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Posted to diyPhysics.com: Testing Electronic Goldmine’s “Giant Super Sensitive Geiger Muller Tube MC6”

I purchased two “Giant Super Sensitive MC6” GM tubes from Electronic Goldmine (Item Number : G18717, Unit Price: $89.95).  These are Russian-made new-old-stock model MC6.  They are 10.25″ long x 0.9″ diameter.  I compared the sensitivity of these tubes to the other GM tubes that I use with my CDV700 Pro Geiger Counter.  I posted

 
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Spring in Shakespeare’s Country

I had some business meetings in England this week, and on my way back to Birmingham Airport I stopped in Stratford-Upon-Avon to see the houses where Shakespeare was born and died.  Warwick Castle was also along the way, so I stopped briefly to take a few pictures before sunset.

 
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Abigail’s Whimsical Sand Pendulum

On a recent trip to Israel, Abigail (10) saw a very pretty, large, and expensive sand pendulum.  In it, the pendulum was able to swing, while at the same time, the sand pan was able to rotate freely.  We applied our motto “Why buy it if we can MAKE it!”.

 
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Maggi “Cook Studio” in Leipzig: Delicious Home-Cooked Meals from Ready-Made Packages – A Culinary Oxymoron?

Growing up in Ecuador, Maggi Sauce was always available at our table, and Maggi bouillon cubes were part of many of our cook’s recipes.  On the odd Sunday that we didn’t have lunch out, my mom would prepare a Maggi soup (usually cream of mushroom or asparagus, being my father’s and my favorite), and there

 
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A Lesson in State Paranoia: The Stasi Museum in Leipzig, Germany

2 Weeks ago I visited one of our patients in Germany.  The hospital was close to Leipzig, and I had a few hours to stroll through town.  I went to the Museum in der Runde Ecke, which documents the power and banality of the  former district headquarters of the East German State Security Service or “Stasi” in

 
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d.i.y. Combined L-Band (23 cm) Helical Feed and Ku 0.4 dB LNBF for 120 cm Dish

The high-gain antenna on my space communications array is based on a Fortec Star 120 cm dish.  This is a high-quality, large dish designed for motorized FTA reception of analog, digital, and high-definition programs on Ku band satellites.  I built a feed that combines a KU band horn for free-to-air (FTA) satellite reception with a helical feed

 
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d.i.y. Gyroscopic Camera Stabilizer that Really Works!

One of my current work-related projects required me to buy some gyroscopes for prototyping.  I purchased some of the beautiful, motor-driven demonstration gyros made by Glenn Turner at www.gyroscope.com. Also as part of the project, I came across the professional-grade (and professionally priced, starting at $1,600) gyroscopic camera stabilizers made by Kenyon Laboratories.  These devices

 
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