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  • Radio Control Using Deltang Receivers

    Wasn't sure if I should start a thread here or try out the new "BLOGS" part of the forum. Decided to start here and see where it goes. It'll be a slow process in building this idea to fruition.

    It started way back in 2013 on the Freerails forum when David Theunissen in England posted about his receivers for control of engines and for vehicles. There was/is a section on Freerails that was deticated to the use of radio control. Most of it was in larger scales do to the size of the receivers they were using, basically what was being used by the fly boys. David was also into flying models airplanes but with electric motors. He then designed small receivers for the small electric motor powered planes which then he redesigned for model trains and cars. If you are interested here's the website for the Deltang receivers. http://www.deltang.co.uk/

    My first project using his product was my animated Atheran 200 ton wreck crane. I have a write up here on my website. http://kingstonemodelworks.com/Crane-1A.html I also used the receivers in two AHM 2-6-0 steam engines. I did a write on those on another forum. I'll rewrite it here some time in the future.

    This subject has laid dormant for quite sometime. Other projects took over and the availability of the chips in the last several years was spotty. David is a one man operation so it was iffy ordering from him. The receivers are now sold through http://www.micronradiocontrol.co.uk/

    Now that I had some serious funds put aside to start this project I ordered 20 receivers from Micron Radio Control.

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    Anyway, the smaller receivers on the left have a voltage range from 3V to 6V and will be used in smaller engines with custom built chassis and motors. The ones on the right have a voltage range of 3V to 16V DC and will be used with commercial or standard 12 volt motors that come with the engines.

    What I want to try out is a 16 volt AC track power using an onboard voltage regulator to supply the proper voltage to the motor and receiver. I'll design my own miniature voltage regulator and plan on having the boards commercially made.

    So that's the plan right now. Could be engineering changes along the way. I'll try to keep this thread updated as I experiment with R/C.

    Bernd
    New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

  • #2
    Looks interesting, Bernd.

    George
    The sky is not my limit, it's my playground.

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    • #3
      I like your way of thinking, new and different, and for sure sounds very interesting. With 20 receivers in your toolbox you have some building to accomplish.
      I'm looking forward to your endeavors. I may never use the knowledge, but always interested in modeling of all kinds. I'll be following your progress here!


      Louis
      Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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      • #4
        I'll get deeper into this project as I decide how to go about doing this and why. I'm a fan of Nichola Tesla. He's the one that got us to use AC current.

        Glad to have you on board for the journey.

        Bernd
        New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

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        • #5
          Bernd,

          super cool... was heavy into R/C, building automation, Arduino, raspberrypi, single board computers, etc I'm excited to see where you go with this !

          Joe

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          • #6
            Originally posted by rrladmin View Post
            Bernd,

            super cool... was heavy into R/C, building automation, Arduino, raspberrypi, single board computers, etc I'm excited to see where you go with this !

            Joe
            Joe,

            Great that you're interested in R/C. I'm going to try and keep it a simple as possible. There is sort of a push on the MRH forum with Dead Rail, or as Joe F. likes to put it POB, or Power On Board. I think that it makes sense for using battery power if you have a portable layout you take to shows. Also one subject that hasn't been talked about much is animating HO vehicles to run around on the layout. The Britt's are way out in front on that subject. I follow a British forum that has a radio control section and a couple of guys have posted SBS threads on building powered vehicles both in HO and O scales. I would love it if an American manufacturer would make receivers such as Deltang. He's the only one designing and manufacturing the. I was think if I had some spare cash of seeing if I could find a college student studying electronics to reverse engineer a Deltang receiver and then produce them here it the states. This idea just scratches the surface. More as I get into it.

            Bernd
            New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

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