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PDF Content Summary: Title Radon Monitor User’s Guide Accurate, Reliable, Economical Models 1028, 1029 User’s Guide, Radon Monitor © Copyright 2016 by Sun Nuclear Corporation. All rights reserved. The information contained in this guide and the accompanying software program are copyrighted and all rights are reserved by Sun Nuclear Corporation. No part of this guide may be translated, reproduced, sold, or otherwise distributed without the prior written consent of Sun Nuclear Corporation. Sun Nuclear Corporation reserves the right to make periodic modifications of this guide without obligation to notify any person or entity of such revision. This guide is written for: PC software: version 2.2.0 Embedded firmware: version 1.0.9 Document 1028011, Rev I, 18 August 2017 Sun Nuclear Corporation 3275 Suntree Boulevard Melbourne, FL 32940 USA +1 321-259-6862 http://www.sunnuclear.com ii Preface Description The Continuous Radon Monitor is a detection device used to measure the concentration of radon gas. The unit is designed for professional inspectors to use in homes and buildings. The device is EPA verified and radon proficiency programs approved. CAUTION: The Continuous Radon Monitor Model 1028 is intended to be used only for indoor applications of radon gas sampling. Using in an outdoor environment may cause errors due to humidity and extreme temperatures. Health and Safety Instructions WARNING: To avoid risk of electric shock, this device must only be connected to a supply mains with protective earth (ground). WARNING: Never use the device in an area that could contain explosive gases. A spark from inside the device could ignite an explosion. To protect Radon Monitor performance and cable insulation, never pull on a cable to disconnect it. Always grasp the plug or connector. Do not permit water or any other liquids to spill onto the device. For instructions to report health or safety related concerns, see Reporting Health or Safety Related Issues or Concerns on page 56. iii Finding Additional Information The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintains a comprehensive radon website at http://www.epa.gov/radon/index.html where you can find EPA documents, brochures, and publications relating to radon, including: • A Citizen's Guide to Radon: The Guide to Protecting Yourself and Your Family from Radon. This guidance offers strategies for testing your home for radon and discussions of what steps to take after you have tested, as well as discussions about the risk of radon and radon myths. • Consumer's Guide to Radon Reduction: How to Fix Your Home. This booklet is for people who have tested their home for radon and confirmed that they have elevated radon levels. This booklet can help with selecting a qualified contractor to reduce the radon levels in the home, determining an appropri- ate radon reduction method, and maintaining a radon reduction system. • Home Buyer's and Seller's Guide to Radon. This booklet is intended for any- one who is buying or selling a home, real estate and relocation professionals, home inspectors and others. iv
Preface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iii Description . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iii Health and Safety Instructions . . . . . iii Finding Additional Information . . . . . iv Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Options and Accessories . . . . . . . . .2 Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Standalone Operation . . . . . . . . . . 5 Position the Monitor . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Install a Fresh Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Replacing the 9V Battery . . . . . . . . .6 Connecting the AC Adapter . . . . . . .7 Turn on the Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Starting a Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Interrupting a Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Displaying Average and Current . . . .10 AVG or CUR During a Test . . . . . . .10 AVG or CUR After Test . . . . . . . . .10 Clearing Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Checking Unit Status . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Setting Up Parameters . . . . . . . . . . .12 Character Set . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Display Turns Off Automatically . . . .14 Clearing a Reset . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Low Battery Messages . . . . . . . . . . .15 Low Battery with AC Power Connected . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15 Low Battery Without AC Power Connected . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Storage Under Power . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Portable Printer (Optional) . . . . . 17 Printer - Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Printer - Description . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Printer Connection and Controls . . . .18 Loading the Paper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Printing a Report . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Typical Printer Report . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Movement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Printer Battery Pack . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Inserting the Battery Pack . . . . . . .22 Removing the Battery Pack . . . . . .22 Charging the Battery Pack . . . . . . .23 Low Printer Battery Indication . . . .23 Efficient Use of Printer Battery . . .23 Printer Switch Settings . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Computer Operation . . . . . . . . . . 26 About the Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Set Up Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Prerequisites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Install Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Connecting to Computer . . . . . . . . . 27 Launch Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Using Software to Retrieve Data . 28 Closing Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 About the Main Screen . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Main Screen - Inspection Tab . . . . . . 29 Main Screen - Chart Tab . . . . . . . . . . 32 Zooming In and Out . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Moving the Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Main Screen - Pictures Tab . . . . . . . 34 Main Screen - Checklist Tab . . . . . . . 35 Menu Bar and Toolbar Functions . . . 36 Data to/from Text File . . . . . . . . . . 37 Monitor Settings Preferences . . . . . 38 Preferences Screen - Monitor Settings Tab Details . . . . . . . . 39 Report Printing Preferences . . . . . . . 40 Preferences Screen – Print Tab Details . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Printing Reports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Recommended System Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Models 1028 and 1029 Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Support and Maintenance . . . . . 48 Maintaining Hardware . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Repairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Inspection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Disposing and Recycling . . . . . . . 48 Service and Calibration . . . . . . . . . 49 Battery Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Maintaining Software . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Verifying Software Version . . . . . . 49 Removing Software . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Multiple Software Installations . . . 49 Optional Serial Connection . . . . . . . . 50 Serial Port Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Connecting with a Serial Cable . . .50 Port Selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Radon Monitor Troubleshooting . . . .51 System Errors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52 Contacting Sun Nuclear Support . . . .54 Support Website . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .54 vi Regulatory Supplement . . . . . . . 55 Sun Nuclear Corporation Symbols . . 55 Operator Responsibility . . . . . . . . . . 56 Reporting Health or Safety Related Issues or Concerns . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Modifications to Equipment . . . . . . . 56 Interaction with Other Electrical Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Introduction Parts Unpack the radon monitor and identify the parts described below. Note: radon Save monitor the packing to Sun Nuclear material Corporation so it can be for used annual when re-calibration. sending the No. Part Number Description 1 1028300 or 1028300-RM Figure 1. Parts Furnished with Model 1028 Radon Monitor Model 1028 Radon Monitor* or Model 1028 Radon Monitor (Refurbished) 2 801041Z Cable, USB A-B M, 2 m 3 741011** Power supply, 18 VDC, 100-240 VAC, 0.3A — 0200014 Radon Customer Support Site letter (not shown) — 1028012 Getting Started Guide (not shown) * Model 1029 Radon Monitor is obsolete. **Power supply P/N 741011 is only included with Model 1028 Radon Monitors shipped within the United States. 123 1
Options and Accessories Contact Sun Nuclear Corporation to order any of the following accessories: Table 1. Radon Monitor Accessories Part Number Description 1028050 Printer, thermal, 80 column, Seiko DPU-414. 022005Z Power supply for printer, 6 VDC. Used with P/N 801008Z. 750052 Rechargeable battery pack for printer (furnished with P/N 1028050 or can be ordered separately). 801008Z Line power cord for printer. Detachable, IEC Plug to USA style, 1.8 m. 801032Z Serial cable for printer, 9-pin, D-connector, M/F (furnished with P/N 1028050 or can be ordered separately). 850043Z Thermal paper for printer (furnished with P/N 1028050 or can be ordered separately). 750004 Battery, alkaline, 9V, for radon monitor. 741011 Power converter for Radon Monitors shipped within the United States, 120 VAC to 12 VDC, 200 MA, 60 Hz. 801041Z USB cable for Radon Monitor, 2 m. 1028012 Radon Monitor Getting Started Guide. 1028000-SC Carrying case, single radon monitor. 1028000-SPC Carrying case, single radon monitor plus printer. 1028000-DC Carrying case, dual (holds two radon monitors, printer, cables). 102378 Sign, self-adhesive, “Warning, Closed Building Procedure”. 102379 Sign, plastic, hanging, “Caution, Radon Test in Progress”. 1028130 Sign, vinyl static cling, “Warning, Closed Building Procedure”. 2 Connections No Description Function 1 USB PC PORT (front) USB port (USB 1.1 or 2.0); for connection to a computer 2 Serial PC PORT (front) Serial port (RS-232); for connection to a computer 3 PRINTER PORT (front) Serial port (RS-232); for connection to the optional printer. 4 Power connection (back) Power connector; connects to the power supply when using AC power. 