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3 steps forward, 12 steps backward. LOL Seems everytime I think I've completed a sequence, I go and get something else to add in, then had to buy another controller, so now I've got to revamp every Halloween an Christmas sequence to fit where each controller will be located in the yard to use the least amount of extension cords. Whooo boy, lots of work, but well worth it when the display comes to life!

Wish I could find about a million singe end extension cords, one male, one female end for about $5.00 for the entire lot! WITHOUT having to keep making all of them myself, now that's tedious work, especially for me!

And I'm out of wire and almost time! And still need more than I planned.....

When does it end???

Oh never mind, it doesn't! :eek:

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It's getting closer !!!! Real close for those of you doing the Halloween displays.

How's the progress ?

Well my halloween is almost all up.This will be my 1st year going LOR but saving it for christmas as a surprise gift to my neighborhood.As far as sequences I don't have anything complete but starting this week to finish.

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Hi Fellow Oregonians!

Hey Gang I am a total noob.. been decorating for years, was getting bigger each year, but this year I am in the position to do it big. I am going computer controlled with 2 16 channel units as my first year.

I have the controller kits on order, supposed to be here tomorrow. I have a photo of the front of the house, inserted into LOR, and have been playing with sequencing. Put together a project time line and task list.

It is a bit late to get going, but I have a pretty good idea of what I want and have it all on paper. I have a good friend who is an electronics guru (and farmer ingenuity) and I own a computer repair shop, so between the two of us, I am pretty sure we can pull it off this year.

I just wanted to say hi and introduce myself. I use a wheelchair so all the high work will be done by my buddy, but I will still be doing most of the other work.

I am super excited to get started and really appreciate all the help these and the other popular forums have provided. With so much help, it has made it a lot easier to get started than I thought.

Just a side snicker, I was ONLY going to have 16 channels to start, then when I did my layout on paper, I almost cried. Then I did the RIGHT thing and ordered another controller to have at least 32 channels for my rookie year.

I am located in Lebanon, I hope to talk with some of you folks.

Paul

www.paultrain.blogspot.com

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Welcome Paul!

Dave, What is up with the pillars?!

Same show for me this year with a few more songs if I get the urge. Considered taking the year off, but I just can't let myself come to that conclusion. 2011 will be totally re-done! Halloween is up and running as long as this weekend's storm doesn't blow it all away.

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:Hey Chris

Those are my two end turrets and the first part of this years display, I'm turning the house into a Christmas Castle this year! I should have the balance of the roof stuff up by the weekend, weather permitting of course. Looks like we have a lot of rain headed our way. Glad to hear your going to setup this year, its hard not to do some thing, this stuff just gets in your blood. Talk to you soon. :)

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How's it going? I'm at 85% complete and should have no problem going live on the Friday after Thanksgiving. The wind storms in the Portland area have been fun. Those spiral trees are more of a wind vane than a decoration. During a power up test, I found that a few mini trees were reversed.

Does anybody work outside at night on the dry evenings? It's fun because you can live test portions of your display, but you also can't see what you are tripping over !

Hope everybody is doing well.

-Darin

in Forest Grove

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Darin I just finished up with the display I'll do final testing to night or tomorrow all should be good I hope. this is the first year I'm a week ahead schedule. Merry Christmas.

Yeah, I'm a little ahead of schedule, but I hate to brag about it. I got a wireless laptop to remote control the main show computer so I can sit out in the car and make adjustments this year. No more running to the window after clicking the mouse :)

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Well thats a pretty cool deal. Is that a laptop it self or a devise to connect to the laptop.

Nothing special; I was just using a wireless laptop to connect to the house router which in turn is connected to the LOR show computer upstairs. It's the remote desktop program that comes with Microsoft XP, Vista, 7 running over the network (Local area ethernet type, not the LOR RS485 network) You basically see the same desktop as the computer you are connecting to. It worked better than I thought. Last night I had was troubleshooting a GFI trip issue. I was walking around with the laptop while turning individual channels on/off until I found the culprit. It was easy because I was right next to the Christmas power station on the side of the house where I could hear the "pop" of the GFI tripping. When I used the hardware utility (actually running on the upstairs computer, but viewing it on my laptop); I ran through all the controllers while turning every channel on for each controller. It's a great way to make sure everything is working correctly. Most people just have their show computer near a window where they can see the display, but my LOR computer is on the opposite side of the house and upstairs.

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Well it's that time again. Just started up my show at 6:00 tonight and all is going well. Here's hoping everyone has a great Christmas and that your displays bring lot of joy to those who come to watch them.

Merry Christmas,

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Well it's that time again. Just started up my show at 6:00 tonight and all is going well. Here's hoping everyone has a great Christmas and that your displays bring lot of joy to those who come to watch them.

Merry Christmas,

Paul,

Great work once again. I drove buy your display on the way home the other night. It looks like the Blue C9 LEDs were new?

I usually tune in the radio on my way to work to catch daytime Zara radio stuff. It seems to work pretty good.

-Darin

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Paul glad things are going well. I started mine tonight too. So far so good! Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Dave,

Too bad you're so far away! We'd like to come down and check out your display. Good Job on keeping Southern Oregon Lit UP !!!

-darin

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Paul,

Great work once again. I drove buy your display on the way home the other night. It looks like the Blue C9 LEDs were new?

I usually tune in the radio on my way to work to catch daytime Zara radio stuff. It seems to work pretty good.

-Darin

Darin,Thanks, Caroline and I were out out your place last night and I have to say your looks great. Looking at it as we were driving up it looks massive. I love the strobes. Hope the traffic is picking up I know there was another car with us when we were there. Here's hoping for a good season.Merry Christmas,Paul

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