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    From my dear friends and mentors, Bill & Nancy Foley.
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  1. Awesome, looking forward to it Chris.
  2. Just 2 more weeks to go. Still looking for RSVPs or unfortunately if you have to cancel. We have a few more sponsors to announce: San Devices Crockett Family of Lights
  3. Unfortunately CLAP is cancelled for 2017….. April Fools! Just a quick update. We are 4 weeks away from CLAP. We are still looking for RSVPs to assist with head count for lunch. If you have already RSVP’d we have you down, if not, please let us know. Here is an updated agenda and vendor list: Friday afternoon 2-5pm Set up or just hang out and talk more lights Friday April 28th - 5pm - ?? Pizza Meet and Greet for those in the area Farrell’s Pizza - 4870 Yelm Hwy SE, Lacey, WA 98503 Saturday April 29th - 7am – 8am Networking, coffee, snacks Saturday April 29th - 8am CLAP Starts. Typically we go till 5 or 6pm. Nancy Foley - 4842 Thompson Lane SE, Olympia, WA 98513 Agenda (not necessarily in this order) 1. Coro and Plastic for your Display – Don McGillivray 2. Video your Display – Mike Ziemkowski 3. 3D Printing and the Decorator – Lowell Fuher 4. Photon Stick Wireless Pixel Receiver – Steve Garrett 5. Xlights and AC Controllers – Kevin Thomas 6. Newbies, New Things, New Challenges – Open Group Discussion 7. Top 10 Pixel Hardware List – Mark Zembruski Sponsors. We have some new ones, and we have some who have supported us over the years. Please, please, support them, and never forget to thank them for their CLAP support: · Falcon Christmas · Creative Displays Inc · Demented Elf · Rainy Oregon Christmas · Boscoyo · Christmas-LEDs · Winklebottom's · McLendons · Holiday Technologies · Christmas Expo · Really Big Lights 3G Lighting
  4. NW CLAPPERS: Some of you may or may not be aware that on Oct 6th 2016, we lost one of our own, Rex Gaus. Besides Jim Winder, Rex was the member who usually drove up on a motorcycle, many times with his daughter or his wife Vanesa in tow. Rex and Vanesa were in attendance last year. There is a GoFundMe set up for his family, as his wife is disabled and not able to work. They are having a Memorial for Rex on Sat April 1st from 5-9pm. That would have been his and Vanesa’s 25th wedding anniversary. The family wanted to keep it light, and it will be held at Angelo’s Restaurant in Bellevue, WA. 1830 – 130th Ave NE Wirekat and I are planning on attending. If you want to join us, a friend of Rex is taking RSVP’s - ------------------------------------- The agenda for CLAP 2017 is still being worked out, and we should have an update in a week or so. However, one of our members is working on a group buy. This info is time sensitive and volume dependent. Jerry, (Jerry72, Bowhunter3125), has the opportunity to get the Really Big Lights for $24 bucks a box (5 bulbs) delivered. He can arrange to bring them to CLAP at the end of April, or can make other arrangements to get them to you should you not be able to attend CLAP. These are really cool to convert to RGB. I had 32 of them in my Road Tree this year and they were a huge hit with the visitors. I have more to make, and plan 48 in that tree next year (so I already have mine in hand) Jerry has put a drop dead date of April 2nd to get the order in so they will be here in time for CLAP. There is also a minimum of 36 boxes that needs to be ordered to make this happen. If you are interested or want more details, get with Jerry directly – The agenda has yet to be finalized, however, we are still looking to get an idea for head count. If you have NOT already RSVP’d, please do so. We are working with Nancy on this, as we may move the venue this year. This has not been determined yet. Last year we grew about as big as we can go in Bill’s shop. Nancy was concerned that if we grow any more…... But fear not, if we do change venue’s it will be just as scenic, it is not far from Nancy’s (if you have already made hotel arrangements), and it still has a connection to Bill. More as we get into April. If you have not already signed up for our PacNW CLAP Facebook group go join: This is a closed group to those whom have attended a CLAP meeting. More info to come.
  5. No. We have has small workshops at my house, and Charles Enos has a swap meet in late July. Since the inception of this gathering 12-13 years ago, it has been in Lacey WA at Bill and Nancy Foley's house. Bill has a great story, mentored me and others in our area, and sadly passed away in 2012. His wife, Nancy still wants us to meet at her place, as her brother does a bid display in Spokane. Lots of history there. Plus it is just a phenomenal place to hold a gathering.
