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« on: July 26, 2009, 01:39:04 PM »

Good Afternoon,

Just tested my first tube and it's working... Smiley  However I was curious if the Arduino Mega is supported?  Looks like the majority of the digital pins are being used, but if I wanted to attach an additional device to sync to for a clock for example, I'm going to need more pins.  Anyone try it yet?  I ordered one to play with regardless, but won't be in for a bit.

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-Mike
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« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2009, 06:49:39 PM »

FYI I just tried it with one tube and it seemed to work.  Mind you I was just testing against one cathod pin and not cycling thru as I don't have it wired up, but the quick test worked fine.  Now I need to start getting something together so I can actually cycle thru all the numbers without using allagator clips Wink  I suspect if you are careful how you solder the catode pins, you should be fine with clearence.

-Mike
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« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2009, 01:57:51 PM »

FYI I just tried it with one tube and it seemed to work.  Mind you I was just testing against one cathod pin and not cycling thru as I don't have it wired up, but the quick test worked fine.  Now I need to start getting something together so I can actually cycle thru all the numbers without using allagator clips Wink  I suspect if you are careful how you solder the catode pins, you should be fine with clearence.

-Mike

Wow, Mike, awesome!  I'd love to see pics!  Submit any pics of this and I''ll put it and a description up on the Featured section of the main ArduiNIX site.
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« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2010, 04:42:40 PM »

I just wanted to report that they do work with Arduino Mega.  I had to file down the contacts on one the screw adjusting part to get it to fit flush on my board but other than that it works great.
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« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2010, 07:27:56 PM »

It's funny, after I posted this it sort of got the juices flowing... so my goal was to design a "clock" platform off the Atmega1280 chip so I could sync against an NTP server via Ethernet to set the time.  Well after being disappointed with the Atmega1280 and ethernet support... I designed my own clock platform based on a 18F97J60 PIC.  It has built in ethernet (with a web server), so did some tinkering and I have a RTC platform with NTP client support, a RTC with a highly accurate crystal, and even a digital FM tuner.  I started out with wanting to make a Nixie tube clock thanks to the Arduinix, and now developed my own "OpenClock" platform so I can go 7 segment, LEDs, or Nixie tubes that plug in as modules into my clock main board.  I want to be able to do a Nixie tube clock, wall mounted 7 segment display, or an FM radio alarm clock that never needs to be reset again, etc.  Hope to get my boards fab'ed soon as my code is 80% done.  I blame it all on the Arduinix and this thread Smiley

-Mike
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