Decoder Installation By Roger James, Otter Valley Railroad - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

Decoder installation by roger james otter valley railroad
Download
1 / 19

  • 126 Views
  • Uploaded on
  • Presentation posted in: General

Decoder Installation By Roger James, Otter Valley Railroad. So you decided to install a DCC decoder, tips and tricks!!. What is the Loco?. Is the loco worth the DCC decoder? Issues with reworking the drive? For example:

loader
I am the owner, or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyrighted work described.
capcha

Download Presentationdownload

Decoder Installation By Roger James, Otter Valley Railroad

An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Presentation Transcript


Decoder installation by roger james otter valley railroad

Decoder InstallationBy Roger James, Otter Valley Railroad

So you decided to install a DCC decoder, tips and tricks!!


What is the loco

What is the Loco?

  • Is the loco worth the DCC decoder?

  • Issues with reworking the drive?

  • For example:

    • An older Athearn Blue Box loco might be questionable for installation due to the work.


What do you want to do

What do you want to do?

  • The more functions, the more options

  • Basic Decoders – standard 2 functions

  • High End Decoders – as many as 8 functions

  • What is a function?

    • Additional lighting or accessory options

      • Ditch lights, strobe light, Mars light, number boards, fire box, etc.


Decoder selection

Decoder Selection

  • Amp to motor

  • Size of location in the shell

  • Hardwire, plug in play, solder in board

  • Sound or Non sound decoder

  • Replace lights?

    • Issues with 1.5 v bulbs, suggest 12v led’s

  • How much do you want to spend?

    • Prices range from $20.99 to high $40’s


Pre test engine

Pre Test Engine

  • Does the engine move?

  • Check lights –Why?

    • It helps during installation

  • Test on a DC track.


Pre wiring research

Pre Wiring Research

  • Review the installation guide for the decoder, ie. NCE N13sr

  • Manufacturer’s website for additional reference material

  • Youtube video’s on installations

  • Local modeling group

  • Is there is no stupid question!!


Removing the shell

Removing the Shell

  • Sometimes the hardest part.

  • Refer to the loco’s instruction manual

  • General tips

    • Proto’s have 8 screws to remove

    • Kato’s - couplers to remove

    • Atlas - couplers and occasional frame screw

    • Athearn – couplers and body screws


Hard wire decoders

Hard Wire Decoders

  • Solder the colour coded wires

    • Follow the instructions

    • Engineer sit on the right side

  • Front light go to Front headlight

  • At the bare wire joints, cover with heat shrink tubing, found at “A Counter Parts”


Plug in play

Plug in Play

  • Remove the dummy plug

  • Plug in 8 pin or 9 pin decoder

  • Snap shell back on and program


Solder in boards

Solder in Boards

  • Recommended over hardwire decoders

    • Less work to install and generally saves space, then milling away weight

  • Follow instructions with decoder instructions

    • Tricks

      • Kato’s have 4 side wires coming to the board, do not solder them.

      • The older Kato’s solder the metal clips


Installation tips

Installation Tips

  • Keep the wire away from moving parts

  • Use electrical tape to keep the wires in place

  • Leave yourself enough wire incase a wire breaks or needs to be re-soldered.

  • Place your shrink tubing in place before you solder the open joints.


Additional functions installation

Additional Functions Installation

  • Use LED’s as mentioned

  • Set all additional function wiring in place.

  • Most loco’s will need housing made for ditchlights or modifications to light panels


Put the shell back on

Put the Shell Back On!!


Testing the loco

Testing the Loco

  • Place on the test track with D.C. power pack

  • Check lights and movement

  • No movement, the decoder is wired wrong!!


Programming the decoder

Programming the Decoder

  • MAKE YOURSELF A GOOD PROGRAMMING TRACK!!

  • Place on programming track

    • Set system to programming, Digitrax flip a system

    • NCE on the throttle, depending the system used


Decoder fails

Decoder Fails

  • What’s wrong?

    • Either the decoder is defective

    • Wired wrong and can not be read

    • A wire is loose

    • Decoder blew up, which is not uncommon with Athearn switchers with small decoders.


Programming issues

Programming Issues

  • My loco is not responding?

    • First thing is find the manual and refer to the last page of the decoder installation and look for the reset Configuration Variable

      • Digitrax – CV 8 value 8

      • Lok – CV 8 value 8

      • NCE CV 30 value 2


Everything works

Everything Works

  • The loco should respond to Address 03, the standard NMRA default address

  • Modifying CV’s can be tricky

    • Use either the programmer track or on the main

    • Other options are Decoder Pro, or Lok Programmer if it’s a Lok Pilot decoder


Questions

Questions???

Thanks,

Otter Valley Railroad


ad
  • Login