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RudyB

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Reversing Loop – Arduino controlled

A ‘reversing loop’ is a quite common feature in a model railway. What needs to be accomplished is to first switch the DCC-A and -B track power in the loop to the same polarity as the track where the train comes from … and later to switch it to the polarity of the track where … Continue reading

The €35,- KSGER T12 Soldering Station – is it any good?

  At the model railway club (EMV) we needed a soldering station that is suited for delicate soldering jobs like SMDs or PCBs but that can also handle heavier work. I came across the KSGER T12 Soldering Station which can be had for about €35,-. Is it any good? Short answer: I like it a … Continue reading

Digikeijs DR5000 05 Software Firmware Upgrade

These are the steps to update the DR5000 software on the PC and the firmware in the module: 1) First remove your current installation of the configuration software. 2) Download the preferred version from our website. 3) Install the configuration software. 4) Connect the DR5000 with the USB cable. 5) Open the configuration software. 6) … Continue reading

A super smooth Joystick and Throttle part 3: wiring and software (with download)

This is part 3 of 3 on building your own ‘super smooth’ joystick and throttle that can be used with flight simulators or racing games. The final result and the components needed. The woodwork, a Fusion 360 model and drawings with dimensions. The wiring and the software, with a download link of course. An Arduino … Continue reading

A super smooth Joystick and Throttle part 2: the woodwork for the housings

This is part 2 of 3 on building your own ‘super smooth’ joystick and throttle that can be used with flight simulators or racing games. The final result and the components needed. The woodwork, a Fusion 360 model and drawings with dimensions. The wiring and the software, with a download link of course. This page … Continue reading

A super smooth Joystick and Throttle part 1: final result and components needed

No model trains this time … this article is part 1 of  3 on building your own ‘super smooth’ joystick and throttle that can be used with flight simulators or racing games. The final result and the components needed. The woodwork, a Fusion 360 model and drawings with dimensions. The wiring and the software, with … Continue reading

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Digikeijs DR5000 04 Connect to Network via a Router

The DR5000 can connect to your PC via a network cable. Why use a network connection and not USB? The reason can be if your DR5000 is located far away form your PC. A USB canle should not exceed a length of 5m to have a reliable connection. A CAT6 network cable can be used … Continue reading

Digikeijs DR5000 03 Connect Phone / Tablet to WiFi and use the Z21 app

To control trains while walking atround the layout we need a mobile throttle. Several brands offer hardware throttles and as long as it has a Loconet or an Xpressnet connection it will work fine with the DR5000. In case you do not (yet) like to invest in a hardware throttle there is an alternative: since … Continue reading

Digikeijs DR5000 02 Control Properties and Settings

This video is about the DR5000 Control Properties / Settings window and about the settings in the Drive- and Switch windows. One of the important settings is the number of speed steps we want the DR5000 to send to our loco’s. In most cases 28 steps is a good default value, which also works fine … Continue reading

Traincontroller 54 – Stations

Traincontroller 9 has the option to work with Stations. A Station is a collection of blocks that we allocate to it. Once Stations are defined several new options are available. The video shows four: – Minimum and maximum allowed trains in the station: this way we can avoid the station to ever be totally deserted, … Continue reading

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