Ramos Alarm Clock

LED Ramos Clock Reset

These are the procedures to follow when resetting the clock circuitry of an LED Ramos.

To do so you need the following tools:

  • A #0 square drive bit to undo the 4 screws in the bottom of the clock. This can be found in most computer repair kits. On a small number of clocks the screws are standard Phillips, in which case a Philips screw driver is required and not a square drive. Check your clock to see which one you need .
  • Needle nose pliers or long tweezers
  • Tape such as scotch tape 

 

Start but taping the ends of the tweezers or needle nose pliers with tape like so. 

 

 

 

Then unplug the Ramos. Using the appropriate bit unscrew the 4 screws in the bottom of your clock. The bottom cover is attached to the inside of the clock by a wire. Try not to tug on the wire, and simply place the bottom cover down next to the clock leaving the wire plugged into the clock. Look inside and locate the coin-cell holder shown below.

 

 

Note the orientation of the coin-cell as we will have to put this back in the way it came out. Now remove the coincell using the tweezers or small needle nose pliers. The reason we put the tape on is to avoid the metal from shorting out the battery. 

 

 

Again note the orientation of the battery. The side with no text on it goes towards the speaker, and the side with the "+" marking goes towards the wood. 

 

 

With the battery removed, plug the clock in again (with the bottom cover still removed) and turn the clock on and off a few times. Then turn the clock off and insert the battery again the right way. Make sure the battery is fully inserted and looks like this.

 

 

Then screw the bottom cover back on and the reset is complete.

Written by Paul Sammut — February 17, 2014

Defuse Panel Fix

If your Defuse Panel is failing to talk to your clock, it's most likely just out of pair. To re-pair it follow these steps:

1. On the clock, hold the knob button for 5 seconds to go into the menu.

2. Get the keypad and press only one button on it to turn it on. Once you see the blue light, it is on.

3. Bring the keypad within a couple of feet of the clock. Press Star, 9 , 3 , 8. You should see a green light meaning the keypad is paired. 

4. Press the range button and see if it goes green. Test it with an alarm and you should now have a paired and working keypad!

Written by Paul Sammut — May 21, 2013

We're getting close!

Here's a quick update on where we stand on production. 

Right now we are almost done with all the LED Ramos clocks. We have pushed a batch of 200 clocks through about 90% of the factory processes we've spent 6 months designing. We are currently tweaking those processes to get ready for the 400+ Nixies. 

With experience gained from the LEDs, we now know what works and what doesn't. We're currently tweaking the G-codes for the CNC machine to make the cuts just right. Below you can see 1 Nixie panel that holds 4 Nixies. We're going to be cutting over a 100 of these starting in a couple of days. 

On the electronics front, our assembler delivered the first batch 80 LED Ramos electronics sets. The rest, along with all the Nixies are due in a couple of weeks. Final details like the packaging are getting wrapped up.

We're getting close!

Written by Paul Sammut — January 12, 2013

First units ship in time for Christmas!

We have shipped our first LED Ramos clocks in time for Christmas! There are now a bunch of Ramos clocks out in the wild, diligently ensuring that their owners get out of bed in the morning. We're still chewing through our Kickstarter reward backers but we are currently making Ramos clocks as fast as we can.

 

Thank you and happy holidays from everyone at the Ramos Factory!

Written by Paul Sammut — December 25, 2012

Peek at our production

Hi! We've been super busy building Ramos Clocks in the past month. The LED Ramos wooden housings are almost finished and work is also moving along in the electronics department. Our firmware is being continuously tested in our beta program and the polishing is pretty much done. 


At the shop, we've been making housing after housing housing. Making corners out raw slabs of wood, cutting the sides on the CNC and generating lots of saw dust. 


On the electronics side of things, all the components and circuit boards are making their way to our shop. We received the bare circuit boards this week from our PCB manufacturer. What is now left to do is solder all the components to them. An electronics assembly company based in Long Island, NY will be handling that with their automated machines. We are currently getting together all the parts we need and will be sending everything out to them soon. When that happens, we'll be left to concentrate mainly on the wood-work, and crank out quality Ramos Clock housings.


As we spend hours in the shop cutting, gluing and clamping, watching our shelves fill up with Ramos Clocks has been amazing. We can't thank all of our amazing supporters on Kickstarter, and the people who support us by putting in pre-orders in our store for helping in making this happen. Thank you!!!!


Written by Paul Sammut — November 09, 2012

What you'll be getting

 LED And Nixie Ramos in Dark Walnut

So, the pictures on the product pages are a little outdated as they are of the prototypes at the start of the project. We have since finalized all the details and here's what the clocks will look like! Above is the Dark Walnut Led and Nixie Ramos. Hope you like it!


Written by Paul Sammut — October 22, 2012

Nixie Ramos electronics

Here's a shot of the production Nixie Ramos circuit board. We're putting in the final tweaks before some further testing. Then its on to ordering hundreds of the boards.




 

Written by Paul Sammut — September 28, 2012

Ramos Keypad range

Here's what you should expect with the range of your Ramos Keypad. This is the same for both LED and Nixie clocks. The apartment test has lots of walls that the radio waves have to travel through, but still works fine. The more open the house/apartment, the better the range. The keypad batteries last around 2 years. 


Written by Paul Sammut — September 19, 2012

Development wraps up for LED Ramos

We have some good news! Over the past few months we've been busy creating a factory here in the US to make Ramos clocks. After lots of design iterations we have created the first batch of production LED Ramos clocks using all mass production techniques. Even better is that they are the nicest ones we have ever made.


We've made our own tools for various operations, perfected the finishing techniques, made sure we have suppliers for every component, nailed down the tolerances and much more. From the start of this project we knew we wanted to make the clocks ourselves. Creating a process to make hundreds of these clocks, each one being perfect, has proved to be the hardest thing we have ever done. But we are now happy to say that each Ramos clock will be handmade by us in our shop in Jersey City.


We've made some changes to the design to make the product better. The prototype had two toggle switches which had to be both flipped at the same time to access time or alarm setting mode. This was awkward and we found a much better solution by putting a switch in the knob. By pressing the knob and having the toggle switch pressed, you now cycle between hours and minutes, and this makes time setting even quicker. We also added a filter to the LED Ramos to makes it easier to see in sunlight.


The defuse panel has undergone a complete redesign. The slapped together prototype used a very basic RF module stuffed inside a picture frame with lots of exposed leads. On top of that, there was no chance it was going to pass any FCC/CE compliance tests. The new keypad (which is what all Ramos clocks will have) houses a very robust long range RF module with an internal antenna. Range will vary from house to house, but it for us it works 2 floors down from our apartment. It is encased in a CNC machined and hand finished wooden housing. 

So right now we're working on finishing the Nixie Ramos development and getting it out to the testing lab for compliance and safety testing. We have started production of the LED Ramos units, and will keep beta testing them until we are absolutely read to ship. Here's a video of Serial #2 in action! Oh and correction: the keypad uses triple A batteries not double. 

Written by Paul Sammut — August 30, 2012

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