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#24960 Dec 11, 2000

OK, here's question for the group. How have y'all worked around the issue

of having locomotives with letters in the number. For example, I'm getting

ready to put decoders in a pair of Kato Santa PAs...53L and 53A. I have a

couple of ideas, but thought I'd get some other learned opinions before I

proceed.

My first thought was to assign them both to address 53, since they'll always

be run as the pair. Of course, "always" is a dangerous assumption and

eventually they'll certainly get mixed up...not matter how diligently I plan

against it.

Any thoughts on this?

Stuck on Rock Island Standard Time...

Jeff Prince

ICQ #100277523

jeff.prince@...

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#24962 Dec 11, 2000

Jeff:

1) Why not use the numerical equivalent "01" through "26" as the last two

numbers for the decoder address. "53A" would become "5301" and "53L" would

become "5312". I suppose you could also create an "alias" table.

From:

Bob Young

P.O. Box 1401

Clinton, Ontario, Canada

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From: "Jeff Prince" jeff.prince@...>

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Sent: December 10, 2000 8:41 PM

Subject: [Digitrax] Addressing loco numbers containing letters

> OK, here's question for the group. How have y'all worked around the issue

> of having locomotives with letters in the number. For example, I'm

getting

> ready to put decoders in a pair of Kato Santa PAs...53L and 53A. I have a

> couple of ideas, but thought I'd get some other learned opinions before I

> proceed.

>

> My first thought was to assign them both to address 53, since they'll

always

> be run as the pair. Of course, "always" is a dangerous assumption and

> eventually they'll certainly get mixed up...not matter how diligently I

plan

> against it.







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#24965 Dec 11, 2000

Bob Young wrote: > 1) Why not use the numerical equivalent "01" through "26" as the lasttwo > numbers for the decoder address. "53A" would become "5301" and "53L"would > become "5312". I suppose you could also create an "alias" table.

Yes, this was one of my thoughts. Also, I considered a "binary" additive

( 53L would become 530 and 53A would be 531). Of course, then what do I do

when I have REAL numbers 530, 531, 5301 or 5312? The dealer didn't tell me

I'd have these sorts of problems when I bought the system!! >

Stuck on Rock Island Standard Time...

Jeff Prince

ICQ #100277523

jeff.prince@...

---Links-Are-Forbidden--- is merely an illusion--albeit a very persistent one.

-Albert Einstein



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#24996 Dec 11, 2000

Been doing that for a long time--locos that run in pairs with the same TWO DIGIT

address. Can't imagine going to the trouble of four digits when two will do

anyway. If you ever want to run a pair separately, a minute on the programming

track takes care of that (use the REVERSE of the number or reserve a couple of

numbers for such use).

For that matter, wire the two together with one decoder and save some bucks.

Jack Wilson

: ~ )

Electronically Deprived in Prescott, AZ

Jeff Prince wrote: > OK, here's question for the group. How have y'all worked around the issue

> of having locomotives with letters in the number.


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