posted on Jan, 1 2014 @ 05:29 AM
Thank you so much to the helpful people who have replied.
I don't know why the ignorant ones bothered to waste there time? Have they not heard about learning as you go? I am capable of learning - and this
post is a first step!
I have seen all sorts of counters, including kits you can purchase and build yourself. Also, ebay has some sources you can purchase to test and
calibrate, but I don't know if they are reliable.
My initial theory was to get one of the hand held models which claims to test for Alpha, Beta, Gamma and X-ray.
I would then take daily measurements of background around my home onto a data logger on my laptop, and keep a record of my results. This way over time
I can build up an idea of what is 'normal' for my area. This would then make any anomalies apparent should they occur.
As for food, I was thinking about fish, to be honest. I live on the West coast of Australia at the moment, so I don't expect any local fish to be
problematic. But I sort of had an idea that - just as an example - I would be able to test tins of tuna to see if they were emitting more than just
background levels. Again, I am trying to avoid Pacific fish any way, but I just thought this would A) be interesting and B) give me some peace of
mind. Perhaps that isn't very scientific of me? LOL
Many thanks for the resources. Keep them coming.
(The insults I can do with less of, but thanks for playing)