Key Words: Geiger Counters for PCs, Radiation Monitors, Radiation Monitor, Radiation Detection, Alpha, Beta,
Gamma, X-ray, Neutron, Radioactivity, Radon Monitor, Thoron, Cesium, Random Number Generator, Strontium, Yttrium,
Iodine, Cobalt, Xenon, Krypton, Nuclear Fleas, Waste, Cosmic Rays,
Muons, Pion Decay, Radioactive, Hand Held Radiation Monitors, Working Level. Geiger Counter
Reach us by phone (800)729-5397 or phone/fax (302)655-3800 or Email Aware@aw-el.com
Aware Electronics Corp.
P.O. Box 4299, Wilmington DE 19807 USA
Makers of PC based and stand alone Geiger Counters, Radiation-Radon Monitors,
as well as other monitors for use with PCs plus easy to use software
for those interested in the quantum side of nature.
All our products are made in the USA. Incorporated in 1989, Aware Electronics has been designing and building radiation monitors for over twenty years. During that time we have perfected many aspects of the radiation monitors as-well-as the software.
Aware Electronics monitors include an Exclusive Discriminator which provides detection capabilities 1000 Times Higher than many of our competitors. (See: Aware Electronics exclusive radiation monitor design)
Aware Electronics Corp. line of instruments: Versatility, Reliability and Value.
Aware Electronics Corp. RM-80 plugged into our LCD-90 Pro Micro-Controller Data-Logger
Photo from Bill DiPuccio's excellent Science Et Cetera Blog
Please Note: All Aware Electronics software is
year 2038 compliant.
(This mini-graph updated Tue Aug 22 14:24:30 2017 East Coast US time)
A real-time mini-graph generated by Aware's Aw-graph program displaying
nuclear flea level (Radon decay products) in southeastern Pennsylvania. (See Latest Data graph below). Aw-graph plots not
only radioactivity but any ascii data. Resize with an easy to use zoom
box. These make great real-time scrolling mini-graphs in a small
window. We've added a gif dump function to Aw-graph
program for easy (even automatic) placement of graphs on the Internet.
Aware Electronics Remote Radiation Sites (Including locations in Japan)
New for 2002-2016: We have completed our Aw-Radw Windows program for highly
accurate use under any version of Windows post Windows 95. Now includes a very sensitive Auto Tracking Alarm System:
Info about our new full featured Windows NT-2000-XP-Win7-Win8-Win10 (32 or 64 bit) program Aw-Radw
New Instrument Available:
Aware Electronics LCD-90 Pro MicroController - Data-Logger The LCD-90 Pro includes a built-in USB port as well as a built in serial port. Also included are internal battery holders that accept either two AAs, three AAAs or one nine volt battery. We include three AAA batteries installed. As with all our instruments and software, if you are displeased for any reason you can return the LCD-90 Pro within 45 days for a full refund. Up to this point nobody has returned a LCD-90 nor have any failed. They are designed to last a lifetime.
Shown to the left is Aware's LCD-90 Pro and RM-80 Pro. A Class 1 Bluetooth Adapter with built-in rechargable Lithium Ion battery is plugged into the LCD-90's serial port, feeding real-time data wirelessly to Aw-Radw seen in the background. A radioactive rock was placed on top the RM-80 Pro causing the graph to rise.
Click here for info: Aware's New LCD-90 Pro MicroController - Data-Logger
Shown to the left is the LCD-90 Pro and RM-80 Pro in a Hard Shell Case with Belt Clip, Handle and Adjustable Velcro Spacers.
If you purchase the LCD-90 Pro and the RM-80 Pro we will include the case and extra coiled cord, no charge.
Why Aware Electronics Radiation Monitors are best:
Our exclusive interface and design
Aware Electronics Corp.'s primary products are a
group of Micro Roentgen Radiation Monitors including the RM-60, RM-70,
RM-80 and RM-G90 monitors. These palm sized units are assisting
universities, professionals, hobbyists and laymen worldwide.
They provide an interesting powerful and easy method of detecting and
plotting ionizing radiation on a P.C. or LAPTOP computer. No need for
batteries or external transformers. An efficient regulated power supply
draws a minute amount of power from the computer port. Each monitor is
extremely rugged and accurate. Many thousands have been sold since 1989
and the first are working as new.
