The Groundhog Day Alarm Clock consists of a Panasonic RC-6025 flip clock modified to play the audio from the movie Groundhog Day when the alarm goes off.

The reason I have created this device is because Groundhog Day (both the day and film) holds a special place in my heart. I first met my life-partner-in-crime on February 2nd, and this Groundhog Day is going to be the 10th anniversary of our time together. What better way to commemorate it than by recreating a heavily symbolic object from such an iconic movie?

After all, being in a long-term relationship can seem a bit like living the same day over and over and over and over and over -- every time with different consequences. Every morning you wake up with the same sense of existential dread, and simply try to live through the same set of scenarios again. To remind her of the 10 wonderful years of our existential abyss I have made her this clock which will awaken her to the same recording every morning. Perhaps not as pleasant of a wake up greeting as the alarm clock underwear I had previously made for her, I hope that she will nonetheless appreciate the thoughtfulness of the gift.

If she doesn't, I guess I could just mail it to Bill Murray. Anyone have his address?

<p>The link to the 12V 50mA incandescent bulb no longer brings up any results at Radio Shack, and I'm terrible at electronics. Got any further distinguishing information, such that I could buy a direct replacement or an LED equivalent online (at DigiKey, say)?</p>
<p>Can anyone suggest an alternative for the Adafruit Audio FX Sound Board?</p><p>I have the clock and the other parts, but that one has been out of stock for months, and it this point I'm starting to doubt whether it's coming back. I don't really know enough about this sort of thing to feel confident picking substitute myself, so any help would be really appreciated. </p><p>Thanks!</p>
<p>Ever find an alternative to the adafruit sound board? they are discontinued.</p>
<p>I have tried to create this however the RC-6025 keeps terrible time in the UK due to the different voltage. Any idea how to resolve this? Was there a European version I could buy and change parts so it still looked the same from the outside but was functional in the UK? Thanks</p>
<p>Ever find a solution? I live in the UK and bought this for the same reason and am also stuck on how to get around the voltage problems!</p>
<p>I've completed the modifiction to the RC-6025, but the volume is very weak. There is not an obvious volume adjustment in the circuit. How do I increase the volume of the speaker? Is there something I should consider on the Audio Card?</p>
<p>To double check - Did you get an amplified Audio FX board? They sell some without amplifiers.<br><br>If so, there is a volume + pin on the board. By connecting this pin to ground, you should be able to gradually raise the volume. This will have to be re-done every time the board is powered on.<br><br>See here:</p><p><a href="https://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-audio-fx-sound-board/triggering-audio">https://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-audio-fx-sound...</a></p>
Thanks<br><br>If i connect the Vol + pin to ground than how does this gradually increase the volume? Is this gradual increase come from opening the + to GND circuit until the desired volume is achieved? or just maintaining the circuit until the volume increases? I might not have the best board for this application. I ordered a second board that might be better. The one i have has a stereo jack<br><br>Chuck
<p>Yes. You ordered one without an amplifier. It has a stereo (line level) output jack instead. This is not enough to drive a speaker.<br><br>Anyhow, Every time the pin gets connected to ground, the volume goes up a little. It is like pressing a button on a cheap digital MP3 player (which essentially is what it is). Every time you press the button (i.e. connect the pin to ground), the volume goes up a little.</p>
<p>Thanks for this, Randofo! I just finished building one of these. It's a great idea that's not too difficult to build. I ran into problems with the relay, but quickly resolved. I'm going to give this as a gift to someone that loves the movie. This will be a HUGE hit.</p><p>Even better though, was being introduced to the Adafruit board - thanks! That thing ROCKS! I'll be using these in other projects!</p>
<p>How did you control the volume of the speaker?</p>
<p>I bought a similar alarm clock from a yard sale; I would have died laughing if &quot;I've Got You Babe&quot; was the first song it played when I plugged it in.</p>
<p>I LOVE this.</p>
<p>Unitl watch the video third minute, I realized that it's a cycle .......... amazing creativity! (beginning to worry my IQ)</p>
<p>This is a brilliant idea. If you want to jump down the rabbit hole even further, drive the split-flap display with an Arduino that controls the alarm separately. Then have it shift the time based on the alarm so the clock always goes off at 6AM, no matter what the real time is.<br><br>Complicated? Yes. But you have 10,000 years to do it! :)</p>
<p>I would add a feature where you can smash it with your fist to turn it off.</p>
<p>Love your promo video and those sewing machines in the background.</p>
<p>The best ever.</p>
<p>This is great! Awesome movie, awesome instructable, hilarious video. I had to watch the video for just a few seconds until I just burst out laughing when I realized what you did. SO funny. Great job as usual!</p>
<p>This is quite possibly the best alarm clock that has ever been made! Groundhog Day is my favorite Bill Murray movie, so I have to make one of these. Thank you. Also the video is hilarious!</p>

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