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GK-plus8 LND 7317 Geiger Counter

by Atomic.dave Atomic.Dave@yahoo.com
This is a one of a kind, custom hand-made Geiger Counter built by Atomic.Dave. This is the GKplus8a replacement to the popular full featured Cadillac Meter. It is based on a kit designed by John Giametti
(username: Brohogan) I have been building his DIY Geiger counters for over four years having built and sold
over 150 of them. Much of the information for this kit is available at the developers website. This is more of a kit
for someone who knows a little bit about electronics but doesnt have the time or patience to build it, or would
rather someone else do all the dirty work. Having been built by me, of course there may be some imperfections,
although as minimal as possible. This particular unit not only has a wireless remote control for in field
programming, it also has the very sensitive American-made GM tube, the LND 7317. Also provided on the CD is
the developers User guide and assembly instructions for further
information on this unit, its operations and functions as well as other
IR
troubleshooting tips.
OPERATION
Four Triple Pole switches- ALL OFF IN CENTER POSITION. With 3
tactile momentary switches above them. The middle tactile (LOG) is
used to send current Log Data instantly to the SD card writer.
A. PWR controls the use and charging of the battery. Up for ON,
Middle OFF, and Down to CHARGE. When the battery is charging, the
RED LED on the lower right side next to the USB port will remain
constant RED while charging, and when complete, will turn BLUE. You
can also power the unit with USB, bypassing the batteries for extended
periods. PWR to middle position, and USB switch up. This will bypass
the battery while using any 5v source. PLEASE NOTE: When using
the battery, always keep the USB power switch in the up position as.

B
SEL

C
LOG

NULL

PWR

GPS

SND

ALM

ON
OFF
CHARGE

ON
OFF

CLICK
OFF
TONE

ON
OFF
LED

LND 7317
SWITCH
LAYOUT

B. GPS POWER SWITCH - used to help reduce battery life. BE SURE TO AUD
POWER OFF UNIT BEFORE
using this switch. This is located next to the power switch.

POWER

USB
CHARGE

C. SND switch controls the Event speaker. Up for Click mode, Middle for mute, Down for Tone
x More
Mode.
information on Tone Mode can be found on the User guide pdf on the cd.
GK-Plus8

atomic.

D. ALM controls the Alarm LED and Piezo. Up for both on, Middle for both off, and Down for LED only on.
dave
This makes for a silent visual alarm. To temporarily stop the alarm when it is sounding,
hit the DETECTOR
SEL button.
RADIATION
E. SEL - momentary switch does 4 things. Alarm threshold, Alarm mute, Scaler mode start, and EPROM
reset. When you first power on the unit, you will see this on the display:

GK-plus8
LND7317 v2.0
This customized first welcome window can easily be changed if you want, with Arduino on the tab that
says GeigerKit.h. I have included detailed pdf on CD. But by default it now says GK-PLUS8, and the second
line says the tube type and software version.
The next window will show the info below:
uSv/h=345CPM
Vcc=5.05V
Alarm=500CPM
GKLOG007.CSV
Set Alarm?
07/05/15
12:49pm
First line is the current uSv/hr to CPM conversion rate, but you can change this rate anytime with either
Arduino, or with the wireless remote control which I will explain later. The second line refers to the current
voltage that your system is running at. This is a 5 volt system. The 4000mAh 3.7v lipo battery is boosted to
5v with a pololu booster. Everytime you start up your GC (geiger counter) it will show you this so you will
always know your current voltage.
Third line shows the current alarm threshold, and the blue boxed area says Set Alarm? at that point you
can push the Select button to incrementally change the Alarm threshold number by pushing down the SEL
button. Once you stop holding the button and wait, it will be set to the current number shown on the screen and
will stay there until you change it either again restarting and waiting for this part, or by using the included
remote control to change it. You can also choose from units of measurement such as CPM or uSv/h for the
Alarm with the remote. It also acts like a stopwatch starter for the scaler mode. It has two preset times of 1
minute and 10 minute averaging. You can change the second one only with the remote, or the sketch when
connected to pc. The first one (1 minute) is default and unchangeable. You can always change this later at any

