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  1. After fifteen years or so, I find it necessary to get out of this hobby for health reasons. I have a large selection of LOR AC, DC, and various other controllers/components that are looking for new homes. I am not trying to sell them, but they are being offered free with only one catch, you must pick them up as I will not ship. If you know of anyone that might be interested in trying out this hobby, this might be a chance for them to get into it for minimal cost. All of the AC controllers are first generation boards in boxes with pigtails attached. Probably have about 20 AC controllers, several DC controllers, pixel controllers, 12x50 pixel tree, 24x50 and 6x50 pixel matrices, etc. I am not offering these to someone wanting to resell them, but to hobbyists who want to expand or get into the hobby. I am located in Casa Grande, AZ, midway between Phoenix and Tucson. If interested, please message me above or email at circus4u at msn.com
  2. 90% of Americans live check to check. Only takes one glitch to set most people back, or even totally derail some. We live with a constant stream of advertising, and media, telling us that our lives are less than good if we don't fill our homes with stuff. At the end of the day, we are all responsible for our own actions. However, I hesitate to judge those fallen on financial hard times. I fully understand that it could be me, very easily, if life's pieces were to fall the wrong way. I have seen injury, and illness, put people out of work through no doing of their own. People tell me that I make a decent living because I work hard, have good work ethics, and am good at what I do. Truth is, those 3 things only add up to half of the reason. The other half is pure luck....which could turn at any time.
  3. The “gofundme” part destroys it for me. “Gimme” is a national problem. Puking. Go pay your own way.
  4. How many reasons do you need? Returned defective product to be replaced (per previous conversation), got it back REPAIRED, returned differently than sent, one item STILL defective, expressed my displeasure using the best NAVY language I could muster. They did not approve of my assessment of his product, customer service skills, nor his parentage. In other words for being me.
  5. Hey everybody wake up 282 days till lights on ! No time to waste sleeping.although I just woke up I'm retired .
  6. You hear rumblings because you have blinky lights in May? Personally I think you are getting a late start. 😀
  7. If I'm understanding your question correctly you could try it a couple ways- 1- Left click and hold on the prop and drag it up or down to reorder the view. or 2- create a new View Grid with just the certain props you are trying to view together.
  8. It's worth the trip. I saw Deb's neighborhood twice in 2017. Did not make it up for 2018, but really want to make my northern tour this year. That will get several in the Sacramento area, the several on the way up and back (including Deb's neighborhood)..
  9. I have been re-visiting S5 for the first time since the beta period last year and must say that the experience is enormously improved. I have successfully upgraded all of my 50 odd sequences and find them playing back on actual lights normally in the sequencer and the show player and by the way, using MIIP. I have also found that the S5 show player seems to handle raw S4 sequence files so even if the upgrade didn’t go well, the original S4 files will play fine, which keeps some options open. Once the RGB breakout editing is restored, I think the sequencer will behave very much as it does in S4, but significantly faster in both loading and responsiveness during sequencing. If you are upgrading from an S4 Visualizer file, it is important that the Vis and the S4 sequence config match exactly. All of my tracks and groups came over intact although a few channel names needed editing. I do have a few comments\suggestions as to the layout of some of the menu items, specifically the right click context menu from the sequencing grid. In S5, the timing commands have been placed in a sub menu, Timing Mark, which means an extra mouse click every time you need a timing command. I use (and maybe I am in the minority) Insert Timing, Multiple Timing, Resize Timing, Copy Timing and Delete Timing very frequently, all of which now require an extra mouse click. It would be helpful if they could move back into the first level menu. One other thing, Resize Timing used to accept, for example, .05 as an entry, now it requires 0.05, which for me adds a lot of keystrokes. Overall my comfort level with S5 is improving rapidly and I am looking forward to the next release. Thanks to all on the development team for your hard work.
  10. k6ccc

    I missed it

    There were several threads here on the forum that started within minutes of the E-Mail being received. Facebook not needed (or wanted).
  11. My show is getting pretty big as I add new stuff every year. Unlike some others on here, cough,,,cough,,,dibblejr,,,cough,,,cough,,, I don't want to have eight networks. I like the fact that I can run my show on two, one RS485 and one E1.31.
