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DCC long address
Posted by yankee flyer on Monday, February 18, 2008 7:32 PM

 I have a small layout 5' x 18' and 5 locos. I use short address, is there any advantage for me to program in long address? This is my first year at MRR ing.

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Posted by tstage on Monday, February 18, 2008 7:39 PM

Lee,

With a long (4-digit) address, you can use the locomotive's number on the side of the cab.  Bottom line: It's easier to remember.  Otherwise, you have to remember some sort of 2-digit number.  If it's consistently based on the locomotive's number, that may work.  It's entirely up to you though.

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Posted by Tilden on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 12:03 AM

  Also, if you convert to 4 digit addresses, such as the road number, you have the two digit addresses to use for consisting.  It is easier to keep track of consist addresses if you, say, make all consists the first two digits of the lead loco road number.

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Posted by dadret on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 6:59 AM
The other posts are right - its just a little easier to remember.  I use the loco number on the side as the address-that way if I forget it all I have to do is look at the loco.
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Posted by yankee flyer on Tuesday, February 19, 2008 7:30 AM

Thanks  one and all.

I run an "A" and "B" together all the time. two steam seldom together and a switcher so I haven't seen a need for a long address. I just wondered what it's used for.    I just use the last two numbers on the loco.

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Posted by Bapou on Wednesday, February 20, 2008 4:11 PM
 yankee flyer wrote:

Thanks  one and all.

I run an "A" and "B" together all the time. two steam seldom together and a switcher so I haven't seen a need for a long address. I just wondered what it's used for.    I just use the last two numbers on the loco.

Lee

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If you use the 2 digit it is good to use the locos last numbers, so you are doing well there! 

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Posted by Rotorranch on Wednesday, February 20, 2008 10:03 PM
 Bapou wrote:
 yankee flyer wrote:

Thanks  one and all.

I run an "A" and "B" together all the time. two steam seldom together and a switcher so I haven't seen a need for a long address. I just wondered what it's used for.    I just use the last two numbers on the loco.

Lee

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If you use the 2 digit it is good to use the locos last numbers, so you are doing well there! 

That works well, unless you have a loco number ending in 00, or 03. 00 is the analog loco addy, and 03 is the default DDC addy.

I have a couple of locos with the same last 2 digits. What do you do there with 2 digit addressing?

My vote is for 4 digit addys.

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