time without a computer and with the remote. At the bottom of the window is todayss date and time. The
system now has an internal clock with backup battery, although the date and time will not be current until the
GPS gets a fix which takes only a few minutes. So if you leave off the unit for a day, the date and time will not
update until the GPS fix.
This select button can also be used as a mute switch when an alarm point is reached, and the piezo is
blaring, just hit this select button once and it will mute the alarm for 30 seconds. Finally, it also acts as a
EPROM reset button. At startup, hold down the SEL button and current EPROM info will be reset to default.
F. NULL momentary switch and works only when in Tone mode for the event speaker. When you are scanning
in Tone mode, you can push this to reset the sensing to zero as you approach a sample.
LEDS
Right away, you will hear the clicking of the speaker as your GM tube picks up radiation events. There are two
LEDs below the LCD. The Left is GREEN which is for radiation events and coincides with the clicking speaker
which can be muted with the sound switch in middle position. The Right one is RED for the Alarm which will
only light up when a set alarm threshold is reached. It can be turned on or off with the Alarm switch in middle
position. Once again when there is an alarm threshold reached, you can alway hit the select button to mute
the piezo (for 30 sec) and shut off the RED LED if you dont want to move the sound switch to middle position.
OTHER SWITCHES, BUTTONS, PORTS, DIALS
USB POWER SWITCH - This is used for controlling the use of the USB 5v power that is coming thru this port
when plugged into a 5v source such as a wall charger, solar panel, cigarette adapter, laptop, or computer.
When up (ON), USB plugged in, and the main power switch in the middle, this will power the unit and bypass
the batteries. When down, and power switch is down, this will charge the units internal 4000mAh 3.7v lithium
ion battery. Just to the left of the USB port is the charging LED indicator. RED for charging, and BLUE when
charging is complete. Protective overcharge circuitry is built into the included Lithium Ion rechargeable battery.
MINI USB PORT - (lower right side of unit) used to connect to pc of mac for sketch editing via arduino
programming. It can also be used for radiation data logging, using Radiation Logger:
http://www.rhelectronics.net/store/radiation-logger.html
AUD PORT - (on the left side of unit) used for Geiger Bot (with the included G-Bot cable). Just plug in the
Geiger Bot cable into this with the 3 conductor plug, and the 4 conductor into your iphone or ipad. It also
serves as an audio output for silent listening with headphones, or with a 3 conductor to 3 conductor M-M
audio cable, you can run sound based data logging software.
SD CARD WRITER - This meter is equipped with an internal SD card writer. Always turn OFF the unit while
removing or inserting the SD card. The default auto write of all info to the card is set to 1 minute, but you
can change that easily with the remote control. When inserting the SD card, place the meter back down on a
table, make sure the metal tabs on the card are up, and are going into the slot of the meter. Do NOT force it
and gently nudge it in making sure you are sliding it in a horizontal motion. It will stop when the card is about
3mm coming out of the slot. Never force it, or push it further than the front plate. The file that is written to the
card is saved as a .csv file which is Microsoft Excel compatible.
LOG BUTTON - Located below the IR window and between
the SEL and NULL tactiles. Push this and all info currently
happening will be written to the SD card. Otherwise, the SD
card writer has a set time you can adjust to record at intervalsinfo such as Time, Date, Speed, altitude, GPS coordinates,
CPM, uSv/hr. Entries made with the Log button end with ** to
distinguish them from automatic entries. You can push this
button with or without the boot on basically making it a hidden
button.
As shown in the diagram to the right, the file is broken
out into columns: Date, Time, Lat, Lon, Alt(m), Vel(km/h),
CPM, uSv/h, Vcc. By copying a column(s) of data, you can
make any type of bargraph or piechart that excel is capable
of creating.
TFT DISPLAY
Three choices for the colors used in this
screen can be selected in the menu. Other
menu options also affect this screen such
as update period, dose unit, graph type,
bargraph max, etc. See Menu Options
below.
With the default 5 sec. refresh, the
graph area shows about 13 minutes of
activity. It then starts again from the left with
the lead bar separating the two sections of the graph.
The status line shows the max CPM since power on, and will also show the speed and altitude if a GPS
is used. It will also show a LOGGED lit if the Log button was pressed for a manual log entry. If the battery
voltage is low it will also display on the status line. The responsive bargraph at the bottom of the screen is
another way of showing activity.

