Just wanted to thank folks for helping me get my firegod hardware up and running. Starting early with 48 channels. Have completely blown my budget but this evening was finally able to get the field modules to blink four LEDs at a time with a hacked RJ45 jack and 4, 820 ohm resistors. I would list all the silly little things that went wrong along the way, but decided to focus on instead on, "It works!"
As a bonus, my brother-in-law has donated (to me) two boxes of light strings. New project to figure out which work.
Firegod PC and 4 FMs. The FMs have the LEDs installed. The PC interface utilizes the 6V DC regulator.
The SSRs (only one fully built and tested) use the SSROZ 2.5e. I ended up installing the PIC code for the hard-coded addressing. This last step was the magic needed to get all things working. I will continue to trace the jumper paths to see if I've missed a connection or caused a short. Back burner.
I hope there is enough time left to generate enough interesting sequences for Christmas and Halloween. Halloween is also a big deal in the household.