BAD DOG DESIGNS - A BRIEF HISTORY
If you're here, then you may be thinking about asking me to make you a clock, or you may just be curious as to who I am and what Bad Dog Designs is all about, so here is a little bit about myself, what I do, and how Bad Dog Designs came into being. At the time of this writing, I'm in my mid-40s, going somewhat grey, and wondering, a little, what to say!
Since I was a child, I have always been the sort of person who will take things apart to see how they work, and then put them back together again (sometimes even in the right order). Fascinated with electronics, I remember when my parents stopped buying me toys; instead, my father would take me to the local scrapyard and I would come home with a car full of old radios and televisions and goodness knows what else, all of which I would subsequently dismantle and fiddle with.
My professional career commenced as an apprentice at an electronics company. It was here that I gained experience and my electronics qualifications through to an HND (Higher National Diploma). I then moved into some research and development work with embedded microcontrollers, after which I became a commissioning engineer, which took me all over the world commissioning communication equipment. After I grew tired of all the travelling, I ended up in management, looking after a team of maintenance engineers.
As a manager, I started to miss the hands-on aspects of engineering; also, I didn't want to lose my skills. Towards the end of 2014, I stumbled across a Nixie clock online. I remembered Nixie tubes from some of the equipment I used to dismantle as a boy. I looked around the internet and discovered quite a few Nixie tube-based clocks, all looking similar, typically with a circuit board in a clear plastic box augmented with four or six Nixie tubes poking out of the top. "I can do that," I thought, so I decided to have a go.
My first thought was to acquire some Nixie tubes, so I found an old counter made by Advance Instruments that contained seven GN-4 Nixie tubes. Next,I purchased a Nixie tube clock kit, and I converted the counter into a clock.