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Re: Q

Nick
 

Morgan,

In my reply, I stressed that the problem was in the decoder and unfortunately failed to directly reference your statement below. As I said, QSI did NOT set the decoder up to "latch" the whistle / horn. By factory default, the normal DCC standards are met as far as how the functions work. One thing you might not comprehend is that Digitrax did add a truly STUPID feature in their system. If you MOVE the throttle while blowing the "horn / Whistle" The SYSTEM will LATCH the function until you "Unlatch" it by pushing it again without moving the throttle.

It is unique to Digitrax and is part of their firmware since the days of the Big Boy system.

Perhaps THAT is where you are having the problem.

Regards,
Nick Kulp


And that's the real problem. QSI configured f2 to be latching somehow bypassing the "standard" that all command stations have f2 as non-latching. 
 
--
Morgan F Bilbo, DCS50, UT4D, UR93, SPROGIIv4, JMRI 4.24, Pennsy modeler 1952


Re: Q

Dave Hastings
 

This reply is meant for John Burkhardt. Paragon is made up of QSI decoders. Paragon 2,3 and 4 are BLI proprietary decoders. At least in the States.
  
Dave Hastings

On Thursday, August 12, 2021, 11:37:40 AM EDT, John Burkhardt <burkhj@icon.co.za> wrote:






Morgan,
 
Please accept that nothing is further from my mind than to confuse you other than illustrate that latching or momentary function keys are solely a function of the throttle, hence my statement that this is only available on some throttles, but not on the ones in your arsenal.
 
I was simply trying to explain the reason for QSI’s statement, which was only meant for NCE users, you and I who have DIGITRAX are not addressed by that.
 
But now I’m confused after reading the replies from Marcus. Morgan, I thought you started this thread because you have a problem with a BLI loco that is fitted an QSI decoder where when pressing F2 the whistle  stays on till you press F2 again. If that is correct then why is Marcus talking about Paragon which is an entirely different animal. The OEM QSI are Quantum Q1 or Q2?
 
 
Thanks and warm regards,
 
John Burkhardt
South Africa
where the sun always shines,
and steam still reigns!
 
 
 
 
From: QSIndustries@groups.io [mailto:QSIndustries@groups.io] On Behalf Of PennsyNutSent: 12 August 2021 03:33 AMTo: QSIndustries@groups.ioSubject: Re: [QSIndustries] Q
 
John: Now you have me totally confused - again! I do not have a UT402. So that is immaterial.  You mention f3. That is also immaterial. That is a "coupler" sound. And you state that all your QSI f2 are non latching. But mine is latching! THAT IS THE PROBLEM.
Morgan F Bilbo, DCS50, UT4D, UR93, SPROGIIv4, JMRI 4.24, Pennsy modeler 1952


--
John Burkhardt
South Africa
Where the sun always shines
and Steam still reigns!


Re: Q

John Burkhardt
 

Morgan,

 

Please accept that nothing is further from my mind than to confuse you other than illustrate that latching or momentary function keys are solely a function of the throttle, hence my statement that this is only available on some throttles, but not on the ones in your arsenal.

 

I was simply trying to explain the reason for QSI’s statement, which was only meant for NCE users, you and I who have DIGITRAX are not addressed by that.

 

But now I’m confused after reading the replies from Marcus. Morgan, I thought you started this thread because you have a problem with a BLI loco that is fitted an QSI decoder where when pressing F2 the whistle  stays on till you press F2 again. If that is correct then why is Marcus talking about Paragon which is an entirely different animal. The OEM QSI are Quantum Q1 or Q2?

 

 

Thanks and warm regards,

 

John Burkhardt

South Africa

where the sun always shines,

and steam still reigns!

 

 

 

 

From: QSIndustries@groups.io [mailto:QSIndustries@groups.io] On Behalf Of PennsyNut
Sent: 12 August 2021 03:33 AM
To: QSIndustries@groups.io
Subject: Re: [QSIndustries] Q

 

John: Now you have me totally confused - again! I do not have a UT402. So that is immaterial.  You mention f3. That is also immaterial. That is a "coupler" sound. And you state that all your QSI f2 are non latching. But mine is latching! THAT IS THE PROBLEM.
Morgan F Bilbo, DCS50, UT4D, UR93, SPROGIIv4, JMRI 4.24, Pennsy modeler 1952


--
John Burkhardt
South Africa
Where the sun always shines
and Steam still reigns!


