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Digitrax Blast Programming

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in Tech Specs, Tips DCC Systems |

Digitrax DCC systems can program  decoders using Blast Mode Programming on the Mainline.  Blast Mode Programming will program EVERYTHING sitting on the main line track so, you MUST remove everything from the track that you are not programming or use an isolated piece of track connected to Rail A & B. NOTE: Track power must be ON during Blast Mode Programming. You will not be able to read back CVs using Blast Mode Programming. To use Blast Mode Programming with Zephyr,...

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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   NCE USB Interface Make sure you always use the latest version of JMRI. Download and install SiLabs CP210x drivers for the NCE USB from...

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Digitrax Zephyr and PSX-AR

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

I would appreciate some help in setting up PSX-AR with a Digitrax Zephyr Extra DCS-51.  Here’s some of the questions. I have checked software version with LED D6 – It is version K. I understand that I should install a jumper J7-3 to J7-4 and that prevents PSX-AR from misinterpreting multiple commands Digitrax sends on startup? Does that mean that there are no “special programming instructions” for Digitrax? The manual packed with the PSX-AR is rev M...

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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.  The 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...

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