STATUS LEDs The 3 small colored dots on top right of the display represent the following:
LEFT - blinks twice with every serial log and once with every SD log
CENTER - Only comes on when Scaler Mode is active
RIGHT - comes on red when alarm is sounding flashes white when MUTING with the remote
Pressing the Select button (or the
key on the remote) while in this screen will switch to the Scaler screen . . .
Two scalers are provided, each with its own period. The top scaler is fixed at one minute and bottom scaler is set
to a programmable time in the menu.
Each scaler has two modes - counting and ongoing. The screen on left shows both scalers counting. A running
total of the counts is displayed, and the amount of time left for the scaler period along with a bargraph
representing the time left.
The screen on the right shows that the one minute scaler finished the counting mode and is now showing the
average CPM and dose rate for the period. These values now become a moving average.
The bottom scaler can also be set to Infinity in the menu. This is a special mode that shows the total accumulated
dose since the scaler screen was first started.
Pressing the Select button while in the scaler screen will bring you back to the main screen. However both scalers
will still be accumulating counts, so you can go back and forth between the main screen and the scaler screen and
still see meaningful data.
Counts on the scaler screen can be reset by pressing the
key on the remote while in the scaler screen. Counts
are also reset when the unit is powered off.
Note the alarm will not sound while the scaler screen is being displayed.
Pressing the
key on the remote will switch to an information screen which will display the current date and
time, battery voltage, alarm setting, and speed and altitude if a GPS is used. Pressing this key again will return to
the main screen.

USING THE IR REMOTE:


An IR remote is needed to access the menu system. Beginning with v2.0 of the software, the kit includes a mini IR remote that uses the NEC
protocol. The remote supplied is ready to go without the need to pair the remote with the Geiger kit.
Function of Keys on the Remote
The functions for the various keys on the remote are as follows:
Enters menu system. The current selection is highlighted and the selections before and after are shown. Pressing
the Menu key while in the menus exits them.
Moves down to the next menu option, or up to the previous menu option.
>> Increments the value already set for the current option or toggle the option.
<< Decrements the value already set for the current option or toggle the option.
(Enter) Finalizes the entry in the current menu option.
Digits 0-9 For direct entry of values (instead of arrows) must use > after using digits.
Enters a decimal point when setting CPM->(unit). If C is used when out of the menu - it will clear the graph data if
on the main screen and clear the scaler counts if in the scaler screen.
(Mute) Silence the speaker - used when out of the menu.
(Select) Switches between the main screen and scaler screen - used when out of the menu.
Switches between the main screen and the Info screen - used when out of the menu.
Any other key if in the menu system the key code for unknown keys will display.
MENU OPTIONS:
Initially, the menu options are set to defaults. Settings made will be stored in EEPROM on the ATmega1284, so they will be in effect when you
power back on. Pressing and holding the Select button at power on until the screen fades to black and starts up will reset all menu settings back
to their default settings. Heres a brief description of each menu option:
DISP PERIOD (MS) Interval between screen refreshes on the main screen, in milliseconds. Display counts are based on a running average.
Settings of less than 5 seconds have not been tested. (5 seconds is a good setting) Default = 5000 mS
SD CARD LOG PERIOD Interval between writes to the log file on the SD card. Zero means SD logging is turned off. A file will not be created at
startup. Default = 1 minute
SERIAL LOG PERIOD Interval between writes to the serial port. Zero means serial logging is turned off. Default = 1 minute
CPM (unit) Conversion ratio from CPM to the selected dose unit. Set the ratio for the type of GM tube used. Note this ratio will depend on the
dose unit being displayed - see DOSE UNIT. Note that 2 ratios can be stored. The second ratio can be selected by the DIP switch on the Display
Adapter (or ground I/O pin 22). Depending on the position of the switch this menu option will set the value for either the 1st or 2nd ratio. 175 is the
common default for the SBM-20 and 100 for the LDN 712. The decimal point or TV/VCR key on the remote can be used to enter a decimal point.
Default = 175.43 CPM and 100 CPM to dose unit (uSv)
BACKGROUND CPM Normal background CPM for this tube and location. The background rate you enter is used if the DOSE UNIT is set to xBg.
The background dose unit is how many times the current CPM is above or the background CPM you set here. So for example, if this is set to 30, at
45 CPM, xBg will be 1.5. This value may also be used as a base for the graph if GRAPH SCALE MODE is set to Background. Default = 44 CPM

