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Dave Pursel

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    Lake Victoria, Laingsburg, Mi
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  1. Being a Michigander I thought, everyone doing Light Shows was from Snowy Michigan. What an eye opening observation...... : )
  2. continous piece or packages of? I have Enchanted Forest brand 2 Red, 2 Blue, 1 Green at 18' 4 red at 16' All new - never used - in original packages. $5. each - I paid $8.
  3. creativedisplays.com sent an email stating their 40% off sale prices are in effect. I've been real happy with their leds. Paul sold the business and is now under new ownership.
  4. Well I agree with all of you. It is a big let down when you tear down. Friday, Saturday, Sunday. I took down the mega tree just before dark tonight. Thats it except for the most dangerous part. Taking down the light towers off of the Oak and Walnut trees which require a 32' fully extended ladder standing on the next to the last ring. I will rent a bucket some day. Or better, design a rail system I can hoist them up the 6 trees. And then to make matters worst I just opened a snail mail letter we received today addressed to "The Christmas Light Guy" at our home address, Thanking us for sharing our hard work with the world. Does make the heart feed good but the tear down still hurts!
  5. Just a heads up on X-10/Insteon. I've read that X-10 is no longer supported in S5. And not to start an argument but offer a differing opinion. I beg to differ on reliability. Even though not perfect, my "home automation" / X-10 / Christmas lighting that I've been running for 40 years is very reliable. The right equipment makes a huge difference. I can pull up to my boat docks in the dark after sending a pulse from 100' out. I can send fireworks up at the stroke of midnight exactly at 12:00pm. We can hit the button on the built in remote in the car and walk into a lighted garage and house. The fish are happy since their fed by X-10. Etc. etc. The lack of close neighbors preventing interference is a big factor. But I will admit, the introduction of LED technology has been a pain in the A&^sss. Noise can be an issue. Likewise unfiltered UPS's kill (amplitude) an X-10 system. But I've been able to eliminate the problems inherent in the zero crossing technology. And the companies that have were making advanced X-10 products, at a reasonable price, are sorely missed. But this is my opinion, not that anybody asked for it.
  6. I've been trying to locate the version of music being used for the Greatest Show sequence while at the same time assuming that many are using the same version. I've been looking on Amazon but what I'm seeing doesn't match some of the videos I've seen posted. Can someone post a link to the version being used? tx. Finally found it! https://www.amazon.com/Greatest-Showman-Original-Picture-Soundtrack/dp/B076Q58K3T?tag=warnermusicuk-21&ie=UTF8&linkCode=as2&ascsubtag=91d21c3e691a6dbb9442c1e03d973b88
  7. I too am sad to hear your closing down your display. You've been a great help to many of us. If you're still trying to get rid of your fm transmitter PM me with the model number.
  8. I owe you an Apology Jaynee. I tried to provide some input on your issue and as a result of a offline discussion with Orville discovered that your issue was with the "mini" director. Although part of what I wrote still applies, the part referencing the fact that you wouldn't need to use a timer is not correct. Since your "mini" doesn't have a realtime clock than you do in fact have to use a method of turning the mini on/off. Also that issue I made reference to three years ago, were with the older version of the "Showtime Director". I haven't seen that problem with the new G3 Showtime Director.
  9. Oops. Missed the fact that you said it was the antenna port that was broke. That's definitely a problem. Sorry I read between the lines.
  10. I wouldn't be surprised if you couldn't get OTA reception with just a $10 dipole antenna. But of course I don't know where you live relative to tv broadcast stations. Last nights episodes (12/03/18) were pretty awesome. Especially the guy from Ohio who had the 4 million lights. Best light show I've ever seen. I told my wife we're going to drive down there when I figure it out where it's at. Of course I'm assuming it's not to far away. We're in Michigan about 90 minutes from the Ohio border.
  11. Justin. Do you have a power adapter plugged into this unit or are you getting your power from the Cat5 cable running to the controller? You dont' have this plugged into any type of ethernet switch right?
  12. AND one more thing to consider if it's not too late. I have a gazillion wall warts (power adapter/transformers). They have different size connectors and the polarity ( plus or minus on the center pin). You need to verify the correct polarity also. As Orville stated DC is the key since some wall warts are AC output. Orville gave the correct specs. And 1amp is the same as 1000 milliamps if you didn't know. Sorry just want to make sure you use one that doesn't fry your mini director. And by the way I've been using the same technique for 8 years now. All 20+ of my controllers, fm transmitter, and director are powered up from October till January. You wouldn't need to use a timer at all this way. (assuming your using the show builder to create your sd cards with start / stop times). As Speedster said the 1st controller will power your mini director. What I discovered and was never able to fix was an issue with the mini director starting the show up in the middle of the morning (2:00am - 4:00am) outside of the start / stop times. This problem went away when I used the 12vdc power adapter.
  13. Thanks for the link Don. I did a lot of reading of postings trying to find subject matter but failed. And tx for the input Jim. I now have a method to the madness to fix the issue short term. I hate seeing 1 strand of blue intermixed with green or red or white, or two strands of lightly lit green when they should be off..... : (
  14. Not that I'll ever enter with my peasly 300 channels or so but my wife just told me that ABC Christmas Light Fight just started tonight. I believe I DVR'd it I hope.
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