  12. JR and James I would like to thank you for all of the sequences that you share with me (and everyone else) Your kindness is just above and beyond what anyone should except of you. Without your help and kindness I would not be able to have a show like I do. Especially the big Boy Scout show in the middle of April. For the other people reading this, these two GENTLEMEN put in so many hours making these sequences then SHARE them, not sell them to you and me just out of the kindness of their hearts. Once I get some video of the show I will post the links to it Thank You, Again YIS Marc Gerner Gernergang@gmail.com
  13. 4 WEEKS !!!! 4 weeks (from yesterday) is the Central Oklahoma Mini. If you are interested in attending, please PM me and I'll add you to the invite list. We are getting a head count for charis/tables and food. So please contact me if interested. Thank you, Tom
  14. As opposed to us I guess....
  15. Take heed people, see how easy and quick that was when members fill out their profile properly? Thank you DavyPenn.
  16. Every time I order something I ask for the lowest shipping cost and state I prefer USPS when that is possible. For these, you should be able to get them USPS. But you must tell them when checking out. I also send an e-mail to the LOR folks and also ask they send the item USPS as well. You must request USPS shipping in the additional comments or instructions when checking out to have an item sent by USPS instead of the only carriers listed in the options box for selecting a shipper. {You still have to select a shipper from the drop down {e.g. UPS, FedEx}, but if USPS has been requested in the comment/instructions area at checkout and that option is viable and item{s] able to ship USPS, you will get in by USPS.} If you didn't ask when you placed the order, CALL LOR and tell ask them if they can change the shipping to USPS instead. If you paid via paypal, eventually you'll get a refund back to the CC, ATM DBC or Bank Account, depending on how you paid, it could take up to 2 weeks before you see a refund, if the order has not been shipped or processed {sometimes you may get lucky and the difference will be refunded immediately}, but if the order has already shipped, then you'll get whatever the rate is for the weight of the package from the carrier you selected as the shipper at checkout, and the difference in the shipping charge may be different than what may be posted on the LOR Checkout for shipping charges. For smaller items like this, it usually drops quite a bit from the posted amount you are shown. There has been times that the shipping charge was far less than that $15.00{or more, depending on item{s} ordered} that shows up at checkout, but still more than what USPS shipping fees are. If the order had been processed and shipped before I could contact LOR, then I just bit the bullet and paid the shipping fee for the way it was sent. .
  17. Just mail me the license fee.
  18. The 12th Annual Virginia Mini will be held on Saturday, May 11th. The location will be at the Frantronics computer store located at 3618 George Washington Memorial Highway in Hayes (Gloucester county), Virginia. If you need further directions or information, please feel free to contact Frank Farmer at (804) 642-5233, email Frank at Frank@franktronics.net or you can leave a message here. We will have a meet and greet at 11, lunch at noon and then start the Mini at 1pm. The mini’s are an excellent opportunity to meet with other Christmas lighting enthusiast to share ideas, design plans, implementation, sequencing or just to meet others with the same goals in Christmas lighting displays. This mini is open to any and all Christmas lighting enthusiasts. Both ones doing it for the first time and those who have done it for years. Whether you have a large display or a small one. All are welcome. Anyone who would be willing to talk for a few minutes on a display element they have made, design tips, sequencing or anything else you would like to share with the group, please let me know. I would like to have competed agenda within a couple of weeks. Frank will have a couple of his own display elements up and running. Please let us know by phone, email, or this topic that you can attend and how many, so that I can have enough drinks and supplies here. We will provide drinks (water, coffee, iced tea and sodas). If everyone can bring along something for lunch/snacks, to share with the group, that would be great. There is no charge to attend the Mini, just bring some food to share. I look forward to seeing everyone. We will have computers and projectors available for use. Please like us on Face Book. Virginia Holiday Decorators Group Frank Farmer & Andy Anderson
  19. Many years ago I was renting a house that was on a bit of a hill. The next door house was about 5 feet higher. At the north edge of my yard was a hill up to the neighbors yard. The property line was at the top of the hill. There were PVC sprinkler pipes at the top of the hill that because of erosion, had an exposed corner. The neighbor's gardener kept hitting it with the mower. After a few times of fixing it, I was getting annoyed so I replaced the PVC with galvanized steel pipe. I happened to be home next time the gardener was mowing. Sure enough, he hit the pipe. This time it was followed by loud screams as he had to spend 10 minutes replacing the blade before he could finish the lawn. He never hit it again!
  20. Mike you should tell everyone how you solved the problem it helps everyone to know .
  21. Well before actual setup begins, you need to sort out how much power you need, where to get it and how you are going to get it to your controllers.Similarly. where are your data runs exiting the house, and where do they need to go. I put my controllers close to their props, (even more important with pixels) to minimise the length of the multiple output cables, but it does mean longer primary power feeds. Buy a lot of three way AC taps, you'll need them.
  22. I still see them. His work must of thought it was a virus....
  23. I usually start setting up mid September and I set up the bulk of Halloween and Christmas and only turn on the Halloween stuff first. Starting November 1st I tear down the things associated with Halloween, webs, monsters and ghosts and set up the last things which are only associated with Christmas, mega trees and things. This worked out good last year as we had rain the entire month of November except for maybe five days. If I had to tear down Halloween and setup my entire Christmas show in November i would have been screwed because of all the bad weather.