ALARM THRESHOLD Threshold above which the alarm is triggered. This can be either in CPM or the
dose unit selected see ALARM UNIT. Zero means the alarm is turned off. Unlike using the Select
button, any value may be entered. The alarm will stop when activity drops back under the alarm
threshold. You can also silence the alarm for 30 seconds by pressing the Select button when the alarm is
sounding. Default = 500 CPM
DOSE UNIT Unit for dose display. Choose between uSv/h, uR/h, mR/h or xBg as the dose unit that will
be displayed and logged. This will start a new SD log file. Default = uSv/h
ALARM UNIT Use dose unit for alarm setting. Typically the ALARM THRESHOLD is based on CPM,
but you can base it on your selected dose rate by using this option. Default = CPM
SCALER PERIOD (MIN) Length of time, in minutes, for the scaler. If scaler period set to Infinite, the
accumulated dose rate is displayed on the scaler screen. Default = 10 minutes
BARGRAPH MAX CPM Full scale reading on rapid response bargraph. Also used for tone mode. This
option sets the sensitivity of the horizontal bargraph. It is also used by the GRAPH SCALE MODE if set to
Bargraph. Also see the Tone Mode section for how this option affects tone mode. Default = 1000 CPM
SERIAL OUTPUT MODE Serial output in Default, Radlogger, GK-B5 format, or GPS NMEA output.
Default sends all fields, Radlogger only sends CPM, GK-B5 only sends CPM, Dose, and Vcc. Use
Radlogger with that app. Use GK-B5 if GKnet board is attached. See Logging section. GPS NMEA
outputs the NMEA sentences from your GPS. Useful for interfacing to mapping applications. (A GPS
MODULE must be selected and connected.) Default = OFF
TONE SENSITIVITY Controls how quickly tone increases in pitch for an increase in CPM. See the Tone
Mode section below for details. Default = 4
GRAPH SCALE MODE Auto-scaling can be done based on the peak or average value. The two Auto
modes mean that the entire graph will adjust based on the peak or average reading that is present
anywhere on the displayed graph. The graph is continuously updating its range, so it may become more
or less sensitive based on all values stored for its display. Default = Auto: Peak
Auto: Peak - The graph auto scales based on the highest peak currently displayed on the graph.
Auto: Avg - The graph auto scales based on the average of all values currently displayed on the graph.
Bargraph - The graph is based on the setting made in BARGRAPH MAX CPM.
Background - The graph is based on 3X the setting made in BACKGROUND CPM.
TIME SETTINGS Press enter to open the time settings menu. If you are using a GPS, the time and date
will be set when you get a fix. Otherwise, you need to set the date and time. The date-time is backed up
by the coin cell battery.
GMT OFFSET - Time offset from GMT. Press enter to toggle +/-. When using the GPS, you need to set
your time zone because the GPS provides time in UTC format. Default = -5
AUTO DST - Automatically adjust for daylight savings time (US rules). Default = Off
TIME FORMAT - Select the time display format. Choice affects data written to the SD card and output to
serial. Default = 24:MM:SS
DATE FORMAT - Select the date display format. Choice affects data written to the SD card and output
to serial. Default = MM:DD:YY
DAY - Day of the month. (1-31)
MONTH - Month (1-12)
YEAR (YY) - Two-digit year (00-99)
HOURS (24) - Hour in 24-hour format (0-23)
MINUTES + SET - Minute (0-59) Press enter to update clock. (The clock is not updated until Enter is
pushed here.) MAIN MENU - Return to the main menu.
BRIGHTNESS - Adjust the backlight brightness. Note that high brightness uses much more power (see chart in the
Build Instructions.) Default = 7 bars (7/8th)
UNITS - Choose metric or Imperial units. Choice affects data written to the SD card and output to
serial. (GPS feet / meters, mph / km/h, etc) This will start a new SD log file. Default = Metric
GPS MODULE - Choose a GPS module. Switching between any GPS and no GPS will start a new SD
log file. This unit is equipped with an internal (Ublox NEO-6M) With its separate power switch flipped
up/on, it will automatically boot up when you power up your meter. When you see the Velocity and
Altitude on the lower left side of the display, you are synced with the nearest satellite. And now I have
added a green LED on the lower right side of the unit and will blink every second with satellite sync.
Default = None
The GPS offers this type of information to your system. When turned off, this information goes away.
Latitude, longitude, altitude and speed will be added to SD log file and the serial output.
The Status bar will display altitude and speed
The exact time from the GPS will be used to set the clock automatically
SCREEN ORIENTATION - Select the screen orientation. Press enter to save. You can orientate the
screen 4 ways - portrait or landscape. This may be useful if you want to locate the SD card in a different
direction. Default = landscape (no rotation)

