WELCOME TO THE 25th YORK DCS USER GROUP MEETING!

Wednesday October 17, 2018

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING VERY CAREFULLY!

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The previously scheduled DCS User Group Meeting in April of this year was cancelled due to a lack of participation. It is imperative that we have a sufficient turnout for the meeting to allow the caterer a decent event. Therefore, I’m asking that all of you who choose to attend the meeting post the following on this thread or, alternatively, send me an E-mail with the following information:

  • Your intention to attend.

  • How many will be attending with you.

  • Whether or not you will be joining us for dinner.

If, by October 1st, we don’t have a sufficient number of attendees that will be having dinner at the meeting, it will be necessary to cancel the meeting.

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We are meeting, once again, at the York Fairgrounds, at the Veranda Room restaurant (formerly the White Rose Restaurant).

The Veranda Room is located on the York Fairgrounds close to the entrance on Carlisle Avenue. If you’re unfamiliar with the location of the Veranda Room, refer to the map of the York Fairgrounds, below.

Make your plans now to attend the 25th 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) and DCS EXPLORER FIRMWARE UPGRADES RIGHT AT THE MEETING!!!

The Veranda Room 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.

Sensenig Catering will offer a cafeteria-style dinner. 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.

Whether you're contemplating installing MTH's DCS on your layout using the DCS Remote or DCS WiFi with any version of the DCS Application; recently acquired an MTH Ready to Run set with a DCS Explorer; or you are already a full-fledged 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 your model railroad!

This meeting is also an opportunity to get all of your DCS components, including DCS Remote, TIU, WIU, and DCS Explorer, updated to their latest software releases at no charge.

As in the past, MTH executive management will be in attendance to:

  • Discuss the company’s plans for DCS
  • Discuss details regarding the WIU and DCS Explorer WiFi units
  • Conduct a survey to get all of our ideas for improving DCS, particularly as regards DCS App future development.
  • Answer all your questions about DCS, DCS WiFi, PS2/PS3 engines, or anything else MTH.
  • Also, MTH will be providing copies of their new 2019 Volume 1 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’ll also be discussing how to improve future meetings. 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 or The DCS WiFi Companion books, I’ll be available to autograph your printed copy of the book or any media that contains an eBook edition.

The Veranda Room is located on the York Fairgrounds, close to the entrance on Carlisle Avenue.

Directions:

From Interstate 83, take US 30 West (Lincoln Highway) to PA 74 (Carlisle Avenue). Go left on Carlisle past North Highland Avenue on the right. Continue a short distance to an entrance to the Fairgrounds on the right. Turn right into the entrance and follow the winding road to the Veranda Room on your left (red circle and arrow on the left side of the map). Please refer to the map below if you’re not familiar with the area.

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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. As mentioned above, if we don't meet the minimum required dinner attendees, its will be necessary to cancel the meeting.

Please note the following schedule of events:

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

DCS upgrades will be done by Marty Fitzhenry and Pat Marinari. Marty and I will also be updating WIUs and DCS Explorers to their latest firmware. There will be no charge for this service!

IMPORTANT: If you would like us to update your WIU or DCS Explorer, 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 or DCCSExplorer 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!

Following the Q&A, Dave Hikel will be making a short presentation about best practices when using WiFi with the DCS WIU and DCS Explorer.

 

  • 8:00 – ??? MTH Presentation

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.

MTH will also be conducting a survey to learn what we think should be the future of DCS.

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, October 7th, so that MTH has enough time to prepare answers.

Again, if you're planning to attend and have dinner, 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 Meet 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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Bruce,

Welcome aboard!

Barry

 

DCS Ambassador & author of The DCS Companion series of books

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

 

Barry,

Put me in for the meeting and dinner.   

It's York number #5 for me.  This will be my 1st DCS meeting, since I'll be arriving into town on Wed. morning this fall. 

Mike.

  Maine3Railers 

  TCA 15-71227

  1970-1985 Lionel General Mills Era.

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Mike,

We'll look forward to seeing you at the meeting!

Barry

 

DCS Ambassador & author of The DCS Companion series of books

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

 

Zac & Greg,

Will you also be joining us for dinner?

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, I'll be there for the meeting at 7PM. Can't make dinner because of travel.

Thanks;

Bill Cavanaugh

Greg,

We'll see you at dinner!

Barry

 

DCS Ambassador & author of The DCS Companion series of books

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

 

Bill,

We'll leave the light on for you!  

Barry

 

DCS Ambassador & author of The DCS Companion series of books

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

 

I’ll be there Barry for both dinner & meeting.

Home of the JMX RAILROAD

 TCA 90-30457  

Associate Member NJ HI Railers

  

 

 

        

Barry, thank you. I will be there for both the meeting and dinner.

