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For those of you with free time around the Holidays, here is a YouTube playlist showing the computer program and RFID train detection system the I have been working on for years. It was developed for MTH's DCS.

Remote Train Control (RTC) program introduction and operation

RFID train detection system


Last edited by Rich Melvin
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I should have kept using this. It worked well and was easy to use. MTH announced that they were developing the app and I went with that.

I enjoyed some of this systems perks. It showed engines faster when adding. Ran them well. Would be great for displays with a couple of trains running.

I used this system to help with troubleshooting when I had engine to remote issues.

I also bought the parts to go wireless with this system and never used them. Somewhere down in the pile of "to do's".

Heck, I'm finally converting 2 MTH UP dash 8 engines to 2 rail after around 5 years?

Last edited by Engineer-Joe
@H1000 posted:

Mark, Whatever happened to the Panstamp Panstick 4.0?

The company that was making these decided to go another way. They stopped making the whole line of radios.

The fallback is going with a two board implementation - an arduino (Infiduino or Seeeduino) and a separate CC1101 radio. As it's turning out, this is a cheaper solution but not as "nice".

I've been thinking about this a lot over the last several COVID months. I am convinced that the lower 256 bytes of the sound file contain all of the engine's physical characteristics.

I've identified the meaning of many of the values in that area of memory. My current thinking is that one should keep those 256 bytes from the old sound file and copy them into the new sound file. I've not tested this out yet. Of course, sound files should only be copied from like engines (ie PS2->PS2, steam->steam, RailKing->RailKing).

I'm writing up my thoughts and I'll publish them in a week a so when I get time to finish writing.

I am going to modify my ADPCM program with an option to copy the 256 bytes from one sound file to another.

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