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hpr2329 :: Building a Digital Clock Kit

I bought a self-build digital clock on eBay and document the building process

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Hosted by Dave Morriss on 2017-07-06 is flagged as Explicit and is released under a CC-BY-SA license.
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Part of the series: Hobby Electronics

Building electronic devices and kits, repairing electronics and learning about components and their uses.

Building a Digital Clock Kit


In April 2017 my son and I decided to each build a digital clock. I had been interested in the idea since seeing Big Clive build one on YouTube, and I think my son had been similarly motivated.

He found one, which I have linked to below. It's smaller than the one shown by Big Clive, comes from ShenZhen China, and costs $5.35 (about £4.18) postage free. It takes a long time to arrive, so patience is needed!

There are many digital clock kits on eBay, and lots of YouTube videos showing how to build them. I think it's a great project for someone wanting some soldering practice which is a little more demanding than a beginner project.

One type to avoid, I think, is the surface mount type. The one I have uses a through-hole PCB, but I have seen some that provide SMD (surface-mounted device) components. That type of soldering is beyond me at the moment (though my son has been teaching himself to do it).

Long notes

I have provided detailed notes detailing the unpacking and building of this device, with photographs. These are available here.


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Comment #1 posted on 2017-07-06T18:49:32Z by Dave Lee

Just bought one

I've just bought one of these because of this episode. £4.27.

Depending on timings, I might bring it to Podcrawl so you can inspect my work! ;-)

Comment #2 posted on 2017-07-06T19:10:28Z by Dave Morriss

Hmm, Glasgow Podsoldering anyone?

Hi Dave,

I hope you have fun with the build.

I'm imagining a bit of last-minute soldering at the back of a bar in Glasgow :-)

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