5 Battery compartment (back) Insert and connect a fresh 9V battery for either backup or primary power. A fresh alkaline battery will operate the radon monitor for approximately 100 hours while a fresh lithium battery will provide about 300 hours of operation. See Replacing the 9V Battery on page 6. Figure 2. Connections WARNING: Always install a fresh 9V battery before test or storage to prevent the internal 3V battery (required for operation) from discharging. 3 12354 Controls Description Function Display 16-digit LCD display shows messages to guide the operation. Buttons Six push buttons with different functions depending on mode. Press keys to operate. Top row of labels lists main functions. Bottom row of labels are for Setup. Print and Clear functions are used after measurement. Numbers are for PIN entry and Setup. STATUS Selects the Status mode, which scrolls through the Status settings. SETUP Selects the Setup mode, which is used to enter setup values from the keypad. AVG Displays the measured cumulative average radon gas concentration in pCi/l or Bq/m3 since the memory was last cleared. CUR Displays the measured short-term radon gas concentration, a rolling aver- age of the most recent 12 hours. ON Press to turn on the display. There is no OFF switch. To save power, the dis- play turns off automatically after a few minutes of inactivity. ALT For future use. PIN Press to enter PIN (personal identification number), if used. SAVE Saves the Setup mode values that were entered. EDIT Allows editing of the Setup mode entries. Right arrow Scrolls ahead during Setup or Status. Left arrow Scrolls backward during Setup or Status. Clear Clears the test memory in Print/Clear mode. Memory must be cleared before starting a new test. Print Sends report data to optional printer in Print/Clear mode. Mode light The green light between EDIT and SAVE has the following meaning: • Blinks once during power up, indicating that the startup test is in prog- ress. • Blinks when radon is detected. Figure 3. Controls 4 Standalone Operation Position the Monitor 1 Place the radon monitor in the desired position in the area to be monitored for radon gas. The radon monitor does not need to be level. 2 To use a tripod, thread the standard tripod screw (1/4-20UNC) into the threaded fitting on the bottom of the case (Figure 4). Figure 4. Using a Tripod Install a Fresh Battery The radon monitor can be operated on battery power or AC power. When connected to AC power, the battery provides back-up power. However, even when operating on AC power, a battery must be installed to provide backup power. With the radon monitor disconnected from AC power, a fresh alkaline battery will operate the device for about 100 hours, or a fresh lithium-ion battery for about 300 hours. WARNING: Always install a fresh 9V battery before test or storage, even when the unit is connected to AC power, to prevent the internal 3V utes; battery the battery from discharging. is not user-serviceable The 3V battery and will if discharged, discharge in the 15 unit min- must be returned to Sun Nuclear for replacement. 5 CAUTION: power adapter High when humidity using may the shorten radon monitor battery life. in areas Connect with the high AC humidity. The battery is located in a small compartment on the back of the radon monitor (Figure 5). To install a new battery, Replacing the 9V Battery, below. A replacement 9V battery can be purchased from Sun Nuclear or any retail source. Figure 5. Inserting a Battery Replacing the 9V Battery WARNING: Always connect to AC power before replacing the 9V battery, to prevent the internal 3V battery (required for operation) from discharging. The internal 3V battery will discharge in 15 minutes and if discharged, the unit must be returned to Sun Nuclear for replacement. Additionally, if the 3V internal battery is discharged, the time and date may be reset and the “Current” values may be permanently erased. CAUTION: Never replace the battery during a test. 1 If a test is in progress, wait for the test to complete. 2 Connect the radon monitor to AC power using the AC adapter. See Connecting the AC Adapter on page 7. 3 Open the battery compartment door (Figure 5) on the rear panel of the unit. 4 Remove the old battery and unsnap the connector. 6 5 Connect a fresh 9V battery to the connector, insert the battery into the battery compartment, and close the battery compartment door. Connecting the AC Adapter 1 After verifying a battery is installed (see Figure 5 on page 6), connect the power cable to the power connector on the rear panel of the radon monitor. Figure 6. Connecting Power to the Radon Monitor 2 Plug one end of the power cord into the adapter and the other end into a 100 to 240 VAC, 1-phase, 50-60 Hz mains power source. Turn on the Display To conserve power, the 16-digit display is always off until the ON button is pressed. If no buttons are pressed for 2 – 3 minutes, the display turns off automatically. To turn the display on: 1 Press the ON button (5). After a few seconds, the display turns on and shows the message “Battery OK” (Figure 7). 2 If a Personal Identification Number (PIN) is set up, the display prompts the user to enter it. The company name is displayed momentarily (if set up) followed by the message “Checking Memory.” If there is data in memory, the message “Data in Memory!” appears. The data can be printed before clearing the memory. 7 Figure 7. Turning on the Display 3 When the display shows “Start Test = 5,” the user may start a new test, check AVG, check CUR, check STATUS, or change SETUP. The table below summarizes the steps to turn on the display. Press...* Display Shows... Comment Battery OK Display is always off until ON key (5) is pressed. “Bat- tery OK” means there is enough power for 60 hours of operation (delay plus test). “Low/No Battery!” means that the battery has less than 60 hours operating life, or there is no battery installed. – Enter PIN Only appears if a Personal Identification Number has been set up. nnnn NNNN Enter PIN using digits 1 – 4 (5 and 6 not supported; there are no buttons for 7 – 9). Numbers entered are displayed. Enter “5' after entering PIN. Press PIN button (5). If correct PIN was entered, com- Company Name pany name (if set up) displays. If wrong PIN was entered, message “Shutting down...” appears briefly and then display turns off. – Checking Memory If data is in memory, the messages “Data in Memory!” and “Print and Clear” are displayed. Print and Clear the memory before starting a new test. See Clearing Mem- ory on page 11. – Start Test = 5 With the display reading “Start Test = 5,” the user can press a button to: • Start a test. See Starting a Test on page 9. • Check AVG or CUR. See Displaying Average and Cur- rent on page 10. • Check STATUS. See Checking Unit Status on page 11. • SETUP the unit. See Setting Up Parameters on page 12. After a few minutes of inactivity, the display turns off automatically to save power. 8 Starting a Test When the “Start Test = 5” prompt appears, press the 5 button to start a new test. Press... Display Shows... Comment – Start Test = 5 A new test can be started. Checking Memory Memory is rechecked. If data is found, memory must be cleared before starting a new test. See Clearing Memory on page 11. – Delay 0 hr Displays the time delay defined in Setup. – Interval 1 hr Displays the measurement interval defined in Setup. – Duration 12 hr Displays the test duration defined in Setup. The test has started and will be finished after the – Test in Progress duration defined in Setup (plus delay). The display turns off after a few minutes and remains off until the test is interrupted or the display is turned on. Interrupting a Test A test in progress can be interrupted to view the average or current readings. After the interruption, the test can be terminated or continued. Press... Display Shows... Comment Battery OK Display turns on and battery is checked. – Enter PIN This prompt only appears if a Personal Identification Number was set up. nnnn NNNN Enter the PIN using only digits 1 through 4. NNNN PIN number is displayed. Press PIN button (5) to check PIN. If the wrong PIN is entered, the mes- sage “Shutting down...” is displayed.
– End Test Y=5 N=2 Press 5 to end a test prematurely or 2 to continue. Pressing 2 will turn off the display and continue the test. Note, when this message is displayed, the user also has the option to press AVG (3) or CUR (4) to display the average or current readings. See AVG or CUR During a Test, below.
Confirm Y=5 N=2 Press 5 to confirm or 2 to cancel. Test Complete The test is terminated. – Start Test = 5 A new test may be started. If there is partial test data in memory, it must be cleared before starting a new test. See Clearing Memory on page 11. 9 Note: completed, A completed pressing test ON cannot displays be the interrupted. normal start After sequence. a test is Displaying Average and Current Note: monitoring AVG is period; the average CUR is radon the average concentration radon concentration over the total over the last 12-hour period. AVG or CUR During a Test The average (AVG) or current (CUR) radon values can be displayed during a test. Turn ON the display (see Interrupting a Test on page 9), and note the button press options in the table below. Press... Display Shows... Comment – End Test Y=5 N=2 When the display shows this message, press AVG (3) or CUR (4) to access those functions. or Hold 3&4 Prt/Clr This message only appears for a moment after pressing 3 or 4. If the test was just started, the message “Not Enough Data” is displayed. – Average 1.2 If AVG (3) was pressed, radon monitor displays the average radon concentration over the total monitoring period. – Current 1.2 If CUR (4) was pressed, radon monitor displays the radon concentration in the current 12-hour period. – Shutting down... After displaying AVG or CUR, monitor shuts down to resume test. AVG or CUR After Test The average (AVG) and current (CUR) radon values can also be displayed after a test is completed. Turn ON the display (see Turn on the Display on page 7), and note the button press options in the table below. Press... Display Shows... Comment Start Test = 5 Press AVG (3) or CUR (4). Hold 3&4 Prt/Clr This message only appears for a moment after pressing AVG (3). – Average 1.2 Displays the average radon concentration over the total monitoring period. Hold 3&4 Prt/Clr This message only appears for a moment after pressing CUR (4). 10 Press... Display Shows... Comment – Current 1.2 Displays the radon concentration in the current 12-hour period.
– Start Test = 5 AVG or CUR reading is complete. The data for the test remains in memory and must be cleared before starting a new test. See Starting a Test on page 9. Clearing Memory
After printing the report, clear the memory using the key press options in the table below. Press... Display Shows... Comment – Start Test = 5 It is recommended to print a report before clear- ing data.
+ Prt=3 Cl=4 Ex=5 Checking Unit Status When the “Start Test = 5” message appears, press and hold 3 and 4. Keep holding until the “Prt=3 Cl=4 Ex=5” message appears. Press 4 to clear (or 5 to exit).