Guys, Barry has helped all of us with DCS over the years. Yes he makes a few bucks by selling the books (obviously not enough to retire on), but he also is a great resource on the Forum.

I think all of us owe him a debt of gratitude for what he has done. Not only will I attend, but I will pay for the dinners of the next 2 NJ HiRailers (up to $10, each, which typically covers dinner) who sign up to attend. If you aren't a member, but are thinking about joining the NJ HiRailers (the best RR club on the planet), think of this as a $10 discount on membership.

Gerry

 

  Home of the BRATS RR  

 

 

 

Gerry,

Thanks for the kind words and the generous offer - both are appreciated!

Barry

 

DCS Ambassador & author of The DCS Companion series of books

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

 

I will be there for dinner.  I have three Rev L TIUs (two for power, one spare).  Is it possible to get the ACT244 fix there?

Ron

 

TCA, TTOS, NCT, LCCA, PRRT&HS

 

Volunteers don't get paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless!  Author Sherry Anderson

Ron,

We won't be having anyone at the meeting to do any kind of hardware upgrades of TIUs. However, I am sure that if you put an ad in the Forum WTB Board you should be able to find someone who can do the upgrades for you.

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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Harold,

Will you be joining us for dinner?

Also, when will you know if your friends will also be attending the meeting and if they will be joining us for dinner?

Barry

 

DCS Ambassador & author of The DCS Companion series of books

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

 

Barry,

I plan to attend but it all depends on if and when my daughter delivers her twins. I will keep you posted.

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.

 

 

 

Gerry, so your gonna cover dinner? Wow. If I make it, I got a drink for you.

 

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,

Your daughter giving birth is MUCH more important than attending our meeting.

Best of luck with the delivery!!

Barry

 

DCS Ambassador & author of The DCS Companion series of books

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

 

Barry, please sign up myself and Dick Picanso for the meeting;  see you there...

Jim Queenan TCA 99-50562

Boston Metro High Railers [BMHR]

BMHR Website:  www.bmhrc.com

 

 

Jim,

Will you and Dick be having dinner at the meeting?

Barry

 

DCS Ambassador & author of The DCS Companion series of books

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

 

Barry, I replied to your email but I will reply here as well... Yes Dick and I will be eating dinner at the meeting...

Jim Queenan TCA 99-50562

Boston Metro High Railers [BMHR]

BMHR Website:  www.bmhrc.com

 

 

Jin,

See you for dinner!  

Barry

 

DCS Ambassador & author of The DCS Companion series of books

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

 

Steve,

We'll be expecting you and your posse.

Barry

 

DCS Ambassador & author of The DCS Companion series of books

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

 

PSU1980 posted:

Gerry, so your gonna cover dinner? Wow. If I make it, I got a drink for you.

You got it Kevin. A pleasure to break bread with you and pay for it. Hope your daughter is a bit early so you can be there and pass out cigars. May they all be healthy.

Gerry

  Home of the BRATS RR  

 

 

 

Harold,

Great news!

Barry

 

DCS Ambassador & author of The DCS Companion series of books

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

 

Barry,

I have other dinner commitments, but I will be there for the DCS Q & A

 and the MTH Presentation.

Michael 'Santa Fe Mike' Sudlow

Presently a member of the T.M.B. Model Train Club, Farmingdale, New York located in Suffolk County, Long Island, New York. The website for the club is as follows: www.tmbmodeltrainclub.com

 

Bryan & the Missus, and Mike,

Welcome!

Barry

 

DCS Ambassador & author of The DCS Companion series of books

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

 

Barry,

Please add a friend for the DCS Q & A

 and the MTH Presentation.

Michael 'Santa Fe Mike' Sudlow

Presently a member of the T.M.B. Model Train Club, Farmingdale, New York located in Suffolk County, Long Island, New York. The website for the club is as follows: www.tmbmodeltrainclub.com

 

Mike,

Your friend is welcome, as well!

Barry

 

DCS Ambassador & author of The DCS Companion series of books

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

 

I will attend the meeting but not the dinner. You mentioned the guys will be doing some updates prior to the meeting. It would be a big help to know the version of the updates and the equipment to be updated. I know I have stood in line only to discover I didn't need the update.

Thanks again for setting this up.

 

Ed 

Ed,

We will always be doing upgrades to the latest available software releases. At present, they are:

  • DCS Remote and TIU - DCS 6.10
  • DCS WIU - firmware 1.10
  • DCS Explorer - firmware 1.20

The latest versions of all of MTH's software is always on MTH's Protosound2.com web site.

If you're planning to be at the meeting for upgrades, you might consider having dinner at the meeting, as well.

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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