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[aprssig] System Used For Geiger Counter Mobile - WD8ARZ

Steve Noskowicz noskosteve at yahoo.com
Thu Oct 11 22:32:27 UTC 2012



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--- On Thu, 10/11/12, WD8ARZ <wd8arz at ix.netcom.com> wrote:

> From: WD8ARZ <wd8arz at ix.netcom.com>
> Subject: [aprssig] System Used For Geiger Counter Mobile - WD8ARZ
> To: aprssig at tapr.org
> Date: Thursday, October 11, 2012, 3:23 PM
> Been interesting following the
> discussion thread.
> 
> Items used to do mobile Geiger radiation posting of readings
> to two radiation map sites while mobile by Bill - WD8ARZ
> 
> Samsung NP700Z5C-S01UB Laptop i7 64 Bit - Quad core dual
> threaded providing 8 Cpu's. Internal 8 Gig flash drive, 8
> Gig Simm, tera byte hard drive, three 3.0 Usb ports, Hdmi,
> 15.6" screen, long life battery. Windows 7
> 
> Inspector Alert Geiger Counter - First Responder model with
> pancake Halogen quenched Geiger Mueller tube, effective
> diameter 1.75".
> 
> GPS Puck, magnetic stick on roof. Terminates in usb
> connector.
> 
> Spring Smart Phone, Epic 3G - Did not use internet tethering
> by Sprint.
> 
> Klink Internet Tethering Software - Purchased
> http://www.faveset.com/klink
> 
> Mineralab Geiger Graph software, purchased.
> http://www.geigercounters.com/NetworkVersion.htm
> 
> Black Cat software, purchased.
> http://www.blackcatsystems.com/GM/RadInterface.html
> 
> Virtual Serial Port Emulator (VSPE) - Free for 32 Bit,
> Purchase for 64 Bit
> http://www.eterlogic.com/Products.VSPE.html
> 
> Black Cat and Mineralab software takes a Geiger counter
> output fed into a usb port, and posts that counts per minute
> data to its radiation map.  http://www.blackcatsystems.com/RadMap/map.html 
> and http://www.radiationnetwork.com/
> 
> Both programs can be ran at the same time using seperate
> Geiger counters in the simplest setup. In a fixed location,
> manually input coordinates in each program. Connect to
> internet and it is that simple after configuration of each
> software program.
> 
> Each program collects data and stores to the hard drive,
> along with images of the chart display.
> 
> Each program can put GPS data into the raw data files.
> 
> Only Geiger Graph software will use the GPS data to
> automatically up date coordinates and post the moving data
> to the radiation map. But Black Cat software has a better
> statistical package, so it very useful for collecting data
> seperate from Geiger Graph.
> 
> System I configured used a single Geiger Counter and single
> GPS unit. For each program to use the same Geiger counter
> feed, and Gps feed, a serial port sharing method is needed.
> Method used here was the software called Virtual Serial Port
> Emulator (VSPE).
> 
> Geiger counter was plugged in to one usb port, Com 1.
> 
> Gps unit was plugged in to one usb port, Com 2.
> 
> VSPE was started and Com 1 was virtualised to Com 3
> 
> GPS was virtualised to Com 4.
> 
> Each Geiger counter software program would use Com 3 for
> Geiger counter data.
> 
> Each Geiger counter software program would use Com 4 for GPS
> data.
> 
> Epic 4g Smart phone used a serial cable from the phone and
> plugged into a serial port on the laptop. Phone was charged
> from this connection as well.
> 
> No other usb ports available, so mouse pad was used ....
> actually easy to use that way. Could have used a usb port
> expander if wanted. However mouse while mobile is not easy
> to use  :-)
> 
> Klink software was started on the phone and laptop, each was
> started to set up the link. Laptop then had internet.
> 
> So in a nut shell, needed internet, ran both programs, used
> single Geiger and gps units.
> 
> Had no problem sending mail and internet browsing at the
> same time as the radiation data was processed and sent.
> 
> By the way, used Kenwood TM-D700A with a mag mount antenna
> for APRS. GPS source was a AvMap Geosat 5 APRS unit. This
> unit not only is used for navigation, but is made to provide
> GPS data to the D700A, and the D700A puts the APRS stations
> it hears on the map of the G5.
> http://www.avmap.us/products/aero/geosat_5_aprs-512/introduction
> 
> Used APRS WD8ARZ-9 to ping out Geiger Counter Mobile and a
> web site for those interested.
> 
> 73 from Bill - WD8ARZ
> 
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