Before starting a new test, it is recommended to scroll through the status items to confirm they are correct. Confirm Y=5 N=2 Press 5 to confirm the clear memory command. Clearing Memory The memory is cleared in a few seconds. Press... Display Shows... Comment – Start Test = 5 The status menu can be selected when the display shows “Start Test = 5.” Status Menu Press the (1) button to select the status menu. The status of each item will scroll through automati- cally. Each item displays for about 2 seconds. – DELAY nn hr The delay time selected. – INTERVAL nn hr The measurement interval selected. – DURATION nnn hr The duration of the test. – BATTERY Ok Battery status. – TIME nn:nn PM Current time. – DATE MM DD YY Current date – CAL MM/DD/YYYY Date of last calibration. – SNC MODEL 1028 Model number. 11 Press... Display Shows... Comment – CODE VER nnnn Embedded code (firmware) version number. – S/N nnnnnnnnnnn Serial number. – Status Menu Done End of the menu. Display returns to “Start Test = 5”. Status items can also be displayed during a test by pressing the (1) button while the display shows “End Test Y=5 N=2.” Setting Up Parameters Note: If there is any test data in the radon monitor, parameters cannot be entered. Clear test data before changing parameters. Parameter data can be entered using a computer or by entering the characters with the front panel keys on the radon monitor. Using a computer is the faster of the two methods. For instructions to enter parameter data using a computer, see Monitor Settings Preferences on page 38. The table below shows the parameter key press options. Press... Display Shows... Comment – Start Test = 5 Parameters can be changed at any time before starting a test. Setup Menu Entering setup menu. – Checking Memory Checking memory for data. – Delay 0.0 hr Shows current delay settings. or Delay 12 hr Press arrow buttons to change value. • If the monitor firmware version is 106 or higher, the delay options are 0.0 hours,12 hours, 24 hours, or 48 hours. • If the monitor firmware version is 105 or lower, the delay options are 0.0 hours or 12 hours. For the steps to check firmware version on a standalone monitor (not connected to a com- puter), see Checking Unit Status on page 11. For the steps to check the firmware version from the computer, see Monitor Settings Preferences on page 38. The serial number and firmware version of the unit are displayed on the right side of the Monitor Settings screen. Interval 1.0 hr Press advances SAVE; to Interval. saves the Delay setting and or Interval 4.0 hr Press intervals, 12,16, arrow 20, 0.5 or keys (model 24 hours. to 1029 scroll only), through 11.0, selection 2.0, 4.0, of 8.0, 12 Press... Display Shows... Comment Duration 1.0 hr Press SAVE; saves the setting and advances to the next item.
or Duration 48 hr Press arrow keys to scroll through test duration times: 1.0, 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72, 84, 96, 100, or 999 hours. If 999 is selected, measures until memory is full or to 720 data points, whichever occurs first.
COMPANY Company Press SAVE; saves the setting and advances to the next. COMPANY Company The EDIT key (3) lets you begin to edit the first character. or COMPANY Mompany Press the arrow keys to scroll through the avail- able characters. See Character Set on page 14 for a list of characters. Press and hold for rapid scroll.
COMPANY My Comp Press EDIT key (3) and scroll to the next and sub- sequent characters. Press EDIT (3) again to enter the next character. Continue character by charac- ter until the company name is entered (up to 30 characters).
ADDRESS1 none Press SAVE (4); saves the setting and advances to the next item.
ADDRESS1 9one The EDIT key (3) allows editing beginning with the first character. Enter up to 30 characters for the first address line using the same procedure as for Company name.
ADDRESS2 none Press SAVE (4); saves the setting and advances to the next item.
ADDRESS2 none If a second address line is not needed, leave it blank. The EDIT key (3) will allow editing begin- ning with the first character. Enter up to 30 characters for the second address line using the same procedure as for Company name.
City none Press SAVE (4); saves the setting and advances to the next item. and City none Enter city (20 characters) and SAVE (4) (same as above). and STATE none Enter state (10 characters) and SAVE (4) (same as above). and ZIPCODE Enter zip code (10 characters) and SAVE (4) (same as above). and PHONE Enter phone number (20 characters) and SAVE (4) (same as above). and LICENSE Enter license number (10 characters) and SAVE (4) (same as above). and TIME Enter current time (4 numbers plus AM or PM) and SAVE (4) (same as above). and DATE Enter current date in the format MMDDYY (6 numbers) and SAVE (4) (same as above). 13 Press... Display Shows... Comment and UNITS pC/l Select units, pCi/l or Bq/m3 (edit, select with arrows, and SAVE (4)). and PIN NUM 1111 Enter a PIN number if desired in the range of 1111 to 4444 and SAVE. The number 1111 is equivalent to no PIN. To clear a PIN, enter 1111. Setup Menu Done End of setup menu. To enter parameter data using the front panel keys on the radon monitor: 1 Turn on unit. 2 Press “Setup” (button 2). 3 Advance through the list by pressing “Save” (4). 4 Stop on an item to change it. 5 Press “Edit” (3) to edit the item. 6 Press the arrow keys to scroll through a list of available characters and stop when the desired character appears. Press and hold arrow key for fast scroll. 7 When a desired character to change appears, press “Edit” (3) again to change it. 8 When all the characters are changed, press “Edit” to complete the item. 9 Press “Save” and advance to the next item. Character Set The available character set includes the following in the sequence shown: (space) ! “ # $ % & ‘ ( ) * + , - . / 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 : ; < = > ? @ A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z [ \ ] ^ _ ‘ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u b w x y z Display Turns Off Automatically The display turns off automatically after a period of inactivity of about 2-3 minutes. There is no OFF switch or key sequence. 14 Clearing a Reset 1 Turn on the radon monitor to check the battery. If the system is accidentally reset, clear the reset as shown in the table below. Press... Display Shows... Comment Battery OK Battery is checked. – System has reset System has been reset. – Check Date/Time An alert to check the date and time and re-enter them. Clear Reset? Y=5 Sets the system back to operational mode. – Shutting down... System shuts down. 2 Start the radon monitor again. See Turn on the Display on page 7. 3 In Setup, change the date and time. See Setting Up Parameters on page 12. Note: A reset does not clear or change any test data stored in memory. Low Battery Messages A 9V battery must always be installed, even when using an AC power supply, to prevent discharge of the internal 3V battery. When the battery is low or needs to be replaced, a message is displayed on the radon monitor. The following sections describe the messages that may be displayed. Low Battery with AC Power Connected If the battery is low and the AC power adapter is connected, a message appears when key 5 is pressed. Press... Display Shows... Comment Low/No Battery! Battery is checked. Does not have enough power for a 60-hour test. – Replace Battery! Replace the 9V alkaline battery as soon as conve- nient. Current test can continue until complete if AC power is reliable. – Shutting down... The system shuts down to save power. Replace the 9V battery as soon as the test is complete. See Replacing the 9V Battery on page 6. 15 Low Battery Without AC Power Connected If the battery is low and the AC power adapter is not connected, a message appears when attempting to power on. Press... Display Shows... Comment Low Battery! Battery is checked. Does not have enough power for a 60-hour test. – No Extern. Power Indicates AC power should be connected to con- tinue the test in progress. At the conclusion of the test, replace the battery. – Shutting down... The display shuts down to save power. Connect the AC adapter to continue the test or perform any other operation. Replace the 9V battery as soon as possible. See Replacing the 9V Battery on page 6. Storage Under Power WARNING: For long term storage, always connect to AC power or install a fresh 9V battery to prevent the internal 3V battery (required for able operation) and if discharged, from discharging. the device The must 3V be battery returned is not to user-service- Sun Nuclear for replacement. The radon monitor must always be stored with a 9V battery installed or connected to AC power. This additional power is required to prevent discharge of the 3V lithium battery located inside the unit. The 3V battery will discharge in 15 minutes, and if the internal battery is discharged, it must be replaced at the factory. See Contacting Sun Nuclear Support on page 54. 16 Portable Printer (Optional) Printer - Parts The following parts are included with the optional portable printer, P/N 1028050. Part Number Description 022005Z Power supply, 6 VDC out, 2.1 mm plug 750052 Rechargeable battery pack, 4.8 V Ni-MH 801008Z Line power cord for printer, detachable, IEC Plug to USA style, 125 V, 10 A, 2.3 m. 801032Z Cable, RS-232 (serial), DB9M to DB9F, 6 ft. 850040Z Thermal printer 850043Z Thermal printer paper (roll) Printer - Description The optional portable printer prints reports directly from the radon monitor. It can be connected to AC power or used as a portable printer by switching to battery power. See Printer Battery Pack on page 22. Figure 8. Optional Portable Printer The printer is not used to print reports from the computer. For computer reports, see Printing Reports on page 44. 17 Printer Connection and Controls 1 Connect the printer cable to the PRINTER PORT on the radon monitor and the serial port on the printer’s rear panel (Figure 9). Figure 9. Connecting the Printer Cable 2 To operate the printer on AC power, plug the power supply (P/N 022005Z) into the power connector at the back of the printer. Then, plug the detachable power cord (P/N 801008Z) into the power supply and into a power source that matches the ratings on the power supply. Alternately, the printer can be operated from the rechargeable battery. Figure 10. Printer Controls 3 Slide the Power switch (on the side of the printer) to the On (I) position. The Power LED (green) will illuminate and blink once every second. If the rechargeable battery pack is low, the Power LED will blink once every 1/2 second. FEED paper button Power switch ONLINE/OFFLINE button
ONLINE/OFFLINE indicator LEDs 18 Power LED
4 To feed paper, press the ONLINE/OFFLINE button to select off line mode (red LED illuminated), then press the FEED button. It is only possible to feed paper when the printer is OFFLINE. 5 When complete, press the ONLINE/OFFLINE button to select on line mode (green LED illuminated). • The green ONLINE LED will blink if there is data in the buffer memory when you toggle the switch to off line mode. • The red OFFLINE light indicates the printer is off line. • The red OFFLINE light flashes if the paper is not set or has run out. • Both the ONLINE and OFFLINE lights flash if there is an error. CAUTION: FEED button Do simultaneously not press and hold for 30 the seconds ONLINE/OFFLINE or more. This button resets and the the printer’s internal switches and prevents use of the printer. Loading the Paper Note: Load the paper in an area protected from direct sunlight. 1 Unwrap the roll of thermal paper (P/N 850043Z) and, if necessary, cut the leading edge straight across. 2 Open the paper cover on the printer and place the roll of thermal paper, edge down, in the cover (Figure 11). (Printing surface is on the inside of the roll.) Figure 11. Loading the Paper 19 3 Press the ONLINE/OFFLINE button to select off line mode (red LED illuminated). 4 Push the edge of the paper into the inlet slot at the bottom of the paper holder until the auto-loader catches and feeds about 10 cm of paper through the paper cutter. Note: If the paper is set correctly, the OFFLINE (red) LED will stop flashing and stay on to indicate the printer is still in off line mode. 5 If necessary, keep pressing the paper FEED button until the paper feeds straight and smoothly. Printing a Report After a test has been performed, it is recommended to print a report before clearing the data from memory. If there is data in memory when the display is powered on, the “Data in Memory!” and “Print and Clear” messages appear. Print a report using the key press options in the table below. Press... Display Shows... Comment – Start Test = 5 Printing can be initiated when the display shows “Start Test = 5.” + Prt=3 Cl=4 Ex=5 Press and hold 3 and 4. Keep holding until the “Prt=3 Cl=4 Ex=5” message appears. Compact? Y=5 N=2 Press 3 to print (or 5 to exit without printing) (1029 only). or Graph? Y=5 N=2 Press 5 for compact printout; press 2 for stan- dard printout. or Printing... Press 5 to print the bar graph; press 2 to exclude it. Data is sent to the portable printer.
