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    • April 12, 2020 7:26 PM EDT
    • On the email question here is my answer for all:

       

      1) Zimo projects typically wire up the sound on-off to F8 and smoke to F6.
      Which firebox, bulb or led?  I ask as the bulb version needs an inrush resistor for the high startup current.
       
      2) I wire all 5 volt functions to 10 volts as LGB uses 6.2 to 6.8 volts for lights and smoke units.  Set CV 114 to 128 to get 10 volts to smoke unit, and set CV 60 to 160 to limit voltage to all other connections.
       
      3) CV114 to 128, CV132 to 72, and cv137 is low heat, start with 75, cv 138 med heat set cv 138 to 100, and cv139 for high heat (Accelerating) with 130.  IF smoke is too low, be sure you did a 20 second warm up and then adjust the cv's a little higher one by one.
       
      Note to make all lights turn on I do the following
      I set CV127, 128 to 0 and then program CV33 to 13 and cv 34 to 14.  I tie cab light to F1 and firebox to F2.  NOw F1 and F2 are only for sounds as F0 and direction control the front/rear/cab/firebox lights.
      And if marker lights, then I have to add F3 for the markers and set CVC 33 to 29 and cv 34 to 30.

    • April 12, 2020 7:09 PM EDT
    • I do not have any info on that cable and when I install decoders in engines I remove original electronics and wire up the decoder directly to everything.

       

    • April 12, 2020 6:39 PM EDT
    • I'm installing a Zimo 699LS decoder in my LGB UP Mikado 23872.  Anyone who has done this before, do you have the pinout for the 26pin ribbon cable?  I really don't want to have to completely take this engine apart if I don't have to.  

    • April 12, 2020 11:38 AM EDT
    • Steve,  Nice video production of the battery/rc conversion.  i find it interesting to find another’s approach.  I have done nine of my own using the Airwire Convertr 60-X and have enjoyed every project. The MTH locos are built very well and are easy to work on. Their built-in sound and awesome smoke generators i don’t think can be beat.  The conversions are extremely straight forward now that the locos are available with their PS3 and are DCC ready. 
      I have upgraded a number of my older PS2 locos to PS3 in order to convert them as well.  Before the PS3s were available I converted an MTH Pennsylvania Alco PA A-B-A set to battery by stuffing their TIU board into the B unit.  Boy was that a tight fit!  They’re so much easier to do now.  I have the same F7 set as you in Norfolk Southern as an A-B-A set.  I bought a second F7 A unit and put it’s guts into the B unit so now I have all three units powered, with sound and smoke as well  Its pretty awesome.  Thanks for sharing your great video.  Mark

       

    • April 12, 2020 9:13 AM EDT
    • I'll second (or third, or fourth) the endorsement Don is one of the good guys. I have been buying MTO Batteries from him and have been very happy with them. Probably time for one more so I can always have a spare fully charged.

    • April 12, 2020 7:51 AM EDT
    • Bruce Chandler said:
      Bob Cope said:

      A huge thank you to Don Sweet. He hit the nail on the head with just a small clarification of the Revolution manual. Linked in less than 2 seconds when you have the correct procedure.

      I have not bought anything from Don, but he has been ever so helpful every time I ask him a question.   A true Good Guy!

      I have his ph# on speed dial.......................

    • April 11, 2020 7:59 PM EDT
    • Don Sweet said:

       

       

      As for Bruce, I can think of some stuff that you might need!!

       

      Me too !!

       

    • April 11, 2020 7:50 PM EDT
    • Hi Bob glad the linking worked.

       

      As for Bruce, I can think of some stuff that you might need!!

       

      Everyone enjoy running your trains. Because someday soon we can run together.


      Don

    • April 11, 2020 5:58 PM EDT
    • Bob Cope said:

      A huge thank you to Don Sweet. He hit the nail on the head with just a small clarification of the Revolution manual. Linked in less than 2 seconds when you have the correct procedure.

