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Lee_N_the_NorthWest

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Just wanted to start up a topic and get the ball rolling for all the NW CLAP people. I was able to get my display up and running on Friday made a few fixes on Sat. I only added 7 RGB Pixels strips/strings and found that to be a lot of work learning the the Superstar and Visualizer. Once I figured it out somewhat it went a little smoother.

How is everyone else doing so far?

Anyone need some help with anything?

Hope to get a list of sites for all of us to tour.

Cheers,

Lee

18018 Ambleside Ct. in Arlington

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My display was up and running on Friday.

The Saturday show had all the lights synced to the right channels.

I am always amazed at long it takes to fix a small problem that was overlooked, like not assigning a channel right.

Rex

Corner of NE 66th Street and 148th Ave NE Redmond.

Just south of Grasslawn park

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My display was up and running on Friday.

The Saturday show had all the lights synced to the right channels.

I am always amazed at long it takes to fix a small problem that was overlooked, like not assigning a channel right.

Rex

Corner of NE 66th Street and 148th Ave NE Redmond.

Just south of Grasslawn park

I spent half of my Saturday doing just that. I had just one song that did not want to cooperate with me

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I wish I could say I was up and running but I'm not yet. Dec 1 is the planned day for me if the weather cooperates on Wednesday when I'm taking the day off to get all the controllers hooked up. I hope I don't move for a while as a new house is a big project.

28020 230 ave se maple valley wa

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Fired mine up on the 21st for a party at the house. Spent 1/2 of today fixing small issues. I will tinker with it for the next 2 weeks and try to add some new songs.

Mike in Arizona

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I'm up! Was running on Thanksgiving Day thanks to some local teenagers helping to re-wrap 9 trees with super strings. Now it's back to college and hitting the books for finals week coming up.

I will tinker with it for the next 2 weeks and try to add some new songs.

Mike in Arizona

That is what I WILL do AFTER classes are done. Infact, I'll tinker till the day I take it all down haha.

South Western Pennsylvania.

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