DISPLAY SCHEME - Select a display scheme. You can select one of three preset display color schemes for the main display.
REG. VOLTAGE - This is the actual supply voltage for the CPU. Voltage is now displayed real time. Note that each menu setting has a minimum
and a maximum setting. Entries that are out of bounds will revert to the minimum or maximum.
Note that each menu setting has a minimum and a maximum setting. Entries that are out of bounds will revert to the minimum or maximum.
ABOUT DOSE UNITS:
The menu allows you select the name of the dose unit that appears on the display. However, to be clear, there is no built in conversion
between them. Instead the CPM->[DOSE] RATIO is adjusted depending on the name of the DOSE UNIT selected. For example, 175.43 is the
default set for the SBM-20 with uSv as the dose unit. Suppose you pick mR as the dose unit name, and want to measure in milirems. (mR
more correctly abbreviates as milliroentgens but is used to save display space.) The rem is defined as .01 seivert. Therefore, to use the same
ratio that was designed for the tube, you would multiply that ratio by 10. You would enter a CPM->[DOSE] RATIO as 175.43 x 10 or 1754.3.
Likewise if you wanted microrems (uR) you would divide the ratio by 10 and enter 17.54.
If you do want to use roentgens (exposure- used in older instruments) a source states that they are .96 rem in soft tissue. So the CPM>(unit) for actual mR would be 175.43 x 10 x .96 or 1684.1. (for uR it would be 16.84)
TONE MODE
Instead of the usual 'clicks', tone mode produces tones that vary in frequency with the current activity - much like a metal detector. There is also
an associated NULL button (located below the SD card slot) that resets the scale to the current activity. Tone mode is very responsive to changes
in activity, and the change in pitch is much more noticeable than a change in the rate of clicks. It was primarily designed for field surveying.
The sensitivity of the tone mode is set either by the TONE SENSITIVITY menu option or by adding a tone adjustment pot. See the wiring diagram
in the Build Instructions for how to connect the pot. When using the pot you must set the TONE SENSITIVITY menu option to Pot. The display
will show you the sensitivity the pot is set at in real time.
Sensitivity refers to the 'bandwidth' of the tone. When set to low numbers, say 4 (the default) only a small increase in activity is needed to produce
higher tones. When dealing with more sensitive GM tubes, decrease the sensitivity by using a value of say 8 or 10. Experiment with values that
suit your ear.
The BARGRAPH MAX CPM menu setting also affects tone mode by defining the CPM that will produce the highest frequency of tone. Normally
this is set to highest CPM for situation and tube being used.
In order to get the best spectrum of tones, tone mode is based on a logarithmic progression rather than a linear one. This fits with the fact that
radiation intensity is inversely proportional to the square of the distance from the source.
The null button resets the range of tones so that the low notes are set back to the current activity. This is a useful feature when switching from a
low to a high background for instance. The null button removes the higher background so increased activity may be more easily discerned.
SETTING UP TONE MODE
1. Set the proper conversion ratio for your tube. With the proper ratio set, the null point will automatically be set when the counter is powered on
so normal background radiation is ignored.
2. Place a sample of the mineral or other radioactive item you are trying to detect approximately one inch from the detector. Note the CPM
reading after it has stabilized.
3. In the menu, set the BARGRAPH MAX CPM to the CPM value you noted in step 2.
4. Adjust the tone sensitivity setting to suit your preferences. For most mildly radioactive items (such as red Fiestaware), sensitivity settings from
1-5 work well. The ideal value varies depending on the activity level of the target object, the tube, and the distance. Lower settings cause the
tone to increase in frequency faster in response to smaller changes in the count rate. Higher settings cause the frequency to increase much
more slowly for changes in count rate. When the sensitivity setting is 0, the frequency will jump very rapidly from the lowest frequency to the
highest one. This setting is useful to quickly scan an area to determine if there are hot spots. You will likely want to change the setting to a
higher number to help locate the hot spot.