– Start Test = 5 Printing is complete. A new test can be started. The data for the test remains in memory and must be cleared before starting a new test. See Clearing Memory on page 11. 20
Typical Printer Report Figure 12. Typical Printer Report 21 Movement The movement indicator (M) indicates if the unit was moved during the displayed time period. The movement indicator is sensitive and can be triggered by bumping or minor shifting. It could also mean that the unit was moved to a different location during the test, invalidating the test. Temperature, Humidity, Pressure Model 1029 contains additional temperature, humidity, and pressure sensors. Changes recorded by these sensors may help to determine if the unit was moved or the area ventilated during the test period. Printer Battery Pack The rechargeable battery pack (P/N 750052) allows the user to print reports without connecting the printer to AC power. The battery pack is automatically re- charged when AC power is connected to the printer. Inserting the Battery Pack 1 Move the power switch to the OFF (0) position. 2 Turn the printer over and slide the battery cover away from the battery pack enclosure (Figure 13). Figure 13. Inserting and Removing the Battery Pack 3 Connect the battery pack wires to the connector. 4 Turn the battery pack so the label is visible, insert it in the printer, and close the battery cover. Removing the Battery Pack 1 Move the power switch to the OFF (0) position. 2 Turn the printer over and slide the battery cover away from the battery pack enclosure. 22 3 Pull out the battery pack, grasp the connector between your thumb and index finger, and then pull gently to remove. 4 Close the battery cover. Charging the Battery Pack 1 Turn the power switch to the OFF (0) position. 2 Connect the AC adapter to the printer. The Power LED will blink once every second while the battery is charging. It takes about 10 hours to completely recharge the battery. When the battery is fully charged, the Power LED stops blinking and turns off. 3 Disconnect the AC adapter. Note: Always charge the battery in a location that is 5 to 40 °C (41 to 104 °F) to avoid degradation of the battery pack. Low Printer Battery Indication When the Power LED blinks once every 1/2 second and the printer goes into off line mode, connect the AC adapter. If there is data left in the memory buffer when this happens, to preserve the data, connect the AC adapter as quickly as possible and push the ONLINE button. Efficient Use of Printer Battery Battery efficiency decreases if the battery is recharged more than necessary. Confirm whether the Power LED is blinking and battery charge is low before recharging the battery. When using the rechargeable battery, turn off the power switch after use. Leaving the power switch on will consume battery power and eventually run the battery down. When the AC adapter is connected, please note that the battery gradually recharges whether or not the printer is on or off. It takes about 15 hours to charge the battery with the power on. Battery charging is temporarily disrupted while the printer is printing and resumes automatically when printing is completed. If the printer is not in use, move the power switch to the OFF position and then unplug the AC adapter. 23 Printer Switch Settings The thermal printer (P/N 1028050) has internal DIP switches that are set at the factory. For proper operation, these switches must be set as shown in Figure 14 on page 25. To check and set the switches, perform the following steps: 1 Slide the power switch to the OFF (0) position. 2 Slide the power switch to the ON (I) position while pressing and holding the ONLINE/OFFLINE button. 3 Release the ONLINE/OFFLINE button after a list of the current settings (Figure 14 on page 25) begins to print. When the list of settings is complete, the following prompt appears at the bottom of the printout: “Continue? : Push On-line SW” “Write? : Push Paper feed SW” 4 To leave the switch setting the same, push the FEED button. 5 To change any switch settings, push the ONLINE/OFFLINE button. The prompt “Dip SW-1” appears on the printout below the current settings. 6 Set each of the eight switches in Dip SW-1 by pressing the ONLINE/OFFLINE button=”on” or FEED button=”off”. As ON or OFF is selected for each switch, the printer prints the selection. When switch 8 is set, the printer once again prompts to “Continue?” or “Write.” Press the ONLINE/OFFLINE button to continue to SW-2. 7 In the same manner, set the switches for SW-2 and SW-3. 8 When SW-3 is finished, press the FEED button to select “Write.” The changes are written to printer memory, and then the printer returns to on line mode. CAUTION: tings to memory. Never When turn the “Dip printer SW setting off while complete” writing the is printed, switch power set- may be turned off. Note: All eight switches in SW-1 must bet set to ‘on’ or ‘off’ before exiting. 24 Figure 14. DIP Switch Settings for Printer 25 Computer Operation About the Software The Radon Monitor uses a Windows program called “1028/1029 Radon Monitor.” The software can be used to: • Enter and download setup parameters into the radon monitor • Upload report data from the radon monitor into the computer • Add customer information and test conditions to the report • Print reports on any available printer Set Up Software Prerequisites • Ensure the computer meets the system requirements in Recommended System Requirements on page 46. • Administrative rights may be required to install and use the software, and to set up communication between the computer and the Radon Monitor. Install Software Note: USB drivers are installed automatically during this procedure. 1 Download the 1028/1029 Radon Monitor software from the Radon Support website, https://support.sunnuclear.com/radon/ and save it to your computer or laptop. 2 Right-click the software executable file Setup.exe and select Run as Administrator, then follow the on-screen instructions to install the software. Accept all default folders and file locations. 3 When the ‘Device Driver Installation Wizard’ is displayed, click Next. The device drivers are installed and then the driver status (‘Ready to use’) is displayed. 4 Click Finish to close the window. The ‘Installation Completed’ window is displayed. 5 Click Finish to close the ‘Installation Completed’ window. The Radon Monitor icon appears on the desktop. 26 Connecting to Computer The radon monitor can be connected to a computer using the USB cable provided with the radon monitor. If the computer does not have a USB port, a serial cable can be used to connect the radon monitor to the computer. See Optional Serial Connection on page 50. 1 Ensure that the radon monitor software has been installed on the computer. 2 Connect the USB cable to the computer and the radon monitor (Figure 15). Figure 15. USB Connection to a Computer 3 If desired, plug the power supply cord into a 100 to 240 VAC, 1-phase, 50-60 Hz mains power source. Launch Software 1 Ensure that the radon monitor is connected to the computer via a USB or serial cable. 2 Launch the software application by double-clicking the Radon Monitor desktop shortcut or by selecting Start > Programs > SNC Group > Radon Monitor. 3 If the ‘Select Port’ window is displayed, select the port and then save it. See Port Selection on page 51. Note: If the software does not detect the port, select it manually by selecting Setup > Select Serial Port from the on-screen menu. See Serial Port Setup on page 50. 27 Using Software to Retrieve Data 1 After launching the software, turn on the radon monitor by pressing the ON key (5). 2 If prompted, enter the PIN and press 5. 3 When the display shows “Start Test = 5”, click the Retrieve Data from Monitor button at the bottom of the Inspection tab on the main screen. The connection is maintained until software is closed. USB Cable Connection/Disconnection If the USB cable is connected after software is already launched, the computer will detect the port and display a message (Figure 16). Click Yes to connect. A similar message appears if the cable is disconnected while software is running. Figure 16. Port Detection Message Closing Software To close the radon monitor software, click the Close button in the Inspection tab or select File > Exit from the menu. 28 About the Main Screen The main screen has a menu bar, toolbar buttons, a status bar, and four tabs (Inspection, Chart, Pictures, and Checklist). The toolbar and status bar can be displayed, as shown below, or hidden. The appearance of the main screen will change depending on the tab that is selected. Menu bar Toolbar (if displayed) Tabs Status bar (if displayed) Figure 17. Main Screen, Inspection Tab Shown Main Screen - Inspection Tab The Inspection tab (Figure 18 on page 30) shows: • Information about the Radon Monitor. • Test parameters • Customer information • Inspection company information • Radon risk information (EPA information about Radon) • Testing protocols (information to help interpret test results) • A list of documents that the inspector can provide to the homeowner 29 8 Group Item Description Continuous Radon Moni- tor (from factory) Model Number Model number, 1028 or 1029. Serial Number Serial number of this unit. CF Calibration factor—determined during calibration. Battery Battery voltage. Calibration Date Date the unit was last calibrated. Test Parame- ters (from monitor) Start Time Time the test started. Hours Delayed Time delay before starting test. Test Duration Length of the test in hours. Measurement Hourly interval between measurements. Interval Number of Total number of measurements in this test. Measurements Overall Average Average radon level detected during the entire test. EPA Average The average radon level detected during the dura- tion of the test minus the first 4 hours. Removing the first 4 hours permits the test environment to stabilize. Figure 18. Inspection Tab Details 30 Group Item Description Customer Name Enter customer name