  24. 💡 Remember to Whitelist "Light-O-Rama" <broadcast@lightorama.com> in the not Junk settings of you e-mail client / mail user account.
  25. Decisions, decisions and decisions. If there is a chance that you may want a larger tree later get the pixie16 16x50. If unsure you can always add another pixie8 later on down the road and replace the 25 ribbons. Or use the pixie 8 and short strings for arches or something and get a pixie16 and new ribbons for a tree. Also circles would be a great addition if you go with option 2. JR
  26. So it has been brought up that LOR may be looking into producing some E1.31 boards. Post in this thread what capabilities that you would like to see in those boards to create the ultimate board. 1) 6 amp fuses on the ports 2) Dual ethernet ports capable of daisy chaining 3) Simple webpage config, no buttons inside Network Config like the Pixcon. 4) Multiple protocol support, in other words you don't need to use the same protocol for the entire board.
  27. Adding them to my wish list 96 each, $9,600 did I just say that? 😪
  28. I love having multiple networks to keep the RGB props going. I wish 8 was enough though. JR
  29. I really wish LOR would come out with some E1.31 boards only, it would bring them some more business. Lighters like myself use mainly E1.31 so I take about 90% of my business elsewhere just because LOR doesn't carry enough options.
  30. Start thinking RGB (either smart or dumb) as it makes the number of colors FAR easier to deal with...
  31. That large of a sheet of coroplast is going to be a huge wind load. A quick Google search found several windload calculators. I would start by determining what the windload will be based on the highest wind speed that can be expected. The wind load goes up at a squared function so it goes up very fast as the wind speed increases. As for structure, for my 48x48 inch Holiday Coro singing faces, I used 3/4 inch aluminum U channel. The Coro was attached to it with screws and 1.25 inch fender washers. I used the aluminum mainly for the weight savings. I can’t tell you how well it will hold up in wind because the faces did not get mounted on the roof as planned because I was running really late. That meant that the two faces just leaned up against the front of the house. Next year will get them onto the roof.
  32. I am adding a mega tree (pixel) for 2019 displays. Does anyone have any sequences they could share? I would like to see how it is all done. Darude, Sandstorm type songs would be preferred. I truly appreciate it. michael@hillcountrygardener.com (please do not contact me with links to paid sites. I already know about them)
  33. YES YES YES!!! My day will be complete!
  34. He was just in the forum activity list, hovering over the new guys avatar. No trickery.
  35. 👍 There are bad folk that take advantages of typos of commonly visited sites to purvey p0ron and other nasties. Bookmark sights you visit frequently. STAY SAFER, Typos on our part do happen.. SOME OF THE BAD SITES LOOK VERY CLOSE TO THE REAL ONE, EXCEPT THEY JUST GOT YOUR LOGON AND PASSWORD. That is why some banks have gone to a 2 step logon.
  36. Earle, your shows will be missed, I for one looked forward to the videos every year. Your skills are second to none!
  37. After talking to you and Joel i know they went to a good home and will make things in NC a little brighter come Christmas time. It was a nice visit and I really enjoyed every minute of it. Thank You Earle
  38. LOR Version: 5.2.2 Spelling error, Viiew as opposed to View https://www.dropbox.com/s/su3xm2aofw1qssn/2019 02 Spelling.png?dl=0
  39. I'm just scouring the web for pre-sales. New year so wife gives a new allotment for show spending. I have a lot of cash burning a hole in my pocket.
  40. folks are still in a post decorating coma. I have already started sequencing and building a few new controllers.
  41. The link at the end was the useful part. No where in the product description does it state either way on the fan running all the time, but several of the reviews stated that it does run all the time and is quite noisy.
  42. That tree is the 25 node tree , 25 up and back down or over. Brian built the SS vis and it allows the sequence to play right. On a matrix as we all have said “it can be done” however painstaking to sequence and multiply that by many of receiving shared matrix sequences Just like circles - it’s 50 per string however they are split in half in the vis with the vis sending the signal to the required pixels as sequenced. It can be done in SE but takes forever JR
  43. No, you are doing it backwards. As Mr P said. Open existing sequence. Add new CCR channels at the BOTTOM. Save new config. Copy and paste from new CCR sequencing into the modified sequence. Save as a new file for safety. Open next sequence and import the new config, then copy and paste the new CCR content again. Rinse and repeat.
  44. I go thru a lot of ties. Mounting my LED strobes took over 2000! There was one for each bulb plus some extras on each of the 40 strands https://vimeo.com/280309439 I will be sticking with the old fashioned ties.
  45. If you need info on what version of any song I used please PM me.
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