Before you start, read everything first.
1. Remember that you can only READ CVs when your DCC system is in Program Track Mode / Service Mode.
2. When trying to read a decoder and you get a manufacturer ID of 255 and / or multiple readings of 255 from the decoder for other CVs too, that is an error message.
3. When trying to read CVs of a SOUND decoder on an older Power Pro / Ph-Pro system box you might need a programming track booster like the Soundtraxx PTB-100.
4. The manufacturer ID is for the locomotive decoder you are programming and has nothing to do with what system you are using. The manufacturer id is the value of CV8. Example: CV8=11 means the locomotive decoder was made by NCE.
5. To learn more about a configuration variable (CV) and how to change them with an NCE system read this article: https://ncedcc.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/205053429-How-to-read-or-change-a-CV
6. It is always a good idea reboot your system and the decoder after a factory reset. Some decoders might not be completely reset until the power is removed and restored. Similar to rebooting a PC after it is updated.
Every DCC Decoder has an ID code that tell you who made it.
The Value in CV 8 as per the list below.
1: CML Electronics Limited
2: Train Technology
11: NCE Corporation
13: Public Domain & Do-It-Yourself Decoders
14: PSI - Dynatrol
15: Ramfixx Technologies (Wangrow)
17: Advanced IC Engineering, Inc.
20: T4T - Technology for Trains GmbH
21: Kreischer Datentechnik
22: KAM Industries
23: S Helper Service
25: Team Digital, LLC
26: MBTronik - PiN GITmBH
27: MTH Electric Trains, Inc.
28: Heljan A/S
29: Mistral Train Models
32: Regal Way Co. Ltd
35: Elektronik & Modell Produktion
37: NAC Services, Inc.
38: Broadway Limited Imports, LLC
39: Educational Computer, Inc (DCCdevices.com)
40: KATO Precision Models
41: Passmann Modellbahnzubehoer
45: ANE Model Co., LTD.
46: GFB Designs
48: Hornby Hobbies Ltd.
49: Joka Electronic
50: N & Q Electronics
51: DCC Supplies, Ltd
53: Rautenhaus Digital
54: TCH Technology
55: QElectronics GmbH
57: Rampino Elektronik
58: KRES GmbH
59: Tam Valley Depot
62: Tams Elektronik GmbH
64: Digital Bahn
66: Railnet Solutions, LLC
68: MAWE Elektronik
71: New York Byano Limited
72: MTB Model
73: The Electric Railroad Company
74: PpP Digital
75: DigiTools Electronics Servicing and Contractor Ltd.
77: LS Models Sprl
85: Uhlenbrock Elektronik GmbH
95: Sanda Kan Industrial (1981) Ltd.
97: Doehler & Haas
99: Lenz Elektronik GmbH
101: Bachmann Trains
103: Nagasue System Design Office
105: Computer Dialysis France
109: Viessmann Modellspielwaren GmbH
111: aber & Koenig Electronics GmbH
113: QS Industries
115: Dietz Modellbahntechnik
117: cT Elektronik
119: W. S. Ataras Engineering
123: Mssoth Elektronik, GmbH
125: ProfiLok Modellbahntechnik GmbH
127: Atlas Model Railroad Co., Inc.
131: Trix Modelleisenbahn
132: ZTC Controls Ltd.
133: Intelligent Command Control
135: CVP Products
139: RealRail Effects
141: Throttle-Up (Soundtraxx)
143: Model Rectifier Corp.
145: Zimo Elektronik
147: Umelec Ing. Buero
149: Rock Junction Controls
151: Electronic Solutions Ulm GmbH & Co KG
153: Train Control Systems
155: Gebr. Fleischmann GmbH & Co.
157: Kuehn Ing.
159: LGB (Ernst Paul Lehmann Patentwerk)
161: Modelleisenbahn GmbH (formerly Roco)
163: WP Railshops
165: Model Electronic Railway Group
173: Arnold - Rivarossi
186: br /AWA Modellspielwaren GmbH & Co.
