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KB128 Digitrax Mobile Decoders & DC Power

I am getting a DH165LO decoder and a SFX004 Soundbug. Will these function on standard DC power? Yes. The DH165 series has "analog mode conversion"; the default setting is for operation in both DC and DCC environments. There are some that do not want this feature, and it can be disabled by setting CV29. The SFX004 also operates in a DC environment, and the analog mode conversion can be turned off via CV29. If so, how? Early on, Digitrax recognized that locomotives are sometimes operated in DC environments, and the conversion feature was built into the firmware. In practice, those ...

KB451 DT402 & DT400 - Throttle Option 2 Default Decoder Status & Tetherless Operation

Throttle Option 2Throttle Default Decoder Status 128/28/14 speed steps Each DT402/DT400 can be set up to operate new decoders selected by that throttle as any decoder status code you choose. New decoders are defined as decoders that have not been selected in your system. Your throttle's default setting is to operate decoders that are 128 speed step capable, so when a new decoder is selected the throttle automaticaly assumse that all decoders selected are that 128 speed steps. If you operate mostly decoders that are only able to recognize 28 speed steps, you can change this setting.Tetherless Operation Mode Each throttle can be set up with radio ...

KB900 DZ121 - Short Address Programming Notes

Short Address Programming Note When programming the short address (CV01) in your DZ121, the decoder will automatically set CV19 to 0, CV29 to 0, CV 55 to 80, CV56 to 30 & CV57 to 0. This is done to insure compatibility with DCC systems that only recognize short addressing (2 digit mode). When using long addressing (4 digit addressing) these CV's are not affected.After changing the short address (CV01), you will probably want to change CV29 to 06 or another appropriate value based on your operations. You can do this on the programming track or, if you forget, you can ...

KB97 Athearn N-Scale FP45 / F45

What Digitrax decoders work in the new Athearn N scale FP45? We recommend the DN163K1C, following the procedure below. One of our editors was able to successfully install both the Digitrax DN163K1B and DN163K1C decoders in the unit. We have determined that the chassis design requires that the decoder be installed backwards. The only problem this poses is that one additional step has to be taken when programming. Both the DN163K1B and DN163K1C decoders are the same footprint with the exception of the LEDs. The DN163K1B has T-1 3mm LEDs and DN163K1C has surface mount LEDs. When the K1B version ...

KB651 What is the Digitrax LocoMotion System?

Your locomotives look like the real thing, Digitrax LocoMotion™ System makes them run like the real thing, too!   128 speed step control.   Smooth deceleration to stop before changing direction when locomotive is reversed. No sudden, non-prototypical stops!   Torque compensation for the smoothest operation ever.   Momentum with acceleration and deceleration settings.   Set normal direction of travel for your loco.   Switching speed feature for quick access to slower switching speeds.   Simple 3 step speed tables are easy to set up.   Advanced 28 step speed tables with 256 level resolution.   Scaleable speed stabilization feature. ...

KB237 CV29 - Configuration Register - The Addition Method

CV29 sets the characteristics for 5 different decoder behaviors. The table below shows each characteristic and its value if it is on or off. Notice that if the switch is off the value is zero. Click here to go to the automated CV29 value calculatorTo determine the value to program for your decoder just go down the list and add up the numbers for all the switches you want to set as ON. If you need to convert the decimal valueCV29 Examples of CV Values: The factory default value for CV29 is 06. Switch # Characteristic if OFF Value if ...

KB724 Digitrax SoundFX Decodders on Conventional DC Power

Digitrax SoundFX decoders will automatically operate on smooth DC power unless analog mode conversion has been disabled. The sound will not start until approximately 5 volts is applied to the track.  Due to this characteristic of analog operation with a DCC decoder installed, the start up sound will not play.

