Control Centre - £20

Discussion in 'The Workshop' started by BrocadeKnight, Aug 25, 2016.

  1. BrocadeKnight

    BrocadeKnight Galactic Firework Addict

    He shoots he scores! I've found another total bargain!
    I'm so chuffed with myself this year, it can only mean rain for November.

    I almost bought 3x 3m Antennae for my Cobra system to give me a boost of signal, and in turn, confidence. But they may have been pretty unnecessary full stop. They'd have cost £54 for probably a few quid's worth of cable. At the last moment I remembered I wanted to get the actual modules off the ground, to save my back when wiring the 54 cues I'll be using this year!

    Cue £2 a pop folding storage crates from Wilko! They take seconds to go from flat to expanded. Three stacked upside down will make a great platform to set-up on. I've got ideas of how to better secure them together than purely free stacked, and how to prevent them blowing over. But as they're so open I doubt they have much air resistance. And at £20 for 10 I even have a spare!


    The third stack is for a third firing module coming, not as a 'concierge table' for my remote! LOL, Although at this price, I could have one! LOL.

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    Blooper Reel.... I nearly missed them in Wilko. I found the kids' pink and blue versions at 50p more each, then hunted around the store to find these. I saw one slightly damaged one on a shelf and thought... sods law... one and it's broken. Something made my take one last look back down the aisle as I went to leave, and spotted at least 40 of them, in 4 piles, literally touching the one I spotted. Somehow I just didn't recognise them stacked up! Tit!
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2016
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  2. Dan Evans

    Dan Evans Galactic Fireworks Forum Member

    I don't mean to dismiss your creative endevours as having the boxes at a good working height is a bonus in it's own right. and you have a handy container to collect the scraps afterwards.

    Aerials are pretty generic and I don't believe there is anything special about the expensive version your are quoting (Seems very high as Cobra USA sell them for $10). Any SMA aerial extension should do the trick.. For example here on Ebay :)

    In fact, there is a 3M cable listed there for £1.32, and if you buy 2 you get 5% off the 3rd!
  3. gog

    gog Galactic Firework Enthusiast

    thanks for that dan,your right,i bought 3 x 1m extensions off e bay,works fine.
    getting the modules off the ground is great especialy when there,s alot of rain about.
  4. BrocadeKnight

    BrocadeKnight Galactic Firework Addict

    Cheers for that. Yes like I say I assumed it need only cost a few quid. But having tested the modules in a field at 100m+ on a stack of 3 of those crates, my signal quality increased immensely. So that's killed two birds with one stone. :)

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