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How To Get Super Smooth Running DCC Decoders

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017 in Tony's Tips |

Progress Over the Years The motors used in our locomotives have progressively become better over the years. Furthermore, the way we control these motors has also continued to improve. The old rheostat gave way to solid state electronics with better motor control. Then came DCC with a decoder that had direct motor control. Decoders have continued the progress by significantly improving motor control. The major improvement has been the use of Back-Electro Motive Force (BEMF)...

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Power Supplies for Digitrax Boosters and Command Stations

Posted by on May 23, 2017 in Tips DCC Components, Tips DCC Systems, Tony's Tips |

The chart below shows the model of the Digitrax DCC Command Station or Booster with the recommended Power Supply. The latest generation of Digitrax Command Stations and Boosters require DC power and will not function on AC power supplies. Digitrax DCC Boosters & Command Stations Model Description Input DC Power Input AC Power DCS 240 8A command station and booster unit 13.8 – 25VDC PS615 PS2012 NO DB210 3/5/8A with auto reversing booster, single track output 15 – 24VDC...

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Wiring A DCC Specialties PSX-AR for a Wye

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Tony's Tips |

Hello, I currently have 4 PSX-AR devices controlling the reverse loops on my layout and I have just ordered the 5th from you. My plan for this one is to control a wye. I see the wiring diagram for one leg of the wye but does it also control the switch machine(s) so they are in the correct throw for the loco? I don’t see how they should be wired or if it is the same as for a reverse loop or if this device will not control the switch machines on a wye and simply changes...

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Wiring Two DCC Specialties Hares For Crossover

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Tony's Tips |

Hi Erik, We are now installing Tortoise motors with the Hare decoders, but there is one situation we would appreciate your guidance on please. In one area we have two main line tracks running parallel with a single crossover. I intend to loop both contacts 11 and 12 of the  two Hares together and connect these to a single PB switch so that both turnouts operate in unison to be either clear or thrown. However we also want to install the Auto Throw feature and again it would...

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Adding Remote Short Circuit Indication to the PSX

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Tony's Tips |

PSX-1 Remote Status LED (J5-1,J5-2) Output Load Specification. Many users have large layouts and require remote short circuit indication in more than one location. The following schematic provides output voltage and current on this output so that you can develop a reliable solution to this issue by adding remote LEDs to the PSX. The diode bridge and filter capacitor can be replaced by a 12V walwart or other 12V power...

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Wiring LEDs to Hare Accessory Decoder

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Tips DCC Components, Tony's Tips |

I have just installed the Hare 1 (Rev K) and it works well. I have added a toggle switch that is installed on a control panel and I have added a dwarf signal (two 2-wire bipolar LEDs stacked one on top of the other with a common wire connecting the two, one wire for the top LED and one wire for the bottom LED then wired according to the top illustration on page 4 of the manual included with the product) to the Hare connections and they also work well. I now want to add 2...

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