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TF4 Quad DCC Function Decoder with Integrated Transponder

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KB694 TF4 - Testing for correct transponder operation

Testing the installed TF4 for correct transponder operation1. Place the unit with the installed TF4 on an empty transponding track section. This test assumes that the transponding track section is already set up, tested and is working before you start TF4 testing.2. Using a DCC throttle, select the TF4 address that was programmed into the TF4 and verify that the transponder detector identifies the presence of the transponder device. Depending on how you have set up your transponding reporting to the system, your system should detect the presence of the address in that transponding section.For example, if you have an ...

KB698 TF4 - Use with other decoders

A TF4 can be used with any decoder that is not transponder equipped to add transponding capability to the loco.  It can also be used in any piece of rolling stock with track pick ups to add transponding.  For example, you could use a TF4 to add transponding and lighting effects to a caboose if it is equipped with track pickups to provide power and signal to the TF4.A TF4 should not be connected to an existing transponder equipped DCC decoder unless the DCC decoder's transponder is disabled. This avoids having 2 transponders responding to the same address in the ...

KB697 TF4 - Programming Address, Function Mapping, Configurable Strobe & Effect Rate

Program the TF4's Address & Function Outputs1. Before using your TF4, set its address. This may or may not be the same address as a mobile decoder already installed in the loco or car depending on how you are planning to use the TF4. In the case of TF4's being used as a stand alone transponder or as a function decoder, choose an address that is not the same as another mobile decoder address in use on the layout.2. Connect the RED & BLACK wires of the TF4 to a service mode DCC programmer and program the TF4's address as ...

KB695 TF4 - Installation Instructions

Installing the TF4 in the Loco or Rolling Stock1. Connect the TF4's RED and BLACK wires to the matching RED and BLACK track feed wires of an installed DCC mobile decoder.2. If the TF4 is used by itself, for example in a caboose or box car without a DCC mobile decoder installed, connect the TF4's RED wire to the right hand track pickup and the TF24s BLACK wire to the left side track pickup.3. No other parts are required to set up the transponder current pulses, since this is self-contained in the TF4.4. Install the lamps using the TF4's blue, ...

KB548 TF4 - Reset CVs to factory default

Q: What is the exact reset procedure for a TF4? I tried both with series 3 procedure (CV8) and the other mobile decoders procedure with no success. My TF4 remains out of control. However, the white output makes the LED on my decoder testing board flicker. A: Since CV8 to 08 only works on series 3 and later decoders, it does not work on the function only decoders. TF4's CVs must be reset manually to factory values. The Factory Default Values are: CV64 000 CV61 002 CV49 000 CV50 000

KB681 Can I use non-Digitrax decoders on a Transponding layout?

Q:  Can I use non-Digitrax decoders on a Transponding layout?A: Yes.  If you want to add transponding to a decoder that does not have the feature, add TL1 or TF4 to the decoder.  Some non-Digitrax decoders that use supersonic features are not compatible with transponding unless you switch off the supersonic feature. Digitrax supersonic decoders are compatible with transponding and can be used in supersonic mode while transponding.

KB682 Can I use Transponding with existing Digitrax decoder installations?

Q:  Can I use Transponding with existing Digitrax decoder installations?A:  Once transponder receivers are installed on the layout, you can run any transponder equipped locomotive. All current production Digitrax decoders are transponder equipped. Older Digitrax decoders models without transponders and decoders made by manufacturers that don't support transponding can add transponding by installing a TL1 or TF4 to the locomotive.

KB684 Which decoders work on Transponding layouts?

Q:  Which decoders work on Transponding layouts?A:All DCC decoders can be used on transponding layouts. However, only those decoders with Transponding capabilities turned on will issue a report each time they enter or exit a Transponding Zone.  All current production Digitrax decoders include transponding.Transponding can be added to any decoder by installing a TL1 or TF4.

KB963 Transponding With Other DCC systems

Will I be able to use Transponding with other DCC systems?Yes. You will have to run LocoNet, instrument your layout and install TL1 or TF4 or transponding decoders in your locomotives. You can then use a computer on LocoNet to display position and ID information for transponder equipped locos. LocoNet will run independently of your existing non-LocoNet system.

KB965 Non-Digitrax Decoders-Transponding Layout

You can simply add a TL1 or TF4 to locos with decoders made by other DCC manufacturers. In the case of some supersonic decoders made by other DCC companies that are not transponding compatible, you will need to turn off the supersonic feature when you want to use transponding. Digitrax supersonic decoders are compatible with transponding and can be used in supersonic mode while transponding.

KB966 Transponding-Adding Transponding to Locos

Once you have instrumented your layout for transponding, you simply add transponder equipped locomotives and you are ready to go. Digitrax decoders have been shipped with transponding included since 1999.  All current production Digitrax decoders are transponder equipped. Older Digitrax decoders models without transponders and decoders made by other manufacturers can add this capability by installing a transponder such as the TL1 or TF4 to existing DCC locomotive installations.  These transponders also add functions to the loco.

KB688 What will it take to install Digitrax Transponding on my layout?

1.  Install BDL16 series occupancy detector(s).  BDL16, BDL162 and BDL168 occupancy detectors can be used together on the same layout.2.  Add RX4 transponder receivers to the zones you want to set up for transponding. (You won't need to cover every detection section on the railroad for effective coverage and reporting. Some areas will be detection only sections while others will have full transponding as needed.)  Use either two RX4s with your BDL168 to set up 8 transponding zones or use one RX4 if you only need 4 transponding zones.3.  All current production Digitrax decoders are transponder equipped. If you have decoders ...

KB561 Transponding Function Only Decoders

Since 1999, Digitrax has produced function-only decoders with Transponding capabilities.  These decoders make it easy to add transponding and additional functions to locomotives with decoders that do not have transponding or enough functions.  These are useful for customers with older decoders produced before transponding was incorporated into Digitrax decoders.  They are also useful for users of decoders made by manufacturers that do not support transponding.The TF1 is a single output function decoder with Transponding capabilities. This function decoder adds an additional function along with Transponding ID capabilities to an engine with non-Transponding decoder capabilities or adds a single function along ...

KB59 BDL168 - Terminology

Here are some terms that you might find useful as you work with the BDL168. Direct home wiring is a layout wiring method where each power district and its booster is electrically isolated. The track within each power district uses a "common return" wiring method for occupancy detection and/or power management. Direct home wiring is the wiring method recommended by Digitrax for safety reasons & also because it makes detection work more prototypically. Power district is the power wiring, track, components and equipment attached to that wiring, driven by a single properly isolated booster. The track for a power district ...

KB943 Functions on Mobile Decoders

Digitrax decoders have outputs that can control lamps and other on/off devices installed in your locomotive.  These are called functions.  Functions are things like: lamps, sound units, smoke units, etc. All Digitrax decoders are equipped with two or more function outputs that are used to turn functions on and off.Decoder function outputs can be:1.   Leads (wires) attached to the decoder that are used to hook up external functions.  See Table I below for wire color codes used on Digitrax decoders.or2.   Pre-wired function outputs that hook up by just plugging in the decoder. This is the case for decoders that ...