Nixie Tube Clock Kit For Remote Tubes


I am very pleased with the quality of this kit. The circuit board, the parts, the firmware and the manual are all first rate.

After a lot of searching on the Internet I chose this kit because it was the only one I found that filled all my requirements:

-I already had six little IN-17 Nixie tubes so I wanted a kit that that didn't come with tubes.
-I wanted a kit that would connect to a circuit board for the tubes without running a lot of wires or needing special connectors.
-I needed the clock to accept GPS $GPRMC sentences so I could connect it to my GPS-based time server.

PV Electronics kept turning up in my searches and people have lots of good things to say about the kits. They look good on the website and in various YouTube videos so I went ahead and ordered the remote tube kit. It shipped the next day and arrived here on the west coast of Canada about nine days later.

The assembly went very smoothly. It took about three hours and the board worked the first time. I have a lot of experience building electronic equipment, though, for myself and also professionally and I have built several Nixie clocks in the past.

However if you are a more casual electronics hobbyist, the assembly manual is very detailed so building the board should be no problem. I don't recommend it for beginners, though, unless you know how to use a multi-meter and you are very good at soldering. There are lots of closely spaced solder pads on the board so you need a fine-tipped soldering iron and some thin-gauge solder. I used .5mm lead/tin solder and a temperature controlled soldering station.

The firmware is well thought-out. It's easy to set the clock and program the various options for how it displays the time and date. My clock is connected to a GPS time reference so it's always accurate. However I found that it's pretty accurate running on its own, too. You can fine tune the accuracy with a simple entry in the firmware set-up.

The customer service is excellent, too. I had a question about choosing anode resistors for my tubes so I tried typing it into the live chat feature on the website. It was a Sunday afternoon UK time so I wasn't expecting a response anytime soon, but Pete replied right away!

I assembled the clock in a small case that I built myself using walnut and maple wood and transparent plexiglass with a light bronze tint. The possibilities are endless with this kit, though. You can use pretty much any Nixie tubes and build the case as simply or elaborately as you want.
Date Added: 07/29/2017 by Mitchell M.