Re: Q

peteski7
 

Morgan,
The manual I use is also v 5.2.0.  The function mapping in CV33 - 46 is specifically defined in the NMRA DCC standard, and it is the standard all decoders adhere to.
CV35 is for F1 and is supposed to be 04 for controlling bell.  Page 72 confirms it.
CV36 is for F2 and is supposed to be 08 for controlling horn/whistle (not sure where in the manual you came up with the coupler sound). Page 74 confirms this.

The other info you found (CV35=3 and CV36=17) makes no sense. These are unsupported values on QSI decoders described in the v 5.2.0 manual.
I never asked for any information about the coupler sound, and please just humor me about the bell sound.

I do have another place to check, but those are indexed CV registers (things get complicated), so you will need to use JMRI DecoderPro. I don't have it handy, so I can't give you step-by-step instructions.

You need to check CV53.3.0, CV53.3.1, CV53.4.0 and CV53.4.1.  If you can read those 4 CVs, let me know what the values are.
If you don't know how to access indexed CV registers in DecoderPro, I'll show you how to check them manually, but it is a bit cumbersome.  This is the stuff that makes manually programming complex sound decoders a chore.

Peteski


On Wed, Aug 11, 2021 at 10:24 PM, PennsyNut wrote:
And now Peteski: The QSI loco on the pt, CV35 is 04 and per manual relates to f2 the whistle. CV36 is 08 and per manual relates to f3 or the coupler. These two readings are what was in the original from JMRI. They have never been touched. i.e. Never changed.
Now comes my surprise. Background - I lost the original paper manual that came with the loco. But did copy on 8.5x11 paper the CV's. And that shows CV35 should be 3 and CV36 should be 17. So this is just another confusion to me.
And now to make matters even worse. In the pdf manual dated 8/5/15. Referring to v 5.2.0: Page 72 shows CV35 as for f1 and page 74 shows CV36 as for f2. ??? In other words. We have conflicting information. And all this does is confuse the heck for me. And you all tell me to RTFM. And I have written material for many manuals. I mention 8/5/15. I also have 8/4/09 v 4.5.0 and that shows the same as the 8/5/15. i.e Both pdf manuals read the same.
So at this point. I don't know what f1/bell and f3/coupler have to do with this situation. My simple mind tells me that the only problem is f2/whistle. So I respect y'all and wait for responses.

Morgan F Bilbo, DCS50, UT4D, UR93, SPROGIIv4, JMRI 4.24, Pennsy modeler 1952


Re: Q

Marcus Ammann
 

Hi Morgan

 

Thanks for the details.

 

Thinking aloud as they’re all Paragons, is there something different with the way the Whistles works when pressing F2, as Morgan is seeing, I’m just curious.

Apart from that, I cannot offer any more help.

 

Regards

Marcus

 

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Sent: Thursday, 12 August 2021 12:35 PM
To: QSIndustries@groups.io
Subject: Re: [QSIndustries] Q

 

Marcus: I have 4 BLI w/Paragon 2, 1 BLI w/Paragon 3, 1 diesel, JMRI defined as "Tsunami Diesel Bachmann Sound Value". I have other locos that I don't use, or don't have sound. All the BLI are steam and are pretty much all programmed the same. No major differences. With the P3, I never noticed any differences compared to the P2s. The cheap diesel has limited CV's and was a pain to program. But once I got that done, I've left it alone. The only thing I use the diesel for is testing track. Otherwise, it just sits aside. The 6 steamers/5 BLI & 1 QSI are the sum total I have on the layout. My layout is designed so that all engines are parked on dead sidings until I throw the turnout for that siding. So, there's usually only one engine running at a time. I found it awkward to try running 2 locos at the same time. The UT4D is primary so that I can walk the 24' of layout with the engine. Turnouts hand thrown.
--
Morgan F Bilbo, DCS50, UT4D, UR93, SPROGIIv4, JMRI 4.24, Pennsy modeler 1952


Re: Q

 

Marcus: I have 4 BLI w/Paragon 2, 1 BLI w/Paragon 3, 1 diesel, JMRI defined as "Tsunami Diesel Bachmann Sound Value". I have other locos that I don't use, or don't have sound. All the BLI are steam and are pretty much all programmed the same. No major differences. With the P3, I never noticed any differences compared to the P2s. The cheap diesel has limited CV's and was a pain to program. But once I got that done, I've left it alone. The only thing I use the diesel for is testing track. Otherwise, it just sits aside. The 6 steamers/5 BLI & 1 QSI are the sum total I have on the layout. My layout is designed so that all engines are parked on dead sidings until I throw the turnout for that siding. So, there's usually only one engine running at a time. I found it awkward to try running 2 locos at the same time. The UT4D is primary so that I can walk the 24' of layout with the engine. Turnouts hand thrown.
--
Morgan F Bilbo, DCS50, UT4D, UR93, SPROGIIv4, JMRI 4.24, Pennsy modeler 1952


