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by Silver Surfer
Mon Feb 14, 2011 8:22 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Electronic inertia
Replies: 6
Views: 1549

Re: Electronic inertia

Dcc Concepts have just bought out a new decoder with 'stay alive capacitors' Keep your eyes on their website and you might just find out how big the capacitors fitted to these are. http://www.dccconcepts.com/index_files/DCCconcepts_own_DCC_decoders.htm nb. The information for the loco decoders is du...
by Silver Surfer
Sat Feb 12, 2011 12:12 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Hornby Select wont power up
Replies: 5
Views: 1159

Re: Hornby Select wont power up

1d89 wrote:I see that there are some very informed people that post on here and wondered if anyone could offer advice/help????


Chuck it in the bin and buy a proper transformer............. and don't buy any dcc electronics kit from manufacturers who also make train sets........is my best advice.

Mike
by Silver Surfer
Sat Feb 12, 2011 12:05 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: help needed on splitting boards and track connections
Replies: 5
Views: 779

Re: help needed on splitting boards and track connections

Wiring is not a problem - as it's dcc, wire each board as a separate layout and then you'll only need to connect the bus between the boards. Signalling and point control can be via computer multi pin D connectors. Biggest troubles are;- a) ensuring you have a proper physical connection of the two bo...
by Silver Surfer
Wed Feb 02, 2011 6:48 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Electrics on to a removable section
Replies: 11
Views: 1443

Re: Electrics on to a removable section

On my completely 'lift-outable' section, I use something like bufferstop's but with dome headed coach bolts instead of drawing pins.

Mike
by Silver Surfer
Thu Jan 27, 2011 11:22 am
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Mini heat shrink gun
Replies: 8
Views: 1849

Re: Mini heat shrink gun

I've got one of those little heat guns and it works a treat - five for a pound at my local shop.
Oh they're called disposable cigarette lighters.

Mike
by Silver Surfer
Thu Jan 20, 2011 12:32 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: dcc
Replies: 15
Views: 1454

Re: dcc

hi there im new to dcc whats does the hornby elite do that the select doesnt? If you're new to Dcc learn a lesson now..... Stay away from Hornby electronics. Their engines and rolling stock are fine but if you invest in either of these controllers you are simply asking for trouble - read the review...
by Silver Surfer
Wed Jan 19, 2011 9:18 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Point Wiring for DCC
Replies: 30
Views: 5015

Re: Point Wiring for DCC

Flakmunky wrote:Lets be clear, I am not doing 'half' of the modification; I'm doing none of it!


Sorry Timmo, I thought you implied you were fitting a frog switch (which is part of the recommended modification) but doing nothing else, hence my assumption you were doing half of it.

Mike
by Silver Surfer
Tue Jan 18, 2011 7:36 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Point Wiring for DCC
Replies: 30
Views: 5015

Re: Point Wiring for DCC

I cannot see how this modification improves reliability in any way other than to reduce the risk of a short. That pretty much sums up the reason for doing it. I think the basis for any argument is usually leaving the point as supplied -versus- undertaking the complete modification and not, as you'r...
by Silver Surfer
Mon Jan 17, 2011 3:46 pm
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Point Wiring for DCC
Replies: 30
Views: 5015

Re: Point Wiring for DCC

The one thing which has not been mentioned as far as I can see is that using the points as supplied puts the whole electrical contact/data transfer in the hands of a very unreliable point blade to stock rail contact. With use, this contact point invariably becomes unreliable by conducting dust, dirt...
by Silver Surfer
Mon Jan 17, 2011 3:27 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Switch help
Replies: 10
Views: 1427

Re: Switch help

Hi axis If I'm understanding you correctly you are going to use the micro switches to change the polarity of the frogs and these will be worked by the tie bar - is that correct? If so, as the tie bar is part of the point and thus on top of the layout, you won't be able to have the switches 'under' t...
by Silver Surfer
Sun Jan 16, 2011 9:09 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Point Wiring for DCC
Replies: 30
Views: 5015

Re: Point Wiring for DCC

Is that a Peco code 83 point? Well spotted Flash - it is indeed a Peco code 83 I'm using Tillig code 83 track and points on the viewable sections and Peco on the hidden sections - mainly because of the cost (Peco are about half the price of Tillig) but they don't look anywhere near as nice. I'm not...
by Silver Surfer
Fri Jan 14, 2011 7:04 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: electrfrog points
Replies: 19
Views: 2991

Re: electrfrog points

DCC Friendly is not my term but one that has grown with the hobby, but the alteration does make them 'friendlier' toward your DCC system. If you leave the points in their original state then yes they can be used out of the box with DC or DCC - no argument. However, the way DCC systems deal with shor...
by Silver Surfer
Wed Jan 12, 2011 11:23 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: electrfrog points
Replies: 19
Views: 2991

Re: electrfrog points

The simple answer Nidge is YES you can but you don't say whether you're DC or DCC. If DC then yes with little problem as power to the frogs is by point blade contact (power routing). However, if you're DCC then IMHO you're really wasting your time and money as you really won't get the full benefit o...
by Silver Surfer
Wed Jan 12, 2011 11:08 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Point Wiring for DCC
Replies: 30
Views: 5015

Re: Point Wiring for DCC

I notice that this question regarding points and DCC fitting comes up very frequently (from me included ) If some-one could do a step by step process inluding photo`s as it is being done, i think a lot of the questions could be answered clearer and easier :idea: Here you go foggy, how to make an el...
by Silver Surfer
Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:31 am
Forum: DCC Forum
Topic: Point Wiring for DCC
Replies: 30
Views: 5015

Re: Point Wiring for DCC

I wasn't having a pop Flash, it was mention of the new points with 'insulated bits' that got me guessing as I thought I'd missed something and imagined Peco had fabricated a small piece of insulation material into the switching rail. I didn't think he meant the gap provided in the rail which doesn't...

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