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    Event Name: Narr-O 2017 - Surrey Area Group Members' Open Day Classification: Open Day Address: Merstham Village HallStation Approach NorthMersthamSurreyRH1 3ED Day 1: 22nd April 2017 Opening times Day 1: 10:00 AM to 16:00 PM Prices: £5 Adult, £3 Concession, £3 Child, £10 Family Disability access: Yes Car parking: Yes Website: http://surrey.7mmnga.org.uk/ Organising body: Surrey Area Group of 7mm NGA Organiser: [email protected] After the success of Narr-O in 2014, we're repeating it next year. This is our annual operating day but geared up a little bit and opened to the public. You'll already find the event on UK Model Shops and details on our web site. We are delighted to be able to confirm the following attendees already: Layouts Morton Stanley by Chris Ford and Nigel Hill Cranbrook Town by Dave Holman and Paul Davies Totherend by Roger Jones Watchet Harbour by Peter Jackson Portwenn by Simon King and Peter Selby Glyn Valley by Nigel Smith and Peter Binns Traders Mark Clark with Locos n Stuff Stephen Fulljames with Narrow Planet Simon Cox with Kitwood Hill Models Societies 7mm NGA with Modelling Goods, Second Hand, Publications and Membership Amberley Rail Group East Surrey MRC with their large 00 layout operating upstairs The show will be opened by BBC Presenter Nicholas Owen, who is quite the rail enthusiast, being a qualified fireman on the Bluebell as well as inaugurating Polar Bear back into operation at the 2013 Rail Gala. We hope that you'll be able to join us. Details are confirmed in the attached flyer, which can also be downloaded from our web site. Don't forget to spread the word and bring a friend too!
  2. After the success of Narr-O in 2014, we're repeating it next year. This is our annual operating day but geared up a little bit and opened to the public. You'll already find the event on UK Model Shops and details on our web site. It is also in this forum's calendar. We are delighted to be able to confirm the following attendees already: Layouts Morton Stanley by Chris Ford and Nigel Hill Cranbrook Town by Dave Holman and Paul Davies Totherend by Roger Jones Watchet Harbour by Peter Jackson Portwenn by Simon King and Peter Selby Glyn Valley by Nigel Smith and Peter Binns Traders Mark Clark with Locos n Stuff Stephen Fulljames with Narrow Planet Simon Cox with Kitwood Hill Models Societies 7mm NGA with Modelling Goods, Second Hand, Publications and Membership Amberley Rail Group East Surrey MRC with their large 00 layout operating upstairs The show will be opened by BBC Presenter Nicholas Owen, who is quite the rail enthusiast, being a qualified fireman on the Bluebell as well as inaugurating Polar Bear back into operation at the 2013 Rail Gala. We hope that you'll be able to join us. Details are confirmed in the attached flyer, which can also be downloaded from our web site. Don't forget to spread the word and bring a friend too! Narr-O 2017 Flyer.pdf
  3. A simple piece of 2" x 1" will do better. It's only the router that has to be up high(er) rather than the whole rig. Two screws will usually have the router securely attached to the wood, using the wall fixing holes, and clip the cables down it's length. The height you can achieve is only restricted by three things: the ceiling in the hall, the length of your cables and the length of the piece of wood you can transport. That said, above head height is usually sufficient.
  4. If you need cups, I have a box of double-insulated ones at home. Even though I can't make it on the day, the local 16mm group are meeting there tomorrow evening, so I could leave a tube or two of 25 cups each on the stage for you. It saves you buying any/extra and they can be on sale or return, meaning I get back what's not used. Let me know before 7pm tomorrow?
  5. Unfortunately, I can't now come - I can only fit in three of the five appointments we've booked already for this day! Good luck and don't forget to invite me to the next one.
  6. Given the height and width of the boards, and the length of cables attached to throttles, why not mount it dead-centre of the board underneath? Alternatively, mount the unit on a piece of 3mm or 6mm ply, then Velcro it to the appropriate place on the board, on the inside of the frame.
  7. If you're going to use self-adhesive copper tape for your wiring bus, use the largest you can. You can obtain 5mm wide from model railway suppliers but, if you look for Slug Tape on the site of a well-known loss-making book retailer, or indeed an equally well-known auction site, you can get it up to an inch wide. Tape is just like wire; the smaller cross-section increases resistance and therefore reduces current flow.
