Second Generation two way wireless for DCC, Handles up to 48 wireless cabs simultaneously. Use up to 30 repeaters with one base station. Two way communication with the cab. All features of your Cabs are available without plugging in. Cabs automatically switch over to bus power when plugged in. No guarantees are made by NCE or authorized NCE dealers as to the suitability of this product for its intended use. As with all radio products, communication integrity in the presence of interference can not be guaranteed. The RB02 operates in the ISM (Industrial, Scientific and Medical) radio band at 916.50 MegaHertz (Mhz).
RADIO BASE STATION HARDWARE VERSIONS (Types)
There are two versions of the radio base station RB01 and the RB02. The RB01 was the original radio base station the has no radio repeater support capability. RB02 is a RB01 with radio repeater support. You can tell the difference by looking at the number of connections the unit has. A RB01 only has one jack where as the RB02 has 3.
RADIO BASE STATION SOFTWARE VERSIONS
| Base Station
|Radio Description||Version Status|
|1.0||RB01||Original Radio Software Release||Obsolete|
|1.0||RB02||Support for Base Station Repeaters
|2.0||RB02||Major Radio Bug Software Release.
See section 5 for list
|2.1||RB02||Same as V2.0 but includes software bug fix for the CAB06||In Production|
FIGURING OUT THE BASE STATION SOFTWARE VERSION
RB01: There was only one SW version released for the RB01.
RB02: Look on the bottom of the RB02 for a sticker. If:
a) no sticker, it is V1.0
b) sticker, the sticker shows version number: 2.0 or 2.1
RADIO BASE STATION UPGRADE SUPPORT
The radio system has a limited amount of radio transmission power per the FCC rules. This limited the range the radio based station could cover. The problem would show up on large layouts. With the introduction of the RB02, radio repeaters were introduced to allow the radio system coverage to work with very large layouts. Repeater look exactly like radio base stations but they are not. They all have a label on them that says they are a repeater. Connection wise, they do not connect to the cab bus but instead connect to one of the two RB02 repeater jacks or a repeater jack of another repeater. A large array of repeaters can be connected to a single radio base station allowing for mega large radio coverage. However in practice there is diminishing performance returns in going past two repeaters.
HISTORIC RADIO BASE STATION (RB01/RB02) PROBLEMS
The RB01 and non upgraded RB02 radio base station would start to show problems when the following conditions were met:
1) A lot of radio cabs were being used.
2) The combination of wired (plugged in) and wireless (radio) cabs being used at the same time.
3) The radio cab addresses being used.
1) Key presses to get dropped
2) Runaway trains
3) Several cab addresses (8, 18, and 49) would cause the system to do bad things.
FIXING RADIO BASE STATION RADIO ID PROBLEMS (OLD RB02)