LOGGING
Logging is provided in two forms - logging to the SD card and serial output. In the default mode, both forms have the same data output, and both
forms use comma separated values with the Date and Time fields as quoted strings. For example:
"01/03/14","22:11",39. 32427975,-104. 1759374,561.7,0.6,36,0.2052,4.79<CR/LF>
Serial output is through the built in USB FTDI connector at 9600 baud, N,8,1
Each time the kit is started a new log file is created on the SD card with the filename GKLOGnnn.CSV where nnn is a 3 digit sequence number
beginning with 000. Therefore, 1000 log files can be created before the card must be cleared. Note however, that the more log files there are on
the card, the longer it takes at startup to create a new file, so its best to move old files off the card.
The first line of the file or serial output is a header line which names all the fields below. The fields output depends on some of the menu settings
being used. Note that the header is now compatible with www.gpsvisualizer.com an on-line mapping site.
If a GPS is not being used, the following fields are logged:
Date
Time
CPM
uSv/h
1/3/2014
21:18
58
0.3306
1/3/2014
21:18
42
0.2394

Vcc
4.83
4.79**

With a GPS, latitude, longitude, altitude, and speed are also logged.
Date
Time
Lat
Lon
1/3/2014
06:57 pm
39.32427975 -104.1759374
1/3/2014
06:57 pm
39.32426831 -104. 1759374

Alt(ft)
5320.5
5320.5

Vel(mph)
0.7
0.3

CPM
36
58

uSv/h
0.2052
0.3306

Vcc
4.94
4.86**

Note that second line in each example has been manually logged using the Log button which puts ** in the last field.
Menu options such as Unit (metric / imperial), and date and time formats adjust the header and data accordingly.
There are exceptions to the above depending on the setting of the SERIAL OUTPUT MODE menu setting:
When Radlogger is set, for the serial output only, no header is created, and only CPM is output. This setting is used when connecting the
serial output to the Radiation Logger application.
When GK-B5 is set, for the serial output only, no header is created and only CPM, Dose, and Vcc is output. This setting emulates the GKB5 version of the Geiger Kit. Its used when the GKnet board is attached to the Plus to send the serial data over the internet to monitoring
sites. This allows for the same software to be used on the GKnet board for either the GK-B5 kit or the Plus kit.
When GPS NMEA is set, for the serial output only, the NMEA sentences from your GPS are output to serial. (A GPS module type must be
selected and connected.) The interface to the GPS is two way, meaning that you can send commands to the GPS. This setting is useful for
interfacing to mapping applications as well as debugging.
THE GEIGER KIT IS NOT INTENDED TO GUIDE ACTIONS TO TAKE, OR NOT TO TAKE, REGARDING EXPOSURE TO RADIATION. THE GEIGER KIT AND
IT'S SOFTWARE ARE FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. DO NOT RELY ON THEM IN HAZARDOUS SITUATIONS!

