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by BananaRepublic
Sat May 30, 2015 11:17 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Lenz 100 out of stock everywhere
Replies: 67
Views: 5495

Re: Lenz 100 out of stock everywhere

.....And the price rip-off also applies to Lenz decoders. The Standard+ decoder here - http://www.arstecnica.de/shop/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=standard%2B&XTCsid=0h3cfqj2fhkshvd2ukcea35f02 - is €16.99 with free international postage on orders above €50.00. So buy 3 and at today's exch...
by BananaRepublic
Sat May 30, 2015 1:37 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Lenz 100 out of stock everywhere
Replies: 67
Views: 5495

Re: Lenz 100 out of stock everywhere

Bernd Lenz, the founder and owner seems to have lost interest in the DCC side of the Lenz business, being more interested in developing Spur O RTR models. Very sad considering this was the man who gave his company's DCC protocol to the NMRA and the world for free, in order to establish a common stan...
by BananaRepublic
Mon May 18, 2015 3:11 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Hornby Series 56 DCC Fitted Decoder
Replies: 4
Views: 643

Re: Hornby Series 56 DCC Fitted Decoder

I am have trouble with it, so I thought of replacing it. Looking at ESU or LENZ Silver Direct. Any comments on these or is another better? Almost everything else is better that the Hornby decoder. If living in the UK, it's a good time to be thinking about buying solid quality decoders from the like...
by BananaRepublic
Mon May 18, 2015 2:50 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Hornby Series 56 DCC Fitted Decoder
Replies: 4
Views: 643

Re: Hornby Series 56 DCC Fitted Decoder

Hornby factory fitted DCC locos have their own decoders fitted, except for the full sound equipped models, which have ESU LokSound decoder fitted. What is fitted to yours will depend on when it was made. Hornby's original budget decoder was the awful R8215, which was rapidly replaced by the R8249 af...
by BananaRepublic
Tue May 12, 2015 12:55 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Picking a DCC Command Station
Replies: 22
Views: 2224

Re: Picking a DCC Command Station

I don't know where the using a desktop or laptop PC came into this?
It's certainly not needed for the new system I pointed to.

Unless it relates to the Hornby e-link suggestion earlier on?

For the OP.
Have a think about the MultiMaus. Miles better than the Select and very cheap to buy.



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by BananaRepublic
Mon May 11, 2015 4:17 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Picking a DCC Command Station
Replies: 22
Views: 2224

Re: Picking a DCC Command Station

are they the same company as ESU? as it looks identical to their hand held offering link No they're not the same company (PIKO are a big RTR manufacturer) but they've used ESU's new Mobile Control 2 handset as the basis of this system, using their own control app. Obviously it's made for them by ES...
by BananaRepublic
Mon May 11, 2015 1:23 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Hornby Select
Replies: 21
Views: 1853

Re: Hornby Select

I downloaded the latest (June) BRM this morning Tim. It has an article on Bachmann's latest wifi Dynamis by ESU. Being out of the intensely focussed on everything model railway loop until then, I hadn't known Bachmann had since taken that obvious smart step in the right direction...... There is no ...
by BananaRepublic
Mon May 11, 2015 12:58 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Picking a DCC Command Station
Replies: 22
Views: 2224

Re: Picking a DCC Command Station

Blending the tactile experience of a real control knob and the practical and functional advantages of a modern touch screen GUI, there's a "new kid on the block" .... http://blog.mojswiatmodeli.pl/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/IMG_9680.jpg http://www.spur-g-news.de/piko/2015/SmartControlSyste...
by BananaRepublic
Sun May 10, 2015 11:53 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Smart Phone as DCC Hand Set???
Replies: 18
Views: 2351

Re: Smart Phone as DCC Hand Set???

Not "simply". For the PA Squared, you'd need to operate with an external computer running a software control program that supports Smartphone or Tablet devices as handsets. The WiThrottle Engine Driver app works with JMRI, in which the PA Squared is now said to be supported. The andRoc app...
by BananaRepublic
Sun Apr 26, 2015 7:37 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: DCC or DC? What to do, what to do.
Replies: 107
Views: 9314

Re: DCC or DC? What to do, what to do.

For N gauge the Lenz silver mini (6 pin) is generally accepted to be one of the best - but I've never seen it at much less than £30 - have you by any chance :?: Hattons list the Silver Mini at £29. The (continental) European price is €29.99, which is around £21.50 at todays conversion rate. If orde...
by BananaRepublic
Sat Apr 25, 2015 9:22 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: DCC or DC? What to do, what to do.
Replies: 107
Views: 9314

Re: DCC or DC? What to do, what to do.

Marcus do they have to be the £20 decoders? Just that i've seen Lenz New Standard + 8 Pin NEM 652 DCC Decoders for £17.25 + p&p (cheapest I have found so far)....... Due to the fall of the Euro against the £ (UKL), European brand decoders have been available at substantially lower prices for qu...
by BananaRepublic
Sat Apr 25, 2015 12:08 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: DCC or DC? What to do, what to do.
Replies: 107
Views: 9314

Re: DCC or DC? What to do, what to do.

Can I just point out that control of points, routes, signals etc, can be carried out using DCC through an ordinary "hardware" control/mimic panel, using physical switches, buttons or levers and LED indicator lights if so desired. All it requires is one of the available modules to be fitte...
by BananaRepublic
Fri Apr 24, 2015 1:31 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: DCC or DC? What to do, what to do.
Replies: 107
Views: 9314

Re: DCC or DC? What to do, what to do.

......I will point out here that I use DCC for ONLY CONTROLLING TRAINS , nothing else. All points will be controlled by switches on a control panel for a tactile feel and lights for feedback. ......Points control I much prefer a flick of a switch rather than mashing a cobinational of buttons to mak...
by BananaRepublic
Fri Apr 24, 2015 12:06 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Is DCC dead???????
Replies: 26
Views: 3321

Re: Is DCC dead???????

Those statistics are for the number of people, not the number of phones.
As for the people you know or aware of, that's irrelevant as it's unlikely to reflect the wider picture.

Ofcom are not the only provider of statistics on mobile phone ownership. All the other sources report very similar numbers.
by BananaRepublic
Thu Apr 23, 2015 3:21 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: DCC or DC? What to do, what to do.
Replies: 107
Views: 9314

Re: DCC or DC? What to do, what to do.

It's horses for courses. DC or DCC, choose what's right for you. The thing is, Analogue will increasingly become a legacy choice, regardless of remaining in common usage for many. However for new entrants, many have their first experience or exposure with a train set, but these are increasingly bein...

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