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USB Configurable Arduino DDC Servo & Accessory Decoder – ArCoMoRa 4 – Configure and Tune Servos

In the 2 previous videos we configured ports as an accessory. In this video we’ll have a look at how to configure a port to control a servo motor via a DCC address. First, of course, we have to connect a servo to one of the ports. When we solder our DCCnext we can decide … Continue reading

USB Configurable Arduino DCC Servo & Accessory Decoder – ArCoMoRa 1 – Download & Install the Software

Model railroad hobbyist friend Nico Teering took the Arduino DCC decoder software to a whole new level. A wealth of functions are combined all into one Arduino sketch for multi-purpose DCC control of 16 pins: servo control, angles and speed solenoid control point frog polarization accessory switching one shot blink and more … even manual … Continue reading

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

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

Digikeijs DR5000 01 Install, Connect, Drive a Train

Back in 2014 I wrote this post with some rambling on how to select a DCC Command Station. All of them do the job, this one has this feature and that one that … in the end it mainly becomes a personal preference. I chose the ESU ECoS … because I thought it ‘sexy’. Today … Continue reading

A € 6,- model train speed measurement device. Part 1: the hardware.

The Traincontroller 9 User Manual, on page 128, says : “Traincontroller Gold provides the possibility to perform all speed measurements with third party measurement facilities …”. Also with Koploper and iTrain this is possible … the speed table can be manually edited. Of course I wanted to try this out. The only thing is … … Continue reading

Traincontroller 52 – New Engine Functions: List & Short Distance Move

In the ‘Functions’ tab of the properties window of an engine we can define the functions that the digital decoder that is built into the engine supports. Often these are things like headlight, cabin light, shunt speed, or, in case of a sound decoder also several sounds that can be triggered independently. With TC 9 … Continue reading

Traincontroller 51 – New Switchboard Elements : Gates and Crossovers

Version 9 has a few new switchboard items available: A: The space saving crossover. Formerly, to enable trains to switch between two parallel tracks, it took 4 junctions. With the new ‘crossover’ track elements it takes half the space. Each crossover has 2 decoder addresses to control the 2 turnouts inside it. B: Gates. This … Continue reading

Traincontroller 50: Change the Content of a Text Field by Using a Text Variable

  Text in a text field on the switchboard can dynamically be updated, triggered by events that take place somewhere on the layout. We use a text-variable to accomplish this. Create a global variable: Menu Windows > Explorer Window > Variables > right click > New Object > Variable Create a text field on the … Continue reading

Traincontroller 49: Use HTML to Simulate an LCD Display

Since it is possible in TC9 to use HTML code inside text elements we can simulate all kinds of graphics using ‘style’ commands. Let’s see how we can turn the counter we made in the previous video into something that looks like an LCD display. First we’ll need an LCD type of font. Just Google … Continue reading

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