Hi, I am a complete novice to the Arduino world, but I finally found a project I'd like to try out with it. I just have no idea where to begin.
I have an HP 5532A frequency counter I'd like to use as a clock, but rewiring it seems like overkill for a counter, not to mention a waste of working vintage electronics.
I finally found a site describing a technique where the guy created an external module that hooked up to the counter via BNC, and faked a clock by simply 'pulsing' the counter by set amounts to roll over the numbers like a clock. "...Every hour (when the time is, for instance, 11:59), send 41 pulses and the timer will count up to the next hour..."
You can see the example here: Nixie Tube Counter Clock
Can I do this with an Arduino, and if so, which one should I get? Any advice on how I can make use of the code he provides? Do I need anything special for the BNC connector, or can I just attach it right to the Arduino board?
Thanks for any input. I've been scouring the internet for ages trying to figure this out, and I realize, for my own safety, I could use some guidance.