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DCC ready, what does that mean?

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Posted by riogrande5761 on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 4:41 PM

Oh, is Digitrax bashing still going on?  Since I had to tear down my layout 10 years ago, I haven't been reading this DCC debate much.  I did my research on DCC when I bought my Chief system around 97/98 and found NCC and Digitrax to be both nice systems with similar capabilites.  I chose Digitrax simply because I prefered rotary knob controllers rather than the thumbwheel type, but think I'd have been happy with either system.  Why bash?

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Posted by pomerol on Sunday, May 15, 2011 7:05 AM

I am an absolute newbie to DCC and I have to agree about the Digitrax Zephyr(Extra) system being easy to use - once it was plugged in and connected to my DC block control layout I had (DC) locos running within minutes, albeit with the 'warbling' noise expected. I have two DCC equipped locos both of which were DCC ready and required plug and play decoders. These were simple to install, new addresses programmed and straight onto the layout, without a hitch. I ahve even been able to change a few of the CV's with ease. Read the manual and keep it handy. It really is only as complicated as you want to make it.

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