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  1. I officially started the show last night (sat 12-1-18) and all went well. It was a great evening with temps in the high 30s/low 40s and no rain. Had about 25-30 cars over 6 hour period; not bad. I'm sure most of them were local. The new MegaTree being 22ft fits nicely into the display. Going from 128 channels to 196 definitely makes sequencing a bit more time consuming.
  2. Temp today in my area was around 55 deg at the high point.
  3. OK, for the 2018 setup season, the weather here has been stellar. Today I had to put on sunscreen for the first time ever before heading out to the yard.
  4. I know a few of us were using 96.7 on our FM transmitters for displays over the last 10 years. The frequency now has a licensed station on it and so the Beaverton, Tigard, Hillsboro, Cornelius, Banks, and Forest Grove area would not be able to use it. Just a heads up for anybody who may be "listening" -Darin
  5. Hey Paul, Awesome !!! You have really upgraded the show. The singing bulbs are fantastic and the RGB and strobes have been nicely incorporated. I was impressed with the video, so I'm sure it will be even better in person. I will definitely swing by and check it out. Great Job !! -Darin
  6. Hey everybody, It's been over a half decade since I posted in this forum. I know there are a bunch more Oregonians with huge/fantastic Christmas displays. How have you all been doing? It's funny how the more frequent, recent poster to the Oregon forum is zman from Washington state. I have my Forest Grove based display back in operation after a 2 year absence. -Darin
  7. Mark, Kevin and Gang. Thanks soooo much ! That was the best CLAP to date. I really enjoyed getting re-energized after taking a year off. Sara, Thanks for the controller; you know it went to a great home. It was great seeing familiar faces as well as meeting new ones. -Darin
  8. Any metal display elements touching or stuck into the ground will act as a grouding rod and do the same thing as having lights laying on the ground. This goes especially for any wireframes and those tomato cage mini trees. Every connection should be elevated above the ground and you can simply let the water flow through with no issue. (use lot's of those little green plastic stakes) Removing GFIs is kind of a "don't ask, don't tell" type of thing and would probably need to be under the "Rogue Practices" and not the "Best Practices" forum.
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    Hey Gang, Is everybody ready to flip the switch? I'm about 3 days behind because of the exciting weather and after last night, I will be re-installing a few items. The wind must have been well over 50 mph in the area west of Portland. -Darin
  10. Hey Washington friends; It's good to see some display setup progress. The Oregon message board was too quiet so I eves dropped on you guys. -Darin
  11. Nice press coverage ! Way to keep the bottom half of the state lit up.
  12. Anything you can do to insulate your mini-tree shaped grounding rod from the ground will help. I have a 4" rule on any type of light string in proximity to the ground. The cage trees are better when the bottom rung is left in place, but it's still metal and it touches the ground. I have used worn out sections of garden hosed split lengthways down the middle and pressed over the bottom metal ring. Then you can put stakes over the top of the ring without metal to metal contact. Mini trees, wire frames, and aluminum stakes are all nothing more than different shapes of grounding rods; th
  13. Anybody used the great weather in NW Oregon to test out their GFI's circuits? I have never had more problems than last night. Over 1/3 of my display was dark. I was outside until after midnight trying to troubleshoot. It turned out to be cumulative leakage by a multitude of channels causing GFIs to trip. Every connection is elevated from the ground and there's not much more I can do. I'm thinking the ultra wet tree bark is providing areas for current leakage to ground. Ahhhh;; Frustrating
  14. Dave, Too bad you're so far away! We'd like to come down and check out your display. Good Job on keeping Southern Oregon Lit UP !!! -darin
  15. Paul, Great work once again. I drove buy your display on the way home the other night. It looks like the Blue C9 LEDs were new? I usually tune in the radio on my way to work to catch daytime Zara radio stuff. It seems to work pretty good. -Darin
  16. Yeah, that's the Planet Christmas rule #2 "You can never have too many extension cords" Rule #1 is "You can never have too many lights" They kind of work together !
  17. Nothing special; I was just using a wireless laptop to connect to the house router which in turn is connected to the LOR show computer upstairs. It's the remote desktop program that comes with Microsoft XP, Vista, 7 running over the network (Local area ethernet type, not the LOR RS485 network) You basically see the same desktop as the computer you are connecting to. It worked better than I thought. Last night I had was troubleshooting a GFI trip issue. I was walking around with the laptop while turning individual channels on/off until I found the culprit. It was easy because I was r
  18. Yeah, I'm a little ahead of schedule, but I hate to brag about it. I got a wireless laptop to remote control the main show computer so I can sit out in the car and make adjustments this year. No more running to the window after clicking the mouse
  19. I usually test all new items right out of the box, then test them again right before they are hung, and then once again immediately after they are in place. Those same lights are sometimes tested when they are taken down, but this is only crititical to determine what needs repaired during the off season. Same for used lights; they are tested before heading outside, then once again right after they are in place. It's also good to run tests with computer when doing an animated display; I found two of my mini trees were backwards and 4 perimeter fence colors were plugged into the wrong
  20. How's it going? I'm at 85% complete and should have no problem going live on the Friday after Thanksgiving. The wind storms in the Portland area have been fun. Those spiral trees are more of a wind vane than a decoration. During a power up test, I found that a few mini trees were reversed. Does anybody work outside at night on the dry evenings? It's fun because you can live test portions of your display, but you also can't see what you are tripping over ! Hope everybody is doing well. -Darin in Forest Grove
  21. Are the Halloween displays going to make it through the week ? We are getting 40 mph winds just West of Portland. I'm still repairing the Christmas items in the shop so I haven't had to venture outside. -Darin
  22. It's getting closer !!!! Real close for those of you doing the Halloween displays. How's the progress ?
  23. Kevin, I just hope we can still be friends! -Darin
  24. I just had something come up so I won't be able to make it. I'm very bummed I had earlier signed up for the soldering class, so I hope my solder kit can be used by somebody else. Keep up the good work and I wish you all the best for the 2010 decorating year. Best Regards -Darin
  25. Count me IN for the solder class. Also, I have a few high torque servos that I could bring up for the servo demo. One other thing I thought was cool were all the "show and tell" items that were stacked on tables and benches. I think Z-man was planning on bringing one of those cool 1.5" pcv lighted candy canes; right? One other fantastic benefit of the Mini is it provides us with a support group friends and some motivation to complete the projects for the next season. -Darin
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