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Lets see your Nixie Tube equipment
« on: October 06, 2015, 01:14:58 pm »
Since I collect antique test equipment I love Nixie Tube gear.  Always interested in seeing what Nixies were used in.  Here are a couple of mine.

Everyone needs a calculator on the workbench - Remington Nixie Tube Calculator:


HP Frequency Counter/DVM:


OK, I showed you a couple of mine now show me yours...

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Re: Lets see your Nixie Tube equipment
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2015, 01:52:57 pm »
Phew, only a 12 digit display. Nobody likes a show-off! ;-P

I'm not showing mine because it's going to Dave's mailbag and I don't want to spoil it. It has something to do with electronics in Australia in the early 1970s. ;)
 

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Re: Lets see your Nixie Tube equipment
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2015, 07:26:55 pm »
Yea i have a soft spot for nixies... so fresh into the lab... a Solartron LM1619 volt meter and the nixies are not the only tubes in it

oh and 1KV on unshrouded banana sockets? i guess things was different back then! :-+ :-DD
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Re: Lets see your Nixie Tube equipment
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2015, 10:47:33 pm »
oh and 1KV on unshrouded banana sockets? i guess things was different back then! :-+ :-DD

Nice... and love those banana plugs with the protruding set screws. Makes things more challenging.

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Re: Lets see your Nixie Tube equipment
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2015, 08:17:46 am »
oh and 1KV on unshrouded banana sockets? i guess things was different back then! :-+ :-DD

Nice... and love those banana plugs with the protruding set screws. Makes things more challenging.

lol, to be fair the banana plugs are just the output of one of my low voltage power supplies, we're all safe!
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Re: Lets see your Nixie Tube equipment
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2015, 11:23:18 am »
1986 Soviet 7-digit DMM ?31 ([Shch]31):
 

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Re: Lets see your Nixie Tube equipment
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2015, 12:08:29 am »
^^^
That looks cool. Can you post more pictures/ specs if you can find them.
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Re: Lets see your Nixie Tube equipment
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2015, 09:12:22 am »
I have some old photo:
Oven: Main Zener, Divider 100V, 1000V.

Analog unit

Manganin foil resistor network on board

Accuracy class, needed external  standard cell :( And it is produced in 1987
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Re: Lets see your Nixie Tube equipment
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2015, 11:10:45 am »
HP521 - spot the dead Pentode and steamy electrolytic....
 

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Re: Lets see your Nixie Tube equipment
« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2015, 11:11:58 am »
a few more
 

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Re: Lets see your Nixie Tube equipment
« Reply #10 on: October 12, 2015, 07:30:17 pm »
Does it count if you built it yourself? ;)

 

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Re: Lets see your Nixie Tube equipment
« Reply #11 on: October 12, 2015, 07:43:49 pm »
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Re: Lets see your Nixie Tube equipment
« Reply #12 on: October 13, 2015, 12:17:08 am »
Does it count if you built it yourself? ;)


It counts more if you built it yourself, and more again if you designed and built it yourself.... :-+
 

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Re: Lets see your Nixie Tube equipment
« Reply #13 on: October 13, 2015, 02:22:30 am »
Thanks for starting this thread. Looking forward to seeing many more cool Nixies!
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Re: Lets see your Nixie Tube equipment
« Reply #14 on: October 14, 2015, 02:25:38 am »
Does it count if you built it yourself? ;)



 :-+ Very nice job.  Do you have any details on the design?     
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Re: Lets see your Nixie Tube equipment
« Reply #15 on: October 15, 2015, 01:54:49 am »
Does it count if you built it yourself? ;)
Even more so  :-+.

HP521 - spot the dead Pentode and steamy electrolytic....
Never seen or heard of this beastie, interesting look. I like the number of tubes they managed to stuff in there  :).

And now for a few of my 'orange displayed' kit. ;

The 7205 works except for an fixed offset in the reading and no manual to tell me what the hell are all the trim pots with odd names mean  >:(.
The 7004 works , but occasionally drifts off with a mind of its own !. Unable to track that issue down.
The 6052 works fine.
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The odd multimeter or 2 or 3 or 4...or........can't remember !.
 

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Re: Lets see your Nixie Tube equipment
« Reply #16 on: October 15, 2015, 02:02:05 am »
And two more ;
The DT-360 works well and I have two of these with manuals.
The Systron donor seems to work but has an issue with the decimal point and the case is missing !! :(
The odd multimeter or 2 or 3 or 4...or........can't remember !.
 

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Re: Lets see your Nixie Tube equipment
« Reply #17 on: October 15, 2015, 05:54:57 am »
:-+ Very nice job.  Do you have any details on the design?   

Sure, on my blog at http://www.smbaker.com/nixie-tube-calculator-powered-by-a-raspberry-pi

I tried this on Kickstarter last year, but unfortunately my price point was just too high for most people. I've made a few revisions since the photos were taken, for example the case is now fully enclosed. The thing is still sitting on my desk, it doubles as a clock.

 

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Re: Lets see your Nixie Tube equipment
« Reply #18 on: October 15, 2015, 07:20:45 am »
:-+ Very nice job.  Do you have any details on the design?   

Sure, on my blog at http://www.smbaker.com/nixie-tube-calculator-powered-by-a-raspberry-pi

I tried this on Kickstarter last year, but unfortunately my price point was just too high for most people. I've made a few revisions since the photos were taken, for example the case is now fully enclosed. The thing is still sitting on my desk, it doubles as a clock.

Thank you for the link.  I will read this when I have a chance. 
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Re: Lets see your Nixie Tube equipment
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Re: Lets see your Nixie Tube equipment
« Reply #20 on: October 15, 2015, 10:37:04 am »
An old favourite and a newer one.
Whoah! Watch where that landed we might need it later.
 

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Re: Lets see your Nixie Tube equipment
« Reply #21 on: October 15, 2015, 12:09:55 pm »
The DT-360 works well and I have two of these with manuals.

Ah, yes, You just reminded me I have a DT360, waiting repair somewhere....
 

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Re: Lets see your Nixie Tube equipment
« Reply #22 on: October 15, 2015, 11:00:49 pm »
The DT-360 works well and I have two of these with manuals.

Ah, yes, You just reminded me I have a DT360, waiting repair somewhere....
In case you need the schemattics for the DT360, here you go;
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Re: Lets see your Nixie Tube equipment
« Reply #23 on: October 21, 2015, 02:17:18 am »
Here are two, with more to come as I resurrect them.

HP 5245L counter:


HP 3440A DVM:


They have so much more personality than LCDs, and are just cool to look at.

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Re: Lets see your Nixie Tube equipment
« Reply #24 on: October 24, 2015, 11:35:51 am »
I only have a couple of nixie instruments, despite my avatar. One is a Systron Donner counter 1017, with 1291A 50-500MHz frequency converter. Doesn't work and so far I found a manual for the 1017, but nothing for the 1291A converter. I don't suppose anyone has a copy? I'd like to get this working. Mmmm... ring counters.
Yes, it needs a clean. But I don't see much point, unless I can get it working.
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The other is a HP 5326B Timer-counter-dvm. Works, could do with a clean and cal. Ahem... actually, all my multimeters could. There seems to be some disagreement...
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