This latest excursion, like a few others, is DCC-related. I plan to install decoders in some engines soon and have been researching and collecting supplies. While the decoders themselves, and even wire, are pretty straightforward, I've been having a hard time figuring out what connectors I want to use - not only between decoder and speaker, but between tender and engine as well.
Unfortunately, the interwebs have only been marginally helpful - at least so far. Much of the problem is that I don't yet know what I don't know. So I don't really know what all to get.
Fortunately, though - despite Radio Shack's disappearance - I discovered a huge electronics supply store just off my commute route. Appropriately enough, it's called "Cables and Connectors" and I've been visiting there a lot lately . . .
|My latest try-outs. And if you're not local, C&C ships!|
But lest you think I'm totally
You see, one of the decoders I want to install is a LokSound Select:
And as you can see, it comes ready with an 8-pin plug. I could of course just snip the plug off and wire everything directly, but before doing that, I figured I'd look at my stash and see if I could come up with an alternative . . .
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Here's a close-up of the decoder plugged in:
This was just a test to try things out - I'll of course cut the wires to length and separate them so they're not all twisted. But I think this solution will work.
And wow - the wire ESU uses for its decoder is TINY! The wires on my made-up socket are 26 gauge, the smallest available at C&C. Hmmmm.... maybe getting supplies - or at least wire - from a DCC-specific supplier would be worth the extra cost.
Seeing as how I'm brand new to this whole new
I used the single-pin micro connectors and the 28-ga. Super flexible wire from Litchfield Station. The wire has a large number of strands and will bend almost any way you need it to. Single-pin connectors allow the wire more freedom to move.ReplyDelete
For 2-3 wires between loco and tender, they're the way to go. More wires than that and I'd recommend putting a motor decoder in the loco, a sound decoder in the tender, then programming them to the same address.
Hey Rhett and thanks very much for weighing in! I'd totally forgotten about Litchfield Station, so will definitely check them out. Thanks very much for the reminder - as well as the additional tips!Delete
Thanks again for the tip on Litchfield Station Rhett! I ended up getting this set of 30-ga wire: http://www.litchfieldstation.net/product/wire-30-awg-kit-10-feet-of-each-of-the-9-basic-dcc-colors/ I think it'll work out pretty well - certainly better than the other wire I was contemplating. Thanks again!ReplyDelete