Excellent for educational and industrial purposes as well as for
checking minuscule amounts of contamination in foods, water, ceramic
materials and more or for continuously monitoring background radiation
levels including radiation due to the presence of Radon and decay
If you would like to read all the pages connected to this web site
(approx. 25 pages) you can scroll through the
rest of this page which includes text, graphs, photos and links to
additional pages. Also at the bottom of each page is a link to another
page. After following through every page, stop back here, (the index
page) and check the list of links below then click on those links your
browser has not re-colored as being read. This web site
includes text grabbed from our literature pack. Please feel free to
phone/fax/email/write us for more information with any questions
comments and/or to order (see phone numbers, E-mail address above and on Price List link).
Don't miss the Users' page (includes interesting stuff).
Aware Electronics Corp. RM-G90 Pro
Index to other pages connected to this web site
Note: The following link list is not located at
the bottom of this page. Additional graphs and photos are included below
the list. Scroll beyond this list to view the rest of this page.
- Price List and To Order
- RM Specifications
- Frequently asked questions
- Aware Electronics Remote Radiation Sites
- About Aware's New LCD-90 Micro-Controller Data-Logger
- Comparison of Aware Electronics Corp. LCD-90 + RM-80 to the Inspector EXP Probe Model
- Comparison of Aware Electronics Corp. LCD-90 + RM-80 to the Mazur PRM-9000
- Aware Electronics Radiation Monitors Independent Tests (Aware Electronics exclusive radiation monitor design provides detection capabilities 1000 Times Higher than many of our competitors)
- Aware Electronics Tests BlackCat Software and GeigerGraph (Aware Electronics Monitors measures radiation levels Ten Times Higher using the same type tube)
- Aware Electronics RM-60 Versus Digilert
- A look at SparkFun Geiger Counter
- Our exclusive interface and
- New Device Available: Aware's Geiger Bot Interface
(Using Aware Electronics Radiation Monitors with iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or PC Sound Card)
- Using Aware Electronics Radiation Monitors with Android Smart-Phones and other Android Devices
(Aware Electronics with Android Smart-Phones and other Android Devices)
- Full size graph of Radon Fleas in Living Area (plus info about Fan-Filter add-on)
- Last few days of Radon Fleas in Lower Living Area
- How to Connect Aware Electronics Instruments to LABVIEW, counter or microcontroller
Click this link for information about using Aware Electronics Software to auto-generate graphs:
- Aware Electronics Auto-Generate Graphs
- How to push data to RADMON.ORG using Aw-Radw
- Aware's Aw-Radw program auto-feeding real-time data to COSM - PACHUBE
Note COSM recently changed their name to xively and now Internet Explorer doesn't display the graphs.
With Google Chrome, the graphs display but only if one clicks Channel "1" or "2".
- How To Setup Aware Electronics Aw-Radw for Pushing Data to COSM - PACHUBE
- Using Aware Electronics Aw-Radw to Send E-mails and Text Messages, with attached graphs, when Radiation Alarm is Triggered and/or Every X Number of Points
- Decay Curve Graph (plus info about Uranium, Thorium, 3DECAY.EXE)
- Running Aw-Graph Under 64bit Windows (Use DOSBox to run Aw-Graph under 64bit Windows)
- Semi-log Plot (New Aw-graph features: semi-log and background subtraction)
- Using Excel to Automatically Load and Graph Real-Time Radiation Data
- Lesson Ideas Page
- Interesting Experiences text
- Small LX Palm Top PC Photo (plus info about LCD-60 add-on, "Clicker" add-on, etc.)
- Users' Page (includes decent lantern mantle decay)
- Z-Wave enabled RM-80 on Users' Page
- Interesting letters (One is about: Radioactivity in seaweed)
- Earthquake Prediction ( Volcanologist's Experiences plus graph)
- Bigger Decay
- Zoom Sequences (plus a note about software and PC CPUs)
- Using Aw-Radw and Windows to Speak Radiation Levels
- Small Photos: PMI-30, Alarm Box - Strobe
- Multiple RMs per PC. New Card Available.
- Info about our new WIN 98-NT-2000-XP-7 software Aw-Radw
- Info about our new USB-MSP Microcontroller - USB port Interface
RM-60 Pro + USB-MSP + 3AAA batteries storing data and ready for even a 15 day balloon flight
- Info about running Aw-Radw as a Windows Service
- MS Windows Operation (plus a bit more about Aware's software)
- Aw-Rand software (New RANDOM NUMBER generator)
- Remotely Pollable Geiger-MUller Detector for Continuous Monitoring of Iodine- 131Therapy Patients
- Journal of Nuclear Medicine Paper (Remotely Pollable Continuous Monitoring)
The Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Minute-to-minute analysis of technologist exposure in an FDG-PET facility:
Objectives: To capture and analyze technologist exposure in the course of typical occupational activities of an FDG-PET facility.
