My love for all things glowing orange started with my dad's nothingboxes back
when I was 6 or 7 (Long time ago) . Simple little relex oscilator's using a
neon buld, resistor and a capacitor. His circuit was a bit different than most
though. I've attached a picture. Naturaly, the powersupply was not what's in
the schematic. He used a big 90v battery from RCA that would put a tingle up
to your elbos if you licked your fingers and pt both hands across it.
I saw nixie clocks before maybe when I was in my 20s but didn't really have
the money to play with them until later in life when I made my NixieNeon
clock. It blends neon bulbs and nisie tubes together. I liked it because the
processor was not really involved in the running of the clock. It just let it
keep the time during power losses and gave it a little eye candy.
See http://ww.nixieneon.com. I have a kit or two left and several PCBs if
anyone is interested.
On Sunday, February 4, 2018 12:00:38 PM CST SWISSNIXIE - Jonathan F. wrote:
> I made this post to share my story how i found my way to nixie-tubes, and
> i'm curious how everyone else came to this hobby :)
> My way to nixie tubes was a "double accidental". The very first encounter
> with this type of tubes were around 2001 when i was around ~10-11 years
> old, along my way to school there was a little local scrapyards, where me
> and my friends used to go and collect all kind of materials for more and
> less usefull constructions of electronic. One day we tear apart a old
> calculator that had "strange looking number tubes" and we took a few of
> them home, after a few tries to get them on with a lab power supply and the
> few search request with the internet of that time didn't bring up anything
> helpful, so the tubes ended up in a storage container, which ended back at
> the scrap yard again..
> I never seen a vacuum or nixie tube again until 2013. At that time i
> ordered a few GM-Tubes from a bulgarian seller on ebay, he put a few IN-12
> as a gift in the package. I instantly remembered my old scrapyard find, and
> started to reseach these type of tubes just for curiousity. From there on i
> fell in love with the typical orange glow that instantly remains of "old
> age" (from my point of lifespan :-) ) and just looks very beautiful. I
> quickly discovered that there are alot of different types of nixie tubes
> around, so i started collecting them. I also started to find out more about
> old electronic technology, and started to collect all kind of vacuum tubes
> and circuits. About a year in collecting tubes and stuff i noticed that i
> will run out of space.. so i had to decide to only collect nixie tubes
> since they don't take up to much space. Today, 5 years later I own around
> 240 different types of nixies with around 600 tubes total.
> Im very interested in how you got to the tubes, since there are a lot of
> people here that have seen encountered nixies when they still were a normal
> electronic part and not something considered rare or collectible.
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