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Oklahoma OKC Mini (Meet and Greet)

So we are way overdue for a mini in the OKC and surrounding area (including all surrounding areas).

What is a Mini? Well…

Mini - a small economy car produced by the English… No, No, No. Not that Mini.

Mini - Something that is distinctively smaller than a larger group of its type or class.... Yes, that’s the one.

I started hosting minis back in 2006 and hosted for several years when another light enthusiast kept it going for a few years more. Then it went quiet the past couple years.

Well it’s time to play once again. J

There has been a big change in technology for Christmas light displays in the past few years and so we need to provide a get-together to share and trade ideas/projects and meet new folks.

And there has been a lot of new members that have joined since then.

It's a great time to meet new folks, reunite with veterans and share new stuff and ideas or show off a little. It's also a great time to maybe swap or sell stuff.

In the past, the spring time has been the best before vacations kick in for the summer.

I will offer to host the mini but if someone else wants to step up, by all means please do so.

If interested, please provide your preference in the Poll and chime in on what weekend (Saturday) in April works best for you. I will narrow down to what the majority requests.

A post will be made on Light-O-Rama for this event as well.

There will be an official invite and details to come soon.

PM me or post here.

So are you interested???

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27 minutes ago, slankard said:

I hate to sound stupid, though it's never stopped me before, but what if I have a static display?  Would I be totally lost?

That doesn't sound stupid. I think if you can make it, you will learn some new things that can even be used in a static display if that's the route you want to keep.

Honestly, when it comes to a Christmas display, folks owning animated displays can still learn from static display owners. Reason being there is more than one way to skin a cat (which we won't be doing BTW :) ) when it comes to decorating.

17 minutes ago, Big J Illinois said:

I to ,have sounded stupid slankard, and it never has stopped me before lolol:) Where is the meet at?

It will be held at my house on SW 95th and Rockwell Ave (just a couple miles SW of the OKC WRWA airport).

Details will be posted soon once we get a date determined.

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Thank you, and please keep me informed.  I've seen these posted over the years, but have never attended one.  It sounds like I would be surrounded by people who share my affliction.  The time won't matter, so whatever works for you all.  As we get closer, just let me know what I can bring or do to help.  Thanks!

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I was wondering if I brought a defective rope light to the conference, if someone could show me how to do the splicing.  I know, I know...there's a million you tube sites, but I really need hands on experience for maximum penetration through my thick skull, into my brain. I've also got several questions about adapting motors to use in Christmas displays like I see on TV.  I'm really starting to warm up to the idea of geeking out with fellow Christmas nerds!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10 hours ago, slankard said:

I was wondering if I brought a defective rope light to the conference, if someone could show me how to do the splicing.  I know, I know...there's a million you tube sites, but I really need hands on experience for maximum penetration through my thick skull, into my brain. I've also got several questions about adapting motors to use in Christmas displays like I see on TV.  I'm really starting to warm up to the idea of geeking out with fellow Christmas nerds!

Absolutely. Bring what you have. We will have a soldering station set up.

And we can possibly have something on site for working with motors. 

Lastly, this is the event to geek out with all your fellow Christmas nerds (friends).

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So just a friendly bump here.

There has been involvement behind the scenes from several members from here and LOR forum. Looks to be a great turn out with great stuff in the mix.

If you haven't voted on a date. Please do so. An announcement of the date will be made soon hinged on your votes.

More to come very soon.

Stay tuned.

Tom

Here is a post from a member from the LOR forum.

To all who will attend

I asked Tom earlier if projects could be brought along to assist with tips or to just build and he said "yes".

I am thinking about bringing my matrix materials to see if anyone has any suggestions or just wants to help me or build it.

I am awaiting a member here (LOR forum) that said he is going to do a DIY tutorial for his matrix so if his video shows up first more than likely I wont be bringing it since I will have built it by the mini.

However if anyone would really like to partake in the project I could still bring it and make a second one based on the video tutorial forthcoming.

Just let me know. I have 2000 pixels to use up, suggestions on material to use ie, net/ mesh from HC, or pvc pipe. I am planning on this going on my roof.

Thanks for any advance info, I just haven't found a solid tutorial to help me yet.

JR

2 hours ago, kevinshuffield said:

Any idea when this will be? Super interested
 

An announcement will be made soon on the date and further details of events and such.

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Open to all PC/LOR members, families and friends on the planet!!!

Date: Saturday April 8th.

(Friday/Saturday evening plans on location are in the works for those that want to be active with lights at night and enjoy beverages and visiting)

Location: 9504 S Rockwell Ave, Okla City, OK  73169 (see the google map) Google Map
Admission: Free as always
Time: 12:00 pm until ???

