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16  Discussion Boards / HO / Speed matching with E-Z Command decoders #44916 (CV-5 & CV-6)? on: December 17, 2014, 03:40:22 PM
Hello All,
Ive installed E-Z Command Two Function decoders in my DC locomotives (#44916s) both hard wired and 8-pin compatible.
In the December 2014 (current) issue of the NMRA magazine there is an article about speed matching for consisting.
In the article they talk about V-Max (CV-5) and V-Mid (CV-6) and how some decoders do not support these functions because they are not required features in NMRA compliant decoders, and are optional.
Any suggestions on how to speed match with decoders that dont seem to support CV-5 or CV-6? (Other than using different decoders.)
They do support Acceleration Momentum (CV-3) and Deceleration Momentum (CV-4) along with Starting Voltage (CV-2).
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
17  Discussion Boards / HO / Decoder for GP-30? on: December 02, 2014, 04:31:01 PM
Hello All,
Im installing a DCC decoder into my newly purchased GP-30 (62309).
On the parts pages I see decoders for new and old models, along with a DCC ready and a traditional PCB. 
Which decoder is correct?
Im assuming its the PCB - DCC (new).
Thank you for your time and effort.
18  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Difference between Bachmann Decoders #44915 & #44913? on: November 14, 2014, 05:41:57 PM
Thank you for the clarification. Basically the same decoders.
I was hoping that one of them had a secret function like flight or a proximity stop function (anti-crash).
Thank you again.
19  Discussion Boards / HO / Difference between Bachmann Decoders #44915 & #44913? on: November 14, 2014, 03:40:48 PM
Hello All,
Can anyone tell me the difference between the Bachmann #44915 versus the #44913 decoder?
They both have wiring harnesses as opposed to the 8-pin plug found on other decoders. They also both came in three packs labeled #44914.
Looking at the instruction sheets that came with them they seem identical.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
20  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Dynamis receiver stand-by mode? on: October 31, 2014, 03:01:42 PM
21  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Eye to Eye draw bar measurements? on: October 30, 2014, 06:12:39 PM
Im converting my DCC USRA 0-4-0 with a Vanderbuilt tender to have pickups on the wheels of the tender to improve continuity at slow speeds over the insulated frogs.
To do this, rather than having a plug in the tender going to the decoder Im going to hard wire the decoder to the pickups Im installing on the tender.
Currently there is a J bar that connects the tender to the loco.
Im going to convert the J bar to a draw bar. I am hoping that I can order one rather than having to fabricate one.
Looks like Ill have to fabricate one. The distance that I need to span is about 1-inch to maintain the current spacing of the loco and tender.
Thank you for your thoughts.
22  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Dynamis receiver stand-by mode? on: October 30, 2014, 05:58:45 PM
Sorry if I didnt make my question clear.
Im not talking about 24/7 or overnight. Im not even talking about when I leave the pike unattended. Im talking about, right now, Im replying to this while the receiver is powered up and the handset is turned off to conserve battery power.
Should the receiver be unplugged too?
You dont power down your computer every time you answer the phone.
Thank you for your thoughts.
23  Discussion Boards / HO / Eye to Eye draw bar measurements? on: October 29, 2014, 12:28:30 PM
Hello All,
Does anyone know the eye to eye measurements of the following draw bars:
  • HO GS4/64 4-8-4
  • HO 4-4-0 American
24  Discussion Boards / HO / Dynamis receiver stand-by mode? on: October 29, 2014, 10:32:29 AM
Hello All,
When I am not using my Dynamis system is there any harm in leaving the receiver powered up with both LEDs flashing?
25  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Radius on: October 15, 2014, 10:02:36 PM
Way too many variables to recommend definitive motive power on 18-inch radius trackage.
-Diesel or Steam?
-If steam size of tender; switcher, short or long haul?
-Era modeling or theme?
-Are you consisting (MU)?
-Maximum, or desired, number of rolling stock pulling (tractive effort)?
-Flat or mountain pike (grade percentage)?
