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    Default OFFICIAL TASL Meeting February 29, 2020 9am till 4pm < Details in Post 1 >

    Announcing the FIRST meeting of 2020 for the Triangle Area Synchronized Lighting group.

    Date and Time: Saturday February 29, 2020 9am - 4pm (setup and goofing around starts 8am)

    Place: Ruth's Taylor's Building between Cary and Jordan Lake.
    1361 Greenlevel Road
    Apex NC 27523

    The agenda will be growing and changing so check back often. Also feel free to send your suggestions. We want to plan a mix of topics covering the basics for our newer members, as well as pixel related topics and other common interest topics.

    @Jack Stevens usually runs a live feed for the meeting. Location is https://www.facebook.com/TASLRDU/?ref=br_rs. We don't know if this will be live or not. There is no internet at this new location.

    Agenda items for Feb 29th:

    8:00 - 9:00am Setup and socializing. Come early for meet and greet. Bring your items to share/display.
    PLEASE EVERYONE try to arrive in time to set up before 9am ! It's fun to chat early ..
    9:00 - 10:00am INTRODUCTIONS - Meet new members and what they are doing with their displays.
    • What worked in 2019 and what didn't
    • What are your plans for 2020 ?
    • Do you need and hands on help for 2020 ?

    10:00 - 11:00am Misc Topics - Charlie Comiskey

    • 3D arches
    • Hacking a store bought mega wreath
    • Netting your lights for bushes and trees
    • A different type of icicle light approach
    11:00 - Noon NON-PIXEL SESSION 1 - Tips and Tricks (everybody)

    • Making a net, rope tying lesson (Charlie)
    • Tips on labeling wires
    • Tips on mounting
    • Tips on storage
    • Storing rope and power cables (Joe)
    • Reworking Joes tree
    • Enclosures on a budget
    • Keep cables together with prop or label cables by location and not by controller channel
    NOON - 1:00pm Pot Luck LUNCH (everyone bring something to share). Check the list below and post what you will bring !!
    1:00 - 2:00pm Focus SESSIONS - 15 mins each

    • Pictures from my rgb flood light comparison on a dark house - Eric
    • Xlights importing tutorial - Eric
    • Misc Topics Requested by Frank (as time permits)
      a) FPP modes - master, remote, bridge. When to use each... examples
      b) FPP and FM broadcasting. Hardware setup, tips, do’s/dont’s
      c) Color Light panel card, how to setup
    2:00 - 3:00pm FPP install demo - Eric Rogers

    • The new method takes about 5 minutes and everything is configured !!
    3:00 - 4:00pm TASL Business Meeting

    • TASL Report and Bank Account - Denny
    • TASL Plans going forward "What level of involvement does everyone want? " - Everyone
    • Discuss the strategy and date(s) for our next meetings
      - Should we focus more on workshops and smaller meetings, plus one general meeting (February) each year?
      - Bring your ideas.
    • TASL Leadership and Volunteers
    • NEXT Meeting Locations
    • Etc
    4:00 Pack Up, Fold the Chairs and Tables, Sweep the floor.

    I will arrive between 8:00am and 8:15am for unloading and setup. We'll use the first hour to mingle and get set up. Swing in early for coffee .. Introductions starting 9:00am. We will hold an important business meeting at the end and then teardown and cleanup the room.

    This is a POT LUCK LUNCH meeting. Please let us know what you will bring to share. Be sure to check what others are bringing so we can get a range of main dishes, side dishes and deserts. I'll bring the plates, flatware and drink cups using TASL funds.

    Optionally feel free to bring breakfast snacks to share !

    Be sure to bring your own drinks for the day. Drinks in coolers OK. There is no kitchen or stove, but there is electricity. Plan accordingly.

    This meeting is open to ANYONE who would like to participate, or just listen in for their first time. It is a good time for new members to sign up to be a TASL member for 2020. You do not have to be a TASL member to attend a TASL meeting. If you are thinking about creating your first holiday show with synchronized lights and music, you can join a TASL meeting to learn more about how its done. Come on out and join us! If you are bringing friends or other family members, please make sure you post their names when you acknowledge your attendance.

    We always have a location available for an informal Christmas Garage sale throughout the day. Bring cash if you are looking for deals. Bring your items to sell or trade. There are usually some nice deals and giveaways !

