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 Posted: Mon Mar 2nd, 2020 03:06 am
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Patrick MacFarlane
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Hi all! 

My name is Patrick,
and I live with my wife and kids in a little town called Cottonwood,
about 2.5 hours north of Sacramento. 
In other words, north of what is usually referred to as Northern California.

A year or so ago I pulled out my old HO stuff from when I was a kid in the 70's. 
I started putting together a 4' x 8' layout,
and then somebody gave me a box or two of hand-me-downs,
so now I have a descent little collection of old stuff.  :-)

I have a couple dilapidated locos that I would love to refurbish. 
I want to make them battery powered and Bluetooth controlled. 
I figure that will give me the most freedom on lots of old corroded track.

So I'm going to look through discussions to see what hardware is necessary. 
(I'll probably look at YouTube too.) 

From what I've read elsewhere I guess I'll need a battery that's 14 to 16 volts,
but I don't know how many milliamps will be useful. 

I was thinking of starting with a little Plymouth switcher,
that I have for shuffling cars around.

But I don't know how big a decent battery is,
or how big a Bluetooth circuit board is. 

I figure with quadcopter drones taking over the world,
there should be a plethora of high power batteries out there! 

If anyone can direct me to the right discussion, let me know!

Thanks!


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 Posted: Mon Mar 2nd, 2020 03:31 am
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Hello Patrick and a warm welcome to the Forum.

There is a Forum called ... 'R.C. The Future Now If You Desire' ... on Freerails.

That would be a good starting point.

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 Posted: Tue Mar 3rd, 2020 02:19 am
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Hello Patrick

Welcome aboard. 


There is a lot to read here, including B.P.R.C. 
(battery powered radio control) 

Concerning batteries, I use Li-Po batteries, usually 7.4 Volts. 
You can get 11.1 Volts, but that seems a little too much power. 

You might want to look at MRCs  'Loco Genie'.


Please post photos of whatever you are working on...
We love photos here.



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Hi Patrick  :wave:



WELCOME ! again to Freerails !  :bg:

Have you found some answers to your R.C. needs ?  ???  :brill:


And of course hope you're enjoying all the GREAT modeling as well.  :cool:



:moose:


Si.




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 Posted: Wed Mar 11th, 2020 03:58 am
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Patrick MacFarlane
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Thanks Peter!

I'll check it out.


Michael

I had forgotten about the 'Loco Genie'. 

I read about it before.  I may go that route. 


And pictures are on the way!


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Patrick MacFarlane
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Thanks Si.

I'm getting there!

I'm just a little slow to make progress in this hobby.

So many things making life busy!  :sad:


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 Posted: Wed Mar 11th, 2020 05:15 am
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Patrick

Here's the link to the  'Loco Genie':

https://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=8541&forum_id=45&highlight=loco+genie





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Hi Patrick welcome to the Forum.

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