ESU sound decoder ver 5 and F11

bkloss Sep 21, 2021

  1. bkloss

    bkloss TrainBoard Supporter

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    I have multiple n scale scaletrains Dash-9's with ver. 5 sound decoders. With the first run of these I loaded a different ESU Dash-9 sound file and re-loaded the original function mapping. Everything worked great except for f11, radiator fan using sound slot 8. I just re-loaded 97492.2 BNSF, UP (original sound file) and I still have no sound when activating f11. I use both ESU programmer as well as JMRI and I am baffled. I received a new Dash-9 that functions properly when activating f11. Volume level makes no difference using JMRI. Any ideas as to what to look at?

    Thanks,

    Brian
     
  2. Mr. Trainiac

    Mr. Trainiac TrainBoard Member

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    Is there a logic function that needs to be programmed as well? Some of the new ESU decoders have a logic function for brakes and things like that. Something similar might be occurring in your case. You may need to define a logic or state (like direction or movement).

    Read the CVs from your functioning Dash 9 and see what is different for your modified versions. I would pull up the two function maps for both decoders and just go down the list and see what all the settings are on the stock file.
     
  3. bkloss

    bkloss TrainBoard Supporter

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    I looked at everything and everything looks the same....
    After working with this for some time I can activate the radiator fan with F11 but based upon my speed curve that I created to have my locos go 60 mph at 60 on my digitrax throttles, the fan turns on at 40 and above....The locos (BNSF heritage II) with the original sound files activate the fan at any speed or even stopped. It is interesting to note that they came loaded with ESU 97492.1 ATSF and not 97492.2 BNSF, UP sound files. I have no idea what the differences are and at this point (other than curiosity) I don't care about the radiator fan not turning on when the loco is stopped. When I re-loaded the sound files; I used the BNSF sound files because that is what I presumed that Scaletrains had loaded these with. Just an FYI: From the original batch of Dash-9s that I previously purchased, I loaded ESU, Item number: S0772, Version: V8-R5 and I really like the sound-still and won't change them. I can't really tell the difference between the 97492.2 and S0772 sound files other than the horn selection order is definitely different and the volume defaults need to be tweaked. I'm a little obsessed to make sure my locos with sound are turned down to a more appropriate level. I like the sound equipped locos but, when running multiple trains with multiple locos, the sound has to be more scale specific otherwise it sound like multiple chainsaws in a large room.

    Brian
     
  4. BigJake

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    Just a shot in the dark, but is there any chance your BNSF road numbers' prototypes were repainted ATSF units, and thus would still behave as ATSF units?

    Like I said, a complete shot in the dark...
     
  5. bkloss

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    It looks like the horns would be the same according to the bulletins for the sound file. Fairly simple to just go thru the horns with CV163 and pick the one that sounds the best.

    Thanks for the replies; much appreciated.

    Brian
     

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