to appear on printed report. Information (usually entered after Address 1 Address 2 Figure 18. Inspection Tab Details (Continued) Enter address line 1. Enter address line 2 (if applicable). retrieving data monitor) from test the City State/Province Enter city. Enter state or province. Zip Enter zip or postal code. Phone Number Enter phone number. Double arrow button If Site Address and Billing Address are the same, click the double arrow to copy the information. Inspection N/A The “Inspection Company” information is entered in Company the Monitor Settings tab in the Preferences screen. See Monitor Settings Preferences on page 38. Radon Risk Radon risk information (EPA information about Information Radon). This information can also be included in the printed report. See Report Printing Preferences on page 40. Understand- ing Time Sensitive Testing Protocols Testing protocols (information to help the inspector interpret test results). This information can also be included in the printed report. See Report Printing Preferences on page 40. Documents A list of documents that the inspector can provide to Provided the homeowner. These documents are copied to the computer during the Radon software installation, and are saved in the C:\Program Files\SNC\Radon10281029\Radon- Documents directory. Retrieve Data From Moni- tor button Retrieves data from the connected radon monitor. This function can also be performed from the Moni- tor Settings tab. Clear Screen button Clears all data from the left side of the Inspection tab (monitor information, test parameters, customer information, inspection company information). This provides a visual cue that all data has been cleared from the software and that new data is downloaded when the user clicks the ‘Retrieve Data from Moni- tor’ button. Close button Closes the Radon Monitor software program. 31 Main Screen - Chart Tab The Chart tab shows a chart (graph) of the test results (Figure 19). The graph is included in the printed report. Group Item Description Chart Chart Title The chart title includes the model number and serial num- ber of the radon monitor. Left vertical scale The left vertical scale of the chart shows the Radon con- centration in the units selected, pCi/l or Bq/m3. Right vertical scale (Model 1029 only; for Model 1028 the right vertical scale is blank). The right vertical scale is for temperature, pres- sure, and % humidity. The units for temperature and pressure are the units selected. Horizontal scale The horizontal scale shows the date in one-day increments. Radon (units) graph If checked in the Legend Panel, the Radon graph line con- nects the values of the periodic measurements during the test. The overall average (or EPA average) is displayed above the Legend panel. Figure 19. Chart (Graph) Details 32 Group Item Description Chart (Continued) Figure 19. Chart (Graph) Details (Continued) Motion Errors If checked in the Legend Panel, and if motion was detected during the test, a vertical line with a red circle indicates each motion event. Also, the text ‘Motion Detected’ is displayed above the Legend Panel. Action Level If checked in the Legend Panel, the Action Level horizon- tal, red line is displayed. The line will be drawn on the graph at the selected radon concentration above which mitigation action is necessary. Normally the level is 4 pCi/l or 148 Bq/m3. When the radon level line does not exceed the action level, the action level line is always visible on the chart for easy comparison. Temp (units) (Model 1029 only) If checked in the Legend Panel, tem- perature recorded during the test is shown as a red dotted line. The average temperature is displayed above the Legend Panel. Pressure (units) (Model 1029 only) If checked in the Legend Panel, the pressure recorded during the test is shown as a dotted green line. The average pressure is displayed above the Legend Panel. Rel % Humidity (Model 1029 only) If checked in the Legend Panel, the percent relative humidity recorded during the test is shown as a blue dotted line. The average relative humid- ity is displayed above the Legend Panel. Legend Radon (units) Select this checkbox to display the Radon graph line. Panel Motion Errors Select this checkbox to display vertical Motion Error line(s). Action Level Select this checkbox to display the horizontal, red Action Level graph line. Temp (units) (Model 1029 only) Select this checkbox to display the Temperature graph line. Pressure (units) (Model 1029 only) Select this checkbox to display the Pressure graph line. Rel % Humidity (Model 1029 only) Select this checkbox to display the Rel- ative Humidity graph line. Zooming In and Out • To zoom in on the chart, drag a bounding box down and to the right around the area to be examined more closely. When the mouse button is released the view will zoom in to the selected area. • To zoom out, drag the cursor up and to the left. The original view is restored. Moving the Chart • To move the chart on the page, position the cursor over the chart, press and hold the right mouse button, and then move the mouse. • To restore the original view, position the cursor over the chart, click the left mouse button, and then drag the cursor up and to the left. 33 Main Screen - Pictures Tab The Pictures tab is used to select up to six pictures that can be printed in the report. The pictures may consist of setup photos, before and after, etc. The Print Picture checkbox above each picture allows the user to select which images will be displayed in the report. The selected images are displayed on the last page of the report, except for the top, left image (labeled ‘Cover Page Picture’), which can be displayed on the cover page as well as the last page of the report. Note that the report will only contain a cover page if the ‘Create Cover Page’ checkbox is selected in the Preferences ‘Print Tab’ screen. A title or comment may be entered in the Comments box below each picture (up to 50 characters). If the ‘Print Picture’ checkbox is selected, both the picture and comment are printed in the report. If the Comments box is blank, no comment will be included with this picture in the report. The Select Picture button below each picture is used to browse to the directory where pictures are stored and select a picture. Figure 20. Main Screen - Pictures Tab 34 Main Screen - Checklist Tab The Checklist tab provides a checklist that the inspector can use to verify that best practice actions were completed prior to starting the test (such as locating the radon monitor where it will not be disturbed, not locating it near drafts, etc.). Figure 21. Main Screen, Checklist Tab 35 Menu Bar and Toolbar Functions The menu bar contains commands for operating the program. The toolbar (if displayed) is just beneath it. All of the toolbar commands can also be selected from the menu. Group Item Description File Retrieve Data Retrieves data from the connected radon monitor. Save Measured Data Allows measured data to be saved in text (.txt) format. This menu command has the same function as the Save toolbar button. Open Measured Data Opens a previously saved text file with measured data. This menu command has the same function as the Open toolbar button. Print > Test Results Prints the selected test results to the default system printer. This menu command has the same function as the Print tool- bar button. Print Preview Opens a preview window to view the report to be printed. From the preview window, the user can scroll through a multi-page report, print it, or print the report to a PDF file.This menu command has the same function as the Print Preview toolbar button. Print Setup Opens the Windows printer setup dialog box to change printers or printer characteristics. Exit Exits the radon monitor program. Edit Copy Raw Data Copies raw test data to the Windows clipboard. Then the data can be pasted into another application, such as a word processor or spreadsheet.This menu command has the same function as the Copy Data toolbar button. Copy Chart Copies the chart for the test to the Windows clipboard. Then the chart can be pasted into another application, such as a word processor or spreadsheet. This menu command has the same function as the Copy Chart toolbar button. Write Raw Data Writes raw test data to a text (.txt) file that can be opened with a text editor, spreadsheet, or word processor. Raw data does not contain file header information, such as customer name, etc. This menu command has the same function as the Write Into File toolbar button. Figure 22. Menu Bar Commands 36 Group Item Description View Toolbar When checked, displays the toolbar below the menu. Toolbar Label When checked, displays labels beneath the tools on the toolbar. Status Bar When checked, displays the status bar at the bottom of the main screen. View Notices Displays a screen that can be used to show all notices from the monitor, clear notices, or save notices to a log. Setup Monitor Settings Displays the ‘Preferences’ screen with the Monitor Settings tab selected. This tab is used to update information about the Inspection Company or the radon monitor. Note that monitor data must be cleared before updating monitor infor- mation. For details, see Preferences Screen - Monitor Settings Tab Details on page 39. This menu command has the same function as the Monitor Settings toolbar button. Print Preferences Displays the ‘Print Preferences’ screen with the Print tab selected so the user can update print preferences. For details, see Report Printing Preferences on page 40. This menu command has the same function as the Print Prefer- ences toolbar button. Select Serial Port Opens a ‘Select Port’ dialog box to select the COM port num- ber for connection to the radon monitor. This menu command has the same function as the Select Serial Port toolbar button. Help Contents Opens the on-line help viewer. About Displays information about the program including version number. Figure 22. Menu Bar Commands (Continued) Data to/from Text File Save Data to File 1 Retrieve data from the monitor. 