Hi from Chicago!

S t e f a n Sep 14, 2020

  1. S t e f a n

    S t e f a n TrainBoard Member

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    Hello all,

    I have been building unfinished layouts for the last 50 years - I might have finished one in all that time - , and I'm not sure I am going to finish my current one; it's been sitting there for about ten years now...

    I recently retired, started playing with Raspberry Pi's, and was wondering whether there was a way to use those little computers for model railroad control. Apparently there is! While searching for RPI and Arduino related docs I was led to this board. So, here i am.
    I have an unfinished single loop N scale setup in my office, sadly mostly used as a storage surface, and I'm hoping that maybe by tackling it from the electronics/computer angle I can reactivate my interest.

    My first project is to put together a DCC++ Arduino based DCC controller, and then use JMRI to talk to two Kato E8s that I bought years ago used with controllers already installed.

    Greetings from Chicago,

    Stefan
     
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  2. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Welcome to TrainBoard!
     
  3. logging loco

    logging loco TrainBoard Member

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    From one recent retiree to another. Welcome to Trainboard and welcome to retirement Stefan!
     
  4. Hytec

    Hytec TrainBoard Member

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    Hi Stefan, welcome, glad to have you on board.
     
  5. HemiAdda2d

    HemiAdda2d Staff Member

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    Welcome aboard! Our DCC subforum is a great place to learn. We have plenty of experience there.
     
  6. BNSF FAN

    BNSF FAN TrainBoard Supporter

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    Welcome to TrainBoard Stefan!
     
  7. fitz

    fitz Staff Member

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    Welcome aboard, Stefan.
     
  8. gmorider

    gmorider TrainBoard Member

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    Welcome to TrainBoard!
     
  9. S t e f a n

    S t e f a n TrainBoard Member

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    Thanks all for the welcome!
    I got my DCC++ system going with a few hiccups (first motor board didn't have current monitoring, and I had to read a bit deeper into DCC++ to realize it uses timer interrupts tied to specific pins), and I am still working on my E8 units (speaker and A unit LED sit too high), but at least I got the CV readback working with DCC++. I'm now motivated to rebuild my layout, since the 13" minimum radius is on the verge of causing E8 derailment, and 10" is just not sufficient clearance above my desk anyway.

    I already have a few ideas for DCC++ extensions I'd like to see (railcom integration, worker node version for smart boosters), and hope to have a look at the DCC++EX developments.
     
  10. S t e f a n

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    I finally figured out where trainboard had obtained my avatar from. It looked vaguely familiar; apparently in 2015 I got a 'gravatar' account...good thing i keep all my emails...

    Now it's changed.
     

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