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    Glendora, California (Los Angeles area)
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    I run a regional Public Safety 2-way radio system.

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    You mean besides lighting? Ham radio, Geocaching, flying, target shooting.
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  1. k6ccc

    Peace Family Light Stakes

    Same concept with 4 wire pixels except the clock wire would take a similar path as the data wire. Because it was just a quickie drawing, I just used Paint with A LOT of Copy and Paste. Took less than 10 minutes.
  2. k6ccc

    Peace Family Light Stakes

    Something like this should work. Obviously you can make each string whatever length that you want. Because the power and ground does not have to travel down and back up each hanging piece, the resistance is far less of an issue. Make sense?
  3. k6ccc

    Am I stupid or what?

    Well, I did another stupid oops. This past weekend, I tore my show down. To understand my oops, you have to understand my network topology. The drawing below is a little dated, but close enough for this description. You also have to understand that all the controllers on the Regular and AuxA network shown below are used year round for my landscape lighting. For Christmas, I add one more CTB16 for my singing faces to my AuxA network (the green line in the drawing). To add it in, I unplugged the output connector from the CTB16 in the East Attic, and plugged in a cable that went to the CTB16 for the faces, and a second cable plugged into the output connector on the faces CTB16 and connected to the cable going to the DC Column with a double female adapter. That worked just fine all season. On Sunday I removed the singing faces and their controller, and used another double female adapter in order to make the circuit complete. Today, I pushed all the extra cables back through the conduit stub into the east Attic. In order to get the cables through the conduit, I had to remove the double female adapter. I remembered that I would then have to go back up into the attic to make the AuxA network normal. I even commented to my son that was helping that I needed to do that. Well, you guessed it, after putting everything away, I forgot all about the network. Evening landscape lighting comes on. About an hour later I remembered. That meant that for that hour, only the front porch light (fed from controller 11 in the East Attic), a security light (fed from controller 15 in the garage), and the lights on the rose bushes (fed via E1.31) were on. The whole rest of the yard was dark.
  4. k6ccc

    The Saddest Day in January

    Finally got everything taken down today. I was going to do it on 13th after my sister from Colorado saw the show, and the weather was good. Darn it, got sick. OK, with the holiday, this was a three day weekend, so should have no trouble. Fell and broke a rib last Wednesday so had to be REAL careful and get help for anything heavy. But with the exception of a couple things that will need a little repair / planned modification, everything is put away. I've already created new Previews for the 2019 version and I expect to start sequencing in a couple weeks. I need to do a tiny wiring cleanup on one of the singing faces, and a wiring change on the pixel tree, then add two more strings to it. The only thing that will take some real work is a rebuild of the roof peak lights. That's gonna be a complete rebuild. For new construction, adding six Holiday Coro candy canes and a spiral mega-tree - both of which were originally planned for 2018. I have all the material for both of those.... Last item is to build the enclosures for the P5 and P10 matrix panels.
  5. k6ccc

    How do you store your pixel tree ?

    Watched the video - I'm envious of your storage space...
  6. k6ccc

    P10 bridge mode

    Eric, I assume 4W x 2H currently. If so, add the third row to the matrix. I think having the artist and song title is really nice to have. Without the third row, you may find it hard to make it all fit. For one song, I had to use two rows of text for the song title ("All I want for Christmas, is you"). The two matrix panels were sequenced as Motion Effects in S5 rather than SuperStar simply because the two panels are 18,432 and 36,872 channels and I have a 12,000 channel SuperStar license.
  7. k6ccc

    P10 bridge mode

    Ed, I ran my 3w x 2h P5 matrix and my 4w x 3h P10 matrix in bridge mode just fine for the 2018 season just fine. They were sequenced essentially only as my Tune To signs and I loved the way they worked and looked. For each sequence, the matrix essentially cycled of about 30 seconds showing the artist, song title and radio info as seen in the first photo (taken during testing in my family room). Then 15 seconds showing a more detailed radio info for the brain dead that can't figure it out as seen in the second photo. Then back to the Artist, Title, & Tune for 30 seconds. That was followed by about 15 seconds of MIIP information. Those four were repeated for a second time, and if there was time, then I would add a segment with my website. The times varied a little for the songs because in some of them it made sense to change the text at a certain place in the song. I did not want the Tune To sign to be a distraction, so I used the same format and colors for all songs. For each matrix, I was running a Pi 3B running FPP 2.4 driving a ColorLight card. Yes, the ColorLight was overkill for such small matrixes, but I wanted to try them out early in 2018 while testing and I found that they looked better than the Pi directly driving the matrix with a Matrix PiHat. Pretty sure I was using FPP 1.10 at that early testing stage. My light show was running LOR 5.2.2. For 2018, I ran 108 E1.31 universes for the P5 and P10 and 27 universes for other stuff. I ran My E1.31 LAN is a separate VLAN on my home network and the show computer has a Ethernet port on that network, so for the show, the network path to the P10 was: Show computer -> 100 BaseT Ethernet -> Managed switch in garage -> Gigabit Ethernet Virtual LAN -> Managed switch in Family Room -> Gigabit Ethernet Virtual LAN -> Managed switch in attic -> 100 BaseT Ethernet -> Dumb switch in Pixel tree -> 100 BaseT Ethernet -> Raspberry Pi 3B. The P5 was a little shorter as it was connected to the managed switch in the Family room. Unfortunately that also meant that the matrix was in my family room instead of outside. That was because I ran out of time to build the waterproof enclosures for the two panels. The P10 got hung well under the eves of the house. That put it a good 40 feet or so farther away from the people at the best viewing location, but it was readable at that distance. Having the P10 at the intended location would have been better.
  8. k6ccc

