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 Posted: Thu Nov 9th, 2017 02:11 pm
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Hi  " crusty old farts "  (_!_)



Mmm ...



Seeing as the original-Post was essentially a 'news story', plain & simple, about the demise of a product ...

... is doesn't surprise ME in the least, that various alternatives were offered up.



The open minded, helpful and knowledgeable friends of the Freerails R.C. Forum ...

... instead of just bemoaning the discontinued products passing ...

... or simply suggesting hoarding loads of said product for the future ...

... concentrated their " wind " on describing what IS actually available, that has worked for them.

Or what COULD be possible with some creativity.



So as far as I can see, describing the Forum as :-

" just like your typical model railway club, where everyone is happy because anyone with a dissenting view has left."

... seems to me the ABSOLUTE ANTITHESIS of the vibrant conversation which followed the news.



" crusty old farts who dislike anything that confronts their entrenched opinions."

Is this REALLY a picture of the sincere & passionate diversity of opinions expressed by most Members ?

I would say quite the OPPOSITE.



Far from being " Hardly a good advert for Free Rails." ...

... the willingness of the majority of Members to actively Post & discuss many possibilities ...

... is in fact the PERFECT ADVERT for Freerails acceptance of ALL things model railroading.



We are NOT running a prison camp.



Si.



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 Posted: Thu Nov 9th, 2017 03:06 pm
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As I was cited as an example of the 'crusty old farts' and their narrow-mindedness, some technical remarks to that what was dunked in our basket.
The Arduino solution is but a very simplistic fixed-frequency approach that will work for a guy who runs his home layout and can be sure that there never will be interference on the RF-channel he has selected. I may be mistaken, but there's no provision in the source code to cope with something like Spread Spectrum, or to change channels externally. You need another baseband processor to handle that, and the Arduino is loaded enough by handling the normal data transmission.The Arduino solution referred to does not at all consider how the user tells the command station what he wants to do.I presented a solution that offers both reliable transmission by using Spread Spectrum, and the independence of any tethered or wireless manufacturer-specific handhelds. Sure one can adapt it to work at a lower voltage, but the standard DCC-Decoder needs at least 14V to give a 12V output at full speed. Especially the sound decoders sometimes need a lot of current to produce their sound, so a sizeable battery may be needed.Very wishful thinking produces claims like "I have the book, I could set up an operating system from that if ..."Don't believe any manufacturer is presenting his know-how ( and that's where his capital lies ) to the public for nothing. That know-how is NOT written in the book.So much for my ramblings. As a friend of mine uses to say - "if there were an easy solution, I would have done it myself"



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 Posted: Thu Nov 9th, 2017 03:46 pm
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Well, I for one, didn't get into r/c to use the "toy" stuff or cheap stuff, these were the ONLY bits of r/c equipment that were around. I didn't look for the "cheap way" to go wireless, I was and am NOT A FAN of wiring a layout, especially one with old type stub switches (you need a bit of sophisticated wiring to make the track power work with these), not a fan of constantly cleaning track & wheels, having the damn locomotive stall out on some speck of crap which occurs (most often) out of my reach, and many other worries that I fail to remember!
I am glad that there is a "wagon" to jump on now and I wish those who are "tech savvy" the best. As you may deduce from what I write, I have no need or want a "smart phone", my old dumbass phone is fine, I would have an old rotary phone if they hadn't become collectors items selling for big bucks now. And besides (for me) I can't imagine using a cell phone to run my trains...I seem to be about the only dinosaur left who uses a stick transmitter to operate a loco. I have been in cabs of steam, diesel, and electric locomotives and they all have STICKS as throttles. Why shouldn't I?

The above tirade is just my view point and doesn't reflect the views of Freerails or the moderators-see, I allow tech talk and ideas even when I don't have a clue as to what it all means!
Now, back to the world of "modernity"...
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 Posted: Thu Nov 9th, 2017 09:45 pm
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This might be the only time I agree with Si. 



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 Posted: Fri Nov 10th, 2017 12:29 am
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Looks like those that use the Tam Valley Dead Rail system have gotten a reprieve.

 http://deadrailinstalls.com/

Bernd



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