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Problem using American DCC controllers with a British loco/with TTS sound decoder

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Problem using American DCC controllers with a British loco/with TTS sound decoder
Posted by Get Off And Push on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 1:54 PM

I’m new to DCC, and need some help. I have a MRC Tech 6 Controller 2.0 (2 Amps) with the Tech 6 walk around, hand-held controller, and a Bachmann E-Z Command controller. I realize neither of these are very sophisticated, and are beginner DCC boxes. I bought a Hornby R3803TTS Harry Potter Hogwart's Castle 5972 Steam Locomotive (TTS sound) from a British vendor. My problem is that I can’t get the little loco to move. I put it on my test track and tried both controllers. The headlight on the locomotive comes on with both controllers, so I know it’s getting electricity. However, it won’t move or make any sounds. The MRC handheld tells me that it is on address 3, so that’s OK. There are no noises coming from the little engine - no buzzing, humming, nothing.

I have a variety of DC and DCC locomotives of other brands, and they all function on my track with either controller. I haven’t opened the Hornby loco yet to look for loose wires, hoping to exhaust other possibilities first. I’ve tried various CVs in the Hornby instructions to no avail. Is there something I have to do to unlock anything, or is it a voltage problem?
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Posted by tstage on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 2:45 PM

First question: Is your locomotive programmed to address "3"...or, to the cab number?

Tom

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Posted by Lastspikemike on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 9:41 PM

The Tech 6 is actually a fully functional DCC controller. The basic programming interface is deliberately simplified.

I had a similar problem using my Tech 6 to operate  an older Intermountain F7B unit until I discovered the QSI decoder had some semi sleep settings triggered by the F 9 key.

Reset the decoder by pressing Shift 9 9 and see if that wakes up your locomotive.

The Tech 6 assumes you run one DCC locomotive or DC locomotive at a time.  The handheld addon is much more powerful and can run up to 6 locomotives in theory, but they can only be addressed as loco numbers 1-6, no extended addressing allowed. 

Alyth Yard

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