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  • The original Rudolph did not have a red nose. In that day and age, red noses were seen as an indicator of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward didn’t want him to look like a drunkard. To complete the original picture, he was almost named Reginald or Rollo.
  • The Christmas wreath was originally hung as a symbol of Jesus. The holly represents his crown of thorns and the red berries the blood he shed.
  • The three traditional colors of most Christmas decorations are red, green and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, green symbolized life and rebirth, and gold represents light, royalty and wealth.
  • Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver.
  • The oldest artificial Christmas trees date back to the late 1800s and were made of green raffia (think grass hula skirts) or dyed goose feathers. Next the Addis Brush Company used their machinery that wove toilet brushes to create pine-like branches for artificial Christmas trees that were less flammable and could hold heavier decorations.
  • ‘Jingle Bells’ – the popular Christmas song was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts, America. It was, however, written for thanksgiving and not Christmas.
  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
  • Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards in 1915.
  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
  • Christmas 2018 countdown has already begun. Will you be ready???
  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.

LED Keeper

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    Cleveland TN, USA
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    Retired.
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    Model Railroading in Garden Scale.
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    Third year going for 300+ channels.

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  1. Black does not stand out on dark green wire, you might do some then stand 10-20 feet away and see if you can find the black heat shrink, As for 22 gage wire I use either 3/32" or 1/8" heat shrink, depends on the insulation thickness, it varies from MFG.. It also depends if you have a large solderconnection blob or not. Do not try to slide the heat shrink over a still hot solder joint, it will start to shrink and might get stuck.
  2. http://www.ledkeeper.com/4-minute-demonstration-video/
  3. You should use the 50% rule when trouble shooting a problem with the LED Keeper. 1. Start in the middle of the problem string. One side should light, put a marker at this point. 50% checked OK 2. Moce to the part of the string that is dark or weak and divid it by half again and test at that point. move the marker to this point if all LED's light on the good side. 75% checked OK. 3. Keep dividing the problem side by 50% until you find the problem light. Finding a high resistant contact is the hardest to find, but patient. Note: the more LED's you are turning on with the LED Keeper, the dimmer the good LED's will get. If you see a drastic change in the overall dimming you might have found you passed the problemup on that section you are adding, go back 1 or 2 bulds at a time and check that section. You could have multiple bad contacts also on serveral strings.
  4. If they are non-brand or replacable LED strings, there is no rectifier but a resistor in the blob. The most likely problem is rust on the leads of the LED inside the socket, also the contacts in the socket will have to be cleaned. This is the hardest problem to find and repair. The GREEN LED Keeper was designed to help troubleshoot this problem. I have this model available if interested. PM me.
  5. Look at my previous posts for all information on the Tennessee Mini. In addition we will have a online class with ItsmeBobo on a new piece of software. It is called "SpEx", Spectrum Extract effect creator. The class time will be set on Saturday.
  6. Update: Two more offerings for Tennessee Mini on September 14th. The new DIYBLinky pixel controller will be shown, this is one of the smallest full universe pixel controller available (170 pixels). Works with the WS28xx series pixel at 5 Volts and can operate at 40 FPS or better, that is 25ms timing. Also have the DIYBlink board for the GECE's Also Jim Nealand will be showing the falcon Pi Player which is a conductor like device running on a Raspberry Pi. We should be able to power it up and connect to your network (hardwired is all I have at the moment) and let anyone access the web configurator and screens. Could even load up a sequence and play it back after running it thru the xlights convert function.
