Is there a good aftermarket chuffer that does NOT require TMCC that can take advantage of the flywheel encoder strip from a PS2 loco and drive a PS1 smoke unit?
I've chosen the PS1 smoke unit because it has on-board bridge and voltage regulation, which I'm thinking I would need to add separate if I used a PS2 smoke unit.
I would like toc connect one output of my DCC controller to flip a dual-circuit relay that connects the PS1 smoke resistors directly to my battery or track power (whichever one happens to be active at the time) and then pulse the fan on some kind of separate chuff signal. The motor has a striped flywheel and the encoder, but from what I can tell the SuperChuffer requires TMCC to process the chuffing output.
I'd like to avoid the magnet / reed switch if there's any way to use the optical setup that the PS2 already had the infrastructure for. Not much room for magnets on the inside of these wheel rims best I can tell.