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The New & Improved

Little Black Box 4.0 Radiation Detector


by Atomic.dave


This is a custom made, hand crafted Geiger Counter by Atomic.Dave. As I have said before, these are
mostly created for hobbyists who know about this type of tech but dont have the time or patience to build
it. The kit begins with the C8600 Ultimate Geiger Counter kit from Chaney Electronics. This is a definite
improvement from their last kit that was not as efficient in power use a. However after Chaney attempted
to improve, i had one of my friends at RH electronics have a look at the schematic and after a few days of
troubleshooting we came up with a much more stable device to run the insides of this new budget model
(the only model for this price with an alpha sensitive GM tube)

As I said this is basic so the instruction manual is basic too. Just a power switch, Geiger Bot output,
and LED/Piezo that go on when the SBT-9 (alpha-beta-gamma-xray) geiger muller tube picks up a radioactive particle.

This unit comes with a 9 volt battery and it will run for a minimum of 80 hours with the included procell alkaline battery while monitoring background radiation. A 5 volt power converter is also included to run
the meter without the use of batteries, using any 5 volt source such as a computer or wall charger.
GEIGER BOT SETTINGS
Auto-Adjust:
RMS Window:
Delay Window:
Volume Threshold:
Sample Rate:
Disable Measurement Mode:
Hysteresis Filter:
Input Polarity:
Wavelet Filter:
Input Gain Control:
Ultrafast Rates:

PLEASE NOTE
OFF
1
18
5000
22050
OFF
0
Negative Only
OFF
1.00
OFF

These settings are general and most likely


will need some adjustment for best results.
Play around with the settings one at a time
by changing the values then going back to
original and compare. Refer back to these
settings if you get messed up and it doesnt
respond well.
Make sure the 3 band plug is firmly inserted into iPhone & the 2 band plug into the
GBot port.

Now this unit is compatible with Android devices and apps.


There are two different cables for iPhone and Android phones.
This diagram shows the difference. Although I can provide a link
and suggest the Android app to be used that is similar to iPhones
Geiger Bot, I do not support the software as I am not familiar with
it. I do know that the settings within the App called RadMeter
v1.0 does not need adjustments to the Audio Interface settings.
However fine tuning will be needed to get it to register the counts
correctly by adjusting the input signal range. There is a user guide
within the app for more information on this subject.

iPhone Geiger Bot App Cable

Android Geiger Counter App Cable

RadMeter v1.0
This application turns your phone into a powerful Geiger meter. RadMeter supports the most common
silicon and Geiger tube sensors (SS05, BPW34, SBM-20, SBT10, STS-5, SI-29BG, LND712...), you can also
define a custom sensor and add it to the internal database.The app supports also Radon gas measurements. This app is a real working radiation meter provided you connect an external sensor SS05. As
alternative you can use a standard Geiger tube with a proper connection interface. For more details about
SS05 please see http://www.optivelox.com/DL_en/ss0x.htm
Main specs:
- Radiation measurements (uSv/h, uR/h, Gy/h, pCi/l, Bq/m3, CPS, CPM)
- Evaluation of the measurement error
- Adjustable detector threshold
- Real-time graphs with pan & zoom functions
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.optivelox.radmeter&hl=en

DATA LOGGING
If you desire to upload your data
to a server for a live feed of your
readings, go to xively.com, join up
and follow the instruction online
to get up and running. Once you
get the settings from xively, select
COSM/Pachube on the first page of
the Geiger Bot menu and type in the
corresponding information.

SBT-9

G-Bot

PWR

EVT

Everytime you turn on your GC


and connect to your iPhone, it wil
automatically connect you to xively
streaming data to the site. Unless of
course you turn it off on the iphone
Cosm/Pachube setting.

atomic.dave

the little black box 4.0


RADIATION DETECTOR

5 volt to 9 volt converter

VIN

VOUT
GND

R2 12K

C6-.01uF
2000V

D1

555 IC
4

R3 10M

C2 470nF
R4 470K
C4 2.2nF
2000V

C1 1uF

GM
TUBE
+ GND

Q1 2N3906

B
R1 4.7K

T1
C3 10pF
2000V
9VDC

C7-22pF

S1

Q2 MPSA13

R5 47K
R6-1M

SPK

L1 5mm LED

R7-68

.1 uF Cap
39K OHM
RESISTOR

C5 100uF

10M R3

R3

C6

D1

+
+

C3

C3 10pF
2kv

R5

47K
R5

Q2

C7 R6

Q2

Q1

Q1

R4

C2

C1

C2
470K R4

C1 C4

+
C5
C5
+
+
+
R2

R2
12K

.1

C4 2.2nF
2kv

R1

4.7K
R1

56
1k

68
R7

3.9K OHM
RESISTOR

To iPhone or Android

9VOLT
Battery