Thanks for all the fabulous detail regarding components and tips on how to use them. It will be tremendously helpful to me as I plan my project. Are these the components that you used in your first battery r/c HO 1 ½ years ago?
The Spread Spectrum Technology video was very impressive. I had heard about this technology and it definitely is the way I would want to go. There certainly is no problem with multiple locos in r/c!
Do you use one transmitter for each locomotive or is there any way to run two locos with one Tx? I suppose by the time you run sound and all the possible other functions you’d want one Tx per loco anyway.
Besides, I am rethinking how badly I want sound in light of Woodie’s comment that sound uses a lot of battery.
Jim-I suppose that if you ran power on the rails to keep the battery charged then you could have sound...but then you woud have wires to track, needing clean wheels & track to recharge batteries, polarity issues (unless the board takes care of that)...in short, you would have a "traditional" layout with wiring and that is what I wouldn't want. A few years back, I hooked up an expensive Tsunami DCC/sound board in one of my Shays with r/c. The chug worked but I coudn't figure how to make the bell & whistle work. I ran it for about 5 minutes, just to prove it would work and then took it out. I still have the Tsunami somewhere but I prefer silent running.
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I agree that sound is highly over rated. Friday evening I attended an operating session on a large HOW layout. Owner is not a fan of sound. It was so nice not hearing noise in the layout room. The operators spoke softly and you could communicate with the dispatcher. When it was over There was no headache and felt like it was ok not to like sound. With rc not all engines are quiet but I have problem taking out tsunamis of new converts. I wonder how much I could get for my dcc system and the copper wire hooked up.
I’m not in a rush to have sound. That’s one reason that I am leaning toward R/C rather than Wireless DCC. If R/C catches on—and I think it will because of some pretty important inherent advantages—I’m sure that sound cards will catch up and be available on R/C. Apparently some manufacturers are almost there already. If not, I can just put on a little J.S.Bach in the background and listen to my trains.
You do not have to have sound with wireless DCC. Most DCC sound decoders have the ability to turn off the sound built in if you wish to. There are lots of DCC decoders that do not have sound.
The ability to choose one of many different locomotives with any throttle is one good part of wireless DCC. If you want to double head DCC has the ability to 'consist' so that one throttle can handle both locomotives.
As for playing music from you locomotive, have you looked at the Pricom Design Dream Player? It will take SD cards and you can have what ever 'sound' you want. It goes for under $70.
Thanks for the leads on steamers. There are some beauties there and some great candidates. Do you know if the loco bodies are plastic or metal? It’s hard to tell from the flyer. I wish I lived closer to a good swap meet or hobby shop for that matter!