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JOIN US FOR THE 21st YORK DCS USER GROUP MEETING  - AT THE WYNDHAM GARDEN, FORMERLY THE HOLIDAY INN CONFERENCE CENTER  - AKA THE HOLIDOME!!! 

Make your plans now to attend the 20th Semi-Annual York DCS User Group Meeting!

 !!! WE WILL BE DOING COMPLIMENTARY UPGRADES TO THE LATEST DCS RELEASE RIGHT AT THE MEETING !!!

!!!! WE WILL ALSO, FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME, BE DOING COMPLIMENTARY DCS WIFI (WIU) FIRMWARE UPGRADES RIGHT AT THE MEETING!!!!

The meeting will be in this newly remodeled hotel on Wednesday evening, April 13, 2016. This location allows over 150 attendees to be comfortable during dinner and presentations.

 I’ll be your host for the meeting along with Marty Fitzhenry. Don Klose has, once again, graciously agreed to be our scribe for the evening.

Altland House, the owners of the hotel, will again cater our meeting. Due to popular request, we will have cafeteria-style service. You will be able to purchase your dinner via a cafeteria line as you enter the meeting room.

Entrees will include meat loaf and turkey, both with side items, a vegetarian entree, sandwiches, desserts, and soft drinks. All sales will be cash, no credit cards. Alcoholic drinks will also be available

Whether you're contemplating installing MTH's DCS on your layout or you are already a DCS operator, this is your opportunity to meet with other DCS enthusiasts over dinner to swap ideas and discuss the absolute best way to run trains!

As in the past, MTH executive management will be in attendance to discuss the company’s plans for DCS, and to answer all your questions about DCS, PS2/PS3 engines or anything else MTH. Also, MTH will be providing copies of their new 2016 Volume II O Gauge Catalog at the meeting. Be among the first to get your copy!

If you're already operating DCS and desire more information, or you're just interested in learning more about DCS from some of the OGR Forum's resident experts (mostly self-proclaimed!), this is the place to be.

If any of you were kind enough to donate to my retirement fund by purchasing a copy of The DCS O Gauge Companion, I’ll be available to autograph your printed copy of the book or any optical media that contains the eBook edition.  

The
Wyndham Garden Hotel is located at 2000 Loucks Road.

From Interstate 83, take US 30 West (Lincoln Highway) to PA 74 (Carlisle Avenue). Go right approx. 1/2 mile to Loucks Road. Turn right onto Loucks Road. The Wyndham Garden Hotel will be approx. 1/4 mile ahead on the right.

Please refer to the map below if you’re not familiar with the area.

 Map to Wyndham Gardens 

We've reserved one of the hotel's ballrooms so that we can have privacy and handle a larger crowd. (Check in the lobby to see which ballroom we’re in.) Although the venue can accommodate more than 150 people, be sure to reserve your place as soon as possible - the group gets larger every meeting!

If you're planning to attend, please be certain to post your intention on this thread so that we can provide the caterer with an accurate head count. Alternatively, you can instead E-mail me directly using the address in my profile.

Please note the following schedule of events:

  • 5:30 – 7:00 Several of us will be upgrading TIUs and remotes to the latest release of the DCS software, and we will also be doing remote cloning for those of you who need it.

Additionally, for the very first time, we will also be updating WIUs to the latest Firmware!

IMPORTANT: If you would like us to update your WIU, please be sure to bring the power adapter with you!

There will be no charge for this service! So if you're a bit skittish about upgrading your own DCS software, or cloning your remotes, or updating your WIU firmware, this is a great opportunity to both get it done for you and to learn how easy it is to do it yourself in the future. Make sure that you have fresh batteries in your remotes!

  • 5:45 – 7:15 Dinner will be available.
  • 7:00 – 8:00 “Ask a Beta Tester!”

We’ll have several DCS beta testers and other DCS experts on hand who will endeavor to answer all of your DCS operational questions in a “town meeting” format.

Questions can include how a particular DCS feature or function works, how to do something in DCS, problem resolution, or any other DCS topic. The feedback we’ve gotten from past meetings was that this informal Q&A session is extremely well-received and is something that you won’t want to miss, so plan to be there and bring your questions!