2 Click the Save toolbar button or select File > Save Measured Data from the menu. 3 When the ‘Save As’ window is displayed, browse to the directory where the file will be saved, enter a file name, and then click Save. Open Data from File 1 Launch the monitor software and then click the Open toolbar button or select File > Open Measured Data from the menu. 2 When the ‘Load Measured Data’ window is displayed, navigate to the directory where the text files are stored, select the desired file, and then click Open. The data is populated on the screen. 37 Monitor Settings Preferences The software can be used to send basic parameters to the radon monitor. Although this can also be done using the keypad on the radon monitor, it may be quicker and easier to perform from the software, especially when several radon monitors are being updated. Note: Some test parameters, such as Delay, Test Duration, and Measurement Interval, can only be changed on the radon monitor. 1 Connect the radon monitor to the computer and launch the software. 2 Turn on the radon monitor display by pressing the ON button (5). 3 When the display shows “Start Test = 5,” click the Monitor Settings button in the toolbar or select Setup > Monitor Settings from the menu. The ‘Preferences’ screen opens with the Monitor Settings tab options displayed. Note: Settings A pop-up options window cannot warns be edited if there if there is data is data in memory. in memory. The Monitor Figure 23. Monitor Settings 4 In the Monitor Settings tab, click the Retrieve Data From Radon Monitor button to retrieve the data stored in the radon monitor. 38 5 Edit the Inspection Company and Radon Monitor information, as needed. For details about the screen options, see Preferences Screen - Monitor Settings Tab Details on page 39. 6 Set the date, time, pin number and Radon units. If the Set Monitor Time checkbox is selected, the software automatically updates the time and date to the computer’s system clock. 7 Click the Send Data to Monitor button. The changed parameters are stored in the radon monitor’s internal memory. Preferences Screen - Monitor Settings Tab Details The Monitor Settings tab is used to enter details that will be transferred to the radon monitor’s memory. Group Item Description Retrieve Data from Monitor button N/A When Start Test = 5 is displayed on the monitor, click this button to retrieve the parameters and test results stored in the radon monitor. Note that radon monitor data cannot be updated if there is test data in memory. Figure 24. Monitor Settings Tab Details 39 Group Item Description Inspection Name Enter inspector name for the report. Company Company Name Enter the name of the inspection company. Address 1 Enter the inspection company’s address line 1. Address 2 Enter the inspection company’s address line 2. City Enter the city. State/Province Enter the state or province. Postal Enter the zip. Phone Number Enter the inspection company’s telephone number. License Number Enter the inspection company’s radon inspection license number. The field allows up to 100 characters. The separator character (between license numbers), can be a comma, dash, period, or any other character. Radon Monitor Date/Time Date and time of the radon monitor’s clock when retrieve button is pressed. Time is not continuously updated. Set Monitor Time Click checkbox to set monitor time to be the same as the computer’s system time. PIN Enter a PIN number if desired. Pin numbers are 4 digits ranging from 1112 to 4444. PIN 1111 is the same as “no PIN.” PIN entry must be followed by entering “5.” Radon Units Select radon units from the drop-down list. Units are: • picocuries per liter (pCi/l) (English units), or • becquerels per cubic meter (Bq/m3) (metric units). Pressure units (Model 1029 only) Units of pressure selected automat- ically depending on whether metric or English radon units are selected. • metric = kilo Pascals (kPa) • English = inches of mercury (inHg) Temperature (Model 1029 only) Units of temperature selected auto- units matically depending on whether metric or English radon units are selected. • metric = degrees Celsius (centigrade) • English = degrees Fahrenheit Serial number Factory set unit serial number. Firmware version Version number of the firmware. Send Data to Sends updated parameters to the Radon Monitor. Monitor button Figure 24. Monitor Settings Tab Details (Continued) Report Printing Preferences 1 Connect the radon monitor to the computer and launch the software. 2 Turn on the radon monitor by pressing the ON button (5). 3 When the display shows “Start Test = 5,” click the Print Preferences button in the toolbar or select Setup > Print Preferences from the menu. The ‘Preferences’ screen opens with the Print tab displayed. 4 Select or enter the desired information. For details about the Print Tab options, see Preferences Screen – Print Tab Details on page 42. 40 5 If the report will be printed on company letterhead, select the amount of space that should be left at the top of the paper so the report does not overprint the letterhead. 6 Select whether the report displays EPA Average, Overall Average, or both. 7 If a signature image file is available, select it. The signature image is displayed on the last page of the printed report, above the ‘Signature’ line. a. Click the file folder button ; the file selection window appears. b. Browse to the directory where the pictures are stored. c. Click on a picture (.gif, .bmp, or .jpg.) to highlight it. • The image is displayed on the right side of the screen and the image size is displayed in the upper right of the screen. • The preferred image size for the signature file is 200 x 60 or smaller (width=200 pixels, height=60 pixels). The preferred image size for the header image is 250 x 60 or smaller (width=250 pixels, height=60 pixels). Any size can be used and the image will be scaled; however some distortion may occur if the image does not have the same aspect ratio. d. Click the Open button. 8 If a header image file is available, select it (see the signature image substeps above). The header image will be displayed on the first page of the report (not the cover page or other report pages). 9 The Chart Action Level setting draws a line on the graph to show where the radon level exceeds the local standard and requires the owner to take remediation action. • If the units are picocuries/liter (pCi/l), set the action level required in your region. For example, USA action level for pCi/l is 4. • If the units are Bq/m3, set the action level required in your region. For example, USA action level for Bq/m3 is 148. • Units can be converted by multiplying pCi/l x 37 = Bq/m3; for example, 4pCi/l x 37 = 148 Bq/m3. 41 Preferences Screen – Print Tab Details The ‘Print Preferences’ screen Print tab is used to select options for the printed report. If a checkbox is selected, the information is included in the report. Group Item Default Value Description Printing Preferences Atmospheric Conditions Selected (checked) Select atmospheric conditions at test site from drop-down list. Wind Direction/Speed Selected (checked) Select wind direction and speed at test site from drop-down list. Year Built Selected (checked) Year construction was completed. Sq. Ft. Selected (checked) Approximate area of the room that was monitored. Structure Type Selected (checked) Type of construction or other descriptive information. Monitor Location Selected (checked) Location of the radon monitor in the house, building, or mine. Letter Head Space 0.00 inches Extra space in inches to be added at the top of a report to provide room for inspec- tor’s preprinted letterhead. Figure 25. Print Tab Details 42 Group Item Default Value Description Printing Pref- Select Signature Blank If selected, the signature image will appear erences Image on the last page of the report above the (Continued) Select Header Blank Image ‘Inspector Signature’ line. The header image will appear at the top of the first page of the report (not the cover page or other report pages). Use the Print Preview function to see the image and verify alignment. File Folder N/A Opens a file selection window so the user button can browse to and select the file. The right panel of the file selection window displays the selected image and the image size. Clear Image button Figure 25. Print Tab Details (Continued) N/A Clears the image selection. Header Image Center Select if the header image will be left- Alignment Aligned aligned, center-aligned, or right-aligned. Create Cover Page Not Selected (unchecked) Selecting this checkbox adds a cover page to the printed report and prints the image selected in the ‘Cover Page Picture’ box in the Pictures tab. See Main Screen - Pictures Tab on page 34. The cover page will also display the site address, inspection date, inspection com- pany information, and inspector license number. Print Signature on Not First Page Selected (unchecked) Certain US states, such as Ohio, require the inspector’s signature to appear on the first page of the report. If this is require- ment in the local inspection area, select this checkbox. An Inspector Signature is added to the first page of the report (not the cover page). Print EPA Average Selected (checked) Print the EPA Average radon concentration on the printed report. Print Overall Selected Print the Overall Average radon concentra- Average (checked) tion average on the printed report. Print Radon Risk Not Information Selected (unchecked) If selected, the Radon Risk Information (from the Inspection tab) is printed in the report. Print Understand- ing Testing Protocols If selected, the Understanding Testing Pro- tocols information (from the Inspection tab) is printed in the report. Mitigation Sys- tem Installed Not Selected (unchecked) Not Selected (unchecked) Select this checkbox if a Radon mitigation system was installed at the site. If checked, the report will show that a Radon mitiga- tion system was installed. Mitigation Sys- tem Working Properly N/A If the Mitigation System Installed checkbox is selected, choose the appropriate radio button to note whether the mitigation sys- tem was “Installed and working properly” or “Installed but not working properly.” 