  8. I think I ran out of eloquence at that point, and took another sip.
  9. In an attempt to help people better understand the philosophy, and get past the "Digitrax is the Holy Grail" barrier that is implied in the specification, I'd like to make some potentially obvious - and therefore potentially inflamatory - statements: The power bus is specified as two wires, of specific current capacity, with specific plugs and sockets fitted to aide correct connection with adjacent modules at a meeting. Until such time as a power supply is added to it, the bus is actually completely agnostic as regards voltage, AC or DC, frequency et al - it's just a pair of wires with plugs on each end. The signal bus is similarly agnostic as regards control system until such time as a command station is plugged in, at which point the controllers are specified de facto. If a Lenz command station is plugged in, only XpressNet controllers - ideally Lenz - can be used. If a Digitrax command station is plugged in, we're using LocoNet. If MERG, then CanBus. Your own module is, provided it meets the specifications, compliant with your own systems and methods at home, yet equally compliant with the systems and methods chosen by the organisers of any modular meeting that you choose to attend, where the same specification is used. It is not therefore necessary to have controllers for all occasions. If you happen to have a phone on which either Wiithrottle or Engine Driver will run, you can use your own throttle, so long as there's a wireless access point and JMRI installation to hook into, but that's absolutely nothing to do with the specification at all. That's entirely down to the meeting organiser and their available equipment and expertise. Please take this post in the spirit is intended, of enlightment and disconfusion. I see the frustration and misunderstanding implied in some of the posts being made over the past year and can't help but feel that a lot less stress would be experienced if some things were taken either on faith or with a pinch of salt. Let's all take a leaf out of the theatre producer's notebook - it'll be all right on the night.
  10. I have an order in with @Tim Horn at the moment for two off 45° 24" radius curved boards and two off 3' straight boards, all with Frem0n30 specification endplates, as promoted by Kathy Millatt. I have already received samples of the endplates through the post for approval, in MDF and ply, gratis. I could not fault them, incorporating the minor modifications I requested exactly. If I had any criticism to level at Tim at all, it would be that he grossly under-charges for the service he delivers. That'll probably be why he's got a bit of a backlog at the moment! I'll post pictures of my stuff when it arrives.
  11. It is but then you're stringing together several incompatible disparate technologies to create one communicating whole. Therefore it's only good practice to test each link in the chain, rather than just hoping the chain is good.
  12. Taking @Kenton's side, I fail to see how this is even a consideration. We're only talking about bringing modules together for a shameless weekend of playing trains together on a larger layout than any one of us can produce. Fascia colours, curtain height, pleat width, pleat direction, etc only become a consideration when it's time to produce something for an exhibition, and I'd hesitate to suggest that we're light years from that point just yet. Ergo, who cares?
  13. Cromptonnut, I'll stick my hand up for this. I've helped two friends achieve the set-up that you're proposing, including increased security on the router. However, as an attempt at a checklist, this is what I'd do: Factory reset the router to wipe all existing settings. This usually entails pushing a cocktail stick into a small hole on the back for ten seconds, until all the lights go out and it power cycles. Plug a computer in to the router using an ethernet cable. Make sure that the computer is not using a static IP for networking as you'll need to pick up whatever the router is now serving. Log into the router using the factory default username and password and immediately change the password to one you'll remember. Write it down! Save the configuration! Log into the router using the new credentials just set and configure the wireless access to have a meaningful SSID, WPA2-PSK encryption and a pass phrase that's easy to remember. Write it down! Save the configuration! Yes, an entire step all of its own, just in case you missed doing it in 3 above. Make sure that you know the router address. It will most likely be 192.168.X.Y where X is either 0 or 1 and Y is either 1 or 254. Write it down! Remove the cable and test the wireless connection. If you can still log into the router, you're still connected to the same network. Save the configuration! Using your iPhoney or Android device, make sure that you can connect to the wireless network. You should still be able to get to the router login page by IP address. Install JMRI and configure to connect to your chosen DCC system. JMRI interfaces with almost every available system, including MERG. Configure and enable the JMRI Web Server. Your wireless devices should now see a JMRI server in EngineDriver or WiiThrottle, which they can connect to. The key point here is to attack this elephant one bite at a time, checking that what you're doing is working before progressing to the next stage. If you leap right in with the end goal in sight but not the intermediate steps, you're all but guaranteed to get yourself into a right pickle. Having done it all without intermediate testing, and finding it now doesn't work, you've got to tear it back down to ascertain at which point it wasn't working to start with. Therefore, it's very much less stressful to test at each stage. Hopefully that list will help you work out what you haven't yet done. If not, PM me and we'll work out a mutually convenient date/time for me to solve your problem in return for a cuppa and a chocolate biscuit.
  14. All info available here - http://rockshawroad.org.uk/MVH%20frontpage.htm Drop the fact that it's a referral from 7mm SAG or me into the conversation and you might get better prices.
  15. It was hard play, for which read I stressed about the setting up, the weather, the footfall, the catering and so on but I still enjoyed myself. To cap it all, we even managed to turn a small profit, which was looking all that likely come half time.
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