Snubbers

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in Miscellaneous, Tech Specs, Tips DCC Systems, Tony's Tips |

Bus Termination Filters, aka. snubbers, are not needed if you use speaker wire  for your main bus. The reason for the noise [we think] is that the filters draw a large current spike every time the DCC waveform switches polarity. Our guess is that the current spikes are causing magnetostriction (mechanical change due to a magnetic field) in the current transformer (T1), and because they are short pulses, they can be heard sometimes as a ringing. The best answer is to wire...

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NCE DCC Boosters Explained

Posted by on Jan 30, 2015 in Tips DCC Components, Tips DCC Systems, Tony's Tips |

NCE’s 5 Amp DCC booster options, see table below. All have the same booster electronics and include an ECHO friendly 5 Amp DC switching power supply. These new boosters have a lower total cost compared to the older products they are replacing when you consider that the power supplies are included. The DB5 and the PB5 are compatible with other DCC systems. The DB 5 is the lowest cost non kit 5 Amp DCC booster with power supply available in the US. New NCE Booster Case...

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NCE Corp Systems & Cabs

Posted by on Jan 3, 2015 in Product Compare, Tips DCC Systems, Tony's Tips |

POWERHOUSE PRO ™ 5 Amp DCC System   The Powerhouse Pro is the most user friendly DCC system on the market. Other DCC systems require memorization of arcane simultaneous button sequences and computer hexadecimal numbers to accomplish the simplest tasks. Our ProCab™ walks you through every operation with clearly labeled buttons and well thought out menu prompts in plain English on the back lit LCD display of the Cab. The most often performed operations usually are just a...

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Review of MRC Prodigy Advance System

Posted by on Dec 21, 2014 in Tips DCC Systems, Tony's Tips |

by Larry Maier MRC has released a new DCC control system named the Prodigy Advance. This system consists of three units: an AC wall transformer, the DCC Command Station, and a Cab. Installation is quick and easy. Plug the wall transformer in and connect it to the command station. Connect the cab to the command station with the included cable, and connect your track to the “Main Track” terminals. You are good to go! A second set of terminals can be connected to a separate...

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ESU ECoS Command Station

Posted by on Dec 21, 2014 in Tips DCC Components, Tips DCC Systems, Tony's Tips |

by Don Fiehman Buy Here You may not be familiar with ESU or their new ECoS digital command station. ESU is the German company that makes LokSound decoders. ESU has a new model railroad control system called ECoS. The ECoS system not only operates DCC decoders, but also Märklin®, Motorola®, and Selectrix® decoders. This system can be operated as a two-station standalone system or become the central part of a much larger system with the extensive assortment of input and...

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Wireless Model Railroad Control With an iPhone – iPod Touch

Posted by on Dec 20, 2014 in Miscellaneous, Tips DCC Components, Tips DCC Systems, Tony's Tips |

Mike Greenwood introduces this new emerging DCC technology. Eventually, this emerging technology may be more cost effective than purchasing wireless components from the DCC manufacturers! Are you looking for wireless control options for your DCC equipped model railroad? Why not consider using an iPhone or iPod Touch to control your railroad. Enter the iPhone! When Apple revolutionized the cell phone market with their smartphone, I don’t think they had any idea just how...

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