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    While cruising e-Bay at work out of sheer boredom I ran across some interesting relics from the cold war. One item that caught my eye was this US Civil Defense issued dosimeter charger and dosimeter pens. These were to be kept in all Civil Defense fallout shelters for use in the event of nuclear war. One would charge and calibrate the dosimeter pens and then clip them to his or her clothing. The charged pen would then give a reading of how many rads the person absorbed while on the outside. I suppose heavier radioactive particles passing through the pen would remove the charge as they went through? There is a meter inside each dosimeter pen that can be read by holding it up to the light. The pen can also be touched to the charger and it will light up the inside of the dosimeter. Creepy stuff! I'm now trying to get a hold of the geiger counter kit that went with the charger. Might as well go all the way!

    Here we have the Jordan Electronics radiological dosimeter charger model 750-S and three Bendix model CD V-742 dosimeters.


    The unit is all metal with fiber plastic knobs with the Civil Defense emblem painted on.




    Guts of the unit.


    Testing lamps with spare.


    Bendix dosimeter. These are all machined aluminum and powder coated yellow like the charging unit. Heavy duty stuff for sure.


    I was able to get my camera to focus on the the reticle.


    And here is one I purposely calibrated to show a rad count. Not a good day for the wearer if this reading was real!




    Manual for the charger.


    A sample from inside. Most of the manual goes on about repair of the unit in an emergency and finding spare parts while dodging raiders and super mutants. Boring stuff like that.


    If you are interested this guy has a museum on US Civil Defense and the itmes used. Be sure to check out the fallout shelter section. I live in Dallas and never knew these existed. Think I'll cruise down to the Science Place at Fair Park and see if I can get some photos in there. It's closed to the public but I want to give it a shot anyway. I've got to see that four ton blast door!
    http://www.civildefensemuseum.com/index.html


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    ytareh's Avatar Senior Member
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    V interesting stuff...

    Visited HERE

    http://www.hackgreen.co.uk/

    last Summer ...soooo creepy...there was a room in it in which you went in to sit with the knowledge a simulated nuke was gonna hit in the next 3 minutes -DEAFENING!There was a warning outside not for pregnant/young/old/heart conditions etc !!!The early 80s pc technology was quaint ...

    Watched BBC drama ' Threads ' recently -it can be seen in full on Youtube -what a prospect Nuclear War was/is ...I think it claimed the entire UK medical system couldnt cope with one small nuke hit .End of life as we know it ...should be compulsory viewing for all world citizens !

    Well worth a look

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...3OlQ&feature=related
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    Nice. I came across lots of those bulky civil defense geiger counters on ebay as well.

    nice article:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...ense_geiger_counters
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    Since we're already talking cold war nuclear paranoia, I find this video funny and eerie at the same time. Nothing like ducking behind a wall to save yourself from a dozen megaton bomb

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    Originally posted by ytareh:
    V interesting stuff...

    Visited HERE

    http://www.hackgreen.co.uk/

    last Summer ...soooo creepy...there was a room in it in which you went in to sit with the knowledge a simulated nuke was gonna hit in the next 3 minutes -DEAFENING!There was a warning outside not for pregnant/young/old/heart conditions etc !!!The early 80s pc technology was quaint ...

    Watched BBC drama ' Threads ' recently -it can be seen in full on Youtube -what a prospect Nuclear War was/is ...I think it claimed the entire UK medical system couldnt cope with one small nuke hit .End of life as we know it ...should be compulsory viewing for all world citizens !

    Well worth a look

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...3OlQ&feature=related
    WoW! I would love to have a vist there. +1 on Threads and also The Day After and On the Beach. Must see movies. I seriously doubt any of us would be around if a nuclear war really happened. I doubt I would bother to even get out of my chair in the event of a nuclear war. I'm between two major cities and airports along with several military air bases and factories including Bell Helicopter. I think I would just have me a smoke and a drink to pass my final minutes away.

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    Originally posted by ROXunreal:
    Nice. I came across lots of those bulky civil defense geiger counters on ebay as well.

    nice article:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...ense_geiger_counters
    I've got a bid on one already. Crazy stuff to be found on e-Bay!


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    The Duck and Cover vid was hilarious ...more a case of 'put your head between your legs and kiss yer a55 goodbye!'
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    Interesting. but definitely creepy, Jagdgeschwader2. Anyone old enough to remember the cold war who doesn't feel a shiver down their spine, can't have been paying attention.
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    Originally posted by AndyJWest:
    Interesting. but definitely creepy, Jagdgeschwader2. Anyone old enough to remember the cold war who doesn't feel a shiver down their spine, can't have been paying attention.

    I remember being scared to death as youngster during the eighties with Reagan in office. That was nothing compared to the sixties though. I can't even imagine how frightening it must have been during the Cuban missile crisis. Glad those days are behind us now.


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    I grew up in the 80's and remember all those action movies with soviet bloc bad guys and Chuck Norris, and all that stuff. You were always aware of the tension, even on a small Scottish island, that existed and what it portended.

    And I distinctly remember watching the news with my family when the Berlin wall came down. I was very young but I understood the significance and there seemed a rather palpable sigh of relief from society as though the spectre of armageddon was dissipating before our eyes as the wall was pulled down.
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