- The Journal of Nuclear Medicine Minute-to-minute analysis of technologist exposure in an FDG-PET facility (Uses RM-60s and palm-top PCs)
- Aw-fetch software (Gathering rad. data over telephone) (See this link for RADIOLOGICAL application)
- PMI-30 info. (plus graph of neutron flux using Helium 3 tube)
- Network Operation (Includes info. about the new program Aw-Trace.exe)
- Detecting Muons - Cosmic Rays using Aware's Coincidence Box and Triple Coincidence Box
- Monitoring Muons on the Surface of the Earth
- Checking for Radioactive GEMS (Topaz, Diamonds, etc.)
- Detecting Carbon-14 (Question about RM-70 RM-80 as compared to RM-60)
- Running Aw-Radw under Linux and Linux Code
"Does this prove that Port Chicago was a nuclear accident? No. It confirms only that there's higher than normal background radiation in the places where it was measured":
- Ian Kluft's Background Radiation Measurements near Port Chicago. GPS and geiger counter data logging
- Steinar's USB to serial port Linux code and Dallas 1-wire bus
- Standard Deviation text (plus text on how we place graphs on WWW)
- Interesting tidbit(s) found on the Web.
- ALERTS (RADIOLOGIC EMERGENCIES - ALERTS)
- Aw-Fast software (New software with one second or less Time Base Unit)
- Brochure text scan (Includes info about the standard software )
- A blast from the past: Nov. 1989 PC Magazine article about Aware Electronics Corp's original RM-60
- Another blast from the past: Is Your House Radioactive?
Aware Electronics Corp. RM-80s help establish radiation safety inside the US Coast Guard LORAN-C transmitter building located in George Washington and serving the US and Canadian West Coast.
Time Line-Synopsis of Loran Exposure History
by ETCM Charles Severance (USCG, ret. ) 2007
Subcontractor Hartfield-Dawson reports on Non-Ionizing
Radiation Measurements at George Loran-C Station. Hartfield-Dawson
is subcontractor for TRA Contractor who was conducting a tower
inspection for MLCPAC.
Tower inspections were to include an EM radiation survey until
the OINC at Lorsta George voiced long standing concerns about
X-rays. The sub contractor (Hartfield-Dawson) tested and
discovered substantial X-rays levels. The contract was then
amended to test for ionized radiation at all contracted Lorstas.
Ionized radiation emissions were localized to the vacuum tubes
in the transmitter.
Measurements of X-rays were measured using the Aware
Electronics RM-80 radiation monitor. The professional grade
type LND-7313 pancake window alpha, beta, X-ray detector has
passed all examinations, inspections, tests and calibrations of
the LND Quality Assurance Procedures including DCAS MILQ085A,
MIL-E-I and appendix B of 10CFR50. Calibration is
accomplished in accordance with MIL-STD-45662. Source for
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calibration and/or dose rates have calibration traceable to
X-ray flux levels were observed to be quite uniform along the
panel and window in front of the transmitter output tubes.
Due to the dispersed nature of the X-ray source the X-ray count
did not greatly decrease toward the center aisle between the
Detailed measurements were taken with the standby
transmitter at full power, and exposures were high enough that
the total time spent by CG personnel or others in front of the
transmitter should be limited in accordance with table G-18 of
OSHA ž1910.96(b) 29 CFR CH. XVII (7-1-92 Edition) which
specifies a maximum dose of 1.25 Rems per calendar quarter.
Hazardous X-ray levels detected at all contracted Lorstas.
Radiation Level at Chadds Ford PA (RM-60 - Latest Week)
Note the RM-60 is on a ledge approximately 6 inches above the floor in a room above the basement. The basement contains some Radon. Slight shifts in the background radiation levels are due to slight movements of the RM-60 in relation to the floor.
Last Six Hours Expressed in ÁSv/hr.
(Note 1ÁSv = 100ÁR standardized to Cesium 137)
Above and below are graphs generated with Aware's RM-60
feeding a leftover XT laptop.
They show fluctuating Radon levels in southeastern PA covering several months.
Radon levels measure between 0.5 and 2 picocuries per liter air.
