. There is a lot of government surplus for sale on ebay. The CD-715 model is a popular model, see figure 3. Civil Defense Meter CDV-715    These detectors were made to be used in a high radiation field one would find in a post nuclear attack or nuclear reactor incident. The radiation meter provides the scale of detectable radiation, see figure 4.Civil Defense Meter CDV-715 Rad Meter Close-up

Figure 4 The meter scale of the CDV-715 is rated in rads/hr. A knob provided a range of 0.1 - 0.5 Rad to 100 - 500 Rad's. Today's Geiger counters are far more sensitive, and measure radiation in fractions of millirads. A millirad is 1/1000 of a rad. The CDV-715 is not a Geiger counter. It doesn't have a GM tube, instead it uses an ionization chamber. If you open a CDV-715 you can see the ionization chamber, see figure 5. Open CDV-715 showing ionization chamber
The CDV-715 only detects high levels of gamma radiation, so I would not recommend this as a purchase.

Civil Defense Geiger Counter CDV-700Similar is the CDV-700, which looks similar, but uses a GM tube, see figure 6. The CDV-700 is more sensitive than the ionization chamber CDV-715. The CDV-700 meter shows the scale, see figure 7.






CDV-700 Close up showing the mr/hr meter  Figure 7 The GM Tube on the CDV-700 is only beta and gamma sensitive. Since most of these units are vintage 1950-1960's I do not have any idea as to their accuracy or if they can be calibrated accurately. Now if your only reason is to purchase a working Geiger counter and can find a working unit for $50-$75.00 buy it. When you reach the $100.00 mark you can purchase an inexpensive modern Geiger Counter that has greater sensitivity.

 




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