PLEASE REFER TO THE DIY GEIGER COUNTER DEVELOPERS WEBSITE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
http://www.sites.google.com/site/diygeigercounter/
ARDUINO Software and Serial-USB connection information:
ON the cd you will find the FTDI driver and Arduino program version 1. Install both and restart your mac. Copy the Geiger Sketch folder to the
same folder as your Arduino program is and remember where that is as that will be where you go to save your sketch everytime you make a
change to it. There will also be a Library folder that will also need to be in the same folder. Just remember that the folder has to be the same exact
name as the sketch name is. And also within Arduino, you will have to go to preferences and show Arduino where your default sketch folder is.
Also, for the GKplus series devices, you must chose Mighty 1284p as the device Board, and figure out which serial port you need to connect to.
ARDUINO SETTINGS: Brohogan Software
1. Open Arduino
2. Open the saved sketch .ino file, connect your Geiger counter to the USB with power switch off.
3. Verify the file by clicking the little check mark icon.
4. Click TOOLS, and Select Board type as Arduino UNO, and select serial port as the top tty choice.
5. Click Serial Monitor (top right looking glass icon). Set Baud rate to 9600 and you should see the CPM, uSv and geiger counter voltage data
coming up once per minute.
For more info go to website under Software section on the DIY geiger counter website. Or go to Arduino.cc
GEIGER BOT SUGGESTED SETTINGS: https://sites.google.com/site/geigerbot/ (THESE SETTINGS ARE A STARTING POINT)

Select options

Select Geiger Counter Select LND7317 CS137

Adjust Conversion

Auto Adjust OFF

Ultrafast Rates ON

HARDWARE
1. DIY Geiger counter kit GKplus by Brohogan, Running operating system 2.0
ATmega1284P processor
User Adjustable 1100v max HV, but set to approximately 575v to accommodate the LND 7317 tubes specifications
Some of the main hardware features of the GK-Plus:
- The board uses an ATmega1284P MCU with 4x the program space of the standard kit.
- A 128x160 1.8 TFT color graphic display is used.
- Improved components provide >1100V max HV.
- The HV, click, and processor areas are separated, and have their own ground planes.
- All I/O pins broken out. The board can be used as a 1284 development platform.
Sparkfun type FTDI
GM Tube LND 7317
Geiger Bot compatible (please refer to Geiger Bot website for instruction) includes FREE custom cable
Mini USB charging with multicolor status LED
Ublox NEO-6M GPS Module
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POWERING YOUR GEIGER COUNTER:


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1. With internal Lipo battery (Power switch in UP position)
2. With PWR switch OFF (middle), USB cable plugged into USB port on RIGHT side of geiger, USB PWR switch on top of unit switched UP, then
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plug USB cable into:
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a. Computer or laptop USB
b. Wall charger block
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c. Standard 5v USB Cigarette adapter
d. Solar powered 5v charger.

LND, INC.

GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS

POWER and OTHER SYSTEM ITEMS: This system is capable of producing 900+ volts, so be careful or you may get zapped when
Gas filling
Ne +Halogen
handling the system while it is powered on.
Cathode material
Stainless Steel
3.7v 4000mAh lithium ion, with protective circuit PCM
Lipo charger 1 cell Li-ion or LiPo based TP4056. External power supply orMaximum
USB. 25 * length
19 * 10mm,
Charging current: 1A.
(inch/mm)
3.00/76.1
Pololu 5v up/down boost regulator #2119

Effective depth (inch/mm)


0.5/12.7
Maximum diameter (inch/mm)
2.11/53.6
Effective diameter (inch/mm)
1.75/44.5
Connector
Grid Cap
Founded 1964
REPAIRS:
Operating
temperature
range
If the unit fails for some reason with six months from purchase, I will do any
maintenance
you need
at noC
charge except shipping. -40 to +75
ENCLOSURE: Serpac H75
Dimensions: 182.9mm X 92.7mm X 30.5mm
http://www.serpac.com/h75.aspx

3230 LAWSON BLVD., OCEANSIDE, NEW YORK 11572


PACKAGE CONTENTS:
WINDOW
SPECIFICATIONS
E-mail:
info@lndinc.com
Web Site:
http://www.lndinc.com
In your package you will find: Geiger Counter with
LND7317
Tube, (2) Cables:
Geiger
bot 3 to 4 conductor, Mini USB to standard USB2. CD with
Areal density
(mg/cm)
2.0
1-516-678-6141
Fax:Wireless
1-516-678-6704
software
and documents, Manual, RAD stickers, and extra
faceplate labels.
Remote control.
Designers & Manufacturers of Nuclear Radiation Detectors

LND, INC.

Effective diameter (inch/mm)

7317 Low Voltage Pancake Mica Window


Material
LND7317 Specifications
GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS
Gas filling
Cathode material
Maximum length (inch/mm)
Effective depth (inch/mm)
Maximum diameter (inch/mm)
Effective diameter (inch/mm)
Connector
Operating temperature range C

ELECTRICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Ne +Halogen
Stainless Steel
3.00/76.1
0.5/12.7
2.11/53.6
1.75/44.5
Grid Cap
-40 to +75

WINDOW SPECIFICATIONS
Areal density (mg/cm)
Effective diameter (inch/mm)
Material

2.0
1.75/44.5
Mica

ELECTRICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Recommended anode resistor (meg ohm)
Maximum starting voltage (volts)
Recommended operating voltage (volts)
Operating voltage range (volts)
Maximum plateau slope (%/100 volts)
Minimum dead time (micro sec)
Gamma sensitivity Co60 (cps/mr/hr)

1.75/44.5
Mica

4.7
425
500
475 - 675
10
40
60

Recommended anode resistor (meg ohm)


Maximum starting voltage (volts)
Recommended operating voltage (volts)
Operating voltage range (volts)
Maximum plateau slope (%/100 volts)
Minimum dead time (micro sec)
Gamma sensitivity Co60 (cps/mr/hr)
Tube capacitance (pf)
Weight (grams)
Maximum background shielded 50mm Pb + 3mm
Al (cpm)
Minimum anode resistor (meg ohm)

4.7
425
500
475 - 675
10
40
60
3
125
30
3.3

SEL

LOG

NULL

PWR

GPS

SND

ALM

ON
OFF
CHARGE

ON
OFF

CLICK
OFF
TONE

ON
OFF
LED

LND 7317

POWER

AUD

USB
CHARGE

x
GK-Plus8

atomic.dave

RADIATION DETECTOR

CLICK
OFF
T
ONE
TONE

SND

NULL

atomic.dave

GK-Plus8

CHARGE

USB

POWER
POWER

ON
OFF
LED

ALM

RADIATION DETECTOR

AU
D
AUD

LOG

LND 7317

ON
OFF

ON
OFF
CHARGE

SEL

GPS

PWR
PW
R

H C
G

E
F

I
D

K
L

Appendix
V - Main
Schematic
Appendix
V - Main
BoardBoard
Schematic
Geiger Kit Plus v2.0

http://sites.google.com/site/diygeigercounter/home

(larger schematic in browser


here)

Geiger Kit + Display Interface Board - v1.0

http://sites.google.com/site/diygeigercounter/home