Please Note: In the interest of variety, as
of Aug. 31st 1998 11:00 pm we switched from a RM-60 + Fan-Filter to a
RM-80 + Fan-Filter for the real time graphs on this web site. We also
moved the sensor to the basement area as opposed to the living room
area. See the next graph on this page for the latest RM-80 data.
View above graph and archive graphs full size, (Tue Aug 22 14:24:30 2017 East Coast US time) (plus Fan-Filter info.)?
Last Few Days. Notice spikes. Spikes seem to correlate with wind
direction from know Radon out gassing areas (Reading Prong)and strong weather patterns. (Note:
Slight saw tooth pattern is due to the auto-cycling (on-off) of a
dehumidifier in the basement area).
A conclusion drawn by Aware
Electronics after observing the graphs on this web site along with wind
direction for the last year: Radon and Radon decay products can be
carried by the wind from even hundreds of miles away, before entering
your house. It is possible that Radon decay products can settle out
and therefore build up in your house. Air contains perhaps 7 million
dust particles per liter. Dust containing Radon decay products remains
suspended outdoors due to wind. When the dust containing air enters
the house the lack of wind allows the dust to settle out somewhat
after which the remaining dust reduced air is replaced with more outdoor
air diffusing into the house, with a fresh load of radioactive dust. In
other words it is possible for the house to act as a large filter
concentrating outdoor Radon decay products within the house.
View GRAPH + more data updated on Tue Aug 22 14:24:30 2017(East Coast US time)?
Basement's Latest Week (RM-80 + Fan-Filter + USB-MSP + Aw-Radw):
Click here for just the latest data: The Latest Data
The Radon graphs at this web site show Alpha-Beta hits reported in
counts per unit time. The hits are coming from Radon decay products.
They have collected on a small polyurethane filter. The filter is
mounted next to the RM-60's Alpha-Beta window (older data) or RM-80's
Alpha-Beta (newer data).
The count rate is in direct correlation with Alpha and Beta particle
flux. The radioactivity of the filter is in direct correlation with
what is going on in the lungs of any person breathing the same air as is
passing through the filter. In many respects this information is much
more useful for the user as compared to a Radon report in the form of
picocuries Radon per liter air. For example a forced air filter system
could remove a large percentage of Radon decay products from the air
thereby reducing the health threat but the filter system would not
remove any Radon gas and therefore a standard Radon test would show no
reduction in Radon level even though the health threat was greatly
reduced. Never-the-less the counts per unit time figure included in
these graphs can be converted to picocuries Radon per liter air given
the correct factor. For more info about monitoring and reducing Radon decay
products see: Frequently asked questions
Late addition. New add-on available: Solid State Relay Kit. Let Aware software and an
IBM clone control your mitigation fan. Chop off those Radon peaks!
For info about Alarm Software + Solid State Relay Kit, see bottom of
price list Price List
An example complete Geiger Counter educator's kit includes an Aware Electronics RM-80 Geiger detector with a protective cover, cables and a USB-MSP microcontroller interface, software and support material on a CD, a container of NoSalt«, a sample of clumping cat litter, plastic containers useful for monitoring the activity of samples and the Hot Balloon kit supplement. Right image is closeup of the RM-80.
With an Aware Electronics RM unit and your PC,
one can generate real time graphs.
The above graph is a screen grab of Aware's real-time graphics program Aw-graph
displaying a decay curve of Radon-Thoron daughters gathered in a house
with less than 2 picocurie Radon per liter air! Aware software set
allows easy analysis of the decay curve to determine the percentage of
activity due to Thorium versus Uranium. Also spot other "man made"
isotopes. Aw-graph also includes semi-log plots and background
View this graph full size (plus Uranium and Thorium info)?
Aware's RM-70 ($289), RM-60 ($179.95), RM-80 ($329), LCD-60 ($189).
For more LCD-60 and RM photos see various pages connected to this
web site including:A User's Mobile Setup and
Multiple RMs per PC. (see photo half-way down
page) and RADIOLOGICAL application and also Aware's New LCD-90 MicroController - Data-Logger
The software included with each RM is very user friendly and non-intrusive
to your PC environment. You can even run it from your floppy. Setup is easy.
Simply plug the adapter into a serial port and start the software. It makes
for a very interesting PC application.
Top of RM-60 Brochure
Click for Brochure text area scan (Includes info about the standard software.)
Monitor several locations each in a different MS Window or from the DOS prompt
INTERESTING ARTICLE IN SCIENTIFIC
(Jan. 1996, pg.44, The Real Threat of Nuclear Smuggling) "In late
1993 Russian "Mafia" assassins allegedly planted gamma-ray-emitting
pellets in the office of a Moscow businessman, killing him within
months. At least half a dozen similar incidents have been reported in
Russia since then".