Lodging: there are many hotels in the area which can be found with a google search. Any hotels along I-40 or I-240 are in good areas. Hotels in Bricktown are good if looking for something else to do during your visit to OKC. Bass Pro Shop is there too.

Tents/RVs: If you feel like roughing it J and want to save money, I have a couple acres to setup a tent or park an RV if you choose to do so. I can provide 110v power and water to those who request it. A port-a-potty will be available on site. And yes, we have a fire pit too.

Food/snacks and such will be provided. This means we eat/munch at our own pace and spend more time on the fun stuff. 

If anyone wants to make a donation or bring food/snacks, please let me know. If you’re a chef, or just like cooking/baking, then by all means bring your masterpiece. J

BBQ meat is in the process of being worked out.

Strongly recommended:
Bring your projects, thoughts, ideas and especially your humor.
There have been great ideas shared and posted. I would like to see those ideas in person, along with everyone else who attends.

Door prizes will be given out during the event by random drawing.

There will be an overhead projector connected to a computer for any training/sharing or showing videos of our displays. Please bring your own laptop/computer if you feel the need and maybe want assistance with setting up your channels/settings and such.

A soldering station will be setup for those wanting to see/learn a little and maybe even build/repair a few things.

There will also be an area set up (darkened) for displaying lit-up projects to see in action during the day.

Now is the time to chime in and mention what you would like to see/show/share.

So what would you like to see/share???

DIY? RGB strips? Pixels?  Arches? Mini Trees? Mega Tree? Snow Flakes? Pixel Editor? Superstar? Controllers? Transmitters?
It's endless!!!  (so bring your stuff to show others).

If you are thinking, planning or have started on a project and want to ask/show/share, please do so!!!

If you have items to swap/trade/sell, bring those too.

As mentioned earlier, there is "no cost" to attend the OKC-Mini. There is “no schedule” to keep up with once things get started. So show up when you can and stay for however long you can.

Reminder: your inputs are strongly recommended and appreciated.

Soooo stay tuned for further updates/posts.
Thank you, and let the fun begin :) .

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Count Me In!!!!!!!!!!  I'm a little excited since I've never been to one.  I've got a million questions to ask. Thank you so much for going to all of the trouble.  Snack wise, what can I bring? (As a Baptist, that is always top priority)

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It will be fun times and lots to see and learn. Bring whatever a Baptist (including anyone else) would like to snack on. :) 

So I'm working on a couple door prizes (from a couple useful vendors) that will be handed out. :) 

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Greetings Everyone!!!

Here is what we have on tap for the Mini (so far).

Several door prizes

BBQ lunch (pulled pork/brisket)

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Soldering Station setup for demo of:

  • ·  Hacking floods
  • ·  Repairs
  • ·  Construction/splicing

Computer setup with projector for:

  • ·  Demo of sequences
  • ·  Tips and tricks

Tent 20x16 (blacked out) for displaying props in live action

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  • ·  Computer setup for live display of sequence/props
  • ·  Spiral Tree tower and wire guys for demo to wrap strands (no pressure Mega Arch :) )
  • ·  Mega tree tower with hacked floods for demo
  • ·  Mega Arch with hacked floods for demo
  • ·  Pixel Arches for demo
  • ·  RGB (pixel) strips and squares for demo
  • ·  Basic LED mini trees (tomato cage frame)
  • ·  ELL (Easy Light Linkers) for demo
  • ·  LED Dripping tubes

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th_MOV08712_zpsgperif9a.mp4 click on the picture to see the video

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Various controllers, FM transmitters and accessories

Mentioned from other members (subject to change):

  • ·  Matrix construction/demo – JR
  • ·  Demo of XLIGHTS – OkieGirl
  • ·  Papagayo - basic only – JR
  • ·  Spiral mini pixel trees, and maybe a coro cane?? – DisneyMatt
     

Besides what I have listed: If you have plans to:

  • ·  Bring anything
  • ·  Demo anything
  • ·  Interest in seeing anything please post it.

Did I miss anything?

Tom

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4 Weeks from Today!!!!

I'm getting excited to meet new folks and visiting with everyone.

I'm also excited to see the projects/props and demos planned for the event.

One thing that will happen on the soldering table is replacing triacs. Mega Arch and I have a few controllers needing triacs replaced. So as a group we can all get in on this. :)

Also, I was told to release info...

Or very own DougP, the Wireframe Master is bringing something for a door prize. :) Thank You Doug!!!!!!!!

He is also going to provide a demo too. 

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