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  1. Sorry, I've been up to my neck in it since I posted this. I'm still up for a get together. I'm not sure how to contact the usual suspects. Let me look for the page I had that had phone numbers and such. If you all see some of the usual guys tell them to go to Planet Christmas and post a reply. Thanks!
  2. Now that we have all or most of our lights put away. Is anyone interested in getting together in the next month or so? Maybe to just kick it around and talk about what worked and what didn't or what new stuff you might have in mind for the upcoming season.
  3. I see Mel, Lyman, Dave, eagle5 and his brother. Are there any others planning to come? I need a rough head count and we'll order pizza for around noon on Saturday. Thanks!
  4. My address is 1462 N. Coolidge, Wichita Ks. 67203 - phone number is 316-721-5719. Nearest main intersection is 13th and Amidon which is at 13th and the river. From Amidon and 13th go east across the bridge and you'll pass a quick shop of sorts on your left. Turn right (North) on the next street which is Coolidge. Follow your nose almost straight North for about three blocks. My house is white with green shutters on your right. There's a long driveway and you can come in the front door or the door on the North side of the house. You all want to do this at noon? Let me know what time works for everyone.
  5. Hey guys, the 7th would be fine with me. If you'd like my house works for me. I don't have anything new for next season to show off, but I did fine tune the engineering of my 10 ft. spiral trees. Now I can really tell you what not to do.
  6. Hey guys, my place is alway open for the get together. Just let me know when you want to have it.
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    Ham-plus Topics?

    How about programming affects? I assume they're close to the same no matter what software you use. Even though I've been programming for 4 yrs I'm not sure what an effect will always look like when I fire up my show. I would think you'd get some real good input from the old timers and It would really help folks that are new to doing their own programming. Plus is Light Show Pro still a upcoming new thing? If so I would sure like to see someone talk about it and how if works converting sequences from other softwares and such.
  8. socrnet

    Ham-plus Topics?

    How about a thought or two on handling donations? Also, I've had what I believe are network problems over the last three years. Maybe some talk about networking. Do's, don'ts, cabling, hubs, etc. Spiral trees how too's? Just keep the agenda on things that might interest the entire group whatever the subject matter is.
  9. rjnitto and musicman, first time I've seen your displays. Great stuff. Where are you folks located? I'd like to seem them in person.
  10. I ran across a group of local fellas and had them shoot video and stills the last day we were up. He's working on sycning two shots and the music. Hoping to get a good product in a week or so. For the local folks if the videos are good I'll get his info posted. He was very reasonable and I know that shooting and editing video is always a big pain for me.
  11. socrnet

    Ham This Year?

    You can count me in. I'm looking forward for another get together.
  12. Hey, made the rounds again and everyone's show looked great. I finally got to Goddard and saw Eric's show. Great show with great wire frames. Loved the train and the drummers.
  13. 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.
  14. Yea Matt, I share your pain. In years past I've tried everything. Last year I used a very expensive camera I was able to barrow. I shot from the roof of my neighbors house. My show is about 150 foot wide and 90 foot deep. I was just able to get it all in. This year I'm trying to get some folks I met to shoot and edit the video. When I spoke to them last week they seemed excited at the prospect, but I haven't been able to contact them to get things set up.
  15. Anyone get videos of their shows posted? Looks like I may not get to that this season. Between controller problems, lots of car problems and the rain I'm just not sure I can get it done. Also, I shot with a borrowed camera last year. It was great, but not available this year. I did run into some photography guys shooting the other night. They seemed to be interested in shooting the display, but we'll see what can be worked out.
  16. Anyone get videos of their shows posted? Looks like I may not get to that this season. Between controller problems, lots of car problems and the rain I'm just not sure I can get it done. Also, I shot with a borrowed camera last year. It was great, but not available this year. I did run into some photography guys shooting the other night. They seemed to be interested in shooting the display, but we'll see what can be worked out.
  17. 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!
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. When my show locked up I had kicked a GFI, and the show locked with certain channels hung up on different boxes. I've had GFI's kick before without that happening. I drove to K.C. on Monday with four boxes hoping for a quick fix. My car died outside of Emporia and I had to have it towed back to Wichita. My son drove down from Lawrence and I got the boxes to K.C. Two had bad rs-485 chips and one had all the firmware hosed and had to be reloaded. The other box was blowing internal fuses, but once plugged in up there it ran fine. Limped back to Wichita. Tuesday everything was up except 8 channels on one box. Swapped it out on Wednesday and all is up, but I'm unable to run the show via a cable that converts usb to rs-485. Doesn't recognize the controllers. I'm running cabled up through the monsterbrain and running via routine and run show live. It usually recognizes the ranges and group, but now you have to uncheck that option. The only problem I have now is I noticed that a show or two drops programming in parts of a given song. The programming is there, but it doesn't play. It's weird, because earlier in the same song that part of the display sees the programming and works like a charm. I'm letting it run this weekend and I'll fooling with it on a day when the crowds are going to be smaller.
  21. My show had been running great except I did have a box go down, but was able to get my spiral trees up via piggy backing them off my mini trees. Saturday night I was pulling out of the drive and the entire show locked. By the time I shutdown and reset all kinds of crazy things were happening. I had to shutdown for the night. Spent all day Sunday trying to recover. Looks like one box is fried (leaves channel on all the time), and two boxes won't come up on the network. I was running the show via a cable directly to the first box and now that doesn't find any boxes. I had to serial cable up the monsterbrain and I was able to get the rest of the show up Sunday night. Really crazy I couldn't seem to get anything to work that normally wasn't a problem. I know that A.L. is up to their necks in it, but I'm going to see what I can do to get up and running again. Wish me luck......
  22. I'm completely up as of Dec 1st. Cleaned up some lights out in the top of two large maple trees in the back of my display. I was able to get both my spiral trees running after I piggy backed them off my 16 green mini trees. Programmings isn't exactly what I wanted, but what can you do. I spoke to Paul at A.L. and they are 50 controllers behind. So no new controllers are available. I'll deal with my one bad controller after Christmas. Hopefully, the others hang in there, because there's no room for error now. I'm just glad 16 controllers are up and running with just a bit of network slow down in a couple of songs. I hope to be around to check out everyone's displays and pick up some ideas for next year. You all have a great month of December and great Christmas.
  23. I've been 90% up an running since Thanksgiving. Yesterday I finished a great big maple in the back with four color and stripes to boot. I finished one of my spiral trees today and hooked up my last controller and it won't power up. Blowing fuses. You can imagine how hard it is to get A.L on the line right now. So all's up except my spiral trees. Which may be out for this season if I can't get another controller.
  24. As soon as Halloween was up in the middle of October my son and I started putting up Christmas. It seems like we're ahead of the game right now, but there's still a lot to do. Only a couple of weekends before Thanksgiving. Hope the weather cooperates after the next few rainy days. My guess I'll be working right up to Thanksgiving day.
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