  6. There are a fair amount of hotels in the area. Motel 6, Best Western. Google search Olympia and DuPont.
  7. The Season is barely a memory at this point, but we wanted to get notice out as early as possible. This event is open to all who are interested and is still one of the last free "mini's" out there. C.L.A.P. this year will once again be held the last Saturday in April. April 29th. Put this in your calendars. Our usual first Sat of May did not work for our gracious host, Nancy. We know it is still 3+ months away, but if you know you want to attend, let us know. We understand if plans change down the road, we are just trying to get a rough idea of how many we may have. If there is a subject you to tackle and would like to teach, let us know. It’s great that we have been getting different individuals the past few years who want to present. If there is a subject you want to know about, so we can attempt to put into the agenda, let us know. One subject we have bantered about is the use of a 3D printer. Several of our members now have them, and have been using the heck out of them at Set Up time. More updates and announcements to follow.
  8. You want to scare them, not impose permanent harm..........
  9. So something in my material talks about a trip line. I provide a link to a product that is for a trip line 12guage blank set up. You trip it, the shotgun blast goes off, you have a mess to clean up in the yard, and the perpetrator in their pants.
  10. I find the Xenon "U" tubes are the best. I have not heard much of the xenon "I" tubes. I don' worry about sag. I have my strobe stringer attached to my hookhead, let them dangle down and then secure the stringer to the base ring where the plug hangs off for the connection. Dangling inside they are still seen, even with my RGB Tree, that uses the Boscoyo straps for the pixels.
  11. Are you asking end the show, or end the night. I have 2 shows I loop all night. An "A" show and a "B" show. At the end of each show loop, I have an annoucement that tell guests the show is winding down and we have a Kodak moment coming up. I have a one minute song that turns on most of the lights to create the picture moment. I then have a 2 minutes closing announcement saying the show has ended and gives info. At the end of the night. I have no lights on, but had Kevin Dunn, The Demented Elf record an announcement that the show is done for the evening, thanking them for coming and welcoming them back another night.
  12. Sorry to hear that. It is every decorators nightmare and concern. At Christmas Expo the past 2 years I have presented about this topic. On my Website How-To page is a copy of that material. It has a lot of info. However the sad fact is that if someone wants to cause damage, they don't care what you have. Camera's etc... The thing that give folks pause is light. In talking to other decorators, law enforcement, etc... having lights on is perhaps the best detractor. It also accentuates any other things you may have like camera signs etc.... The video just proves something happened. Unless you have facial recognition, which most home systems are not equipped to handle, the video is almost useless identifying someone. Depending on how much damage was done, it could be a felony charge if they get caught. I know we are supposed to be all good and righteous, but turning the other cheek in these situations is a double edged sword.
  13. Well to be precise, LEDs are not 5V critters. If you look up the voltage required to drive Red/Green it is between 1,8-2.2V. Blue is 3.2-3.8V. 5V vs 12V "which is better" is not really the question. The application determines which voltage gets used. Matricies it makes sense to do 5V as power injection can be easier. Long single runs, 12V may be the better way.
  14. DMX Value 0 = Off or no value in the LOR channel. DMX value 1 - 255 = On
  15. Don, Auto assign is not the "correct" way to put it. In a DMX Universe, the 512 channels is a free assignment map. It does not care where fixtures are assigned. You assign the base address which is the 1st channel of your device. That maps into the Universe. You have to know that the device has 7 channels and be sure that you assign the next fixture appropriately. ex: Your fixture has 7 channels Start or Base Address is assigned (physically on the device) as 22 - Your fixture is going to listen to all the commands coming on 22-23-24-25-26-27-28. If you have another device, you could assign its base address to 29. Most folks keep it simple, and start with channel 1, but the example is meant to show you that you can assign things wherever you want. In LOR, you need to program any channel that has relevance to the effect. If that effect involves only 2 of the channels, so be it. The others just sit there doing nothing and are assigned to DMX 0. If you dont want anything to happen, all channels stay at DMX 0. You only set the intensity (DMX Value) when you want something to happen. If there is a blackout channel (maybe it is "shutter"?) That will always be on until you need to do something (if I read your question right) Default gave you the setup in a previous response. If you go to my website How-To page, I have some DMX material I developed over the years, those could help to fill in any blanks.