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 Posted: Mon Feb 25th, 2013 03:47 pm
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To OhioMike - Yes, you do have to "stay within a sight line" of the the receiving unit. Didn't realize that at first so I'm busy running a few locos around thinking this is cool and such...walked out of the room with the remote unit on a lanyard around my neck and in a few moments everything on the layout comes to a halt! That was a bit of a heart stopping moment. Then I realized that even if you are not doing anything with the remote unit, it apparently has some heartbeat or other watchdog signal and if the remote is no longer detected by the receiver, everything stops so as not to damage your equipment. After I thought about that for a few minutes, I am happy it IS that way. This way, if the batteries die in the remote during an operating session or some similar situation, the layout will stop all locos and you don't have any collisions. I don't see this as a drawback but as a safety feature. I have never had to "point the remote" toward the receiver. The range is quite good, at least for me.

Now that I know about this, I mounted the receiver in location where it is always visible in a sight line from where I want to be. In this case it is on the front of the layout. If I had a larger, room size layout, I would probably mount it high up on the wall or perhaps on the ceiling.



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We have failsafe programming like that for our airplanes when they lose signal. We get to decide what those settings are. Usually, bring the motor speed down to idle and turn gently in one direction so the plane descends instead of flying away.

A halt on the railroad seems perfect! Which system are you running, Tim?



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 Posted: Mon Feb 25th, 2013 09:55 pm
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Bachmann Dynamis...



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 Posted: Mon Feb 25th, 2013 10:42 pm
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I see that system advertised for about $200 at a couple places on line. That just might be what I order too. It seems reasonable.

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mwiz64 wrote:
I see that system advertised for about $200 at a couple places on line. That just might be what I order too. It seems reasonable.

Whoa! Too much! The Favorite Spot has them for $113 right now...full price. I paid $35 for mine on a Favorite Spot auction that nobody but me was paying attention to. :bg: Knowing what I know now, I would pay their full price if it were my only choice and I was in a hurry. The system is definitely worth it. (IMO)

For almost all things "Bachmann", you would be hard pressed to beat the Favorite Spot. {Note: I have no interest or other fiduciary relationship to them...just a happy customer}



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Oh geez.... Thats cheap. Im getting one of those for sure.



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Mike - Check your inbox for a PM from me...



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Well, I snagged myself a brand new Dynamis for under $90. Ill give DCC a try... Probably use it until RC for trains matures a little more.



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HEY MIKE,

I put my 3-piece MRC Prodigy 2 Advanced DCC system back in its factory box because I don't like those kind of digital controllers. It has a 4 amp, 15 volt DC power supply.

I went back to my simple one-piece 25-year-old MRC Analog controller with a smile...would you be interested in my new DCC controller?

I can't return it because the owner of the Train Shop where I bought it is sick of my returning items for refunds!

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