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Shut off DCC Track Power

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Locomotives, Miscellaneous, Tony's Tips |

Our club is being told by someone considered to be an expert in DCC installation and operation that we should never place an engine on a “hot track.” That doing so over a period of time will “kill” the decoder. Even after a derailment, an engine should be placed back on the track with the power off. Is this something that you are aware of?  Rick C……Kings Point Model Railroad Club Sun City Center, Florida Hi Rick, there are at least two issues with placing a...

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Trains Longer Than a Reverse Loop

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Tech Specs, Tips DCC Components, Tony's Tips |

PSX-AR & OG-AR I have an OG-AR on a Wye. My trains are longer than the leg of the wye the OG-AR is wired to. Your  instructions say to cut  another set of gaps at both ends of the reverse sections in side of the original gap. The distance between these gaps and the original gaps should be about 1/2″. My question is, How do you wire the sections? Thanks for you help, Frank S Hi Frank, you don’t wire them. They are dead. The extra gaps are only necessary if...

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PSX-AR Pushbutton Turnout Control

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Tech Specs, Tips DCC Components, Tony's Tips |

Buy PSX-AR Here DCC Guru Larry Maier shines some light on turnout control. Hi guys. I have your PSX-ARSC, and it worked great on a loop of my layout from 6 years ago. I now have a new layout with a wye to turn locomotives. I want to have manual turnout control on the PSX-AR leg to manually flip the points after a loco drives onto that short tail track of the wye. In your updated instructions on your website, your pushbutton control directions say it takes 3 wires and 2...

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Calibrating The RRampMeter

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in News, Tech Specs, Tips DCC Components, Tony's Tips |

Buy RRampMeter Following is the current offset calibration procedure for the RRampmeter. You should allow the RRampmeter to operate for about 5 minutes before calibrating to get the best results. Note that with DCC the current may still not read 0.00. This is because the edges of the DCC waveform actually cause some current flow even if there is no load. connect the RRampMeter to a steady DC power source such as a 9v battery. Adjust the DC polarity until the RRampMeter...

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Programming Bachmann DCC Turnouts with NCE

Posted by on Apr 8, 2015 in Tech Specs, Tips DCC Components, Tony's Tips |

Provided by Mark Gurries* PREPARATION: Make an accessory addresses Plan 1) Prepare a drawing of the layout in which you can easily record the numbers you are going to assign to each turnout. 2) Assign a number between 1 and 100 to each and every Bachmann turnout you wish to have under DCC control. (The Bachmann turnouts have a very limited Accessory address range of 1-100). You can make numbers easier to remember if the turnout for a given track function are assigned by...

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OGAR and Lenz LZV100

Posted by on Apr 2, 2015 in Tech Specs, Tips DCC Components, Tony's Tips |

Buy Lenz LZV100 Buy PSX Here Buy OGAR On your website, it says that the OG-AR will not function properly with entry-level systems.   I am using a Lenz LZV100 Command Station with a 15V/3A power supply as I have a relatively small N-Scale layout.  Will the OG-AR be suitable?   Fred D. Hi Fred, Yes. The OG-AR is set at about 4 amperes. The NCE Power Cab and the Digitrax Zephyr cannot provide enough current to trip it. The Lenz should have enough  current to trip it. The 4...

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