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Using JMRI with NCE Power Cab, SB5 and PH-Power Pro

Posted by on Aug 19, 2015 in Tech Specs, Tips DCC Components, Tips DCC Systems, Tony's Tips |

JMRI works very well with NCE (Power Cab, SB3/5 and Power Pro). The NCE USB is the ONLY way to connect a Power Cab or SB3/5 to a computer. DO NOT USE AN NCE USB TO CONNECT TO A POWER PRO. It will not do what you want JMRI to do. Use a USB to Serial cable to connect your computer to the Power Pro Learn more here Make sure you always use the latest version of JMRI. Download and install SiLabs CP210x drivers for the NCE USB from <http://www.silabs.com/products/mcu/Pages/USBtoUARTBridgeVCPDrivers.aspx> There has been some confusing documentation about jumper settings for a V7 NCE USB. The following are the CORRECT settings for JMRI with various NCE USB versions and NCE hardware combinations. The correct settings for a Power Cab V1.65 or V1.28 (as shown when the Power Cab starts up) and an NCE USB V6 (or you are not sure of the USB version) are: All USB Jumpers off (or at least 2, 3 & 4. Jumper 1 is ignored). JMRI preferences are: System manufacturer: NCE System connection: NCE USB Serial port: <whatever is appropriate for your system> USB version: V6.x.x System: Power Cab Additional Connection Settings->Baud rate: 9600. The JMRI console log should then report V6.3.0. If it reports V7.3.0 and your Power Cab is V1.65, use the settings below instead. The correct settings for a Power Cab V1.65 and an NCE USB V7 are: All USB Jumpers on (or at least 2, 3 & 4. Jumper 1 is ignored). JMRI preferences are: System manufacturer: NCE System connection: NCE USB Serial port: <whatever is appropriate for your system> USB version: V7.x.x System: Power Cab Additional Connection Settings->Baud rate: 19200. The JMRI console log should then report V7.3.7. The correct settings for an SB5 and an NCE USB V7 are: USB Jumper 4 on. All others off (or at least 2 & 3. Jumper 1 is ignored). JMRI preferences are: System manufacturer: NCE System connection: NCE USB Serial port: <whatever is appropriate for your system> USB version: V7.x.x System: SB5 Additional Connection Settings->Baud rate: 19200. The JMRI console log should then report V7.3.1. If this does not work, either: use Help->System console…->Copy to clipboard and paste into a post https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/NCE-DCC/info use Help->Upload Debugging Info… and tell https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/NCE-DCC/info . The JMRI developers on the NCE Yahoo! group can then look in the reports. Your computer will need an Internet connection to do this. Thank you to The NCE-DCC list Yahoo Group and Dave Heap For more information and to join, go to...

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Jack Wabbit Powers LEDs

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in Tech Specs, Tips Decoders and Installations, Tony's Tips |

Jack Wabbit Info Hi guys, I have several questions about the Jack Wabbit Quad turnout decoder: I initially plan some DC operation on my N-gauge setup. Will the Wabbit’s onboard LED outputs function when the unit is powered by DC as well as DCC? Also, I have already hardwired many LED signals on (under) my new layout—– Beautiful, but tiny things.  Would it be possible to have the LEDs switched by the Wabbit unit’s J5 outputs but have the LEDs retain their existing power circuity and power supply? In other words, can I ignore the Wabbit’s J8 LED power supply pads and use the circuit switching capacity of the J5 terminal? Another Wabbit Question. I’m using Atlas snap turnouts. Does the Wabbit’s dispatcher mode allow ‘non-momentary’ toggle switches on a manual control panel? The old Arnold Rapido snap switches automatically broke the circuit after engaging and allowed the use of such toggle switches—very clever!   Who knows— things are so sophisticated these days—thought that capacity might exist within the Jack Wabbit.   Thank you——Richard Lewis The high voltage Jack Wabbit will not work on DC. You must use the low voltage Jack Wabbit which will work on DC, but only via the manual inputs on J2. You also must have the DC + connected to J1-1 (can’t reverse it). The network feedback outputs will work with DC. And yes, you can use your existing supply instead of J8 as long as the voltage is less than 20 volts. The common of your external supply will need to connect to the common of the J5 outputs. You can leave the manual switch on (i.e. non-momentary) but this will enable the Dispatch Mode. In Dispatch Mode, it will disable auto throw and DCC control. However, you can change CV settings to allow both of these functions to work in Dispatch Mode and hence use your toggle switches. The JW itself will limit the length of the control pulse, so the circuit break function is not...

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Korea Brass GE U25C & TCS WOW Diesel Decoder

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Locomotives, News, Tony's TV |

We have just received the Korea Brass U25C’s with TCS WOW Diesel Decoders. We’re impressed with this first offering featuring a silky smooth drive train and motor, very well rendered plastic injection molding for the shell and details, and TCS’s new WOW Diesel decoder with the appropriate GE FDL-16 sound files. Based upon our inital inspection and testing, we hope Korea Brass and TCS bring more to the market soon. The U25C is available in several paint schemes, with and without DCC sound. You can also purchase the new TCS WOW Diesel decoder with EMD, GE and ALCo Prime movers. See our video review of the U25C in action...

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Clearing The Lenz LZV100 Stack

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Tech Specs, Tips DCC Components, Tony's Tips |

You clear the stack of the LZV100 by setting the address on your display to 000 in the same way as you would for any other decoder address. Then, you press the 4 key about 20-28 times. Somewhere, around key press 17-20, you will see a short delay of response on the LH display.  If you have an RRampmeter, you will notice the power to track and the display go off for for a second or two. Shut off power to the system and count to 45. Then turn the system back on.  You will have cleared the stack and reset the command part of it system to factory default. Any decoder address you control with an LH unit will automatically be entered into the system...

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ESU LokSound Micro Select Installation in Atlas N Dash 8-40CW

Posted by on Aug 7, 2015 in News, Tips DCC Sound, Tips Decoders and Installations |

Hank Boiselle, our Master N scale Installer and resident ESu expert, installed an ESu LokSound Select Micro in an Atlas Dash 8-40CW. Hank reworked the frame by removing apx 0.25mm from the side and reducing the height another 0.30mm under the speakers. This allowed Hank to build two custom enclosures to accomodate two of our SuperSonic Mini Speakers. Hank then mounted two 0603 smd LEDs on the end of each enclosure for the loco’s...

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