KB927 CV65-CV95 - 28 Step Loadable Speed Table

When you are using a throttle to control a locomotive, you will notice that as you increase and decrease the speed, the loco responds to the change in throttle settings according to the relationship between motor voltage applied and the throttle setting.  This is called the throttle response curve.  Decoders are shipped from the factory with a linear throttle response curve.  This means that as you increase the throttle setting from 0 to full speed, the loco will look like the default curve in this diagram.If you want to create a more realistic throttle response curve, you can set up ...

KB608 Locomotive Throttle Response

Why do my trains start moving at 25% throttle?You may need to adjust some CV valuesCheck the value of CV02, start voltage; the default setting is 0 (zero).  You may need to adjust this value.Check the value of CV03, acceleration rate; the default setting is also 0.  It is possible that the locomotive has been set for a slow acceleration rate.You can also adjust how each locomotive responds to throttle inputs by programming loadable speed tables or 3 step speed tables.If you decide to reset the decoder to factory default values , set CV08 to a value of 08 to reset the decoder back ...

KB929 Speed Steps Explained - 14, 28, 128

Most modern command stations and decoders are set up to run 28/128 speed steps.  If you are using older command stations or decoders you may need to adjust one or the other to get the trains to run.Why are more speed steps better?The reason you want to use a command station and decoders with 128 speed steps is for smoother speed control of your locomotives.   Digital command control signals are just that, digital.  When you send speed commands with your throttle, you are sending digital instructions telling the decoder to change from the current speed to a different speed.  When ...

KB932 CV29 - Configuration Register - Overview

CV29 is also called the Configuration Register.  It is a special CV that handles several different aspects of locomotive behavior.Characteristics Controlled by CV29:1.     Speed Step Control:  Advanced Mode (28/128 speed steps) or Standard Mode (14 speed steps).2.     Speed Tables: On or Off3.     Analog mode conversion: On or Off4.     Normal Direction of Travel (NDOT)5.     2 or 4 Digit Address selectionDetermining CV Value To Program Into CV29The numerical value value you will program into CV29 will affect many important decoder characteristics.  Each of these characteristics is controlled by a "software switch." This switch is either on or off depending on the CV ...

KB232 CV29 - NDOT

  CV29 is assigned a single value which chooses a combination of specific effects: 1. Speed step control. 2. Speed table On or Off. 3. Analog mode conversion On or Off. 4. Normal Direction of Travel (NDOT). 5. 2 digit addressing or 4 digit addressing. Normal Direction of Travel, or NDOT for short, lets you set up your locos to run either long hood forward or short hood forward. Because with DCC the decoder determines which way the loco will move independent of track polarity, you can set up either direction as forward depending on the prototype. (Not all decoders ...

KB233 CV29 - Analog Mode Operation

  CV29 is assigned a single value which chooses a combination of specific effects: 1. Speed step control. 2. Speed table On or Off. 3. Analog mode conversion On or Off. 4. Normal Direction of Travel (NDOT). 5. 2 digit addressing or 4 digit addressing. Analog Mode Analog mode conversion is very convenient if you plan to run your Digitrax decoded locomotive on regular DC layouts. With analog mode conversion enabled, the decoder will automatically begin operating as a DC locomotive when no DCC signal is detected by the decoder. This means that if you place your Digitrax decoder equipped ...

KB234 CV29 - Speed Tables

  CV29 is assigned a single value which chooses a combination of specific effects: 1. Speed step control. 2. Speed table On or Off. 3. Analog mode conversion On or Off. 4. Normal Direction of Travel (NDOT). 5. 2 digit addressing or 4 digit addressing. Speed Tables: Speed tables can be enabled or disabled with CV29. Speed tables are used to customize the throttle response curve of each decoder equipped locomotive. The speed table values can be stored in the decoder and then the table can be turned on or off with CV29. One example of such usage would be ...

