Today, I started to build the new clock. I show you some pictures. The ILC 1-1/8 tube is really big! The whole clock will be 26 cm large!
Because of the big size, I don’t use a printed circuit board. Only for the ICs I will use a small board.
The last picture show a function test. It works!
For the next clock I needed another kind of tube, a tube to separate hour and minutes.
I found the IV25 tube, a dot matrix tube with 7 dots. I ordered the tubes in ukraine. Some days later I got 6 of them. Nice.
If you order this tubes in ukraine too, don’t wonder, that you will get two types. One is labeled with IV25, the other one is labeled with IVLM 1-1/7. They are equal.
The Filament voltage is between 2.04 and 2.76 V. The Filament current is 30 .. 40 mA.
The segment (dot) voltage should be between 10 and 20V. The segment current is 10 mA.
Difficult is to describe the location of the Filament pins. This are pin 1 and 6.
This is pin 1. And now, count clockwise. I mark pin 6 with an connector.
Here is a detailed description of the tube.
The Filament voltage is 3.15V (150 mA). You have pins 1,2 (+) and 14,15 (-) to use. It’s not necessary to use both couple, 1 or 2 and 14 or 15 are enough.
(It’s also possible to use AC for the filament.)
The next is our Grid voltage, +20V (45mA .. 50mA). The Grid are the pins 4, 8 and 13 (one of these).
The other pins are the segments. To use with +20V too. Each segment needs 3mA .. 4mA current.
It’s possible to reduce the Grid and segment voltage down to 12V. The segments are still on, but not so bright. For test it’s great!
A few days ago I found this kind of tubes: ILC 1-1/8. It’s great, the tubes are great! They are 10 cm large! And, we can use it with 35V voltage!!
… or how I can use the Arduino as ISP!
There are a lot of tutorials with removing the original chip from the board. I will show you an solution without removing!
The new tutorial is online (you will find this here: Project Link)
Sometimes you need a little time to search for a better solution. I changed the power supply. And now, we need only 5V voltage as input voltage, no 12V voltage are necessary.
It’s possible to operate the DC-to-DC step up converter with 5V voltage as input voltage too. ***smile***
This is the result … This is the result … with a provisional box.
The IV-18 Project is actually finished. The only thing that is not so nice, I use an Arduino Nano for control. For a long time I bought some Atmega168 microcontroller to programming this and to use it instead of the Arduino Nano.
Yesterday it was now ready, I dealt with the programming of Atmega168 via Arduino UNO. It was tearing the hair. I found a lot of pages in the internet (sometimes I have more than 20 pages open at the same time). But I got still errors.
In the evening it was time to say: Goal reached!
Now, I’m able to programming my own Atmega168 microcontroller and use it in my circuits.
In the next days I will share my knowledge and I will create a new page with all the necessary informations.