TMCC/Legacy Track Signal Booster (Dale's Legacy Continues) - Kits Now Available -

*** If you're interested in obtaining one or more of the TMCC Buffers, NOW is the time to act.  In a couple of days, the reservations will be closed and production will proceed with the quantity reserved.  There won't be any second chances at a production box. ***

Another important point.  Your reservation isn't confirmed until you have submitted the initial order deposit.  Just saying you want one isn't sufficient as the parts are quite expensive for the complete build.  I can't front all the parts costs and and then take the risk that a bunch of people changed their minds.

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The PCB layout and documentation for construction of the TMCC Buffer will be available in the future. I'll be posting the PCB files, final schematic, BOM, and of course, the instruction manual.

Note that the cost to assemble a single box or two will likely be significantly more than the production cost.  Buying the parts in single quantities is far more expensive than buying them in quantity.  Also, since this is a surface mount design, the assembly complexity goes way up for hand assembly.  In addition, it's quite possible the specific enclosure that this was designed around will no longer be available.  None of these things makes it an insurmountable task to assemble one, just more difficult and expensive.

Due to the numbers, I'm not sending individual notices.  However, I don't see your ZIP in my data base if the one in your profile is accurate.  How did you send it, and under what name?  I also don't see your profile email address in the database. 

My original list of interested parties also doesn't show your profile email, so I doubt I send you a query, at least to that email.

Try again Herb.

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Mikey, please read the email that I sent you, I thought it was pretty clear.  FYI, this is not being done through Henning's, this is just a one-time shot of a build of Dale's design for the TMCC buffer.

oldtom76 posted:

John I would like to buy one Of the TMCC signal buffers. How do I do That?

Tom Breslin

Send an email to my profile address and I'll send you the instructions.

Actually, I already have you in for one, however you didn't make the initial deposit, so you might want to take care of that.

ALERT:  Last change to get in on the build, orders are closed Saturday!

Once orders are closed, we'll submit the final quantity to the assembly house for board fabrication and assembly.  After that, there will be no more assembled units.

An important note:  You don't have a registered order unless you've submitted the initial $50 deposit, that's what I'm using to buy all the parts!  It's not sufficient to be added to the "I want one" list.

Hey John, I hope I did it right. Sent the payment to your specified email, but the order info went to you at the email from which you sent the instructions. I know you got the payment, did you get my address? Sorry if I messed up your system.

Both you guys are fine, you're all set.

As long as I get the info for shipping and an email address, I'm good.  A phone number is also a nice touch, though I didn't ask for it.

John I never got any paper fro you so I do not know what the deposit was to be. let me know so I can get it to you as quick as I can. The only contact I had with you was to give you my e mail at York. Let me know how much and where to send it. Tom

tombres@tampabay.rr.com Thanks    I just saw that is 50. Where to send it.

 

Tom, I'll send you the full announcement with all the details.  If you don't get it, check your junk/spam filters.

We might allow you an extra day or two.   I just have to cut it off sometime or we'll never get them.  Besides, I'm a bit eager to get the order in before any tariffs, that would run up the cost!

MartyE posted:

 Should the date read 8/4/2018?

It should, and now it does.  Thanks for the correction, I need to be more careful.

johnf posted:

I am interested in purchasing one. Please send an email to ferreby@gmail.com and I will send you the deposit right away.

John Ferreby

Done.  I sent you the "welcome" email, all the info is in there.

Hi John,

Excuse my ignorance, I am totally electronic deficient. I’ve been following the progress of this thread, but most information discussed here, has gone over my head. I wired my layout as recommended for DCS & later included TMCC/Legacy. I rarely have issues but I experience signal problems in a small yard area as well as a couple of underpasses/tunnel sections, with a few MTH & TMCC engines.  I never run those engines for that reason.

Before I pull the trigger, now that the window of opportunity will be closed soon, would Dale’s Track Signal Booster cure these problems? Is the booster & the buffer the same thing?

I apologize if these questions have been addressed previously, if so please say so & I will run through the tread more thoroughly.

Thanks,

Joe

The booster won't cure any DCS issues, that's a totally different topic.  We're actually discussing some DCS fixes in a thread or two in the MTH sub-forum.

If you only have issues as you describe, chances are that a few earth ground wire additions could be all you need for TMCC/Legacy.  Again, DCS is a whole different topic.

I understand that DCS & TMCC/Legacy are 2 different animals. I did the earth ground wire additions shortly after I purchased my first TMCC engine, with minimal success. Once I installed Legacy & did away with TMCC, the problems became less but did not disappear completely. The same Lionel engines, running next to each other or over & under each other never cleared up. It's been awhile since I first installed TMCC but I believe before & when only running DCS, I had no signal issues.

I just went through the thread again & read the DM TMCC Buffer Documentation.pdf. Based on that PDF, it seems the booster could help with at least my Lionel issues.

So John, based on your experience & knowledge, DCS asside, would the booster clear up my TMCC/Legacy issues?

Thanks again,

Joe

Well, for signal issues with TMCC/Legacy, the buffer is the ticket.  FWIW, the NJ-HR Club, running a 185' x 30' layout couldn't run without one.  There is still some discussion about what effect boosting the TMCC signal might have on DCS, that's being discussed as we speak.

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