One day my father asked me if I wanted his old Heatkit 10-10 oscilloscope. Quickly I said "No. What can I do with this old AC-only 500khz single trace scope?" A couple of weeks later I was surfing the net and I saw some guy who had made a clock with the CRT like my father's scope. I grabbed the phone to ask him if he still had the scope … and the answer was yes.
That was the first time I had to work with a CRT. I have learned lots of things such as 1500 volts is "hard on your finger". If you take a look at the schematic you will see that I found a way to generate lots of different voltages for the CRT which needs different voltages for astigmatism, focus, blanking and other controls. Another thing I learned is your DC voltage must be very clean; on 1500 volts you cannot have 10 volts of ripple, and also the tube is very sensitive to external magnetic fields. I have used an opto-coupler for the interface between my MCU blanking output and the -1500 to -1400 volt. And to make it easy to tune I used an IR remote control to setup the time, date and the internal setup of the firmware.
- Very special look
- Remote control setting
- Time & Date display
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All my source codes were taken from my personal projects.
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