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roknjohn

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    Marion, SC
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  1. Wow, that iDMX1000 is $250. I'm not sure what I was looking for on the J1sysy site. The DMX KiNG is another dongle, correct? So I would use both my LOR dongle and the DMX King at the same time? If so, that would mean another cable run up to my control room upstairs (PC location). I guess I was hoping for something easier and cheaper. I bought 4 of these DMX lights (110v) and was thinking that they would just wire into my LOR cat5 somewhere. I'm guessing the 4 DMX devices would be daisy chained with XLR cables, then attached to some kind of bridge device that is hooked into my LOR cat5 chain. Just to recap, I'd like my existing LOR controllers and sequences to remain unchanged. Just want to add these 4 new DMX devices to appear as new channels in my LOR Sequence Editor.
  2. Can't remember where I bought something. They are branded "At Home". I'm in SC. Ring a bell?
  3. Having a LOR Christmas display in a small town has the side effect of making everyone in town think you are some kind of decorating genius (or wacko). The nearby bed and breakfast has asked my help in stringing up some clear C7/C9s for an upcoming wedding (Italian style). Their property has some really nice live oaks that would serve well for this purpose. I was hoping to be able to do most of the work with a pole and ladder (instead of getting a lift) - which brings me to the question. What is the best was to fashion a hook that can be attached with a pole to a tree branch 10-20 feet off the ground? The strands are 24' long and I think that I want to make 48' runs (perhaps with one point in the middle or so).
  4. Ok, what are these and where do I send my money?
  5. I want to know if I can control this "disco" light with my LOR setup (v3 + 240ch)? The light has XLR jacks (DMX IN, DMX OUT) and literature says DMX512 controllable. What would be involved hardware-wise? Also, how would this light "look" in the sequence editor? http://www.ebay.com/itm/20W-DMX512-Magic-Ball-DJ-Disco-Light-Lamp-RGB-VOX-PARTY-KTV-LED-Stage-Lighting-/400761484459
  6. Completely old school.. 4th year with 80,000+ icans, no LEDs, 240 LOR channels.
  7. roknjohn

    NC DISPLAYS

    we need an interactive map that LORers can mark their locations
  8. A lot of folks on here (including myself) use bulk lamp cord (SPT-1 or SPT-2) for making custom extension cords. The ends (male/female) slide on easily without tools and are referred to as "vampire" plugs. You can find them at one of many Christmas supply stores. Expect to pay around $0.40 each. Msg me and I'll tell you where I buy from.
  9. @max - The Federal panel is the main panel in my home - nothing I can do about that The sub panel is a Siemens. SC is a right to work state, btw. But both are state licensed. My power bill was $50 lower last year than the year before when I didn't have a display. (2012 is my second year). Down south, we use heat pumps, so climate has a far bigger impact on the electricity bill than Christmas lights.
  10. Max Paul - It cost me less than $100 . My brother's are electrical contractors and did the install for free one night. I picked up the panel complete with main breaker and 20 breakers for about $100 at local supply house. I found 20 used boxes, receptacles and stainless steel covers in a pile of stuff they had salvaged from moving some equipment at a plant. The one thing that really saved me was the 100 amp breaker for my main panel. Federal breakers are expensive but a friend of ours donated a used one. LEDs would make it MUCH easier, I agree. But, I am just not that rich. I'd like to convert some of my display over to LED, but unless my brother's start selling them, it's gonna be a while. (Hard to beat $1 per 100ct strings after Christmas.)
  11. The 100ct minis that I use come in two flavors, 40w and 28w per string. So that's 24 or 34 strings per channel with no more than 45 or 64 strings per bank (ch1-8 or ch9-16). If you have a large display, it also helpful to balance your load between phases. I have a 100amp sub panel for my show, which gives me 200 amps of 110V power if the load is properly balanced.
  12. WOW, not really the responses that I expected. I guess I'll just chalk this one up PTSD after everyone getting their show up. Otherwise, I guess this is not really the community that I thought it was. I'm sorry if everyone took my suggestions as some sort of criticism. User feedback is crucial in software evolution. Take it or leave it.
  13. I'm sorry, I was talking about pasting many channels from one sequence to another, where the operation is going to be repeated many times. I choose the blank grid on both files. Then, the copy/pasting goes a lot easier. Certainly, if I'm only going to perform one or two operations, select row (or Alt+ESR) is what I use.
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