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by RAFHAAA96
Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:07 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Need help interrogating some decoders
Replies: 10
Views: 147

Re: Need help interrogating some decoders

The white dot on the MCU indicates it is an early R8215 which cannot be interrogated. Later versions with a red dot can ne interrogated in Reg mode if your controller supports it.
The 8-pin is harder to ID hidden in its blanket. We need the full Monty.
Rob
by RAFHAAA96
Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Gaugemaster Prodigy
Replies: 6
Views: 115

Re: Gaugemaster Prodigy

Invoke the GM lifetime warranty. I have heard its no quibble.
rob
by RAFHAAA96
Fri Jan 11, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Removing dcc
Replies: 15
Views: 353

Re: Removing dcc

ESU is a tradename, like Zimo or Hornby or Lenz.
In this context V4 is a type of ESU sound decoder. The respondent is trying to tell you a Zimo decoder will have an MX model code not a V4 code.
Rob
by RAFHAAA96
Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby 2019 Range Speculation Thread
Replies: 46
Views: 1450

Re: Hornby 2019 Range Speculation Thread

All the responses so far lean towards rolling stock, but what about other kit, such as controllers, decoders and the elusive loco detection system.
Rob
by RAFHAAA96
Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: DCC - Main controllers and accessory decoders.
Replies: 12
Views: 304

Re: DCC - Main controllers and accessory decoders.

where the accessory decoder allows conventional manual switch operation via a mimic style panel, as the DCC Concepts AD-S range do Some acc decoders have additional terminals whereby you can connect a switch so as to be able to operate points via the decoder manually in addition to via the controll...
by RAFHAAA96
Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: The Workbench
Topic: St. Blazey's Works and Depot
Replies: 85
Views: 5543

Re: St. Blazey's Works and Depot

Probably a bit late to the party but... Traction tyres would not be of use on a non driven bogie. Back to your pictures of the lighting boards. The yellow things marked LED x are the white and red lights which would match up to a plastic prism for the actual lights. The three connections on the back...
by RAFHAAA96
Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Converting hornby hst to dcc
Replies: 13
Views: 224

Re: Converting hornby hst to dcc

I would think your power route is ... Motor bogie left wheels via motor housing to left brush, hence to front light. Other side of light and front pickup right wheels back to right brush. If you pull off the wires from both brushes you will find the left brush is still live to the motor bogie left w...
by RAFHAAA96
Sat Dec 29, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Converting hornby hst to dcc
Replies: 13
Views: 224

Re: Converting hornby hst to dcc

It may not be clear to a begineer what motor isolation actually is... Using a multi-meter check for continuity between each motor brush (usually at the brush connection) and the wheels on both sides of the loco, after you have disconnected every bit of wire. There should be no continuity. If there i...
by RAFHAAA96
Sat Dec 29, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Converting hornby hst to dcc
Replies: 13
Views: 224

Re: Converting hornby hst to dcc

It sounds like the pickup from the front bogie goes to the motor housing which is likely live to the left hand brush. If so the brush needs isolating from the housing normally by using a nylon screw in lieu of the metal screw or there may be a lug on the housing that the brush retainer strip bears o...
by RAFHAAA96
Fri Dec 28, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: First dcc converted loco start stop
Replies: 13
Views: 291

Re: First dcc converted loco start stop

I always improve the pickups on these old models where the front bogie provides one rail pickup and the motor bogie provides the opposing rail pickup. Look for the service sheet for a slightly more modern version of the ringfield motored loco and use the improved pickups from there. Usually the fron...
by RAFHAAA96
Fri Dec 28, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Hornby - including Lima, Rivarossi, Jouef, Electrotren
Topic: Hornby Intercity Class 43 HST 125
Replies: 2
Views: 129

Re: Hornby Intercity Class 43 HST 125

If the motor is truly dead (although they can usually be fettled) then consider replacing it with a DVD motor.
In true Blue Peter fashion, here is one I did earlier.
http://myweb.cytanet.com.cy/honnor/page19.html
Rob
by RAFHAAA96
Wed Dec 26, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Track/Layout Design
Topic: Need help with a plan-OO gauge
Replies: 39
Views: 1120

Re: Need help with a plan-OO gauge

Depends upon how high you want to lift the rear track(s) but there is little front to back length to get up there without a severe gradient.
Rob
by RAFHAAA96
Sun Dec 16, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Blown TTS Decoder - what did I do wrong?
Replies: 25
Views: 676

Re: Blown TTS Decoder - what did I do wrong?

I was just about to say there will be a beep across the orange and grey with a motor in circuit for the reasons provided above.
Rob
by RAFHAAA96
Thu Dec 13, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Advice Regarding an Automatic Reversing Component
Replies: 12
Views: 435

Re: Advice Regarding an Automatic Reversing Component

Reed switches need magnets on the applicable passing vehicle. Latching reed switches are becoming harder to find and getting expensive.
IR may suffer unreliability in certain lighting conditions.
Rob
by RAFHAAA96
Thu Dec 13, 2018 5:20 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Blown TTS Decoder - what did I do wrong?
Replies: 25
Views: 676

Re: Blown TTS Decoder - what did I do wrong?

Do a con test twixt each socket hole (grey and orange) to each motor brush. Grey to brush 1 and 2, ditto orange. You should only get con between the direct connections and not between the crossed connections. May or may not give us a clue. Any way that either of those wires is shorting to chassis. Y...

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