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Offline MikeDunn

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Re: Choice of DCC system
« Reply #75 on: July 27, 2013, 05:48:21 PM »
I have an early Dynamis plus Pro box and it has been something of a nightmare to use
Appreciate you're rebuilding, but what are the problems you're having with the Dynamis ?  Maybe if they are resolvable, you can save yourself money for the layout or more stock  :beers:

We've had ours a few years now (not the Pro version, I just don't see that the add-on is worth the money seeing as it doesn't provide the promised computer control), and have had few issues.  While the manual could be better, most answers I've needed have been in there, hidden away.

Regarding a replacement; we've already identified a suitable unit when we rebuild our OO layout (the Dynamis will become my N controller, until then I'm happy on DC) - the colour ECoS from ESU (the designers/mfrs of the Dynamis, as it happens).  As Kirby says, not cheap - hence why it's the future DCC controller and not the current one  :P

I would also agree - avoid the Hornby efforts !!! >:D

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Re: Choice of DCC system
« Reply #76 on: July 27, 2013, 05:53:07 PM »
As said above it depends on your requirements. No good spending obscene amounts on a does-everything-but-make-the-tea system for a 4x2 layout with two trains on it, and likewise pointless to buy a cheapy controller to run something the size of Miniature Wonderland :D

OK, exaggerating I know, but you really would be best getting to a show attended by Digitrains or DCC Supplies and talking to them. I personally went to Digitrains near Lincoln and it was well worth the trip. They asked me what I wanted out of it, both now and possibly in the future (sound, accessory control, computer-link, etc), and many other questions then advised me which systems would do what I wanted. I got to try them all at my leisure on their test track and decide for myself, no sales pressure whatsoever. I actually came away with a different, and in my opinion better, system than I originally intended to buy :D

As a help there is a thread and poll HERE of what people are using and why :thumbsup:


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Re: Choice of DCC system
« Reply #77 on: July 27, 2013, 06:29:26 PM »
Oh and I forgot to mention the sprog. Fifty quid well spent. Ok, not really a controller, but great for fiddling with those cvs.
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Re: Choice of DCC system
« Reply #78 on: July 27, 2013, 07:34:10 PM »
Many thanks for your advice if I can find a show around the Swindon area that has these experts I will go and see them unfortunately at the moment not fit enough to travel to far  :thankyousign:  :NGF:

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Re: Choice of DCC system
« Reply #79 on: July 27, 2013, 08:19:44 PM »
Oh and I forgot to mention the sprog. Fifty quid well spent. Ok, not really a controller, but great for fiddling with those cvs.

LOL, you have one too ?

For me, it gives all the extra features promised in the Pro add-on for the Dynamis, but never delivered.  As you say, well worth it.  Of course, an alternative is a RasPi ...

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Re: Choice of DCC system
« Reply #80 on: July 27, 2013, 09:10:24 PM »
I've got raspberry pi too. Just bought it cos I'm an ancient risc os fan (it shares some genealogy i believe) but never used it in anger. Didn't know it could run JMRI?

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Re: Choice of DCC system
« Reply #81 on: July 27, 2013, 09:13:43 PM »
Oh yeah, that's why I bought mine (I really need to get it working  :-[).

Sounds like we're following much the same path !

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Re: Choice of DCC system
« Reply #82 on: July 27, 2013, 09:34:24 PM »
Sounds like we're following much the same path !
Has your wife just had twins too? ;-))
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Re: Choice of DCC system
« Reply #83 on: July 27, 2013, 09:42:11 PM »
No, she had kittens  :P  He's right in front of the keyboard as I type, napping  :D

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Re: Choice of DCC system
« Reply #84 on: July 27, 2013, 10:52:07 PM »
 Well, now that I've read he thread on jmri and rpi I'm  somewhat regretting ( a bit) that we didn't have kittens instead of children !
Sounds like I need to spend some time in front of a computer screen instead of gooing and gagahing. Some chance :goggleeyes:
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Re: Choice of DCC system
« Reply #85 on: July 28, 2013, 07:03:44 PM »
i use a bachmann e-z command controller and I find it very easy to use

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Re: Choice of DCC system
« Reply #86 on: September 14, 2013, 09:22:12 PM »
Hi all,
T.I.N.G.S. got me all keen again after a few months off. Really glad I went.
I bought one of the Dapol B1's and have just bought a green 03 to start a new micro layout set in the 60's.

I'm considering giving DCC ago ???

I'm a complete novice in this area and admit to always turning the page in the magazines when the words DCC pop up.

The layout will be small, maybe two or three box files (I've always wanted to do a box file layout)
The only locos will be the B1 and the 03.
Now the big question what's the best way to start, controller, chips etc.
I know it's a big question and I'm sure all the answers are spread around the forum but laziness has kicked in.
Oh one more question, how easy is it to convert the farish 03 to DCC?
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Re: Choice of DCC system
« Reply #87 on: September 14, 2013, 09:29:21 PM »
The 03 isn't that hard to convert - needs a small wired decoder but the conversion itself is not that fiddly providing you can solder.

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Re: Choice of DCC system
« Reply #88 on: September 14, 2013, 09:32:16 PM »
The 03 isn't that hard to convert - needs a small wired decoder but the conversion itself is not that fiddly providing you can solder.
Thank you.
Soldering isn't a problem.
Might come back for some step to steps when the time comes.

Thanks again

David

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Re: Choice of DCC system
« Reply #89 on: September 14, 2013, 09:43:15 PM »
There is a poll in this very section on what controllers people are using ;) For entry level I'd say the NCE Powercab, Prodigy Express or Bachmann Dynamis are probably the most common. Choice is personal really as it's what works for you, so you really need to try them out at an exhibition if someone like Digitrains is attending :thumbsup:

Likewise decoders are down to personal choice, some advocate the cheap ones whilst others pay more for quality such as the TCS, Lenz or Digitrax chips. The 03 I'm guessing is almost identical to the 04? In which case I wrote an article on DCC conversion that appeared in one of last year's NGS Journals ;)


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