    Contact anyone from the TASL Steering Committee for more information:
    @kidcole - Denny Cole
    @Bartek - Dariusz Bartkiewicz
    @Samj435 - Sam Johnson
    @scottmcl - Scott McLellan
    @Jack Stevens - Jack Stevens

    We need to UPDATE this list above if there are new volunteers, people dropping out, etc.

    PLEASE everyone REPLY. Let us know you are coming and WHAT FOOD you will bring for the pot luck. We need a range of foods and having the list of what everyone is bringing will help others decide. We try to avoid duplicates. It's always a GREAT meal.

    This is LAST YEAR's list below. I'll update it !!

    Attendees:
    @kidcole - Denny Cole < mixed vegetables salad >
    @Tripplett - Joe Tripp < chili > pour over Denny's salad ! :-)
    @EricR - Eric Rogers < meatballs & hoagies >
    @Charlie – Charlie Comisky - < breakfast type foods, bagels and donuts >
    @AnniesSS - Annie and Joel Goldman (+ one friend) < baked ziti >
    @Mikeg - Michael Guzi < food ?? >
    Tom Fleming - new member in Clayton < food ?? >
    @FrankP - Frank Pleshe < pasta salad >
    @Samj435 - Sam Johnson
    @FarmLights - Ruth Taylor < food ?? >
    @tsavage - Tom and Linda Savage < Fruit salad and Kale Salad >
    @Jack Stevens - Jack Stevens (+1 friend) < sandwiches and fixins >
    @scottmcl - Scott McLellan



    See y'all on Feb 29th
    Last edited by kidcole; 02-29-2020 at 07:44 AM.
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    Denny Cole
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/Cole...ristmasLights/

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    Default Re: OFFICIAL TASL Meeting February 29, 2020 9am till 4pm <Details in Post #1>

    wish i could make it but sadly nope i can be found herehttps://zoom.us/j/175801909 great classes every Wednesday night Xlights,Rgb controllers,power injection
    Q and a
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    Default Re: OFFICIAL TASL Meeting February 29, 2020 9am till 4pm <Details in Post #1>

    Mike sorry you canít make it.

    I have been putting together a list of things and Iím curious if any of it is of interest. Or what you would want to talk about.

    1. Making a net, rope tying lesson (Charlie)
    2. Pictures from my rgb flood light comparison on a dark house
    3. Tips on labeling wires
    4. Tips on mounting
    5. Tips on storage
    6. Storing rope and power cables (joe)
    7. Reworking Joes tree
    8. Enclosures on a budget
    9. Anything about ac lights we should discuss?
    10. Is there Interest in a local social network
    11. Scotchloks versus butts versus solder sleeves
    12. Xlights importing tutorial
    13. What is your favorite props or decoration ideas or themes
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    Default Re: OFFICIAL TASL Meeting February 29, 2020 9am till 4pm <Details in Post #1>

    Quote Originally Posted by EricR View Post
    Mike sorry you canít make it.

    I have been putting together a list of things and Iím curious if any of it is of interest. Or what you would want to talk about.

    1. Making a net, rope tying lesson (Charlie)
    2. Pictures from my rgb flood light comparison on a dark house
    3. Tips on labeling wires
    4. Tips on mounting
    5. Tips on storage
    6. Storing rope and power cables (joe)
    7. Reworking Joes tree
    8. Enclosures on a budget
    9. Anything about ac lights we should discuss?
    10. Is there Interest in a local social network
    11. Scotchloks versus butts versus solder sleeves
    12. Xlights importing tutorial
    13. What is your favorite props or decoration ideas or themes
    I like em all ! I still hope to get a couple PI players running one day, but it's not my immediate need.

    Does anyone make any really tiny pixel bulbs yet ? Like about the size of the fairy lights ?
    Thanks,

    Denny Cole
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/Cole...ristmasLights/

    Back to Work <unretired> so I went Static in 2017. Planning xLights when I retire <again>. Maybe 2019 ?

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    Default Re: OFFICIAL TASL Meeting February 29, 2020 9am till 4pm < Details in Post 1 >

    Yes they do but are not waterproof. If someone really wanted to they could waterproof them themselves. They are a basically 2812 fairy lights. Lets see if this link works.