204: Con-Com GmBH
225: Elproma Electronics Poland
238: NMRA reserved
mfg id 8 - Broadway Limited (BLI)
To use ops mode programming / POM, you must disable voice read back. To do this set CV62=0 to turn it off. All programming must be done using POM / Programming on the Main / OPS mode. Reset CV8 = 8
mfg id 101 - Bachmann sound decoders / Soundtraxx Tsunami
try setting cv 8 to value of 8
tsunami can only program short address on program track
to identify a decoder as a Tsunami - function 3 , is short whistle
mfg id 11 - NCE
factory reset CV30 to value of 2
cv1= short address, default is 3
cv29= default is 6 which is: short address, factory speed table, 28 steps, dual mode on,
cv19 =0 disables consisting
mfg id - 151 ESU Loksound
Reset CV8 = 8
The ESU Loksound V4.0 & Select decoders use a multiplier factor of 0.25 rather than the NMRA standard factor of 0.896 for the values of Acceleration (CV 3) and Deceleration (CV 4) rates. This means that you will need to enter a value nearly 4 times as great (3.6) in the Acceleration and Deceleration CVs to achieve the same rate as in a LokSound V3.5 or almost any other brand of decoder. This can be a problem with the NCE Momentum button, particularly if you have V4.0 (or Select) and other model decoders in the same consist.
mfg id 127 Lenz
Set CV8 to a value of 33 then tilt loco for 7 seconds to reset decoder after changing.
mfg 113 QSI - Reset must be done using POM / Programming on the Main / OPS mode
To use ops mode programming / POM must disable voice read back- Set CV62=0 to it turn off
Sometimes have background noise / static - known issue.
Set CV23 and CV24 to 0 to disable momentum
QSI locos might have a reed switch and magnet wand to turn on.
Generally requires Programming Track Booster like a Soundtraxx PTB100. Do NOT use a DCC Specialties PowerPAX! To use ops mode programming / POM must disable voice read back- Set CV62=0 to turn off
The Broadway, Atlas, and Lifelike equipped with QSI (ID 113) DCC sound engines use a different reset procedure. Check the manual that came with the engine. Some use a magnetic “wand” for the reset. If there is no "wand" then open the engine or access hatch and find the reset jumper. Remove the jumper and restore the track power. There will be an audible acknowledgment from the engine at the end of the reset sequence (usually 3 toots of the whistle/horn). Replace the jumper and test out using address 3. If a "wand" is present, locate the internal reset reed switch and place the "wand" over it for a moment. When track power is restored the engine will go through its reset procedure and let you know when done. To find the internal reset (reed) switch, place the engine on active track. Slowly move the "wand" over the top of the engine or tender until the engine alerts you, audibly responds, by a message.
QSI also has a software reset using the following multi step procedure:
(1) Place engine on main track if it is still responding to its address. If not responding you may need to use the program track.
(2) Set CV49 to 128
(3) Set CV50 to 255
(4) Set CV56 to 113 As engine resets you will hear the 3 toots.
Test out the locomotive using address 3.
QSI also has some selective resets.
MTH - Not 100% DCC compatible! Designed for DCS not DCC
To reset MTH to the address to factory default 3:
1. Set the engine on the main, enter loco number 55 into your cab, press enter
2. go into program on main / OPS ode programming
3. program loco number 55,
4. set CV 55 with a value of 55.
exit out, tilt loco or reboot your entire system.
and call up loco 3,
perform start up by press F3 to start loco.
F7 to cycle thru 9 volume levels
F8 for smoke
A reminder that MTH decoders are primarily designed for the Proprietary MTH DCS system. This means that many functions and settings of an MTH loco might not be available under DCC.
(1) When used with the Power Pro / PH-Pro may need a Programming Track Booster like the Soundtraxx PTB-100
(2) Generally is not reliable in Read-Back.