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DCC Ditch Lights Programming

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DCC Ditch Lights Programming
Posted by HuskerHoot on Friday, January 10, 2020 6:54 PM

In the process of installing a Digitrax DH465 decoder in an Atlas O scale GP60.  I have the unit running; but when I progam the ditch lights for operation; the ditch lights only faintly alternate back and forth and when the ditch lights are programmed for operation the locomotive driveline no longer functions.  Set CV's 51, 52, 62, and 63 and the driveline functions correctly but the ditch lights no longer come on.  Any ideas?

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Posted by BigDaddy on Monday, January 13, 2020 8:16 PM

Welcome to the forum.  Your posts are moderated, which is why it appeared tonight instead of Friday.

We love a good electrical mystery and you have one.  I am not a digitrax guy, but I beieve the relevant manual is here for the electrical sleuths .

http://www.digitrax.com/static/apps/cms/media/documents/documentation/decodermanual.pdf

Henry

COB Potomac & Northern

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Posted by mbinsewi on Monday, January 13, 2020 8:33 PM

There is lot of info in the decoder manual, and the Digitrax support crew responds quickly to questions.

I didn't see any support bullitins for this decoder.

I'd send the support an email.  You have to go through the process of opening a "ticket", but it's easy to do.

Mike.

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Posted by ricktrains4824 on Saturday, January 18, 2020 8:43 PM

Sounds simple, but.....

Did you check that the resisters are the correct size for the lights?

Any crossed wires? Any nicked wires? Kinks?

Are the wires soldered, or some other holding method, like clips?

Did you try a decoder reset and reprogram?

What is your programming method?

Which wire colors are going to the ditch lights?

I run with Digitrax, but in HO, but it is still very very similar. And, I have wired a HO scale locomotive with a Digitrax DH165 with operating flashing ditch lights, so I may be able to help with a bit more information provided.

Ricky W.

HO scale Proto-freelancer.

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1: It's my railroad, my rules.

2: It's for having fun and enjoyment.

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