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Precise Nixie Clock

Based on a Labs project | October 2013 | Find it here
Precise Nixie Clock
The warm glow of the numbers in Nixie tubes always gives a special touch to the equipment in which they are used. A special feature of the Nixie clock described here is that it combines legacy technology with new technology.
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Component List
R1,R2,R4,R5,R6,R7,R9,R10,R11,R14,R15,R18,R19,R20,R21,R22 = 10kOhm
R3,R13 = 470kOhm
R8 = 3.3kOhm
R12 = 1kOhm
R16 = 150Ohm
R17 = 5.6kOhm
P1 = 500kOhm trimpot, horizontal
C1 = 2.2µF 25V, 2mm pitch
C2,C4,C5,C6,C7,C13,C14,C15 = 100nF
C3 = 470pF, Y5P, 0.1” pitch
C8,C9 = 22pF, C0G/NP0, 0.1” pitch
C10 = 10µF 250V, radial, 5mm pitch (Panasonic ECA2EHG100)
C11,C12 = 100µF 25V, radial, 3.5mm pitch
L1 = 330µH 900mA, radial (10mm diam., 15mm height)
D1 = BYV26 (ultrafast diode, 600 V/1 A)
D2 = 1N4007
LED1 = LED, red, 3mm
T1,T2,T3,T4 = MPSA42 (300V/ 500mA)
T5 = IRF820 (N-MOSFET, 500V/2.5A)
T6,T7 = 2N7000 (N-MOSFET, 60V/200mA)
IC1,IC2,IC3 = K155ID1 (74141)
IC4 = PIC18F2480-I/SP (programmed, # 140013-41)
IC5 = LP2950-33LPE3
IC6 = MC7805
IC7 = MC34063
V1,V2,V3,V4 = IN-14 nixie tube
LA1 = wired neon lamp
X1 = 22.1184 MHz quartz crystal
MOD1 = A2035H GPS module met internal antenna (Maestro Wireless Solutions)
JP1,JP2,JP3 = 2-pin pinheader, 0.1” with jumper (JP3 optional)
K1 = 6-pin pinheader, 0.1” pitch
K2 = 2-way PCB screw terminal block, 0.2” pitch
S1 = pushbutton, PCB mount, 6x6 mm (optional)
PCB # 140013-1, see [1]

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