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Snap a picture of your ADAFRUIT clock and post it here!
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Re: Snap a picture of your ADAFRUIT clock and post it here!

by obipadken0bi on Sat Sep 08, 2012 1:31 pm

Success! Just completed the GPS mod. Never again will Po be late for meetings because of clock drift!

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Re: Snap a picture of your ADAFRUIT clock and post it here!

by colonwq on Mon Sep 17, 2012 11:04 pm

Here is assembly #2 of my Icetube clock. It took a header off of the window sill a couple of months ago. The tube and screws holding the PDB to the base broke. Adafruit provided the replacement pcb end piece and header. Ebay/Russia provided the replacement tubes. All works find after the assembly. Now I just need to replace the two broken nylon screws.
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Re: Snap a picture of your ADAFRUIT clock and post it here!

by alxhou on Tue Oct 23, 2012 10:30 pm

Here a picture of my clock!
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Re: Snap a picture of your ADAFRUIT clock and post it here!

by mohawkpiper on Mon Dec 03, 2012 3:09 am

The Ice Tube Clock my wife Pamela built, along with a heathkit i built back in the day (sorry its not adafruit, and its old).

And Fathead posing in the background.

Photo: courtesy of my wife.
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Re: Snap a picture of your ADAFRUIT clock and post it here!

by jclarke4 on Sun Jan 20, 2013 5:07 pm

My Ice Tube Clock build went well with no issues, great Kit and great build instructions! Thanks! Now I need to find the GPS unit to mod it.
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Re: Snap a picture of your ADAFRUIT clock and post it here!

by pgeremia on Fri Mar 01, 2013 8:18 pm

My Ice Tube clock with the Ultimate GPS Breakout and loaded with the xmas-icetube firmware!!! I also added an external GPS antenna as well!!! Love it!!!!

-Pete
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My Ice Tube Clock

by jimroth on Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:03 pm

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I had a lot of fun building it although I am a soldering neophyte! I even finally learned to use a multimeter.
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Re: Snap a picture of your ADAFRUIT clock and post it here!

by Parallel Pilgrim on Sun Apr 14, 2013 11:55 pm

I finally finished upgrading my clock to to the xmas firmware with a 328p and a gps module.
The only module I could find at that time when I was looking was the adafruit flora gps module but it works just fine. The wires could have been trimmed to eb shorter but I think it adds character and since it fits I don't care enough to mess with it further unless needed.
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Re: Snap a picture of your ADAFRUIT clock and post it here!

by midnitesnake on Mon May 06, 2013 2:27 pm

Finished my clock.

Followed the guide, did the stage checks - got worried towards the end as the tube did not appear to light; carried on assembling the case and tried powering the clock when it got a bit darker, and it worked! Currently powered off a 9v battery, as I have not got a suitable adapter (or a USA to EU adapter) until I go to the shops :)
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Re: Snap a picture of your ADAFRUIT clock and post it here!

by odometer on Thu Jul 25, 2013 11:57 pm

The hardware for this clock was mostly from Adafruit.
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Video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p24urbSu_5c
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Re: Snap a picture of your ADAFRUIT clock and post it here!

by phild13 on Sun Sep 01, 2013 8:21 pm

Finally had time to assemble the Ice Tube Clock kit I purchased recently.
I took my time, made sure all parts were correctly installed and made sure to do a good job soldering and each test during board assembly passed.

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Here are a few tips for those new to building the clock that might help out:

The clock when first built and turned on has the brightness defaulted (set) to the dimmest setting making it very hard to see to set in normal room brightness.
The Brightness setting is the 4th menu in. Press the Menu button 4 times, then press the + button 3 or 4 times to raise the brightness to 50 or 60, then press the set button to save the setting before trying to set other options. This makes it easier to read the clock while initially setting and getting used to how the tube displays the menu options. The brightness can adjusted again later as desired.

The Ice Cube Clock blinks the display after a power loss. This is normal, Go to the "Set Time" option to stop the blinking.
- This how it's supposed to work.

If the clock does not keep time while on battery. The FET Q3 is likely to be installed backwards, take it out and turn it around.
I have found that the current FETs in the kit match the silkscreen (rounded side of FET with writing on it to rounded side of silkscreen) when installed properly. This is contrary to the assembly instructions

Make sure to get all of the buttons and the switch flat to the circuit board and keep them flat before soldering them in place.
They won't fit through the case holes if they are not flat, so pay attention to that detail.

Now off to make some mods :)

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Re: Snap a picture of your ADAFRUIT clock and post it here!

by makenificent on Sat Sep 28, 2013 12:31 am

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3d printed wall mount. http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:157405

Great kit. Love it!!

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Re: Snap a picture of your ADAFRUIT clock and post it here!

by nezb on Thu Oct 24, 2013 5:21 pm

Just got around to building the Monochron that I bought last month! :) It's very nice, but I still like my Ice Tube Clock more. Next step is to put together the case.

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Flashed the Multichron 1.1 firmware on it using an FTDI cable. At first I forgot to plug in power and I was wondering why avrdude kept failing to work. :oops: It should probably be noted in the docs that the FTDI connection cannot be used to power the AVR!
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Re: Snap a picture of your ADAFRUIT clock and post it here!

by mulveyr on Sat Dec 28, 2013 5:06 pm

An Ice Cube clock that I'm embarrassed to admit I started way back in 2009 and just got around to building...
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Re: Snap a picture of your ADAFRUIT clock and post it here!

by jarchie on Sat Dec 28, 2013 9:15 pm

Hi Mulveyr, nice clock!

It looks like you might have an old kit which included a 2907 BJT transistor for Q3, while newer kits include a FET. The problem with the 2907 was that without a resistor on the base, Q3 sources too much current from the microcontroller, which can eventually cause microcontroller to fail. See this thread for details.
--John <www.jarchie.com/email>

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