Reply to "Older (Non-Bluetooth) Legacy Engine on Universal Remote"

Ryaninspiron posted:
Marty R posted:
BOB WALKER posted:

What seems to be gaining shape is that Bluetooth is slowly emerging as the best long term approach for model train control.

Looks like it. My Bose Bluetooth  headset attaches to my iPad and iPhone at the same time. It will even pause a movie on the iPad to answer a call. So yeah. Now..... if only Bluetooth could be small.... oh yeah! It is. But since manufacturers arent likely to go backwards, maybe someone can come up with a small board that can go between track voltage and loco power. Converting AC conventional in a DCCish Manner so a whole layout could sit at 18V. 

It sounds like your talking about something I was discussing recently. I was thinking of building a Bluetooth LionChief Conversion Board for postwar locos. running the couplers and even lights is easy, so far I have a vague idea for the motor circuit. I just need to learn to build my own open frame ac motor speed controller first. I took some electrical engineering classes when I was in college so I have almost enough background to get started. For now I am going to start off by using the LC remote to trigger postwar loco couplers and build up from there.

Ryan

I’m talking even easier than what you’re describing. I mean regulate the voltage to the motor as simply as MTH did with the IR track lock-on 20 years ago. Horn bell and headlights would be a bonus. 50-1012  the circa 2000 board was pretty small and however it controlled track voltage was pretty smooth

https://mthtrains.com/50-1012

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