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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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Jack Wabbit Address Programming on NCE

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

You can program any of the Jack Wabbit’s four switch outputs to any address you want. You can only program the address of one switch at a time. Select the the switch whose address you want to program (SWA, SWB, SWC, SWD). With power off, place the program jumper joining the two program pins labelled for the switch you want. Turn on power, and you will see  D1 flash. On your throttle, press SELECT ACCY, then use the number keys to enter the address you want. When the...

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DCC Specialties PSX-AR Automatic Turnout Control

Posted by on Apr 12, 2016 in Tips DCC Components, Tony's Tips |

I’ve recently moved and started a new layout. This will be my 1st experience with reverse loops. In looking at the DCC Specialties PSX-AR circuit breaker/auto reverser, the manual indicates it will automatically throw the Circuitron Tortoise to allow the train to exit the reverse loop. Will the Tortoise reset automatically to the opposite position so the next train can enter the loop from the same direction as the first train? Or, does the PSX-AR maintain it’s...

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PSX with Photocell Detection

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Tips DCC Components, Tony's Tips |

  I finally got my bench work and track down and ready to hook up the photocell. I just received the CTI photocell and a PSX-AR from you guys. The photocell had no instructions and not sure how to install and wire it. It came with a resistor. Any suggestions?——–Thanks, Gary Spencer Simply mount the photocell between two ties at the location where you want the train to stop. We do this by using a #60 drill to make two holes in the roadbed spaced the...

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JMRI Decoder Pro and NCE SB5 Settings

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in Tech Specs, Tips DCC Components |

Here is the correct setup procedure for JMRI with an SB5: SB5 Instructions ============ The correct settings for an SB5 and an NCE USB V7 are: — USB Jumper 4 on. All others off (or at least 2 & 3. Jumper 1 is ignored). — JMRI preferences are: — System manufacturer: NCE — System connection: NCE USB — Serial port: <whatever is appropriate for your system> — USB version: V7.x.x — System: SB5 — Additional Connection...

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