WELCOME TO THE 23rd YORK DCS USER GROUP MEETING! ***Important Update 3/27/17***

JOIN US FOR THE 23rd 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 23rd 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 BE DOING COMPLIMENTARY DCS WIFI (WIU) FIRMWARE UPGRADES RIGHT AT THE MEETING!!!!

NEWS FLASH!!

!!! MTH will be raffling off several items at the meeting - including a pair of WIUs!!!

!!! WIUs wil be on sale at discounted pricing - only at the meeting!!!

!!! The Premium version of the DCS App requires a new version of DCS software. If it's available by the meeting - my best guess is that it will be - we'll be updating DCS sets to the new release!!!

The meeting will be on Wednesday evening, April 26, 2017. 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, pulled pork and turkey, along 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!

We are anticipating the release, prior to the meeting, of MTH’s Premium version of the DCS App, along with a new DCS update and, possibly, a WIU firmware update as well. This meeting is an opportunity to get all of your DCS components updated to the latest releases at no charge.

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 2017 Volume I 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.

We’l also be discussing how to improve future meetings and input from meeting attendees would be most appreciated!

If any of you were kind enough to donate to my retirement fund by purchasing a copy of The DCS 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

MTH has 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!

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 forum profile.

Please note the following schedule of events:

  • 5:30 – 7:00 Upgrading DCS sets and WIU firmware, and cloning of remotes

This will be done by Marty Fitzhenry, Bob Snyder, and Jim Queenan. Marty will also be updating WIUs to the latest Firmware. There will be no charge for this service!

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

So, if you're a bit skittish about upgrading your own DCS software, 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 DCS Q & A

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. We can discuss anything relating to DCS, PS2, PS3, the DCS App, or any other topic regarding MTH’s product lines. Questions can include how a particular DCS feature or function works, how to do something in DCS, problem resolution, or anything else. 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 forum profile.

The cut-off date for questions is the end of the day Sunday, April 16th so that MTH has enough time to prepare answers.

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 forum 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!

Barry

 

DCS Ambassador & author of The DCS Companion series of books

Train-Ca-Teers - All For O and O For All!

 

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Barry,

if we cannot make the April 26th meeting, will their be an option for us to meet with you to get our system upgrade ( System would mean HandHelds, TIU and remotes?

Kevin

 

TCA, METCA, LCCA, LRRC, MTHRRC, Atlas Golden Spike Club Charter Member, Bergen County Model RRC and NJ HiRailers Member.

 

If you haven't checked out the new NJ HiRailers website please do. Go to the "Photos" page to see galleries of our events and check the "What's New" page periodically to see what we've added.

 

 

 

Kevin,

if we cannot make the April 26th meeting, will their be an option for us to meet with you to get our system upgrade ( System would mean HandHelds, TIU and remotes.

No, not with me. These days, I travel with an iPad and leave my computer at home.

Further, at present I don't know who, if anyone, will be doing DCS upgrades at the show.

Barry

 

DCS Ambassador & author of The DCS Companion series of books

Train-Ca-Teers - All For O and O For All!

 

Barry,

Thanks - thought you an Marty might stake out a place during the show for upgrades.

I will if one of my club members plan to attend the session and will them take care of it.

 

TCA, METCA, LCCA, LRRC, MTHRRC, Atlas Golden Spike Club Charter Member, Bergen County Model RRC and NJ HiRailers Member.

 

If you haven't checked out the new NJ HiRailers website please do. Go to the "Photos" page to see galleries of our events and check the "What's New" page periodically to see what we've added.

 

 

 

Barry,

Was able to change my plans so I should be there.

Kevin 

 

TCA, METCA, LCCA, LRRC, MTHRRC, Atlas Golden Spike Club Charter Member, Bergen County Model RRC and NJ HiRailers Member.

 

If you haven't checked out the new NJ HiRailers website please do. Go to the "Photos" page to see galleries of our events and check the "What's New" page periodically to see what we've added.

 

 

 

NEWS FLASH!!

!!! MTH will be raffling off several items at the meeting - including a pair of WIUs!!!

!!! WIUs wil be on sale at discounted pricing - only at the meeting!!!

!!! The Premium version of the DCS App requires a new version of DCS software. If it's available by the meeting - my best guess is that it will be - we'll be updating DCS sets to the new release!!!

You don't want to miss this meeting - register now!

Barry

 

DCS Ambassador & author of The DCS Companion series of books

Train-Ca-Teers - All For O and O For All!

 

Barry,

I will be there but won't be having dinner. Thanks for organizing the meeting.

I understand bringing the TIU's, remotes, power supply, batteries and Wi-Fi but will we also have to bring a cell phone/tablet that we will use to run trains?

Thanks.

Ed Harper

 

 

 

Barry,

I plan to be there.  Work schedule makes in somewhat dicey though so don't count me for a meal.  Thanks to you and Marty and everyone else who puts this together.  It's really an amazing event within our hobby.

questions:

1. Please explain the capabilities or restrictions  of the new tiu/wifi device included the starter sets compared to the existing tiu /wiu combo.

2. What are the chances of seeing a new wheel arrangement in tinplate?  A pacific or Hudson arrangement would be awesome.

3. Any chance of having a feature selectable button on the front screen of the app?  I would like to be able to hit the crossing sound without changing screens. Some one else may want to play the protosound sequence or toggle the smoke on/off without leaving the speed control screen. Not a must have item but it would be nice.

May God Bless us all.

eddie,

I will be there to steal a MTH catalog.

You can't steal a catalog since they're free for the taking. You'll have to fond some other crime to commit!  

Barry

 

DCS Ambassador & author of The DCS Companion series of books

Train-Ca-Teers - All For O and O For All!

 

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