Q

 

And now Peteski: The QSI loco on the pt, CV35 is 04 and per manual relates to f2 the whistle. CV36 is 08 and per manual relates to f3 or the coupler. These two readings are what was in the original from JMRI. They have never been touched. i.e. Never changed.
Now comes my surprise. Background - I lost the original paper manual that came with the loco. But did copy on 8.5x11 paper the CV's. And that shows CV35 should be 3 and CV36 should be 17. So this is just another confusion to me.
And now to make matters even worse. In the pdf manual dated 8/5/15. Referring to v 5.2.0: Page 72 shows CV35 as for f1 and page 74 shows CV36 as for f2. ??? In other words. We have conflicting information. And all this does is confuse the heck for me. And you all tell me to RTFM. And I have written material for many manuals. I mention 8/5/15. I also have 8/4/09 v 4.5.0 and that shows the same as the 8/5/15. i.e Both pdf manuals read the same.
So at this point. I don't know what f1/bell and f3/coupler have to do with this situation. My simple mind tells me that the only problem is f2/whistle. So I respect y'all and wait for responses.

Morgan F Bilbo, DCS50, UT4D, UR93, SPROGIIv4, JMRI 4.24, Pennsy modeler 1952


Re: Q

Marcus Ammann
 

Hi Morgan

 

You have the Latching and NON Latching logic exactly right.

 

What brand sound decoders are in the other sound locos?  

 

Regards

Marcus

 

 

 

 

 

From: QSIndustries@groups.io <QSIndustries@groups.io> On Behalf Of PennsyNut
Sent: Thursday, 12 August 2021 11:28 AM
To: QSIndustries@groups.io
Subject: Re: [QSIndustries] Q

 

I have to reply one at a time. Marcus: I define latching as when you press f2 and the whistle blows and keeps on blowing until you push f2 again. That is what the QSI loco does. On all other locos, when I press f2, the whistle blows and as soon as I release it, the whistle stops. That is NON latching. Correct? Or do I have this backwards? The opposite is what happens with f1, the bell. You press the bell and it just keeps on ringing. When you press it the second time, it stops. That is what I call "latching". The button latches on and stays on until pressed again. And that's why I think the QSI whistle was created backwards.
Now for all. My signature shows what I have. I have Digitrax. Both my DCS50 and the UT4D have only an f2. They do not have a "horn" button. If NCE and/or others do, that don't help me. So, please do not confuse me with what others have. I am confused enough as it is.
Morgan F Bilbo, DCS50, UT4D, UR93, SPROGIIv4, JMRI 4.24, Pennsy modeler 1952


Re: Q

 

John: Now you have me totally confused - again! I do not have a UT402. So that is immaterial.  You mention f3. That is also immaterial. That is a "coupler" sound. And you state that all your QSI f2 are non latching. But mine is latching! THAT IS THE PROBLEM.
Morgan F Bilbo, DCS50, UT4D, UR93, SPROGIIv4, JMRI 4.24, Pennsy modeler 1952


Re: Q

 

I have to reply one at a time. Marcus: I define latching as when you press f2 and the whistle blows and keeps on blowing until you push f2 again. That is what the QSI loco does. On all other locos, when I press f2, the whistle blows and as soon as I release it, the whistle stops. That is NON latching. Correct? Or do I have this backwards? The opposite is what happens with f1, the bell. You press the bell and it just keeps on ringing. When you press it the second time, it stops. That is what I call "latching". The button latches on and stays on until pressed again. And that's why I think the QSI whistle was created backwards.
Now for all. My signature shows what I have. I have Digitrax. Both my DCS50 and the UT4D have only an f2. They do not have a "horn" button. If NCE and/or others do, that don't help me. So, please do not confuse me with what others have. I am confused enough as it is.
Morgan F Bilbo, DCS50, UT4D, UR93, SPROGIIv4, JMRI 4.24, Pennsy modeler 1952


Re: Q

peteski7
 

Morgan,
I have a far-fetched idea about this problem.  Please put the loco on a programming track and read the contents of CV35 and CV36.  Let me know what they are. Make sure to give me the correct value for each CV. That is important.

