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      1/18/2018 - LOR has resumed operations after the fire   01/17/2018

      As of 1/18 we have resumed operations.  On 1/16 a fire occurred in the same building that houses the main LOR offices and manufacturing.    More information can be found in 'Important Announcements'.    


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  1. Fire at LOR

    Wow such a mixed bag of emotion on this one. Glad to hear all personnel are fine, and it seems most of the operations. The next few days will be anxious for the entire company. I wish them well.
  2. Clappers, The date has been set for our annual gathering. Saturday April 21st. NOTE! The location will be different. With mixed emotions, we have outgrown Nancy's Lake House and Bill's shop. Sadly there are a lot of memories there, but we are still keeping it in the family, as Eric Foley will be hosting us. This is a phenomenal venue, still in the same general area, closer to Puget Sound, the property has a pond, Car Barn with the Foley's Fire Engine and car collection, and a replica Fire house where the meeting will be held. No more cold, tight quarter shop. Address: 2825 Fishtrap Loop NEOlympia, WA 98506 This is a free event to attend, for anyone to attend, the only investment is your time. We are soliciting ideas on subject matter. If you have something you want to know more about, let us know. The Friday afternoon and evening, Set Up party and Pizza Fest will be held on the 20th. Given the adjustment in meeting location, we are contemplating a different Pizza Fest venue. Mark your calendars now, more details will follow.
  3. iDMX 1000 Help

    Thanks for the clarity Mike!
  4. iDMX 1000 Help

    Good point, I don't know know for certain how that affects things. May be a good question to ask the Support Team or hopefully someone chimes in. I have always had the max license from LOR... In the HU are you setting the Controller Type to one of the iDMX1000 and the Channel Mode to Extended Circuits? In the HU is the iDMX found, and do you have your Max Unit ID set far enough out that A1 is found?
  5. iDMX 1000 Help

    RDVC what license do you have? You need to have at least an "Advanced" license of the software.... to output DMX.
  6. Christmas Expo 2018

    I live in Seattle, I would love it to come to the west coast. Knowing what little I know, I have a bit of insight here, but no control. I have also been to all the Expo's since 2007 with the exceptions of 2009's and last years. The managers do care for the community, and attempt to create a balance. Here is my dos centavos. Christmas Expo is successful for a couple reasons. First and foremost is the format and relationship with the vendors. Without the vendor support, Expo is perhaps just a so-so conference. Most of the vendors have to drive to get to this event, to bring their products to sell. If you take it much beyond Denver, you lose the vendors, and you create an event for the coast mainly. You then polarize the other coast. If it was held on the west, the east complains. If it was held in Seattle, those in LA would complain, Orlando, New York... You get the picture. It needs access to larger hubs that are central to most of the US. Attendees need to get there fairly easily. It relies on knowledgeable volunteers to present, who have to travel to the show in some manner. It has to have access to facilities that are economical. Labor Unions increase costs, facilities costs etc... Christmas Expo managers to want to keep Expo as reasonable as possible for the young, old, newbie and tenured attendee. The managers took the admission from having to pay for 3 full days, to providing individual day passes. Then folks were stating that the curriculum was not published soon enough to make decisions on which day to attend. Besides participating in Expo at a few levels, I am also one of the organizers for CLAP in the PacNW. Anyone who has been involved in planning something at a local, or national level, realizes quickly the logistics of putting on an event, is never easy,. What is easy is to sit back and arm chair things. You're never going to make everyone happy. So you go with your sweet spot and hope for the best. The best part of Expo, is the "experience". You get to rub elbows with the vendors, talk to them, develop a relationship. You meet F2F those you communicate with in the forums, meet the Rock Stars of our community. You get the evening and late night lobby sessions where you never know what will take place. One year we had a conduit bending session in the lobby. Granted the hotel and Expo managers were a bit nervous, but all turned out well. Ask any past participant and they will tell you the atmosphere and experience is almost indescribable. I highly recommend it.
  7. Christmas Expo 2018

    If you are interested, book your rooms now at the Hapmton Inn, the original block of rooms was snatched up, and the owners had to go secure another block. The apres dinner impromtu lobby discussions are awesome...
  8. They announced the location of Expo next year. Mesquite, TX (Dallas) check it out: http://www.christmasexpo.com/
  9. iDMX 1000 Help

    First thing you need to do is re-ID the DMX1000. Do not have it end in "0" (zero) So rename it from E0 to 1-9, E1, A1 but nothing with a "0" that keeps the DMX1000 in what was legacy mode. So it would only support 256 of what is 512 DMX channels in a DMX Universe. Might not be critical, but you should know this. The Hardware Utility will see it, if there is nothing wrong with the DMX1000. You have to go into the "Console" which is next to the "Help" and "Exit" button at the top right of the UI. Once in the console you set it up to speak to the DMX1000. If you do a search, you need to ensure you have your Max Unit ID set way out there beyond what you listed as E0. Next the DMX1000 can be anywhere in your LOR network. You dont need it at the end. Also, an LOR controller with no modifications (except it has to have one of the newer firmware updates) will react to LOR commands, or DMX. It does not need to be connected in any way to the DMX1000. All this said, it is sort of assumed you have some fundamental understanding of DMX. DMX is just like LOR, you just have to understand it first. On my website in my signature, I have a How-To page that has some basic DMX presenations I have done over the years at various mini meetings, or Christmas Expo. Explain what you are trying to accomplish.
  10. 2017 PacNW CLAP Meeting

    You timing is great. There is a gathering and swap meet today in Port Orchard today if you can make it. It will go till this afternoon. There is decorators that will be there, and goodies to buy. Charles Enos 3045 SE Royalwood Pl. Port Orchard Wa. 98367 These are our 2 events per year in the area.
  11. 2017 PacNW CLAP Meeting

    Awesome, looking forward to it Chris.
  12. 2017 PacNW CLAP Meeting

    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
  13. 2017 PacNW CLAP Meeting

    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
  14. 2017 PacNW CLAP Meeting

    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 - erikstr@twodads.com ------------------------------------- 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 – bowhunter3125@gmail.com 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: https://www.facebook.com/groups/242224906166484/ This is a closed group to those whom have attended a CLAP meeting. More info to come.
  15. 2017 PacNW CLAP Meeting

    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.