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Quarta-Rad, Inc.

(201) 877-2002 (10 - 6 EST)


quarta-usa@quartarad.com

Quick
Start Guide
Compendium.

Install batteries.
Install
batteries
Install
into compartment
the battery
Open
the battery
compartment
(orinsert
one)
on
the back of the two
unit and
two
(or one)
AAA size
power
elements
sizebatteries.
AAA, the
Follow
inside
the
polaritythe
ofpicture
contacts
is indicated
battery
compartment
for
the
in the battery compartment.

Entering the menu.


Menu

Forenter
entering
themenu,
menu
and
To
the options
push
the
changing
thebutton.
properties
push the
top-left
Menu
The contents
button
MENU
. The contents of
of
the menu
will appear.

menu

the menu appear. By default the


Default
settings
following
properties are set:
units:
Sv/h
units
Sv/h,
level: 0.30Sv/h,
Sv/h
level0.30
sound: off
sound down,
back-light: on

proper alignment.

backlight on.

Switch
ondevice
the device.
Turn
the
ON

Push the
Simply
pushbig
andbutton,
hold thethen
big the
button
the lower right-hand
screenonRD1503
is displayed.
side
the screen
on.
As
The until
examination
of is
the
radiation
soon
as RD1503+
environment
starts.appears, the
unit has started taking its first
measurements.

Navigating Menu
RD1503+

screen
RD1503+
RD1503

Motion
through
theuse
menu
To
navigate
the menu,
the
The motion
through
theonpoints
Cursor
button
- the one
the of
menuleftisside
carried
with the
lower
of the out
device.

menu

button CURSOR. The selection

To
or change
an option
to is
of select
the point
and its
change
which
the out
cursorwith
is pointing,
use the
carried
the button
Menu button.

cursor

MENU.

Result.
First
results

Exit
Menu
/ Switch
OFFoff.
Exit the
menu.
Switching

The measurements
result of observation
The
taken by(dose
the
rate) will
be displayed
10
Geiger
Counter
are updatedin
every

The
that is used
Exit same
the large
menubutton
is carried
out
to turn the device ON is used to exit
through the button OFF.
the Menu or to switch the device
The switching off the device is
OFF.

seconds.
(page 17)
10
seconds.

The numbers will change


constantly - this is normal, as
the natural background radiation
fluctuates. The most accurate
reading is displayed once all 4
sides of the little square graphic
are drawn (left side of the screen).
8

carried out by continuous (till


disappearance
of will
thebe
messages
Note:
your settings
saved.
on the display) clicking of the
button OFF.

OFF

Physical configuration of the device.

Installation of power elements.

RD1503+


Remove
cover
the battery
compartment
1.1.Take
off thethe
cover
of of
battery
compartment
;
2. Install into the battery compartment  two (or one) power
2. Install AAA batteries into the battery compartment as
illustrated
by 
the, graphic
inside
the compartment.
the polarity
of contacts
is indicated in the
elements
size AAA
battery compartment.
3. Close the battery compartment by reattaching the plastic
3. Install the cover of battery compartment  on the body of
cover .
device.

TIP: For long-term measurements we recommend using


Notes:
2 batteries, otherwise a single battery is enough.
1. When carrying out the long-term examination, we
recommend
install
two power
elements,
Dont mixtoold
and new
batteries
together.for the short-term
one its possible to use one power element.
2.If Dont
mix expect
the oldthe
andunit
new
you dont
to power
be usedelements.
for a long time,
3. If you do not expect the device to be used for a long
remove the batteries altogether.
time, extract batteries from a battery compartment.
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1. LCD display (page 6).


2. Button
1. LCDMENU
screen and its icon on the display. The button has three
functions: MENU, SELECT, CHANGE.
3. Button
andHas
its icon
the display.
TheMenu,
button will be
2. The CURSOR
MENU button.
threeonfunctions:
enter
used in
the
menu
for
moving
cursor.
Select Option, and Change Option.
4. Button OFF and its icon on the display. The button has four
functions:
switch on the
device,
switch
on backlight
of LCD
display,
3. The CURSOR
Button.
Used
to move
the cursor
and to
back in
menu,
switch
off
the
device.
activate the back-light of the LCD screen for a few seconds.
5. Battery compartment.
The
icons
prompts
the function
ofthe
buttons
to the user, thereby
4.
The
ON/OFF
Button.
Also exits
menu.
facilitating the usage of the device. Further in the text the icons of
buttons
are specified.
The instruction to press the button with this
5. Battery
compartment
or that icon means clicking the relevant button on the body of the
device.
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LCD display
1

11
10

4
5
6

9
8

4.
Audio
Alarm
4. Icon
of setup
of (clicking)
a audio:

1. Battery
1. Icon ofcharge
battery condition:

fully charged
-Complete
charge of battery;
-Discharged
battery;

almost drained
-The
discharged
below allowed level, the replacement is

replace
the battery
needed.

2. Units
2. Units:

-
The
soundalarm
is set is
UP
sound
on or DOWN;
-
The
sound
is
switched
sound alarm is off off.