  • 8:00 – ??? MTH will provide us with a look into their product roadmap and answer questions from the OGR Forum about DCS, PS2, PS3, and the company’s other products.

If you have any questions for MTH please submit them in advance to make sure that they get asked and answered, and to allow time for MTH to conduct any necessary research. You may either post questions on this thread or E-mail them to the address in my profile.

The cut-off date for questions is the end of the day, Sunday, April 3rd so that MTH has enough time to prepare answers.
 
Upgrading DCS sets and WIU firmware, and cloning of remotes will be done by Marty FitzhenryBob Snyder,  Pat Marinari and Jimmy Queenan.

Again, if you're planning to attend, please be certain to post your intention on this thread so that we can provide the caterer with an accurate head count. Alternatively, you can instead E-mail me directly using the address in my profile.

Note that it would be a good idea if everyone who attends wears their York ID "badge" to introduce themselves.

I look forward to meeting with as many of you as can be there for an evening of camaraderie, great food, great conversation, great information, and lots of fun!

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Barry,  as always I will be there with Dotty.   I might have a special guest this time.  My grandson Dean will be off that week from college in Canada.  It has always been a goal to get him to York and this time it may happen.  He likes the MTH Wi-Fi and is the heir to my trains.  We always enjoy the great people we spend time with at York.  MTH is heading in a great direction with the new system

Can't make it down from Canada until the exchange rate changes (40%). Re the app, would MTH consider placing the F&R uncouple icons from the Engine Features Screen to the Engine Control Screen (ie; front uncouple icon above the forward direction icon and same for the rear uncouple and rear direction icons)? I feel it would make switching procedures and general uncoupling less cumbersome. I've noticed similar musings from a few others. Thank you.

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Marty, 

Right now I am about 80% positive I will be there.  My first user's group was a couple years ago and it was informative and fun.  If I can make I will gladly take up the offer for help on tiu and wifi module upgrades.  

Some questions I have may already be common knowledge to others.

1. Does the wifi app support variable voltage operation like the remote does?

2. Does the more expensive version of the app support aiu functions like throwing switches?  I am not there yet but hope to be later this year.

3. Will I still need a lionel command base to run tmcc products with the new system? I think I know the answer to this one but I thought I would check anyway in case something changed. 

I  know these same like basic questions but I really haven't had ttime to set up my wiu set.

Thanks a bunch,  hope to see you there.

JHZ523,

Welcome aboard!

I can answer your questions.

1. Does the wifi app support variable voltage operation like the remote does?

No, however, that capability should be in the Pro version of the app, expected later this year.

2. Does the more expensive version of the app support aiu functions like throwing switches?  I am not there yet but hope to be later this year.

No, that capability should also be in the Pro version, expected later this year.

3. Will I still need a lionel command base to run tmcc products with the new system? I think I know the answer to this one but I thought I would check anyway in case something changed.

Yes, you will, when the Pro version of the app arrives.

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Not attending but my question and pardon me if this has been covered in another thread as I was asked at DEMO day... I

If I purchase the current "paid version" because pro is not available, will the Pro version be discounted (minus the cost of the paid vs pro) for those who purchased the paid version?  I would have most likely bought the Pro version right off the bat.

Thanks!  And have a great meeting.

Joe,

The question was deleted, at my request (and apparently along with my response).

The reason is because it's not MTH's responsibility to ensure compatibility between their software and any other 3rd party's software that you may purchase.

This is the same reasoning that makes 3rd party manufacturers of products that operate under Windows and Mac OS X operating systems responsible for ensuring that their products are compatible with new releases of Windows and the Mac OS.

If you need to know more, contact the people whose product no longer works.

This means spring is right around the corner and it will be time to have fun at York.

Barry, I will be there and am looking forward to it. I have purchased and read a lot of your updated book and am a proud contributor to the Barry Broskowitz retirement fund.

I have also used the wifi module on my layout (which is very much under construction) and it is GREAT!

Gerry

 

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