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From: et472@FreeNet.Carleton.CA (Michael Black)
Subject: Re: OT: Loooking for cheap digital clock movements
Date: 22 Nov 2002 05:29:08 GMT
Organization: The National Capital FreeNet
Reply-To: et472@FreeNet.Carleton.CA (Michael Black)
NNTP-Posting-Date: 22 Nov 2002 05:29:08 GMT
X-Given-Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Black)
Rileyesi (email@example.com) writes:
> I am looking for a source of inexpensive digital clock 'guts' for a project I
> am putting together for a group of cub scouts in the US. I intend to use a
> potato battery to drive a digital clock. Bucks are a concern, of course!
> Anyone have any ideas??
I'm with the guy who suggested buying a cheap watch. Though I haven't paid
attention recently, a few years back it was easy to get them for a dollar or
so at the major drugstore chains. The price was cheaper than those stick-on
clocks someone else mentioned, and I bought some to stick in various places
(taking off the straps first). If you can't get those, the stick on clocks
are all over the place, even Radio Shack (though their price
will be higher). This sort of thing is infinitely more available than
finding just the works, and if you look around, is likely to be cheap enough.
If you want to get really cheap, see if you can scrounge up watches that
have dead batteries. People may just have them lying around, and a drive
at a local church or library might result in plenty of battery-less
watches for the scout troop.
One consideration may be the makeup of the clock. I killed a stick on or
two trying to solder wires to it. The details are lost to time. It was
no loss because I could just buy another one, but some may be easier to
work with than others.
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