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Mel S.

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Well it has been a week or so since I have heard from any of you. So how is it going? I have had a few problems. Rain kept blowing breaker on two different night and knock off a couple of my controllers. Then last Friday 12-9-11 my MP3 player quit working. Of course I didn't know this until the show didn't start. So I am out in the dark with a flashlight and computer trying to solve the problem I finally give up, so no show on a Friday night. But I have everything up and running . Steve, I hope you got all of your problem solved,. I came by and it look great, of course you know if something not right but all of us on lookers don't. I have only been by three other displays this Christmas , I am hoping to get by everyones this weekend. Merry Christmas to all, and keep blinking those lights, Melvin

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We've been running strong since Thanksgiving. Only issue so far was a dang rabbit chewed through a Cat5 that was carrying 24vdc to an RGB flood. Killed a Mosfet on that controller but that was a five minute fix. Traffic's been heavy, too heavy for not even Christmas week yet.

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I was only down for one night a couple of Saturdays ago. Show locked up and killed a few controllers. I was able to get to K.C. and have them fixed. For a couple of days I was about 80% up. I running ok now, but i held back one controller and piggybacked my green spiral trees off my 16 green minitrees. Still have a few odd problems, but no one would know except me and my son. Since the box problem my show drops programming in a song or two. Programmings there, but somehow it doesn't play. You get to this point and if it's running pretty good you let the show fly and start thinking about next year. So we're running only 256 channels (ha ha) and that's all I can manage this year.

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I have to say we are doing pretty good so far although we are running the show minus one controller. The good thing is we were able to plug things into other channels and everything looks pretty good. I'll mess with the bad one later. All of the shows we have seen this year are looking great.

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Hey I forgot to mention I came by Dave's and Mel's show. Everything looked great. Hope to make it by Eric's show this weekend.

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I am off Tuesday and am hoping to be able to get down to the Wichita area to see the displays. I'm running strong and honestly nothing to report in the way of traffic which is fine with me. First year here and so will just enjoy it as I have it.

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Hey all!

I made it to see many of the Wichita displays last weekend! I'm a fan of the spiral trees! I had just thought that I hadn't seen any around Wichita yet, then you guys had!

Merry Christmas!

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Matt, we built a 10 footer for our meeting in Sept. Our test tree worked great. We attempted to put up our first tree towards the end of Nov. and due to my sorry engineering it almost sunk the project. We finally used cables with clamps and rope (rope used for our test trees) supports with a 10 ft piece of electrical conduit to support 16 strings of green minis. We finally had two trees up and piggybacked together, but the controller I used had problems from the get go. We then piggybacked both spiral trees off my 16 green minitrees. It's not the programming I wanted to use, but it worked and that's the way it's running this year.

Merry Christmas to all!

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Wish I would have been able to make it to that meeting!

So are the cables being used to hold the conduit straight, then the ropes support the strings of lights as the spiral downward? I wasn't sure if the spirally light strings would need to be attached to the rope supports to hold them in the spiral shape. So far, all my trees have been designed to be quick to setup and teardown (not a fan of being out in the cold), and I wasn't sure a spiral tree would be a quick setup item.

Sorry to hear about your controller issues, but very glad you were able to get a show working. The night I drove by you were the hit of the town!

Merry Christmas!

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Matt, we originally used climbing rope to support the lights. After a week or so we noticed the rope stretched and the lights started to sag. I used cable for my first tree I setup in November. Tried to shortcut the process and didn't use cable clamps at both ends of each cable. Complete failure. So I used 8 11 ft. cables, looped and clamped at both ends. Just for giggles I used 8 11 ft. rope supports for a little extra help with sagging problem. So 10 ft. 3/4 inch electrical conduit sitting in a larger piece of conduit driven in the ground. Block of wood screwed to the top via a base plate. A bolt through the block sticking up 8 inches or so to loop your rope and cable to. A dozen 2 1/2 inch screws around to top of the block. Staked out my rope and cable about 32 inches from the pole. Then you spiral a hundred count set of lights nice and evenly around the tree. I made about three complete turns. Hooked the light string on one of the screws at the top. If you make your spiral evenly you have just a few inches left at the top of you tree. I tuck it behind the block at the top. I used 16 strings of lights and ended up piggybacking them off my 16 minitrees. When the run the tree spirals.

ps. programming looks best if two strings with a little fade roll up the tree.

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