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Hi all,
I'm hoping someone might be able to share some experience with me. Last year I bought a TCS WOWSteam 501 and installed it in a Piko engine. I also bought a Digitrax DCS210+ command station/booster. This is my first entre into DCC and I only have the one engine right now. I was running things fine for several months but then decided I wanted to change the address of the decoder to a long address and found that it wasn't taking. I would try changing the address using the Digitrax quick programming on the programming track and it would flash the programming light much longer than I would have expected and then the decoder wouldn't respond to the new address. Right now the decoder doesn't respond to any address that I've tried programming so I think I corrupted the address. But since I can't seem to program it, I can't change it. Reading CVs also would fail.
I've talked with tech support at both places and nothing obvious has come out. So I was wondering if anyone has used this combination and had success or failure? The best option right now is a programming booster but Digitrax said they don't know of any systems the DCS210+ can't program so I'm reluctant to buy a booster without a better idea that it will solve the problem.
Thanks for any help,
Bryan
 

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Those decoders are nothing but trouble, many issues programming them. I got one of the early ones and it was a mess. Supposedly they have made them better. I also found bugs in their custom speed tables. I threw all my Z scale TCS decoders away, they have the same bug.

I would sell it to some fool person and get something else.

Greg
 

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Thanks Greg. An interesting perspective I will have to think about. I had been leaning toward it being an issue with the Digitrax but that was probably influenced by the trouble I had with the electrical connections at first. They all seem very sensitive to being bumped.

And Jim, I have tried all three programming modes. Not noticeable change.
 

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If there was an issue with Digitrax it would be common knowledge, they are one of the more popular systems. It's not Digitrax, it's the newcomer to G scale with known bugs, and the goofy voice menu in lieu of solid DCC compatibility.

Greg
 
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