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BLI P3 PRR J1 light off with first whistle, direction change sound, acceleration chuff volume

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BLI P3 PRR J1 light off with first whistle, direction change sound, acceleration chuff volume
Posted by HO Loco loco on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 8:13 PM

Just thought I'd provide some info on Paragon3 PRR J1 features that I learned with the help of BLI Technical Support.  The items are 1) lights go out with first whistle after startup, 2) loud direction change sound, and 3) acceleration chuff volume increase.  

1) With some systems (e.g. NCE and MRC, but not Digitrax) when you blow the whistle for the first time after startup the lights go out -- here's how to make them stay ON.  

    Toggle power to tracks OFF

    Power up DCC system

    Press Select Loco, enter loco #, press Enter (even if loco number was already in   the display)

    Select F0 (see “L" appear in cab display)

   Toggle power to tracks ON

   Press F9 (startup sequence)

   Light should have come on near the end of startup

   Sound the whistle — whether standing still or moving, it should not go off

2) The change of direction sound is in my opinion way to loud and you can not address its volume level independently nor is it affected by Master Volume adjustments.  

    You can turn the change in direction sound off by setting CV246=129 (page 208 of the Technical Reference Guide, see link below).

3) To reduce the chuff sound volume increase when accelerating:

    The technical reference manual can be found here: https://www.broadway-limited.com/support/manuals/techSteam1.00.pdf (More information on Chuff Control can be found on pages 14 and 15).

     Try adjusting CV's 199 and 200 until it is to your liking.  Read more on those on pages 158 and 159.  

Those three measures worked for me.  I hope they do for you as well.

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Posted by Overmod on Thursday, June 4, 2020 5:00 AM

Yes - this is great!

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Posted by gdelmoro on Thursday, June 4, 2020 5:48 AM

I just thought it as another P3 decoder problem!

thanksfor posting

Gary

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Posted by Water Level Route on Thursday, June 4, 2020 11:55 AM

gdelmoro

I just thought it as another P3 decoder problem!

thanksfor posting

 

Pretty much is, isn't it?  Only this decoder has the issue.  

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Posted by gdelmoro on Thursday, June 4, 2020 1:14 PM

Water Level Route

 Wonder if BLI will ever fix that thing Angry

 
gdelmoro

I just thought it as another P3 decoder problem!

thanksfor posting

 

 

 

Pretty much is, isn't it?  Only this decoder has the issue.  

 

 

Gary

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Posted by Water Level Route on Friday, June 5, 2020 8:48 AM

gdelmoro
Wonder if BLI will ever fix that thing 

Sure they will.  Same way the fixed the issues with the P2 decoders.  They'll replace it with a P4 that has it's own set of issues.  Just different issues.

Mike

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Posted by thomas81z on Saturday, June 6, 2020 7:47 PM

why do they still have the sound files from 2006 in their paraliyzer 3 decoder ???SoapBox

Water Level Route

 

 
gdelmoro
Wonder if BLI will ever fix that thing 

 

Sure they will.  Same way the fixed the issues with the P2 decoders.  They'll replace it with a P4 that has it's own set of issues.  Just different issues.

 

 

Water Level Route

 

 
gdelmoro
Wonder if BLI will ever fix that thing 

 

Sure they will.  Same way the fixed the issues with the P2 decoders.  They'll replace it with a P4 that has it's own set of issues.  Just different issues.

 

 

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Posted by thomas81z on Saturday, June 6, 2020 7:49 PM

so far i have replaced the motherboard the smoke unit & the light unit

other then that its the best big boy i ever owned { sarcasm off}

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Posted by rrinker on Sunday, June 7, 2020 3:53 PM

 Because there is no running J-1 to get actual recordings from, so why bother?

Now if you want a model of something that is running - there are some decoders with fairly recent recordings of operating steam locos such as those on the Strasburg Railroad, and they did or are doing recordings of the CNJ 0-6-0 that was recently returned to service in Minersville PA. Most steam locos are 'make do' sounds because the real thing isn't running.

                         --Randy

 


Modeling the Reading Railroad in the 1950's

 

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