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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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Using Tsunami2 with SoundCar Decoder

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Tips DCC Sound, Tips Decoders and Installations, Tony's Tips |

The Tsunami SoundCar decoder was designed as an interactive sound system for your rolling stock to complete the sounds made by the train as it passes by. Once the locos pass, the noises made by the train, wheel click, flange squeal, brake set and release, flat spots, refrigeration unit or small generator, etc. are all part of the ambiance that rail fans experience. SoundCar is not simply a sound clip playback device. The SoundCar is watching the DCC track signal for...

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SoundTraxx Econami Features

Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in News, Tips Decoders and Installations |

Buy Your Econami Here Econami Features High-quality 16-bit sound Up to six lighting outputs, allowing a selection from 20 Hyperlight lighting effects Updated, easy-to-use CV roster for customizing motor, lighting, and sound settings Function-activated brake with synchronized sound effects 7-Band Equalizer Selectable sound effects to fit most operating preferences: Select from popular prime movers and exhaust chuffs, 16 airhorns or whistles, and up to 7 bells. Econami also...

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Why Program Track Boosters are Needed

Posted by on Sep 14, 2015 in Tips DCC Components, Tips Decoders and Installations |

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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Jack Wabbit Powers LEDs

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in Tips Decoders and Installations, Tony's Tips |

Jack Wabbit Info Hi guys, I have several questions about the Jack Wabbit Quad turnout decoder: I initially plan some DC operation on my N-gauge setup. Will the Wabbit’s onboard LED outputs function when the unit is powered by DC as well as DCC? Also, I have already hardwired many LED signals on (under) my new layout—– Beautiful, but tiny things.  Would it be possible to have the LEDs switched by the Wabbit unit’s J5 outputs but have the LEDs retain...

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