5.
Back-light
for LCD screen
5. Icon
of setup option
of backlight:
-
theback-light
backlight isisswitched
on;
on
-
theback-light
backlight isisswitched
off.
off

6. OFF Turn off the device by holding down


the big button.
7. Result of observations
(in Sv/h or Rem/h).
6. Function of the button OFF (page 5)

micro Sieverts
per hour (modern units)
- microSievert
per hour.
- microRoentgen
per hour.

micro Roentgens
per hour (older units)
3. 3.
Audio
alarm
threshold
(alarm
will sound if )
Icon of
a threshold
of audible
signal.
in
micro
Sieverts:
For unit of a Sv/h:

0.30
Sv/h
- 0,30
Sv/h;
- 0,60
Sv/h;

0.60
Sv/h
- 1,20
Sv/h.

1.20
Sv/h
in
Formicro
unit ofRoentgens:
a Rem/h:

0.30
Rem/h
- 30
Rem/h;
- 60
Rem/h;

0.60
Rem/h
- 120
Rem/h.

1.20
Rem/h
or

threshold
is turned off.
-Audio
at the Alarm
switched
off threshold.
The unit will click at every reading.

7. Function
Measurements
of the
current (page
radiation
8.
of the button
CURSOR
5).level.
9.
of the buttonoption
MENU
(page
5).
8. Function
Quick Back-light
(Cursor
Button)
10.
The iconthe
designates
9. Access
Menu the number of the executed cycles of
observation.
- Corresponds to the first short cycle of observation;
10. Detection rate indicator blinks as often
- Corresponds to the second short cycle of observation;
as the particles are detected by the sensor.
- Corresponds to the third short cycle of observation;
- Corresponds to one cycle of observation;
11. Detection cycle counter draws a side of
- Corresponds to two cycles of observation;
the- square
frame as the measurement cycles progCorresponds to three cycles of observation;
ress.
The
most
reading
is shown
once the
- Correspondsaccurate
to four and
more cycles
of observation.

full frame is drawn (4 cycles = 40 seconds).

11. Indication of registered particle.

How much is dangerous?

Use ofoperations
the device
Basic

Switch the device ON by pressing and holding the big button until the
Switching on the device.
LCD screen activates.

To switch on the article it is necessary to press the big button,


then the screen 1503
RD1503+ will be displayed.

Scanning for radiation

As soon
as the unit
is activated, it starts taking
The order
of survey.
measurements
automatically.
After switching
on the article the examination
The
readings environment
will appear after
10 seconds.
of
thefirst
radioactive
starts.
During time
Every
time
radiation
particles
(including
the
of observations each registered quantum
of
normal background
radiation) hit the
a
radiation
is accompanied
by sensor,
a display
black square icon blinks for a moment. The
presentation of the icon
and short
more particles hit the sensor, the more frequently
audible
signal,
if
the
sound
is
switched
the square blinks: frequency of blinking is on and
the
threshold
switched
proportional
to is
dose
rate. off. The frequency of
occurrence
of after
the switching
icon on on
the
40 seconds
thedisplay
article theis
proportional
to dose
and
iconrate.
in formcontinue,
of side oftheir
a square
Asfirst
theresult
measurement
cycles
will
displayed,
which
displays
amount
10beseconds
after
switching
the article,
the
progression
is shown
by the
littleon
frame
thatofisthe
executed
being
drawn
around
the black
square.
first
result
ofobservations:
short cycle
and icon
are displayed:

RD1503+

first measurement
cycle
- Corresponds
to
short
cycle of observation;
-
corresponds
to the
onefirst
cycle
of observation;
second measurement
cycle
- Corresponds
to
short
cycle of observation;
-
corresponds
tothe
twosecond
cycles
of
observation;
third measurement
cycle
-
corresponds
to the
three
cycles
ofcycle
observation;
- Corresponds
to
third
short
of observation.
fourth
measurement
cycle
cycles
theofmost
reliable result
! over
The
second
andtothird
cycles
observation
average
-
corresponds
four short
and
more
of observation.
automatically.
firstand
result
observation
is displayed
as averaged
average value of
The The
second
theof
third
measurement
cycles are
four
short
cycles,
second
as
average
value
of two
of
automatically.
* The short cycle of observation is equal to 10 sec.
andcycles
intended
observation,
third
as
average
value
of
three
cycles
of
observation
for prompt deriving of preliminary results. The most reliable result is
Important:
first
cycle is result
intended
give anvalue
approximate
and furtherThe
each
following
itstoaverage
of four previous
displayed after the first 40 seconds cycle of observation and
preliminary
result. The most reliable measurement is displayed
observations.
designated
by
the iconthe
article
.theanalyzes
afterAt
about
seconds,
when
frame icon
is completely
drawn
result40
averaging
a diversion
of current
value
concerning
result
of the
previous
observation.
and
has 4 sides
the
forth
measurement
cycle.If the odds exceeds a
defined value, current result is displayed instead of average one.
For example, by results of three observations the average result is
0,20 Sv/h, and the current value
17 0,80 Sv/h is registered in the
fourth cycle, then the result of the fourth observation will not be

Not all radiation is the same, so scientists use the sievert to


measure the health risks of radiation. 7
A one-sievert dose of radiation would cause immediate radiation sickness. But most radiation doses are much smaller,
so youll see them measured in millisieverts or even smaller
microsieverts.
1 sievert = 1000 millisieverts
1 millisievert = 1000 microsieverts

uSv/h micro Sieverts per hour.



0.10
This is low, it does not get any lower.
0.21

Pretty normal. Depends on local geology.

0.42

Happens occasionally with no real reason.


Just keep an eye on it.

0.83

ALERT - No need to panic, but try to figure


out what is going on, stay out of the rain
and avoid unnecessary trips.

1.25

Real risk of cancer if exposed for a year.

4.17

Real risk of cancer if exposed for 90 days.

20,000 Annual limit for Nuclear Plant Workers.


100,000 Annual limit for Fukushima workers.
Sievert calculations based on Cesium-137 isotope.