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by Silver Surfer
Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:34 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: nce powercab
Replies: 7
Views: 933

Re: nce powercab

finch wrote:Problem solved ............

You hope!!!! :lol:

Have you tried it with a 13.8v/2amp unit yet? Let us know when you have.

Do as John suggests and change the decoders or you may still be disappointed...
by Silver Surfer
Tue Jul 12, 2011 7:50 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: DCC control for Tortoise motors
Replies: 24
Views: 2842

Re: DCC control for Tortoise motors

You seem more than willing to spend some money investing for the future (£100 for a booster) so why not invest in a half decent dcc control set up to eradicate the 'it won't do this or that' problems. In my experience (about 50 years) most problems with electronic equipment is caused by substandard ...
by Silver Surfer
Thu Jun 16, 2011 9:06 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: question for point decoders
Replies: 4
Views: 702

Re: question for point decoders

Good thinking Bigmet..... Exactly what I've done.

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These are all Cobalt point decoders which don't require any soldering...

Mike
by Silver Surfer
Sat May 07, 2011 11:55 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: lighting PSU
Replies: 10
Views: 933

Re: lighting PSU

I think I'm correct in saying, if you use a 12volt DC PSU and only 12volt LED's you won't need any additional resistors as they're already built in.

If you connect them up the wrong way they won't work but, neither will you destroy them, so just connect them the opposite way.....
by Silver Surfer
Sun Apr 03, 2011 8:41 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Loosing connection
Replies: 3
Views: 736

Re: Loosing connection

I had a similar problem (although not with a PA) where when I turned off my dcc, the decoder for some strange reason was re-setting itself to address 3 (the default). The decoder went in the bin and was replaced with a TCS - I no longer experience this issue. It was a basic Bachmann decoder, two fun...
by Silver Surfer
Fri Apr 01, 2011 10:39 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: NCE PowerPro & Hornby decoders
Replies: 7
Views: 933

Re: NCE PowerPro & Hornby decoders

ERMick wrote:as you're not so paranoid about cocking them up and wasting a load of money

Not a problem if you use TCS decoders - they come with a 12 month, no questions asked, 'goof proof' warranty - removes the paranoia and they're excellent decoders to boot....

Mike
by Silver Surfer
Thu Mar 31, 2011 10:21 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: NCE PowerPro & Hornby decoders
Replies: 7
Views: 933

Re: NCE PowerPro & Hornby decoders

Sorry guys but I'm firmly in the 'don't buy them at any price' camp..... Yes they seem to be getting their act together somewhat in relation to NMRA compliance* with this particular decoder but ask yourself "How long have they been making electronics gear and how much of their kit is recommende...
by Silver Surfer
Sat Mar 26, 2011 7:07 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Are the Hornby Select and Elite seen as "toy" controllers?
Replies: 22
Views: 7002

Re: Are the Hornby Select and Elite seen as "toy" controllers?

I think the majority answer would be YES. The general advice/opinion is if you are serious about DCC then stay away from any controller which is or can be supplied in a boxed train set, the reasoning behind this is that such controllers are usually sufficient to run the contents of the box but very ...
by Silver Surfer
Wed Mar 23, 2011 8:19 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Points shorting with DCC and Electrofrog
Replies: 5
Views: 1392

Re: Points shorting with DCC and Electrofrog

Hi The Cobalt switch will change the frog oplarity to match the appropriate rail if you do it right. It is of course necessary to have the frogs wires opposite to each other - in otherwords blue rail would go to terminal one on one, terminal 2 on the other.... you should wire the frog in both point...
by Silver Surfer
Tue Mar 22, 2011 7:58 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Opinions about point control please!
Replies: 6
Views: 1254

Re: Opinions about point control please!

With wiring to that standard you could be forgiven for expecting NO faults :!: Great bit of workmanship. It might seem a bit contrary to use digital control modules then house them centrally and run cables, but as you are using them as an interface for automation a good idea. Thanks for the complim...
by Silver Surfer
Mon Mar 21, 2011 8:28 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Shorts
Replies: 5
Views: 887

Re: Shorts

Double check the two input wires to the switch for the frog on the Seep. It's ever so easy to get them wrong - as I found out. Swap them over to see if it makes any difference.

Mike
by Silver Surfer
Mon Mar 21, 2011 8:18 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Opinions about point control please!
Replies: 6
Views: 1254

Re: Opinions about point control please!

Just about the best combination I have come across in my modelling career are dcc concepts slow action Cobalt motors with their Cobalt decoders. Okay, not the ceapest solution to the problem but they are brilliant and can be run on 12vdc or on a bus from your dcc set up, LEDs to a mimic panel are si...
by Silver Surfer
Sun Mar 06, 2011 7:26 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: NCE DCC SYSTEM.
Replies: 23
Views: 2705

Re: NCE DCC SYSTEM.

Following many, many months of research, looking at and hands on testing, I jumped straight in the deep end with my very first DCC kit - NCE PowerHouse Pro 5amp. Do I regret it? Not one little bit, it's sublime, does everything I want and I echo the thoughts and opinions expressed above. I do now re...
by Silver Surfer
Mon Feb 28, 2011 4:09 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Points position LED indication wiring and other questions...
Replies: 4
Views: 1316

Re: Points position LED indication wiring and other questions...

Continuing on the same vein, I also need to add motorised semaphore signals to the layout. Any help here on wiring, control and motorisation would also be most welcome... ... and finally, there are a glut of books and DVD’s out there on every subject imaginable but from my own shopping to date (boo...
by Silver Surfer
Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:03 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Dcc and Isolation
Replies: 10
Views: 846

Re: Dcc and Isolation

Brett Just to clear up your point about will it work - yes it will. I have two hidden loops each with two tracks and my trains go into these and stop on a switched isolated section. When I want them back out, I just flick the switch and off they go. Doesn't appear to have had any detremental affect ...

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