      I have not bought anything from Don, but he has been ever so helpful every time I ask him a question.   A true Good Guy!

    • April 11, 2020 5:24 PM EDT
    • A huge thank you to Don Sweet. He hit the nail on the head with just a small clarification of the Revolution manual. Linked in less than 2 seconds when you have the correct procedure.

    • April 11, 2020 3:06 PM EDT
    • Thank you Don. I think you have hit on the issue. I was not releasing the link switch in the appropriate time frame. It is not clear in the Revolution manual on that specific time frame. I will give it another try later this afternoon and let you know how that works out.

    • April 11, 2020 2:34 PM EDT
    • Hi Bob, another thought. 

       

      You stated:  Powered up the loco and the LED on the RX flashed fairly quickly. Held down the link switch and told the RX to link. The LED on the RX continued to blink (along with the headlight on the loco), but never went solid.

       

      Just to clarify, you turn on your battery first, then you press the red link button until the red LED or headlight starts flashing. Let go!!  Hold it for less than 6 seconds.

      If you hold for more than 6 seconds you enter the programming mode. (It will not link). The flashes go slowly, then the red LED stays on, let go and you are in the programming mode. 

      Are you aware that you need to create a cab number after the linking for the transmitter to find the engine?

       

      Don

       

    • April 11, 2020 2:19 PM EDT
    • Back in mid-2019, I was on the fence about Revo and Airwire. Took me about a week but I finally got a reply to my questions from Navin:
       
      aristonavin@yahoo.com
      201-565-6069

    • April 11, 2020 1:26 PM EDT
    • This is on the bottom, left corner of the "Contact Page" of their web site.

       

      Contact info:
      Precision RC
      201-221-6766

       

      Adam

    • April 11, 2020 12:28 PM EDT
    • Hi Bob, it is frustrating when you cannot get answers.

      My experience when this happens is to check the surface mount fuses. On the current production, there are two fuses. One under the board near the 12 pins and the second one under the heat-sink. Because you have power the first fuse is good. Can you test the second if there? If no continuity that might prevent the radio from linking. Either replace it or send it in to JK at Precision R/C, when they reopen.

      Don

    • April 11, 2020 12:00 PM EDT
    • Richard - yes the TX said linking with the stream or arrows going left to right on the TX screen. I held that link switch and hand held for several MINUTES as the instructions said with no link. I have spoken to several fellow club members with Revo systems and they have never experienced what I have with this loco.

    • April 11, 2020 11:53 AM EDT
    • Pete,

       

      I would agree with your evaluation except ... The account response issue is near two weeks ago, before the lock down (to the best of my knowledge) and prior to any announcement of them being closed. I am working from home doing CAD across the internet. My email has not stopped working .... either personal or business. Being as the contact email is a Yahoo account, that leads me to believe it is set that way so multiple people have access to, and can respond. I chose another system years ago when Aristo-Craft/Crest Electronics was doing similar. The ONLY reason I began this journey with Revolution was because there was already half a system installed.

       

      I can understand that there will be no PHYSICAL business being conducted, but the virtual of correspondence is not crippled by COVID-19.

       

      Bob C.

    • April 11, 2020 11:46 AM EDT
    • Bob you are going to have a hard time getting a hold of any body most people are going by the law staying home due to C19 airwire is closed Phoenix is closed most hobby stores are closed on less they are one person are closed. 

      now Revo yes I have heard of losing a link , but not being able to link did the TX say it was linking? The Canadian club has a nice set of instructions.

      Richard 

       

       

       

       

       

    • April 11, 2020 11:40 AM EDT
    • I have received no response to this email. I sent another email on 4/10 again, requesting both an account finalization email and an answer to the original trouble email.

      There is a complete lock-down and pandemic going on in NJ.  In fact, their website says right on top:

      temporarily Closed due to covid-19.


      Looks like you'll have to wait until they go back to work.