3.4: Siskiyou Line - DCC Programming/DecoderPro

26 Oct 2013

TMTV
Rating: 
4.4
Average: 4.4 (5 votes)
Summary: 
19:59 - DCC programming track hints and using DecoderPro (2006)
Description: 

If you don't locate and wire your layout's programming track properly, a loco improperly bridging the programming track gaps could accidentally burn out your DCC command station circuits. Learn how to make your programming track foolproof and ready to do 'blast mode' programming of modern decoders.

Joe Fugate shows how to take your loco decoder programming to the next level of ease and convenience with the free open source program DecoderPro. Joe shows you step-by-step how to download and install DecoderPro, and how to get it working with any of the major DCC systems.

Note: This video was originally shot in older Standard Definition and then upsampled to HD for TMTV. As a result, the image is softer than is typical for TrainMasters native HD video.

Comments

Hello, Just watched the video on decoder pro and easy dcc, I have a digitrax zepher (older version with booster) . How much different is it to hook up than easy dcc, any insight would greatly appreciated.    Thank you George

Good video but a little dated. JMRI is constantly changing and windows shown here are severa generations behind but the process is still revelant. You might consider getting some of Arthur Houstons videos for more detail. Gave up subscribing to several model railroad magazines before my chief financial officer would let me subscrbe to trainmasters and I have NO regrets. Love it but you are going to need more than one layout to keep up to date and stay fresh. Just my opinion.

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Agreed, the DCC video volume could stand to be unpdated. Things like ballasting or how to build trees are just as relevant as ever, but content around DCC ages quickly. Our new DCC Decoded segment will help fill that need, plus we could stand to update the Siskiyou Line DCC volume.

Video does not play gives error message that video either not available or viewing permission not granted.  Does not have alternative player. Please advise
 

The problem is the Firefox browser. Firefox changed something a while back that broke playback on some of our older vidoes. If you use a different browser, then the video should play fine.

We also added the alternate player too, so that should help.

How do you address a loco with duplicate cab numbers as the last 2 in your DCC System.  In other words, you have loco 5825 and then loco 6425?  How do you go about programming then?

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How do you address a loco with duplicate cab numbers as the last 2 in your DCC System.  In other words, you have loco 5825 and then loco 6425?  How do you go about programming then?

With two-digit addressing, you need to be very deliberate about what loco numbers you put on the layout. Before long addresses became popular, I kept a list of each loco type and cab numbers they might have. Then I made sure I would only let ONE cab number with those last two digits on the layout at a time. Ideally, I would change one of the loco numbers to have the last two digits be something that was a valid number for that loco type, but did not conflict on the last two digits.

Clearly, four-digit addressing is a lot simpler since the conflicts will be very rare.