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Disabling DCC Specialties Hares & Wabbits with Push Button Lockout

Posted by on Mar 14, 2017 in Tony's Tips |

On a couple of our club modules we have elaborate control panels and use DCC Specialties Hare accessory decoders with push buttons used to manually select turnout routes (red/black buttons). Unwary fingers are a problem at some shows, resulting in derails, electrical shorts, and even a melted truck or two. Could a master SPST push-button be put in the black ground wire and all the Wabbit’s run through it? And would it be OK if that one push button went to a single...

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Wiring PSX-AR Circuit Breaker Auto Reverser For Reverse Loop Crossover

Posted by on Mar 8, 2017 in Tips DCC Components, Tony's Tips |

We receive a lot of questions about PSX circuit breakers and PSX-AR circuit breaker auto reversers. The following diagram shows an oval loop with a reverse crossover. Important Rules of Thumb for Reverse Sections The reverse section located between gaps 2 & 3 must be longer than your longest train. Each PSX and PSX-AR board must take power directly from the DCC booster. Note: each PSX on the DCC Power J1 input terminal allows you to daisy chain to the next PSX Make sure...

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ESU Decoders & NCE Advanced Consisting

Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 in Tips DCC Components |

Dave Heap on the NCE Yahoo Group has been conducting some tests and unfortunately it has become evident that ESU decoders are not 100% compatible with all the NCE Advanced Consist commands. Keep in mind, the fix is relatively simple, but NCE owners who use ESU should be aware of the potential issue. The area of non-compatibility is the CLEAR ALL ADVANCED CONSISTS command. This command sends an NMRA Standard consist control command to the broadcast address: Instruction...

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NCE Advanced Consisting

Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 in Tips DCC Systems, Tony's Tips |

Printed with permission by Dave Heap and the NCE Yahoo Group Setting up an Advanced Consist with NCE Assume you have three locos, numbered A, B & C you wish to consist. On the NCE throttle press <CONSIST SETUP> Press <ENTER> to select an advanced consist Press <ENTER> and proceed to the next step Follow the prompts to set up the three locos in consist with loco A as the lead, Loco C as the rear and loco B as mid-consist. The system will suggest a...

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DCC Sound decoders for Recently Released Athearn & Intermountain Models

Posted by on Mar 2, 2017 in Locomotives, News, Tips DCC Sound, Tips Decoders and Installations, Tony's Tips |

Which DCC Sound Decoders are right for your locomotives? With so many new models arriving in our store weekly, we can  recommend a SoundTraxx or ESU Loksound decoder for each of them. We’re taking the guesswork out of that process by starting a new Tony’s Tip to help suggest after market SoundTraxx and ESU products for all those “Sound-Ready” locomotives on our shelves. We’re kicking this month off with a recent release of GP7 & GP9 locomotives from Athearn...

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Dirty Track, Short Circuits, CMX and Caig DeOxit

Posted by on Feb 22, 2017 in Locomotives, Tony's Tips |

Why DCC locomotives appear to short out on track Larry: Out of curiosity why does an engine encountering dirty track cause a PSX to trip? I know, I’m not using my CMX as often as I should, but I still wanted to understand what’s happening electronically. I have set the PSX CV55=1 and CV65=32 enabling a delay of 4ms. Thanks for all the help.—————–Bob A. in New Hampshire   Bob: Most of today’s engines have very large capacitors...

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