I am not trying to stir paranoia, and I don't really have a bug-out bag, but
I have been collecting supplies and this is one item I now have for playing around
if anything nuclear happens west, are you going to be sure of local areas
that may have increasing levels of ionizing radiation ?
As a hobby, (and after Fukushima) I got a little Geiger tube and amplifier
for myself, and it is interesting to check out background radiation and
whatnot...also rocks and materials (thorium, tritium tubes...)
If an ill wind blows, can you expect to always be told what areas are
safe ? or do you want to be able to inform yourself if there is an
increase in background radiation that might be worth having officials
take a deeper look ? or allow you to decide..'gee I need to move away
from this area or thing making my Geiger tube scream at me' ?
anyhow, I got one of these and it is a neat device.
GQ-GMC-300 (this as well as others allows you to replace the tube with something
more or less advanced, like a mica window for alpha radiation)
this is basic and only counts ionizing radiation, beta or gamma...
[to fully determine health dangers, you need far more expensive detectors and know what
material you are detecting...these will give you a much better actual human hazard estimate]
but this little GMC-300 will detect ionizing radiation (beta and gamma) which
are the harmful types...and it definitely will tell you if background radiation is increasing or decreasing...
uses an M4011 tube, which is extremely sensitive. You can put a different tube in
with a mica window (or use a probe) for alpha detection. the difference in quality
of any detector are the tubes, period. the rest of the device is a simple amplifier
circuit and logic to make counts, clicks, and graphs...but all of them require a good tube
and this one has an awesome one....
FYI I am not trying to sell these things, I just use that link above to show you
one type of detector that absolutely works, but doesn't cost much at all...
most cost 400 and up
anyone else have or play with radiation detector of some type ?