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meadmkr

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About meadmkr

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  • Birthday 07/27/1961

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    http://www.oxbowmanor.com/

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    Sterling, Virginia, USA
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    Nothing here to read....
  • Interests
    Halloween, Yule, brewing mead
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    Sr Technical Analyst
  • About my display
    Small but growing display....
  1. Besides what others have chimed in on the one 'blank' area that jumps out to me is the garage door. I have one of the covers from http://creativeimpactgraphicsco.com/default.aspx and get a bunch of comments on it.... The only other thought is to tie the colors in together (needs additional channels) which gives the display a bit more 'punch' (as my wife calls it) but hey, SHE wanted it so SHE okayed the expense of 2 more (for now) controllers
  2. I've tried the contact cement fan/spinner and it works well but the webs are too 'fine' to stand up to the wind we get. I went the hot-glue shooter route and after making one of my own and realizing it was undersized. I bit the bullet and ordered one from Cory (Minions web)..... Not inexpensive but it works well. Spiders play a prominent part of my graveyard/haunt so for me it is well worth it! HTH CW
  3. One 'trick' we do for our foam tombstones for Halloween is to glue a piece of scrap plywood or 1x4 to the back for support. The plywood takes the brunt of the wind load rather than screwing pipe clamps directly into the foam. No reason you couldn't simply glue a piece of scrap plywood tailored to the shaped of the cutout to the back of it; it would both strengthen the mounting area as well as to give the screws something thicker to bite into.... HTH CW
  4. No matter how many times I hear this it still brings a lump to my throat and makes the eyes a bit misty; made it one of the most difficult songs I've sequenced to date ;-) ... Semper Fi! Chris SSgt USMC '79 to '91
  5. meadmkr

    Displays in VA

    I'm in Sterling off of Algonkian Pkwy and have a small display with 48 channels of LOR this year. I don't broadcast our address due to concerns over excessive traffic (like Juniper Drive) but don't have a problem sharing it with other PC'ers. Its a small but growing display and I need to add a sub-panel so I can expand it some. Cheers Chris in VA http://www.oxbowmanor.com
  6. Put me down for $25 as well..... Sad to see folks have to make this type of decision (been there once before). Hopefully the display will continue to be set up this Xmas and continue to bring joy to all that see it! Cheers Chris in VA
  7. Bill V What type of material do you make your wireframes out of ? I'm also new to this but am considering tackling building a sleigh (photo-ops) for next year. I want metal runnersbut need to be able to disassemble it for storage. I'm over inSterling and most of the places here seem oriented toconstruction supplies. Guess I'll have to make a run over to Springfield in a few weeks. Cheers Chris in VA
  8. I'm still learning LOR as this was my first year but I've beenprogramming in various languages for almost 20+ years. If we could put our collective minds to it we can create an Excel macro that would allow the user to pick the various types of channel configuration files and populate the spreadsheet.The question then becomes how do we best plug in the channel names/etc? I'll even throw out the first bit of VBA code that would allow us to choose a file and then import it ... Sub pcChannelImport() Dim hFile As Integer Dim bTemp As Byte Dim sLine As Variant Dim sFile As String Dim lByte As Long Dim iRow As Integer hFile = FreeFile lByte = 0 Dim fd As FileDialog Set fd = Application.FileDialog(msoFileDialogOpen) With fd .Filters.Clear .Filters.Add "LOR Channel Configuration File", "*.LCC" ' add other filters here .... .AllowMultiSelect = False If .Show = -1 Then sFile = fd.SelectedItems.Item(1) Open sFile For Binary Access Read As hFile ' process files based on suffix Close hFile End If End With Set fd = Nothing End Sub
  9. I'm still learning LOR as this was my first year but I've beenprogramming in various languages for almost 20+ years. If we could put our collective minds to it we can create an Excel macro that would allow the user to pick the various types of channel configuration files and populate the spreadsheet.The question then becomes how do we best plug in the channel names/etc? I'll even throw out the first bit of VBA code that would allow us to choose a file and then import it ... Sub pcChannelImport() Dim hFile As Integer Dim bTemp As Byte Dim sLine As Variant Dim sFile As String Dim lByte As Long Dim iRow As Integer hFile = FreeFile lByte = 0 Dim fd As FileDialog Set fd = Application.FileDialog(msoFileDialogOpen) With fd .Filters.Clear .Filters.Add "LOR Channel Configuration File", "*.LCC" ' add other filters here .... .AllowMultiSelect = False If .Show = -1 Then sFile = fd.SelectedItems.Item(1) Open sFile For Binary Access Read As hFile ' process files based on suffix Close hFile End If End With Set fd = Nothing End Sub
  10. J Morgan wrote: Pretty useful XLS file. I have one enhancement to offer once I get time that should allow you to take a LOR (I) .LCC file and import the channels names/units.The file format looks pretty straight-forward andit should be easy enough to write the macro to do it.... Cheers Chris in VA
  11. J Morgan wrote: Pretty useful XLS file. I have one enhancement to offer once I get time that should allow you to take a LOR (I) .LCC file and import the channels names/units.The file format looks pretty straight-forward andit should be easy enough to write the macro to do it.... Cheers Chris in VA
  12. I gotta agree with (the other) Chris to start with 16 or 32 channels AND with a good FM transmitter.This was my first non-static display with 'only' 16 channels.I dumped my LineX USB transmitter for a Ramsey FM25b and couldn't be happier. Next year I'll add an external antenna butstill hade audio for 5-7 houses on each side even with a brick wall on the front of the house! I seldom broadcast the audio outside viaspeakers since there area number of infants/young children in homes nearby. Folks now understand the lights are to the music andtune to the station posted on the sign so that's catching on. The key thing is to get her involved in some aspect of the project and grow the display slowly and with purpose. That's what I did for Halloween and now for Xmas. The Mrs loves to hear the compliments and comments from neighbors and that helps a LOT!Santa brought me a 2nd controllerso Ican expandthe display some more but with a fairly small yard I have to really plan carefully and figure out what works best and gives the bang for the buck. Cheers Chris (in Virginia)
  13. I just wanted to second the "THANKS" to CS and all of the folks here that have shared their knowledge and experience here on the forums. I finally'crossed over' this year from doing only Halloween to Xmasand have a modest first year display. The Mrs wasn't sure about things at first having shown her some of the vids out there but sitting out in the car in front of the house watching the show SHE starting tossing around ideas for next year Hoping everyone here has a safe and joyous holiday! Chris & Kathy
  14. Hummm.... maybe find a way to put magnets onto the disk and wrap copper coils around the meter to (you guessed it) generate a little of your own power as a by-product. Kinda like the braking-system on hybrid cars. CW
  15. Though the article was a pretty cool story that strikes close to home for those of us that 'do up' our houses for holidays: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/21/AR2007122102612.html?hpid=artslot
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