PROGRAMMING ON THE MAIN
Programming on the Main is also called Operations (OPS) Mode programming. OPS
programming allows you to change parameters while the loco is on the main track
(even while it’s running). This does not affect other locomotives on the track. You
can even change the locomotive address.
We first begin by telling the system which locomotive to program. If you want to
program the locomotive you are currently operating just press ENTER. If you wish to
program a different locomotive just enter its address at the above prompt.
WHAT TO PROGRAM
After determining which locomotive you wish to program you will see the following
display. The Power Cab system provides 9 different OPs mode programming
The first three options are displayed. Press ENTER to see more options. For
example: If you wish to set the locomotive address press 1, no need to press enter.
Descriptions of each programming option are described below.
1 ............................. SET UP LOCOMOTIVE ADDRESS
ADDRESS PROGRAMMING (Option 1)
This option provides a means by which to program the address of your locomotive.
Most decoders allow programming of the locomotive address while on the mainline.
The first thing to do is decide if you want to program a long or short address into the
press 1 or 2, no need to press enter after.
In DCC there are 2 kinds of addresses (loco numbers), long and short. Short
addresses range from 1 to 127 and long addresses range from 0-9999. We normally
recommend using long addresses for all your locomotives. Consists require the use
of a short address so it is better to conserve short addresses by using long
addresses for individual locomotives. Push the digit button that corresponds to the
type of address you wish to program. long is 4 digits, short is two digits,
Key in the new address for the locomotive then press enter.
The new address will be sent to the
locomotive and you will be returned to the normal display with the locomotive
selected and ready to run. Most decoders allow programming the address while on
the mainline. If you are using a locomotive with a sound decoder from QSI you will
need to turn off verbal programming acknowledgment (set CV62 to 0) for the
address to be set properly. If your locomotive does not allow setting the address on
the mainline you will need to set it on the programming track. You can press PROG/
ESC to escape out of setting the address without affecting anything in the decoder.
No commands are sent until you press ENTER after typing in the address.