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Everything posted by Surfing4Dough

  1. Start here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_Data_System
  2. See bottom of page here: http://www1.lightorama.com/contact-us/
  3. Yep, probably. We have been asking that for years. The fact that LOR doesn't need a license from the FCC to sell them is the only logical reason. They would be better off not selling any in my opinion (and just direct people to another source for a reputable transmitter). You won't be disappointed with an EDM transmitter (probably all here will agree). http://www.edmdesign.com/orders.html One of these models (depending on your budget) -- all will blow away the WHT. EDM-LCD-CS-EP EDM-TX-LCD-EP EDM-LCD-RDS-EP (same as TX model but has RDS)
  4. Like I said, ENE of Orlando. So, Jose, you now can clearly see that it is not worth your while to come see Orville for help. Plus he lives too far away from Homestead. Rather, I would instead watch all these tutorial videos and I think it will start to make more sense: http://www.lightorama.com/S3TutorialLinks.html I would also go through these "quick start guides" and "training presentations" and "using the software links" and it will help bring you up to speed so you can pull off a small show and bring great delight to your children: http://www.lightorama.com/Documentation.html#Quick_Start_Guides
  5. Isn't that right in the middle, i.e. downtown Orlando?
  6. I mount it on the wall in garage (next to my FM transmitter) so I don't have to go out in the snow to swap the SD card if I need to.
  7. If you drive west far/long enough won't you end up east in the end? I bet he really meant west then.
  8. Still not sure how that has anything to do with Southeast though. Sounds like East-Northeast would be the most accurate then (maybe with a touch of WNW too). Maybe not though since you are closer to the equator than I.
  9. Or yes, you could spend another $285 and buy the G3 DC-MP3 that Orville mention (by the way, whenever the mDM-MP3 is discussed, that is his answer), but you can easily accomplish what you specifically asked about for free (since you already have the mDM-MP3) using various work-arounds, one of which I outlined above.
  10. A fairly easy way to accomplish this, though by using a work-around per se, would be to create a 60 minute sequence of all the lights steady-on, and load this in the show schedule once or twice before your animated sequences. Then repeat your animated sequences as many times as you want (to fill the 2 hr show time, and then add the steady-on sequences again at the end for as long as you want. So for your desired schedule: You would do something like this: Electrical Timer comes on at 4pm 60min steady-on sequence 60min steady-on sequence 2hrs of animated sequences (such as six 5-minute song sequences repeated 4 times each): seq1, seq2, seq3, etc. 60min steady-on sequence 60min steady-on sequence Electrical Timer turns off at 11pm Now if it were me, I would probably do 30 minute steady-on segments, to allow more flexibility (half hour increment ability rather than hourly). Also, if it were me, rather than doing all steady-on for those full 2 hrs, I would do very slow fades amongst various channels every 3-5 minutes. This would still accomplish your desire to not drive the neighbors crazy with blinky lights, but would keep the display "interesting". Also, during the 2hr cycle of animation, during each cycle you can insert different sequences. For example, I have a variety of voiceovers that I play in between songs. I use different ones each cycle. Also you could throw in a different song each cycle if desired. Now I should note that the mini-director should have the newer firmware on it (about 3 yrs old now) that allows for sequences to be longer than the 10 minutes as listed in the manual. http://forums.lightorama.com/index.php?/topic/10103-beta-firmware-released-for-the-mini-show-director/ So you can do a lot of creative things with the mini-director, in my opinion. I don't think you could easily accomplish what you suggested above using the inputs -- those are mainly used for triggers. I think of those more as "switches" rather than allow the ability to provide different power inputs.
  11. You might want to contact the owner of this display (www.highcountrylights.com), since last I heard was that he had several for sale. Based on his track record, they might be quite the steal.
  12. I put my mini-director in the garage, that way it makes it easy to change the SD card on the fly rather than putting it in a weatherproof enclosure out in the elements. I have found over the years that the more people tried to weatherproof their cases (adding seals and such), the more water they let in their controllers. The enclosures were intended to be put out in the elements (hence why the utility companies use similar types of enclosures for their equipment mounted outside of houses). Mount them upright, ideally with the plugs off the ground. Also make sure you tighten the screw on the plastic enclosures (rather than just snapping them shut) since this helps to tighten the seal.
