Yes, you’ve all thrown away your lunky old CRT monitors, in favour of sleek ultra-thin LCD displays. And, you thought you’d never see another one again…
But this CRT display has a twist! It’s round. It’s small at just 3 inches diameter. And it’s awfully cute.
Last year, I was approached by a dedicated flight simulation enthusiast, who needed a radar indicator to use in a fighter cockpit replica. The indicator should employ a CRT, for the most realistic look. Could Oscilloclock design and construct such a display?
It didn’t take much convincing! Diverging only temporarily from building clocks, I took up the challenge to create my first raster-scan CRT display unit. In the ensuing months, difficulties sprang forth from every direction in the project, but ultimately I was able to avoid a diraster (sic) and deliver a functional assembly:
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The key component of this setup is a new prototype VGA Board that converts a VGA signal into analogue X and Y outputs. Both analogue intensity and binary blanking outputs are provided.
Oscilloclock VGA Board prototype
The X and Y outputs drive an Oscilloclock Deflection Board
, while the binary blanking output drives the blanking amplifier in a CRT Board
Deflection Board – modified for ultra-linear HV output
CRT Board – modified for improved frequency response
Blanking isolation, heater, and HV supplies are provided by a Power Board
Power Board – with improved optocoupler
It all looks so easy! But noooo
. Astute readers will recall from other posts that every
Oscilloclock project involves sleepless slumbers, horrific hair-pulling, and forgotten family members. Let’s see what caused me grief this time…