43 Group Item Default Value Description General Preferences Figure 25. Print Tab Details (Continued) Chart Action Level 4.00 pCi/l Enter the action level required by the coun- try or state for the maximum allowable level of Radon concentration before mitiga- tion action is required. See Step 9 in Report Printing Preferences on page 40. The Action Level appears as a red, horizon- tal line on the graph. Display Average Data on Chart Not Selected (unchecked) If this checkbox is selected, the Overall Average (or EPA Average) is displayed in the Chart tab above the Legend panel. Printing Reports 1 To print a standard, formatted report, open the Radon Monitor software, retrieve data from the monitor, and then click File > Print > Test Results. A formatted report is printed on the default printer (Figure 26). The first page of the report will display the same graph as the Chart tab. Continuous Radon Monitor Model Number: 1029 Serial Number: 4778405 Calibration Date: 01/10/2009 CF: 2.57, 2.57 Monitor Time: 1/8/2010 8:47 Inspection Company Billing Information Site Information Sun Nuclear Corp 425 A Pineda Court Test Melbourne, FL-32940 Phone Number: 3212596862 License Number: 1234, 5678 Site & Condition Wind: NA Atmospheric Condition: NA Year Built: NA Structure Type: NA Mitigation System: Not Installed Monitor Location: NA SqFt: NA Test Summary Start Time: 12/15/2009 16:53 Overall Avg: 0.6 pCi/l End Time: 12/17/2009 09:53 EPA Avg: 0.6 pCi/l Measurement Interval(hr): 1.0 Exposure Time: 1 Days 17 hrs Continuous Radon Monitor Model 1029 S/N: 4778405 54.8 4.6 4.4 4.2Action Level 43.8 3.6 3.4 3.232.8 2.6 2.4 2.221.8 1.6 1.4 1.210.8 0.6 0.4 0.20 12/16/2009 12/17/2009 Overall Avg: 0.6 Motion Detected Avg Temp: 75 F Avg Press: 30 inHg Avg Humd: 40 % Radon pCi/l Motion Errors Action Level Temp F Press inHg Rel % Humidity Figure 26. Printed Report (First Page) 2 To see a preview of the report before printing, click the Print Preview toolbar button or select File > Print Preview from the menu. From the ‘Print 44 1 706050403020100 Preview’ window, the user can print the report, save it to a PDF file, or view it page-by-page by clicking the buttons at the top of the screen (Figure 27). Figure 27. Print Preview Screen 3 To save the report as an Adobe PDF file, open the ‘Print Preview’ window then click the Print to PDF button at the top of the screen. In the file window, select a file name and directory where the file will be stored. Click Save. 4 To change the printer or printer setup, click File > Print Setup. The standard Windows printer dialog box opens. 5 To extract data to insert it in a report, use one of the following options: • Click the Copy Data toolbar button or select Edit > Copy Raw Data from the menu. The current data is copied to the Windows clipboard and can be pasted into another application, such as MS Word or MS Excel. • Click the Copy Chart toolbar button or select Edit > Copy Chart from the menu. The current chart is copied to the Windows clipboard and can be pasted into another application, such as MS Word or MS Excel. • Click the Write Into File toolbar button or select Edit > Write Raw Data from the menu. The raw data is saved to a text (.txt) file. Raw data does not contain header data, such as customer information. The saved text file can be opened in any program that supports .txt files. 45 Specifications Recommended System Requirements Characteristic Details Operating System Windows 8.1, Windows 7, or Windows XP (32-bit or 64-bit) Note: Windows XP is not recommended since Microsoft no lon- ger supports it. Computer Minimum • Processor: x486 • Total RAM: 128 MB • Disk space: 10 MB • USB port: one • Display resolution: 1024 x 768 • Color depth: 32-bit Models 1028 and 1029 Specifications Description Value Measurement Range 0.1 to 9999 picocuries/liter (pCi/l) or 1 becquerels per cubic meter (Bq/m3) to 99.99 kilo becquerels per cubic meter (kBq/m3) Accuracy ±25% or 1 pCi/l, whichever is greater after 24 hours Detector Diffused-junction photodiode • Model 1028—quantity 1 • Model 1029—quantity 2 Active volume—9.4 cm3 Dome volume—63 cm3 Measurement Interval 0.5 (1029 only), 1, 2, 4, 8, 12, 16, 20 or 24-hour intervals, select- able by user Test Duration 1, 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72, 84, 96, 100, 999 hours, selectable by user (maximum of 720 measurements) If 999 is selected, measures until memory is full or to 720 data points, whichever occurs first Sensitivity • 1028—3 counts per hour per picocurie per liter (cph/pCi/l) • 1029—6 counts per hour per picocurie per liter (cph/pCi/l) Display 16-digit reflective LCD display Status Light Green LED (light emitting diode) indicates radon detections Keypad 6-digit membrane switches with multiple functions Disturbance Sensor Inertial switch Environmental sensors (1029 only) • Temperature—0 to 120 ± 2 degrees F • Pressure—10 to 15 ± 0.5 psi • Humidity—20 to 90% relative humidity ± 5% Operating Environment • 45 to 95° F (7 to 35° C) • 20 to 80% relative humidity, non-condensing Table 2. Models 1028 and 1029 Technical Specifications 46 Description Value Storage Environment • –22 to 122° F (–30 to 50° C) • 10 to 90% relative humidity, non-condensing Printer Data Port RS-232, 9-pin, D-connector allows printer data to be sent to optional thermal printer Serial Data Port RS-232, 9-pin, D-connector for two-way communication with PC USB Data Port USB-A connector allows two-way communication with PC Power Supply • Domestic: Transformer converts 120 VAC to 12 VDC, 200 mA, 60 Hz • International: Transformer converts 100-240 VAC to 18 VDC, 1 A, 50-60 Hz Battery Power/Backup One fresh 9V alkaline battery usually supplies approximately 100 hours of operation while a fresh lithium-ion battery usually sup- plies approximately 300 hours of operation. “Battery OK” message indicates battery OK for 60 hours of operation. Tripod threaded fitting Standard 1/4-20 UNC threaded fitting on bottom of case Handle Integrated handle for carrying or for use with cable lock Weight 2 lbs (0.91 kg) Dimensions 9.3W x 4.8D x 2.9H inches (236 x 122 x 74 mm) Table 2. Models 1028 and 1029 Technical Specifications (Continued) 47 Support and Maintenance Maintaining Hardware Repairs If there are problems with the device, contact Sun Nuclear Support. See Contacting Sun Nuclear Support on page 54. Inspection Inspect the device and all cables for physical damage before and after each use. Do not use any cable that is damaged or has broken insulation. Replace the cable immediately. If any device damage, mechanical or electrical degradation, or measurement errors are suspected, contact Sun Nuclear Corporation for repair or replacement. Storage Store the radon monitor in an indoor, protected environment. Do not store the radon monitor in the trunk of a car for extended periods. Keep the unit dry. For long term storage, store in a cool, dry place and leave a 9V battery in the unit to protect the internal battery. Periodically inspect the 9V battery and replace if leakage or corrosion are found. See also Storage Under Power on page 16. Cleaning Clean the unit with a soft dry cloth. Do not use liquid cleaners, solvents, or abrasives. Disposing and Recycling Do not discard unit as waste. Recycle the components in accordance with local regulations. WARNING: The unit contains high-voltage circuits. Do not open the case. There are no user-serviceable parts inside the device. CAUTION: Always leave a fresh 9V battery in the unit to keep the 3V inter- nal battery from discharging. Do not throw in trash; dispose of in an environmentally friendly way. 48 Service and Calibration For service or calibration, the unit must be returned to Sun Nuclear Corporation. The recommended calibration frequency for the Model 1028 or 1029 radon monitor is one year. See your State or Proficiency listings for requirements. Battery Life Any 9V battery will operate the radon monitor. Alkaline batteries generally provide a good balance between long life and cost; lithium-ion batteries tend to be more expensive but last longer. Since battery capacity varies widely between types of batteries and even between individual batteries of the same type, the predicted battery life of 100 hours using a fresh alkaline battery (or 300 hours using a fresh lithium-ion battery) is only an estimate. An individual unit may have longer or shorter life. Maintaining Software The radon monitor has Windows software that is installed on a computer. Software upgrades or patches may become available after purchase; these changes to the software add features, improve operation, fix problems, or adapt to operating system changes. These upgrades, when available, can be downloaded from the Sun Nuclear Support website for Radon products (see Support Website on page 54). Navigate to “Support,” then select “Radon Downloads.” Verifying Software Version The version of software may be verified as follows: 1 Launch the Radon Monitor application. 2 Connect to the radon monitor. 