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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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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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NCE Power Cab with Radio Upgrade Path

Posted by on Feb 18, 2016 in Tips DCC Systems, Tony's Tips |

If I read the Operations Manual correctly, I need to have the Power Cab plugged into the system for the Cab06 to work.  Or will it work when I send the Power Cab into NCE for upgrade to radio? Thank—-Bill C. Hi Bill, the Cab06 will function with either the Power Cab or the SB5. If the SB5 is not providing DCC power [booster and command station], then you need the Power Cab providing DCC power for the Cab06 to function. If the SB5 is providing DCC power, then the Power...

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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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