Nixie Tubes

Inexpensive Nixies

if you want to buy some cheap nixies, consider the HP5326 digital counter. I believe it uses 8 nixies, and it's a damn good counter to boot. (I had one with the built in DVM, it was just as acurate as my 5334a) With a little CMOS circuitry (this would be really easy with a PIC MCU) you could have the counter "count 24 hours in seconds and reset at the top of the clock, even have it synch to WWV.
 
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no, i haven't yet, no time. My buddy vinylsavor has built one.
But if i see the prices on the link, i wish i had when they were still affordable.
In the meantime i have found a website offering a radio-controlled nixie clock design for time and calendar fort the European clock radio signal (transimtted in Germany by the PTB). I think i will follow this path. I know htat such kists exist for the American signal, too. I t depends on the µC reading the code and on the tuned receiver circuit.

I thought, with all those mechanical clocks around me, a digital clock atleast have to have radio control.

My Nixie links:
http://www.camuw.demon.co.uk/web_site/g3ynh/digrdout/74141.html
http://www.camuw.demon.co.uk/web_si...lhttp://www.netcomuk.co.uk/~wwl/nixclock.html
http://home.snafu.de/pkostov/dcf77.html
http://www.heret.de/funkuhr/index.htm
http://www.boulder.nist.gov/timefreq/index.html
http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/JasonRandHarper/Nixie.html
http://the-planet.org/
http://www.spettel.de/ralf/index_reload.html?[url]http://www.spettel.de/ralf/projekte/nixieclock/[/url]

Have fun with them!
 
I found an old HP something or other with 5 top view nixie's. The parts for the clock are arriving on Monday. If you pull the nixies out of something you get the bonus of a transformer that was actually intended for the nixie's voltage.

Interesting side note: For some reason or another my nixie tubes have some sort of optical isolation from the rest of the unit. I had no idea that such a thing existed back in '62. Any guesses as to why? If anyone is interested I'll post a pic of the isolation part of the circuit.

-Dan
 
Building nixie clock now using Russian IN-12s and GE 3N83 SCS.
 

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