You must be "loading" neon tube before use.
You need loading tube by current 1.5-2 ma for 2 minutes, because some
microgram mercury need to be vaporize from cathodes.

2018-04-14 22:00 GMT+03:00 Michael Bell <michaeljacobb...@gmail.com>:
> Hello
>
> Sorry if this is a silly question, but I can't seem to find anything online
> about it... The IN-17 datasheet says that before soldering it's suggested to
> "train" the nixie with a common current source to each cathode. What is this
> supposed to accomplish?
>
> https://tubehobby.com/datasheets/in17.pdf
>
> Thank you,
> Michael
>
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