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Nixie Thermometer / Hygrometer

Tubes, sensors and a micro in a single design

Nixie Thermometer / Hygrometer

Measuring temperature and humidity with a modern sensor and displaying the values on a retro display — it’s all described in this article. A calibrated, ‘digital’ sensor provides data via its I2C interface to a microcontroller driving four Nixie tubes and automatically alternating between temperature and humidity, while providing a nice fading effect. It’s a must-have!


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Component list
R1-R4 = 22kOhm
R5,R11,R12 = 10kOhm
R7 = 47kOhm
R8 = not used
R9 = 820kOhm
R10 = 330(
R13 = 5.6kOhm
R14 = 470kOhm
R15 = 4.7kOhm
R16 = 150(
C1-C4 = 100pF 2000V, 10%, radial, 5mm pitch (Farnell #1141797)
C5-C8,C11,C12,C16-C18 = 100nF 50V, 20%, pitch 5mm
C9, C10 = 33pF 100V, 5%, 2.54mm pitch
C13 = 10µF 250V, 20%, radial, 5mm pitch
C14,C15 = 100µF 25V, 20%, radial, 2.5mm pitch
C19 = 470pF, 100V, 10%, 5mm pitch
L1 = 330µH 1A, 20%, axial, D×L = 11×32.5 mm (0.43”×1.28”) max.
D1 = BYV26
D2-D4 = 1N4001
IC1-IC4 = 74141 or K155ID1 (?155??1)
IC5 = PIC16F876-20/SP
IC6 = 7805
IC7 = MC34063
IC8 = SHT21 I2C humidity and temperature sensor [1] (Farnell #1855468)
T1,T2 = MPSA42
T3 = IRF820
X1 = 6MHz quartz crystal
V1 = IN-19A, Nixie Tube (symbols)
V2-V4 = IN-14, Nixie Tube (numeric)
K1 = 2-way PCB terminal block, 5mm pitch
PCB # 110321-1

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