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Wiring Jack Wabbit with Peco Snap Coils

Posted by on Nov 23, 2015 in Tech Specs, Tips DCC Components |

More info on Jack Wabbit Quad I have purchased the Jack Wabbit Quad With LocoNet For Snap Coils. I am trying to wire snap coils (peco) for auto throw on electro-frog turnouts. On the twin coil, I have the common wire on pin 2 and the other two (ends) of the coil to pins 1 and 3 of J4. I have the two trigger rails going to pins 5 and 6 of J1. I have read the following sentence (Page 8, sentence 5.) of the instructions: “If you are using snap coil turnout motors instead...

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Power Pax Programming Booster and TCS Keep Alive Capacitor

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in Tips DCC Components, Tony's Tips |

I purchased two PowerPax Boosters from you.  I understand the need to isolate the PowerPax Programming track from the running track.  We also have several TCS Keep Alive equipped Decoders. If I quickly remove a TCS Keep Alive locomotive from the running track and start programming before the TCS capacitor discharges, will this damage the Power Pax ?……John B. John: This should not hurt the PowerPax. The stay alive circuit is DC and is blocked from feeding back...

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PSX Address Programming

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in Tech Specs, Tips DCC Components, Tony's Tips |

I have a question related to the PSX-1 Circuit Breaker..  I have ten PSX’s daisy chained together and programmed for addresses 1001 through 1010.  When I use the accy. address option on my NCE PH-Pro and turn off some of the PSX-1’s everything is fine until I turn one back on.  When I turn some ON, the previous addressed one turns OFF.  I then have to go down the “chain” of PSX’s and turn each one back on since the next lower one now turns off...

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Reset A PSX-AR with Digitrax

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

Ever feel that you’re lost and need to reset your PSX-AR unit? Here’s the exact procedure to restore to factory defaults with your Digitrax DCC system. Also included is how to assign the address for controlling a turnout with the PSX-AR. Make sure you have installed the Digitrax configuration jumper J7-3 to J7-4 Turn off the DCS51, connect the PSX-AR, and move the program jumper to program Turn on the DCS51 or other Digitrax System You will see D6 flash;...

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Why Program Track Boosters are Needed

Posted by on Sep 14, 2015 in Tech Specs, Tips DCC Components |

Contributed by Mark Gurries and the NCE Yahoo! Group What can you expect a PTB100 and Power Pax Programming Track Booster to do when connected to the programming track of a DCC system other than just writing a CV setting? You will be able to RESTORE THE LOST CV READ capability of the programming track when working with sound decoders. Simplistically, this is the primary purpose of the programming track booster. A fully compliant NMRA DCC programming track is an electrically...

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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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