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1980's Micronta clock

1980's Micronta clock

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I got this a long time ago at an estate sale. The cabinet's in good shape, but the display is very dimmed out.

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Manufacturer:Radioshack
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Lamp Type:VFD
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Factory Location:Hong Kong
Fabrication Date:1980's

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Nov 06, 2015 at 10:32 PM Author: ace100w120v
In 24-hour time, no less! Is there an option for 12 hour time though?
This doesn't have a radio though?
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Nov 07, 2015 at 12:15 PM Author: Solanaceae
I like this.
Too bad VFDs aren't used in clock radios anymore.

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Nov 10, 2015 at 12:29 PM Author: DieselNut
Ace, look at the right corner of the display, just under "Micronta" and it says "12-24 hour".

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Nov 10, 2015 at 10:33 PM Author: themaritimegirl
Very nice! I love these Micronta VFD clocks. This model was sold from 1982 to 1992, for a price of $19.95. I haven't done any research on the matter, but I would bet these were made by the General Time Corporation, who made Spartus and Westclox alarm clocks in the same form factor.

http://www.radioshackcatalogs.com/html/1983/hr080.html

Regarding the dim display, have you tried shining a flashlight into the photocell that controls the display dimming to see if it gets brighter? Maybe there's dust keeping light from getting into it. Otherwise, perhaps the photocell has gone out of spec, or maybe the display is plain wearing out. If you want to, there's probably a resistor that controls the cathode heating that you could switch out for one of a lower resistance.

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Nov 11, 2015 at 03:27 PM Author: DieselNut
General Time was in Athens, Ga. I used to service their forklifts and have bought several Westclox and Spartus clocks from them through the years. I am actually about to be at Terrapin Brewery, right across from the old plant. I know there is some vintage 8 foot fluorescent lighting in there but I have no way to get inside.

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