Peteski


Re: Q

John Burkhardt
 

Morgan,

 

The key in your quote is “some systems….”, read NCE. You don’t have some systems, you have DIGITRAX where latching/non-latching is a function of the throttle setup. Only from the DT402 up could you chose the non-latching to be either F2 or F3, all other F keys are latching period, but to the best of my knowledge not on the DCS50 nor the UT4.

 

I can’t count how many QSI decoders I have installed or have/had in my own locos, but never have come across one that had F2 latching!

 

So I really don’t know where you get that from?

 

Thanks and warm regards,

 

John Burkhardt

South Africa

where the sun always shines,

and steam still reigns!

 

 

 

 

From: QSIndustries@groups.io [mailto:QSIndustries@groups.io] On Behalf Of PennsyNut
Sent: 11 August 2021 04:35 AM
To: QSIndustries@groups.io
Subject: Re: [QSIndustries] Q

 

Peteski: Sorry to bring up this again. But: f2 for the whistle is a problem I need resolved. Was it you? that mentioned that f2 is non-latching. Not so with QSI.

I had asked about different buttons for f2 and "horn". I know horn is diesel and whistle is steam. I only have steam. Please read this from the manual. It specifically states that when f2 is pressed, it is latched. And I don't have a horn button/whatever that means? I don't have a diesel. That indicates that the "horn" is non-latched. So, I'm back to my problem. It's only my QSI loco that f2 is latched. All other locos f2 is non-latched. Is there any way to correct that? With it latched, it's darn near impossible to blow a short whistle sound. The finger can only work so fast. Just not fast enough. LOL So can someone help me out with this? It is a very frustrating thing with QSI - that don't act like other locos. I always thought that f2 was non-latched, but apparently QSI is backwards.
Morgan F Bilbo, DCS50, UT4D, UR93, SPROGIIv4, JMRI 4.24, Pennsy modeler 1952


--
John Burkhardt
South Africa
Where the sun always shines
and Steam still reigns!


Re: Q

Marcus Ammann
 

Hi Morgan

 

Are you saying that when you press Button “2” on your Digitax system, the Horn/Whistle “blows” then when you release Button “2”, the Horn/Whistle stop.

That is Button “2” is NON LATCHING.

On ALL of you sound locos, EXCEPT the QSI.

Is this correct?

 

This is NOT how my any of my 50 or so sound locos including my QSI work.

I have NCE and as peteski has already suggested, NCE has a dedicated Horn/Whistle Button that is configured as NON Latching, where as when I use Button “2” the Horn/Whistle blows until I press button “2”, AGAIN.

 

I think the Lenz system allows you to configure the keypad numbers as Latching or NON Latching and that is done in the Command Station not the decoder.

 

I hope this helps.

 

Regards

Marcus    

 

From: QSIndustries@groups.io <QSIndustries@groups.io> On Behalf Of PennsyNut
Sent: Thursday, 12 August 2021 12:54 AM
To: QSIndustries@groups.io
Subject: Re: [QSIndustries] Q

 

On Tue, Aug 10, 2021 at 10:27 PM, peteski7 wrote:

"xxx, the F2 ("2" on the numeric keypad) is configured as a non-latching function. But maybe those systms can be configured for F2 button to be latching - I don't know. xxx"

And that's the real problem. QSI configured f2 to be latching somehow bypassing the "standard" that all command stations have f2 as non-latching. And it would be stupid to configure the command station just for one loco/QSI. And then, all others might wind up latching? Or whatever. This is way over my head and is why I write these questions in this forum. Rather than elsewhere. IMHO when one questions in Digitrax or JMRI forums, you are shooting blind/Hit or Miss and can only be hopeful to find someone that is knowledgeable with QSI. That's why this forum is where I go for QSI. I guess I'm lucky it isn't a LokSound/ESU decoder. Those are a lot more complicated than QSI. So at this point, I thank you all for everything and I'll quit asking on this particular thread. Next question will be a new thread.
 
