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  1. In the UK, unlicensed transmissions in the FM radio band (87.5 to 108Mhz) have to comply with IR2030/26/2 and the maximum transmitted power allowed is 50nW e.r.p. This is radiated power including any gain from the antenna. For info, 50nW is 0.00000005 Watts, which is way below most of the FM transmitters advertised on the internet. Regards, Alan.
  2. I believe that you will not be able to run your show in S4 without the licence. In the "demo" mode, you can do most things, except control lights. You will wither have to upgrade your licence, or uninstall S4 and reload a version of S3 that you are licensed for. If you don't have the version of S3 you need, they are available for download on LOR's website. Regards, Alan.
  3. "Purple is Light Blue" would suggest that you may have the red and green swapped. Try sending the individual red, green and blue colours and see what you end up with. This is the easiest way to see what has swapped. Regards, Alan.
  4. I agree with Jerrymac - I think that you have got the pixel order wrong in your setup. You need to write a short animated sequence to try displaying just red, just green, just blue, then just white to determine exactly what is happening. Comparing the colour you observe with the colour you have programmed should help you. Regards, Alan.
  5. Do you have your E1.31 controllers set for "multicast" or "unicast"? If you have chosen "multicast" (which is easier to set up) all your E1.31 traffic will be going out over the broadband looking for controllers. Regards, Alan.
  6. Light sets sold in the UK have a "shorting wire" in each lamp except the "fuse lamp". The idea is that when a lamp fails, the shorting wire shorts out that lamp, such that one lamp goes out rather than the entire set. When a lamp is shorted, the voltage normally across it is divided amongst the rest of the set, making the remaining lamps brighter. If too many lamps fail before the user replaces them, the "fuse lamp" will fail, but as this does not have a "shorting wire" in it, the entire set goes out rather than catching fire. These "fuse lamps" normally have at least part of the glass painted white, so that they can be easily recognised and are often found at the start of the string. Regards, Alan.
  7. Hi Tony, I am assuming that you are using the portable tool "yellow" industrial transformers? The secondary windings on these are centre-point earthed, so effectively both the wires in the plugs are lives (or "hots" as our American friends refer to it), each one being 55V to earth with 110V between the two lives. It is highly likely that you are having problems with leakage to earth - you don't need much current to make LEDs glow. The leakage could be either through a connection, or damaged insulation on a cable that is either on the ground, or wrapped round a wire frame. Regards, Alan.
  8. Not something I had though of. It may be that you cannot do brown with LEDs. In terms of RGB values, Brown is roughly 25% red, 0% green and 0% blue. Regards, Alan.
  9. In the UK, 24V ac LED strings are plentiful (designed for use with a transformer for safety when used outside). The LOR controller will run on any ac voltage, and works happily on 24V from a largeish transformer.You have to do a bit of messing about with the right-hand half of the board, as it wants either 120V or 240V for the transformer that powers the electronics. With a bit of thought and modification, the right-hand half can use a 24V supply as well. I have a 240V to 24V transformer supplying three of the standard LOR controllers. Regards, Alan.
  10. Alan C

    Fm transmitter

    LOR sell the Whole House Transmitter because it is one of the few that comply with Part 15 of the FCC Regulations for being licence exempt. Most of the other transmitterss mentioned on this forum do not comply with the law in the USA, and people rely on reducing the output power of these to minimise the chances of being found by the FCC. Regards, Alan.
  11. I don't recall when it appeared, but I don't think it has always been there. Regards, Alan.
  12. This is not the coloured status lamp that appears in the windows "system tray" area. In Sequence Editor, it is a coloured square in the bottom right-hand corner of the window that shows whether Sequence Editor is able to control the lights itself. Regards, Alan.
  13. The link that Don has given you will tell you the highest version of software that your license allows you to use. It is likely that if you are at 2.7, then you will need to renew your licence to get the 3.x versions to work in anything other than Demo mode. All previous versions of the software are available for download on the website, but your license will restrict what you can use. Regards, Alan.
  14. It is likely that your CTB16PCs are either generation 1, or generation 2 designs. As far as I understand it, these may not work properly on a high speed network (set above 115kbaud/s). The CCRs all have generation 3 controllers, and will work at faster speeds. New CTB16s will be generation 3 designs. When powered, the generation 1 or generation 2 CTB16PCs have a red flashing led (without an RS485 connection) and the generation 3s have a green flashing led. You have two choices really, either reduce the network speed to 115kbaud/s (which may introduce delays depending on how busy your CCRs are) or create a second network using a second RS485 adaptor running at the slower speed for the CTB16s. Regards, Alan.
  15. Try turning the pc volume down slightly. It is possible you are "over-driving" the transmitter, which will produce distortion, most notable on the loud / high passages. Regards, Alan.
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