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SoundTraxx Tsunami2 Arriving

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 in Tony's Tips |

The first of the new Soundtraxx Tsunami2 Tsu-1100’s are now arriving and we’ll be shipping this week. The ALCo’s have been delayed for a few days. We can expect those to start arriving over the next week or...

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NCE Power Cab & Radio

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 in Tech Specs, Tips DCC Components, Tips DCC Systems, Tony's Tips |

Buy the Radio Equipped Power Cab Here When can you use the Radio? A radio Power Cab  can ONLY operate on a layout that already has a dedicated NCE command station including a NCE SB5, CS02, or PH Box along with a RB02 Radio Base station. Here the Power Cab is not used as a Power Cab at all, but as a regular Pro Cab. Operating as a “cab”, the Power Cab can now use the “cab radio” built inside to talk to the command station via the RB02 just like any other radio cab does....

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Layout Bus Wiring

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Tony's Tips |

We recommend you look at Parts Express part number SKRL-14-100. This is 100 feet of 14 gauge speaker wire for under $30. Change the -100 to -500 and you get a 500 foot reel. The spool has a molded ridge to identify polarity, but the website seems to show a color variation. While this is stranded rope lay (which does help inductance), the key feature is that the two conductors are molded closely together in parallel forming a transmission line. Hence, for equal currents in...

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PSX Circuit Breaker & Digitrax BD-4

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Tony's Tips |

Simply question; Can a Digitrax BD4 be inserted between the PSX and track? An area of layout is connected to one side of a PSX-2. It is hidden from operators in another room who charge in without looking around the corner. I want to add fascia LEDs that shows the track ahead is occupied. I have a surplus BD4. There is a DS64 near the PSX. The four BD4 sections would be a benefit in other ways. My concern is presence of BD4 will in some way be read by PSX as a problem. If...

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Wiring a Center Off DPDT Toggle Switch to a PowerPax Booster

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Tips DCC Components, Tips DCC Systems, Tony's Tips |

I recently purchased a PowerPax to program my BLI locos. It works great! All of the red text warns me about using a DPDT switch to toggle between programming and normal DCC. It does mention the exception of using a DPDT with a center off. I do have a switch with the center off. Can I safely use it? All of the warnings have made me very cautious. I am manually switching the two sets of wires between programming and DCC operation and would like to clean it up a bit with...

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