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ok first of all im a newbee to this game !!!

i would like to run the 64 channel setup....my question is ....that kit they offer from LOR, does it really contain everything that i need to get rolling (besides lights) or are there some hidden items that i dont realize ??

thanks in advance for your help.....hope to be posting a vid in 07

thanks again

HD

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HD,

I assume you are talking about the 64 channel package.( http://store.lightorama.com/64chpa.html ). The package is complete from a controller-hardware standoint. But you will also need to have:


  • More extension cords than you have ever seen before.
  • A computer to program the sequences and to run the show.
  • Lots of free time.
  • Lights, Lights and more lights.
  • Probably need to upgrade your power system to run all the lights.
  • Ripped songs (i.e. MP3's) if you are going to do a musical show.
  • Lots of time to peruse PlanetChristmas.com to get ideas.
  • FM modulator or broadcast device to allow listening to your music over the air.
  • Speaker and amplifier if you are going to let people walking down the street hear the show.
  • And probably a bunch of other stuff I am forgetting about. Like... a couple thousand zip ties.

Light-O-Rama is great stuff. Prepare to be addicted to it!

Good Luck!

Jim.

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does LOR sell a FM modulator ?...i didnt see one on thier web site....if not will any FM modulator work....

so far i thought of everything except the zip ties !!!......yea ill bet this is addicting...its kinda like that ole saying "go big or go home "



thanks again

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HD,

As far as I know, LOR doesn't sell a FM modulator.

Most people are using a Belkin Tunecast or one of the Ramsey FM kits. The Belkin's can be modified for better power output that will get you broadcasting farther down the block (do a google search and you should find the mod info). I am using an unmodified iRock FM modulator that gives me about a 200 foot reception range.

Jim.

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JimC wrote:

HD,

I assume you are talking about the 64 channel package.( http://store.lightorama.com/64chpa.html ). The package is complete from a controller-hardware standoint. But you will also need to have:


  • More extension cords than you have ever seen before.
  • A computer to program the sequences and to run the show.
  • Lots of free time.
  • Lights, Lights and more lights.
  • Probably need to upgrade your power system to run all the lights.
  • Ripped songs (i.e. MP3's) if you are going to do a musical show.
  • Lots of time to peruse PlanetChristmas.com to get ideas.
  • FM modulator or broadcast device to allow listening to your music over the air.
  • Speaker and amplifier if you are going to let people walking down the street hear the show.
  • And probably a bunch of other stuff I am forgetting about. Like... a couple thousand zip ties.

Light-O-Rama is great stuff. Prepare to be addicted to it!

Good Luck!

Jim.
Nicely Said, Amen

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hd2002flht wrote:

that will work...where did you get that (iRock FM modulator) ??

i emailed the LOR company and they recommened this one ? has anyone tried this item ??

http://www.hobbytron.com/Synthesized-FM-Stereo-Transmitter.html



thanks again for your help...

I got my iRock FM Modulator probably 4 years ago from Amazon or somewhere similar. As with most modulators it has poor range when you are using it inside of a car. So I was surprised to find out it works pretty good out in the open (i.e. garage). I just hung it vertically to help with the antenna polarization and ran it off of 12V. I experimented with a couple of locations to get the best range. It only has a couple of frequencies to choose from, but I got lucky with one being clear. This is the unit I have (note: it is an older model. The new models from myirock.com are different):

http://www.the-gadgeteer.com/review/irock_wireless_music_adapter_review

The Belkin mods that people are doing basically just add an external antenna (wire) to increase the transmit efficiency. The Belkin's also allow you to choose any frequency you want which will give you more flexibility.

The Ramsey kit in your link is what a lot of people are using. It has the most power and you don't have to mod it to work good. It is the FM25B. You can buy it as a kit or buy it assembled (check ebay I think).

Here's some other links that may help:

http://planetchristmas.mywowbb.com/search.php?s=&q=fm25b
http://planetchristmas.mywowbb.com/search.php?s=&q=belkin
http://www.jiggybyte.com/tunecast.php

Jim.
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After reading a lot of posts on FM transmitters, I purchased the Ramsey FM25B from Big Ed on eBay http://stores.ebay.com/Big-Eds-Radio-Tx. It has worked perfectly and has the range necessary for my situation. I did add an external dipole antenna purchased from Radio Shack and have it in the eves of my home. I thought about buying the kit directly from Ramsey, but the price difference in getting one assembled and tested vs. the kit, as well as the time needed to assemble it, didn't make sense for me.

Enjoy your new "hobby." And it is addictive, since this is my first year too.

Tim

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timdks wrote:

After reading a lot of posts on FM transmitters, I purchased the Ramsey FM25B from Big Ed on eBay

Throw in another vote for Big Ed. Purchased mine a year ago now. It's into season 2 with no issues to speak of.
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Bought mine from Big Ed too. Watch his ebay auctions because you can get a good deal already built, tested and ready to go. I did and it works great.

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sounds great.....thanks to all of you on that info....

im gonna hit as many stores that i can the day AFTER christmas and load my cart full on them clearance items (lights ) and what ever else my pocket book can afford.....i went last year and did the same thing and was able to get several sets of lights for 70 % off...

my wife is all excited about the setup and is wanting to buy all kinds of yard stuff to run......have any of you ever have problems with vandels or people stealing stuff.....some of them items that shes picking are VERY expensive and bottom line is........i would have to modify someones lifestyle if i ever caught them touching any of this stuff.....



thanks once again

HD

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