KB235 CV29 - Speed Steps

  CV29 is assigned a single value which chooses a combination of specific effects: 1. Speed step control. 2. Speed table On or Off. 3. Analog mode conversion On or Off. 4. Normal Direction of Travel (NDOT). 5. 2 digit addressing or 4 digit addressing. Speed Step Control. There are two modes for speed step control: Standard (14 speed step mode) and Advanced (28/128 speed step control). Because of differences in the capabilities of DCC compatible command stations and decoders, you may have to set CV29 in your decoders to different values to match the mode of the command station ...

KB236 CV29 - 2-digit or 4-digit Addressing

  CV29 is assigned a single value which chooses a combination of specific effects: 1. Speed step control. 2. Speed table On or Off. 3. Analog mode conversion On or Off. 4. Normal Direction of Travel (NDOT). 5. 2 digit addressing or 4 digit addressing. 2-digit or 4-digit Addressing The decoder's address is the identification number programmed into specific decoder that lets that decoder recognize commands sent to it by the command station. Once you program the decoder's address, it will be remembered in the decoder until you re-program it. All Digitrax current production decoders can be set up with ...

KB557 CV29 - Configuration Register Look Up Table Method

CV29 is called the configuration register. It controls the following decoder characteristics: 1.  Whether the decoder uses 14 speed steps, 28/128 speed steps or loadable speed tables.  This affects how smoothly the loco will move and how it responds to throttle controls.2.  Whether the decoder automatically converts to analog mode when no DCC signal is present.  This allows the decoder to operate on a DC layout even though it is DCC equipped.3.  Defines the normal direction of travel for the locomotive. Normal Direction of Travel or NDOT can be changed when the motor connections of decoder have not been connected so that the locomotive runs ...

KB239 CV29 - Look-Up Table Method

The look up table below shows the results of different CV values that you can program into CV29. CV values are shown in both hex & decimal. In practice, most Digitrax operators now only use decimal. CV29 Values: The factory default value for CV29 is 06. CV Value For CV29 Hex   Dec Speed Steps/ Speed Table Analog Mode Conversion Normal Direction Of Travel 2 or 4 Digit Address x00 000 14 OFF Forward 2 x01 001 14 OFF Reverse 2 x02 002 28/128 OFF Forward 2 x03 003 28/128 OFF Reverse 2 x04 004 14 ON Forward 2 x05 005 ...

KB182 Speed Value Percentages - Decimal and Hexadecimal

Since 255 can't be divided evenly, the some of the numbers in the range 0 - 100% have been rounded.

KB183 Speed Tables

A speed table is a list of numbers, one number for each speed step. Many operators customize their locomotives by adjusting the CV's for Vstart (02), Vmid (06) and Vmax (05) to set the throttle response characteristics for each locomotive. This is known as a three-step speed table It is also possible to create a more complex speed table, either with 14 or 28 steps that specify the exact percentage of full power sent to the motor when the throttle is set to that speed. Speed tables can be set up for 14 or 28 speed steps, but not for ...

KB829 Zephyr - Decoder Speed Step Settings & Status Editing

The Digitrax DCS50 Zephyr is set at the factory to send 128 speed step commands to all mobile decoders.If you have a non-Digitrax decoder that can’t run in 128 speed step mode, you can change the number of speed steps the DCS50 sends to that decoder so that you will be able to control the decoder. This is called status editing the decoder. When you status edit a decoder, the DCS50 will send a different format to that specific decoder address without affecting the 128 speed step operation of Digitrax decoders and other 128 speed step decoders on the railroad.NOTE: ...

KB510 DT400 Series - Throttle Clicks

Q: I have a Digitrax DT400 throttle. The left speed knob accelerates the locos at one speed unit per "click". However the right knob accelerates at three speed units per "click". How can I change the right knob to one unit per click? Each rotation of a throttle knob on the DT400 series throttle generates 24 clicks.  Digitrax supports 14, 28 and 128 speed step operation in decoders; each click on a DT400 series throttle knob is related proportianally to the number of speed steps used by the decoder. So, for a 128 speed step decoder each click is approxiamtely 5.33 speed steps.Perceived throttle ...