--
Morgan F Bilbo, DCS50, UT4D, UR93, SPROGIIv4, JMRI 4.24, Pennsy modeler 1952


Re: Q

 

On Tue, Aug 10, 2021 at 10:27 PM, peteski7 wrote:
"xxx, the F2 ("2" on the numeric keypad) is configured as a non-latching function. But maybe those systms can be configured for F2 button to be latching - I don't know. xxx"
And that's the real problem. QSI configured f2 to be latching somehow bypassing the "standard" that all command stations have f2 as non-latching. And it would be stupid to configure the command station just for one loco/QSI. And then, all others might wind up latching? Or whatever. This is way over my head and is why I write these questions in this forum. Rather than elsewhere. IMHO when one questions in Digitrax or JMRI forums, you are shooting blind/Hit or Miss and can only be hopeful to find someone that is knowledgeable with QSI. That's why this forum is where I go for QSI. I guess I'm lucky it isn't a LokSound/ESU decoder. Those are a lot more complicated than QSI. So at this point, I thank you all for everything and I'll quit asking on this particular thread. Next question will be a new thread.
 
--
Morgan F Bilbo, DCS50, UT4D, UR93, SPROGIIv4, JMRI 4.24, Pennsy modeler 1952


Re: Q

peteski7
 

No need to be sorry Morgan.  I'm glad you are reading (and quoting the QSI manual).

"Some DCC controllers have separate horn/whistle and bell buttons, in addition to Function Keys assigned to horn/whistle and bell operation. The bell is usually assigned to F1, and the horn is usually assigned to F2."

Notice that you see "some DCC controllers". The only DCC system I konow of that has a separate dedicated horn/whistle button is NCE (and that happens to be the system  I use).  Both the "2" (for F2) on the numeric keypad, and HORN button activate the F2 function, sending the F2 "on" signal to the decoder being addressed.  The "2" button on keypad is latchign, while the "HORN" button only sends the F2 "on" signals for as long as the utton is depressed. This is done in the throttle (not on the decoder) and cannot be reconfigured).  hat is NCE Power Cab and Pro Cab. In all the other DCC systems (like Digitrax) that do not have separate dedicated HORN button, the F2 ("2" on the numeric keypad) is configured as a non-latching function. But maybe those systms can be configured for F2 button to be latching - I don't know.

But the indisputable fact is that there is no place inside the decoder (check the manual) where the horn activation can be set up as non-latching.  My QSI decoders behave as expected.

Looking at the equipment you own, you have a Digitrax CDS50 DCC system, and SPROG. I don't own either, but I  believe that you can use SPROG to also run a locomotive (not just program it).  If that is the case, try running this loco on both systems, and check how the whistle behaves on each system.  If both DCC systems act as if the horn (F2) is latching, then I don't have an answer for you.  It makes no sense to me either.

I'm assuming that this loco is standard DCC (the decoder gets its power and DCC info directly from the track - no radio signal involved).

Peteski


Re: Q

 

Peteski: Sorry to bring up this again. But: f2 for the whistle is a problem I need resolved. Was it you? that mentioned that f2 is non-latching. Not so with QSI.

I had asked about different buttons for f2 and "horn". I know horn is diesel and whistle is steam. I only have steam. Please read this from the manual. It specifically states that when f2 is pressed, it is latched. And I don't have a horn button/whatever that means? I don't have a diesel. That indicates that the "horn" is non-latched. So, I'm back to my problem. It's only my QSI loco that f2 is latched. All other locos f2 is non-latched. Is there any way to correct that? With it latched, it's darn near impossible to blow a short whistle sound. The finger can only work so fast. Just not fast enough. LOL So can someone help me out with this? It is a very frustrating thing with QSI - that don't act like other locos. I always thought that f2 was non-latched, but apparently QSI is backwards.
Morgan F Bilbo, DCS50, UT4D, UR93, SPROGIIv4, JMRI 4.24, Pennsy modeler 1952


Re: Q

Marcus Ammann
 

Hi Morgan

 

The 440 page Manual describes the use of CV 64 under the Topic of “CV 64 CV Numeric Verbal Readout (Verbal CV Inquiry)” on page 406.

Read the topic for more details.

You don’t have to worry about CV 64 for your Status Report “speak”. The decoder announces the Speed in MPH irrespective of when CV 62 in OFF or ON.

This is how my Version 7 QSI equipped steam loco where pressing F10 announces the MPH it’s moving at.

For all of my speed matching, I use a home-made Speedo Car and adjust CV5 & 6 or use Speed Tables with JMRI, see how at:

http://mainnorth.blogspot.com/2015/07/speedo-car-for-speed-matching-locos.html

 

As for programming any decoder irrespective of brand, once you have an understanding of basic operation with CVs for Speed, Momentum, overall Volume, you can get the loco to sound and run as you want. Further adjustments to “tweak” your loco to have some fancy features like the Bell Frequency, this Status Report etc.  

A 440 page Sound Decoder Manual is dauting to many of us.

