I think my first introduction to Nixie tubes was while browsing around
the web, and I started reading about how you could put your own clock
together using these funny little vacuum tubes called Nixies. I have had
no electronics training or really even an interest in electronics, aside
from how to wire a car stereo.
I purchased a kit from eBay along with a bunch of IN-12 tubes from
Russia. I was really in over my head with the kit, as to never really
doing any electronic work. I read lots and lots of web pages about what
kind of tooling I would need, so more money spent on first cheap equipment
(quickly recycled) and then better equipment. My first project was a total
disaster, but I was determined to get one working.
My next kit came from PVElectronics, and I thought i had messed that one
up, but an email or two to Pete and it was working! Such a thing of
beauty, I could watch it all day long. Now about five years later, I have
put together kits and given them to family, friends, etc. Now I have two
kits to build that my wife made me promise would be kept in our house.
Luckily the newer kits have the ability to sync the time online, so no more
adjusting them every time the power bumps, or daylight saving time comes
This group has been invaluable to me for learning new things, getting
ideas on enclosures, and seeing what all you professional guys have come up
Thanks for being there for me everyone.
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