Once you figure out your needs then you can choose the appropriate motive power.
I completely agree that a DD40AX or a H4 2-6-6-2 might work on a 22-inch radius curve, but it will look out of place. A consist of GP-38s or 40s might serve you better. If steam consider a 2-6-0, a USRA 0-6-0 or a Climax or Shay- -if your budget permits.
For switching duties consider a 110- 70- or 44-ton diesels or a 0-6-0 or 0-4-0(T) steam.
For short overland hops how about an RS-11 or RS-3, if appropriate for your concept.
And do not rule out the venerable F-series diesels, with accompanying B-units.
Hope this helps.
26  Discussion Boards / HO / Fitting a front coupler to a USRA 0-6-0 on: October 14, 2014, 07:07:12 PM
Hello All,
As the late great John Allen said, A locomotive without a front coupler is not a locomotive.
Does Bachmann offer a kit to fit a front coupler to a USRA 0-6-0?
Thank you all for your input.
27  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Lighting functions of the Bachmann 44915 decoder? on: October 08, 2014, 12:32:40 PM
Hello Hunt,
Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.
To clarify, the motor function outputs on the decoder will power the motor that drives the plow blade. There is no motor that drives the unit , in essence its a dummy. The address will control the plow blade. Im planning on MU-ing it with the pusher loco; an F7B.
According to the Athearn folks the motor draw will not exceed the capacity of the decoder.
The lighting will come off the function outputs. I realize that if I go with LEDs, and the decoder is not LED Ready I will need to add resistors.
Again, thanks for the comments, always appreciated.
28  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Lighting functions of the Bachmann 44915 decoder? on: October 07, 2014, 10:38:14 PM
Hello Hunt,
Well, you asked...So here goes...
Heres the project:
I bought a rotary snowplow from the fine folks at Athearn. It is a DC powered (analog)- -functioning rotary plow, with a dummy EMD F7B Power unit- -talk about an oxymoron!
I figured Id just do a body swap for a Blue Box frame and motor for the OEM dummy on my analog pike- -and life would be great.
Well as the phrase goes, the best laid plans of...
I was able to power the the F7B Power unit with a Blue Box analog unit and the body swap.
Then, as the fickle finger of fate intervened, I upgraded to a digital (DCC) system- -the Bachmann E-Z Command system, with the 5-amp power booster, soon to be the Dynamis DCC system. This will give me access to the higher CV functions that I seek.
I contacted the great folks at Athearn and they said that the snowplow consist was never meant to be run on a digital pike- -let alone powering the Power unit.
They have offer advice and support on this conversion project. Im still updating them on what Im doing; including all posts like this. Im also preparing a article for the NMRA magazine on this project.
Ive figured out how to convert the Blue Box F7B analog (D/C) unit to digital (DCC).
The scheme is to convert the snowplow from analog to digital and also include forward facing LED lighting with a reward facing red strobe or flashing unit for a prototypical operation in limited visibility scenarios.
My quest:
Im looking for a decoder (no matter the manufacturer) that will provide the strobe or flashing function to power the trailing LED, or provide power to a flashing LED unit from the decoder lighting function.
Because its a relatively simple installation I am only seeking advice on two (2) function decoders that have this option. If I need to upgrade to a four (4) function decoder, so be it.
Again, thank you all for your comments.
29  Discussion Boards / HO / Re: Lighting functions of the Bachmann 44915 decoder? on: October 07, 2014, 02:39:01 PM
Thank you for your response.
Ive got the instruction sheet that came with the decoder that lists the CV functions.
Youve confirmed what I suspected- -a solid decoder with simple functions.
Any recommendations on decoders that support strobe or flashing functions; no matter the brand?
Thank you again for your input.
30  Discussion Boards / HO / Lighting functions of the Bachmann 44915 decoder? on: October 07, 2014, 11:56:20 AM
Hello All,
Does anyone know what the lighting functions of the Bachmann 44915 decoder are beyond on and off if any?
More specifically does this decoder support flashing or strobe function?
Thank you for your input.
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