Re: QSI Decoder Wiring Information

Al Silverstein

A friend of mine reported the same situation with his BLI, B&O F7B engine which had a QSI Quantum decoder. Looking through the manual I missed the comment about the motor going into stand bye.
I noted on another list to which I am a member someone saying they had the similar problem a while back. The solution noted on this other list was to press the F6 button twice quickly.
I placed the B&O engine on my test layout, pressed the F6 button twice quickly, the engine jerked, and the motor would again function as it should.
A close review of the QSI decoder manual indicated that pressing twice the F6 button quickly flipped them motor control on and off. If on the motor control would turn off and if off the motor control would turn back on.
You might want to try the above. If just may cure the problem.
Al Silverstein

From: Wil Davis
Sent: Monday, July 22, 2019 5:01 PM
Subject: [w4dccqa] QSI Decoder Wiring Information
My friend has an early BLI PRR M1 that has a QSI decoder.  I am unable to read the decoder, we have tried resetting the decoder with no luck.  All it will do is sit on the track and make idle steam engine sounds.  None of the functions work, headlight, bell etc.  Nor does it move.  He has asked me to replace the decoder with a current steam sound decoder.  I told him I would, if I could do it without taking the engine apart.  The tender has the Decoder that appears to be a "motherboard" that it plugs into.  It connects to to the engine with a six wire double ended female connector.  I have determined that the outside wires are track pickup.  However, I am unable to determine what the other four are other than two obviously go to the motor and two go to the headlight.  I have tried everything I can think of to figure them out without blowing the headlight.  I know I could probably hook a 9v battery to the motor and determine if it works.  However, if I guess wrong and connect it to the headlight I may blow it. I once saw wiring diagrams for some engine/decoders, but am not able to find it. 

Anyone have any idea where i could find this information or know what the middle four wires go to?


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