Advice on building my first nixie clock

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9 years 8 months ago #2193 by icorn25
Hello all!

I am new to this forum and this is my first post. The other day I stumbled upon a project on instructables.com and it happened to be a nixie clock. Long story short, I quickly became a fan of this awesome technology.

Now, I am here looking for advice on building my own nixie clock. I am currently studying electrical engineering and i have a good knowledge of electronics. My plan is to build my own clock from the ground up or with the parts that I can find.

I would pretty much like to build a clock exactly like the IV-12 from nixiekits.eu. I like the look of the VFD tubes and the full rgb LEDs. If you could give me some advice on how to get started it would be much appreciated. Info as to where to get circuit boards, schematics, and tubes.I really enjoy DIY projects, but keep in mind I am a poor college student! :)

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9 years 8 months ago #2194 by Mr.Nixie
Replied by Mr.Nixie on topic Re: Advice on building my first nixie clock
...simply download the assembly manual for IV-12 Jenny from my homepage www.Nixiekits.eu ->Download ;)

The programed pic you can find on Ebay - it is a pic for a Nixie clock.

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9 years 8 months ago #2195 by icorn25
Well thank you! Any chance you know where to find one of those cool blue PCBs?

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9 years 8 months ago - 9 years 8 months ago #2196 by Mr.Nixie
Replied by Mr.Nixie on topic Re: Advice on building my first nixie clock
The most pcb manufacturer offers you, when ordering a bigger batch of course, a colour option for the solder mask.
Normally you can get standard green, blue, red, black, white and yellow (yellow looks also cool).
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9 years 8 months ago #2210 by neonglass
Also be aware the Nixie tubes and VFD tubes are different, require different voltages, and use different software techniques.

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9 years 7 months ago #2290 by HarrisonPrude
Happy to meet each one here.
Have a good day.

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