A brief digest of a few of the things we've found out as we went along. As it's starting to become more popular to use Digital Command Control (DCC) I'll explain some of my findings and ideas.
A brief discussion of why I bought a DCC control system. As you've come to expect, I've attempted to be as even-handed as possible, including a few reasons why you might not want to buy into DCC. This page also includes a small glossary.
There are some fairly sound reasons why DCC can offer more than an analogue system might. Here's a short list explaining some of the things that DCC does particularly well.
Here's all our information on DCC decoders, how to fit them, our recommendations and some in-depth reviews of a couple of our favourites. There's also a guide to decoder CV programming.
Our guide to programming CVs using bit setting, what it means and how it works! Useful if you need to adjust the settings for CV29 and other multi-functional CVs.
Fitting DCC decoders can be much easier if they've got a socket to plug into. There is the possibility of using an in-line socket, such as those made by ESU, but equally you could make your own, like these versions of the standard NEM651 and NEM652 sockets.
Zimo MX62, MX63 and MX64 decoders can be used with a home-made power pack to overcome iffy pickup. Here's one we made earlier...
The installation and use of a computer-based DCC decoder programmer.
A review of the DCC (and other) capabilities of this 'budget' Trix model.
Not just a pretty face; this loco sports a sound system which can be used with after market DCC decoders of your choice. Read on to find out what we thought...