Digitrax Throttles not working


ronmerrill69
 

We are experiencing a problem on our club layout, I am hopeful that you guys might be able to help. 
All of our throttles  are not working. I have already trouble shot all our loconet cable. All seemed to show working with LT1, either 3 or 4 lights. Thought maybe our computer guy might have downloaded a new version on JMRI, and nocked out the throttles. Any thought?


john
 

Your problem sounded familiar as soon as you said, "My Club." if you have someone who uses their own throttle it probably wasn't attached to the layout and was not affected by a software change and should work. When you turn on Digitrax, it beeps a code that tells you the systems status. The codes are in your command station manual, there are a bunch. Have you reprogrammed your command station and boosters. They can only store so much information. When you start up, use one throttle and one engine (preferably a lighted, sound, engine), turn on the power, if the engine doesn't operate, touch Pwr,  +,  Pwr and try again. Don't program on your layout, If you have folks that program with their throttle, move them to an isolated command station on a test track. When a throttle speaks, EVERYTHING on the layout listens. If you have a short, the equipment will shut down and restart until the short clears and the ticking sound it makes is very subtle. If there is any noise, you wont hear the very light ticking. Parking on switches and across gaps are a common cause. You can roll across gaps and switches for a thousand years and everything is fine, park on one and you can have a short. Consider using Electronic Circuit Breakers or Digitrax PM42s to separate power districts. 

I am guessing that you have already discovered the problem or it vanished. It didn't vanish, someone unknowingly fixed it. We go for months, even do OP Sessions without a hitch in our Getty-Up and suddenly humanity is teetering on the edge of DCC heck. It almost always turns out to me something simple. 

An alternative solution is to brew a pot of coffee and arm-chair for a time, that is fun too.

I hope you have as much fun as i do.

jd

On Tuesday, August 31, 2021, 01:20:18 AM EDT, ronmerrill69 via groups.io <ronmerrill69@...> wrote:


We are experiencing a problem on our club layout, I am hopeful that you guys might be able to help. 
All of our throttles  are not working. I have already trouble shot all our loconet cable. All seemed to show working with LT1, either 3 or 4 lights. Thought maybe our computer guy might have downloaded a new version on JMRI, and nocked out the throttles. Any thought?


Puckdropper
 

Check for the flashing dot between F11 and F12 on a DT400. The dot has three states, off, on, and frustratingly flashing. It should be on and not flashing.

Press [Pwr] then [Y/+] to make the dot go steady.

Puckdropper