  13. Orville keeps leaving and coming back (though I am not sure that he has ever really left--he just "lurks"). According to his current profile of his most current profile, he can be found on PC (though he was last active here yesterday and posted last week): http://forums.lightorama.com/index.php?/user/7721-orville/
  14. Fixed that for you. http://forums.lightorama.com/index.php?/topic/26907-any-word-yet/#entry254356
  15. Makes you wonder if there may be more truth to that than anything. Maybe they are trying to play catch up to the others and realize that they are nowhere near the competition when it comes to pixel software. So maybe the reason for no announcement is that there isn't much to announce on this front. If you read the updates from "Dan's Desk" there is lots of talk about RGB/pixels, but it is all about hardware. No mention of software. http://www.lor2013.com/whats-coming-in-2013/ Seems they may have missed the mark on this one...
  16. Buy one of these to see the amps used by a single string of the lights you will be using (each brand or type of lights will vary): http://www.homedepot.com/p/Kill-A-Watt-Electricity-Monitor-P4400/202196386#.UZ2JwMp17fA And then look at the data sheet for the particular controller you are using to determine its capacity: http://www.lightorama.com/Documentation.html Once you have each of these, the math is quite simple. (If you aren't sure how to do this, you need to learn some of these basics or else this is going to be a very dangerous hobby for you. Start here if so.) Google search reveals: http://www.lorwiki.com/faq/44-general-qaa/100-how-many-lights-can-i-run-per-channelboard Also, quick search of the forum would reveal: http://forums.lightorama.com/index.php?/topic/2112-lights-per-channel/ http://forums.lightorama.com/index.php?/topic/22803-how-many-100mini-lights-strings-of-033-amps-to-a-channel/ http://forums.lightorama.com/index.php?/topic/1160-how-many-lights-per-channel/
  17. I don't think anybody here is asking for Dan to do anything other than what he said he was going to do over 2 months ago (quoted below). From what I have read in this thread, I don't see how it is felt that anybody is "being kinda mean" or has "beat em up on the forum." Dan indicated he was going to make an announcement soon, specifically on the pixel aspect of the company. I think you just have loyal customers that are wanting to give LOR an opportunity to keep their business, but at the same time they recognize that by a certain time of year that the show must go on with or without LOR. Without even the slightest hint about what is in the pipeline, people just assume that LOR is going to continue to lose ground compared to what is already out there for the pixel aspect of the hobby. Most involved in this hobby definitely understand that most decorators definitely what to keep up with (or ahead of) the Joneses, so once they realize that LOR S3 isn't going to cut it for heavy pixel sequencing, they will quickly move on to another software that is already out there that is prepared to handle pixels better (and it is unlikely they will return). LOR would be wise to make an attempt to retain these users, even if it is just with some vague updates on what their plans are. I would be willing to bet that a good portion of those >10% that are using pixels now are some of the most helpful and/or bright people in this hobby, and I would think that LOR/Dan would want to keep their expertise present here on the LOR forums. Hey, but what do I know...I just play with Christmas lights.
  18. I am assuming that if by this time of year (mid-May) that they don't even have a "good handle on what will and will not be released this year" that the final product isn't going to be released any time soon, and therefore probably well past the time needed for most people that are doing any significant amount of new pixel sequencing. Let me explain based off what Dan said above: Dan hasn't announced anything yet and I assume that they are able to predict whether a product will be completed at least within the next 4-6 months. Therefore that puts us at least past September to November for a significant product release, which is probably past when most people would be willing or able to make major show additions or revamps for this year's show. Now if Dan had said "I will let you know once I have an exact date of release" that would be a different story since that is difficult to predict very far out, but all that was said that he would announce something once he knows if and what will even be released this year. (Hence see post #6 above).
  19. As of several years ago, I know the mini-director didn't support loops. Around that time, I remember that Dan indicated that it was on the list of upgrades that may someday be made, but I don't recall ever seeing that it was.
  20. No, the lights shut off when the director is powered down. The lights pause for about 1 second, and then goes dark. Again, I leave my controllers powered 24/7.
  21. I agree to find one used, but if not, online or radioshack would work. The 9V part is the critical part of the specification. It just has to exceed 50mA (which most do). Something like this should work: http://www.ebay.com/itm/DC-LED-Desk-Lamp-Router-Switching-Router-Power-Adapter-Supply-9V-1A-5-5-2-1MM-/281084166392?pt=US_Surveillance_Cables_Adapters_Connectors&hash=item4171ec00f8 Like I said, you probably have one laying around. You will end up cutting the plug off the end of the wire, so the size of that doesn't matter.
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