Model railway hobby friend Nico Teering has taken the Arduino software for DCC accessory- and servodecoder and occupancy detection a step further, by adding a ‘shell’ that performs the configuration of all parameters like DCC addresses, Arduino pins, servo-tuning and accessory modes via the serial interface.
This effectively means you can configure your Arduino to do exactly what you want it to do via the PC, connecting it to the Arduino via a USB cable. No more tinkering in the Arduino code is needed … all can be done uploading the code once to your Arduino (using the Arduino IDE) and configuring your parameters via a user interface on your PC screen.
All this has been available for a while now and is already used by many Dutch railway enthusiasts. The good news is that an English user manual has just been made available.
Visit Nico’s website to download the free software and the user manuals.
Software is available for:
– a DCC servo- and accessory decoder, also capable of electrofrog switching
– a DCC signal decoder that allows you to configure prototypical railway signalling
– an occupancy detection encoder that communicates via Loconet
Furthermore, a DCC hardware shield is available that contains the DCC to 5V opto-coupler circuit as well as screw terminals to connect your servo’s and accessories. For the occupancy detection a Loconet shield is available, as well as an 8 channel current sensing board. Nico told me he will ship to countries outside the Netherlands at just the cost of materials plus shipping.