Arduino Nixie Clock Kit - in search of a temporary tube connector

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3 years 2 weeks ago #7709 by mcc
Hi,

today my 6 Digit Arduino Nixie Clock Kit arrived (Rev4)! YEAH! :)
(what a nice looking PCB! :) That was FAST!

Cant wait for the weekend to start soldering.
One "But": I ordered sockets (sk-136 like) for the tubes and the sellers
is in the Ukraine...so it will take until midth of Juni until I will get the sockets.
I cant accept to wait for such a "long" time.... :) ;) ;)

Therefore I am in search for a solderfree/-less solution to connect the contacts
of the PCB temporary to to the Pins of the tubes (IN12 B) .
It should be cheap -- since it will be replaced as soon the sockets had arrived but should
not be THAT cheap that the board/tube will be easily shortcuited by accident -- or me
electrocuted for the same reasons.

I found high precision contacts but as a temproray solution they are by far too expensive.

Any ideas?

Thank you very much in advance for contact :) ;)
Cheers
Meino

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3 years 2 weeks ago #7710 by Ty_Eeberfest
I have had good results using the female contacts from DB-9 or DB-25 connectors. Crimp or solder the contacts on to your wires and slide them over the tube pins. The contacts will probably "stretch" going on to the pins but who cares - it's temporary.

Look into it later when the dust is clearing off the crater.

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3 years 2 weeks ago #7711 by Ian
How about just wires lightly wrapped round the pin with heat shrink over them? A bit more fiddly perhaps, but good enough for the job.

I've also done something similar with the insulation from heavy gauge wire: strip the copper core out and just use the insulation to fricton fit wires on the pins. Don't know if that's clear...

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3 years 2 weeks ago #7712 by mcc
Hi Ty, Hi Ian,

today I will go to the local electronic store here - equipped with two helpful ideas.
Looks like this weekend will totally be nixified!

Thanks a lot for your help! :)

Cheers
Meino

"Use the soldering iron, Luke! "

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