The idea of a clock that runs faster than real time to compensate for the compression in our model world is nothing new. The idea has been with us since at least the 1960s. It provides a way to schedule our operating sessions, providing a sense of real time passage and urgency without needing literally […]
Month: May 2015
While DCC is primarily meant to power and communicate with the trains on the tracks, there are circumstances where having some auxiliary power available would be nice without having to run an extra set of wires. Maybe powering a remote turnout, an IR sensor, some animation or building lighting, or a fast clock secondary display?
We have been using the gEDA suite of schematic capture and PCB tools for a while now. Over that time, we have created a library of parts that have been successfully used in various designs. These symbols and footprints are now available via GitHub.
The ARD-LTC2499 was designed from the beginning with the intent to get as close to perfect accuracy as one could with an out-of-the-box Arduino Shield, while still keeping the cost affordable for mere mortals like us. We chose one of the best 16-channel ADCs on the market and matched it up with a high-performance voltage […]
Have you ever been in the middle of an operating session and disaster strikes? A train derails, shorting out the DCC system, taking with it a power district, or even the entire layout. The problem is eventually fixed, but in the 5 minutes it took to restore things to the way they were, your fast […]