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MSP430 Nixie Clock

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@RobG,

I requested the source code about 8-9 months ago. I finally found some time to add an option for cathode poisoning prevention to trigger every 5 minutes.

The updated list of options are:

Cathode Poisoning Prevention Effects [0-3]

0. No effects

1. Slot machine (Every 1 Minute)

2. Slot machine (Every 5 Minutes)

3. Display time for 2 seconds, off for 8 seconds

 

I plan on trying to create a case to enclose the sides. If I come up with something I'll share it in this thread.

 

Thanks for creating a fun kit to build with clean code to modify.

-Brad

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Hi All,

I just finished assembling and modifying this kit for my SO for Christmas. I put it in a vintage toaster from 1910. Works great and so cool! However, watch out for shorting anything while the clock is powered - I fried some transistors while playing around with it.

In any case, I made quite a few modifications and will post them here. I added the following components to the kit:

Arduino UNO I had lying around.

Random photodiode I had lying around.

Adafruit RTC module: https://www.adafruit.com/product/3013

Adafruit motion sensor: https://www.adafruit.com/product/189

I modified the code to use the photodiode and motion sensor to control the brightness of the display using PWM. I have attached that. It is not written with extreme discipline, but it works :)

Let me know what you guys think,

Saul

main_v6.ino

nixie.h

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Can someone please post or send me the build instructions for this clock? 

The link provided on the Tindie order page http://hexode.com/msp430nixie-v5.zip does not work.

I have built all that I can from looking at the picture but need to know where the small caps and transistors go.

Thanks!

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Hi Folks,

I'm curious if anyone with the V3 (2016-ish era) version of this clock still has their circuit schematic available to share?

I was moving mine the other day and after plugging it back in the clock wouldn't work; it would blink only briefly. I noted the power supply LED was blinking and thought maybe it had gone bad, but one new power supply later and the behavior was the same. I found that the power regulator was getting VERY hot so I replaced it, thinking maybe that was the problem (I know, I know, I'm just not that handy at diagnosing circuit issues yet). I'm not sure that's the case anymore nor am I sure the regulator I selected was appropriate. So I'm seeking out the V3 circuit schematic so I can see if I can determine what might be wrong as there have been some changes between V3 and V5.

Thanks a million!

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Posted (edited)

I have a zip file of @RobG's Nixie Clock V3.

@RobG, I hope you are okay with me posting this?

@bluehash, please delete this if there is a problem.

 

Edited by zeke
Deleted attached file just to be safe.

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2 hours ago, zeke said:

I have a zip file of @RobG's Nixie Clock V3.

@RobG, I hope you are okay with me posting this?

@bluehash, please delete this if there is a problem

You're the best @zeke, I really appreciate you posting that and if it runs afoul of the rules here, please don't hesitate it take it down. I've got a copy and will keep it safe. Now hopefully I can sort out what's wrong with my clock.

Although if I can't I will say the V5 clock with the battery and blinking time separators are super tempting!

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