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#131215 Jul 21, 2008

Hi

I need some sanity here please

Here is the setup

DC100 DT400

Two locos sitting one one yard of track connected correctly to DCS100

No other connections.

Switch on mains power

Stable input voltage to DCS100 - 15.75v AC

DCS100 - NET - red: Config - flashing normally: Off Line - on: Track Status - OFF: Scale - N: Op - RUN

- Loco Checker - OPSW 5 thrown - no other OPSW thrown

DT400 - Goes through correct startup sequence, stops with correct loco numbers on both throttles - which have worked correctly sometimes on startup

Actions

DT400 - PWR -> ON: Result - sometimes TRACK STATUS changes to lit - sometimes not !!!

Repeated ON - does not change TRACK STATUS to lit - Track Status never comes on and blinks

Check with Loco Checker that correct LocoNet commands are being issued - ok

Try PWR -> ON repeatedly and PWR -> OFF

Both throttles set to 15

When TRACK STATUS does come on - locos still do not respond.

Quarter test - power to track - ok

Loco Checker confirms correct commands on LocoNet and correct info and expected changes on Slot Manager - therefore assume all DCS100 info re locos correct

Continue PWR - ON / OFF sequence - Track Power goes on and off - with no loco response

Suddenly locos burst into life correctly and all is well

Any sane suggestions very very welcome!!!!!!!

Malcolm in Linslade UK



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#131216 Jul 21, 2008

Remember that the Power On/Off is really three different states.



1. Off - track dead, no output voltage (no dot on DT400)

2. Idle - Track getting DCC voltage, but no commands. (dot

blinking on DT400)

3. On - Track getting DCC voltage and commands. (dot steady on

DT400)



I don't recall the matching colors for the DCS as it is under the layout

and seldom looked at. But a number of club members seem to forget that

middle state and get confused why the quarter test shows voltage, but

nothing responds to commands.



So at the club to make life easy (yes taking chance of runaways) we have

configured the DCS to default to the last state it was running. Most of

the time, when turning it on, it is still in the 'ON' state as that was

the likely state when the layout had been powered off. Makes most people

happy as they don't have to remember about the dot (some have trouble

seeing it).



Does this change any of what you are seeing Malcolm??



-ken cameron

Syracuse Model Railroad Club ---Links-Are-Forbidden---

CNY Model Railroad Club ---Links-Are-Forbidden---

mailto: kcameron@...

_Sept 11-14 2008 NMRA-NER Convention, Syracuse NY,

---Links-Are-Forbidden--- >







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#131217 Jul 21, 2008

Wow thanks re 3 states - new info to me.

So set OPSW 23 and 24 to t to get ON state on power on, if ON state present

when powered down - correct?

Thanks

Malcolm

----- Original Message -----

From: "Ken Cameron" kcameron@...>

To: Digitrax@yahoogroups.com>

Sent: Monday, July 21, 2008 5:00 PM

Subject: RE: [Digitrax] DCS100 and DT400 - will not reliably activate

commands on track when power first switched on

> Remember that the Power On/Off is really three different states.

>

>

>

> 1. Off - track dead, no output voltage (no dot on DT400)

>

> 2. Idle - Track getting DCC voltage, but no commands. (dot

> blinking on DT400)

>

> 3. On - Track getting DCC voltage and commands. (dot steady on

> DT400)

>

>

>

> I don't recall the matching colors for the DCS as it is under the layout

> and seldom looked at. But a number of club members seem to forget that

> middle state and get confused why the quarter test shows voltage, but

> nothing responds to commands.

>

>

>

> So at the club to make life easy (yes taking chance of runaways) we have

> configured the DCS to default to the last state it was running. Most of

> the time, when turning it on, it is still in the 'ON' state as that was

> the likely state when the layout had been powered off. Makes most people

> happy as they don't have to remember about the dot (some have trouble

> seeing it).

>

>

>

> Does this change any of what you are seeing Malcolm??