3 Select Help > About from the menu. The About Radon Monitor message displays the version number of the application. Removing Software To remove the radon monitor software from the computer, open the Control Panel and then select Add or Remove Programs. In the list of programs, select Radon Monitor and then click Remove. This will remove all of the radon monitor program files. Multiple Software Installations Two or More Radon Monitor Units The Radon Monitor software only needs to be installed on a computer one time, regardless of the number of radon monitor units being used with that computer. When connecting to a radon monitor, the software identifies the serial number of the connected radon monitor and creates a unique serial number directory for 49 each radon monitor device. During measurement, the setup template includes the serial number, which is validated against the radon monitor device communicating data to the PC. Two or More Computers If you have more than one computer, the radon monitor software may be installed on each one. Optional Serial Connection Serial Port Setup Serial or USB port setup is automatic, unless there is a hardware conflict. When the radon monitor software is launched and the monitor is plugged in, the software automatically detects the unit on an available COM port. If the software does not detect the radon monitor automatically, it may be necessary to select a specific port. Connecting with a Serial Cable If the computer does not have a USB port, the radon monitor can be connected using a serial cable as follows: 1 Connect an optional serial cable between the computers 9-pin COM port and the 9-pin PC PORT connector on the radon monitor (Figure 28 on page 50). For serial cable part number, see Options and Accessories on page 2. Serial cable can also be used with optional printer. 2 If desired, plug the power supply into an AC outlet with 110 to 240 VAC, single phase, 50-60 Hz. Figure 28. Optional Serial Connection to a Computer 50 Port Selection Normally the software tries to connect to the radon monitor on COM 1. But if COM 1 is in use, select another COM port as follows: 1 Click the Select Serial Port toolbar button or select Setup > Serial Port from the menu. The ‘Setup Port’ dialog box opens. Figure 29. Setup Port Dialog Box 2 Click the Ports drop-down list then select the desired port (usually the last port in the list). 3 Click Save. When the program is opened again, the selected COM port will be used. Radon Monitor Troubleshooting Indication Probable Cause Recommended Action Unit will not turn on Power not connected and 9V battery missing or discharged. Connect power and/or replace 9V battery. Unit will not turn on with power or good battery connected Internal 3V battery Contact Sun Nuclear Support. discharged. Unit will need to be returned for internal battery replace- ment. The user should not attempt to replace this battery. Time/Date entries lost Reset occurred. Re-enter settings. when changing battery System error message in format “ERR=XX XX XX XX” displayed Monitor has experienced an See ERR Message on abnormal condition. page 52. Error message “RS232 communications have been lost“ when trying to connect to PC Radon monitor is turned off or has turned off automatically. Turn on radon monitor by pressing “5” and entering PIN and pressing “5” again. Wrong COM port selected for serial or USB connection. Click Setup > Select Serial Port. Select a different COM port from the pull-down list. Error message “Notice: Monitor has experienced an See Notice Message on Press 5” displayed abnormal condition. page 52. 51 Indication Probable Cause Recommended Action
Display showed “Motion Detected” but motion not recorded on report Test interrupted before being completed. Motion occurred as test was terminated. Print results and count num- ber of measurements. If less than expected, test termi- nated prematurely. Rerun test. Print results and count num- ber of measurements. If less than expected, test termi- nated prematurely. Rerun test. Monitor displays an AVER- AGE value, but no CURRENT value The monitor lost power recently, which cleared the CURRENT value. However the AVERAGE is maintained. Run test with a fresh 9V battery. Run test with a fresh 9V battery. Hourly readings on the radon monitor always seem to show the same numbers (such as 0.0, 0.3, 0.7, etc.), especially at lower radon levels; values between lower numbers are not measured At very low radon levels, only 1, 2, or even 0 (zero) radon- emitted alpha particles may be detected in an hour interval. The one-detector SNC radon monitor, such as a model 1027 or 1028, has a sensitivity roughly in the range of 3.0 counts per hour per pCi/L (check the unit’s calibration factor for the actual number). If only one count is detected in an hour, the monitor has measured 1 cph / 3.0 cph per pCi/L is equal to 0.3333 pCi/L, which rounds to 0.3. Two counts would be 0.6666 pCi/L, which rounds to 0.7. Device working normally, no need for action. By performing radon mea- surements over a longer period of time, such as 48 hours, the average of discrete hourly measurements is capa- ble of measuring any value, even at low radon levels. For example, a radon level of 0.5 pCi/L measured over 48 hours might have individual hourly measurements of 0.0, 0.3, 0.7, or 1.2, but the aver- age of all 48 hourly measurements would still read 0.5 pCi/L. Device working normally, no need for action. By performing radon mea- surements over a longer period of time, such as 48 hours, the average of discrete hourly measurements is capa- ble of measuring any value, even at low radon levels. For example, a radon level of 0.5 pCi/L measured over 48 hours might have individual hourly measurements of 0.0, 0.3, 0.7, or 1.2, but the aver- age of all 48 hourly measurements would still read 0.5 pCi/L. System Errors ERR Message
If an error message appears on the display in the format “ERR=XX XX XX XX,” the radon monitor experienced an unusual system error. Normally this indicates a hardware or firmware failure. Make a note of the 8-digit error code and contact a Sun Nuclear Support representative for assistance. Note: Firmware version 0102 can cause a data error of 00 00 00 40 when radon attempting monitor. If this to print occurs, a report please with call a graph Sun Nuclear when no Support. data is in See the Contacting Sun Nuclear Support on page 54. Notice Message If the message “NOTICE: Press 5” appears in the display upon waking up, there has been an error. 1 To read the error, press 5. The display: • Briefly displays “ERROR Stopping Test” • Then displays “Read using PC” • Then displays “Start Test = 5” However, the error condition has not been cleared. 52 2 Connect device to computer and launch Radon Monitor application. 3 On the menu, click Com Port and verify the correct Com port is selected. 4 Select View > View Notices, then Read Notices from Monitor. Make note of the error explanation that displays on screen. This information may be useful to Sun Nuclear Support. 5 Select Save to Log and save the error code text to a log file. 6 Select Clear Notices from Monitor to remove the error code from the device. 7 Download measurement data and continue with test. 8 If error condition continues, an error message appears again after the test and must be cleared again. If this occurs, device likely requires service. See Contacting Sun Nuclear Support on page 54. 53 Contacting Sun Nuclear Support Visit the Sun Nuclear Radon website, https://support.sunnuclear.com/radon/ for links to product information, including instructional videos and Radon FAQs, Calibration and Repair services, online RMA form, Support, Downloads and useful links. To view product information or to download product assets, click the links under Radon Downloads. If you need additional assistance, you may request support in two ways: • Customers without a current support/maintenance agreement can submit a support request using our online form, or visit our FAQ’s page on the same website, https://support.sunnuclear.com/radon. • Customers with a current support/maintenance agreement also have the option to contact the Sun Nuclear Support team by telephone: +1 321-259-6862. Support Website Visit the Sun Nuclear Support website to request support via an online form. 1 Open an internet browser and navigate to https://support.sunnuclear.com/radon. 2 In the left panel, click Contact Support. 3 To open a new support case, click the New Case form link, enter your email address and the serial number of any Sun Nuclear instrument used at your facility, then click Log in to open the Support Dashboard. Warranty The Sun Nuclear Product Warranty can be found on the Sun Nuclear Radon Support website, https://support.sunnuclear.com/radon/. 54 Appendix A: Regulatory Supplement In addition to the regulatory information contained in the body of this manual, the following supplemental regulatory information is provided. Sun Nuclear Corporation Symbols The following symbols are used in this guide and in Sun Nuclear Corporation’s product labels. WARNING: This symbol indicates a risk of electric shock. WARNING: This symbol indicates a hazard that could result in major injury or equipment damage. CAUTION: This symbol indicates a potential hazard that could result in a minor injury or equipment damage. Important or supporting information. Manufacturer’s Identification (name and address). Date of Manufacture. Serial Number. Catalog Number. Consult instructions for use. This equipment must be used in accordance with the instructions in this manual. Read all instructions and safety labels before use. Do not throw in trash; dispose of in an environmentally friendly way. 55 Operator Responsibility This guide is intended for an operator who is experienced with the use of radon detection devices. The operator of the device bears the full responsibility for validating measurement results. The device and its accessories must not be used for any other purpose than described in this guide. Violation will result in loss of warranty. Reporting Health or Safety Related Issues or Concerns Should the need arise to report any safety or health related issues or concerns regarding the use of Sun Nuclear products, contact Sun Nuclear Support. See Contacting Sun Nuclear Support on page 54. Modifications to Equipment Any changes or modifications to the device that are not expressly approved by Sun Nuclear Corporation could void your warranty. Interaction with Other Electrical Equipment The device can only be connected to external computer equipment that is compliant with IEC 60950-1, Safety of Information Technology Equipment. 56
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