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Offline Andy B

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Re: Radio control for review
« Reply #15 on: January 18, 2017, 09:01:08 PM »
Maybe Tim and I could coax Andy B for some module lessons???

Sure - let me know when you've got your bits and we can have an 'RC' afternoon!
Remind me to bring my file with me containing the instruction sheets and my scribbled notes / reminders - then i might have some chance of remembering exactly how I did things!

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Re: Radio control for review
« Reply #16 on: January 19, 2017, 04:47:04 AM »
If I were you I'd forget the Deltang and related systems and the Revolution too and check out the GigaRad stuff from Timpdon Electronics

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Re: Radio control for review
« Reply #17 on: January 19, 2017, 10:21:52 AM »
Andy is right, I stand corrected on all counts. My apols to all Forum members

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Re: Radio control for review
« Reply #18 on: January 19, 2017, 01:30:02 PM »
Tim,

The article appears in issue 100 of the Newsletter (spring 2014). I am looking at the Deltang kits.

www.deltang.co.uk

regards

ralph
Hmmm, that is one of the mags I am missing, so I'm hoping there will be back-copies available at the AGM.

As for Deltang, not an altogether helpful experience.  All I can establish is that they cannot cope with any higher voltage than 18v. I am tending to use SLA batteries, including a stack up to a nominal 18v, but of course that can exceed 18v when fully charged and rise to 21v during charging.  I have been in touch with David and he can offer no other guidance on selection.

I have emailed Timpdon Electronics with a bit of a spec and asked for advice.  The website range looks interesting, and they claim the Tx can bind to any model with a Timpdon Rx, without approaching the model...  that sounds to be a recipe for piracy!

Regards, Tim

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Re: Radio control for review
« Reply #19 on: January 19, 2017, 01:57:35 PM »
Tim,
I assume your >18V requirement is for the motor speed controller, not the Rx (the latter potentially being supplied by a regulated tap).
If so, would not one of the higher capacity the MTroniks ESCs meet your needs?
This could be controlled using a Deltang Rx102 or a Timpdon GRX1

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Re: Radio control for review
« Reply #20 on: January 19, 2017, 02:09:38 PM »
P.S.
Just found there is a high voltage loco-specific version too - Viper Loco 10 HV

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Re: Radio control for review
« Reply #21 on: January 19, 2017, 07:33:27 PM »
Tim,
I assume your >18V requirement is for the motor speed controller, not the Rx (the latter potentially being supplied by a regulated tap).
If so, would not one of the higher capacity the MTroniks ESCs meet your needs?
This could be controlled using a Deltang Rx102 or a Timpdon GRX1

Andy
Andy you're right about the 18v being for motor power.  So when an ESC is connected to both the battery and the receiver, only a reduced voltage is fed to the Rx then?  It's beginning to dawn on me than the BEC fitted to all ESCs, or UBEC as some call it, is this very convenient "regulated tap".  So I'm not clear why David of Deltang ruled out his receivers as unsuitable for my 18v system!  It may be that the two Rx that he recommends for trains, Rx41 and Rx60, both have an in-built ESC.  I don't want that, preferring flexibility.  There appear to be over twenty other types of Rx on his website, but he doesn't help himself by declining to discuss applicability.
I'll sit back and await a reply from Timpdon.
Mark, many thanks for your input, but I'm guessing all your systems are aircraft based, with fiddle-sticks? I know they work well and have a massive development programme behind them, but I'm going down the road of the more unobtrusive boxes with twiddle-knobs!
Regards, Tim

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Re: Radio control for review
« Reply #22 on: January 21, 2017, 07:02:37 PM »
Thanks to David White for suggesting another supplier that I had not previously come across, and whose speed controllers have some serious power capability!:
Electronize.net of Sutton Coldfield.

The units are quite bulky - but any model that needs the power that they can handle probably has plenty of space to accommodate them.

Andy

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Re: Radio control for review
« Reply #23 on: January 21, 2017, 10:12:32 PM »
You can now add Piko and wireless DCC control to the list using Wifi.

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Re: Radio control for review
« Reply #24 on: January 22, 2017, 08:02:58 AM »
You can now add Piko and wireless DCC control to the list using Wifi.

It might be worth elaborating here, as the PIKO system is a cut-down version of the Massoth DCC system which has wireless between the handset and the receiver which then plugs into a track fed master controller to provide DCC signals over the track.

Unless of course you have added Blue-Rail technology to have a wireless transmitter between the master controller and a DCC wireless receiver mounted in the locomotive, and also use an iPhone or similar to control trains rather than the PIKO (Massoth) hand-held controller.
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Re: Radio control for review
« Reply #25 on: January 22, 2017, 10:03:14 AM »
Doddy, I've checked in my Xmas stocking again but there wasn't one of those in there. :-\

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Re: Radio control for review
« Reply #26 on: January 22, 2017, 09:09:12 PM »
Piko handset to the base station, boosted by a wifi extender, then a wire replacement Tx RX Tam Valley to the loco

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Re: Radio control for review
« Reply #27 on: January 22, 2017, 11:14:09 PM »
Looking again at the Timpdon systems, they don't "seem" to offer more than one proportional channel, just one for speed control and the other four or five seem to be toggle switches.  I am awaiting more info from them to confirm this, but if so, the system would not be flexible enough for me.
Looking again at Deltang, they offer a Tx with three twiddly knobs for propo outputs, plus various switched outputs, but I'm blowed if I can tell if the Rx all have built-in ESCs or not.  I am frustrated by the complete lack of advice/explanation forthcoming.  Their website is aimed at nerds in my view.  Has anyone else had luck in this respect? :( Tim

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Re: Radio control for review
« Reply #28 on: January 23, 2017, 08:15:46 AM »
Tim,

As I said in a post above, the Deltang Rx102 is the one you need for locos with a separate ESC.
In the 'Receivers' tables, there is a column labelled 'H outputs (motor)' which shows how many motors the unit will control.
Here, the Rx 102 has a blank- i.e. no motors.

Andy

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Re: Radio control for review
« Reply #29 on: January 23, 2017, 08:28:32 PM »
Well speaking as a super knerd... The Deltang web site IS confusing... But I have persivered and I think I have a shopping list. Most of the locos will have to use external ESCs. But maybe two can use 6A rated rx units(?)

I like the idea of the three way controller - but is the 12 way more practical(?) I did send DT an email but got the reply that he was too busy to help...

Regards

Ralph