    12 volt vs 5 volt

    Short answer for nodes (as opposed to ribbons) - The the biggest advantage of 12 volts is you can make longer runs of pixels without power injection. The biggest advantage of 5 volts is less overall power consumption. Longer answer - The general rule of thumb is that with 5 volt pixels you can use about 50 pixels without needing power injection, and with 12 volt pixels you can use about 100 pixels without power injection. That does vary somewhat depending on the pixels. As for power consumption, each pixel at full white draws about 60mA (for either 5 volts or 12 volts). Because wattage is volts times amps, the total power consumption with 12 volt pixels is about 2.5 times higher. That means the number of power supplies will be higher for any given prop. For example, prior to 2018, my 12 x 50 pixel tree plus 360 pixel star ran on a single 5 volt 70 amp (350 watt) power supply. In 2018 I rebuilt the tree to make it 24 x 100 pixels and moved to 12 volts. Of course wth four times as many pixels in the tree, I expected to need more power supplies. However when I measured the consumption for one string, I realized I would need more than I expected. I determined that I would need six 350 watt supplies for the tree plus one more for the star (it’s still 5 volts). Ultimately I set the pixels to run at only 50% and was able to get away with only three 12 volt supplies for the tree - at least for 2018. Now this discussion has been about pixels. Ribbons are generally different. For a ribbons vs pixels comparison, ribbons will give a look far closer to a continuous line of light, whereas nodes will look more like individual points of light. Depends on what you are looking for. Ribbons also change the 5 volt vs 12 volt question, but I’m just about to my train stop, so need to end this for now...
  9. k6ccc

    Help Re-positioning Mega Tree

    With the addition of the overhead view, I agree with caniac. You do have the "advantage" that all your viewers have a fairly similar viewing angle which i9n this case helps.
  10. k6ccc

    Replacing STD LED with RGB's

    If you are aiming to stay with LOR, I would recommend Cosmic Color Bulbs. Looks more like a traditional light and gives you RGB. Personally I am not overly fond of the near continuous light of a ribbon. I am using GE Color Effects bulbs (no longer sold as far as I know) which are similar to the CCBs and in my opinion, look great. http://store.lightorama.com/12vgrrgbbu50.html Your drawing is showing lights on all sides. Generally mot much point in putting lights on the back side (unless you want the show to be visible from the back yard). Look from the audience perspective to see where lights can be excluded.
  11. Glad that worked. Yea, it makes editing later on more time involved.
  12. First thing is that you can make the time chunk in Sequencer longer than the effect you expect to make in SuperStar. That will make sure you include it all. Second, you can edit the effect later in SuperStar by double clicking on the effect in Sequencer and it will open the effect again in SuperStar. To get the tail, try stretching the time in Sequencer and then double click it to bring up SuperStar again. Make some incredibly small change and exit SuperStar to save it into Sequencer. You may not even need to do the SuperStar part.
  13. k6ccc

    Help Re-positioning Mega Tree

    I completely agree that the tree needs to move. The lights of the tree and house blend WAY too much. Assuming the that the photo shows all the available real estate, most likely your best bet is to move it off to the right. There is not enough space between the left end of the house and the edge of the photo. Again, based on the photo, I would dump the string or strings on the tree at the far right and put the mega tree over there. You have to dump or move the small things (animals?) between the house and large tree.
  14. k6ccc

    My 2018 Display

    Here was my song list for 2018. some are fairly slow and some are very fast paced. I don't get enough of a crowd that I need to encourage people to leave (at least yet). Because I use MIIP, they could be played in any order depending on what people request. Song title Artist Wizards In Winter Trans-Siberian Orchestra Christmas Cannon Trans-Siberian Orchestra You're a Mean one Mr. Grinch Burl Ives Jingle Bells Barry Manilow with Expose' Hark! The Harold Angles Sing Lake Ave. Church Organ & Orchestra God Bless the USA The American Patriots Deck the Halls Mannheim Steamroller Carol of the Bells (Christmas Eve / Sarajeva 12/24) Trans-Siberian Orchestra Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer Gene Autry All I Want for Christmas is You Mariah Carey Feliz Navidad Jose Feliciano The Hanukkah Song Elliot Dvorin Soldier's Silent Night Father Ted Berndt In addition to this, there were several "announcement" sequences that ran at about these time intervals: Welcome / Opening - 64 seconds long, every 49 minutes Be nice to our neighbors - 46 seconds long, every 51 minutes MIIP instructions - 43 seconds longs, every 25 minutes Online / website - 30 seconds, every 52 minutes Merry Christmas - 11 seconds, every 20 minutes Happy New Year - 15 seconds, every 20 minutes (starting 12/26)