  7. Here is the information about the Tennessee Mini on September 14th. Date: September 14th 2013 Time: 9:00 AM til 5:00 PM Location: 190 Stonebridge Lane NE Cleveland, Tennessee 37323 If your GSP or Google search cannot find this street then use this address- 495 Old Parksville Rd NE, Cleveland Tennessee 37323. This is a house at the intersection to our street, you will see a new development and that is StoneBridge Lane. Go north and we are the second house on the right. Phone if you get lost: (423) 464-5052 Facilities: The Garage will be for a swap meet and/or BuynSell . Upon arrival you will enter through the garage into the house and then downstairs into the basement, there will be 2 large rooms for our mini, and maybe another room if need, these room are 17 x 24 feet so we can setup lights and stuff if needed. Food: Will have Papa Murphy Pizzas available everyone will chip in $5-7.00 each. If you have issues with some toppings please let me know as the pizzas can be customized. Drinks will be water and ice tea. Swap or Buy and Sell: The Garage will be used for this, bring your underused stuff and maybe find a new home. Classes: 1. Software: We will have several members with many years of experience and we can setup either individual or group classes on LOR S3, Vixen, HLS. 2. Superstar Class: (Ron Boyd) will show how to use SuperStar programming, (Dennis Cherry) can show how to use the Instant Sequencing function in SuperStar (A special way of figuring out how to set it up.). 3. Have problems with configurations of hardware and understanding of what DMX? 4. Kit building, need some help with getting your stuff built, will have a soldering station available to assist you. 5. Anything else you want to discuss or see. Bring your stuff and experience and go home with more stuff and more knowledge.
  8. Just a reminder we are less then 2 weeks till the Tennessee Mini. What do you need in classes, we can arrange for some help.
  9. Well it is time for our Fall Mini in East Tennessee again. This year the date is September 14th. Place: Cleveland, Tennessee. Time 9:00 AM till ..... Location: New this year, will post closer to event. More room to display items. Topics: Open right now, some suggestion are. 1. Open discussion on anything. 2. Help on building boards 3. Cabling 4. Trouble shooting software problems. 5. Superstar class. 6. Discuss difference in software pachages. 7. More Bobo stuff. Lets hear from you.
  10. Do not forget the Tennessee Mini ++ is tomorrow March 16th starting at 10:00 AM Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Location: 3787 Blue Springs Road, Cleveland TN 37311 http://maps.google.com/maps?oe=utf-8...ed=0CCAQ8gEwAA Schedule: 10-12 Meet & Greet, Buy & Swap, Show-n-Tell time 11:00-12:00 New Comers meet the experts and ask questions about software and hardware. 12-12:30 Lunch time (Subway, we all pitch in $7.00 per meal.) Classes: (May be 2 classes at one time.) 12:30-1:30: J1Sys SuperStar 1:30 - 2:30 Sandevices HLS Demo 2:30-3:30 * MIIP, Vegomatic, Clipboard Flipper, and Marquee Tools (Video Conference with ItsMeBoBo) * Testing and repairing both Incandescent and LED Lights. 3:30-4:30 Nutcracker 3.0 Video Conference with Sean 4:30- open time to until we get tried.
  11. Update on Tennessee Mini ++ We now have two video conference classes. 2:30-3:30 ItsMeBobo conference on MIIP, Vegomatic, Clipboard Flipper, and Marquee Tools 3:30-4:30 Nutcracker 3.0 with Sean Meighan. Also an introduction for a new (prototype) single string pixel controller for WS28xx and GECE's using 5 volts.
  12. Schedule is set: Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Location: 3787 Blue Springs Road, Cleveland TN 37311 http://maps.google.com/maps?oe=utf-8...ed=0CCAQ8gEwAA Schedule: 10-12 Meet & Greet, Buy & Swap, Show-n-Tell time 11:00-12:00 New Comers meet the experts and ask questions about software and hardware. 12-12:30 Lunch time (Subway, we all pitch in $7.00 per meal.) Classes: (May be 2 classes at one time.) 12:30-1:30: J1Sys SuperStar 1:30 - 2:30 Sandevices HLS Demo 2:30-3:30 ItsMeBobo conference on MIIP, Vegomatic, Clipboard Flipper, and Marquee Tools Testing and repairing both Incandescent and LED Lights. 3:30-4:30 Nutcracker 3.0 4:30- open time to until we get tried.
  13. Tennessee++ Mini: We are going to have another mini in Cleveland Tennessee. Cleveland is just NE of Chattanooga The ++ means the neighboring states are always welcomed. Date: March 16th 2013 Time: 10:00 AM until you want to leave. Place: Cleveland Tennessee. The meeting location will be posted closer to the date. Food: We will pick up what the majority of the group wants. We will pool the group’s money. Two rooms for classes and a large outside area for any equipment setups or selling area (weather permitting). ItsMeBobO will be teleconferencing classes on his programs (MIIP, Vegematic, and Marque Tool) The rest of the Mini will be the desires of people who show up. Some of the Ideas we can cover are: 1. New Users (How to Begin with Q&A) 2. Software (LOR, Vixen, Lightshow Pro, HLS, S3, Superstar, XLights, etc) 3. What is E1.31 and DMX? Protocol issues with Configuration setup. 4. Repairing LED Light string,learning how to find the bad LED’s. 5. DIY kit building including programming your PIC’s. 6. Learn Soldering. 7. RGB Dumb or intelligent light strings and different ways to control them. 8. Just talk about anything general group discussion. All classes will be limited to 1 hour. Let’s hear from all who are interested and what you want.
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