>

>

>

>

>

> -ken cameron

> Syracuse Model Railroad Club ---Links-Are-Forbidden--- ---Links-Are-Forbidden--- CNY Model Railroad Club ---Links-Are-Forbidden--- ---Links-Are-Forbidden--- mailto: kcameron@...

>

> _Sept 11-14 2008 NMRA-NER Convention, Syracuse NY,

> ---Links-Are-Forbidden--- ---Links-Are-Forbidden---

>

>

---------------

>

> Yahoo! Groups Links

>

>

>

>







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#131218 Jul 21, 2008

Malcolm,



I think you might have fingered wrong. You mean OPSW 33 and 34 'closed'

will let the system remember the power state and set it to ON if that's

the last thing it remembered.



-ken cameron

Syracuse Model Railroad Club ---Links-Are-Forbidden---

CNY Model Railroad Club ---Links-Are-Forbidden---

mailto: kcameron@...

_Sept 11-14 2008 NMRA-NER Convention, Syracuse NY,

---Links-Are-Forbidden--- >



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#131220 Jul 21, 2008

Yup - big fingers and a bit of mental decay

Thanks Ken

Malcolm

----- Original Message -----

From: "Ken Cameron" kcameron@...>

To: Digitrax@yahoogroups.com>

Sent: Monday, July 21, 2008 5:28 PM

Subject: RE: [Digitrax] DCS100 and DT400 - will not reliably activate

commands on track when power first switched on

> Malcolm,

>

>

>

> I think you might have fingered wrong. You mean OPSW 33 and 34 'closed'

> will let the system remember the power state and set it to ON if that's

> the last thing it remembered.

>

>

>

>

>

> -ken cameron

> Syracuse Model Railroad Club ---Links-Are-Forbidden--- ---Links-Are-Forbidden--- CNY Model Railroad Club ---Links-Are-Forbidden--- ---Links-Are-Forbidden--- mailto: kcameron@...

>

> _Sept 11-14 2008 NMRA-NER Convention, Syracuse NY,

> ---Links-Are-Forbidden--- ---Links-Are-Forbidden---

>

>

---------------

>

> Yahoo! Groups Links

>

>

>

>



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#131227 Jul 21, 2008

I have a dog like that...I think it's diet.

(duck and cover)

Doug

--- In Digitrax@yahoogroups.com, "Malcolm Alberry"

malcolm.alberry@...> wrote: >

> Hi

>

> I need some sanity here please

>

> Here is the setup

>

> DC100 DT400

> Two locos sitting one one yard of track connected correctly to DCS100 > No other connections.

>

> Switch on mains power

>

> Stable input voltage to DCS100 - 15.75v AC

>

> DCS100 - NET - red: Config - flashing normally: Off Line - on: Track Status - OFF: Scale - N: Op - RUN > - Loco Checker - OPSW 5 thrown - no other OPSW thrown

>

> DT400 - Goes through correct startup sequence, stops with correct loco numbers on both throttles - which have worked correctly

sometimes on startup >

> Actions

>

> DT400 - PWR -> ON: Result - sometimes TRACK STATUS changes to lit - sometimes not !!! >

> Repeated ON - does not change TRACK STATUS to lit - Track Status never comes on and blinks >

> Check with Loco Checker that correct LocoNet commands are being issued - ok >

> Try PWR -> ON repeatedly and PWR -> OFF

>

> Both throttles set to 15

>

> When TRACK STATUS does come on - locos still do not respond.

>

> Quarter test - power to track - ok

>

> Loco Checker confirms correct commands on LocoNet and correct info and expected changes on Slot Manager - therefore assume all DCS100

info re locos correct >

> Continue PWR - ON / OFF sequence - Track Power goes on and off - with no loco response >

> Suddenly locos burst into life correctly and all is well

>

> Any sane suggestions very very welcome!!!!!!!

>

> Malcolm in Linslade UK

>

>

>






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