Marty Belisle

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  1. I have struggled with repairing ribbons myself. My guess is the one that failed is near a bend or a flex point. Probably just a cracked solder, loose resistor, diode as you figured out. When it is only one I have cheated by strategically securing it down with a zip tie/ tie wrap. You might have to adjust how you mount the strip so you can get some support to secure it with a zip tie and it will lay flat.
  2. My experience has been when there are a few bulbs out it is usually the bulb in front on the data input/controller side. For the ones staying on usually the bulb/pixel it self. Unfortunately pixels do fail and if you plan on increasing your count suggest you always buy spare strings that you can quickly replace during the show season. This will also create some options to salvage pixels from a failed string to repair others. Replacing nodes/bulbs is fairly straight forward however soldering into ribbon/strips is a whole different level of skill. I do recall LOR offering a repair service at one time for a price however it might not be cost effective depending on where you live.
  3. I'm with George look to run another Network with a high speed adapter as it will eliminate any issues with older controllers and will allow you more options to positioning your props without having to daisy chain. Easy to do, I'm running 4 networks on my display with no issues.
  4. Wendy don't hesitate to give me a shout or stop by as I have all the devices you are considering and it will give you some ideas on weights, lengths and installation options. I did attempt some driveway arches last year with similar widths as your driveway but struggled getting PVC supported. You may want to consider looking to buy a used pop up garage as the support piping tends to be more rigid and is built to be set up / taken down and secured easily.
  5. Thanks Wendy, your display is always my first stop and the one I tell folks to see especially your haunted house, amazing! For myself I got the bug in 1990 when I saw an ad in a newspaper selling billboard paper of a nativity scene. Bought the paper, glued it to wood, built a manger and added about six strings of C-9 incons. It was my 1st daughter's first Christmas and I won 3rd place on the military base I was stationed at. 27 years later and still loving it and learning thanks to all of you.
  6. Make a big effort to get to know your neighbors and offer to help them out whenever you can, grass, snow, lending of ladders, fixing lights....Manage your show times, set-up/take down and be as considerate as you can to your neighborhood. As your show grows having everyone on side with your display will keep your annual event very positive.
  7. Captured about 40% of my takedown and put away with some time lapse photography. 85k lights, LOR, RGB all down and tucked away.
  8. Nice job, thanks for sharing.
  9. Very impressive, great job
  10. Put my CMB24D at the end of the network and added a terminator. Show has ran perfect for two nights. Feeling confident the problem is solved.
  11. Cat 5 cables are easy to build a little tedious but simple. Suggest you print a large wire color code chart and that a good quality tester is a must. Crimping the ends is one thing but being able to verify that you a secure correct flawless connection is a must. I had bought a kit on amazon that came with a handful of connections that seems to work good. My 10 watt dumb RGB system is using the LOR CMB24D controller that has worked flawlessly for the past number of years. I moved it to the end of my Network and added a terminator where I would normally daisy chain the next device. Show ran great last night, not sure if it was coincidence or if it was my controller creating reflection or memory down the line? May be an issue with the new firmware for an enhance network or a bug as a result of my S4 upgrade and Pixel editor use? Either way I'm good with the work around as show season is here and folks are lined up to watch the display. No I do not believe you can use a splitter or a switch with a USB485 dongle. From what I understand a repeater may be an option once one becomes available for an high speed enhanced network. Good luck whyintheworld, welcome to the madness.
  12. Good news. Bypassed my floods controller last night and from what I could see the show ran flawlessly with no issues. Hope to reroute some Cat 5 and put the floods at the end of the Network with a terminator to see if it will make a difference. Fingers crossed having this controller at the end of the Network will keep the Gremlins from creeping back into the CCRs. Thanks a ton BYRG for the suggestion.
  13. Thanks BYRG. Good idea to bypass my floods as most would not realize they are not playing and they happen to be located at the start of the network where I have been having the problems. I did have to update the firmware on them at Halloween to get them to work with the enhanced network. Will let you know how it works out after tonight.
  14. Temps warmed up and I ran some new Cat 5 avoiding as much power sources or other Cat 5 as possible. Ran my show Sunday night with no change. Weird sequence memory starting showing up about 2 hours into the show. Cycled the power on the affected CCR and this issue went a way for a few songs and than would show back up looking a little different. Sometimes the issue moved up the Network into another CCR. Monday I split my high speed network into two enhanced networks using another high speed adapter. Net A 3 x CCBs, 3 x CCRs ran flawlessly (these ribbons and CCRs have been running great all along, first half of the network). Network B (second half of my original network, problem CCRs) 4 x CCRs, 8x10w RGB floods, 1 x CCB. Same problem occurred in the last CCR on this network about 2 hours into the show. Random flashing that appeared to be consistent with another sequence? I did not touch this CCR and let it play out to avoid this issuing transferring as it is not too noticeable) This particular CCR continued to play 1 hour after the show schedule was completed. I needed to disable the schedule and unload my control panel to get it to quit. I did install terminators at the end of each network to prevent reflection. The more I trouble shoot the more I believe the issue is with software and the communication to the controllers that seems to only be affecting my CCRs further down the line only after the show has played for a couple of hours. All of these devices ran flawlessly last year all on the same network. Its a head scratcher.
  15. Not really sure of the make/model of drone? The video was completed by a friend of mine Dark Sky UAV, Cold Lake AB. He has a Facebook page that you could contact him directly on. Yes he did a great job capturing my display, thanks.