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  • Decoder question on my 44 ton switcher

    Hi guys,

    Anyone know why I can't change the address on my bachmann spectrum? (no sound)

    Using my NCE power-cab, the short address change doesn't work, and the long address change prefixes the new address with an asterisk that I cannot key in manually.

    :erm:


    Kyle

    a cv list for this product would be nice.

  • #2
    Download the JRMI package here:

    http://jmri.org/download/index.shtml

    I'm not familiar with the NCE hardware but DecoderPro3 (part of the JMRI suite) has the info you need.

    Set it up as standalone (no interface to your NCE, unless you have a computer/NCE device). READ through the

    instructions, and you'll find the CV's pertaining to your Bachmann and every decoder you can imagine.

    Jim
    Take the red pill

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    • #3
      Some decoders as well as some DCC systems only let you change the address if you are in Ops Mode (programming on the main) vs Service Mode (programming track). Check your decoder and DCC manuals............

      Peter

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      • #4
        What address are you trying to put in it? With NCE you have to prefix 127 or less with a Zero for a 2 digit address and 2 zeros for a single digit. Then when you Select Loco you have to use the zero in selection. I have a Shay with 33 painted on the side of it but it actually is 0-3-3 when I programmed it and I select 0-3-3 when I want to operatenit. It then will display *-0-3-3 on the controller, if you're using the "hammerhead" style programmer.

        This is,done on the programming track.

        I leave the short address at "3" on all my locos.

        All that said I've never programmed a Bachmann With factory dcc so what i just said may be just hot air.
        Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

        Cedar Swamp
        SW of Manistique, MI

        AVATAR Image stolen from Model Train Stuff advertisement in my e-mail

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        • #5
          I believe with NCE, you can program the short (2 digit address) to be active, so 1 or 2 digit engines can use the short address (1 or 2 digits). If you activate the long address you need the leading zero. I have an NCE system and about 1/3 of my engines have 2 digit addresses, I acquire them just typing in the 2 digit address.
          Dave Husman



          Iron Men and wooden cars

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          • #6
            quote:


            Originally posted by dave1905


            I believe with NCE, you can program the short (2 digit address) to be active, so 1 or 2 digit engines can use the short address (1 or 2 digits). If you activate the long address you need the leading zero. I have an NCE system and about 1/3 of my engines have 2 digit addresses, I acquire them just typing in the 2 digit address.


            I agree.
            I don't use 2 digit loco addresses, staying with the 'long' address option. I use 2 digit numbers for accessories, like cross overs and turnouts with tortoises controlled by decoders.
            Karl Scribner-Curmudgeon

            Cedar Swamp
            SW of Manistique, MI

            AVATAR Image stolen from Model Train Stuff advertisement in my e-mail

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