    US $7.98 20% Off | 50pcs/string WS2812B RGB LED Module WS2812 IC LED Module 5-6m String Music Controller Individual Addressable 4 Color Wires DC5V
    https://a.aliexpress.com/_sgNWJs
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    Default Re: OFFICIAL TASL Meeting February 29, 2020 9am till 4pm <Details in Post #1>

    I'll be there and will bring Baked Ziti for lunch.

    I think having a discussion about storage, tips and tricks, etc - especially if there are any new people looking for more information - would be beneficial.

    I have a friend who's son is interested in attending. I am sending her the information now so she can let me know if they can attend.

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    Default Re: OFFICIAL TASL Meeting February 29, 2020 9am till 4pm <Details in Post #1>

    I think I am gonna bring meatballs and some hoagies to make sandwiches.

    Anyone using AC have any specific topics they want covered or some ideas that we could discuss?


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    Default Re: OFFICIAL TASL Meeting February 29, 2020 9am till 4pm <Details in Post #1>

    Quote Originally Posted by kidcole View Post
    Announcing the FIRST meeting of 2020 for the Triangle Area Synchronized Lighting <TASL> group.

    Date and Time: Saturday February 29, 2020 9am - 4pm (setup and goofing around starts 8am)

    Place: Ruth's Taylor's Building between Cary and Jordan Lake.
    891 Neodak Road
    Apex NC 27523

    Linda and I (Tom) will to be there for the meeting and plan to bring a fruit salad and kale salad.

    Thanks,

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    Default Re: OFFICIAL TASL Meeting February 29, 2020 9am till 4pm <Details in Post #1>

    Another idea which might only help Denny is a demo of an FPP install. The new method takes about 5 minutes and everything is configured.


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    I can bring my chili - with chips or bread for the side. I never get to bring my chili - chili is always the first to get picked up lol.
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    Default Re: OFFICIAL TASL Meeting February 29, 2020 9am till 4pm < Details in Post 1 >

    I plan on attending. Food TBD

    Thoughts for topics:
    1. FPP modes - master, remote, bridge. When to use each... examples (still learning here)
    2. FPP and FM broadcasting. Hardware setup, tips, doís/dontís (how is everyone doing it in their displays)
    3. Color Light panel card, how to setup ( I am clueless )

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: OFFICIAL TASL Meeting February 29, 2020 9am till 4pm < Details in Post 1 >

    I'll attend too and bring some breakfast type foods, bagels and donuts.

    I'm happy to do a session on making a net. Other topic ideas:
    1) last season, what worked, what did not
    2) 2020 season plans
    3) Measuring for and mounting roof-line lights

    Thanks,
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    Quote Originally Posted by EricR View Post
    Yes they do but are not waterproof. If someone really wanted to they could waterproof them themselves. They are a basically 2812 fairy lights. Lets see if this link works.

    https://a.aliexpress.com/_sgNWJs
    The link worked .. I appreciate the reference. Just some thoughts I have for the future. I wish they were smaller and 12v or even 24v. But it's a good start.
    Last edited by kidcole; 02-24-2020 at 01:47 PM.
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    Default Re: OFFICIAL TASL Meeting February 29, 2020 9am till 4pm < Details in Post 1>

    Quote Originally Posted by EricR View Post
    Another idea which might only help Denny is a demo of an FPP install. The new method takes about 5 minutes and everything is configured.


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    Last edited by kidcole; 02-24-2020 at 02:47 PM.
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    https://www.facebook.com/groups/Cole...ristmasLights/

    Back to Work <unretired> so I went Static in 2017. Planning xLights when I retire <again>. Maybe 2019 ?

    Falcon - 3 F16V3 & 1 PiCap, Sandevices - 2 E681 & 4 E6804, 288 Channels Lynx Express, 108 Channels DC DMX,
    10' Pixel MegaTree, CoroFlakes w/Pixel Modules, Pixel RBLs, 2 Pixel Matrix 16x25, 10" RGB Ornaments, 7x230 Pixel Icicle Matrix,
    Classic 20' AC Megatree, TIR Destiny RGB Spots, RGB Blowmolds, Wireframes, and Inflatables with External Light Control

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    Default Re: OFFICIAL TASL Meeting February 29, 2020 9am till 4pm < Details in Post 1 >

    I'm going to try and make it. It's been very busy lately.

    I have a box full of IEC cables that were going to be thrown away. I'll bring them if anyone needs power cords. You just cut off the female end, saves you $8 a piece from lowes.

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