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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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Installing SoundTraxx Decoders in HO Scale Athearn EMD SD39

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in Tony's Tips |

Athearn has also just released new paint schemes such as N&W, MNS, AT&SF, Guilford and others for their Ready-to-Roll EMD SD39 locomotive in HO scale. These models are equipped with a 9-pin JST style quick-plug and enough space for two of our Super Mini Speakers. This combination makes installing a Tsunami2 or Econami decoder a breeze. We recommend the following products for this model: TSU-2200 for EMD Diesels P.N. 885005 ECO-200 for Diesels P.N. 882002 SuperSonic...

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Installing SoundTraxx Decoders in HO Scale Bowser SD40-2

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in Locomotives, Tony's Tips |

Bowser Manufacturing has released another production run of their GMD (General Motors Diesel – the Canadian division of EMD) SD40-2 locomotives in HO scale. These uniquely Canadian models will be offered in road names including: CP, CN, BC RAIL, Ontario Rail, HLCX, St. L.&H and QNS&L. The Tsunami2 and Econami 21PNEM series of Digital Sound Decoders fit right into these models making the installation process easier than ever. Combine these SoundTraxx decoders with a...

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How To Add Current Keeper to Soundtraxx Tsunami Decoders

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in Tony's Tips |

Instructions and schematics for various SoundTraxx Tsunami DCC Decoders 1. Using wire cutters, remove the factory-installed capacitor from the Tsunami TSU-1000 Digital Sound Decoder by clipping the red and black wires, leaving about 3” of the black capacitor wire still attached to the decoder. The red capacitor wire may be removed and discarded. 2. Prepare the CurrentKeeper for installation: Using wire cutters, trim the blue and black wires to about 3”. 3. Strip and tin the...

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