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    Default Digital Mechanical (flip type) Alarm Clocks

    I had a mechanical digital alarm clock/radio a while ago but I broke it in the year 2000 trying to "modify" it. Mine was made by Soundsign sometime in the 70's or early 80's

    Also, anyone know the make/model of the clock radio in the movie "Groundhog Day" ? It appears to be a Panasonic (and you could catch a glimps of Panasonic during the scene where he smashes it with his fist) but I'm trying to figure out the model.

    Anyone else have an alarm clock like this ?
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    Default Re: Digital Mechanical Alarm Clock

    you mean those ones with the big stack of numbers like a rolladex that flip over as the drum rotates displaying numerals? Had a couple a loong time ago, but they fell apart (the numbers) within a year or two.. they were very cool though.
    Now I have a Tix digital electronic led clock.

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    Default Re: Digital Mechanical Alarm Clock

    Are you asking about mechanical flip clocks (alarms)? If so they were from the late 70's/early 80s and Panasonics had part numbers RC6XXX (example: RC6551 or RC6236). These are always available on ebay (search "Panasonic clock") for about $15-$50, depending on model and shape.

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    Default Re: Digital Mechanical Alarm Clock

    Thanks; yes, I am talking about the mechanical "flip" type digital clocks. I did a search on Ebay as wylde21 said and I think I found the clock used in Groundhog Day by coincidence. It's appears to be the Panasonic model RC6030 but in white vs woodgrain. Panasonic seems to begin all their alarm clock radios model numbers with "RC" though.




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    Default Re: Digital Mechanical (flip type) Alarm Clocks

    I had one by Sony back in the '70s

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    Default Re: Digital Mechanical (flip type) Alarm Clocks

    Timex recently sold one. Check out:

    http://www.retrothing.com/2005/11/timex_flip_clox.html

    I've got one on my shelf - runs about a year on one D-cell

    Cheers,
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    Default Re: Digital Mechanical (flip type) Alarm Clocks

    Timex recently sold one - no alarm though. Check out:

    http://www.retrothing.com/2005/11/timex_flip_clox.html

    I've got one on my shelf - runs about a year on one D-cell

    Cheers,
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    Default Re: Digital Mechanical (flip type) Alarm Clocks

    I had the first Panasonic of this type in the 60s. It was very good.

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    Default Re: Digital Mechanical (flip type) Alarm Clocks

    i have a woodgrain Panasonic RC-6030 am/fm clock radio that i bought of ebay 1 year ago today


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    Default Re: Digital Mechanical (flip type) Alarm Clocks

    is this a new fad? How much electricity do these take? Is it noisy?

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    Default Re: Digital Mechanical (flip type) Alarm Clocks

    I remember those clocks being quite noisey.

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    Default Re: Digital Mechanical (flip type) Alarm Clocks

    Copal was one of the better brands in the early days.
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    Default Re: Digital Mechanical (flip type) Alarm Clocks

    My backlight bulb went out in my Panasonic RC-6030. it takes a "Panasonic XAMR58S150". I do know Panasonic still makes this bulb. But what type of bulb is it? Where do I get in stores? radio shack said they need to know the bulb type, the base type, voltage it uses, the watts not the panasonic model number of the bulb or clock

    i would like to get an led upgrade bulb that goes right in place
    The 80s were better

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    Default Re: Digital Mechanical (flip type) Alarm Clocks

    CJaguar265, many of these clocks used a Neon indicator bulb to light the clock area, my Soundsign had a very large one that looked like a mini-Chirstmas light bulb on flying leads positioned under the flip cards and connected to where the 120 volt cord came into the case.

    The groundhog day clock, I was told, had some low voltage incandescant lamps installed by the movie producers. Incandescant lamps are generally not used for lighting such clocks.

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    Default Re: Digital Mechanical (flip type) Alarm Clocks

    thank you for the info but thats not what i am asking. i am asking what type of bulb is "Panasonic XAMR58S150" that i need for replacement for my Panasonic RC-6030
    The 80s were better

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    Default Re: Digital Mechanical (flip type) Alarm Clocks

    I have to admit this thread is one of the most off-topic threads for flashlights that I have ever seen on this forum. It gets my vote, and I can't believe people are still posting to it (including me!)

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    Default Re: Digital Mechanical (flip type) Alarm Clocks

    With all modes of transport being crowded to day, it is important that one should have an alarm clock that wakes one up with a gentle and silent vibration without disturbing the rest of the people who are traveling with you. It is the best travel companion for all short and long-haul trips for businessmen and frequent travelers. It is compact enough to be kept it under the pillow or in the pocket. Take a look at: www.shakeawake.com for more information.

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    Default Re: Digital Mechanical (flip type) Alarm Clocks

    If we're going old-school with clocks, how about Nixie tubes?

    http://www.electricstuff.co.uk/nixiegallery.html

    If you're a fan of pure analog vacuum-tube audio, now you can have pure analog vacuum-tube timekeeping..

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    Default Re: Digital Mechanical (flip type) Alarm Clocks

    Quote Originally Posted by StarHalo View Post
    If we're going old-school with clocks, how about Nixie tubes?

    http://www.electricstuff.co.uk/nixiegallery.html

    If you're a fan of pure analog vacuum-tube audio, now you can have pure analog vacuum-tube timekeeping..
    Those clocks are wicked cool! Thanks for the link!

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    Default Re: Digital Mechanical (flip type) Alarm Clocks

    i happen to have one of these. mine is branded Supre-Macy and works fine.

    will post a pic soon but i have a video on it.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAvwDKXPURY

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    Default Re: Digital Mechanical (flip type) Alarm Clocks

    The white clock in Groundhog Day is a Panasonic 6025. The Panasonic 6030 (brown) is from the Amityville movies.

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    Default Re: Digital Mechanical (flip type) Alarm Clocks

    This thread was started on the same day Steve Jobs announced the iPhone; most tech-savvy folk use their phones as alarm clocks now, I wonder how many of them prefer the flip-clock display..

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    Default Re: Digital Mechanical (flip type) Alarm Clocks

    I've used my RadioShack digital watch as an alarm clock since 2003. Nearly a decade.
    "...and the diode multiplied and grew in brightness. And God saw that it was good."

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    Default Re: Digital Mechanical (flip type) Alarm Clocks

    Quote Originally Posted by LEDAdd1ct View Post
    I've used my RadioShack digital watch as an alarm clock since 2003. Nearly a decade.
    I've had a Radio Shack red LED alarm clock beside my bed for the past 35 years, still going strong, the only annoying thing is it has no battery back up.

    Norm

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