Step back - watch for the rush . . . I think there are lots of people here who run Revolution r/c, and I think they would agree it is one of the simpler systems.Hi all,
I have been reading about Revolution's DCC system. It may be my total lack of DCC knowledge, but it seems this is a rather simple and intuitive platform.
Does anyone on this board have any experience with it?
He didn't, actually. The system I got from him was soundless, so I added a MyLocosound board from RCS in Australia. As the AUS$ is running at 1.5 to the US$, they are quite inexpensive - around $60 this week.Do you know what sound board Kevin installed?
Pete,He didn't, actually. The system I got from him was soundless, so I added a MyLocosound board from RCS in Australia. As the AUS$ is running at 1.5 to the US$, they are quite inexpensive - around $60 this week.
Here's what it sounds like in my 2-6-0:
krs,Are we talking about Revolution DCC (original post) or Revolution R/C (Pete's reply)?
These are two different systems.
If you want a simple and intuitive system as indicated in your first post, I think you want the Revolution R/C system that Pete referred to.
That system is used my many Large Scalers and you can get lots of feedback by searching on mls or if you modify the topic subject.
The Revolution DCC is a later development combining the Revolution R/C from Aristo-Craft to drive a DCC decoder. It theoretically provides much more functionality but is also more expensive and certainly not simple or intuitive.
I don't actually know anyone running Revolution DCC in Large Scale but there obviously must be some.
I would suggest you look at both and based on your requirements, expected features, the number of trains you want to run simultaneously and relative cost, decide which one is for you.
K, thanks again for the additional information.I know of a few folks who are running the Revolution DCC system and like it, but I have yet to try it personally. I use Airwire controllers to run my DCC decoders via Tam Valley Depot or Airwire "Convertr" receivers at the moment, and will be getting a BlueRail Trains DCC receiver later this Summer for a project I'm working on. The Blue Rail Trains board works with your iPhone (sorry, no Android compatibility).
The biggest "thing" with DCC is learning how to program the decoders. Each manufacturer is different in terms of complexity, and the learning curves vary. Once you get the hang of it, though (no matter the platform you're using to do the programming) you can do some seriously cool things.
Mike,The Revolution DCC receiver is very similiar to the Air Wire converter. It is to drive a DCC decoder. These devices are very easy to install in a loco with existing DCC. The prime example today is like a Piko loco that comes with factory DCC, power the receiver with a battery and it will operate the existing DCC, two wires in, two wires out.
Eh? I have the Bluerail app on my [Samsung Android] phone and it drives my Bluerail board nicely. The website says: "BlueRail develops in iOS, and then ports to Android (so iOS control will be available first).". . . . The Blue Rail Trains board works with your iPhone (sorry, no Android compatibility). . .
From what I am reading (thanks George,) all the r/c DCC systems work the same way. They have a proprietary radio system between TX and RX, and then the RX drives a standard DCC decoder.Mike,
Thank you, appreciate the input. I like what I have been reading about the Revolution DCC TX. The Airwire seems good also. And based on some input it sounds like Blue Rail DCC also has some good reports. . . .