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Hi All!

I'm here occasionally. Finally going from static to animated for the first time this year, so I have been spending most of my time on DIYC and at the workbench soldering and testing.

Rob

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Working on getting rest of the Halloween stuff out to decorate at school this weekend. Got to work Fri and Sat midnights so got to try some Friday night and Sunday afternoon after a nap. Mostly cutouts. Finally decided to do only one school this year. Hated to drop the other one but the worry and costs were getting too much. Plus, we are going to try doing our yard this year.

Kathy wants to do a Halloween including a hayride on a haunted trail for kids from the school at the house but I am hoping to nip that idea.

Bought some large wireframes back in March from the Monroe County gov, that used to be in displayed in front of the courthouse. Most need new lights but hadn't got them done yet. Can't figure out where to use them but Kathy said she find some place for them.

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I'm still here... Sequencing is done, welding is done, voice overs are done (Demented Elf). That's about all that's done. We start hanging the lights Oct 28 weekend this year. The 45' lift is scheduled for Nov 4th weekend. Many more days of work to get all the little details taken care of. Meeting with the Board of Directors of Family Haven (our charity) next week. Homeowners Association meeting Nov 3, Why yes fellow neighbors we will be plugging up the streets with thousands of cars again this year :)

That pretty much covers it. Merry Christmas everyone!!

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I"m here too, but nothing is done, nothing is welded, and certainly nothing (new) is sequenced. Was hoping to do a few coro projects through the year, but never got the chance. I do have a few things I'm getting ready for though.

BTW, does anyone have any 5MM 60ct Green concave LED's that were sold at Garden Ridge the past few years? I need 4 - 6 strings.

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Checking in from Newnan GA! Unfortunately the Yarbrough Light Spectacular will not run in 2011. The show will be back in 2012 bigger and better. This year was just too crazy to sequence, setup or build anything. I will though be taking the time to see as many local displays as I can. If your door bell rings it maybe me saying Hi!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone and Merry Christmas!

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Checking in from Newnan GA! Unfortunately the Yarbrough Light Spectacular will not run in 2011. The show will be back in 2012 bigger and better. This year was just too crazy to sequence, setup or build anything. I will though be taking the time to see as many local displays as I can. If your door bell rings it maybe me saying Hi!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone and Merry Christmas!

Be sure you call first, I might be in my PJs otherwise! <G>

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Long time and no posts, thanks, Facebook. Checking in on this rainy night in Georgia. The show was up and running Thanksgiving night, about a week and a half ahead our normal lights up. Finishing up a couple of new songs and that'll be a wrap for this season.

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We are still working on our display. Most of it is done, just gotta hook it all up to the power supply (the neighbor's, bwaaahaaa haa)

All kidding aside, it is looking good. We were lucky enough to have our neighbor come over and help us for two days.

We added the dripping LED icicle lights and they are very pretty. Much nicer looking than in the Gemmy video. And they can be controlled easily with LOR. Out Mega Fan fell down today, the ground was so soft the tie downs came out of the ground. But we got it fixed and it looks good! We put it behind the Nativity Scene. Only 1 more mini tree to finish! (ouch my aching fingers!).

And in another week, I will have my living room back to normal. Today I heard a SUV drive by and i cold hear two kids squeeling with delight, "Look, the lights are on." That made us feel so much better....all the tiredness left us for a few minutes after that.

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Clearly I am waaaaaaaaaaay behind in responding... LoL. Been buried in programming (all NEW songs) and builds. Did a LOR DIY board for the first time... WoW (fun). My wife finally "joined in" this year... many helpful design suggestions... the yard looks MUCH better now (not so cluttered). Since our tradition is to invite our friends for an "opening show" on the 1st Sunday in Dec, we're on the brink of starting it up. Have most everything set up... just need to do all the cord-work (256 channels is just SOOOOOO fun!)...

Funny that cars are coming by now seeing the stuff up and ask why it isn't running yet... I have asked several to come join me in finishing... no takers yet though!

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I'm finally up and running. Got slowed down by trying to learn how to use RGB lights and LSP. Finally went back to Vixen and converted last years sequences to use the new lights. Built a Monkman JUMP Megapole. That works great. Still have a few static elements to put out and some things to fix like some mini tree lights and one channel stuck on 24/7. I spend most of time on diylightanimation.com as most of my controllers come from there.

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Can we all...say about Wednesday....start blowing towards the West to keep all the rain away! Have you seen the forecast? OMG! I have been lucky so far with only one controller tripping once on me, but we really haven't had much rain. Come on! We don't need no stinking rain right now ;-)

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Hi Robert,

The wife and I came by and watched your entire show tonight. You have a really great display. The cross was such a nice touch. Wonderful work there!

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Hi Robert,

The wife and I came by and watched your entire show tonight. You have a really great display. The cross was such a nice touch. Wonderful work there!

Well thanks so much! Where are you located at???

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Well thanks so much! Where are you located at???

We are not far at all from you - McDonough Rd/Tara Blvd - Hampton. I just caught onto this hobby this year. My wife is on board with it so I bought our first two LOR PC series kits when they went on sale a few months ago. I got them assembled, installed dedicated electrical, built 10 mini trees and put out about 8,000 lights. I only had time to put together a 4 minute animation without music and get it running on a schedule. I'm not really calling it my first year, more like a test run leading up to next year. All in all I'm happy with what I was able to achieve in the limited time I had available. It is really nice to see what is possible - thanks for sharing!

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Oh man...that is not far at all for sure! I will have to tell my wife about this. She teaches at Mt Carmel Elementary over in Hampton (I teach at JC Booth MS in Peachtree City...band). She sometimes comes home close to area. Often she would tell me about new displays in the area.

If there are any sequences you would like, let me know. Be happy to share :-)

Robert

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