More About RM Systems
The RM-60 along with the user friendly software ($179.95 complete
system) monitors and plots radiation from a variety of sources. It
includes the highest quality stainless steel geiger tube with alpha-beta
window and ceramic back. The RM-60 detects all three types of radiation
emitted by radioactive materials namely Alpha, Beta, and Gamma
radiation as well as X-ray radiation down to 8 KEV (8K Electron Volts).
The RM-70 ($289) and RM-80 ($329) monitors include the highest quality,
industry standard stainless steel "pancake" tubes (1.125" and 1.75"
effective diameter Alpha, Beta, low energy Gamma, X-ray windows). The
RM-G90 ($523) includes a 10.5" x 0.8" stainless steel gamma tube (160
cps/milliR/hr). (For more technical specs. click on "RM specs" link above).
The monitors plug into the serial or parallel port of the P.C. by way of
telephone cord turning the computer into a highly sensitive feature
packed user friendly microroentgen geiger counter. Data is displayed
in a unique scrolling bar chart format and is saved to a file for
later review and manipulation. Each point is accompanied by the exact
date and time according to the quartz clock in the computer.
You can use a credit card to order if you desire. If you are displeased for any reason you may return the unit within 45 days for a full refund. (For more order info. click on Price List link above).
If you decide to order may we suggest the purchase of the additional
program Aw-graph.exe for $74.00 or our 32 bit Windows program Aw-Radw which includes Aw-Graph.
Info about our new WIN 98-ME-NT-2000-XP software Aw-Radw
Both include the ability to view several radiation data files
simultaneously including regressions, interpolations, semi-log plots,
background subtraction, date-time x-axis, data compression, flash -
video page switching and more. Included are real-time automatic updates
of data plot(s) as well as old data and/or any ascii data. Aw-graph and
Aw-Radw are covered by the 45 day $ back offer. Either are superb add-on
Note: Several utilities are included with each RM
system. These include SEED.EXE which generates random numbers derived
from RM pulses (Also see:NEW PROGRAM: AW-RAND
random number generator), SECTION.EXE which pulls any Date-Time data
segment from a large data file, SETCLOCK.EXE which uses a modem to
connect with Atomic Clock in Boulder Colorado, then adjusts PC's clock,
Flux Counter, which tallies radiation counts until space-bar is pushed,
Stufkbuf.exe which places keystrokes in the keyboard buffer and more.
Even in a room with only outdoor Radon levels one can gather Radon
decay products on a tissue by wiping the screen of a VGA or T.V. and
then plot the decay with an Aware monitor and the software. (Half-life
Radium B: 26.8 mins., Radium C: 19.9 mins.) Use one of the RM monitors
to find Radon entrance points. For example if Radon is entering
through a crack, daughter products will deposit around the periphery of
the crack. When moving the monitor close to the crack, geiger clicking
will increase and the dose rate display will show a rise in radiation
due to the highly radioactive decay products. This reveals the crack as
a source of Radon entrance.
We received an interesting phone call from a RM-60 user. He has been an
Alpha track dealer for several years and is pleased with the system. He
placed a face mask paper filter on the intake of a small vacuum cleaner
(e.g. Dust Buster) for two minutes, in a room with approx. 3 picocuries
Radon per liter air. Next he placed the paper filter next to the RM-60's
Alpha-Beta window. This generated readings of several hundred
counts per minute. (Background count rate is normally about 10 CPM).
The software then drew a beautiful decay plot of the Radium B + C-C'
Radon daughters. The RM-70 and RM-80 would draw a decay curve with 10
and 24 times the data.
Others have found small amounts of radioactive contamination in drinking
water due to Radon, by simply placing the monitor next to a tank of
water and noticing the increase in reading. Floor drains, pipe
entrances, sump pumps, vent openings and more, all will become radioactive
if Radon is entering through and/or around them. The RM system allows
you to notice the effectiveness of remedial action.
Also real-time variations due to water flow, weather conditions, or
other variables are revealed on the graph and by way of the geiger
click rate and reading.
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We would be pleased to answer any questions you might have so please don't hesitate to contact us by E-Mail or to pick up the phone, write or fax us with an order. As mentioned above you have
45 days to return the system. Just phone/fax one of the phone
numbers at top of the page or email us at Aware@aw-el.com