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WIMorrison

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  1. At those prices it starts to make TC look affordable 😀
  2. Or perhaps insufficient were ordered by the retailer to reduce the outlay as a gauge for the future demand.
  3. I thought Windigipet was no longer being supported or developed ? Certainly gives that impressions from the website which doesn't seem to have been updated since 2021 😒
  4. Just change the wires around on the MP4 to switch the direction
  5. methinks you are confusing yourself with another product that is German and not iTrain 😉 iTrain doesn’t ’phone home’ to check if it is running elsewhere - and it doesn’t need a dongle.
  6. There are around 200 manufacturers assigned by NMRA and I don't know how many locos produced. Then you get the problem of different countries have different 'popular' decoders, and one user wants super slow speed running from 0 to 300kph, another is happy with 0 to 40kph. Then someone else wants Railcom, and someone else wants Transponding, and someone else wants 'stay-alives' to work for 2 secs and other for 30 secs. On top of all this you add the type of layout it is being used on, some people do lots of shunting - which needs a different setup from the person who wants to run super long trains continuously for hours at a time. And then everyone, certainly in the UK, wants everything cheap - so who is going to pay for all this testing of every decoder in every loco created worldwide in all possible user scenarios? You seem to forget that that testing and documentation is generally the most expensive part of any manufacturing process. finally Zimo decoders work perfectly well in any loco, all they are doing in controlling an electric motor and it makes no difference if the plastic box surrounding the motor depicts a steam loco, a diesel loco, or a motor car.
  7. I fear that if you are waiting for someone to create your desires then you need to prepare for an extremely long wait. NMRA do award a compliance statement for people who meet the standard, but the standard only mandates 3 CVs (CV,1, 7 and 8) with CV29 mandated if any of the functionality supported by it is used. There are then 3 recommended CVs (2,3,4 and 12). All of the rest are optional and many CV are manufacturer specific meaning that they do whatever the OEM wants them to do. Your other issue with a set of CV values for every decoder in every loco is that my requirements will be totally different from your requirements, so whose requirements should be documented - and who is going to pay for this massive task?
  8. If the camshaft is in the wrong position then the motor will only turn when fed from one input (and the common) and it will only turn until the camshaft has reached the position defined as end of throw for that direction. It should then operate correctly (assuming you have replaced the camshaft correctly). You do not need to remove the camshaft to change the position of the peg. Simply undo the 2 x screws on the base and carefully lift the bottom enough to remove the slider (without taking it off completely), then move the pin, and replace the slider.
  9. The motor always turns in the same direction and it is the function of the cams to stop it after 180 degrees of rotation. the crank created by the pin acting on the slider is what creates the change in direction of the turnout drive.
  10. Some sound decoders will play sound on DC, but by no means will all sound decoders play sound when running on DC. Most DCC locos with run using DC, but again not all, and many people switch off this capability even when the decoder can be set to allow operation on DC.
  11. Remember that if you are using a z/Z21 then it might be turnout 201 that you need to change and not 197 (also you are not really changing CVs, you are simply issuing a command to turnout address 197 with the motor in the Set position) the reason is might need to be 201 is driven by the setting of RCN 213 in the z/Z21. If you are using the app with a different command station then the RCN 213 statement doesn’t apply.
  12. In the z21 app you need to swap over the 0 and 1 for one of the turnouts. Or you can use the IP Digital Command (198 or 199 I think) to change the motor to switch the opposite way.
  13. Not sure where you see negativity against z/Z21 system as it universally seen as a solid and robust system. In fact you see very few comments because it simply - works. You will find people who don’t understand the difference between a z21 and a Z21 then buy the wrong unit, but that isn’t the fault of the z/Z21. You also need to separate comments about the app (which needs to be purchased for non z/Z21 systems using it) from the actual command station command station comments before considering whether it is good or bad 😉
  14. What are the XpressNet and LocoNet devices? Are they throttles, accessory decoders, feedback decoders, or something else? just using the bus name leaves it open as hundreds of devices
  15. Essentially you have one rail as common all the way around the layout - always the SAME rail, and you connect the other rail to the outputs on the YD6016xx units. once you have programmed the YD6016 you shouldn’t need to change anything again therefore can simply buy one USB adapter and program them all, one at a time, using that.
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