Mega Tree Construction, Part 4

Discussion in 'Pixel Nights or Christmas Lights' started by AA7BQ, Mar 25, 2021.

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  1. AA7BQ

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    The big day is almost here. I've got the parts made and have found a spot in the backyard for testing.

    As my luck had it, I was working alone this day and I erected the entire structure by myself. I did not know for sure if it was possible but I was pleased to find out that it actually stood on its own on the interior base while I attached the guy wires.

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    Finally, standing tall and proud. I don't know why it appears to be leaning in the photo. It doesn't.
    Note that bungee cords are used to attach the light strands to the base.

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    I made a similar mounting system for the power supply and controller boxes

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    One funny thing was the Anderson PowerPole connector block shown in this picture. It had 8 contacts and they weren't able to support the weight of the cables behind them. They were always loose and falling out. Note that this connection of 8 wires was providing 120A at 12V to the box.

    I went on Amazon and looked for a set of good, sturdy, waterproof connectors that could pass the 120 amps and not cost a fortune. The search led me to the 7-pin 5th wheel trailer connector. These things are strong, beefy, waterproof, and cheap. Ding ding ding!


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    So that's how my mega tree was built. I'll bet you're wondering what it looks like when I turn it on...

    Stay tuned for the next in the series!

    73 -fred
     
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  2. K1LKP

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  3. K2WH

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    Why do I suspect there is a discone in your future ?

    Where did you get such beefy light strands, I assume they are LED ?
     

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