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Re: Great Kit!!

by adafruit on Sat Oct 17, 2009 12:20 pm

cute! be careful & dont crush it with your enormous books :D

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Re: Great Kit!!

by hlantz on Sat Oct 17, 2009 1:34 pm

adafruit wrote:cute! be careful & dont crush it with your enormous books :D


No chance!

I just hope the three Furry Ones leave it alone overnight. :wink:

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Re: Great Kit!!

by caitsith2 on Mon Oct 19, 2009 6:40 pm

All done and assembled. Quick response on replacement parts.

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Re: Great Kit!!

by dmackey828 on Thu Oct 22, 2009 1:27 pm

ki4mmm wrote: and missed installing one diode, and one resistor, which did not have full-size pictures.


I'm also a "HAM" - N2DVM Here, I did the same thing, Got to the end and had the two parts left, Got them installed and the clock works great.

Thanks Adafruit for providing a nice little kit...
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Re: Great Kit!!

by bartgrefte on Thu Oct 22, 2009 5:00 pm

jvdb wrote:
adafruit wrote:hey where are the PHOTOS of your clocks, eh??? :)
You can upload them directly to the forum (it wasnt working but the permissions are fixed so that excuses you till NOW)
lets see some shots of finished kits in the wild!


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Sorry for the poor picture quality. I only had my phone.

Nice :D.
Where did you get the one on the right?

Still have to assemble mine, think I'll do that tomorrow or this weekend :)

adafruit wrote:its got a Friend!

Mine will too, two actually.
http://www.denkimono.com/timer/index.html

Ordered two, already got one, also has to be assembled.

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Re: Great Kit!!

by Abbarach on Thu Oct 22, 2009 6:53 pm

I can't say for sure, but it looks like it might be the IN-14 kit from www.tubehobby.com
I have one of the 14 kits assembled, and an IN-18 kit that's just waiting on tubes. They are very nice kits, though the instructions are not quite up to Adafruit standards. You can review the instructions before ordering- look for the "users guide" link on the product pages

There are also several other companies that make similar designs. Google "nixie clock kit" to find all sorts of cool stuff.
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Re: Great Kit!!

by jvdb on Fri Oct 23, 2009 1:13 pm

I can't say for sure, but it looks like it might be the IN-14 kit from www.tubehobby.com


Yeah, that's right. I ordered the case from some place that will make acrylic enclosures to your size. I also bought a serial GPS receiver on eBay that works with the tubehobby clocks.

Even though I've got enough clocks, I would like to build this one:

http://timewitharduino.blogspot.com/200 ... clock.html
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Re: Great Kit!!

by jamesm on Sun Oct 25, 2009 3:46 am

I got my kit on Friday and put it together today. I had some minor problems putting it together.

1) Even though I checked twice, I managed to thread the tube wires off by one. I noticed before I'd slid the board all the way down, so I hadn't soldered anything yet.
2) I was getting impatient near the end, and rushed soldering on one of the switches. It wasn't flush against the board, and although it worked fine, I needed to resolder it to make it fit in the case.
3) I somehow managed to melt the plastic on the ICSP header so the first pin I soldered wasn't straight. Fortunately I've got lots of headers, so I just put in a new one.
4) After getting it all together in the case, the second digit didn't work. I took it all out of the case, resoldered the angle headers in a few places. I think I trimmed some of the pins too close. After the resolder and putting the case together again, it all works!

I'm very pleased with the results.

I'll post photos tomorrow.

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Re: Great Kit!!

by bartgrefte on Sun Oct 25, 2009 3:27 pm

jvdb wrote:
I can't say for sure, but it looks like it might be the IN-14 kit from http://www.tubehobby.com


Yeah, that's right. I ordered the case from some place that will make acrylic enclosures to your size. I also bought a serial GPS receiver on eBay that works with the tubehobby clocks.

Even though I've got enough clocks, I would like to build this one:

http://timewitharduino.blogspot.com/200 ... clock.html

Okay :)
Huh? A GPS receiver with a clock? What purpose has that?

Btw, here's a pic of mine:
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Worked at once, even though it's been a while since I did some soldering :P

Haven't made the others yet, so I'll show those later.
And damn, those adapters for the AC adapter are way more expensive over here than in the US, €5,99/$9 vs $1...

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Re: Great Kit!!

by jvdb on Sun Oct 25, 2009 9:06 pm

Huh? A GPS receiver with a clock? What purpose has that?


It keeps the time in sync.

I can sync one of my computers with NTP, and the GPS based atomic time appears to be exactly the same. Pretty cool.
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Re: Great Kit!!

by bartgrefte on Mon Oct 26, 2009 9:57 am

Nice :D

Can you do that with every clock-kit? (Like the Ice Tube?)
How is it hooked up anyway :?
edit: o wait, can be directly hooked up to a Nixie clock.

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Re: Great Kit!!

by vankanma on Mon Oct 26, 2009 12:26 pm

@jvdb, I also have a tubehobby nixie clock, can you please provide a link to a suitable gps unit on ebay? all I can find are external antennas :(
Thanks
Mark
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Re: Great Kit!!

by jvdb on Mon Oct 26, 2009 11:22 pm

I also have a tubehobby nixie clock, can you please provide a link to a suitable gps unit on ebay? all I can find are external antennas


The two models listed in the manual for the clock are:
NAVILOCK NL-208P
HAICOM HI-204III

Tubehobby sells the Navilock, and you can find the Haicom on ebay. When I bought mine both of those were more money than I wanted to spend. I found some different receivers that use the same SiRF Star III chipset and PS/2 pinout. The one I bought is:
Global Sat BR-355

You should be able to find this on ebay or google shopping.
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Re: Great Kit!!

by jvdb on Tue Oct 27, 2009 12:22 am

bartgrefte wrote:Can you do that with every clock-kit? (Like the Ice Tube?)


You would first have to figure out where to connect the GPS receiver. The Tubehobby clocks only use 3 pins on the Mini-DIN connector.

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Then you would have to write the firmware to support it. You could probably steal most of the code from another project like this:

http://www.dutchtronix.com/ScopeClock.htm
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Re: Great Kit!!

by adafruit on Tue Oct 27, 2009 12:27 am

we'll have a how-to on gpsifying the tube clock shortly. unfortunately we're out of gps modules :D

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