 

Regards

Marcus  

 

From: QSIndustries@groups.io <QSIndustries@groups.io> On Behalf Of PennsyNut
Sent: Wednesday, 11 August 2021 6:42 AM
To: QSIndustries@groups.io
Subject: Re: [QSIndustries] Q

 

Marcus: I understand exactly what you outlined to get speed in MPH verbally. I do have a question raised by you. You said CV62 should be 00 when I want verbal in POM. But CV64 should be 01? As I understand this, CV64 at 00 is off. And 01 turns it on POM. I guess I just don't understand a "verbal acknowledgement" is for. K.I.S.S. If I turn verbal on POM with CV64=01; does that do what I want? Leaving CV62=00. ?? So that I can then using UT4D, be able to get the verbal speed in MPH by pressing f10 as you described above. I am ready to try this. And to be honest, if this all works, I will stop asking about it. Promise! I do see how to change a function key as you described and that makes perfect sense. So, when I want to, can change f5 to Status Report MPH. If I remember correctly, the "Dynamic Brake" has no use in a steam engine. So, f5 is useless now, and would be a good choice for S.R.MPH. Is this now correct?
Morgan F Bilbo, DCS50, UT4D, UR93, SPROGIIv4, JMRI 4.24, Pennsy modeler 1952


Re: Q

 

To all: I want to thank you ALL! What I've learned in this forum is: Reading the manual is more easily understood with some help from y'all. Most of what y'all have been telling me is now getting clearer as I find it in the manual. Just for a little background: I started with a Digitrax non-sound decoder. With the Zephyr, was able to work CV's 2,3,4,5,6. I then purchased a Bachmann with a non-sound decoder. Mistake. Couldn't program it. Digitrax told me to use a resistor to do so. Duh! So I bought the SPROG and hooked up PC and JMRI. Found two different decoders for this Bachmann. One was 2f and one was 4f. With 2f, couldn't change speed. Switched to 4f and was able to change max and mid speeds. That was as far as I went. Then, I bought a Bachmann with sound. Again a cheap one. Had a bunch of trouble getting CV's to work. Finally wound up using the speed table and that problem was solved. In the meantime, I had a4 BLI locos with Paragon 2 and 1 with P 3. So, with JMRI, I started working CV's on those. For the most part, was successful in doing so. Programming speed and sound, volume, etc. I stopped there. Then, came the old QSI. That wouldn't program either, similar to Bachmann. Had to use a resistor. So now I'm able to work with the QSI. Hence all these questions since January. I am 82 yrs old and have no energy, fatigue settles in rapidly. So I can only work on the layout for short periods. I hope this all explains why I'm a pest. And is why I'm so thankful for the help.
Morgan F Bilbo, DCS50, UT4D, UR93, SPROGIIv4, JMRI 4.24, Pennsy modeler 1952


Re: Q

 
Edited

Marcus: I understand exactly what you outlined to get speed in MPH verbally. I do have a question raised by you. You said CV62 should be 00 when I want verbal in POM. But CV64 should be 01? As I understand this, CV64 at 00 is off. And 01 turns it on POM. I guess I just don't understand what a "verbal acknowledgement" is for. K.I.S.S. If I turn verbal on POM with CV64=01; does that do what I want? Leaving CV62=00. ?? So that I can then using UT4D, be able to get the verbal speed in MPH by pressing f10 as you described above. I am ready to try this. And to be honest, if this all works, I will stop asking about it. Promise! I do see how to change a function key as you described and that makes perfect sense. So, when I want to, can change f5 to Status Report MPH. If I remember correctly, the "Dynamic Brake" has no use in a steam engine. So, f5 is useless now, and would be a good choice for S.R.MPH. Is this now correct?
Morgan F Bilbo, DCS50, UT4D, UR93, SPROGIIv4, JMRI 4.24, Pennsy modeler 1952


Atlas Trainmaster QSI decoder problem

Maureen Haugh
 

I have an Atlas Trainmaster with a QSI sound decoder. The engine does not operate on either DC or DCC. Track voltage to the decoder is 15.7 volts. Bypassing the decoder with DC shows the the electric motor itself tests good.
JMRI does not identify decoder and is unable to read CV8. The specific response was, “Stopping due to error: No acknowledgement from locomotive (308)”. Other engines tested and diagnosis ran and tested correctly.
I suspect the decoder has failed. Anything else I should attempt prior to replacing this decoder? 

Thanks in advance for your assistance. Frank

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