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About surfersteve

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  • Birthday 05/22/1980

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  • Website URL
    http://www.atkinschristmas.com

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  • Location
    Auburn, New York, USA
  • Biography
    I am an Electrical Engineer for a small company in Central New York. I spent 6 years in the US Navy as a member of the Special Forces located in Pearl Harbor Hawaii.
  • Interests
    Electronics, Computers, Scuba Diving, Downhill Skiing, Woodworking.
  • Occupation
    Electrical Engineer
  • About my display
    Our display consists of just over 45,000 Led lights from Creative displays and 100 strobes from christmaslightshow.com which are synchrinized to music controlled by 288 AC channels and 16 DC channels from D-light. We also feature a 45ft tall mega tree (ROHN 25G Tower) with a 5 foot 3D star. Its all topped of by a 1.5ft high by 16ft long LED Marquee that scrolls all of our display information (rules, countdown to xmas clock, tune to 89.5fm, ect.) some animations and possibly short text messages from viewers (still working on the hardware side of it) We transmit our music with a Ramsey FM100B and a Tru-Matched FM Broadcast Antenna
  1. you can also download an excel printer for free that works just like the pdf printer.
  2. You can always print the channel config in LOR Seq, to a PDF and then highlight all of the channels, copy and paste right into a spread sheet and move them around accordingly, or make a master tab with physical layout and as many subtabs for logical layouts as you want.
  3. Use a video projector and make custom videos the length of each song with all of your info using studio 12 or something like that. Put your audio track on this video and save it as MPEG and run it through LOR and out put the video onto your projector. Check out my site at atkinschristmas.com and look at some of the videos. We had a 15'x8' screen this past year and even did some music videos and Chroma Keying of us talking about the display and rules. The tune to info and our web link kept scrolling over and over. It really adds the wow factor.
  4. First year 128, all 8 controllers were ACx16. We added 10 more ctrl's in the 2nd year for 288 total with a DCx16 on the design bench that never made it in. We stuck with that for year 3 (this year) as we added a huge 14'x8' video screen this year. Now for 2010 we decided to use the DCx16, add 2 new controllers, a iDMX for 2 sets of lasers on moving heads and a Servo Dog controller for an animated frosty. Its all about how bad you want it. I have a saying that I go by for everything, its from Mighty Ducks, "Its not worth winning unless you win big" To me it means to go all out, like Clark Grisw
  5. I am having problems with the 08 replacement strings as well. All the white m5 100 bulb strings have completely faded to maybe 25% of what the 2009 product is. I have 4 leaping arches and 3 look terrible next to the one done in all 2009 poduct. In fact it makes them look even worse bc the 2009 product is so amazing! I have had zero failures or decreases in light output on 09 product, all problems are related to the 2008 order replacements in M5 so far, my C6 replacements look great still
  6. I use VNC as well for my display. We are running music videos on a 14'x8' screen this year and the screen is a few hundred feet from the house so we made a projection box that is heated and this is where all the equipment is kept, (laptop, projector, transmitter) I use my iphone not so much to check on the show but to log into that pc running the show to turn on my projector remotely using a serial rs232 connection and hyper terminal. Alot of the time I am not at home when the show comes on so I can log in anywhere to do the job. I prefer vnc because it doesnt lock the pc like remote desktop
  7. Is it just me or does the pricing look great for the coming pre order? Unless I am mistaken on what I have bought in the past and in need of again (100 bulb C6 in Red, Pure White, Green and Blue and 100 bulb M5 in Pure White) Without looking at past invoices and going from memory these prices seem better. Does anyone else feel this way?
  8. With the fact that the light output dies at different times depending on what you have on it, it is most likely shutting down due to overload. Is there a max amount of power it can draw across the entire unit? Alot of proffesional equipment we use here will allow a certain amount of power per channel but it doesnt mean that you can pull that on every channel. Some of it has a max unit total you cant surpass either. This might be the case bc all your lights go out and not just on certain channels. Whith you getting a taste for animated lights, you might want to jump over to D-light or LOR when
  9. Chuck, one of my new things this year is running my lightshow using video files instead of just music and of course putting the video out to a projector and onto a very large outdoor screen. My question for you is, can we get a place where the video officianados can talk about and share video ideas and footage/animations for use in this application? I would greatly appreciate it. Please offer your thoughts

  10. You are good to go my from. As an EE for many years I have used CAT5E for powering alot of sub 1amp lights. You get 4 pair in one cable. I use alot of PoE equipment in my field of work.
  11. Nothing for us either All of our lights are for Halloween. Oranges and Purples, well except for the dimmable C9 bulbs. I am so looking forward to syncing the lights for halloween!!!! Thriller here we come!!!
  12. Did the reels of C9 socket wire come in yet?
  13. We recieved our replacements, still waiting on my pre order as the 500 ft spools of wire with C9 sockets will not be in till next week. Product looks awesome!!!
  14. Shared neutral will be fine, as long as they are reg lights and not LED. Shared neutrals cause alot of problema with LED bc of sypathetic flicker
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